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    C7-9/20 Tarlton Cres,
    Perth Airport WA 6105
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Worker’s Compensation: Choose Your Own Physiotherapist

Many patients attend our clinic for rehabilitation following an injury at work. At Airport Physiotherapy we pride ourselves on being able to provide excellent hands-on therapy, as well as access to gym based rehabilitation, cardiovascular equipment and indoor pools to allow full and complete rehabilitation of your injury.

Most injured workers are not aware that they can choose which Physiotherapist they attend for their rehabilitation. They are also able to transfer to another Physiotherapy clinic if they are not happy with their progress or the facilities available at their current clinic.

If you or any of your friends are injured at work and want to undergo your rehabilitation at Airport Physiotherapy, just inform your doctor and insurer, then call us for an appointment. Remember it is your choice as to who provides your rehabilitation services.

For an overview of your rights and responsibilities following a work place injury, please visit the Work Cover WA Website or click the link below

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Pillow Talk

A Pillow is a very personal item that a lot of us form very personal attachments too. For hygiene reasons it is recommended that you change your pillow roughly every 12months. However when the time comes to purchase a new pillow it can often be quite confusing to know which type of pillow is the best option.

The first thing that you should consider when purchasing a pillow is what position you sleep in for the majority of the night. If you sleep on your side or your back for the majority of the night then ideally you want a pillow that aims to keep your head in a neutral position. What this means is that your neck stays in alignment with the rest of your spine and your head doesn’t drop down to one side during the night. To achieve this you may need a slightly larger pillow or consider using a medium density pillow with a secondary thin/soft pillow on top. If you sleep on your stomach the majority of the night then the best option is a very thin pillow. If you sleep on your stomach with a thicker pillow chances are you are locking your neck into an extended position while you sleep and could potentially be causing your neck to stiffen up. Switching to a thin pillow will take your neck out of this extended position and limit the amount of stress placed on your neck.

If you tend to suffer ongoing problems with your neck or tend to be prone to getting headaches related to tension in your neck then the best option can often be a contoured memory foam pillow and this really does provide the best support for your neck while you sleep. However before switching pillows its worth having a chat to your physiotherapist first and discussing with them what the best option for you might be. At Airport Physiotherapy we have a range of different memory foam and non-memory foam pillows available to the public and would be happy to chat with you about which pillow is best for you.

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New staff member!

Airport Physiotherapy would like to introduce you to our newest staff member, Jordan Duncan. Jordan completed his degree in physiotherapy at Curtin University. During his undergraduate training Jordan was exposed to a variety of different physiotherapy settings but found himself drawn to the private musculoskeletal setting.

Jordan currently shares his time between the Cannington and Airport clinics, and is available for appointments at either location. For further information, or to make a booking with Jordan, phone Airport Physiotherapy on 9479 5274.

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What’s your next challenge?

With less than 6 weeks to go until this year’s City to Surf, now is the time to start training. Whether you are new to running, or are a seasoned athlete, there is a distance and pace to suit you. This year’s event is being held on the 31st of August and distances range from a 4km walk to a full marathon.

Our staff here at Cannington Physiotherapy are fully equipped to assist you in achieving your sporting and recreational goals. So if you are looking at optimizing your performance, enhancing your recovery, or need some advice managing an injury, give us a call on 9351 8737 and have a chat with one of our friendly staff members.

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Massage Therapy Comes To Cannington

Remedial Massage

Remedial Massage has come to the Cannington branch of Airport Physiotherapy.

Remedial Massage recognizes and values the healing properties of touch and is a very safe and non-invasive form of treatment. Remedial therapists use a number of different hands-on techniques to diagnose and treat underlying conditions and problems. Treatment focuses on the soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia to help you perform at your peak.

Each treatment is tailored to the patients’ presenting complaints and a treatment plan is devised including appropriate changed in lifestyle, work practise or exercise. Here at Cannington Physiotherapy our Remedial therapist works closely with our physiotherapists to gain the best results for each patient.

Cannington Physiotherapy offers a 30 minute or a 60 minute consultation with our highly trained therapist. During your initial consultation a brief history is taken and full assessment of joint range of motion and muscle length is performed. This enables our therapist to design and implement a specific treatment plan to best suit your individual goals and needs.
Example of some treatment techniques include:

• Soft and Deep tissue treatment
• Trigger point release
• Cross-fibre friction
• Mobilisation
• Muscle energy techniques

Tuesday and Thursday 11-7pm
Alternative Friday and Saturday Mornings

Cancellation Policy.
We require 24 hours notice to cancel or re-schedule an appointment. If less than 24 hours is not given you will be charged a cancellation fee of $25. If you do not attend a session without providing notice you will be charged the full fee of $90.

For more information please contact 9351 8737 or email:

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Hydrotherapy Location Changes

Exciting News! Our Hydrotherapy has now moved location to the brand new Cannington Leisureplex on the corner of Wharf and Sevenoak street in Airport. Classes now run Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 to 1:30. For more information please call Cannington Physiotherapy on 9351 8737!

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How to reduce the likelihood of an ankle sprain this season!

With the football and netball season now in full swing it is an important time to
make mention of ways to reduce ankle sprains and how to effectively overcome
these injuries. Airport Physiotherapists have long supported the need for
effective balance training (also called proprioceptive training) to reduce the
incidence and recurrence of ankle sprains. We now have even more research to
support our plans.

A 3 year study of High School University Football teams reported in “The American Journal of Sports Medicine” showed that a simple 5 minute per day balance program reduced the incidence of non contact inversion ankle sprains by a massive 77%.

From experience may athletes find balance training a little boring but it makes sense
to add some simple exercises between sets in your weights workout to reduce
your injury risk.

Here are some simple exercises to use (at your own risk):

  • 1 Leg Squats
  • Jump forward and
    backwards  x 8 reps
  • Hop forward and backwards x
    8 reps
  • Side Jumps x 8
  • Jump Turn (turning 90
    degrees each jump) 1 x clockwise and 1 x anti clockwise
  • Try some with your eyes
    closed (make sure you are in open area with no obstacles)

Physiotherapists can guide you on advance training, using exercises such as:

  • 1 leg Balance and Squat on a BOSU ball
  • Side hops onto a BOSU ball
  • Wobble Board balancing and Squat
  • Side Step and change direction

Make sure you are under guidance with a qualified Airport Physiotherapy Physiotherapist for such activities


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Is it just muscle soreness?

Commonly here at Airport Physiotherapy we have clients who begin weight/exercise training program and ask our Physiotherapists about the intense soreness in their leg/arm muscles following these sessions – they are unsure if this response was normal or if there was an injury involved.

It is extremely common to experience periods of
soreness following the performance of unaccustomed exercise, and being new to
the gym it is highly likely that some of the movements our patient had been
doing in his training are new or done with greater loads than may have used before.
The actual medical term for the pain we are speaking about is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – usually referred to as DOMS. The classic DOMS sufferer describes a dull ache that develops 24-48 hours after the performance of new or strenuous exercise. DOMS can also result in a short term loss of muscle strength, reduced joint range of motion and possibly swelling of the effected muscle groups. The development of DOMS is increased if
your activity involves a large amount of eccentric exercise (exercise where the
muscles are contracting whilst lengthening) – examples being downhill running
and slow lowering of the weight to the chest during Bench Press.

The exact cause of DOMS is a little unclear –
however some possible explanations put forward by medical experts include the
build-up of lactic acid, muscle spasm, torn connective tissue and damaged
muscle fibres.

To minimise development of DOMS the following
suggestions need to be followed:

  • take itslow and gradually build up the amount of exercise you do in your program – remember Rome was not built in a day
  • do not increase your sets, reps and weights by more than 10% per week
  • be aware of the amount of eccentric exercise you are including in your workouts
  • ensure you do a thorough cool down following your workout – many of us would have seen footballers doing gentle running and cool down drills after their games – thisis one of the reasons why.

The good news is that most cases of DOMS gradually
subside and have no lasting effects – however if the following applies to you
then it is best to seek the advice of a Physiotherapist.

  • the pain ss still present and not resolving more than 48 hours post exercise.
  • the pain came on during the exercise (not the day after) and was more sudden in onset.
  • the pain is located in and around the joints and not just limited to muscles. there is swelling and discomfort in and around the joints.
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Hamstring strains: What you need to do to reduce your risk of injury this season!

With the football, soccer and netball seasons getting back into full swing it is rare to open the sport section of the paper and not read about a player being ruled out of a match due to HAMSTING STRAINS. In fact this is one of the most common injuries that we see, so it stands to reason that we would take great interest in studies involving HAMSTRING INJURY PREVENTION.

A study published in the “…Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport” conducted at the University of Iceland looked at the effects either stretching or eccentric strengthening on the incidence of hamstring strains among soccer players.

The researchers found no difference in the incidence of injury for the stretching group, but did show a significant reduction in injury rates for the group that performed the eccentric strengthening program. This does not mean that we should throw away our stretching program but it certainly indicates the importance of strength training for hamstring injury reduction.

The exercise that was used in the study is called the “Nordic Hamstring Lower” – a full description of the exercise is below

Exercise of the Month: “Nordic Hamstring Lower”
This is an excellent rehabilitation and injury prevention exercise, especially as it can be done at home with no equipment. Here’s how to do it!
1. Kneel on the ground with your body in the upright position
2. Get a partner to stabilize your feet or wedge them under a heavy object like a lounge chair or barbell.
3. Slowly lean forward as far as possible by extending the knee but keep the back and hips straight. Keep moving forwards until the hands touch the ground. DO NOT fall forwards – it must be a slow and deliberate lowering action.
4. Once the hands touch the ground, push yourself explosively up to the starting position and start again.
Remember this is an eccentric exercise only, only do the lowering part of the exercise.
Tips on Sets and Reps: Attempt to do 3 sets of 10 reps for 2-3 sessions a week – preferably at the end of your training session. Use padding under your knees if you get pressure discomfort.

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