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Aches and Pains Explained

So, you’ve been to your doctor/physio & they’ve reassured you that nothing serious or harmful is going on, but you still have pain. For many of us pain is an inevitable part of life. Whether it’s breaking a bone, spraining an ankle, or just waking up with a stiff and painful neck wondering what happened in your sleep. Ultimately pain serves as a protective system designed to save us from causing further harm to ourselves. There are times when this system is highly useful, such as making u...

April 8, 2022

Ankle Sprains - What are they? How are they managed?

Last week, I knew it was winter sports trials time – how? The number of ankle sprains I was treating.  At Hillcrest Physio we have several school clinics and this time every year we have a big spike in ankle sprains that we are treating.  On Friday 70% of my cases were ankle sprains, ranging from very mild to a full rupture.  So, what is an ankle sprain?  The most common injury presenting as an ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments on the outside of the ankle (a later...

March 29, 2022

RED-S, What is it?

RED-S was previously known as the Female Athlete Triad, but was changed to Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports to better reflect the nature of the condition. RED-S was renamed after a review of the evidence made it obvious that the condition was not just found in females but could also affect men.  It was also found that it did not just affect three areas of health (Bone, energy availability and menstrual health) but was a condition that affected many aspects of physiological function –...

March 18, 2022

Running Injuries

At Hillcrest Physiotherapy we see a large number of injured runners.  We see runners from across the spectrum, kids doing a couple of kilometers to augment their sports training, through to 100km ultra runners.  Running injuries mostly affect the legs/pelvis/back and can come on suddenly from a trip or fall or can come on slowly over time.  Both types of injuries can be tricky to manage, especially as most runners are not keen to stop running. There are many things to assess when...

February 28, 2022

New Year's Resolutions and Goals

With the New Year 2022 here, many of us will have had a reflection on what we want to achieve over the coming year.  Some of us will have committed to New Year's Resolutions and some of us, to a vague idea of what we would like to happen.  Setting goals is something that can help us achieve what we want.  This can be for anything, but I am going to talk mostly about achieving physical goals.  My goal last year was to walk some of the Great Walks.  I was lucky enough to ...

January 17, 2022

Evidence- Based Physical Activity Guidelines for Pregnant Women. 2021

Recently I attended an online conference.  These are always great, and you learn so much.  Keeping up to date with the latest research developments is an important part of being a healthcare professional. One of the speakers Dr Melanie Hayman had recently been working with a group of researchers to formulate a set of guidelines for physical activity in pregnant women.  This is an Australian guideline, but relevant here too.  If you want to check out the full document, here i...

November 12, 2021

How We Are Keeping You Safe From COVID

We are back in the clinic at Level 3 after a change in direction from the Ministry of Health.That does not mean business as usual, as we need to take some steps to try and keep you all safe.So what are we doing at Hillcrest and Tamahere Physiotherapy to try and minimise the chance of spreading COVID -191.  All our staff are fully vaccinated - we know this is the best way of reducing the chances of serious disease and also reduces the rates of transmission.2. We are wearing masks - and you h...

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