Physiotherapy and pilates for Monbulk, Kallista, Belgrave and Tecoma residents in Dandenong Ranges

Our Olinda and Monbulk physiotherapy practices service many clients across the Dandenong Ranges for physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, pilates and orthotics.

New services for September 2011 include bike setups and hydrotherapy, as well as expanding our pilates network across the Dandenong Ranges.

Cycling biomechanical evaluation and setup by physiotherapist, Olinda and Monbulk

Clare McKechnie combines expert knowledge of anatomy and injury rehab as a physio with her cycling skills and experience. Every cyclist can benefit from a good setup, young or old, and no matter the ability. In fact, the less the ability, the more reason you should get a professional set up done – at least that way you’ll look and feel great as you’re struggling up Mountain Highway!

A full bike set up involves:

1. Complete injury history

2. Complete physical assessment with respect to strength and flexibililty required for cycling

3. Evaluation, measurement and correction of:

a. Seat height
b. Crank size
c. Seat Fore-Aft Position
d. Seat Inclination
e. Reach
f. Cleats
g. Shoes

4. Full lower limb analysis, with discounted Gaitscan available if required

4. Recommendations for exercise or therapy

5. Recommendations and plan for further adjustments, including liaising with local bike mechanics and shops to fit parts if required

Call Clare at 9751 0400 to arrange your set up today.

Belgrave & beyond

After running this years Puffing Billy race with a physiotherapist friend if mine, I have decided that all Belgrave residents should rally to get behind this national treasure. Afterall without Mr Billy, we would never have discovered such tremendous tourist attractions as:

– That hotel in Gembrook
– The awesomeness of brick veneer on display in Emerald, and
– Selby.

Ok, slightly facetious tonight folks but I do wonder why people pay $40 a head to travel from Belgrave to Gembrook. Imagine what it will cost with a carbon tax!
(FYI that last sentence is a joke, but the steam produced from Billy is actually water vapour and as such won’t be part of any carbon reduction scheme. Pity, as water vapor is actually a much more intensive contributor to global warming than carbon per unit of volume)

Tecoma fast food

We at Dandenong Ranges Physio would like to put on the record that all of our physiotherapists and clinical Pilates practitioners oppose the construction of a new, unnamed, fast food outlet in Tecoma. The good people of Tecoma should be happy with their fantastic Indian food and wizards, and should not succumb to the evil of that fast food outlet who cannot be named.

Cycling setups by physiotherapist in Olinda and Monbulk

Bike Setups – Clare McKechnie at Olinda and Monbulk

Clare has provided bike setups for many elite cyclists and the  Australian Paralympic cycling team. Anyone who gets on a push bike can benefit from a professional setup, but especially those who:

–          Are in pain or have a history of injury, especially back,neck and knee problems

–          Are planning to increase their cycling distances or intensity

–          Have physical conditions such as disc problems, leg length discrepancies or are overweight

A bike set up consultation is available at Olinda or Monbulk with Clare.

Knee Pain

What’s with tennis players who just can’t let go of their sport?

Whenever a grand slam comes around so does a bunch of ageing tennis players whose knees should know better! Tennis is a high impact sport based on explosive side-to-side and forward lunging movements. Knees will take the brunt of these movements at the best of times, but especially if:

  • the player has one or more stiff ankles
  • the player’s footwear is not ideal
  • the player’s foot biomechanics is poor and they don’t have properly fitted orthotics prescribed from a dynamic scanning method (please not casted!)
  • the player has tight calves, quads or hamstring muscles or lower back stiffness
  • the player has poor calf and quadriceps strength

Each of these factors can be easily addressed by our physios.

Orthotics Rant

Amazing – orthotics can prevent the incidence of injury by up to 50%!

The gait analysis seminar presented by biomechanics guru Dr Kim Ross on the weekend was one the most useful professional development days I’ve ever attended. The ability of orthotics to improve proprioception has been a recent improvement on the old ‘sub-talar joint neutral theory’ still being passed as fact by many orthotic-casting podiatrists, but to hear that orthotics actually help in the swing phase of gait goes a step further (pardon the pun).

Proprioception is the ability of our joints to know where they are in space. It is a sense highly governed by ligaments and tendons around the joints themselves. The theory that orthotics help to improve this joint sense rather than ‘control’ movement has been well documented for the previous decade or so, and it seems a natural evolution of this idea that orthotics should be prescribed based on dynamic movements (eg walking or running) rather than in standing or sitting. Is a pressure plate the way to go? Well, so far the compliance of the orthotics we’ve been prescribing has been close to 100%, rather than the 50-80% from rigid casted orthotics (the figure varies because a lot of people simply don’t wear them as they are too uncomfortable). At this stage I don’t think there is any perfect method, but using the gaitscan pressure plate is definitely the best I’ve come across in 13 years of practicing.

Clinical Pilates Studio

Back Pain? Neck Pain? Trying to get fit or play sport but keep getting injured? It’s a common thread and the main reason why people give up on their fitness goals. Well, that and willpower. And it’s also what keeps people like me in business. So when clients ask me what they can do to prevent their recurring injuries or to better manage their pain, I often baulk at the suggestion of Pilates. But not Clinical Pilates.

So what’s the difference between Clinical Pilates and good old normal Pilates?

For years health practitioners have been endorsing the benefits of the “core stability” for a variety of reasons – low back pain, pelvic instability, overuse injuries and so on – and Clinical Pilates is far and away the best method of achieving it. Clinical Pilates training is exclusive to physiotherapists. It utilizes the many variations of the traditional Pilates repertoire to deal with injuries and rehabilitation, building upon the diagnostic and treatment skills of an experienced physiotherapist.

Which is why I am so pleased to announce the opening of our Clinical Pilates studio at Olinda. Physiotherapists Janice Moore and Kieran Thoms head our studio/treatment space. They can cater for one-to-one and one-to-two sessions using our reformer and trapeze equipment in rooms, and are also running larger mat and ball classes at the Olinda Community House.

Ever wondered why you never could find those elusive “core” muscles that you were told to switch on during your fitness or Pilates class? Well stop wondering and try Clinical Pilates, you won’t regret it.