Resistance training is sometimes thought to be a type of training for young, strong and athletic individuals. This can make some people feel a bit anxious about engaging in resistance training. Well that idea is false! Resistance training is for everyone. For any age and any ability. We’ll explore how resistance training can be beneficial for you and give you some tips and tricks along the way.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a condition we, as allied health professionals, are starting to learn more and more about all the time. The technical description of Autism is a “neurodevelopmental syndrome where significant deficits are present in communication and social reciprocity” (1). This essentially means that individual’s with Autism, have difficulties with communicating and interacting socially. Additionally, Autism populations can also show characteristics such as repetitive behaviours and restrictive interests (2). We knew that in 2015, there were 164,000 Australians diagnosed with Autism (3). It is important to note however that no two individuals with Autism are the same. Autism can be classified as either mild, moderate or severe and while there is no cure for Autism, there are many different therapies that can help people achieve their full potential! One type of therapy which we know is significantly beneficial for this type of disability is exercise therapy. Find out below why!
Delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS for short. What is it? What causes them Do they go away and what can we do about them?
DOMS is a condition that can cause stiffness and tenderness to touch or movement and predominately occurs when you perform exercises you are unaccustomed to or exercise of high physical demand1. People can experience varying levels of DOMS, from slight stiffness that improves with movement and engagement in daily activities, to more intense pain that restricts movement and participation in daily activities. After a bout of exercise, small microscopic tears occur in the muscles, which can cause some inflammation, therefore causing pain and stiffness.
All of us have heard about exercise and how good it is for us. We know that we can improve our fitness and even reduce our weight. However, there is a lot more to exercise than we originally knew. Research into exercise has significantly increased in the past few years and we now understand that exercise has a wide variety of benefits for chronic diseases.
A common phrase I have heard is that “exercise is for young, fit and athletic people”. Research will tell you however that you are in fact incorrect. Exercise is now recommended as treatment for most health conditions and is also beneficial for preventing chronic diseases from occurring in the first place.
Did you know that more than 70% of people that are aged above 65 have not one, but two or more chronic diseases such as cardiovascular (heart) disease, osteoarthritis, diabetes and cancer?1 Did you also know that exercise is extremely beneficial in the management and treatment of conditions such as2:
Running biomechanics is an important topic for many runners because it is intricately linked to two of the most common questions in running. One being how can I improve performance and the other being how can I avoid injury? Good biomechanics can help to answer both of these questions, but what most runners are unaware of is the importance of correct footwear in achieving good biomechanics to help avoid injury.
Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes degeneration of the cartilage and bone in synovial joints. It most often occurs in load-bearing joints such as knees, hips, back, ankle and fingers1. Osteoarthritis is common in people aged between 45 to 90 years old and is more prevalent in women than men1.
Osteoarthritis can cause inflammation of the tissue surrounding the joint, damage to the cartilage, bone spurs that grow around the joint and also cause deterioration of ligaments and tendons1.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary with each individual, however common symptoms can include pain within the joint and surrounding areas, joint stiffness and reduced range of motion and possibly swelling around the joint.
Chronic low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide! Acute low back pain is pain that lasts between 4-12 weeks, however chronic low back pain is defined as persisting pain the lower back for longer than 12 weeks. Non-specific low back pain is the most common cause. This can include age-related changes to the spine, such as spondylosis known as degeneration of the spine, herniated or ruptured discs, traumatic injuries, strains, tears in ligaments, tendons and muscles as well as other causes. Research shows that 15-20% of people with acute low back pain, will develop chronic low back pain, even after an initial tissue injury has healed.
Research has shown that individuals with Down Syndrome have reduced cardiovascular fitness and strength (3). Strength and fitness are important factors to help us complete daily activities such as walking, dressing and carrying the groceries. Research has also shown individual’s with Down syndrome have a higher prevalence for obesity and metabolic disorders such as diabetes, placing them at higher risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease (4). Exercise is one fantastic way which can help to improve some of the complications associated with low muscle tone.
Aevum is one of the biggest NDIS service provider for Physio and Exercise Physiology in the Sutherland Shire. We have many participants under the NDIS come from Sutherland, Miranda, Caringbah, Menai, Engadine and Cronulla. Our team are highly experienced to help you establish and achieve your goals. We work closely with many participants with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the Sutherland Shire and for this reason we have invested in advanced technology to help better equip our clinicians to achieve our participants goals. In this article we will discuss some of these.