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For many of us, a typical day can involve hours of sitting in front of a desk. When you have a seemingly never-ending list of tasks to complete, your long-term health can be the last thing on your mind. However, we know that prolonged sitting, especially in a poorly set-up workspace can have a huge impact on your body in the long term. Below are some tips that can help you set up your workstation properly...

Most older people are well aware that they need regular aerobic exercise, such as walking, swimming, or running, to strengthen their heart and lungs and tone their bodies, but many dismiss resistance training as an activity predominantly for the young. However, it is an extremely important type of exercise for substantially slowing, and even reversing, the declines in muscle mass, bone density, and strength which were once considered inevitable consequences of ageing.

An interesting fact is that the default in modern society has become ‘to be seated’. Almost everything we do can now be done from a seated position. We go from lying in our beds in the morning... to sitting in the chair for breakfast... to driving in our car (sitting) to work... to sitting in the office at work all day... apart from when we move to sit somewhere for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea... and so on throughout the day until we are lying down again at night. For the purposes of improving your health outcome, it is strongly recommended that the default needs to be out of your chair, up and moving.

Most of us take bladder and bowel control for granted - until something goes wrong. The unintended leakage of urine or faeces, significant enough to make it difficult to maintain good hygiene and carry on with our ordinary social and work lives, affects a large number of older adults and it often goes untreated due to the embarrassment issue and a lack of understanding of the fact that it may well be treatable.

For many patients, deciding to have surgery following an injury can be incredibly difficult. The thought of surgery can be daunting, yet ensuring the best outcome for their injury is also important. Here we take the time to weigh up a few of the factors that might influence this decision.

Frozen Shoulder s a condition that affects the shoulder joint with no apparent cause. It is characterised by severe pain and stiffness of the shoulder. It can be extremely debilitating. Physiotherapy also acts to reduce pain while restoring joint movement....

WHAT IS A HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN? The ankle consists of three bones, the tibia, fibula and talus, all held together by thick fibrous ligaments. At the bottom of the leg they form a mortise or hinge joint with the foot. The bottom parts of the tibia and fibula join together and surround the talus in such a way that it is able to hinge forwards and back while providing stability and restricting the side-to-side movements.

Many people use the term Chronic to convey just how excruciating a pain is. However, what the term really means is simply that the pain has been there for longer than three months, even if it’s not very bad. The distinction is made after three months because most injuries to tissues, either muscle, bone or joint has had a chance to heal and resolve by this time.