Sustainable Weight Loss

– By Thomas Jackson, Exercise Physiologist at Optimum Health Solutions Thornleigh 


If you did a quick internet search on ‘how to lose weight’, I guarantee you would find more gurus than you could poke a stick at, preaching about how they have developed some revolutionary method to shed those extra kilos that have always bothered you. Now, while these gimmicky ideas may seem very appealing from the outside, the reality is that almost every one of these wild fads or inventions is nothing more than a marketing ploy to suck you in and spend your hard-earned money. The truth of the matter is that when it comes to losing weight, going about it in a sustainable, realistic manner is genuinely the best way to go, not only to get the weight off, but also to keep it off.

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– By Stephanie Clements, Occupational Therapist at Optimum Health Solutions Liverpool. 


How do I help my child cope with transitions?

Children are creatures of habit and thrive from routines. Over the course of a day routines move and change, with many transition points that can go smoothly or lead to behaviours such as crying, screaming or tantrums. There are many useful strategies parents and teachers can use to assist children to experience smoother transitions. Different strategies work for different people, so it’s important to experiment and see what works for your child.

Here are my top 5 tips for helping children through transitions:


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– By Jack Warner, Exercise Physiologist at Optimum Health Solutions Tasmania. 

who is at risk

‘Metabolic’ in the medical world can be translated into the processes involved in the body’s normal functioning.

‘Metabolic Syndrome [MSyn], formerly known as Syndrome X, is not considered a chronic condition in sense, but more known as the collection of risk factors that are known to increase the risk for an individual to develop Cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus [T2DM] and/or Chronic Kidney Disease [CKD].


MSyn is becoming quickly becoming a common diagnosis in a doctor’s surgery, globally. One study, The Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study, which was released in 2000, discovered that 19% of Australians, over the age of 25 years, had the risk factors for MSyn.

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– By Thomas Jackson, Exercise Physiologist at Optimum Health Solutions Thornleigh

exercise and the immune system

Given the current climate that we are living in, we as individuals must do everything in our power to maximise our own health and particularly our immune systems. The immune system is the human body’s primary protection against illness, controlling diseases caused by viruses and bacteria, all the way through to defending against foreign cells that may be cancerous or deadly. When sickness occurs, the body shows symptoms such as a runny nose and a cough to show that the immune system is at work to remove the germs. Most of the time, we do not even realise its working for us, killing a large proportion of the germs before we even know they are there.

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Mindless and Mindful Eating

– By Raquel Andrews, Dietitian at Optimum Health Solutions Tasmania


Many of us are unable to recall what we ate last, let alone the sensations we felt during the meal. This is called mindless eating. For our bodies to digest food it needs to release stomach juices to help breakdown the food in our stomach. The smell, taste and sight of food help to release these juices and prepares the body to digest food. When we eat while distracted on our phones or we eat our meals too quickly, our bodies may not be ready for the food that has entered the body and digestion can be slow, which can lead to indigestion and overeating.

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What are pressure injuries?

Pressure injuries are caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. It is common for pressure injuries to occur where the skin covers bony areas such as heels, the base of the spine and the hips.

People are more at risk of these injuries if they have reduced mobility and difficulty repositioning themselves independently.  

What are support surfaces?  

Support surfaces comprise a variety of overlays, mattresses, and integrated bed systems used to redistribute pressure, reduce shearing forces, and control heat and humidity.

A support surface allows the patient to have their weight distributed more effectively to reduce the risk of pressure injuries.  

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

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Let me make this clear, your pain is 100% real, no matter what is causing it or what you have been told.

There are unfortunately no quick fixes for chronic pain, however, there are steps we can take that have shown to help, but these require persistence, patience, trust and coaching. One of the tools that have been shown to help, is education about pain and how movement-based treatment can be used to help with your pain when done the right way.

Biopsychosocial Model

To understand pain further we need to discuss one of the main theories used to explain what influences pain, this model is called the biopsychosocial model.

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The Effects Of A Positive Attitude!

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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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PARKINSON’S DISEASE: Improve your balance in the water

Article by Aathi Thirunanthakumar, Physiotherapist at Croydon Park

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Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a progressive neurological disorder that affects your movement. Common symptoms include tremor, slow movement (bradykinesia), postural imbalance, and slurred speech. The combination of these symptoms can ultimately affect one’s strength, balance and endurance, thereby reducing the quality of life in individuals.

Currently, evidence suggests that aerobic and strength training programs improves the quality of life of people with PD. It has been used as a key component of PD rehabilitation. Evidence also supports the use of hydrotherapy as a form of exercise that provide similar benefits to conventional exercise in PD.

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Coping With The Winter Aches

Written by Sandra Demian, Physiotherapist at Sylvania. Article from June 2019

Coping With The Winter Aches


As the poet George Herbert once said “Every mile is two in winter” and that’s often how it feels when we think of getting up and exercising as the winter months approach. Whilst joint and muscle pain can occur at any time or temperature throughout the year, the colder months can make the symptoms appear more noticeable.

This often occurs because when we are cold, our vessels restrict our blood supply around our extremities such as our hands and feet and prioritizes our vital organs such as the heart and lungs.

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