Tendon Injury

Since practicing self-isolation measures during the COVID-19 precautions, have you suddenly increased the amount of daily exercise you’re doing? Has it caused an increase in pain in your body that wasn’t previously there? There’s a possibility you may have injured or irritated a tendon. A tendon is a form of connective tissue that joins a muscle to a bone. Some of the major tendons you may be familiar with are the Achilles tendon (below your calf) or patellar tendon (below your kneecap). Pain in these areas can often be...

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Looking after your back

Being mindful when sitting on the couch… We’ve all heard the words “sit up straight”, “don’t slouch” and “shoulders back” a lot over the years am I right? At Hoppers Physio, we see many people experiencing some sort of back pain. It isn’t surprising that posture, and the pursuit of the ‘perfect posture’, has been such a big part in the management of back pain. The truth is, some of us were born with, or have developed, a certain “sub-optimal”...

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Stretches for wrists and hands

Our hands perform a variety of tasks every day, from gripping a steering wheel to typing on a keyboard to the overuse of your mobile phone. But, these repetitive motions can actually create weakness and stiffness in your wrists and fingers. Practise some TLC for your wrists with some simple exercises our Hoppers Crossing team of Physiotherapists have put together that may help prevent injury. Exercises may strengthen your wrists and keep your hands and fingers flexible. The importance of...

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COVID-19 Communication

Over the past couple of weeks Hoppers Physio has been taking measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Our clinics are held to an extremely high cleaning and sterility process on an ongoing basis so our focus has been to remind and reiterate processes in place.  Just as we have asked our own team, our main point is that if you are suffering any cold or flu-like symptoms please reschedule your appointment. Please see below our action plan which has...

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Osteo Arthritis and Exercise

. What can you do? Our Hoppers Crossing team of Physiotherapists have a great interest in the field of sport and exercise medicine. Each practitioner keeps an eye on the latest research and uses this knowledge in the management of all our patients in order to provide the best possible care and accompanying treatment plan. Traditionally, health care providers have advised against running for people diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis (OA), particularly those who are of advanced age and/or overweight. This...

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Exercising with Asthma

What can you do? The Physiotherapists at our West Melbourne clinic are regularly asked by patients, whether it is okay to exercise even though they have asthma? The simple answer is yes - but there are ‘terms and conditions’ to consider. The team at Hoppers Physio believe that aerobic exercise, such as swimming or cycling is an excellent and safe way to improve cardiovascular fitness, exercise performance and quality of life in those with asthma. But, doesn’t exercise cause asthma?...

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HEADACHES & JAW PAIN

HEADACHES & JAW PAIN At Hoppers Physio near Werribee, we help with many muscle tension issues which could be the cause of headaches. Do you suffer from headaches and jaw pain? If you tend to grind your teeth or clench your jaw together this can cause irritation and wear to the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) and increased tone in the muscles that close your jaw. This typically happens during times of stress, anxiety and quite commonly when your sleeping. The TMJ...

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CAN DRY NEEDLING HELP YOU?

WHAT IS IT? At Hoppers Physio near Werribee we believe its important to get on top of any reoccurring pains you may have and seek treatment from one of our qualified physiotherapists. Dry needling is one of many treatment techniques a Physiotherapist may choose to use to reduce excessive tone in a muscle. The dry needle is a sterile, single use, fine needle (about 0.2mm) that is inserted into the middle of your muscle. Your Physiotherapist will place the needle...

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Is your mobility slowing you down?

What is a mobility concern? Mobility concerns can affect a range of age groups, from babies to athletes and the elderly. Essentially, mobility is the ability to move – this could be running, walking, navigating a wheelchair or walking with aids like crutches or walkers. Your mobility may have deteriorated due to an injury, accident, operation or a disease. Our Hoppers Crossing Physiotherapists can assist with your mobility concerns to get you moving as safely, efficiently and confidently as possible....

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Holiday & Injury Prevention

Wow, it’s almost the end of another year! Where did the time go?  Many of us take time out over the Christmas and New Year break which can involve new activities or activities you haven’t partaken in for a while. Holiday injuries are common as a result, during the holiday season when we tend to get relax more than usual or get more active than usual – both triggers for some of the common injuries below. Our experienced Hoppers Physio...

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