Best Home Workout Equipment For Beginners

Equipment that you will need as a bare minimum to have a good and appropriate workout at home.

Here’s the list!

Today I'll be sharing with you what are the main equipment that I get most of my clients who never have any exercise equipment at home to start having.

It’s good enough to have a whole range of exercises to do with these equipment from beginner to advanced individuals.

Of course, you can have more than these listed and fancy gym equipment at home, but I find mostly these equipment that I’ve listed are generally enough for any clients that come to me for any type of rehab.

Can you do strengthening without any of these equipment? It will be very difficult. Surely there are bodyweight exercises that you can do but if you are injured or are in pain, body weight exercise is probably not the best or most appropriate to start with.

It’s either your weight or nothing in between, hence it’s difficult to prescribe any appropriate exercise for individuals when they don't have any sort of strengthening equipment to help them rehab.

Strengthening is all about progression. If the resistance band or the weight doesn’t change you don’t get stronger. You always have to start light and work your way up, exercise progression can change as quickly as every week or as slow as every couple of weeks. Starting with a weight that is suitable for you now might not be the case any more 2 weeks later.

Hence exercise that you find useful to eliminate your discomfort in the beginning, you might not feel the same benefit after doing them for a month. Hence it is important that you have some sort of equipment at home that will allow your progression for the exercises that you are doing.

The appropriate weight, with the appropriate repetition at the appropriate time of your rehab and it changes as your symptoms get better.

Keeping in mind these tips/advice are of general nature and do not take your injuries/history into considerations. If you are experiencing any pain or would like an individualised tailored program to help improve your dancing, I highly recommend you speak to any one of your physiotherapists to guide you through your rehab journey.

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

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

Our physiotherapist will be able to give a full 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 drop us an email info@capitalphysiotherapy.com.au or make an appointment through our booking system!  

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Additional Information:

We also provide Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.


Why Do My Lower Back Pops & Clicks?

Does your lower back or the back of your hip keep making popping noises while you do leg raises exercises? If it clicks and pops without pain should you be concerned? Can this problem be fixed? Well this is what we will be discussing in .

Our lower back is joint at the pelvis and then to the hip, this joint that connects your lower back to your pelvis is what we call the sacroiliac joint or in short the (SIJ) joint.

This structure is mostly stabilised by very very strong  ligaments around the area, hence if for some reasons your  ligaments are loosening and you don't have the muscles strength around that area  to stabilise this structure, it will start to move every time you move your legs and your back creating a popping sound with or without pain.

If it’s causing popping sensation without pain should you be concerned? The answer is Yes. Even if you don’t feel the pain you should still be concerned as this issue is an indication that you have weak lower back and hip muscles and if left untreated you will have a higher risk of developing lower back or hip issues down the track. Especially for women, if you are already experiencing SIJ clicking now, if you are planning to have a baby in the future you have a very high risk of having lower back issues throughout the pregnancy and even after the pregnancy when there is more weight on your back and when the hormone of the pregnancy relaxes the ligaments even more.

Our back has our back muscles and bum (hip muscles) that works together to specifically stabilise this joint while they are moving. These muscle groups are what we call the Posterior Oblique Sling muscles.

Keeping in mind these tips/advice are of general nature and do not take your injuries/history into considerations. If you are experiencing any pain or would like an individualised tailored program to help improve your dancing, I highly recommend you speak to any one of your physiotherapists to guide you through your rehab journey.

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

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

Our physiotherapist will be able to give a full 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 drop us an email info@capitalphysiotherapy.com.au or make an appointment through our booking system!  

Our Physiotherapy Clinics in Melbourne

 

 

Additional Information:

We also provide Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.


Does Strengthening Make Your Already Tight Muscles Even Tighter?

Over the past few weeks it's been like deja vu one after another my client came into my clinic telling me they restrain from doing exercises as they are afraid it will make their already tight muscles tighter!

As weird as it may sound to you but i’m going tell you this is a myth. Strengthening your muscles does not make it “tight” or “stiff”

If done a certain way (eccentric strengthening-Eccentric training is when you contract the muscle while it is getting longer. ) it can actually help increase the stretch tolerance and flexibility of that muscles.

Just stretching and not strengthening your muscles will make those muscles prone to injuries.

A lot of our clients often report a sensation of tightness and pain in their muscles. As such we are frequently asked for stretches or whether massage or dry needling would help.

While stretching might give a short-term benefit, strong evidence have shown that that eccentric training can;

  1. Increase the length of our muscle fibres and
  2. Improve joint range of movement AND
  3. Improve muscle strength AND
  4. Reduce injury risk at the same time!

Soreness isn’t always an indicator that a muscle needs to be stretched. It can also be an indicator that the muscle itself isn’t strong enough.

A lot of times, chronically tight muscles are tight because they’re weak.

Weakness reduces efficiency of muscle activation which leads to over activating muscles fibre that is not required and constantly being overworked creating a “tightness” sensation.

By increasing the strength of the muscles, you increase the efficiency of the muscles and hence reduce unnecessary overloading of it which will help reduce that “ tight” / “stiff “ sensation.

Now, I'm not saying that stretching is useless, because if you are one of those people who never stretch in your entire life, you probably do very much need stretching, massaging, dry needling.

Our muscles work best in their mid range. However if you increase the flexibility of your muscles,your ideal/ optimal range would significantly increase as well.

So the ideal situation or training routine should have a combination of stretches and strengthening at the same time to maximise the benefit and reduce your sensation of “tightness” & “stiffness”

Keeping in mind these tips/advice are of general nature and do not take your injuries/history into considerations. If you are experiencing any pain or would like an individualised tailored program to help improve your dancing, I highly recommend you speak to any one of your physiotherapists to guide you through your rehab journey.

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

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

Our physiotherapist will be able to give a full 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 drop us an email info@capitalphysiotherapy.com.au or make an appointment through our booking system!  

Our Physiotherapy Clinics in Melbourne

 

 

Additional Information:

We also provide Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.


Can’t get legs straight for leg raises?

 

  • Having trouble straightening your legs during leg raises?
  • Can’t seem to get your legs any higher in the air?

female doing floor leg raisers

Well in this blog I’ll show you how you can achieve those nice elongated legs up in the air!

Holding your legs in mid air requires not only muscles & joint flexibility but also muscles strength to be able to prolong the hold without shaking and at the same time making it look elongated and effortless.

In this video I’ll run through a few simple tests to see if length or strength is the limiting factor that prevents you from maintaining straight elongated legs within mid air.

 

Who knows? You might realise it’s actually both the flexibility & the strength that is limiting you!

Keeping in mind these tips/advice are of general nature and do not take your injuries/history into considerations. If you are experiencing any pain or would like an individualised tailored program to help improve your dancing, I highly recommend you speak to any one of your physiotherapists to guide you through your dance journey.

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

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

Our female physiotherapist will be able to give a full 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 drop us an email info@capitalphysiotherapy.com.au or make an appointment through our booking system!  

You will find us at any of our clinics near you:


Additional Information:

We also provide Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.


 

What Is Women’s Health Physiotherapy?

What is women’s health physiotherapy?

It remains a mystery to many people what a physiotherapist actually does, let alone a “Women’s Health Physiotherapist

We are constantly asked;

– What exactly is a women’s health physiotherapist?

– Should I see one?

What condition does women’s health physiotherapist see?

 

pelvic floor diagram

At Capital Physiotherapy we have female physiotherapist that will be able to treat women’s health related conditions such as:

  • Pregnancy related pain and/ or dysfunction (pre- and post-natal)
  • Abdominal separation (rectus diastasis)
  • Pelvic floor strengthening
  • Caesarean or perineal scar management
  • Pelvic girdle pain/ “pelvic instability”
  • Urinary urgency
  • Neck Pain and Stiffness including and Wry Neck
  • Headaches
  • Back Pain including disc injuries and pinched nerves, Sciatica
  • Wrist pain (carpal tunnel syndrome, de quervain’s tendinitis)
  • Mastitis

Why Consult a Women’s Physiotherapy?

  • Accurate diagnosis
  • Professional treatment
  • Relieve pain
  • Education and advice about injuries/discomfort
  • Recovery from injury
  • Rapid return to work and lifestyle

Treatment Techniques

Depending on your injury and the cause of your injury/discomfort, our therapist will assess and offer a vast array of treatment techniques that will suit you best.

  • Massage Therapy
  • Strengthening
  • Education and Advice
  • Dry Needling
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Electrotherapy
  • Taping

Commonly a women’s health physiotherapist is also involved with developing exercise programs and running exercise classes specifically for women. At Capital Physiotherapy, our female physiotherapists use our additional training and advanced knowledge of the female body to expertly design individual programs that are safe and effective for women of all “ages and stages” who may or may not have pain or dysfunction.

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

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

Our female physiotherapist will be able to give a full 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 drop us an email info@capitalphysiotherapy.com.au or make an appointment through our booking system!  

You will find us at any of our clinics near you:


Additional Information:

We also provide Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.


 

Shoulder Blades Sticking Out? Is it Bad?- Ask a Physio

 

 

What is scapula winging?

Scapula winging is when the borders of the scapula (shoulder blade) stick out away from the ribcage. Normally the scapula is meant to lie flat against the rib-cage. Scapula winging usually results from muscle imbalances of the muscles attaching to the scapula. Imbalances commonly occur between the pectoralis minor, upper trapezius, lower trapezius and serratus anterior muscles.

Educate on the topic

  • Shoulder blade sticking out is also what we call scapular winging
  • It is cause by long standing weakness of your shoulder blade muscles
  • Some people can have shoulder blade winging without pain, some may be with pain
  • Whether you are experiencing pain or not with this issue is definitely something you want to fix because it puts you at a very high risk of having shoulder injuries.

Scapular winging

  • Our shoulder blades act as a stable base for all of our shoulder movement.
  • Without proper shoulder blade control you will also have poor shoulder control
  • Leading to
    • Reduce shoulder strength
    • Slowing down of plateauing in shoulder strength progression in your training
    • Increase risk of shoulder injuries
    • Reduce your shoulder overall performance

Consequences of scapula winging:

Scapula winging can result in inefficient movement of the glenohumeral (shoulder) joint. The scapula and shoulder joint are connected. If the resting position and movements of the scapula are not in optimum position, it can lead to restricted movements of the shoulder joint. This in turn can lead to impingement of the rotator cuff tendons and associated pain and dysfunction.

Weakness of the cervicothoracic postural muscles and subsequent scapula winging can also lead cause increased tension and pain in the muscles between the shoulder blades and the muscles attaching from the scapula to the neck. This in turn can lead to joint stiffness and potentially tension-headaches in more severe cases.

How can Capital Physiotherapy help reduce scapula winging?

After thorough assessment to determine which muscles are contributing to the winging scapula, our physiotherapists may use a variety of different treatment to try and relieve symptoms associated with scapula winging and reduce the winging itself.

Treatment options include:

  • Postural education and correction
  • Postural taping
  • Massage to relieve tension of tight muscles
  • Dry needling to relieve muscle pain and tightness
  • Muscle strengthening and re-training to correct muscle-imbalances causing the winging
  • EMG activation prior to strengthening to help activate muscles that have difficulty firing due to altered neuromuscular activation patterns

Keeping in mind these exercises are of general nature and do not take your injuries/history into considerations. In order to fully rehab your shoulder blade discomfort you will still need to continue to progress to harder and more functional strengthening exercises that are specifically tailored for you,  in order to feel pain free while working.

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

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

Our physiotherapist will be able to give a full 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 book online here.  We also provide Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.

How to Fix Flat Feet or Flatten Arch

Are you experiencing pain and discomfort in your arch of your foot due to your flat feet issues?

Here are some of the more common causes of flat feet.

  • Obesity
  • Injury to your foot or ankle
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Aging
  • Diabetes

Although there are many more causes of flat feet the more common cause that we see in our clinic are people who generally have past foot and ankle injuries which do not have a proper rehabilitation program in the past.

In this video I’ll show you some of the more common exercises that we start out with for people who are suffering from pain due in their feet and ankle.

Keeping in mind these stretches are just the basic exercises that we start off with to fully fix your foot discomfort you will still need to continue to progress to harder and more functional strengthening exercises in order to feel pain free while working. You will also need to find out the root cause of the issue to fundamentally fix it once and for all.

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

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

Our physiotherapist will be able to give a full foot 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 physiotherapy concerns, drop by our Footscray clinic or visit us at any of our clinics near you. You can book online for appointment. We provide Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.

How to Fix Tight Hamstrings Without Stretching

If you have tight hamstrings, you’re not alone! Unless you have a regular stretching practice as part of your workout routine, odds are you can’t touch your toes. 

But why are they tight? And what can you do to help loosen them up so you aren’t getting so much carry-over tension in your low back?

For a lot of people, this is the mindset, but no matter how much they stretch those tight hamstrings, there is no significant change. Unfortunately, fixing tight hamstrings with stretching is not that simple.

Your hamstrings are a group of three muscles running down the backside of your legs that connect your “sits bones” at the bottom of your hips (the little bony protrusions you can feel underneath your butt when you sit in a chair or on the floor) to the top of your calf and shin bones.

  • Most people with constant feeling of tightness in hamstring has what we call neurological tightness
  • It’s a perceived tightness caused by your brain due to lack of stability around our hip and knees area
  • So even though then you do the hamstring length test you do not have tight hamstring you still feel as if your hamstrings are constantly tight
  • To fix these issues here are some of the strengthening exercises you can start doing

Tightness, or even the feeling of tightness, in the hamstring can be influenced by a number of factors:

  • The muscle actually being short to the point where the muscles fibres aren’t long enough causing a restriction in movement.
  • Weakness in the muscle can cause the muscle to go into a protective spasm, tighten up and feel stiff.
  • A muscle, which has recently been exercised or worked, will hold extra muscle tone and therefore a slight restriction in movement.
  • A muscle that is being overworked, due to weakness in another muscle will become tight.

Keeping in mind these stretches are just the basic exercises that we start off with to fully fix your hamstring discomfort you will still need to continue to progress to harder and more functional strengthening exercises in order to feel pain free while working. You will also need to find out the root cause of the issue to fundamentally fix it once and for all.

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

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

Our physiotherapist will be able to give a full lower limb 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! 

If you have physiotherapy concerns, book an appointment with us or visit our clinic nearest to you. We also provide Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.

Tips and Advice Post Total Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip precautions After Total Hip Replacement (THR) you will need to follow hip precautions for 3 months unless your surgeon tells you differently. These precautions help you heal and reduce risk of hip dislocation

Depending on the incision approach the precautions will vary.

For posterior approach the restrictions are as follows:

  • No bending your hip over 90 degree
  • In crossing your leg
  • Always keeps your leg apart
  • No turning your toes inwards

For Anterior Approach the restrictions are as follows:

  • No hip extension. 
  • Do not allow the surgical leg to externally rotate (turn outwards). 
  • Do not cross your legs. 
  • Use a pillow between legs when rolling.

For Lateral approach the restrictions are as follows:

  • Be caution of rotating your legs

Hip strengthening is not the only thing you need to focus on post total hip replacement.

During rehab, your physiotherapist will focus on

  • Hip strength
  • Knee strength
  • Ankle strength
  • Core strength
  • Hip and knee range of motion
  • Hip proprioception (balance)
  • Hip control and balance 
  • Returning to sports
  • Returning to work/volunteer

Here at Capital Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are the experts in helping your post hip surgery rehab as well as all the discomfort that comes with it!

We can help you 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 physio concerns, send us an email at info@capitalphysiotherapy.com.au or book online here. We also provide Telehealth Consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.

 

Easy Stretches and Exercises for Esports Gamers

Performing a cooldown is important following any physical activity, and gaming is no different!

A good cooldown will make you feel relaxed. A great cooldown will initiate your body’s healing process and help to prevent injury in your future.

The Esports Healthcare: Gamer Stretches are a comprehensive, static stretch routine that targets the muscles and joints involved in gaming—both PC and console—that will help you recover and limit your risk for injury.

In this video I will show you a good 10-15 minutes stretch routine that you can do daily to help break up your long day in front of the screen and also improve the longevity of your gamer career by keeping you pain free from head to toes!

Being a gamer involves prolonged sitting in front of the screen and normally with high tension due to the nature of the gaming world.

Most gamers would experience more pain and tension compared to normal office workers.

It is therefore more important and crucial for gamers to set up their workstation as ideal as possible and ensure regular stretches and exercises to help improve the life of this very competitive career.

Constant high stress/tension level and prolonged static position will lead to many health issues and many have already started experiencing them such as having back, neck, hip stiffness and regular headaches, wrist, elbow, thumb pain are just some of the examples.

Here are some easy hacks that you can start doing to make gaming more comfortable and productive for you.

1. Take your time to set up your workstation. We have a video here to show you how you can optimize your workstation at home as close to ideal as possible so make sure you check them out!

2. If possible, set a room designated for gaming only. In that way you will have a specific space at your house that you can relate as a “game area” and anywhere else would be your “relax zone” this will help you find more work-life balance even when you are working at home.

3. Regular stretches at every break you get while gaming. Here’s a video that will help break up your long gaming day and will help prevent tightness build up from prolonged sitting.

4. Regular exercises. Try to find 30-45 minutes daily doing any exercise that you enjoy outside your esport. This will help keep your cardiovascular fitness and general strengthen and joints mobilities but it will also significantly help reduce your mental load as well.

If after trying out all these hacks and tips and you are still experiencing aches and pain, it’s time for you to seek some professional help.

Here at Capital Physiotherapy we can help you accurately diagnose and treat your aches and discomfort.

If you still have issues with your pain or if you wish to continue your rehab for full rehabilitation of your 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.

 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 drop an email at info@capitalphysiotherapy.com.au. We also provide online physiotherapy consultation for your safety and convenience during this pandemic.