Acupuncture versus Dry Needling

From the patient’s perspective, there’s not much difference between the two modalities.  Essentially, both practices involve very thin needles being skilfully driven into different regions of the body.  The main difference between acupuncture and dry needling is that acupuncture follows an eastern paradigm and dry needling follows a western paradigm.  In traditional Chinese medicine practitioners are concerned

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Jaw Pain

In the last two months, I have been treating two patients suffering from jaw pain. Jaw pain is certainly a less common complaint amongst my patients; the majority are usually neck and lower back pain candidates. Fortunately, chiropractors are trained in treating the temporomandibular articulation (the jaw), where treatment usually incorporates joint mobilisation techniques, soft

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Physiotherapy can be one of the most effective treatment methods when it comes to managing physical health issues, yet many people are still unsure of what North Sydney physiotherapy actually is and how it can benefit them. Physiotherapy is an essential part of any injury recovery process. It’s also being used to prevent future injuries and chronic


Unity Gym

My patients often ask me, “Hey Tom how’d you get such big guns, or how do you stay so huge, muscly and ripped all the time? Is it from all the physicality of your job?” “Haha, don’t be silly,” I say, “No its because I train at Unity Gym!” Unity Gym is, by a long

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Travelling Burundi

Reflections from my time travelling Burundi, Africa to play the 2012 ITF Futures event. On Thursday 8th November 2012, I left Sydney for Bujumbura, Burundi. Two months earlier, I had never known the country even existed. My reason for travelling to what I nick-named, “the bulls-eye of Africa”, was to play in an ITF Futures

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Travelling Rwanda

Memoirs from my trip travelling Rwanda (Kigali), to play the 2012 ITF Futures Event I left for Kigali, Rwanda on 13th November 2012 having spent the previous four days in Bujumbura, Burundi. Again, my main purpose for visiting this country was to play in an ITF Futures event. These are entry level professional tennis tournaments.

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Sports Injury Treatment North Sydney

Sports injury treatment makes up a great deal of the treatment given to patients at The Physicaltherapy Centre. Many musculoskeletal complaints arise from injuries sustained in sports. Each year we see athletic performance draw closer to the limits of human potential. Understanding the biomechanical principles involved helps us to prevent injury and restore functional integrity

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Tennis warm-up

A tennis warm-up routing for tennis players The purpose of warming up is to prepare your body for the activity you are about to perform. The warm-up should be sufficient to get the blood flowing into all the muscles of your body, massage the joints through their range of motion and should mimic the sport

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Soft sand running

Soft sand running is practiced by many expert runners but is becoming increasingly popular amongst the average person looking to improve health and wellbeing. People often set a goal to shed excess kilos, particularly after a holiday season of eating and drinking too much. The beautiful weather prompts many to begin their new year with

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Running Technique

For many of us energetic folk, it might seem strange that there is such a thing as running technique. Many of my patients are heavily into their running, and some happen to be quite advanced. By this I mean not only are they fast runners, or have recorded fast competition times, but they also demonstrate

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Does your headache stop you from working or doing routine daily activities? Do you have to lie down in a dark room with the lights off when your headache comes on? If this sounds like you, then you may suffer from migraines. What is a migraine? A migraine is more than just a headache. It

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Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating can easily be incorporated into your diet in order for healthy living or performance in the sporting arena Many people ask me for dietary advice to help with either their performance in the sporting arena, or just for general healthy and living. Fortunately for them, I happen to take a great interest in

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Hip Pain Exercises

The hip joint is a weight bearing joint and thus is subject to large biomechanical forces, especially during sport and exercise. From the outset, the weight-bearing function of the hip joint means it will be less flexible than say, the shoulder joint, yet more stable. There is always this trade-off in joints between strength and

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Injured Tennis Players

Having dedicated so much time to learning and playing tennis, I’m fortunate to have attracted many tennis players through the doors of my practice. These players range from social and tournament players, to current and ex-touring professionals. Most players are looking to improve their game, but my observations of their efforts to improve leave a

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Graston Technique North Sydney

Graston Technique North Sydney is an instrument based soft tissue modality for treating musculoskeletal injuries. I began my Graston experience under the tutorage of a previous senior practitioner. Graston Technique is a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilisation that enables clinicians to break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions more effectively. The technique utilises

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Best supplements

Most of us know that we should be getting all of our nutrients from real food. The best supplements to take will depend on your specific lifestyle. For those of us who are either time poor or engaged in frequent activity, here are three reasons why you should consider taking a supplement: 1. A supplement

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Food supplements

Best food supplements for general health and sporting performance Today, there are perhaps enough food supplements on the market to get all of your nutritional needs through pills, powders and capsules. It is of course cheaper, and often tastier to get these nutrients through normal food consumption. The average Joe fills their car with regular

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Causes of Neck Pain

Causes of neck pain and the things you need to know to relieve it Common causes of neck pain include trauma from accidents, postural stresses, and working in awkward positions or cramped spaces. Unfortunately, we are limited in the things we can do to protect against unforseen accidents, hence this article focuses on what we

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Chiro or physio – who should I see?

Should I see a chiro or physio? You can’t blame the layperson for not knowing which professional to see. The boundaries between chiros and physios, not to mention osteos, myotherapists and massage therapists, etcetera, are becoming increasingly blurred. Unfortunately there is a large misconception amongst the general population about the role of various health practitioners

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Best Pillow

Do you wake up in the morning and your neck hurts? Do you feel as if you toss and turn every night? Well this could all be as a result of your pillow! With so many different types of pillows now on the market, people are finding selecting the right pillow quite an overwhelming task.

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Best shoulder exercises

Here are some of the best shoulder exercises and additional tips to ensure the joints remain healthy and don’t degenerate prematurely. Please note, it is worth consulting with your exercise physiologist, personal trainer, or health professional as to the absolute best shoulder exercises for your current condition. There is a wealth of information on how

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Best Foam Roller

Choosing the best foam roller in a saturated marketplace is difficult. They come in different lengths, diameters, materials and designs. They also range in price from as little as $10 on eBay, to around $100 in a retail store. A lot of the proposed uses for foam rolling may even be a complete waste of

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