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10 Best Knee Strengthening Exercises

General knee strengthening exercises build surrounding muscles like quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus and calves to improve joint stability and support.

Easy to difficult

Easy

  1. Sit to stand
  2. Static hamstring press
  3. Adductor with pillow

Intermediate

  1. One leg sit to stand
  2. Proprioception one leg clock tap
  3. Wall squat
  4. Hamstring slider in and out

Advance

  1. Pistol squat
  2. Hamstring running
  3. One leg hamstring balance touch opposite ankle 

The youtube video that we created will show you some simple exercises that will help kick start your knee strengthening exercises, keeping in mind they are generic exercises and are not designed to be individually tailored. If you are experiencing knee pain. I highly recommend that you book an appointment with us here at Capital Physiotherapy to have you problem assessed and be given a tailored rehab program that is suitable for your conditions.

Here at Capital Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are the experts in helping you to fix your posture/alignment issues as well as all the discomfort that comes with it!

We can help you break this habit and lead a healthier and pain free lifestyle. 

Our physiotherapist will be able to give you individualised advice/ treatment plan that is tailored for your particular needs.

At Capital Physiotherapy, your initial appointment is 40-60minutes long. This allows our physios to be thorough in their assessment, as well as giving them enough time to give you treatment on the same consultation! 

For more physiotherapy information and concerns, visit us at any of our clinics near you or drop an email at info@capitalphysiotherapy.com.au. We also provide Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.

 

Runner’s Knee

Experiencing knee pain while you are running? 

Then this is the video for you:

There are 2 different type of runner’s knee pain that we commonly see in our clinic

  1. Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) – Around the kneecap area
  2.  ITB syndrome -pain on the outside of your knee

Both are caused by the similar origin.

 

Keeping in mind these exercises are just the basic exercise that we start off with to fully fix your knee injuries you will still need to continue to progress to harder and more functional exercises in order to feel pain free while running.

Here at Capital Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are the experts in helping you to fix your knee issues as well as all the discomfort that comes with it!

We can help you improve your running efficiency and lead a healthier and pain free lifestyle. 

Our physiotherapist will be able to give a running assessment on you and come out with individualised advice/ treatment plan that is tailored for your particular needs.

At Capital Physiotherapy, your initial appointment is 40-60minutes long. This allows our physios to be thorough in their assessment, as well as giving them enough time to give you treatment on the same consultation! 

For any physiotherapy related concerns, visit us at any of our clinics near you or make an online booking using this link. We also provide Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.

 

Pain on Shoulder When I Raised My Arm

If you have been diagnosed with:

  • Shoulder tendinitis
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Bicep tendonitis

Most shoulder injuries are caused by poor biomechanic of :

1. shoulder blade movement and also

2. poor shoulder joint control

Basic shoulder joint explanation.

Video About Impingement

1. kinesiology of scapular 

2. kinesiology of shoulder joint

As these injuries are mostly due to poor shoulder blade control which leads to you constantly putting your shoulder stabiliser muscles at risk of injuries.

You then might ask “ So what can you do to start improving your shoulder blade muscles control?”

We do have a useful video over here so don’t forget to check it out after this video.

The most recent video teaches the basic exercise that we normally give for most clients with shoulder injuries.

Keeping in mind these exercises are just the basic exercise that we start off with to fully fix your shoulder injuries you will still need to continue to progress to harder and more functional exercises in order to feel pain free in your daily activities.

Here at Capital Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are the experts in helping you to fix your shoulder issues as well as all the discomfort that comes with it!

We can help you break this habit and lead a healthier and pain free lifestyle. 

If you are suffering from should pain or any physiotherapy concerns, you may visit one of our clinics near you or book online using this link. We also provide Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.

Why Does My Hip Pop When I Do Leg Raises?

Hip popping is also known as “Snapping hip syndrome

SHS is more common in women, though it can affect people of all genders and ages.

There are three main types of snapping hip syndrome:

  • Internal. Usually caused by your hip flexor muscles rubbing against a bony prominence at your hip 
  • External. Usually caused by your side hip muscles rubbing against a bony prominence. 

The youtube video that we created will show you some simple exercises that will help kick start your internal and external snapping hip problem.

  • Intra-articular. In this category, a snapping hip is caused by an actual hip joint issue or injury. Unlike external or internal SHS, intra-articular SFS isn’t caused by a tendon or muscle. There is actual structural damage to the actual hip joint  such as cartilage, labrum tear etc.

These are actual joint damage and I highly recommend you go see a physiotherapist to get it treated ASAP. You don’t always have to end up in surgery in these cases but it is also not something you can fix on your own 🙂

Here at Capital Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are the experts in helping you to fix your posture/alignment issues as well as all the discomfort that comes with it!

We can help you break this habit and lead a healthier and pain free lifestyle. 

Our physiotherapist will be able to give you individualised advice/ treatment plan that is tailored for your particular needs.

At Capital Physiotherapy, your initial appointment is 40-60minutes long. This allows our physios to be thorough in their assessment, as well as giving them enough time to give you treatment on the same consultation! 

If you questions and problems related to physiotherapy, you can visit us at any of our clinics near you or drop an email at info@capitalphysiotherapy.com.au. We also provide Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.

Cervigogenic Headache

What is Tension Headache?How can I treat it?

Do you commonly wake up with a headache?

Do you get a headache after sitting in front of the computer for too long?

Does your headache start from the back of your neck and radiate to the front of your head?

You’ve got a tension headache or what is commonly known as “cervicogenic headache” in the medical world.

Don’t worry there is nothing wrong with your brain!

Tension headache signs and symptoms:

  • Dull, aching head pain
  • Sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead or on the sides and back of your head
  • Tenderness on your scalp, neck and shoulder muscles

Tension headache can be the cause of:

Watch our YouTube Video to learn more.

To learn 5 simple methods that you can do at home to relieve your headache.

To fix your cervicogenic headache you must first stretch the tight component which is what we are showing you today. Once you have stretched these tight structures you will then need to move on to strengthening your postural muscles.

Here at Capital Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are the experts in helping you to fix your posture and all the discomfort that comes with it!

We can help you break this habit and lead a healthier and pain free lifestyle. 

Our physiotherapist will be able to give you individualised advice/ treatment plan that is tailored for your particular needs.

At Capital Physiotherapy, your initial appointment is 40-60minutes long. This allows our physios to be thorough in their assessment, as well as giving them enough time to give you treatment on the same consultation! 

If you have physiotherapy concerns, you may visit one of our clinics nearest to you or do online booking using this link. You can also choose to have  Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic. 

Why Can’t I Squat Deeper

How Can I Squat Deeper?

Squat is one of the most commonly asked questions from our clients

  • Why can’t you squat?
  • Is my squat technique correct? 
  • Why do I feel it in my back instead of my legs?
  • I Don’t feel my glutes muscles working at all when i squat 

Here’s the thing that no one ever talks about the fact that squat loads up on different muscle groups/ structures depending on the person’s body type.

Hence, it’s normal for different people doing the same squat but feeling at a completely different muscle group just because their body build is different!

All these factors influence the quality of squat for different individuals. Watch our youtube video so you can understand how different body structure will interrelate to the ability to squat.

  • Centre of mass has to be over your feet to stay balance
  • Dist Knee to line of gravity
  • Distant of Hip to line of gravity
  • Amount of Trunk leaning over the line of gravity

Load on knee depends on how far your knee is when you squat to the line of gravity

So if your knee is far away from the line of gravity the higher the load

It is the same concept for Load of the hip depends on distance from your hip to the line of gravity

The load of your back depends on how far the trunk leans over the line of gravity. 

As the hip muscles are generally stronger than knee  muscles; the lever arm from hip to centre is generally larger than the lever arm from knee to the centre.

Normally the ratio should be 2:1 for an ideal squat BUT

With different people being build differently it changes this ratio and your ability to squat

The amount that your trunk have to lean forward depend on the lever arm of the hip to the line of gravity

The lesser the length on hip to centre the less your trunk has to lean, the longer the length of hip to centre, the more the trunk has to lean to stay balanced.

1. People with limited dorsiflexion ability (tightness or joint mobility is limited)- affect your ability to move your tibia forward, that in turn change the lever arm for your knee to the line of gravity

2.Proportion of Femur to Tibia

Short Tibia in proportion to femur, ability to squat lower; the back need to bend way forward to keep centre of mass over the feet (in order to stay balance) because the length of knee to line of gravity is really short

Long Tibia in proportion to femur, the line of gravity to the knee is longer hence the person doesn’t have to lean as far forward to keep their balance.

 

Because of these differences in lever arm it makes how each individual feels different when they are doing squat exercises.

LONG FEMUR compared to tibia?

 

If you have a long femur in proportion to tibia, your lower back will need to lean significantly forward  to keep the equilibrium, in order to get any lower you might feel like you are falling backwards. You might just physically can’t do it because of the proportion of your build.

If your trunk is short and you have a long femur it makes it even worse as you can compensate by leaning too far forward so you will be even higher in their squat and you will feel the load a lot on your hip and lower back.

All these factors are interdependent and it will affect how each individual feels about squat and the ability of each individual to squat.

So if you are really struggling with your squat technique even though you’ve been working on your hip flexibility, your ankle flexibility, your back, glute and leg strength and you are wondering why you are still struggling with squat, this might be the reason and for that i say, DON’T SWEAT IT!

Squat is a good exercise to work on all different muscles groups but so is leg press, back extension, lunges, deadlift, hip trust etc. there are plenty of other exercises you can do that will work the same muscles group as squatting does. If  you really struggle in a squat and it is frustrating you, don’t sweat it, it’s not the end of the world, it’s just not the right exercise for you!

Here at Capital Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are the experts in helping you to fix your posture/alignment issues as well as all the discomfort that comes with it!

We can help you break this habit and lead a healthier and pain free lifestyle. 

Our physiotherapist will be able to give you individualised advice/ treatment plan that is tailored for your particular needs.

At Capital Physiotherapy, your initial appointment is 40-60minutes long. This allows our physios to be thorough in their assessment, as well as giving them enough time to give you treatment on the same consultation! 

For physiotherapy related queries and concern, visit us at any of our clinics near you or do an online booking with us. We also provide Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.

Best 4 Ways to Fix Knock Knees

Knock knees are what we call (Valgus knee) in the medical term.

So what causes your knee to “go in”?

1. Genetics are a big contributing factor for people who suffer from moderate to severe knock knees. These cases normally require surgical intervention.

2. Flat feet (also genetics) can also cause  knock knees , as it changes the alignment of your whole foot. The use of orthotics to lift up your arch and change your footwear. There are also exercises that physiotherapists can teach individuals to help reduce the progression of your flat feet. 

Some other contributing factors for knock knees that we as physiotherapists normally see are mild to moderate knock knees individuals which the likelihood of the contributing factors were more environmental/ biomechanics rather than genetics. 

3. Tight inner thigh muscles will pull your thigh inwards causing your knee to turn slightly inwards as well hence stretching them are vital.

4. Weak gluteal muscles will lead to inability for you to control the turning out of your hip which leads to an alignment issue that collapses your knee inwardly.

The youtube video that we created will show you some simple exercises that will help kick start your knock knees problem.

Here at Capital Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are the experts in helping you to fix your posture/alignment issues as well as all the discomfort that comes with it!

We can help you break this habit and lead a healthier and pain free lifestyle. 

Our physiotherapist will be able to give you individualised advice/ treatment plan that is tailored for your particular needs.

At Capital Physiotherapy, your initial appointment is 40-60minutes long. This allows our physios to be thorough in their assessment, as well as giving them enough time to give you treatment on the same consultation! 

For queries and concerns about physiotherapy, please visit us at any of our clinics near you or do an online booking using this link. We also have Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.

How to Fix Rounded Shoulder

Do you slouch over your computer screen/Phone/ tablet?

Do you feel tired after sitting straight for more than 5minutes?

Do you feel that having a “good posture” is one of those things that people mentioned but can never really be achieved?

If your answer is Yes to all three of the above questions. We are here to change that!

Rounded shoulders are mainly caused by:

  1. Tight front muscles
  2. Stiff mid back
  3. Weak back  muscles

Postural Dysfunction has become one of the most common causes of injuries that we see in our clinics.

Having a poor posture can cause:

  1. Neck pain
  2. Headache
  3. Back pain
  4. Hip pain
  5. Shoulder pain
  6. In continence
  7. Constipation
  8. Poor digestion
  9. Poor blood circulation

To fix your rounded shoulder you must first stretch the tight component which is what we are showing you today. Once you have stretched these tight structures you will then need to move on to strengthening your postural muscles.

Here at Capital Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are the experts in helping you to fix your posture and all the discomfort that comes with it!

We can help you break this habit and lead a healthier and pain free lifestyle. 

Our physiotherapist will be able to give you individualised advice/ treatment plan that is tailored for your particular needs.

 At Capital Physiotherapy, your initial appointment is 40-60minutes long. This allows our physios to be thorough in their assessment, as well as giving them enough time to give you treatment on the same consultation! 

If you have physiotherapy related concerns, don’t hesitate to visit us at any of our clinics near you or drop an email at info@capitalphysiotherapy.com.au. You can also do online booking and we provide Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.

Top 5 Ways to Relieve Back Pain

Back problems are common conditions.

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 be very difficult to diagnose if you do not know what signs and symptoms you are looking for.

The most common cause of back pain are:

  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylolisis
  • Spondylolithesis
  • SIJ dysfunction
  • Facet joint pain
  • Disc bulge/ herniated disc/ slipped disc

With the last 2 being the most common among all lower back pain causes.

Watch our YouTube Video:

Lower back pain signs & symptoms are very similar however the root of the cause can differ greatly from one individual to another.

There are a lot of structures in our back that can cause pain.

It is therefore very important to find out what structures are causing your particular back pain before trying out further rehabilitation exercises.

It is of utmost importance to get your back pain assessed and diagnosis accurately as it will greatly affect the type of strengthening exercises you do to help improve your back pain.

Here at Capital Physiotherapy we can help you accurately diagnose and treat your back pain.

If you still have issues with your pain or if you wish to continue your rehab for full rehabilitation of these issues  I strongly encourage you to book a session with one of our fully qualified physiotherapists here in Capital physiotherapy. Our physiotherapist will be able to give you more individualised advice that is tailored for your particular needs. You may contact us via email at info@capitalphysiotherapy.com.au.

50% of New Mom Experiences Mommy’s Thumbs!

Did you know about 25%-50% of new mums suffer from wrist pain call the “mommy thumb”known as De quervain tenosynovitis in the medical world. It is a very common problem with new mummies and you are definitely not alone 🙂 

Statistically on average a new mum will lift their baby 25-30x a day! With a wrist pain, it’ll be very debilitating for these mums to carry, feed, change their newborn. 

Watch our YouTube Video

In this video we educate new mums on how manage their pain via 

  1. Watching their posture 
  2. Icing the wrist 
  3. Bracing the wrist 
  4. Putting anti inflammatory drugs on the wrist 5. Massaging the thumb muscles 

These are the 5 ways you can start implementing to help improve your wrist pain symptom. I recommend doing it until you feel minimal to no pain and if you want to learn more about this problem and how to rehab it further you will need to do the following: 

1) go on to our private Facebook page “Ask Mel The Physio” and you will have access to not only the free PDF for this problem but every free educational booklet that we will be having from now onwards 🙂 

If you still have issues with your pain or if you wished to continue your rehab for full rehabilitation of this issues I strongly encouraged you to book a Telehealth consultation session with us under the website link that we provide so that myself or any of our fully qualified physiotherapist can give you a more individualised advice that are tailored for your particular needs. At Capital Physiotherapy, your initial appointment is 40-60minutes long. This allows our physios to be thorough in their assessment, as well as giving them enough time to give you treatment on the same consultation! You may contact at 0401 865 333 or have an online booking with us.