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Dulan

Welcome Dulan to the team at PhysioFit!

Our warmest welcome to Dulan Kodikara, our newest physiotherapist who has joined the team here at PhysioFit.  Dulan is a APA-titled Sports Physiotherapist, and is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy degree after completing his Masters in Musculoskeletal and Sport Physiotherapy.  Dulan has worked overseas with a diverse range of sporting groups, athletes and clubs, as well being part of the Dutch soccer medical team at the 2010 Olympics and as head physiotherapist with the Sri Lankan Paralympic team in 2013.  As an ASCA level-1 strength and conditioning coach Dulan has enjoyed working with Cricket Australia, and is currently the head sports physio for the Casey South Melbourne premier cricket team. Dulan has a keen interest in injury prevention strategies and looks forward to working with our team to obtain good patient outcomes.

Dulan is currently available by appointment on Monday and Thursday afternoons/evenings.

 

 

 

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Skiing and snowboard injury prevention and treatment

The snow season is well and truly here again with the resorts in full swing…

The majority of skiing injuries occur traumatically, often the result of a fall or collision with another skier or object, such as a tree.

Skiing injuries commonly involve the knee, shoulder, wrist, thumb, head and neck. 

These injuries often include ACL and MCL ligament sprains/tears, medial meniscal tears, quadriceps and groin muscle strains, thumb joint sprains and shoulder dislocations, fractures and bruising, and often concussion, with some being quite serious requiring surgical management.

If you do receive an injury, the best advice is to get it treated as soon as possible.

Prior to treatment – initial RICE management is suggested (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Avoid alcohol, and no APRE ski.

If you do require treatment, PhysioFit will endeavour to help you within 24 hours. Please phone 03 9707 4452 to book an appointment.

At PhysioFit Berwick, we offer the following services:

  • Physiotherapy treatment for all ski/snowboard injuries
  • Post injury / surgery rehabilitation, including supervised rehabilitation programs
  • Programs to strengthen muscles used in skiing/snowboarding
  • Balance programs to improve skiing/snowboarding to reduce the risk of falls
  • Pilates to strengthen core stability

Avoid Skiing Injuries!

Physiotherapist have been treating ski injuries for years and have been able to produce an accurate account of the “how, when, who, why and where” of injuries.

Critical periods for injury:    

  • First day on the slopes – after a long drive (3.5-6hrs for most of us) all skiers are eager to get straight on the slopes without warming up.’
  • First two hours on the slope – snow is harder, body not warmed up, skiing is a little rusty and body may be a little sore from previous day
  • Just before a break – the body is fatigued from a demanding session
  • Just after a break – the body has had time to cool down and may be out of rhythm. Fatigue is also still a factor
  • Last hour before finishing – the body is well fatigued by now and hunger/thirst begins to take over. Skiing conditions can also become a little harder late in the day.

Quick tips to help avoid injury:

  • Get fit to ski– prepare ahead for the ski season with a tailored program prepared by your physiotherapist to target muscle groups and balance
  • Warm up to increase your body temperature
  • Stretch main muscle groups and practise appropriate skiing movement before heading to the lift queue
  • Do some gentle stretching after a long session on the mountain
  • Consider a practice fall, especially if you have had an injury
  • Check that all your gear is functional/safe, or have it checked for you
  • Snow-boarders should use gloves with wrist guards to avoid wrist fractures during a fall.

Injuries do occur however careful you may be.  Our physiotherapists understand the mechanism and treatment of ski injuries so you can trust that you will be in good hands in the unfortunate event of an injury.

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Thursday 8th September is World Physiotherapy Day!

APAEach year, on 8 September, we celebrate World Physiotherapy Day, a global event recognising the incredible role physiotherapists play in the community and the relationships that patients have with their physiotherapist. The theme for this year’s World Physiotherapy Day is ‘add life to years’.

Physiotherapy helps Australians of all ages be active, stay independent and have quality of life.

Physiotherapists are health professionals who play a key role in helping people with long-term conditions achieve their goals, fulfil their potential and participate fully in society. They work with people to maximise movement and functional ability. If you have problems that affect your mobility, ask a physiotherapist, the qualified experts in movement and exercise.

As the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients, the APA are passionate about championing rehabilitation. The APA represents more than 23 000 members who conduct over 23 million consultations each year. On World Physiotherapy Day, we promote awareness of the benefits of physiotherapy in the prevention, maintenance and treatment of injuries to ensure all Australians can add life to years.

This World Physiotherapy Day, the APA is launching a community mosaic showcasing the different ways everyone can add life to years. Have a place in the mosaic by sharing your photo on social media using the hashtag #addlifetoyears.

Our ambassador

One of Australia’s most celebrated athletes, Steve Moneghetti, an Australian long-distance runner, has joined the APA as the ambassador for this year’s World Physiotherapy Day to help improve the quality of life for Australia’s ageing population.

‘I know the importance of listening to my body and using physiotherapists to help me achieve my best,’ Moneghetti said. ‘I have seen the difference physiotherapists can make, but I am lucky as many people have little understanding of the important role health experts such as physiotherapists play in the maintenance of a functioning, strong and healthy body – and I want to change that. Physiotherapy can change our quality of life dramatically and it can literally add life to years for our ageing population.’

Steve is proud to share how physiotherapy, as well as his running, will add life to years.

Do you live with body aches and pains?

Speak to your local APA physiotherapist Mark Eibl at PhysioFit Berwick! Ph: 9707 4452  Email: reception@physiofit.clinic

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Five important tips for Tradies to avoid injuries – Kyle and Kara

Berwick, Beaconsfield,Officer tradies encouraged to watch more than just their backs during Tradies National Health Month

Australian Physiotherapy Association leads the annual Tradies National Health Month during August, 2016

In this next u-tube video featured above, Kyal and Kara provide five important tips for our tradies to ensure they are looking after their bodies on and off the job.

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Physiofit Berwick physiotherapists are calling on tradies in Casey and Cardinia to watch more than just their backs during Tradies National Health Month this August. It comes as Australia’s tradies continue to have among the poorest health and safety conditions of workers across all sectors.

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) leads Tradies National Health Month to educate Australian tradies to keep a check on their safety, health and wellbeing, and to help minimise the risk of serious injury for our labourers, technicians, machinery operators and drivers, amongst other tradie groups.

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Get on board – Tradies National Health Month is August!

Berwick, Beaconsfield,Officer tradies encouraged to watch more than just their backs during Tradies National Health Month

Australian Physiotherapy Association announces annual Tradies National Health Month for August 2016

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                                               

Physiofit Berwick physiotherapists are calling on tradies in Casey and Cardinia to watch more than just their backs during Tradies National Health Month this August. It comes as Australia’s tradies continue to have among the poorest health and safety conditions of workers across all sectors.

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) leads Tradies National Health Month to educate Australian tradies to keep a check on their safety, health and wellbeing.

Tradies have among the highest serious injury and disease compensation claims in Australia, according to Safe Work Australia data. Labourers, technicians, and machinery operators and drivers are among the top four occupations when it comes to number of serious injury claims.

The majority of serious claims are from injuries and musculoskeletal disorders, including traumatic joint, ligament, muscle and tendon injuries. While backs still present the highest proportion of body stress injury claims, other body parts affected include upper limbs, lower legs, hips, the abdomen and the pelvic region.

Research also shows tradespersons, labourers and workers across the agricultural and construction industries have high risks of chronic health conditions.

APA physiotherapist Mark Eibl says it is important to remind tradies that their health and safety is a priority.

“This Tradies National Health Month, we want tradies to look after all aspects of their health and wellbeing,” Mark Eibl said. “Everyone—from tradies to their employers, unions and the communities and governments that rely on them—has a role to play in getting our tradies to be proactive about managing and preventing health conditions. It starts with seeking evidence-based treatments like physiotherapy.”

From musculoskeletal support, physiotherapists extend their care into chronic health impacts, like heart disease and diabetes, and the lesser-known pelvic floor issues men face. Physiotherapists are experts in helping to reduce the alarmingly common health and safety issues associated with working in labour intensive industries.

The Block and Reno Rumble favourites Kyal and Kara Demmrich (‘The Super Ks’) will help lead the campaign, using their respective backgrounds of carpenter and physiotherapist to spread the message that health and wellbeing must be tradies’ most important tools (See U tube video below).

For more information visit www.tradieshealth.com.au or www.physiofit.clinic or phone Physiofit on 97074452.

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PhysioFit Berwick is now offering Pilates classes!

We have been listening to you….

PhysioFit is now offering Pilates classes! Classes will run as required on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings in 45 minute sessions. They will be run by our new physiotherapist, Jess, and will attract a fee of $26 per group session.

Please note that all clients interested in participating in the Pilates classes must attend an initial individual assessment to ensure safe use of equipment and to address individual needs.

For more information on the Pilates classes and the principles underlying the Pilates technique, please click here. If you are interested in attending one of these classes, please call and speak with one of our friendly receptionists at the clinic or register your interest online via the booking page.

Mark Eibl, Physiotherapist

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