What is shoulder bursitis?

Shoulder bursitis describes inflammation of one of the bursas in your shoulder. What is a bursa? A bursa is a small sac of cushioning that sits in areas of significant movement, such as near our joints. A bursa is designed to minimise rubbing or wear and tear and will often be between a bone and a tendon, or between 2 tendons in the body. How does a bursa turn into bursitis? The main 2 causes are: 1) Trauma or an external force, where a once off force irritates the bursa, causing bursitis. This type of injury often heals relatively quickly, but can lead to a longer-term problem. 2) Poor mechanics around the joint and bursa, such as weak or tight muscles, scar tissue or poor posture, which me

Sick of shoulder pain?

Here's 4 of my favourite exercises to help get rid of shoulder pain. Sick of shoulder pain? Try these 4 simple exercises. Hi everyone, Sally from Aspire Physiotherapy. I'm going to show you a couple of simple exercises you can do, to help with shoulder pain. We've had a lot of people in recently with that sort of trouble so I'm just going to show you 4 exercises that might be useful if you're getting a little bit of that soreness at the fronts of your shoulders. Exercise 1: So the first exercise I'll get you to do is just rolling your shoulders around backwards, and then forwards, to really loosen up the fronts and tops of your shoulders. Exercise 2: Next, join your hands together in front a

Why are ACL injuries so common?

Every footy fan knows about the dreaded ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury. It's also common in netball, baseball, hockey, soccer and tennis. So WHY are ACL injuries so common? Here's a quick run down of where our anatomy is failing us: 1) We're not monkeys anymore Our knees developed their design when we were 4 legged creatures, with 4 legs to stabilise and absorb force as we ran and jumped. Since our evolution to walking upright, the ACL has become more vulnerable, as the muscles are not able to absorb as much of the force of running and jumping, and changes in our bone structure mean the knee is a prime area for twisting forces when we change direction suddenly 2) We're bigger and he

How can physio help an ACL reconstruction?

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll be starting to see a pattern in these topics, and how physiotherapy can help..... Basically if something hurts, or it doesn't move enough, or it moves too much, physiotherapy can help! (A bit like gaffe tape and WD40, but for the human body....) Todays topic is all about a common injury we see in football and netball players, that can be season-ending, or even career ending if it occurs in a professional athlete. What is an ACL rupture? This means rupture of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). This is where one of the main ligaments deep inside your knee is ruptured, or completely torn, which leaves your knee relatively unstable. How does it

What is a dynamic warm up?

What is dynamic warm up?? It means warming up for exercise with movement, rather than prolonged holds of muscle stretches. As you will see in the video, it involves repeating the same movement a couple of times, to lengthen muscles and improve blood flow, without any static holds Who should do dynamic warm up? Everyone! The dynamic movements may change to suit the sport you're playing, or exercise you're doing, but gentle dynamic exercise is suitable for everyone before exercising. Should I do dynamic movements after exercise? Research shows that static stretching is more appropriate after exercise, so you hold a stretch for 30-60 seconds, to help lengthen muscles again after a period of exe

How can I learn to run faster?

Once you can run for 10-15 minutes without stopping, you're ready to start working on your speed. Here's how to do it.... In each week of running, you should have different 'types' of runs such as: Intervals - periods of faster and slower within the 1 run Terrain - hills, grass, trails, sand, steps Longer & slower - steady pace throughout the run This variety will help reduce your risk of injury, as your body uses slightly different muscles on each run, and that helps to avoid overloading any one part of your body. For more information about How to Avoid Running Injuries, check out my 5 step guide. So how can I learn to run faster? The magic lies in your Interval runs. Make sure you do at le

How do I stretch tight hip flexors?

Hi everyone, Sally from Aspire Physiotherapy here. This week I've had a few people asking how to stretch tight hip flexors, so today I'm going to show you some of my favourite hip flexor stretches, to really stretch our the fronts of your hips, useful for anyone who sits a lot, or does a lot of exercise that can cause the hip flexors to get a bit tight. Stretch 1: Lie across your foam roller, so it's under your pelvis. Pull one knee to your chest, and feel the stretch at the front of your straight leg. Hold 30 seconds. Stretch 2: Kneel with one foot in front of you. Push your hips forwards until you feel a stretch at the front of your hip (of the back leg). Hold 30 seconds. Stretch 3: Lie at

How does health insurance work for Physio?

"Private Health insurance" means you pay money to a Private Health Insurance fund on a regular basis, and then they provide 'rebates' on specific services, so you only have to pay part of the total cost of the service. See list below of examples of Private Health Insurance Funds. In your Private Health Insurance, you will have chosen one of these options, or both: Hospital Cover And/Or Extras/Ancillary Cover 'Extras' or 'ancillary' cover generally includes a rebate for physiotherapy. Depending on the level of cover you have, the amount of that rebate will be different. Some funds pay a percentage of the total fee (i.e. 30%, 40% or 50% of the total fee), while others have a set rebate amount

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