Cerebral Palsy and Alter G Rehabilitation

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Written by Nikki Lodge

Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term that refers to a group of disorders that affects a persons movement patterns and posture, as a result of damage to the brain during pregnancy or shortly after birth. The underweighting technology of the Alter G enables individuals to perform physical activities, which they previously couldn’t, by reducing the impact of gravity by selecting any weight between 20% and 100% of their body weight by 1% increments. The benefits allow for neuromuscular re-education in a fail-safe environment, which helps those with injuries or developmental disorders to train their legs to walk or even run with little to no pain. This can help to improve to individuals overall quality of life. Read More...

Impact of hip mobility on low back pain

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Low back pain

Low back pain continues to be the most common complaint in the health industry that limits individuals. Rehabilitation of the low back is transitioning from focusing on reducing localised pain and therefore symptoms to a biomechanical approach looking at how other areas of the body such as the hip impact low back pain. This biomechanical approach is effective in finding the movement dysfunction to prevent further aggravation of the injury rather than simply relieving symptoms.


How to correctly perform a Gymnastics Bridge

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Written by Dinora De Venuti

A gymnastics bridge typically refers to a static position where the athlete moves the spine, shoulders and hip in hyperextension, whilst weight supported on the hands and feet (See Fig 1.). There are different styles of back-bends in performance, based on the placement of the majority of the spine in hyperextension.

Not only is it stereotypically used in women’s gymnastics for skill development but it is often seen in yoga and Pilates for therapeutic purposes and enhancement of health.

Sleep and Performance

Written by Chris Hughes

Sleeping patterns play a major role in how we feel each day, but to what extent do they affect performance?

Partial Sleep Deprivation

The evidence indicates anaerobic performance in a 30 second Wingate maximal cycling test is uninhibited following partial sleep deprivation at the beginning of the night (delaying bed time), while performance decreased following deprivation at the end of the night (waking earlier). Reduced circadian rhythms combined with the increased fatigue of staying awake over a longer period of time are potential mechanisms responsible for this occurrence. Read More...

Blood Flow Restriction Training – What/How/When

Occlusion training or Blood flow restriction training (BFRT) is being used more and more by physiotherapists, exercise physiologist or other trained allied health professionals to assist with improving muscle hypertrophy in a range of general and clinical populations. It works by using compression at the proximal limb to limit blood flow out of the muscle. Research has shown BFRT to increase muscular strength and hypertrophy using loads less than half of what is recommended by the ACSM for general hypertrophy training (60% of 1RM). It is proposed that occlusion training works by altering the traditional ratio of mechanical loading and metabolic stress to give similar outcomes without high mechanical loads – perfect in a rehab setting.
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