When Is The Best Time To Start Exercising With Cancer

Written by Dean Katselas, Exercise Physiologist at Campbelltown. Article from November 2017

When Is The Best Time To Start Exercising With Cancer

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In recent years the evidence to support the effectiveness of targeted exercise and cancer has grown significantly. But when is the best time to start exercising with Cancer? Exercise plays an important part throughout the cycle of cancer treatment from prevention, before treatment, during treatment and after treatment.

When it comes to cancer prevention, exercise has been linked with a decrease in the risk of 13 specific types of cancer. These include colon, breast, liver, kidney and esophageal cancer.

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Exercise and Lung Cancer

Written by Adam Shepherd, Exercise Physiologist at Homebush. Article from November 2017

Exercise and Lung Cancer

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With the end of the year fast approaching the month of “Movember” is upon us once again. For those unaware “Movember” is an initiative where guys grow moustaches (some very unsuccessfully) to spread awareness of men’s related health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer. Following that theme I wanted to write an article based around Lung cancer and how exercise and physical activity can benefit those with this condition.

Some quick stats first; Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the fifth most common cancer diagnosed in Australia. 

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Exercise & Breast Cancer

Written by Josh de Rooy , Exercise Physiologist at Thornleigh, Article from November 2017

Exercise and Breast Cancer: Don't Wait!


Unfortunately, the majority of people in Australia will know of someone close by that has been diagnosed with breast cancer. According to Cancer Australia, in 2017, it was estimated that 17,730 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Australia (144 males and 17,586 females). In 2014, breast cancer was the fourth leading cause of cancer death in Australia, as well as the 2nd most common cause of death from cancer among females. It is estimated that it will remain the 4th most common cause of death from cancer in 2017 and the 2nd most common cause of death from cancer among females in 2017.

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Cancer And The Role Of Exercise Prescription In Treatment

Written by Daniel French, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from November 2017

The Different Stages Of Cancer & Exercise

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Cancer can be defined as a group of various disease whereby an individual’s cells abnormally mutate and multiply. These abnormal cells then begin to spread into surrounding structures which causes healthy cell function to be impaired and compromised. Left untreated, uncontrolled multiplication of cancerous cells will incur further damage and eventual host death. Breast, bowel, prostate, skin and lung cancer are the most commonly diagnosed cancer cases in 2017 with over 134,000 people estimated to be receive their first diagnosis of cancer by the end of 2017.

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Lifting For Osteoarthritis – Exercise Intervention

Written by Adrian Choy, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from October 2017

Lifting For Osteoarthritis - Exercise Intervention

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Arthritis is an umbrella term used for more than 100 medical conditions affecting the joints of the human body causing stiffness, inflammation, pain and damage to joint structures. This can further lead to joint instability, deformities and weakness ultimately interfering with activities of daily living eg. Housework, food prep, and walking.

3.85 million Australians are affected by this condition as it is the major cause for disability and chronic pain in the country. As a result, the cost to our economy equates to more than $23.9 billion/year in medical care and secondary costs eg.

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Exercise Session Frequency

Written by Josh de Rooy, Exercise Physiologist at Thornleigh. Article from October 2017

Exercise Session Frequency: Is there a problem with exercising on consecutive days?

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In the quest to make exercise the top on the priority list, there is no doubt the odd week where regular schedules are altered by other issues that arise. Quite often, there may be a situation where the week is almost out, the set 2 sessions are not yet achieved, and Thursday and Friday are the remaining 2 days for potential exercise. The general consensus tends to be the thought that is it not favourable to exercises on 2 consecutive days as you will be too sore or may risk injury, however that isn’t the recommended course at Optimum.

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Parkinson’s Disease

Written by Ellie Goodwin, Exercise Physiologist Student at Sydney University. Article from October 2017

Parkinson's Disease


This year I participated in my first City to Surf to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease (PD). A lot of people ask me why I chose to focus on raising funds for this disease as I did not know anyone personally who was affected. So I explain to them how I grew up in awe of Michael J Fox. Michael, this crazy, exciting actor from the Back to the Future trilogy, (maybe if you’re a little more old school and have seen Family Ties) like so many other people with Parkinson’s disease, have had to adjust to a new lifestyle since discovering their diagnosis.

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What Is The Core?

Written by Hamish Hall, Exercise Physiologist at Sylvania. Article from August 2017
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What is the core?

Many patients that I deal with, go by the understanding that the ‘core’ is just your stomach muscles, however the core is a much more complex system. I like to use the term Core stability rather than core strength because strength is just one component of the dynamic stability required. Dynamic stabilization refers to the ability to utilize strength and endurance and motor control in a functional manner through all planes of motion and action despite changes in the centre of gravity.

Panjabi’s three system core model

Nearly 30 years ago, Panjabi created a model that still resonates with today’s understanding of the core.

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Hamstring Strains: Are They Avoidable?

Written by Matthew Craig, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from July 2017

Hamstring Strains: Are They Avoidable?

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We’ve all heard the devastating news that our favourite team’s best player will miss the next few games due to a hamstring strain, but did you know they are also quite common in the general population, particularly us “semi"-professional athletes. Hamstring strains are one of the most common injuries in sport of all levels. For example, in the last 20 years the AFL has experienced nearly 3000 hamstring injuries resulting in over 7000 games lost. And possibly even more concerning is the chance of re-injury is 20% in that same year.

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Disc Bulge On My MRI – Should I Be Worried?

Written by John Walsh, Physiotherapist at Sylvania. Article from July 2017

Disc bulge on my MRI - Should I be worried?

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Chronic back pain is a debilitating condition that can have a huge impact on both your work and personal life. It is currently estimated that 3.7 million Australians (16% of the population) are living with back problems.

Back pain can be frustrating for those affected and with so many treatment options available on the market it can be difficult figuring what option to choose and which health professional to trust. People may bounce from health professional to health professional before finding themselves sitting in a doctor's office being presented with an MRI report that seems to indicate confusing and sometimes alarming findings.

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