How Exercise Enhances The Life Of Those Undergoing Cancer Treatment

Written by Adrian Choy, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from June 2018

How Exercise Enhances The Life Of Those Undergoing Cancer Treatment

Cancer-related Fatigue and Exercise

It may seem controversial to exercise during cancer treatment or when diagnosed with cancer, but the direction of one’s health can further alter depending on whether exercise is involved in their life or not. It is strongly backed by clinical studies that significant benefit from regular exercise after cancer improves well-being and disease outcomes.

Cancer treatments can be the direct cause of negative side effects on someone undertaking such treatment. Treatments can be the direct cause of negative effects on body composition, increased fat mass, bone mass loss, reduced lean mass, and decreased physical functioning and health-related quality of life.

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What Is Pilates and Is It Good For Me?

Written by Sarah Hillman, Studio Manager at Sylvania. Article from April 2015

What Is Pilates and Is It Good For Me?


To be able to understand the benefits of Pilates you must first look at what Pilates is and what is was originally designed for.  Pilates is a physical fitness system that was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. Pilates was formed by Joe during the First World War with the intention to improve the rehabilitation program for casualties. During this period, Pilates was designed to aid injured soldiers in regaining their health by strengthening, stretching, and stabilising key muscles. 

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Think Of Balance As A Muscle

Written by Michael Zajc, Exercise Physiologist at Croydon Park. Article from June 2018

Think Of Balance as a Muscle


Did you know, not being able to hold your balance on one foot for longer than 5 seconds greatly increases your risk of falls. There are many senses and processes that begin to decrease as people begin to age. One very notable loss as we age is our ability to balance and control where we are in space. Balance is an essential part of our day to day lives and plays an important role in allowing us to live life to the fullest and with confidence.

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Injuries In Sport

Written by Matthew Craig, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from June 2018

Injuries In Sport: Just another aspect, or is it avoidable?

injuries in sport

Injuries in sport. A topic that definitely hits a little too close to home. Every day I sit down with new clients for initial consultations and one of the most common things I hear (especially in people under 50) is ‘I have a bit of knee and ankle pain….but you know, that’s netball’. Too often we get drawn into the idea that injuries in sport are normal, a trap I personally fell in to.

All the time you see your favourite professional athletes get plagued by the ‘injury bug’ and we just write it off as part of the job.

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Exercising With Sore Knees

Written by Adam Shepherd, Exercise Physiologist at Croydon Park. Article from May 2018

Exercising With Sore Knees

knee osteo

At some stage, we have all suffered from sore knees. It is an extremely common musculoskeletal issue that plagues a lot of patients that I see. It can stem from various issues such as:

  • Increased levels of physical activity.
  • Malalignment of the patella as it moves through the femoral groove.
  • Quadriceps muscle imbalance.
  • Tight anatomical structures, e.g. retinaculum or iliotibial band.

Having sore knees can be a killer when it comes to exercise as naturally we tend to avoid exercises that are uncomfortable or painful.

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The Importance Of The ‘Glute Med’

Written by Brian Castro, Exercise Physiologist Student at ACU. Article from May 2018

The Importance Of The 'Glute Med'

glute med

If someone asked me to list the 5 most important skeletal muscles for joint injury prevention and for everyday function, the gluteus medius, also referred to as the ‘glute med’ would definitely be on that list. We usually hear the terms ‘glutes’ and ‘glute max’ but how often do we hear the term ‘glute med?’ Not very often. The glute med is generally neglected in typical exercise programs, therefore we need to understand its importance. Let’s start with its function.

The glute med is one part of the three gluteal muscles.

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The Role Of Exercise In Cancer Treatment & Recovery

Written by Demi Ljilja, Exercise Physiologist at Campbelltown. Article from May 2018

The Role Of Exercise In Cancer Treatment And Recovery


Cancer is a disease of a cell that is characterised by uncontrolled division and growth of abnormal tissue that continues to grow after the stimuli have been removed. Predominant risk factors are lifestyle related which include lack of physical activity, obesity, and smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, environmental and genetic factors. Depending on the type, class and location of cancer there are several treatment options available which can be categorised into systemic and local therapy.

  • Systemic: treatment drugs that spread through the bloodstream to target the cancer cells wherever they may be.
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Managing Your Lower Back Pain

Written by Susannah Keppo, Exercise Physiologist at Croydon Park. Article from May 2018

Mindful Tips On Managing Lower Back Pain

lower back pain

There has been much research into lower back pain and the best ways to manage it. This ranges from medications, therapy, heat packs through to surgery and other extreme measures. I believe the longer someone has been experiencing this pain (especially with unsuccessful interventions) the more likely that person is to fixate on this pain and withdraw from work and normal daily activities, ultimately letting the pain dictate one's overall quality of life. There is research looking into chronic pain and its psychological components.

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PFPS – Not Just Another Acronym

Written by Tess Hawkins, Optimum Exercise Physiologist. Article from April 2018

PFPS - Not Just Another Acronym

knee pain

Have you ever had pain at the front of your knee? Did it progressively get worse over time? You might have had patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). Research suggests that one in four people will experience PFPS at some stage of their life. It first presents as a dull ache, however, over time it gradually appears earlier inactivity and becomes more severe.

What is PFPS?

PFPS is a common overuse injury affecting knee function. It is a fancy term to describe the kneecap being pulled to the outside of the knee presenting as pain or discomfort.

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Exercise…For Your Bones?

Written by Matthew Craig, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from April 2018

Exercise...For Your Bones?


If you’ve ever stepped foot through the door of an Optimum clinic there is no doubt you have heard us talking about muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves, but did you know that you can actually strengthen your bones through regular exercise? In fact, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that all healthy adults perform resistance training exercises at least twice per week, with eight to twelve repetitions of eight to ten exercises to assist in the maintenance of bone health and density.

The Stats Don't Lie

But why should you care?

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