We all know about rehabilitation, but what on earth is 'pre-habilitation'?
Pre-habilitation, or 'prehab', is a proactive approach to avoiding pain and injury. It's about improving your body's ability to withstand extra stress - like an upcoming surgery, that overnight hike you've planned for the next holiday, or the next season of footy. It's getting yourself in the best shape you can be - so you perform and recover better.
No matter the treatment - whether it's heart surgery, joint replacement or cancer treatment - you're more likely to have a better and quicker recovery if your strength, fitness, and mental health are as good as they can be pre-treatment.
Let's take John* for example...
They look like regular thongs…but they are better for your feet!! Archies! With arch support built up an extra 2.2cm they are designed to position the foot in a more biomechanically efficient posture. This reduces the stress and strain placed on the musculoskeletal system from the ground up.
Your ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is one of four knee ligaments that are critical for the stability of your knee joint. Your ACL is made of tough fibrous material and functions to prevent excessive anterior (forward) movement of the tibia off of the femur, as well as hyperextension of the knee. One of the most common problems involving the knee joint is an anterior cruciate ligament injury or ACL tear.
What is Osteoarthritis (OA)?
Joints are places in your body where bones meet. Bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons all work together so that you can bend, twist, stretch and move about. Osteoarthritis (OA) can affect any joint, but is often seen in the knees, hips, finger joints and big toe. It can develop at any age, but tends to be more common in people aged over 40 years and those who have had joint injuries.
OA may include:
OA symptoms will usually develop slowly, and most commonly cause pain and stiffness in the joint.
An x-ray may show narrowing and changes in the shape of your joint. However an x-ray that shows these changes does not mean you will have pain or problems (and you may have a very painful joint despite x-rays showing no changes).
Let's think of cartilage like a sponge full of water...
Diabetes, if present long term or if glucose levels are poorly controlled can have significant negative implications on the health of your feet. Two of the most common effects include nerve damage and reduced blood supply to the feet.
Warm-ups: we all know we’re meant to do them, but who really wants to waste that valuable time when you could get stuck straight in to your training or game. Especially as the temperature drops, winter sets in and everyone wants to be back indoors as quickly as possible!
You might think of a warm-up as running a couple of low-intensity laps around the oval before a training session, or jumping on the bike or rower for 5 minutes before a gym session - basically anything to get the heart pumping a bit faster and the body feeling a bit warmer, but you should think about a warm-up as much more than that!
Let’s look at what a warm-up can really offer you…
Are you experiencing pain in your foot and/or ankle that isn't responding well to conservative treatment?
A cortisone injection may be an adjunct treatment option for you consider...
What is it? Curettage is a procedure performed under local anaesthesia in which your Podiatrist will surgically remove the affected wart tissue and cauterise the site to prevent reoccurrence.
Not sure if this treatment is appropriate for you? Read on to find out more...
Over the past months Ella Bradshaw, Year 10 work experience student has helped Brodie Palmer (Accredited Exercise Physiologist) deliver our group exercise sessions and has learnt about the considerable benefits of exercise for over 65's.
Read on to hear from Ella the what, why and when on Active Ageing...
What is it all about?
RuralStrong is an exercise group that we run weekly. It incorporates strength, balance and flexibility activities to help improve mobility, function and independence.
Every week we move together in a safe and supervised environment while enjoying the social aspect of exercising in a group!
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