• PhysioFITT

    Canterbury District Health Board recently launched the PhysioFITT Programme as a way to help increase the levels of physical activity within the community. PhysioFITT is specifically designed to assist individuals who face physical, mental, personal or environmental barriers to exercising. it is a targeted programme of physical activity and exercise, provided by physiotherapists, for individuals who … Continued

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  • Making New Year’s Resolutions Stick

      No doubt with the start of the New Year begins the start of New Year’s resolutions. The question is, how to make them stick? According to the New York Times, one third of resolutions don’t make it past the end of January. This is as a result of choosing the wrong resolution. Reasons that … Continued

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  • Benefits of Biking

    Almost any sort of knee problem can benefit from biking! Focal articular cartilage defects in the knee joint are highly prevalent and are a common cause of functional restrictions and pain during daily life and sport activities. There are three phases of rehabilitation for optimum healing of knee cartilage. 1. Initial protection and activation This … Continued

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  • How to motivate your family to become active!

    Help them to explore their own good reasons for behaviour change in the interest for their health. Behaviour change is not usually one event but rather a process of stages. Make the conversation about becoming active a positive experience. It’s important that they are involved in the decision process. Getting active is something they value … Continued

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  • Joint surgery and physical therapy

    There is currently an unmet need for surgery in the Canterbury region (Stuff/national/health.co.nz). If you are sitting on a waiting list what can you do to help delay, or better avoid the risks associated with surgery? In some instances conservative management involving a patient-specific rehabilitation programme and other lifestyle changes can be enough. These changes … Continued

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  • Physiotherapy and Wellbeing

    Physiotherapy and Wellbeing Every physiotherapy assessment begins with a subjective analysis, where we find out what your physical limitations are and how your pain behaves. The 24 hour pattern of your pain guides the physical examination. Physical limitations may impact on your social activities such as sports teams or walking groups, which in turn can … Continued

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  • Bliss Balls – Sweet Enough Cookbook less sugar, more taste

    Makes 24 1 cup (150g) raw almonds 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 1/2 cup (50g) desiccated coconut 18 (100g) dried dates 5 (25g) prunes Zest of 1/2 orange, finely grated Juice of 1 orange Pinch of salt For rolling: Desiccated coconut, chopped almonds, dried raspberry powder, chia seeds or cacao nibs Blitz the almonds in the … Continued

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  • Creating an active lifestyle

    Physical inactivity is now identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. Physical inactivity levels are rising in many countries with major implications for the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases and the general health of the population worldwide. It has been shown that participation in regular physical activity reduces the risk of: Coronary heart … Continued

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