Author Archives: AHHT

Ergonomic Risk Factor 2: FORCE

Force is the second Biomechanical Ergonomic Risk Factor. We have discussed an overview of all 7 risk factors in a previous post, and have already explored risk factor 1: Repetition.    Force is the mechanical effort that is required to carry out a movement or to prevent a movement. It is easy to think of the force required to lift a heavy object, but more difficult to remember the high level of force required to hold

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Ergonomic Risk Factor 1: REPETITION

In a previous post we outlined the 7 Biomechanical Ergonomic Risk Factors. Today we will explore the first risk factor: REPETITION.   Repetition is performing the same movements over and over again. Think of the typist, the checkout worker, or the meat worker. Repetition in itself is a risk factor, and it can also intensify exposure to other risk factors.   Why is repetition bad? Not all repetitive tasks are bad – in fact a

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NEW LOCATION!

  I am am feeling so blessed this week. One of the reasons is that the count down is now officially on til I begin consulting out of Accident & Injury Physiotherapy’s Fulham Road location. Since I opened Advanced Health & Hand Therapy I have had the pleasure of getting to know the team at A & I and it has been a pleasure. We share very similar philosophies about health care and the core

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Ergonomic Biomechanical Risk Factors

Discover the 7 deadly ergonomic risk factors that may be putting you at risk when you work.   Safe Work Australia reports that during the period from 2006 to 2009 there were 73 400 hospitalisations as a result of work related injuries. This number has surely increased in 2015/2016. These injuries result in lost time at work and reduced work performance; but of course your injury doesn’t stay at work when you go home in

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Skin – the ultimate gift wrap ;)

Skin is the largest organ in the body. It has a variety of functions including: Keeping all the important stuff inside 😉 Temperature regulation Sensation Synthesis Fluid and electrolyte balance Protection from: Injury UV damage Pathogens Fluid and electrolyte loss Absorption of some vitamins like Vitamin D   What are the normal effects of aging on skin? Decreased: Fatty layers Collagen and elastin fibres Dermal thickness (thinning of the skin) Sensation Metabolism Sweat glands Subcutaneous

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Take Control of Your Health

How many times have you had an injury or even just a feeling that something was not right and decided not to go to a health professional? I think that everyone can relate to that situation. Why do we put it off? We know that we should see someone. We know that the chances are that we will make it worse if we don’t see someone. We know that health professionals exist for a reason.

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Water, water everywhere!

It is widely published that water consumption is vitally important for all bodily functions. This is not surprising when our bodies are made up of about 60% water! Our bodies have no way of storing water, so we need constant fresh supplies. We often don’t drink as much as we should and particularly when recovering from an injury or surgery we might not feel like drinking too much but we definitely need to! Water allows

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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

The cubital tunnel is the area between the medial epicondyle and the olecranon; the ulnar nerve travels through this tunnel. With cubital tunnel syndrome the ulnar nerve is inflammed and compressed in the tunnel. This compression results in tingles, pins and needles or numbness in the little finger, and half of the ring finger. There can also be pain in the little finger side of the wrist and forearm, and the tingles can extend into

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What is Oedema?

  Oedema is the first and most easily observed reaction of tissues to injury. In between cells in healthy tissues there is iterstitial fluid. This fluid is very similar to blood plasma, containing water molecules, nutrients, electrolytes and cellular waste. Proteins generally are unable to pass through the capillary walls, however some small amounts do get trapped. The lymphatic system supports the venous system by transporting the cellular waste products and accumulated proteins back to

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The Stiff Hand

The term ‘stiff hand’ is often used by health professionals to describe a hand that has reduced passive and active range of motion (ROM). This condition can significantly limit functional performance and can be very detrimental to the persons well being. Therapists and medical practitioners alike work very hard to make sure that stiffness is prevented. Why do joints stiffen up in the first place? When a joint is immobilised changes occur in the muscles

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