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Why you really need a Crossfit Physio/Osteo

crossfit injuryprevention Oct 24, 2016

CrossFit Injuries

As Physiotherapists and Osteopaths in Cheltenham and the Bayside region of Victoria we see many patients at our clinic who are participants in Crossfit.

CrossFit is a conditioning program that continues to grow in popularity, so much so it even has an annual Crossfit Games that are broadcast through ESPN. This form of high intensity training with limited rest intervals has gained literary support as an effective form of exercise with minimal time investment and personal accounts for improvements in fitness levels. While there is no doubt Crossfit has done a lot for the world of health and fitness in getting people moving, performing compound resistance exercise with great intensity it also has the potential to cause problems. In 2011, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Consortium for Health and Military Performance also recognised the benefits of the programs, but demonstrated concern for injury rates.

What are the problems?

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4 Habits of Injury Free Triathletes

As Physiotherapists and Osteopaths in Cheltenham and Bayside we see many triathletes coming through the doors of the Injury Rehab Centre. Much like other endurance sports, a high proportion of triathlete injuries can be linked to overuse (80-85% in fact!). Triathletes do fairly better than pure endurance runners in injury rate, but are more prone to injury than swimmers and cyclers. As you can imagine, running has the most commonly cited association with injury followed by cycling and then swimming.

Common injuries triathletes present with include:

  • Runner’s knee. Experiencing a tender pain around or behind the kneecap is usually a sure sign of patellofemoral pain syndrome, a fancy term for runner’s knee
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Stress fracture
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Ankle sprains

Why is it happening?

  • Lack of stretching
  • Poor warm up
  • Intensive training
  • Insufficient care of muscles
  • High impact running style

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The Number 1 Factor to Avoid Injury that Every Runner Forgets.

Running Injuries – The 10% Rule

Running is one of the world’s most common and accessible sports to participate in. Unfortunately, research tells us that between 26 – 92% of runners will sustain an injury and according to the Australian Sports Commission’s 2006 survey, 70% of runners sustain overuse injuries during any 12-month training period. Unfortunately this keeps Physiotherapists and Osteopaths like the team at the Injury Rehab Centre in Cheltenham very busy particularly in the lead up to the Melbourne Marathon.

Most common overuse injuries that Physiotherapists and Osteopaths treat are:

  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Meniscal Injuries
  • Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
  • Patellar Tendinopathy (Jumper’s Knee)

How do we stop this? Reduce too much, too soon.

What about the 10% Rule?

Some recreational runners may be familiar with a rule that they shouldn’t increase their mileage by more...

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What are the best supplements to take?

news resources Jul 01, 2016

Often as Physiotherapists and Osteopaths working in the Cheltenham and Bayside area we get asked for advice on what supplements can be beneficial for certain conditions that many of our patients suffer. Some common examples that many people ask us about are.

  • Fish oil or other Omega-3 supplements for inflammatory pain such as foot pain or back pain.
  • Glucosamine supplements for joint health such as arthritic knee pain and hip pain.
  • Magnesium supplements for muscular tightness such as calf or hamstring pain or injury or other cramping type pain.

Often it can be hard to give definitive advice on what are the best supplements for our Physiotherapy and Osteopathy patients to take, anecdotally some people can get great results from one thing, while others won’t see much effect. It can also be hard to find great research to support some products and can be hard to understand.

This has been made a bit easier by the team at as they have created some...

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We’ll be away from the 7th – 18th of April

news Mar 29, 2016

From the 7th – 18th of April our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths at the Injury Rehab Centre in Cheltenham will be away teaching therapists from Hong Kong and Taiwan some of the cutting edge assessment, treatment and training techniques that make the Injury Rehab Centre so unique.

This will include training other Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and other therapists how to use the Movement Assessment Tool (M.A.T), a unique innovation that the directors of the Injury Rehab Centre in Cheltenham created to gather more data on their patients and clients.

If you would like to be managed by the therapists that teach other therapists around the world book your appointment online today.

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Golf Health – Reducing injury and improving your game can be the same thing.

golf injuryprevention Mar 16, 2016

From the outside golf can look like a gentle sport and we are very lucky to have so many great sand belt courses around the Cheltenham, Moorabin and Bayside areas. However, when we start to look at the complex interaction of muscle forces, and joint biomechanics required to play the perfect shot we can appreciate that injuries can occur like low back pain or golfer’s elbow pain any sport.


Did you know that 53% of male and 45% of female golfers suffer lower back pain and 30% of touring professionals are playing injured at any given time?


The professional tour players have recently adopted many strength and flexibility strategies to improve their game and reduce the risk of injury. They consult and see Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Strength and Conditioning coaches everyday to make sure they are finely tuned. This started with the likes of Tiger Woods and has become a common trend with athletes like Rory Mcilroy, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth....

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How to Treat Chronic Low Back Pain

At the Injury Rehab Centre one of the most common complaints that our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths treat is back pain. This is understandable as according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011–12 National Health Survey show about 3 million Australians (13.6% of the population) have back problems which can include neck pain, middle back pain and lower back pain. Of this the most common is lower back pain and it is estimated that 70–90% of people will suffer from lower back pain in some form at some point in their lives.

Lower back pain can often be categorized into two types. Acute and Chronic pain.

Acute lower back pain is often characterised by an event such as bending over to pick something up or moving in an awkward way. In this event some type of muscle or joint might be strained, sprained or stretched and pain may ensue. Often these are just a one off event and can resolve on their own over time...

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Return to Running – How to beat running injuries with long term results.

Running is one of Australia’s favourite recreational activities due to convenience/affordability and we are lucky to have many great running tracks around the Cheltenham, Moorabin and Bayside areas. Unfortunately, the repetitive nature of the sport means that it is has one of the highest rates of injuries causing interruptions in training and leading to loss of conditioning.

According to Sports Medicine Australia:

  • Up to 70% of recreational and competitive runners sustain overuse injuries during any 12-month period.
  • 42% of all running injuries are to the knee, followed by 17% to the foot/ankle, 13% to the lower leg and 11% to the hip/pelvis.
  • Overuse injuries can occur from training errors (running frequency, duration, distance, speed and lack of leg strength and flexibility) and inappropriate surfaces, terrain and footwear.
  • Overuse injuries, as a result of training errors, are more common than acute injuries such as ligament and muscle sprains and strains.
  • The most common...
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Are YOU or DO YOU KNOW an injured RUNNER?

theinjuryrehabcentre Jan 06, 2016

Unfortunately it’s a more common problem than not with recent statistics from Sports Medicine Australia finding that up to 70% of recreational and competitive runners sustain overuse injuries during any 12-month period.

The reason for this is often due to the repetitive stress the sport can cause when there are imbalances in the way we move, over thousands of steps these can start to add up.

At the Injury Rehab Centre our unique approach to assessment goes above and beyond other clinics. Utilising the latest technology in slow motion capture, force plate analysis, strength testing, our M.A.T (Movement Assessment Tool) and traditional Physiotherapy and Osteopathic assessment techniques we get to the CAUSE of your issue and tailor a unique treatment and training management plan to get you to where YOU want to be.
If you suffer from a running injury don’t let pain slow you down. Contact us at the Injury Rehab Centre and book your appointment today.
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