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Balance Control

It is easy to take balance for granted when we are young and have good balance. By the time we reach old age, poor balance is common. In the older population we see people walking slowly with caution, holding the railings and generally limiting activities because they feel unstable. These people risk falling and increase their risk of fractures. Continue reading

Physio research in media

Many of you will have been aware of recent coverage looking at the relative benefits of Physiotherapy compared to surgery for back pain and for knee pain. Similar findings are shown in some shoulder injuries. Numerous studies now show that too frequently people end up having surgery with the misplaced assumption that changes seen on X-ray are the cause of the pain and therefore removing or modifying this structure will fix the pain. Continue reading

Understanding how to lift safely

A common misconception is that the human spine is weak and as a result, we should avoid heavy or repeated lifting. In fact the spine is a robust and flexible structure that can withstand significant load. As with other areas of the body, loading strengthens the back. When we avoid using our backs or spend a lot of time being sedentary, our muscles and discs weaken and as a result we are more likely to injure ourselves. Continue reading

Sleeping well

We all know we feel much better after a good night’s sleep. Sleep is important for refreshing and restoring the function of our brain and body.

If pain is interfering with your ability to sleep well, we tend to blame our bed or pillow. For this reason, physiotherapists often get asked what the best position to sleep or what is the best bed or pillow. If you sleep in a different bed with a different pillow and your pain or restlessness that night is the same, your sleep will not be fixed by purchasing a better bed or pillow. Continue reading

Why does it hurt?

Have you ever wondered why sometimes you can do dramatic things and have no lasting pain? At other times seemingly small incidents gradually build, sometimes spread and can cause more pain or stiffness than you would expect. This presentation is remarkably common. Continue reading

Your Core Stability

Are you one of those people who has subscribed to the recent mantra regarding building your core to prevent or fix your back? Working on your core has become the ‘thing’ to do in the last few years, and so many people do this with the intention of helping themselves. Unfortunately, the original research regarding the role of the core – and the current way of training the core – are not the same. Continue reading

New Year’s Resolution

Many of us use the holiday period to think about what we want to achieve for 2018. Being fit and active is a common goal because of the well known general health benefits. At Burns Bay Physiotherapy we don’t want to see pain and discomfort preventing you achieving your goals. Continue reading

Opiods and Pain management

Medications containing Codeine are been widely used around the world for pain management. Unfortunately these medications are causing a variety of problems. These include being highly addictive and increasing the bodies sensitivity to pain. Ultimately the user’s pain becomes worse from use the use of Codeine. For this reason from 1st February 2018 these medications containing Codeine will no longer be available as over the counter medications. Medications such as Panadeine, Nurofen Plus, Mersyndol and Codral all contain Codeine. Continue reading

Your Quality of Life

We are all at our happiest when we can do the activities we need and want to do in life happily without pain or stiffness stopping or limiting us. Many people think that Physiotherapists only deal with severe pain. This is not the case. Continue reading

Protecting Your Back

We are often told to protect our backs. This assumes that backs are in some way weak compared to the rest of our bodies. People feel if they use their backs they may ‘slip a disc’ or they may damage it in some way. The result being, people feel they need to brace or be careful with their movements. However, if we look at what sports people and weight lifters do with their backs, we can see how strong and flexible backs can be. Their backs don’t stop them from performing at high levels over many years. Continue reading

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161 Burns Bay Rd
Lane Cove
NSW 2066

02 9427 8333