Entries by Ryan O'Connor

Diabetes Group Classes Coming to Absolute Balance

Do you or someone you know currently live with Type II Diabetes Mellitus? If so, you may be eligible to attend the new Medicare rebated Diabetes Group Classes on offer at our Como Clinic. There is overwhelming evidence that supports the use of exercise in the management of Type II Diabetes.  One substantial benefit is […]

Can I still exercise with an Inguinal Hernia?

If you or someone you know have experienced a hernia, you may be unsure of what types of exercises you can do. So, what is a hernia? It occurs when an area of surrounding tissue or muscle is weakened, which causes a part of an organ or fatty tissue to congest through the fascia. There […]

Disc degeneration – A Dirty Word?

Recently I was asked by a General Practitioner what my opinion is regarding early investigation with MRI, CT and X-ray scans and my response would probably shock many Exercise Physiologists… I responded that, “Yes, they CAN be a good tool and that they MAY help reduce the impact of an injury on a patient BUT…”. […]

Baby got Back!

Unless you have been living under a rock you have probably noticed there is a cultural obsession with big bums and curvaceous figures thanks to celebrities like Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian to name a few. If your social media is anything like mine, you may have noticed an increase in workout videos and […]

Exercise as Medicine Post-Stroke (Part 2)

Continuing from our previous discussion on stroke, we will now focus on how stroke affects the brain and body. The five most common disabilities following stroke are: paralysis or problems controlling movement, sensory disturbances, problems speaking or understanding language, problems with thinking and memory, and behavioural and emotional disturbances. Usually, people haven’t fully recovered by […]

Exercise Rehabilitation: Before or After Surgery?

The most common injuries we see in workplace accidents occur at the lower back, shoulders and knees, so it’s not surprising that these three areas of the body are some of the most common areas operated on each year, especially shoulders and knees. But as a society, are we to quick to jump on the […]

Musculoskeletal Pain and Exercise – Should it be Painful?

As Exercise Physiologists, treating people with chronic musculoskeletal pain can be very challenging. It is well established that exercise interventions are the basis of treatment for musculoskeletal pain conditions, however there is still limited understanding around exact mechanisms effecting musculoskeletal pain and optimal exercise dose and type. Looking at the biopsychosocial model of pain may […]

Total Work Output – And how we use it for Workplace Rehab!

Exercise has always been said to be good for you, and strength exercises are one of the key points into reaping the benefits for a healthy lifestyle. Increased bone density, joint stability and reducing the risk of injuries are just some of the benefits in implementing resistance-based exercises into your regime. But there’s always been […]

Managing Frozen Shoulder

Adhesive capsulitis (AC) also known as frozen shoulder, is a condition, affecting 2-5% of the population that causes fibrosis and stiffening of structures inside the shoulder joint. AC typically affects the coracohumeral ligament first, resulting in limitations with external rotation of the arm. In advanced stages, thickening and contraction of the glenohumeral joint capsule develop, […]

MRI and CT scans – Are we over-imaging?

The economic burden of LBP on the working class is tremendous. Most people can’t afford to be off work for one day, much less a week or even months. Have you ever taken some pain killers for your lower back pain (LBP) and hope it goes away? However, after a few days the pain remains […]