Prevention is better than cure!

Physiotherapy to prevent pain, injury or illness

PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN A CURE – however (and unfortunately) in today’s age the preventative side to healthcare is somewhat over-shadowed by the treatments and cures for after the fact. As a result, a number of people aren’t aware of the effective measures that can be taken to prevent any pain, injuries or illnesses from occurring in the first place – like what’s available at our Melbourne CBD Physiotherapy clinics.

It’s important we learn to adapt; with our lifestyles demanding more than ever – longer hours spent at sedentary jobs, more time spent driving places instead of walking or cycling, increased consumption of processed/fast foods – our lifestyles must accommodate a program or exercise which can successfully counteract some of these detrimental activities; in order to give us the best chance at a long, healthy life. Our Melbourne CBD Physiotherapists can help you get started.

It’s no secret that all of the above lifestyle factors can lead to a number of serious health conditions, some of which have high fatality rates – for example, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. When it comes to your health and well-being “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is not a motto we’d recommend employing! If you already know what you want, book your appointment at any of our Physiotherapy Melbourne CBD clinics.

So HOW does Physiotherapy prevent pain, injury or illness? It’s our job as Physiotherapists to know all about these conditions, including what needs to happen in order to suffer from any of them. Continuous research shows that physical activity combined with a healthy diet is not only successful in managing and treating illness or ailments, but also for preventing them.

Our Physiotherapists have a sound understanding of the body, and when we combine this with individual and tailored assessments of our patients, we’re able to give help and advice that’s specific to you and your lifestyle.

It doesn’t require drastic lifestyle changes that consume your life – you can achieve important beneficial improvements to your health with a few small changes. It’s because of our Physiotherapists experience and knowledge that we’re able to identify the potential for illness or injury based on your assessment and lifestyle.  You’ll find our highly-trained Physiotherapists at our Melbourne CBD clinics in Collins Street and Flinders Street.

Some of the preventative programs available at Pinnacle Health’s Melbourne CBD Physio Clinics include:

  • Cardiovascular exercise programs
  • Sports specific conditioning
  • Injury and falls prevention
  • Pre-operative rehab for reconstructive surgery – e.g. joint replacement
  • Post-operative rehab for general surgery
  • Workplace injury management and prevention
  • Weight/diabetes management programs
  • Nutrition and dietetics

Physiotherapy is much more in depth and thorough than what some may realise – so if you’re suffering from any pain, injury or illness and you’re ready to make a change in your life, book your appointment today and experience the absolute Pinnacle in health care! A bettertomorrow starts today!

Avoiding Winter Weight Gain! By Dietitian Edwina McDonald

Avoiding winter weight gain!

By Dietitian Edwina McDonald
When the alarm goes off on a cold winter morning the last thing we feel like doing is getting out of bed. Most people associate winter with weights gain- don’t let this be you.
1. Maintain your exercise regime; if you don’t want to go for a run try doing a circuit in the warmth of your house using weights, a skipping rope, stairs and your own body weight. Alternatively join a gym
2. Avoid increasing your intake of hot drinks; all drinks except water contain calories. Adding in extra hot drinks to your day on top of what you’re doing will lead to excess calories consumed.
3. Avoid buying your lunch; while a hot meal form the cafe downstairs may sound appealing you will save an average of 300-500 calories by bringing in your own lunch. If you want a hot meal bring in leftovers/ homemade vegetable soup and serve with lean protein
4. Get to bed early; make the most of a warm bed on a winter’s night. Getting 7-8 hours of good quality sleep will improve your willpower and ability to make healthy food choices during the day as well as make it easier to get up for your morning exercise
5. Maintain your 2 and 5; fruit and vegetables contain valuable antioxidants including vitamin C that will maintain a healthy immune system and fight free radical cellular damage.
Sticking to your eating and exercise plan all year around will enforce long term positive lifestyle behaviours. Don’t forget summer bodies are made in winter!