By Christine Nguyen (Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor)   Amid the devastating bushfires around Australia, smoke pollution has blanketed the city and surrounding areas. The NSW Public Health Unit and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) have released a guideline regarding the safety of exercising outdoors in relation to the Air Quality Index (AQI). Each state and territory reports real-time AQI ratings online, which indicates the current level of air quality and advice on how this will affect the health of the individual. The table below was taken from the AIS website and shows the recommendations for exercise in relation
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By Laura Ham (Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor) We get asked this question frequently - when can I return to running after giving birth? The UK Post-Natal Running Guidelines were published in March 2019 and state that: > Running should not be attempted less than 3 months post-delivery, regardless of whether the delivery was via vaginal or C-Section (as a gentle cut- off date) > All women should be assessed by a pelvic floor physiotherapist prior to returning to high impact sport   Screening & assessment for return to running & high impact activity includes:  > Pelvic floor assessment by a
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By Christine Nguyen, Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor We’ve all heard of muscles, ligaments, and tendons, but what is fascia? Fascia is a connective tissue that is widespread throughout our entire bodies. It’s made primarily of collagen and is wrapped around every muscle, bone, nerve, and organ. Its role is to support muscle shape and stabilise the body by connecting otherwise separate muscles and organs. On the same token, it also plays a role in compartmentalising muscle groups from organs and other elements of the body so that they stay independent. Fascia also plays an important role in force distribution and
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By Christine Nguyen (Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor)   With the end of semester upon us, students are finding themselves head down, buried in assignments and exam preparation. Study related neck pain is one of the most common complaints we see at QV Physiotherapy. Do you ever experience pain and/or tightness around your neck and across the tops of your shoulders? This can often be accompanied with headaches that wrap around your head or behind your eye. You may also feel pain in your arms and lower back. It can come and go, or build up to the point where
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  By: Laura Ham, Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor   The mystical pelvic floor - mentioned frequently and rarely understood. As a Women’s Health Physiotherapist, I feel it is my personal mission to reach as many people as possible and teach them about their pelvic floor muscles. Education is power! My blog this month will discuss the anatomy and role of the pelvic floor, what happens when it goes wrong, and the first steps to help you control and cure your symptoms.   WHERE ARE THEY, AND WHAT DO THEY DO? The pelvic floor muscles, sometimes referred to as ‘Kegels’
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