Lesson 1: Consistency is Key I have lost track of how many patients I have seen since the start of the year for a new injury that have subsequently returned to the clinic months later for a recurrence of the same injury. When I question the patient about the exercises they were prescribed, most would respond “once I got better I stopped the exercises”. Most patients were of the belief that the exercises prescribed were to help treat the pain associated with the injury as opposed to treating the underlying dysfunction. For most patients, a simple follow up question –“did you try the exercises when your pain came on again” – highlights the importance of consistency of performing the exercises as most state the exercises helped relieve their pain. When it comes to anything related to injury prevention, training and competition performance, consistency is key. You cannot expect to run a marathon with a respectable time without running at least 3 times a week, or resolve your injury without being consistent with your rehabilitation. Lesson 2: Don’t Underestimate Nutrition Our bodies rely on good nutrition to function at a high capacity. I have heard many patients who have tried various diets throughout the year, from the 5 and 2, to the 30 day challenge, and even “I am gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, carb free and thinking about going vegan”. Most of these patients do not realise that part of the reason their bodies are becoming dysfunctional is because they are lacking the nutrients they need the most. The human body is made up of various proteins and when injured they require more protein and carbohydrates to help with the healing process. In my efforts to improve my nutrition, I consulted with a nutritionist regarding my lifestyle and whether there were changes I needed to make to help improve performance. With some simple changes I not only had more energy but my recovery was much improved and I was able to back up for sessions quicker than earlier in the year. I found that if you underestimate nutrition and a healthy balance lifestyle then you will quickly lose all the gains you have achieved – I found that lesson out the hard way by eating healthy take out for the past month due to our kitchen renovations and only having a fridge at home. Lesson 3: Sleep is Crucial, Stress is Detrimental A good night’s sleep is crucial in the recovery from injury, training and competition. Conversely, external stress can be very detrimental on recovery and especially performance. This year has been a particularly stressful year outside of the clinic and despite attaining 7-9 hours of sleep per night, I am seeing the detrimental effects that stress has played on my motivation and sporting performance. External stresses can provide a huge toll on the body physically and mentally, with the risk of injury being significantly increased and speed of recovery greatly reduced. Minimising external stress and maximising good quality sleep helps promote speed of recovery from injury and helps improves performance as well as motivation. The key for 2016 is to be consistent with what you want to achieve, focus on having good balanced nutrition in your lifestyle, having high quality sleep and minimizing the negative stress placed on your mind, body and soul. Written by David Cohen, Physiotherapist at UprightCare]]>

Larry is a highly skilled physiotherapist who specialises in treating back and neck pain, postural issues and scoliosis. He is certified in Schroth and SEAS methods and through the Egoscue University. Larry has a background in elite gymnastics and springboard diving and also has many years experience in endurance running and triathlons. His specialist knowledge and techniques have seen him appointed as a gymnastics coach and physiotherapist at both the Olympics Games and Special Olympics.

His passion and driving philosophy is about achieving the best outcomes for his patients utilising an amalgam of the latest techniques and theories while recognising there may sometimes be a need for invasive procedures. Where deemed appropriate Larry will then refer to a specialist. To further his holistic understanding and approach, Larry is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Spinal Deformity and regularly attends and speaks at international conferences and courses and clinics.

Fun fact: Larry is learning how to surf - so be careful next time you go to the beach! Qualifications: B.Sc (Physiotherapy); M.Sc. (Exercise Physiology); Advanced Certificates in Schroth (BSPTS) and Egoscue (PAS) and SEAS Larry is Level II certified (advanced) in the conservative treatment of Scoliosis based on the Schroth method. The training was conducted by Dr Manuel Rigo of the Barcelona School at Scoliosis Rehab Inc in Wisconsin. He has completed his SEAS scoliosis treatment training at ISICO in Milan. Larry has also spent time working with Dr Rigo in the Barcelona clinic. Larry also has advanced certificates in shoulder treatment, posture alignment therapy and acupuncture.