Here’s Groove Health physio, Jesse, showing you how to use a foam roller correctly. More videos to come, stay tuned!!

Movement is Good for our Brains

Multiple studies have shown that exercise, even walking, massively improves cognitive and creative brain function.

Harvard professor John J. Ratey, in his book Spark, tells the story of a school in Naperville, Illinois, that scored 1st in the world in the international science TIMSS test.

This is not some private boarding school. It’s an average school, except for one thing…it has a physical fitness requirement. Compared to the national average (30%) only 3% of the population at Naperville is overweight.

The fact that Naperville is the fittest school AND the smartest school supports that regular exercise is good for our brains.

Not all our kids are sporting superstars, but all of them need to move, even if it is small amounts.

How do we get our kids moving?

  • Walk the dog
  • Take them for a walking chat.
  • Encourage different study positions, postures and move regularly

Movement Helps Us Live Longer

In addition to a healthy diet and psychosocial well-being, regular exercise can improve both life expectancy and quality of life and help in the prevention and control of chronic disease.

(Gremeaux, V., et al., Exercise and longevity. Maturitas, 2012. 73 (4): p. 312-317.)

Other studies have shown that regular exercise was as effective as Zoloft for fighting depression.

Take home message= MOVE

How can you implement movement into your day?

Movement tip #1

Have a walking meeting: If you are meeting a friend for a coffee and a chat, meet at the café, go for a short walk and talk, then stop and have the coffee afterwards. Easy!

What Are The Common Co-morbidities?
1. Cardiovascular disease + arthritis
2. Arthritis + back pain

Co-morbidities describe the appearance of one or more additional diseases or disorders co-occurring with a primary disease or disorder.

  • The most common Co-morbidities for males is back pain, cardiovascular disease and mental health
  • The most common Co-morbidities for females is arthritis, mental health and cardiovascular disease.
  • For the age group 0-44 year olds the most common were mental health problems, followed by back pain and then asthma.

 

In the points above, diabetes, cancer and COPD are the least reported. However it is people with these conditions that are most likely to have a co-morbidity. Some of the co-morbidities are precursors to other conditions i.e. diabetes to cardiovascular disease, people with asthma are more likely to develop COPD.
As the population ages and is generally more sedentary, there will be a greater cost socially and economically caused by co-morbidity.
Preventing some of these co-morbidities by addressing lifestyle choices and having access to health care facilities and programs can help people have good health and prevent illness. SO GET MOVING!  

 

 

5 Questions To Ask Your Doctor Or Health Care Provider
Health care can be a confusing area. You can be sent for tests or scans and not be sure why you’re having them. Given that none of us (government included) have endless pockets to spend on our health care, how can you make sure that you are spending your money wisely and yet not take risks with your health? Here are some questions that can help you and your doctor make the correct decision for you.

 

Arthritis Awareness Week

This week is Arthritis Awareness Week! Arthritis impacts 18.1% of people in Queensland, and this number is looking to increase in the near future.

You may not know this, but your physio can help in the assessment and treatment of the effects of arthritis. A physio can help to:

  • Reduce pain
  • Improve movement & posture
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Improve function
  • Assess & treat biomechanical problems

Check out our infograph for more stats…

 

 

 

It’s A Simple Question But…Why Run?

It’s a simple question but… why run??? From a Physio’s point of view, there are so many advantages that running can offer your body. Here are the top reasons to get moving!

1.  It’s easy! All you need is a pair of shoes and somewhere to run.
2.  You can get a good workout and therefore a good calorie burn.
3.  Running strengthens bones, helps with weight change and
maintenance, that helps reduce pressure on our joints.
4.  Decreases stress.
5.  Increases life expectancy.
6.  You can do it with friends.
7.  There are plenty of organised races and events.
8.  It can improve your mood.

Hopefully that’s enough reasons to get you moving, remember…Groovers are Movers!