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  By Louise Drysdale, Physiotherapist Myth #1 – Ball sports are dangerous for dancers It is true that participating in any sport carries an inherent risk of injury (even dance). The skills required for dance and for ball sports can be quite different when practiced at a high level. However, it is important to recognise…

The onset of cold weather can strike fear into the minds of those who suffer more body pain in the winter months. While theories abound and the science on why is not clear, people experiencing conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid and other systemic arthritis may dread the next few months. But there is hope! One…

By Louise Drysdale, Physiotherapist What is the difference? Osteopenia and Osteoporosis are two conditions on a continuum. Osteopenia is explained as low bone mass and is the precursor to Osteoporosis. Imagine your bone like a sponge, with some air pockets available to absorb impact forces. Bone tissue is constantly evolving, and the quality of this…

By Louise Drysdale, Physiotherapist Bone stress fractures is a common cause of concern with my dance clients and so I’ve outlined in this article more information about them, and the best way to deal with a fracture if you do experience one. What is a stress fracture? A stress reaction or fracture in bone occurs…

By Louise Drysdale, Physiotherapist Fibromyalgia is a condition causing widespread pain and mental fatigue. The cause of fibromyalgia is largely unknown, although from what is understood, those with the condition process pain differently. Typically, the condition affects adult women. There is no medical cure to date. In 2018, a systematic review was published, examining the…

By Louise Drysdale, Physiotherapist It is that time of the year again. That time when “Are you doing Gold Coast?” is frequently heard at Brisbane café tables between 6.30 and 7.30am. As of this week, you have up to 16 weeks to prepare. Race day is July 7. So that means starting training, well, pretty…

Private health insurers have made changes to the eligibility of many healthcare services following a Federal Department of Health decision to exclude ‘natural therapies’ due to a lack of scientific evidence.Go to this link for more information:http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-phicircular2018-69 These changes come into effect from April 1 this year. While the overall savings from these changes will…

By Louise Drysdale, Physiotherapist Dancers of all ages participating in all genres of dance present in clinic with tight hamstrings, sore hamstrings, torn hamstrings and hamstrings that just can’t get into the splits or move like they once used to. Sometimes this is because of a memorable injury experience and sometimes “it’s just always been…

By Pam O’Connor Pondera North Lakes remedial & lymphatic massage therapist With Spring officially over and the weather in full summer swing, it’s time to ensure your skin will go the distance over summer, especially if you have lymphoedema. One of my previous blogs focused on caring for dry skin in the winter, but it’s…

Adapted from an article by Kate Caetano, Podiatrist. If you’re ever experienced pain in your knee that just won’t go away, you’ll know how frustrating it is!  You can search online, compare your symptoms with other sufferers that you know, and you still don’t have an answer.  You might even have tried various things like…


   
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