Military Road Physiotherapy https://militaryroadphysio.com.au Military Road Physiotherapy is a modern and innovative hands-on Physiotherapy practice located in Neutral Bay, in Sydney’s Lower North Shore. Thu, 02 Nov 2017 23:27:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sitting vs Standing. What is best for you? https://militaryroadphysio.com.au/sitting-vs-standing-what-is-best-for-you/ Wed, 08 Jul 2015 06:08:34 +0000 https://militaryroadphysio.com.au/?p=404 Sitting vs Standing. What’s best? By Erin Burns Almost 2/3rds of Australian adults are overweight or obese. More alarmingly, ¼ of Aussie kids are too. If figures stay the same, according to the Australian bureau of statistics; 80% of us will be classified as overweight or obese. So the question is why? Obviously there is […]

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Sitting vs Standing. What’s best?

By Erin Burns

Almost 2/3rds of Australian adults are overweight or obese. More alarmingly, ¼ of Aussie kids are too. If figures stay the same, according to the Australian bureau of statistics; 80% of us will be classified as overweight or obese. So the question is why?

Obviously there is no one answer. Multiple factors are responsible for our weight loss, gain or maintenance. We all know the obvious; eat well, exercise regularly, attempt our 10,000 step goal daily, get some good sleep. But what most of us don’t know, is that even though we are ticking off these daily milestones, there may be something we are doing every single day that is undoing all our good work. Sitting. And we are doing far too much of it.

The average Australian sits for nearly 9 hours per day, whether that be at work, in the car, watching TV etc. Couple that with roughly 7 hours sleep, and that’s a whopping 2/3rds of our day sedentary! So what is this doing to our bodies?

As soon as we sit, our metabolism slows, our blood pressure and blood glucose levels rise and our ability to break down fat stores drop by 90%. What this means is that if we adopt this lifestyle long term, it increases our risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and a whole bunch of other chronic diseases. Not only that, but prolonged seated positions also have a detrimental effect on our backs. Sensitisation of our spine can occur with awkward postures, inactivity, lack of sleep, stress and poor mood. Sound familiar to anyone?

Prolonged sitting also makes your hip flexors and hamstrings really tight. And because you’re sitting on your butt and not using it, your glutes and other stability muscles get weak, as do your abs. You will tend to hunch over, your shoulders will roll in and your neck will become stiff. Also your diaphragm can’t function properly when you are slouching, and it is one of your main core stabilising muscles. All of these things can contribute to back, neck, shoulder pain and headaches.

Try this quick experiment. Sit up tall, imaging that someone is pulling your ears to the roof, now take a big breath in. See how easy it is. Now slouch, roll your shoulders in and look up at your computer screen. Now take a big breath in. Feels difficult doesn’t it?

What can be done? Simple answer. Move and try and sit with good posture. Adopt regular patterns of movement. Try to stand every 30 minutes, even to get a glass of water, go to the bathroom, printer etc, have standing or even better walking meetings rather than sitting ones. Enquire at work about potential for standing or height adjustable desks, which are becoming more common in the workplace. We often ask patients to put a post–it note on the bottom corner of their computer screen with the words ‘posture’ for that constant reminder to sit tall. Think ears to the roof. Regular exercise and increasing your incidental exercise daily will have a massive impact on your health and aches and pains.

If you are experiencing back, neck, shoulder pain or headaches call to see one of our Physios today on 9904 2180, or go to the online booking link on the home page.

 

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Picture source: The mirror UK http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/doctors-now-warning-sitting-new-339390

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Chronic Back Pain Video https://militaryroadphysio.com.au/back-pain/ Mon, 17 Jun 2013 03:33:34 +0000 https://militaryroadphysio.com.au/?p=366 This is a great video with Physiotherapist Peter O’Sullivan and one of his chronic back pain patients. Just because you have suffered from back pain for a long time it does not necessarily mean you have to forever

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This is a great video with Physiotherapist Peter O’Sullivan and one of his chronic back pain patients.
Just because you have suffered from back pain for a long time it does not necessarily mean you have to forever

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What is Clinical Pilates? https://militaryroadphysio.com.au/clinical-pilates/ Fri, 22 Feb 2013 05:27:03 +0000 https://militaryroadphysio.com.au/?p=132 Military Road Physiotherapy offers a highly individualised form of Clinical Pilates to focus on the rehabilitation and prevention of target problem areas. Clinical Pilates is a low impact, dynamic method of exercise focusing on breathing, control and core stability. Using a combination of specific Pilates equipment including allegro reformers, fit balls, rollers, light weights and […]

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Military Road Physiotherapy offers a highly individualised form of Clinical Pilates to focus on the rehabilitation and prevention of target problem areas.

Clinical Pilates is a low impact, dynamic method of exercise focusing on breathing, control and core stability. Using a combination of specific Pilates equipment including allegro reformers, fit balls, rollers, light weights and floor based exercises ensures greater results to rehabilitate patients whilst minimising the risk of injury re-aggravation.

Conditions that Clinical Pilates can assist with include:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Hip and Groin pain
  • Shoulder and knee rehabilitation
  • Chronic back pain

Pilates is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Led by our experienced Physiotherapists and Pilates instructors, our Pilates classes have a maximum of 4 people and personalised to ensure individual attention.

Classes run on a 10 week term basis and cost $395.

Private Health Rebates may be available for patients who purchase a block of ten classes after private consultation with a Physiotherapist to identify a Clinical Pilates treatment program.

Pilates Timetable

Monday

6pm, 7pm

Tuesday

7am, 8.30am, 9.30am, 10.30am, 6pm, 7pm

 Wednesday

6pm, 7pm

 Thursday

7pm

 Friday

7am, 8.30am, 9.30am

 

 

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