If you’ve taken one of our classes at Advance you might have heard the instructor say that it’s important to “engage the core” or that a certain exercise will help to strengthen your “core”. But what exactly is your “core” and why is it so important? Our General Manager, Carey Giddens has explained this below…

By Kate Caetano, Podiatrist, Advance Wellness It’s hard to miss the ‘Back to school’ signage everywhere and even though your kids might be in denial about the holidays ending, it’s time for parents to think about school shoes now the school year is approaching. Our children spend more than 30 hours a week at school,…

We’ve all heard the “New Year, New You” saying telling us that the start of a brand new year gives us the opportunity to re-create ourselves with a “fresh start”. The problem with setting goals this way is that the motivation to do so is merely centred around tradition and an expectation to do so…

Unfortunately, pain and injuries don’t take a break over the festive season. In fact the holidays often  produce some unique injuries not seen many other times of the year. “Every year at Advance we see those backyard cricket injuries and sore muscles from putting together the new bike, trampoline or just from chasing the kids…

By Kate Caetano, Rehabilitation Podiatrist Many runners will know the frustration of quickly wearing through the mesh of their shoes. Sometimes it doesn’t take long at all until they are seeing their big or pinky toes poking through, or feeling their Achilles rubbing on the shoe counter at the back. Why does this happen?! Well,…

By Carrie Aspin, Exercise Physiologist “Lifting weights” is a phrase that is synonymous with gym bunnies, weightlifters, powerlifters (yes there’s a difference), body builders and in recent times cross fitters. Previous times categorised it to having a more masculine undertone but there has been an evolution in those that partake in this method. Now there…

By Jess Jefferies As Physios one of the most common symptoms patients present to us with is pain!  Understanding what may cause pain and how to best manage it is complex and has many factors to consider, of which physical injury is only one. From an evolutionary perspective pain is important for survival as it…

By Melissa Gillespie Often we have clients come and see us complaining of knee pain. There is a certain type of pain that can come on over time which is not necessarily brought on by an ‘injury’. Instead, repetitive movements such as cycling, running or squatting, can provoke ‘patellofemoral pain’. This type of pain may…

By Tony ter Ellen, Physiotherapist Headaches can be associated with serious illness when accompanied by fevers, sudden weight loss and general malaise. However many headaches are stand alone events and can be grouped into two categories – primary and secondary. Primary headaches include Migraine, tension or exercises induced headaches and are thought to be the…

By Stephen Pollock, Senior Physiotherapist Quite often after a lower back injury some people can develop a fear of lifting or loading their lower back because of concerns they will aggravate or re-injure their backs. We call this “fear avoidance” – avoiding certain movements or activities due to fear of causing another or further injury….

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