“I’m so dizzy, my head is spinning…”

Those make for fun song lyrics (thanks Tommy Roe!) but unless you're a kid twirling around on a swivel chair or twisting the swing around at the park and making the world fly past you in a blur, dizziness is not actually a very fun experience.  Unfortunately, dizziness and vertigo are not uncommon and can often lead to falls. For the elderly, falls are particularly problematic and can lead to hospital, and subsequently nursing home admissions. But vertigo and dizziness...

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Is screen time bad for your body?

Do you often feel stiff in your upper back or find that your neck and shoulders feel tired and sore? Is it a bit of a strain to sit up straight? Are you starting to feel like your back resembles Quasimodo a little more than you’d like it to? It’s possible the amount of time you spend staring at your phone, tablet or computer screen is contributing to these issues. Is screen time bad for your body?  In today’s society...

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Stronger when you’re older!

Physical therapy is ideal for an ageing person because it is aimed at reducing pain, increasing mobility, and regaining function and balance. Benefits of Physiotherapy for Seniors 1. Helps manage pain Back, neck, and joint pain are common complaints for older people. One of the main culprits is arthritis, and as the pain progresses for some, they are more likely to remain idle. However, the lack of movement and exercise can actually worsen the condition. The lack of physical activity...

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How can Physiotherapy help your mobility?

What is a mobility problem? Mobility problems can occur at whatever age or ability you are; ranging from babies to athletes and to the elderly. Mobility is the ability to move – this can be running, walking, navigating a wheelchair or walking with aids like crutches or walkers.  Your mobility may have deteriorated to some degree due an injury, accident, operation or a disease. How can physio help with mobility problems? Here at Hoppers Physio, our Physiotherapists aim to get...

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Wry neck

Wry neck Have you ever felt like your neck has 'locked up' and all of a sudden you can't turn your head properly? It may have happened quite suddenly after you performed a seemingly inconsequential movement, or perhaps you woke up from a poor night's sleep with sharp pain and an inability to look to one side. You may have experienced wry neck! Wry neck is a common neck complaint involving pain and stiffness in the neck joints, and spasm...

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Flu season getting you down?

Flu season getting you down?  Does it seem like everyone you know has been sick lately? Coughs and colds seem to be everywhere and the flu this year has been a nasty one. So far this year (as at the 26th of June) there have been 22,730 confirmed cases of Influenza across Victoria. This time last year there had been only 2,555 cases (Victorian State Government. Department of Health and Human Services, 2019). Ooph, bit of a jump! Typically, people...

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Nocturnal cramping

Nighttime should be a time of rest and relaxation, however, for many people, it’s the time of the day when muscles begin to cramp. These night cramps, or nocturnal cramps, may occur when muscles contract or spasm involuntarily, and as the name suggests – this generally occurs at night. This often painful and frustrating condition most commonly arises in the calf muscles, but can also occur in other areas of the body. Of course, nocturnal cramps usually occur just when...

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Are you sitting for too long??

We all know that being sedentary for long periods of time is not so great for our overall health and wellbeing, especially if it occurs most days of the week. It has been said that sitting for extended periods is worse than smoking. This is because your “bodily functions” also become sedentary – your circulation and brain function slows, your muscles burn less fat, your digestive system becomes sluggish and you feel so tired, you need an afternoon kip. These...

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Returning back onto the pitch after injury

At Hoppers Physio, located in Melbourne’s west, we believe that a person's wellbeing is a primary concern and we’re driven to get you back into what you love doing most after experiencing events such as injuries and surgeries. Recently, our physiotherapist Jason supervised one of Werribee City Football Club’s matches and recounts an inspiring story of how a player recovered from such an experience and got back onto the field doing what he loves most! “It was great to be...

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