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2023 Year End Review

Happy New Year to everyone in the My Physio My Health family!

2023 was undeniably a year of growth, expansion, and gratitude. We had great excitement to announce the addition of 7 new locations around Adelaide, further solidifying our commitment to providing exceptional physiotherapy services in the community.

A big shout out to all our staff for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year. It wouldn’t have been possible without your support (cliche but so true!).

We look forward to seeing all our patients and partners in 2024 and helping you achieve all your health related New Year’s resolutions! :wink:

Christmas & New Year Opening Hours 23/24

A very Merry Christmas to you all our patients, clients and community partners from the My Physio My Health team :christmas_tree:

We would like to sincerely thank you for your support throughout this year.

A huge thank you to our amazing team of physios and staff.

All of our clinics will be OPEN between Christmas and New Year with the exception of Kilkenny.

Opening Hours Christmas & New Year 2023/2024

  • Christmas Eve - Closed
  • Christmas Day - Closed
  • Boxing Day - Closed
  • Dec 27th - 30th - OPEN
  • New Year's Eve - Closed
  • New Year’s Day - Closed
  • Jan 2nd - We’re back on deck for 2024!

Book an appointment online or call (08) 7093 0405.Wishing all of our clients a Merry Christmas and a Safe, Happy & Healthy 2024!!

Chronic Diseases and the importance of exercise

Chronic diseases are leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia and can potentially have a huge negative impact on individuals’ general health and well-being. Nearly half of the Australian population – about 47% - lives with one or more chronic conditions. Therefore, reducing their risk factors is of extreme importance on the battle against the burden of those diseases. Exercise can be used as a medicine and become an important ally on the prevention, treatment and management of chronic conditions.

As per any medication, the right dosage must be prescribed to treat or prevent distinct health-related conditions and with exercise is no different. An Accredited Exercise Physiologist is the specialist that can assist with that. They’re university qualified health allied professionals with knowledge to assess and deliver safe exercise interventions for people with vast range of chronic conditions.

What is a Chronic Condition?

Chronic conditions are characterized by long lasting diseases that are present for at least 6 months or longer. Diabetes, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Cardiovascular Diseases, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Anxiety, Depression, Cancer, and other Neurological Conditions are just some of the of the chronic diseases that exercise can help on management and/or treatment.

Despite some of these conditions not being life threatening in the short term, they can usually progress gradually, create limitations and/or disabilities and lower quality and life expectancy of those affected by any of these conditions.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) the 8 main types of chronic conditions that affect Australians are: Arthritis, Asthma, Back Pain, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, COPD, Diabetes and Mental Health conditions. The good news is that regular exercise can help with all of them.

Exercise for prevention, management, and treatment of chronic conditions

Identifying and changing modifiable risk factors is the first line of defence on the prevention of chronic conditions: sedentary behaviour/lack of regular physical activity, obesity, high cholesterol, elevated blood sugar levels, alcohol consumption and tobacco smoking are some of the lifestyle factors that can contribute to the onset and/or development of chronic diseases.

Regular physical activity, prescribed according to the patient’s needs can alter and tackle some of these risk factors. A well-structured exercise program challenges many physiological systems in a safe manner - cardiovascular, endocrine/hormonal, musculoskeletal, respiratory, immunological, etc – and assist to improve their function.

Exercise Physiologists are trained to provide evidence-based exercise regimen and guidance throughout your exercise journey, and are instrumental in the battle for prevention, management or treatment of chronic conditions.

Written by Marcel Teixeira.

Marcel is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist passionate about treating musculoskeletal injuries, neurological conditions, and management of varied chronic conditions through exercise and a holistic approach. Originally from Brazil, he has an extensive background in high performance sports as practitioner and competitor – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Soccer, Basketball – and particular interest in mechanics and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.

Advanced Dry Needling Course with Jorgen Forsberg

Last weekend, a large group of our Physiotherapists undertook Advanced level of Dry Needling course run by Jorgen Forsberg, who has been running this course for more than 20 years.

Through this course, our Physiotherapists had an opportunity to learn dry needling/ intramuscular manual therapy largely used in Western Medicine. It is a technique where number of “dry” needles are inserted in the skin, targeting a specific region in the muscle and trigger points. The filament needle is a fine, thin one, and the process is called “dry” because it does not include additional medication or injections.

Dry needling is mainly used to alleviate body pains and musculoskeletal conditions, greatly helping with mobility and muscle restoration. It can also aid with stressed muscles, soreness, neck pain, arthritis, back pain, and also headaches and similar irritations. Most physiotherapists combine it with one-one-one sessions or group exercise programs

If you or someone you know is experiencing the issues mentioned above, visit one of our locations. We have trained physiotherapist at all our locations and they would be able to help you relieve the pain and help you achieving your health goals.

Operation Unity SA Challenge EP Presentation

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How a Dietitian Helps

Our own Jamal ISSAH, Clinical Exercise Physiologist recently spoke at Operation Unity AMTG Life Style Challenge Dinner held at See Differently (RSB) earlier this month.

Operation Unity is a small group of Veterans, First Responders and our family members who have set out to give a a helping hand to members of the Australian Defence Force, Veteran and First Responder communities and families who are I need of assistance.

Jamal presented a well organised and very informative session for our special evening with information for people of all ages and health status. He presented information and statistics demonstrating the benefits of exercise physiology and movement to general health, blood pressure to mention just a few topics.

“Jamal is a credit to My Physio My Health, he has worked with me one on one with my injuries and physical condition for about 3 months and there have been definite benefits. Every session is at least slightly different and catering for any mild or severe condition I may have on the day. I recommend him to veterans!" Bill BATES

Our Woodville Clinic has Moved

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My Physio My Health Woodville is excited to announce that we have taken over from Physio One Woodville and have moved to a new location at 765 Port Rd, Woodville.

We look forward to welcoming both new and existing patients to the clinic and continuing to provide them with the highest standard of physiotherapy, remedial massage, exercise physiology and dietitian services.

We are also proud to announce that My Physio My Health Woodville is now a preferred health insurance fund provider for BUPA and Health Partners, while remaining preferred providers for HCF, NIB, Westfund.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to contact our friendly Woodville Reception team on (08) 7081 9855 or book online.

How a Dietitian Helps
How a Dietitian Helps
How a Dietitian Helps

Year in Review 2022

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What a year it has been for us at My Physio My Health!

This year we added two new clinics, Kilkenny in July and Prospect in November. In 2023 we are excited to be taking over from Physio One Woodville, a physiotherapy practice and fitness studio on Port Road. Watch this space in the New Year!

We have continued our community sponsorships with Athelstone Cricket Club and Hope Valley Junior Football Club and partnerships with Multiple Solutions, Resthaven and ProMed.

Most importantly we’ve been able to help thousands of patients achieve their highest possible function and improve their quality of life, whether that be through physiotherapy, nutrition, exercise physiology or remedial massage.

A sincere thank you to our entire staff for all for your hard work, loyalty and dedication in helping our clients reach their health goals.

We look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year for an exciting 2023!

How a Dietitian Helps
How a Dietitian Helps
How a Dietitian Helps

Managing Diabetes to Reduce Stigma

National Diabetes Awareness Month

Receiving a diabetes diagnosis can be difficult. Diabetes can affect the entire body and requires daily self-care to avoid complications. There is also a large amount of stigma associated with diabetes. This National Diabetes Awareness Month I want to shed some light on what diabetes is and how to manage it to reduce stigma around the condition.

Types of diabetes

Firstly, there is more than one type of diabetes, in fact there are three.

  • Type 1 diabetes commonly diagnosed in children but it can be diagnosed in adults too. Occurs when the pancreas (a gland) does not produce enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels stable. Onset is normally abrupt with obvious symptoms.
  • Type 2 diabetes differs from type to in that the onset is mush slower and use to only be seen in individuals over the age of 45 but this is changing. In type 2 diabetes the pancreas the does not produce enough insulin or the insulin it does produce is less sensitive to help manage blood sugar levels.
  • Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy. This type of diabetes normally is no longer an issue once the baby is born but for some women it can persist or be risk factor for later life development of Type 2 diabetes.

What causes diabetes?

Diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system attacks its own cells decreasing them in number therefore reducing the amount insulin or sensitivity of insulin produced. For type 1 diabetes it is unknown what the cause is nor can it be prevented. In type 2 diabetes there is a strong genetic component that plays a role in developing the condition. There are also behavioural factors that may put you as an increased risk such as activity levels, smoking status, alcohol intake, stress levels as well as eating patterns and behaviours. In gestational diabetes, the hormones from the placenta can block the actions of insulin reducing its sensitivity. This doesn’t occur for all women and their pregnancies but for some like those who have had gestational diabetes previously, are over the age of 40 and have a family history of diabetes are at a higher risk. The bottom line here is that it is never anyone’s fault that they have diabetes.

Manageable but not curable

Unfortunately, there has yet to be a cure for diabetes but it is manageable and should be managed appropriately to participate in your best quality of life. Managing diabetes can decrease risk of secondary complications such as blindness, numbness, amputations and kidney disease to name a few. Managing your diabetes can involve managing other health conditions and environmental factors such as hypertension or high cholesterol, smoking status and alcohol intake or stress and physical activity levels. It can also include managing the quality and amount of carbohydrate foods you have within your diet to control and stabilise blood sugar levels. Although we discuss managing other aspects of your health to manage your diabetes, managing your blood sugar levels is one of the most important things to take care when you have diabetes so taking medication as prescribed, participating in physical activity, reduce stress and illness as well as checking in frequently with a dietitian to discuss eating patterns and behaviours can help to maintain blood glucose levels. If you would like to get started on managing your diabetes today call or book online for an appointment with Jess to see how she can help you start your diabetes management.

Written by Jess Koznedelev

Jess has a great passion for all things food, especially the joy it can bring people. Her big passion areas include Health At Every Size®, eating disorders & paediatric nutrition.

As accredited practicing dietitian, Jess provides an evidence-based, individualised approach to help you make sustainable health behaviour changes that are long lasting. Book a Dietetics Consultation today.

How can a dietitian help

How a Dietitian Helps

How a Dietitian Helps

Food is the one thing about us that makes all so very unique. No two eating patterns are the same because of our likes, dislikes, choices, affordability, accessibility, and cultural influences. It can bring us joy, bring people together and keep us energised but it can also be very confusing, distressing and painful.

In my time as a dietitian, I have found that food is one of the most personal things about us but also something that everyone has an opinion on. This makes it hard to know what is right, share experiences and sometimes enjoy food in the best possible way.

A dietitian can help enjoying food and eating easier. They help to navigate the pages and pages of nutritional advice out there and use personalised nutrition advice to help you optimise your life and health. Accredited Practising Dietitians are the gold standard of nutritional information in Australia. They know the best and newest ways to help you manage your conditions, foods and behaviours to create and promote positive wellbeing. They understand how nutrition affects the body ad they use this knowledge plus your personalised experience with food to help treat you. Due to this, they are also the only nutrition credential recognised by Medicare, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, and many private health funds.

The conditions a dietitian can help with are:

  • Diabetes – carbohydrate awareness, counting, label reading and switches
  • Heart disease – high cholesterol, hypertension
  • Food allergies and intolerances – lactose intolerance, coeliac disease, IBS
  • Gastrointestinal diseases – Chron’s disease, coeliac disease, IBS
  • Malnutrition
  • Fussy eating and feeding difficulties
  • Eating disorders or disordered eating
  • General nutrition information
  • Renal disease
  • Life stage nutrition – planning pregnancies, pregnancy, paediatric nutrition, menopause and ageing.

The first session with a dietitian is always the scariest because of food being so personal. There is a fear of being judged or ridiculed but what you need to know is that discussing food and your concerns with a dietitian is a safe space where you will not be judged, told off, ridiculed or belittled. You don’t need to be a perfect eater because nothing about nutrition is perfect, there is no magic foods or perfect diets and every day, we are still learning something new. When you have your first session with a dietitian it is all about you, you tell us your back story, why you need our help, what you biggest struggles and fears are and we, the dietitians listen. We ask questions here and there to get more information and not because we are judging you but because the more, we know about you the better we can help you.

Subsequent sessions vary from person to person. They may include nutrition education, nutrition activities, recipe developments, sensory challenges, or shopping and eating out guidance. The number of sessions and how often is also different from person to person. the common theme amongst the sessions though is support. You will always have support from your dietitian, they are you biggest cheerleader. So if this article has resonated with you book an appointment today.

Written by Jess Koznedelev

Jess has a great passion for all things food, especially the joy it can bring people. Her big passion areas include Health At Every Size®, eating disorders & paediatric nutrition.

As accredited practicing dietitian, Jess provides an evidence-based, individualised approach to help you make sustainable health behaviour changes that are long lasting. Book a Dietetics Consultation today.