The Importance of Hydration

So the question everyone asks is ... how much water should I drink?

There are plenty of rule-of-thumb data tables around and the current research seems to hover around the figure of a minimum of 2 litres per day. However, your hydration needs vary from day to day, season to season, even year to year. There are many factors that can influence your hydration requirements including age, weather, artificial heating and cooling, activity levels, genetics, pregnancy … and plenty more.  

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Trail Running – take a run on the wild side!

The new kid on the block in the running scene is trail running. The Internet is full of images of people running along the tops of mountains with hiking poles and videos of runners throwing themselves down steep inclines seemingly out of control. But you don’t need to live in the Alps to take part in this liberating pastime. Right here in Ballarat you’ll find a thriving culture of trail running and some of the best locations in the country to sample this sport!

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Scoliosis in kids – what to look for

Scoliosis is defined as a sideways bending of the spine greater than 10 degrees, accompanied by vertebral rotation. This means that the spine has a “left/right” bend that may look like an “S” or “C” shaped curve. Once the angle of that bend (measured on X-ray) gets to 10 degrees we call it a scoliosis.

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Tongue Tie – What’s all the fuss?

Tongue-tie, also known as Neonatal Ankyloglossia, is a congenital anomaly characterised by the thin piece of skin under a baby’s tongue (lingual frenulum) affecting the appearance or function of the tongue. It may be short, less elastic or attach towards the front of the underside of the tongue. The degree of this restriction and its’ effects on function can vary greatly. Tongue tie is said to occur in somewhere between 3-4% of newborns.

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Megan’s Guide to Training for Kokoda

For many, hiking the Kokoda Track is a bucket list item. It is unique in that due to the historic significance, many people who don’t necessarily call themselves “hikers”, will attempt Kokoda. This is different to many other hikes around the world, where generally only those crazy enough to call extreme exercise and carrying a pack a “holiday” are attracted to the destination.

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10 Tips for avoiding Pregnancy Related Back Pain

During pregnancy, your body undergoes huge changes. As well as the obvious expanding abdomen, changes in your hormones and circulatory system can contribute to softening of ligaments, and sometimes back and pelvic pain, leg pain (sciatica), swelling, high blood pressure and fatigue. It is important to consult your health professional to ensure that further investigation or referral is not required.

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Load Management in Adolescent Rowers

Coaches: Have you ever planned a great session, only to realise that your crew is having a flat day, and completely adapt what you had planned? This is the sign of a coach who is tuned in to their athletes. Load management is how we describe the balance between training enough to be fast/strong/technically competent, vs overtraining and injury. This line can be a thin one that requires a coach to be finely tuned to their athletes.

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The Teenage Rower – Injury Prevention Tips for Coaches

There are many different formulas that we can use when it comes to training load and injury prevention. Commonly it has been advised to never increase your training load by more than 10% each week, and for any decrease in load to be followed be a gradual period of rebuilding. Monitoring training load and improving technique are the two single things that will help reduce injuries.

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Osteopathy and Rowing

It is that time of year again where we see an influx of rowers visiting our clinic. Some have trained extremely hard over the summer break, others have enjoyed a more relaxing holiday – either way, for all those on rowing camp this week, it will be tough on the water, and the blisters will be bad.

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Running Biomechanics 101

Some wise words here from our osteopath Matthew Mihaljevic.  Matt is completing a Masters in Strength and Conditioning at Edith Cowan University. He was recently chatting to me about his current unit where they look closely at running and our chat resulted in this little piece for you. Enjoy and I hope you find it helpful. Matt will be incorporating this current evidence informed approach into his treatment and management of his patients.

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Osteo for swimmers

In my observations over the past few months when on the pool deck, there is a mix of swimmers' abilities and goals: national time swimmers who are training 6-10 sessions a week, right through to those swimming for fitness only and those who are just beginning to swim competition and beginning to push themselves like never before. The passion and commitment of the swimmers and coaching staff is superb and we are really thrilled to have commenced this relationship.

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Gardening and Back Pain – What should you do?

Here at Eureka Osteo we love encouraging you to do what makes you happy and gives you joy. For many people, gardening is something that tops the list! Being outside in nature, soaking up some Vitamin D, and seeing the rewards of your efforts, can all be great reasons to get in the garden. However if gardening seems to cause or aggravate your back pain, there are a few things that you should consider…

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