Toe walking- problem or habit?

As a parent, your child’s first few steps will be imprinted in your mind forever. You will always remember the first few clumsy, wobbly steps and the smile on your little one’s face. However, some kids take a detour and start walking on their tip toes. The reason for this can be frightening for some parents, but rest assured, we are here to put your mind at ease with steps to follow and what to expect regarding therapy.

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ACL Injuries

Everything you need to know

ACL injuries: Everything you need to know:

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is located in the knee and is one of the most common ligament injuries of the knee. ACL ruptures have a high prevalence in people participating in high-risk sports, like soccer, rugby, and basketball.

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Embracing Eustress

How to BOUNCE into life – Embracing Eustress

We are ALL living through unprecedented times, amidst the global pandemic Covid-19 and its impact around the world including here in New Zealand. Everyone has been affected. We cannot change the past but must instead focus our energy towards how we react. Taking control and implementing positive action forwards from here. There are likely more turbulent times ahead and it is your mindset that will help you through. 

Stress often carries a negative connotation but in fact it is a natural reaction which can be positive.  Let me introduce EUSTRESS which is linked to positive emotions of excitement, fulfillment, meaning, satisfaction and well-being. Eustress is what motivates us to get out of bed in the morning and can be reflected upon when considering what we have achieved in a day. Work significantly contributes to eustress. In turn eustress contributes towards motivation, work ethic, sense of accomplishment, contentment and a positive mindset.

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Growing, is it painful?

Growing, is this painful?

Avenues Physio-Fitness is regularly referred adolescence or children with “growing pains”. Although there is reference to pain reported by children between the ages of 3-5 years and 8-12 years, there is no evidence that growing is a painful process. The reported literature describes pain in the legs and within the muscles- namely front of the thighs, in the calves or behind the knees. This almost always occurs in both legs and lasts for no longer than a couple of weeks.

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Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)

Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) is a common overuse injury of the shin provoked following weight bearing activities including exercise [1-3]. MTSS is characterised by pain along the bottom two thirds of the inside of the shin bone [1, 3-5]. This condition is a common cause of pain and dysfunction amongst athletic populations, particularly those involving repetitive dynamic or impact based loads such as running, dancing or jumping [1, 3, 6, 7] and is something that we regularly treat at Avenues Physio-Fitness. Read More

Injury Prevention & Load Management

Early in every sporting season, we notice a specific trend in relation to youth injuries that present to Avenues Physio-Fitness. As training and competition start to get into full swing, or as training loads peak, many young athletes become overloaded and niggles begin. At this point, all athletes are at their highest risk of suffering serious and often, season-ending injuries. Additionally, many dynamic sports, with explosive movements, repeated landings and sudden changes of direction significantly increase the risk of serious injuries. The team at Avenues Physio-Fitness have some timely tips and tricks to keep our athletes in top shape and injury free.Read More

Optimal Sporting Recovery

We are regularly asked about optimal recovery methods following sport, especially in team tournament situations where players are expected to perform, day-after-day. Contact and dynamic sports combine high-intensity exercise with repeated, forceful movements causing soft tissue trauma, reduced muscle function and increased muscle soreness [1, 2]. Furthermore, impairments in athletic performance and increased injury rates reported following repeated competition [1, 3]. Effective recovery positively influences physiological and psychological mechanisms, enhancing preparedness for subsequent training and competition [1, 2]. This is partly due to accelerated rate and quality of muscle repair, counteracting the detrimental symptoms of soft tissue trauma [2].Read More

Chronic Pain

Pain is a specifically designed system designed to protect us from actual or perceived danger or body damage. Without it, we would not remove our hand from a hot plate, or recognise quickly that our leg is not supposed to stretch that far. However, what happens when pain becomes a continuous message that appears to no longer be related to actual tissue damage or threat? If all imaging and healing indicate that physically, everything appears all ok?

Chronic pain is described as “pain persisting for more than 3 months or beyond the expected time of tissue healing” [6]. All pain caused by muscle damage and inflammation can progress to chronic pain if not timely managed [7]. Chronic pain appears to cause mixed messages between movement and sensory feedback. Musculoskeletal deconditioning, fear of movement, general life stressors and impaired movements are likely to cause this mismatch and normal sensation will be interpreted as ‘warning signals’ or pain [7]. As pain continues for longer periods, a greater degree of sensory changes and abnormalities occur within the pain system, both in the brain and in the tissues [8]. However, none of these changes can be currently seen by any imaging. Chronic pain can lead to hyper-sensitivity or central sensitisation of the pain interpretation system [7] and these changes are proposed to occur as a consequence of associated learning memory from regular pain signals [9].Read More

Clinical Pilates

Research published in 2011 defines Pilates as a mind–body exercise that encompasses strength, core stability, flexibility, muscle control, posture and breathing (Wells et al, 2012).

I have been a Physiotherapist now for 8 years, teaching Pilates for 2 years and playing National level hockey.  Below are some of my favourite parts of Pilates classes, both teaching and participating in them weekly.

–          The calmness that it brings to your body and breathing

–          The control you need to gain to improve and seeing the improvements

–          How much you begin to understand your body, its immobility, weaknesses and strengths

–          The challenge to move in ways you didn’t realise were possible

–          How daily life, postures, trainings, stressors can affect how we move

–          The balance it brings each day by taking time to be mindful and calm before returning to reality

–          Feeling my tummy and bum muscles working!!Read More