Arthritis: What is it?

Did you know that bout 17% of people in New Zealand are affected by arthritis? That’s almost 1 in every 5 people!   Arthritis is a very common condition that affects a lot of people. What I’ve actually found during my time in the clinic is that a lot of people who have arthritis don’t…

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Heat or Cold For Your Injury

HOT or COLD? Have you rolled an ankle? Sustained a fall? Banked your elbow? Aching shoulders?  Not sure whether to grab for the heat pack or the ice pack?   One of the most common questions we get at our physiotherapy clinic is this – “Should you use a heat pack or an ice pack for…

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Does Exercise Help to Keep You Mentally Sharp?

We all know that exercise is good for us in terms of our general health; it lifts our mood, increases our energy levels, helps with building strength, weight loss, and helps us to live longer. What you might not know, is that it helps us to keep our minds fresh and sharp too! Imagine being…

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What Causes Varicose Veins

What Causes Varicose Veins? As the population ages the healthcare industry is facing growing issues that affect mostly people over 40.  One such issue is varicose veins. Varicose veins are superficial veins that have become deformed and enlarged. These usually large veins are found just under the skin. These veins have a very characteristic appearance.…

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Does Running Cause Arthritis?

“Running causes arthritis to your knee and hip joints” Really? I’m sure you heard this statement or a variation of it more than once. But how much of it is truth and how much of it is pure urban myth? Is there any real evidence behind this belief? Does running cause arthritis in knees and…

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Choosing the Right Football Boots for the Summer Season is a MUST

With summer just around the corner it’s time to think about injury prevention when playing summer sports. Hey, you don’t want to spend half of the summer on the bench nurturing your injuries, do you? Dry and hot weather conditions during the summer season place different kinds of stress on the body. The first thing…

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Hip pain? Trochanteric bursitis is often an overlooked cause of your suffering.

What is the true cause of your hip pain?   Trochanteric bursistis or as it is often referred to, greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) affects between 1.8 and 5.6 patients per 1000 per year. GTPS is a common condition with pain and tenderness at the outer edge of the hip (approximately where your pant pocket…

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Don’t feel de-FEET-ed by a “heel spur”

Plantar fasciitis, otherwise often referred to as “heel spur” is very common. Around 10% of people will suffer from plantar fasciitis in their lifetime. Yes, that’s right 1 in 10. “Heel spur” also accounts for around 11-15% of all adult foot problems that require medical help. To understand this condition we first need to understand…

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How to Avoid Running Injuries

Trying to get fit too fast? Everyone likes to see quick results, however there are times when the body is just not ready. The majority of running injuries are caused by overuse, applying a repeated force over a long period of time. Another main cause of running injuries is a sudden increase in training volume…

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How to reverse muscle loss as you age muscle loss as you age [FREE Seminar in Howick, Auckland]

I’ll get straight to the point… First the bad news… People who are physically inactive can lose as much as 3 percent to 5 percent of their muscle mass per decade after age 30… and the decline increases by a further 1%-2% per year after age 50 The good news is that the seminar “How to…

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