exercise

Exercise as we age

As we get older, there are a few things that are common knowledge. We tend to slow down, recover slower and feel like we can’t do as much as when we were younger. Although true in some facets, the same cannot be said for the benefits of exercise throughout each stage of life. Exercise tends to be a buzzword for some people as we get older who believe it must involve vigorous-intensity activity causing you to sweat, feel uncomfortable and...

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Tape Vs Bracing for Sport

After injuries to the joints of the body, a sports doctor or physiotherapist might recommend that you require bracing or taping for returning to sport. This is to help prevent further injury to those areas until your rehabilitation is complete. Common areas for bracing and taping are fingers, thumbs, knees, ankles and shoulders.   It is usually heavily dependent on the intensity and type of sport you are playing. For some contact sports, such as rugby and AFL bracing it is against the rules due to injury risk from...

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Clinical Programs at Hoppers Physio

At Hoppers Physio, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality individual care.  We are fortunate to have a fully equipped gym, with reformers, trapeze, barrel, bike, treadmill, fit balls, and more.  Our staff assess all our clients individually and tailor programs to suit their needs.  If you are considering pilates, our clinical programs are a great place to start.  You will have an initial assessment with one of our physiotherapists, involving a real-time ultrasound of your abdominals to gain...

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Shin Splints – all you need to know

Pain at the front of your shin? This could be shin splints!  Pain that is exercise induced and occurs along the lower third of the shin bone is called medial tibial stress syndrome or more commonly ‘shin splints’.   Pain typically develops from a spike in load such as an increase in frequency, the duration of exercise or changing to a harder surface. The biomechanics of you walking or running style can also play a part such as excessive pronation at the foot or even wearing footwear with inadequate foot...

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Neck Pain and Headaches

Neck pain is a common source of headache pain. This occurs due to stiffness or sprain to the top 3 joints in the neck or a strain of the surrounding muscles. The nerves that carry these pain signals cross over with the nerves that carry signals from your face, especially from areas of your temple or across your forehead. The brain then gets confused where these messages are coming from, and means you will experience both pains at the same time. A physiotherapist can...

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Pregnancy Pain

Discomfort during pregnancy is common, particularly in the hips and lower back as the body prepares for birth, and your center of mass comes further forward placing stress on the lower joints of your back and hips.   If it becomes more painful and starts impacting your day to day activities, it is worth booking in for a physiotherapy assessment in order to diagnose the issue, and begin a treatment plan.   Some common conditions include:  Pelvic Girdle Pain: Pain across the joints of the...

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COVID-19 Update

We are still open Due to the recent updates in line with government restrictions Stage 4, we would like to reinforce that we remain open at this time. The new restrictions still allow you to leave your home to attend medical and/or health appointments, this includes Physiotherapy. Curfew restrictions for Melbourne For Melbourne residents, a curfew has been put in place from 8pm to 5am every evening. Outside of these hours, you are only allowed to leave home for food and necessary supplies, exercise, work...

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Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are a group of conditions affecting the most used joints in the body, mostly in the elbow, wrist and shoulder. These strains are mainly job related, and could happen to everyone from desk workers to tradespeople. The most common RSI’s are  Tennis Elbow: Pain and discomfort on the outside of the elbow, common in workers that sit at a desk typing/using mouse or tradespeople doing repetitive work with tools such as drills and hammers.   Carpal Tunnel: Pain across the front of the wrist. You can also...

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COVID-19 Communication

COVID-19 CLINIC UPDATE In light of the recent changes to stage 3 restrictions from 11:59pm Wednesday the 9th of July **WE ARE STILL OPEN AND OPERATING AT NORMAL HOURS** Our staff continue to practice strict hygiene practice and socially distance. All our therapists now wear face masks.  Clients are required to have a temperature check on entry to the clinic. All surfaces are cleaned before and after each treatment. Our waiting rooms are set up to meet the 1.5m guidelines....

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Exciting changes at Hoppers Physio 

We have officially welcomed the return of ten semi-private clinical exercise classes and three hydrotherapy classes over the past two weeks! Hydrotherapy is currently taking place at ‘Swim 4 All’, 10 Merchants Ct, Werribee.  It has also been fantastic to see some of our regular clients returning to the clinic to complete their independent clinical exercise and make use of our fully equipped gym.  There will be more changes in the coming weeks with hydrotherapy returning to Aquapulse on the 22nd of June and we also look forward to re-introducing group exercise classes and further semi-private classes in the coming...

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