What the “eff”?

Understanding  self-efficacy! “Self-efficacy is defined as one’s confidence in their own ability to develop strategies and complete tasks necessary to be successful in various endeavours.” (Bandura 1977) It is proposed that self-efficacy is formed and affected...

Life is a Balancing Act

As part of any patient’s rehab, be it a teenage netballer or a tradie in his mid 50s, I always emphasise the importance of practising a variety of balance and proprioception exercises as part of their home programme. This helps them return to their normal daily...

Acupuncture Vs Dry needling???

As a physiotherapist with dry needling qualifications, patients often ask me what is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling? And how can these techniques help me with my musculoskeletal injury? Is one better than the other? So here’s the break down…....

Strengthening for Flexibility

Whether I am grunting in the gym, chilling on the couch, doing Pilates at work, or training with my football team, one of the most common physiotherapy issues I am asked about by friends, family, teammates and patients alike is how to deal with tightness in muscles....

Have you seen a crooked body?

What is a crooked body? As described by Robin McKenzie, a crooked body is a lateral shift where the upper body has apparently tilted to one side, and the back pain associated with this condition. This is common in patients with disc herniation. Pain and/or tingling...

An introduction about stretching

Static, dynamic, ballistic, passive, active…. Do I stretch before I exercise, or after, or both??? Stretching should be a vital part of our exercise routine and not an after thought every now and again. If you want to help prevent injuries and train better – you...

Breathing and Pilates

Breathing is vital to our survival as we know, so with this knowledge, why are we not more focused on its importance? We focus so much on what we eat, the shoes we wear and even the soap powder we use to wash our clothes in, but for so many of us, the importance of...