2 days ago

PHYSIOSOUTH Christchurch

With these recent southerly blasts, snow-sports are just around the corner! Even for the experienced snow-lover, the tiring load placed through the hip, knee, ankle and back can cause injury which is quite common. But don’t panic, there’s lots you can do to prep yourself for injury-free riding fun! ⛷🏂

🎿Pre-season conditioning is very important to ensure your muscles are able to perform under the demands on the snow.

🏋️‍♂️Strengthening of quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and core is important to ensure you maintain good lower limb alignment and prevent overloading on your knees. Pain at the front of your knees can be caused by Patellofemoral pain. Refer to our ‘Running Series’ for more information.

🏃🏽‍♂️It is important to have a sufficient cardiovascular fitness base before the long days skiing/snowboarding. This helps to prevent poor technique when you become tired which can compromise the load/alignment through your lower limbs.

🤸🏼‍♀️Balance and proprioception is important to work on in order to maintain good weight distribution when skiing/snowboarding especially in poor visibility.

Be sure to book in with one of our physios to get a full assessment in preparation for the ski season ahead🤗 @ Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 days ago

PHYSIOSOUTH Christchurch

Meet Jenny, one of the awesome physios based at our Linwood and City Fitness clinics.

Jenny is a mother of 3 who has recently returned to the Physiotherapy workforce.

Jenny has her ASCA level one strength and conditioning coaching certificate.

When Jenny is not in the clinic, she competes on a national level at powerlifting. With this knowledge and experience in the gym, Jenny has a keen interest in all strength sports and helping you become stronger and fitter than before.
@ Christchurch, New Zealand
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1 week ago

PHYSIOSOUTH Christchurch

Are you noticing pain and tightness in the Achilles, particularly in the morning or during running? You may be suffering from an Achilles Tendinopathy.

Overload of the tendon due to excessive use of the calves can cause “microtrauma” in the tendon, causing change in the tendon make-up, leading to pain and weakness.

Rest, release of the calf muscles, strengthening and a change in running load and style can aid in management and prevention of Achilles Tendinopathy.

It is always best to seek advice from your physio for management of this injury.

BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY to sort out those running niggles! @ Christchurch, New Zealand
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2 weeks ago

PHYSIOSOUTH Christchurch

Meet Andrew, one of our experienced clinical directors based at both Colombo and Pioneer clinics.

Andrew has a broad base of experience with 6 years of hospital-based rotation in Scotland as well as working with athletes in HPSNZ (Triathlon, Cycling & Athletics) as a physiotherapist and strength coach. After finishing his Masters in Health Science at AUT, he completed the Level 2 Australian Strength & Conditioning Association qualification.

Andrew is passionate about working with teams and individuals to recover/perform at their best functional ability. He supported the Paddle Ferns (Canoe Polo) in strength and conditioning coaching on their journey to Gold at the World Championships in August 2016.

His current clinical interests are in the hip region and the therapeutic benefits of myofascial release and dry needling.

Andrew enjoys outdoor endurance activities including Ironman triathlon, hill running, sea swimming and Breca. He has also been assisting with coaching in the Canterbury Triathlon club. @ Christchurch, New Zealand
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Shin Splints are frustratingly common and can negatively affect your performance in running, sporting and plyometric activity.

Muscle weakness or tightness of the calves and foot extensors can cause muscle fatigue during activity leading to poor running biomechanics, and an increasing load on the tibia causing shin pain.

You don’t have to put up with this pain - visit your physio for key strengthening, flexibility exercises and a running assessment, to get you thriving in your activity again.
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