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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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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Christmas Healthy Tips

Ahh the silly season – packed full of Christmas parties, family gatherings and BBQs with friends- all great fun but can make it hard at times to maintain a healthy lifestyle. While it is necessary to enjoy all the great times the festive season brings, it is also important that your health goals are not jeopardised in the progress.  Have no fear- the following tips can help to maintain those healthy habits over the festive season:       Weight...

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What is DOMS?

What is DOMS? You’ve probably felt it after charging back into exercise after hibernating through Spring. DOMS or Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness, as the name implies, is that lovely muscular ache that develops after exercise – usually between 24 and 48 hours after. It generally occurs after high-intensity, unaccustomed exercise, and is especially prevalent when there have been eccentric movements. Eccentric exercise involves movements where the muscles are contracting whilst lengthening, e.g downhill or long-distance running. You may love it or...

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Taping and strapping

  Taping and strapping There are various strapping and supporting tapes, along with taping techniques that are commonly used by physiotherapists, for a variety of reasons. These various combinations may be used to: Relieve pain Improve joint stability Stabilize or support an injury Reduce re injury when returning to normal activity Facilitate normal movement, muscular or postural patterns Prevent injury The different tapes used include: Rigid strapping tape – also known as sports tape or athletic tape. As the name...

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