I have been working as a Soft Tissue Therapist since 2001 and throughout this time I have also worked as a tradie from time to time. Over the years I have worked as a scaffolder, sprinkler fitter, painter and a builder’s labourer. Combining this with training for running and also working as a therapist all […]
August is Tradies National Health Month and at Boost Health Collective we are keen to raise awareness of the injury risks posed to tradies at work. Why is the preventative treatment so important for tradies? Physically demanding jobs like trade occupations (including technicians and trade workers, labourers, machine operators and drivers) can lead […]
As I am writing this it is Tuesday the 11th of June in Australia. It’s currently about to be Game 5 of the NBA finals and the Warriors are down 3-1 to the Raptors. One loss away from losing it all and the Raptors from winning it all. However, if you have followed the […]
Are you suffering from heel pain? Is it stopping you from doing the things that you love? How would it feel to be able to get up in the morning without that burning pain that you experience for your first few steps of the day? Or to come home from work without aching feet? At […]
So you’ve got heel pain and you’ve gone to Dr Google to find out why your heel is sore and the term ‘plantar fasciitis’ has flashed passed your eyes a million times. You’ve decided to investigate further and see what ‘plantar fasciitis’ is. You’re now convinced that is your diagnosis. And why shouldn’t you be! […]
It’s that time of year! AFL (Aussie Rules Football) will be gearing back up over the next few months. At the time of writing this it’s January 2019 and most teams will be starting or resuming their preseason. Therefore, it’s important to consider everything you should be doing to best prepare yourself for the season […]
We are crazy excited to become the Boosters! Our rebrand formally took place on 1 January. As much as we have loved being Team NSTT, it’s time for a change. Our team is expanding to include an Exercise Physiologist and Pilates instructor so we needed a name that was more reflective of our multi-disciplinary approach […]
Have you ever woken up with agonising tooth pain? You hastily book an appointment with your dentist, fearing a cavity, or worse… a root canal problem, only to be told there is nothing wrong with your tooth and that you must be imagining the pain?
Picture this: it’s 7:00 am and your alarm is yelling at you. You roll over to turn it off like you always do when suddenly you feel a sharp pain in your neck. Now you are no longer able to turn your head without sending bolts of pain up your neck to your head. OR […]
I was inspired to write this blog article after seeing a bunch of high level athletes at my football club develop persistent shin splints during pre-season. Some of these injuries are still reccurring during the season and have had some debilitating outcomes on performance. As a Podiatrist and an athlete, I would love to help […]
So you might be a runner, a basketball player or maybe you’re a soccer player? Whatever your athletic endeavours may be, if you’re trying to take your performance to the next level, you’re probably in the gym working hard. You’ve probably been told to build strength so you’ve been performing squats, deadlifts, bench presses maybe […]
Do you have trouble finding running shoes that fit your wide feet? Does having wide feet limit your choices when looking for shoes? If so, you’ve found the right blog! As a Podiatrist who has worked in a speciality running shoe store for many years, I’ve seen many a wide foot! I love the challenge […]
Is there something worrying you about your feet? Maybe your ankles or knees? Well, rest assured… there is no need to live with any sort of discomfort with your feet… a Podiatrist can help!! As university qualified health professionals that specialise in the lower limb, we are well-equipped to help keep you active and happy […]
Socks… they keep your feet warm in the winter and protect your feet from the rubbing from footwear. However how many of us go searching for and invest in the perfect pair of socks? Podiatrist, Jasmine Kouch, provides a guide on what to look for to find the perfect sock for active people. Key features […]
It is that time of year again for thousands of Melbournians taking on the treacherous goal of completing the annual Oxfam Trailwalker. The Oxfam Trailwalker is a wonderful event which fundraises to help promote education, ensuring access to clean water, teaching the necessary skills to grow and cook food and to stand up and fight […]
As the hot Australian Summer comes to an end, from a Podiatrist’s perspective it can mean a few things… dry, cracked heels, back to school shoe fittings and the return to Australia’s great game, Aussie Rules Football! Most footy clubs give their players some form of running plus strength and conditioning programs to do over […]
Whether you are an elite/semi-elite, middle/long distance runner, a fun runner or someone who runs just to maintain fitness, incorporating recovery into your training schedule is paramount to get the best out of your body and perform at your best. In this blog we will look at different ways we can incorporate recovery into your […]
At the time of writing this the triathlon season is slowly coming to an end. I set myself the goal this summer of competing in a triathlon to see what all the hype was about… and I loved it! If you’ve ever taken part in a triathlon or you’re part of a club, you will […]
If you were lucky enough to take a break over the Christmas holidays, you’ve probably returned to work well-rested, well-fed and ready to tackle 2018. It’s easy to slip back in to the habits you created last year: think long days slumped over your desk and busy schedules. The key to keep that ‘post-holiday’ feeling […]
As the silly season rolls around, so too does an increase in musculoskeletal injuries as we change our regular habits and climb on the roof to clean out the gutters or dust off our favourite high heels for the annual work Christmas party and twist an ankle on the walk home. Here are a few […]
For most dance schools, we are right in the middle of performance season, so here are a few tips to help you perform at your best. First of all, although you should be eating well-balanced meals all year round, it’s particularly important to do so in the lead up to a concert. Include all of […]
Having an injury for an extended period of time can feel debilitating and frustrating. Some even say it becomes their ‘new normal’ when it doesn’t need to be tolerated. Radial shockwave therapy could help with your chronic pain. Here’s how it works…
Have you ever seen someone with perfect circular marks over a part of their body and wondered what they are? Well, the person is likely to have had cupping. The marks are caused by a soft tissue treatment technique called ‘cupping’. Cupping has been around for centuries. It originated in China, but is now widely […]
We have been doing a lot of running lately at Nunawading Soft Tissue Therapies & Podiatry gearing up for the beautiful spring weather! With one of Melbourne’s biggest running festivals coming soon in mid October (Melbourne Marathon), here are a few tips and cues to think of during your next run.
So, you want escape the big cities and do something different this holiday? Thinking about taking on a physical challenge like a hike or a summit? With the rising trends in active holidays, you might be wondering where to start in prepare your body for such an awesome challenge. Amber Higgins, BOOST HEALTH COLLECTIVE Myotherapist, […]
The day a young ballerina receives her first pair of pointe shoes is quite possibly the most exciting day in her dance career. From a young age I dreamed of dancing like the “big girls” on pointe and waited for the day when I was ready for my first class on pointe.
Injuries in dancers commonly occur due to overuse of already tired muscles, incorrect technique or weak muscles. As amateur dancers, many don’t consider the precautions and steps to proper rehab that need to be undertaken post-injury.
Trigger point tools are used for several reasons ranging from pain relief to increasing range of motion to stimulating underactive muscles. These tools can be used on almost every muscle! Myotherapists and Remedial Massage Therapists work predominantly with the muscle tissue. With palpation skills, trigger points are able to be found and located. Trigger points […]
Have you ever wished that your cue sport skills were better so you could beat a close friend? Or the arrogant person at the pub? Or simply to improve your own game? Keeping yourself in peak state through Myotherapy or Remedial Massage can help you achieve these goals.
A quick tip for those who are desk bound during the day to help improve posture… Roll a towel and sit it long ways between your shoulder blades, running vertically down the middle of your back (as per image). This will help you stay in an upright position and discourage slouching throughout the day. Some […]
Why hydration is so important? Whether you’re an elite athlete, recreational exerciser, office worker, or anything in between, hydration is the key to keeping your mind and body healthy and performing at its peak. Keeping hydrated by drinking plenty of water allows your body to regulate many different and important aspects, such as, temperature and […]
When suggesting Myofascial Dry Needling (MDN) to a patient, we often hear, “Oh is this the same as acupuncture?”. In fact, Acupuncture and MDN are similar, yet completely different! Acupuncture derives from the ancient Chinese, and is thought to have been originated more than 5,300 years ago. Acupuncture is used to treat many different medical […]
Our state-of-the-art, 3 dimensional laser-scanning technology allows us to capture and display the unique shape and structure of your feet in only three seconds. How does it work? The scanner obtains a high level of detail, using laser and multi camera configuration, to produce a full colour 3D image that is accurate to within 0.05mm. […]
Throughout the centuries, man has designed machines in reflection of himself. One of man’s most practical inventions, the automobile, is amazingly parallel to the attributes of the human body. Let’s have a look at the functional similarities of a car and the human body… Automobile Human body Chassis Skeleton Engine Heart Electrical Circuit Nervous System […]
The human body is the perfectly designed machine. Like a car needs petrol, so too does the human body need energy in order to work properly. When we eat food, this travels into the small intestine where it is broken down and the sugars are transported into the blood stream ready to be transported to […]
ITB syndrome, or runners knee otherwise known as lateral knee pain in runners, is a friction injury where the iliotibial band on the outside of the knee rubs on the lateral epicondyle of the femur. This pain is often felt in runners who compete in distances of greater than 5km and is usually felt when […]
Tennis elbow is best described as lateral elbow pain which is easily reproduced by picking up heavy objects with an outstretched arm with palm down, clasping something in this position. The pain comes from a tendinopathy in the origin of the extensor group of the forearm into the lateral elbow, in particular the extensor carpi […]