When we wake up sore we often want to blame the bed. For obvious reasons. My back wasn’t sore when I went to sleep and when I woke up it was. ‘I need a new bed!’

There is another potential cause – ‘inflammation.’

If you wake up sore it could purely mean that you had an inflamed facet joint or disc. Overnight that inflammation built up, distended the disc or joint, caused nerve irritation and then you woke up sore.

When you move your back during the day there is a mechanical pump around your discs and joints which moves and disperses synovial and other fluid which keeps the disc and joints lubricated.

It is important to address your back issue before blaming the bed.

Good tips is to gentle rotate your back left and right, gently stretch into flexion and extension with some stretch poses before bed to see if that helps. Alternatively contact your PhysioPro for an assessment.

Don’t rush out and buy a new bed unless you have tried a few things like: flipping a mattress, sleep on a other bed and see if that makes a difference or alternatively change sleeping positions. It could save you a lot of money.

Happy sleeping!

Congratulations to all our swimmers who completed the Rottnest Crossing on Saturday just gone. It is an amazing achievement wether in a group of 4, 2 or solo.

Swimmers shoulder – usually a combination or bursitis and tendonopathy which causes impingement with movement – is very common.

For all of those who are sore in the shoulders today here are the PhysioPros common causes of swimmers shoulder. Correcting these technique issues should make happy shoulders which equals happy swimmers.

  1. Poor mid back rotation as hand enters water (short stroke/staying too flat on stomach)
  2. Not getting elbow higher than hand during the catch phase of the stroke.
  3. Not getting elbow higher than hand during recovery phase of stroke.
  4. Poor head position (need to have eyes to bottom of the pool and bottom goggle in the water when turning to breathe).
  5. Crossing over the midline/hand placement too wide.

Preparation for Rottnest Crossing 2021 starts now. Good luck!

What do Physios do????

A great article in HealthTimes highlighted the broad role of a physiotherapist. Many people aren’t aware that physio’s don’t just treat sports injuries and back pain.

PhysioPro work in the musculoskeletal field. This encompasses “conditions such as sprains, back pain, arthritis, strains, incontinence, bursitis, posture problems, sport and workplace injuries, plus reduced mobility. Rehabilitation following surgery is also included within this category.”

Head to the link below for quick read of the article https://healthtimes.com.au/…/what-do-physiotherapists-…/467/ and head to our website https://www.physioproperth.com.au/conditions/ and check out the vast range of conditions we treat.

We owe it to the next generation of AFLW stars to prevent ACL injuries in young female footballers. There has been 8 confirmed ACL ruptures since the season has started. Research is being undertaken into potential risk factors like ligament laxity, hormones, biomechanics and code swapping however the best thing we can do to prepare our young girls, particularly if she is code hopping is sports specific training. Football requires jumping, sprinting, landing, pivoting, change of direction and endurance. Training for our teens is to focus on this and game simulation which will prepare knees for the vigour of Aussie Rules.