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We often hear the phrase “functional fitness” being thrown around. But what is it exactly? For many people, exercise is a way to maintain or improve their quality of life. And, that’s the exact focus of functional fitness as well. Functional fitness however is designed to train and develop your muscles to make it easier…

By David Peirce – Practice Director Chronic or recurrent neck pain affects thousands of people every day and many people spend much time and money on treatments directed at the neck alone. X-rays or scans may show you have disc bulges, degeneration in the joints or other scary things written on the report. Significant research…

If you are heading to the gym, going for a run or getting ready to play a sport, your warm-up should be top of mind and the first thing you do before starting more strenuous activity. By taking that quick 5 minutes to warm-up before you start any exercise, you’ll be able to perform more…

It can be a bit nerve-wracking the first time you go and see a new Physio, Doctor or any kind of specialist.  Usually, you have something in mind when you go, such as a recent injury or ailment which you will bring up and go over, but here are a few ideas for questions you…

What is Remedial Massage? A Remedial Massage involves a comprehensive assessment and treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues to help the body with rehabilitation and management of pain and injuries. It can focus on a specific area or problem such as headaches or back pain, or can be more general to help reduce…

By Kyle Pennell, Senior Occupational Therapist, Advance Wellness (Pondera’s partner Physio in New Zealand) Most of us experience some form of stress in our daily lives, whether it’s at work or in our personal lives, and people have differing abilities to handle varying levels of stress. Below are my top 15 tips to help you…

With the Footy Season (and other team sport activities) starting for the Winter, we have created a Guide for Parents to assist with the management and prevention of sporting injuries at your child’s sporting events. This guide has been created by David Peirce our Senior Physiotherapist & Practice Director and will take you through: Warming Up…

Which Pilates? Isn’t it just Pilates? That’s like saying “I do exercise”. Which exercise? Actually, Pilates is just that – a form of exercise. Which type of exercise you choose should depend on your goals for doing it – general or more extreme fitness, strength, body building, weight loss, managing a health condition, recovery from…

Unfortunately, pain and injuries don’t take a break over Christmas. So the advice from Pondera’s Senior Physiotherapist and Practice Director David Peirce is to ensure that over the holidays we all keep up some regular exercise, even if it’s just a few stretches or a daily walk to keep the ailments at bay. David also…

Let’s presume your health professional has made the right diagnosis of your pain or injury and analysed correctly the reasons you got it and still have it. That process is a whole other discussion but let’s just presume that… A physical rehabilitation program will need to be tailored, well taught and adhered to by the…


   
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