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.
Hamstring injuries are common in field sports like soccer within the Sutherland Shire and Helensburgh regions, or more specifically over 35 F grade soccer. The hamstrings are an incredibly powerful muscle group however generally don’t get stronger without a specific and target strength and conditioning program. With our day to day lives we use our quadriceps a lot and they can maintain reasonable strength through normal activities of daily living.
The rotator cuff muscles and rotator cuff tendons are an integral part of a normally functioning shoulder. Therefore it is no surprise that rotator cuff injuries including rotator cuff tears, rotator cuff tendonitis and subacromial bursitis can cause significant shoulder pain and dysfunction. Fortunately, your team at Aevum Physio in the Sutherland Shire and Helensburgh know a thing or two about fixing a rotator cuff injury.
Plantar fasciitis (PF) is the bane of many runners and its one of the most common conditions we treat at Aevum Physio. Hundreds of runner’s from the Sutherland Shire and Illawarra region come into our clinic every year with this condition.
In this blog we wanted to cover ankle sprains in a little more detail as they are something very common in trail running and field sports in the Sutherland Shire. We see these injuries every week at Aevum and the rehabilitation process is a key factor in not only returning to running or sport but also in assisting to limit future injury. For any further information call Aevum Physiotherapy on 85443231.