Introducing Aaron Petinos – Newest PHYSIOTHERAPIST to join our team!!

Aaron is the newest member of the PhysioFIXX team. Aaron is a Master of Physiotherapy graduate and a qualified Health Scientist who specialises in sporting injuries and have worked within physiotherapy private practices in Sydney and numerous sporting teams.

With his Health Science background, he has developed a holistic view on health and apply it to the physical assessment and treatment of all patients. He has undertaken post-graduate certified courses in soft-tissue mobilization and massage, as well as McKenzie Physiotherapy Techniques. These techniques are utilized in combination with skilled manual therapies and physiotherapy exercise prescription to help with pain relief for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and to help patients achieve the best possible results on their way to recovery.

As a child, Aaron was involved in a multitude of different sporting competitions all year round, which fueled his desire to be a physiotherapist. As such, he has previously been involved with NSW Premier League Football Club Sutherland Sharks FC, worked at the Blackmores Marathon and provided treatment for Ultra Marathon runners.

Qualifications

  • AHPRA Registered Physiotherapist
  • Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • WorkCover Accredited Physiotherapist
  • Master of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Health Sciences and Human Movement)
  • Advanced Sports Taping – Sports Medicine Australia

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Holiday Break!!

The team at PhysioFIXX would like to wish each and every one of you a happy and safe holiday break.

Our clinic will be closed from Wednesday 24th December until Tuesday 6th January 2015.

We will endeavour to follow up any email/phone calls over this period as efficiently as possible.

Enjoy the break and look forward to seeing you again in 2015!

Warm Regards,

The PhysioFIXX Team

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Introducing Aras Ruslys- Physiotherapist – PhysioFIXX, Sans Souci

Aras is the newest member of the PhysioFIXX team. Aras is a Master of Physiotherapy graduate and Exercise science major, who has worked within sports physiotherapy private practices in Sydney, sports teams and within aged care facilities.

Aras has undertaken post-graduate certified courses in Dry-Needling, soft-tissue mobilization and massage, as well as Mulligan’s Physiotherapy Techniques. These techniques are utilized in combination with skilled manual therapies and physiotherapy exercise prescription to help with pain relief for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and to help patients achieve the best possible results on their way to recovery.

Aras has year after year been involved in a wide array of sporting competitions, which allow him to draw upon his sporting background coupled with his exercise science degree to aid physiotherapy assessments and treatments. He has worked with sports teams including NSW Rugby Union teams as well as NSW Basketball competitions.

Qualifications

AHPRA Registered Physiotherapist
Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association
WorkCover Accredited Physiotherapist
Master of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Health (Kinesiology)
Dry Needling Plus Certification
Mulligans Technique Certification

He looks forward to being of service and assisting you on your road to recovery in the near future. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on (02) 9583 9280.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY at PhysioFIXX!

ATTENTION: Physiotherapists’ looking for a part-time employment opportunity!

Have a look at our advertisement on seek.com.au – http://www.seek.com.au/job/24723275 and if you feel your are an appropriate match, apply within!

Spread the word!
PhysioFIXX

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Suffering from LOW BACK PAIN? This may be why…….

The Healthy Back
-There is local muscle activation which provides stiffness between each individual vertebrae (stabilisation) which acts as a stress and strain protector
-There is co-contraction of transverse abdominis and multifidus (deep core muscles at the front and back of the body)
-Local muscle units have a low activation threshold ie not much force produced, but remain contracted for a long time
-This is followed by global muscle contraction ie when higher loads are applied the global muscles need to be activated to further support the spine

HOWEVER

The Injured Back
-With an injury to the lower back there is no separate control of the vertebrae
-The local muscles switch off (mainly multifidus) and this means that there are overactive global muscles
-the torso becomes rigid to try and support the spine which leads to increased muscle spasms
-At the site of the injury there is poor segmental stiffness

PHYSIOFIXX SOLUTION:
-NSAIDs
-soft tissue therapy/deep tissue release at the site of overactive global muscles to reduce spasms
-Removal of trigger points
-Spinal mobilisations to decrease spinal stiffness
-Correct associated abnormalities of muscle weakness and soft tissue tightness
– Deep core and pelvic stability exercises

If this sounds like a problem you are currently facing, PhysioFIXX is the place for you – give us a call on 9583 9280 to schedule an appointment.

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SPORTS MASSAGE CAN INCREASE YOUR COMPETITIVE EDGE!

When it comes to having a sports massage with PhysioFIXX the focus is on YOU. We provide a unique massage therapy solution tailored to your needs. With the ever growing number of people taking part in sport, combined with the increasing competitiveness and intensity of physical exercise, the demand for sports massage is also increasing and becoming more recognised as a skill which may aid recovery and enhance performance.

Individuals who are looking to improve performance and increase their competitive edge do so by adopting a training schedule to enhance their skill, strength, stamina, suppleness and speed. The degree to which they develop and utilise these qualities will depend on other factors such as the level of competition, the sport played, and possibly their position in a team. However, no matter which sport, the aim is nearly always to increase the level of training and thereby subject the body to gradual and controlled overuse.

It is this overuse that may often create problems and imbalances in the soft tissues. If these are ignored and allowed to become chronic, they will not only hinder the athlete’s rate of improvement, but also in many cases their performance may well suffer and ultimately the athlete may be susceptible to developing more conditions that are serious.

Massage, applied skillfully, is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculoskeletal system. Received regularly this may help prevent injuries, which might otherwise be caused by overuse. A constant build up of tension in the muscles from regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments, tendons, as well as the muscles themselves.

At PhysioFIXX our physiotherapist will be able to detect variations in the soft tissues and by using the correct techniques, help you maintain a much healthier physical state.

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Neck Pain Caused by a Mouse!

In this day and age more and more of the workforce are engaged in employment using a computer for the majority of their working day.

Unfortunately, our bodies were originally designed for greater athletic pursuits such as chasing down a mountain goat for a rare steak and not hours of sitting at a PC terminal all day! It is these prolonged positions that cause postural problems around the neck and shoulder region.
Symptoms of muscle tension over the upper shoulder and neck, headaches and even arm pain are often produced.

This can often be caused by the muscle deep in your chest becoming very tight,, particularly on the arm we use to control our computer mouse. When this deep chest muscle shortens it rolls the shoulder forward placing excessive pressure on the upper shoulder and neck. This can then create all sorts of problems with the mechanics of the neck and shoulder.

Performing some simple stretches for the chest muscle and strengthening the muscles around the shoulder blade will help reposition the posture of the neck and shoulder and also improve the endurance of this area so it can cope better with the hours of data entry required to meet those work deadlines!

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The CORE of fitness

According to a study published in the September 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Sugeons core stability is a key to injury prevention and enhanced musculoskelatal health.

Whether you’re a 20-something weekend worrier on the treadmill or a senior-aged yoga enthusiast, core-stability building can improve posture, coordination, enhance physical function in daily living and help protect vulnerable joins and muscles from injury.

The body’s ‘core’ includes the trunk, pelvis, hips, deep abdominal muscles and small muscles along the spinal column.

‘Core stability’ is defined as the interaction of strength and coordination of these muscles during activity.

Core stability adapts posture and muscle activity to ensure the spine is stabilised and provides a firm base to support both the powerful and very basic movements of the extremities.

While all lower extremity injuries cannot be attributed to deficiencies in core stability, core muscle function has been reported to influence structures from the low back to the ankle, but most prominently in the knee.

People with delayed trunk muscle activity or hip muscle weakness have increased potential for core instability, and may be at a greater risk for lower back or various lower extremity injuries.

“However, with proper intervention and core stability by qualified professionals such as physiotherapists, most of these people can be trained to improve their response to bodily movements”

A recent trend in core stability training involves facilitation of small muscles of the trunk that are best suited to stabilize the spine. Because most activities of daily living require only modest levels of activation of these muscles, core stability training often focuses simply on fostering awareness of their activity. Common training for this purpose includes gently drawing-in the abdomen without altering normal breathing. Athletes, on the other hand, often experience much greater loads in their extremities, which places greater demands on core musculature. Therefore, strength training of the hip and trunk muscles is often necessary to ensure proximal stability.

After learning core stability techniques from your physiotherapist, equipment such as medicine balls, foam rollers, cuff weights and balance boards or gym balls allow people to independently reproduce these exercises, increasing and challenging their core muscle stability. The final step in core stability training is integrating the use of the core muscles into daily tasks and sport-specific activities.

Again, your physiotherapist is best qualified to assess the appropriate activation of these muscles and help you incorporate the actions of these muscles into daily activities specific to your functional goals.

To get started on your quest for a stronger core and better fitness, contact the friendly team at PhysioFIXX on 9583 9280.

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My child suffers from headaches – HOW CAN PHYSIOFIXX HELP?

Children suffer from headaches due to various causes, some of these being:
- Poor posture (particularly in class!) puts strain on the neck, which can cause an immediate headache.
- Heavy school bags, especially if carried on one shoulder, may cause muscle imbalances to
develop around the neck/shoulder region.

The effects of increased stress on children today cannot be overlooked and may cause tension headaches.

Our physiotherapists will assess your child’s needs and if necessary provide the muscle release, stretches and exercises to maintain their health and minimise headaches.

To book in your appointment today and enjoy the benefits discussed above call PhysioFIXX on 9583 9280 or visit www.physiofixx.com.au!!

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How does massage benefit sporting enthusiasts?

What takes place under a physiotherapist’s hands has profound importance for those interested in health and fitness. It may simply look like a lot of pressing and kneading on skin, but massage can assist sporting enthusiasts by increasing endurance, reducing fatigue and aid recovery from the exertion of working out or playing sport. Massage also enables longer training, with more effective workouts, thus enhancing performance.

Research shows when massage has been substituted for rest; an increase of 25-75% muscle recovery has been recorded. This is why boxers are massaged rather than rested between rounds.

Need to know more? Massage can also:
- Help loosen and stretch contracted, shortened muscles and stimulate weak, flaccid muscles. This muscle “balancing” can even help improve posture and promote more efficient movement;
- Increase the blood’s oxygen capacity by 10-15%;
- Speed recovery from exercise – induced fatigue by flushing toxins;
- Increase metabolic rate by aiding the excretion of nitrogen, inorganic phosphorus and sodium chloride (salt);
- Balance the nervous system by soothing or stimulating it, depending on which effect is needed; and
- Improves function of the oil and sweat glands that lubricate, clean and cool the skin.
= Inflexible skin can become softer and more supple.

Massage is to the human body what a tune up is to a car.

It provides a physical and mental boost to the fatigued, exhausted and stressed.

To book in your ‘tune up’ today and enjoy the benefits discussed above call PhysioFIXX on 9583 9280 or visit www.physiofixx.com.au!!

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