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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