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HOW IS YOUR MENTAL HEALTH?

– By Thomas Jackson at Optimum Health Solutions Blacktown.

Odds are that within your friendship group or family unit, you will know at least one person who has suffered with a mental health ailment

HOW IS YOUR MENTAL HEALTH? – HERE IS HOW EXERCISE CAN HELP

Odds are that within your friendship group or family unit, you will know at least one person who has suffered from a mental health ailment such as depression or anxiety. Whether it be an acute case brought on by a particular incident or something more long-term, these conditions can be extremely debilitating and can have a massive impact on the health of those affected.


People often shut themselves off from their support networks during their suffering for a plethora of reasons.

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STRETCHES YOU CAN DO YOURSELF AND THE EFFECTS WITH THEIR FREQUENCY

By Cindy Octhaliany, Physiotherapist at Optimum Health Solutions Liverpool.

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Static stretching

Static stretching is the most commonly performed stretch. It is when you stretch the muscle and hold it in tension for a period of time.

DOSAGE: for the general population, 10-30 seconds is sufficient. For older population 30-60s is needed. They should be repeated 2-4 times, after which there is no added benefit. They can be done daily or a minimum of 2-3 days a week.

  • Benefits include increasing the range that the joint can go through by increasing your stretch tolerance (detailed in Part 1). The greatest change occurs with 15-30seconds of stretching after 2-4 repetitions.
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HOW CAN PHYSIOTHERAPY AT OPTIMUM HELP PARKINSON’S DISEASE?

– By Katie Gallagher, Physiotherapist at Optimum Health Solutions Sylvania 

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What is Parkinson’s disease? 

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a condition that affects the production of an important chemical in the brain called Dopamine which results in reduced motor control. It is a progressive condition (worsens over time) and it is classified as a Movement Disorder. PD typically affects people over 60 years of age.

 

What are the main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?

  •  Tremor (trembling hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face)
  • Rigidity (stiffness in the arms, legs and trunk)
  • Slowness of movement
  • Impaired balance and coordination
  • Shuffled walking pattern  

 

How will this affect someone with Parkinson’s disease?

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THE IMPORTANCE OF ROUTINE EXERCISE

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DON’T BREAK YOUR ROUTINE

During my initial assessments here at Optimum Health Solutions, a common statement that I hear from clients is that they have an inconsistent exercise history due to a poor routine. This lack of commitment is a major concern, as addressing it will lead to improvements and enabling them to live life to the fullest.

On reflection, it’s evident that through my professional career as an Exercise Physiologist, the clients that have a strong routine and perform their exercises regularly obtain the best results. This is not an overly surprising statement.

So what is routine? For me it would be undertaking an activity on a regular basis, that can be planned and structured.

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BECOME MORE INDEPENDENT WHEN MOBILIZING WITH WALKING AIDS

– By Mario Juric, Physiotherapist at Optimum Health Solutions Blacktown

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FEEL LIKE YOU ARE LOSING YOUR CONFIDENCE WHEN WALKING?

A walking aid is the general term used when referring to for assistive devices. Assistive devices are provided to people to make them more independent when mobilizing, improve their balance and improve their walking patterns. Walking aids utilize the upper body to take the weight off the desired lower limb, to enabling people to mobilize without negative impacts to their walking pattern.

 

TYPES OF WALKING AIDS

Each type of walking aid is unique in the amount of support it provides and each walking aid should be fitted and chose appropriately for each individual person.

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3 WAYS TO RECEIVE TREATMENT AT OPTIMUM HEALTH SOLUTIONS

– By Marc Seymour, Director of Optimum Health Solutions

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Optimum Health Solutions remains OPEN moving forward. At this stage communicating with industry bodies and NSW health there is no reason to discontinue our services.

3 WAYS WE CAN TREAT YOU

1. COME TO THE CLINIC –  As Allied Health Services we are able to operate at all Optimum Health Solutions locations as confirmed by the Federal Minister for Health. We continue to maintain a healthy and safe environment, taking strict precautions for both our clients and staffs well being. Please keep your appointments as we are doing everything to ensure a safe environment.

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STAYING ACTIVE WHEN YOU LIVE WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

– By Dalena Pangna, Physiotherapist at Optimum Health Solutions Croydon Park & Campbelltown

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28% of participants on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) identify as living with an intellectual disability.

Research has shown that people who live with an intellectual disability struggle to reach recommended levels of physical activity necessary for good health. People living with an intellectual disability are all unique in their abilities and talents but often face challenges to staying active. This puts them at higher risk of developing health problems such as diabetes, obesity and poor health.

 

Here are some tips for encouraging your friends and family living with an intellectual disability stay active! 

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EXERCISE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DOWN SYNDROME

– By Matthew Craig, Exercise Physiologist at Optimum Health Solutions Thornleigh.

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SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS WITH DOWN SYNDROME

Optimum Health Solutions is a registered NDIS provider and the funding in an NDIS plan can go towards seeing an Exercise Physiologist as well as a number of our other allied health practitioners. Thanks to the NDIS we are now seeing more people than ever with disabilities exercising and awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle for those with Down syndrome is growing. However, studies have shown that physical activity, step totals per day and minutes of vigorous physical activity were all lower, and sedentary time per day was higher in people with Down syndrome (Phillips et al, 2011).

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The Effects Of A Positive Attitude!

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A POSITIVE ATTITUDE & YOUR BODY

In recent years, researches have reinforced the theory that the human mind plays a major role in influencing the way that our body works. Attitudes and emotions directly impact health and well-being. Being too negative in terms of one’s thoughts or emotions somehow weaken an individual’s immune system, which also confirms the mind-and-body link of health and well-being. The same study showed that more optimistic people have a 50% lower risk of untimely death than those who are pessimistic. Aside from a lower risk of premature death, having a positive attitude increases a person’s energy and ability to handle life’s difficulties.

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Don’t Let COVID-19 Stop You From Exercising!

-By Jess Reyes, Exercise Physiologist at Optimum Health Solutions Tasmania

DON’T LET COVID-19 STOP YOU FROM EXERCISING!

We Are Open: Don’t Let COVID-19 Stop You From Exercising!

Right now you would have seen a lot of information going around about Coronavirus (COVID-19). It is easy during these times to be overwhelmed by information and to be filled with fear. While it is important to follow the recommended advice from the Department of Health of Australia of social distancing. It is important to note that this does not mean you should stop exercising.

During a time of crisis like this, exercise is often one of the first activities to go.

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