Improving your yoga poses

Have you ever joined a yoga class and wondered why you seem to be struggling more than the yogi next to you?

It might help to break the pose down into the elements required by each area of the body and work on them separately before putting it all together.

Here’s an example using the ‘extended side angle’ pose as performed by Pilates instructor Luisa Burgoyne.

As pictured below, this pose requires:

  • left hip flexion
  • right hip extension
  • spine rotation right
  • elevation of right shoulder

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Trusting Your Plan – Interview with Melbourne marathon runner Danny Cohen

Danny Cohen is a busy 40-year-old office worker and experienced road cyclist who started running marathons three years ago. At last year’s windswept Melbourne Marathon in October Danny ran 2 hours 46 minutes 48 seconds.

What makes Danny’s result so incredible is that an MRI report diagnosed a significant hamstring tear just 6-weeks out from the event. This explained the constant ache he had been feeling in his leg when running and for many people, this kind of news would have ended their marathon campaign. But Danny isn’t like most people…

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Cross Training Explained

Cross Training means using a secondary activity as an adjunct to your primary activity. It is common for sports that include a lot of repetitive actions.

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Benefits of Cross Training

  • Variation from repetitive movements of primary sport.
  • Injury prevention.
  • Improves different fitness components.
  • Improves mobility restrictions caused by primary sport.
  • Enhances performance by doing a sport which targets your weaknesses.

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Get Up Out Of Your Chair!

Research shows that the detrimental health effects of sitting are taking years off the life of the average office worker. It sounds incredible, but sitting for more than 3-hours per day can shorten your life expectancy by 2-years, and it is likely that you don’t even get a say in it. More importantly though, it’s the general health and quality of life which may be reduced by sitting for too long.

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Don’t Let Your Health Suffer For Lack of Activity

In terms of obesity, Australia’s population continues to rank as the fastest growing in the world. By 2012 10% more adults were overweight or obese than in 1995. We hope that our community here at Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre continues to buck this trend. Staying healthy, eating well and keeping active are key factors in a whole host of important risk factors.

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Desk Related Injuries

Sitting at a desk and operating a computer may seem like a harmless activity. However because the human body was designed for movement, it does not tolerate this immobility and repetitive action for long periods.

The most common musculo-skeletal injuries caused by computer/desk work are:

  • Back, neck and shoulder problems
  • Repetitive strain (tendon) Disorders e.g. tennis elbow, de Quervains Tenosinovitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Eye/Vision problems e.g. headaches, eye strain

Here are some pointers on how to improve your workstation and prevent desk-related injuries.

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A Healthier Life for All: Interview with Triathlete Dan Kelly

Every day at Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre we genuinely relate what we are doing to creating a ‘a healthier life for all’. This phrase is a large part of the vision that everyone at our Centre has agreed to work towards achieving each and every day. The phrase ‘a healthier life for all’ is our promise to our community. It is the drive behind our core values:

  1. Customer Service Excellence
  2. Clinical Excellence
  3. Leadership

Without a vision, we risk a journey without any real purpose or direction, as famously quoted by Helen Keller:

‘The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.’

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Mobile Phone Use Causing Tripping Accidents

Following on from last week’s post featuring the channel 9 news report on ‘text neck’ featuring our centre’s own director Shane Buntman, this week we look another issue where mobile device use is adversely changing our movement and posture. And this problem extends beyond the neck.

There are some rather obvious safety issues with mobile phone use when driving and cycling. Now this list has expanded to also include walking.

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A group of researchers set out to investigate the effect mobile phone use may have on distraction-related walking injuries. The study analysed 30 adults walking across an 8 meter long strip with 11 motion capture cameras recording joint angles, step length, walking speed, and other gait parameters.

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