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Starting on July 7th, Stack St Physio will be joining The Tour De Pushup, where we will complete one pushup for every kilometre cycled on Le Tour De France. It involves a huge 3,351 pushups in 23 days! This is to support men's mental health through the Blue Shirt Wednesday campaign.
We would love you to JOIN US in the Tour De Pushup! It's a big ask, but any form of push-up (wall, kneeling, incline, decline, handstand!) will count! So there should be an option for just about everyone. We think it will be good fun and a great challenge to take on.
As you go through it, tag us (@stackstphysio) and @thetourdepushup on Instagram to share your efforts and raise some awareness (and funds) for men's mental health. We'll be doing a series of "scenic pushups" around Fremantle to mix it up!
We're asking that you make a small donation ($10 or more) to be a part of our team. Not sure you're up for the challenge? That's ok, you can still support the cause!
Here is the link to our page where you can join our team or make a small donation:
To find out more about The Tour De Pushup, click here.
And if you want to follow all the Tour action, head over here.
We hope to have you on board!
Stack St Physio is proud to be supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation's GO PINK week.Read More
One of the main things we do here at Stack St Physio is sports and injury rehabilitation. In this post Ben will explain a little about the rehabilitation process and how to approach it the right way.
What exactly is rehabilitation? As a physiotherapist working with sports and musculoskeletal pain and injuries, rehabilitation is the process of restoring yourself to full function after an injury, surgery or pain or functional problem. Let's look at a few examples.
Post-operative rehabilitation - for example, following ACL reconstruction or shoulder rotator cuff repair. The primary concern here is allowing for biology to do its thing - in other words, you need to offload tissues initially (hence why you might spend time in a sling, or in a boot non-weightbearing) before a steady, graded return of mobility and strengthening exercises. This process is guided by the healing timeline of the tissues in question, so if you've only had a minor arthroscopic procedure of the knee, your rehab process will be much quicker as we're not waiting for significant tissue healing. If you have had an Achilles tendon repair, you will follow a slow, graded return from no weightbearing and having your heel elevated, through to gradually increasing the amount of movement and load through the ankle - and as this connective tissue is slow to heal, your time away from sport or regular activity is going to be notably longer.
Injury rehabilitation - think here an uncomplicated lateral ligament sprain of your ankle, or a hamstring strain. Injuries that do not require surgery and that the body has good capacity to heal, provided you do the right thing. Here lies the key - many of us do not look after these injuries as well as we should, as there is a grey area around severity. This is bread and butter work for a physiotherapist, as we will advise on appropriate progressions in movement, loading (strengthening), return to running and high level function in a logical sequence. One massive take home point is that in these injuries, almost without fail you need to LOAD the tissue in order for it to heal well. In other words, REST is not the answer! Get professional advice early in the piece so you know you're on the right track.
Pain rehabilitation - so you can't remember when your back pain started, but it is now a real problem in your life. You've changed your hobbies, your sport, your work; you might be taking more medications and want to get off them; or perhaps you're just soldiering through it and hoping it will go away. Back pain is one example of a pain problem that often needs to be addressed with a rehabilitation approach. More and more research is showing that exercise is one of the most effective treatments for back pain. However, it is really important to get a clinical assessment of your problem, as what will work well for one person may not for the next. When I see people with back pain that is sticking around, rehabilitation involves finding out the thing(s) really driving the pain, figuring out ways to minimise these stresses on the back, then going through a graded process that may involve movement, stretching, strengthening, cardiovascular exercise, and even things like meditation, positive strategies and breathing exercises. So here it can be a case of going back to basics, and building from there.
Often in a rehabilitation process, there are patterns and behaviours we humans have picked up and held on to which we may have to unravel in order to move forwards. Pain is a sneaky beast, and we have to outwit it!
So what helps you do the best through your rehabilitation?
- Own it. You have to take control of the situation and commit to being the one to get yourself back to your best. As long as my patient is motivated, I can do everything in my power to make sure they get back pain-free in the shortest amount of time.
- Find a routine. Rehab can be hard! It really helps to find your own way of slotting it into your day, and making a dedicated routine of it.
- Stay positive. Sounds obvious, but rehab can be slow and will have its ups and downs. Extremely rare is the rehab that goes perfectly smoothly from start to finish - it is more like a stockmarket graph that is generally on the up (although hopefully without the crashes!).
- Set mini goals. As a physio it is my responsibility to help you with this. Coming back from an ACL reconstruction, your big goal may be, "I want to play footy next season". However this does not help you 3 months into the rehab. A goal such as, "I'm going to be able to squat my body weight (equivalent) on the bar at 4 months" is far more helpful at that stage!
As you can see, I am passionate about rehab as I have seen the difference a well run rehabilitation makes - both physically and mentally. If this post stirs up any questions, drop me a line on email@example.com. Or pop into the clinic here in Fremantle and see if our rehab gym here could work for you!
All the best!
Stack St Physio recently started a Youtube channel, with the purpose being to archive and grow the collection of information videos that we regularly post on social media. We are great believers that knowledge is power, and we provide you with accurate and helpful resources as another layer to the service we provide in the clinic.
Head on over to the Stack St Physio Youtube page for a few videos - currently it is very much in its infancy, but will continue to grow over the coming months! See below for a back pain hack, our latest post.
We know it can be hard to find an appointment time in a busy week, so we are offering additional physiotherapy appointment times on Good Friday and Easter Monday!
Good Friday 9am - 2pm
Easter Saturday CLOSED
Easter Sunday CLOSED
Easter Monday 9am - 2pm
Head on over to the bookings page to snaffle an appointment.
Happy Easter to all the Stack St Physio patients and the wider Fremantle community!
COURSES AND CAMEOS!
On the 8th of March Ben is travelling to sunny (!) Canberra to attend the Australian Physiotherapy Association's Sports Level 3 course - the highest level of sports physio course run by our national body. This intensive 8 day course, held at the Australian Insititute of Sport, is only available to experienced clinicians and features some of the most well-regarded physiotherapists from around the country presenting on topics from training load to tendon pain, hamstrings to shoulders.
As physiotherapists, we need to keep up to date with the latest concepts and research. This is part of ensuring we provide our patients with effective, evidence-based treatment plans. Stack St Physio is committed to providing the best service possible for patients.
During this week, Linda Spagnolo (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist) will be in at Stack St Physio on Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th March. Linda is a highly experienced physio who has worked across the globe, across a variety of sports, and has been working with the Western Australian Institute of Sports for many years. We're very lucky to have a friendly physio of Linda's calibre standing in for Ben!
If you've been to another physio, chances are you've received your exercise program on paper - probably accompanied by a set of stick figures.
At Stack St Physio we believe there is a better way. We use TrackActive software to set up your exercise program, complete with videos, explanations, prescriptions and frequency. Better still, TrackActive gets you to rate how you're tracking, with a notes section you can send to the physio - this means we can monitor your progress from the clinic!
It's a game changer for physiotherapy exercise programs, and gives you the best tools to support your recovery.
Once your program is set up, simply download the app (free for our patients), log in and it's yours!