Deborah’s Passion has always been to help people move better for life so they have the confidence and freedom to do what they want and needed to do Deborah is an experienced physiotherapist who, having treated thousands of people, understands that evidence based and age appropriate activity, adapted to a persons capacity and lifestyle will make the biggest impact to your quality of life as you age. Deborah’s goal is to help you achieve that.

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Why are abdominals so important ?

The abdominals which are primary core muscles, are important to keep strong if you wish to move well, and stay confident in your ability to keep active.  They play key roles in protecting and stabilising the structures in our back, and performing even simple tasks such as rising from a chair, turning while lying in bed, or getting up from sitting on the floor. It is very important to keep your abdominal muscles strong and protect from back injury. Keep reading for advice about how to do this.

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Pelvic floor advice

So you are a woman in 40’s or 50’s fifties. You have had one or several children, you enjoy exercise and good health. However, you cannot imagine jumping, running or playing netball because you can’t quite control your bladder. Fortunately, you can wear a pad and there is a toilet in the facility where you exercise. Sound familiar? While this is common, it isn’t normal and doesn’t have to be the case. There are several actions you can take to help resolve your dilemma. 

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Balance – the sixth sense

Balance is the even distribution of your body weight, enabling you to remain upright and steady. Often, we don’t appreciate our balance until it deteriorates.

Maintaining good balance helps you to move more easily and is important for many common activities such as walking, and good balance helps prevent falls and injury. Factors that can affect your balance and proprioception include our muscle strength, previous injuries, your inner ear, and eyesight, all of which deteriorate as we age while our reflexes slow increasing our likelihood of falling.

Maintaining balance is an important strategy to sustaining your independence as you age. The good news is you can improve and rehabilitate your balance and proprioception.

This week’s blog will provide you with tips on improving balance, as well as some useful balance exercises, so you can move better. live better.

How to achieve a great posture

Ever wonder what is at the heart of good posture, and how you get it? Poor posture can lead to muscle pain and fatigue, stress on your ligaments and joints, and can lead to arthritis. Good posture is reinforced by strong core stability, while stretching is an important practice that supports good posture. Read more to find out how you can avoid adverse positions, and some simple steps you can take to improve your posture. 

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Your flexible body:  not a stretch of the imagination?

When performed correctly, stretching can increase flexibility and range of motion around your joints, which can improve performance and reduce your risk of injury Static versus dynamic stretching There are two well recognized types of stretching – static and dynamic. Static stretching is the most common form of stretching.  Sometimes considered “old school,” it involves passive stretches held in place for a sustained period (10-30…