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How Exercise Can Help with Dystonia Symptoms

Posted on July 1st, 2024 by Andries Lodder


by Kiara Fitzhenry Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions, which can cause twisting, repetitive movements, and abnormal postures. These involuntary movements can affect various parts of the body, including the neck, face, arms, and legs – leading to pain, tremors, discomfort, and functional limitations which may interfere with daily activities. […]

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Exploring the Relationship Between Muscular Imbalances and Their Role in Lower Back Pain

Posted on May 6th, 2024 by Andries Lodder


By Kiara Fitzhenry Lower back pain often arises from various factors, and muscle imbalance can undoubtedly  be one of them. Muscular imbalances have been shown to play a significant role in the development and worsening of lower back pain. Differences in strength between muscles on opposite sides of the body may lead to poor posture, […]

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Understanding Spondylolisthesis: The Role of Exercise

Posted on May 6th, 2024 by Andries Lodder


by Jana van Jaarsveld Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition that involves instability of the spine characterized by the forward displacement of one vertebra over the vertebra beneath it. This displacement may put pressure on a nerve and can result in pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility, impacting the quality of life for those affected. While treatment […]

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Master Your Swing: The Vital Role of Core Strength and Mobility for Golfers

Posted on April 9th, 2024 by Andries Lodder


By Kiara Fitzhenry Introduction: It is essential to recognise the critical role that core strength and mobility play in optimising performance on the golf course. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a weekend warrior, investing in your core strength and mobility can make a significant difference in your game. The Importance of Core Strength: The […]

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Diverse Spectrum of Vascular Disease

Posted on March 18th, 2024 by Andries Lodder


By Kiara Fitzhenry   Vascular disease, also known as vasculopathy, is an umbrella term for conditions that affect and damage your blood vessels. These blood vessels are important as they carry nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood to the body’s tissues, whilst removing metabolic waste. Vascular diseases include any condition that influences the circulatory system. Vascular diseases fall […]

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The Pathway to Wellness: Impact of Exercise on Vascular Diseases

Posted on March 18th, 2024 by Andries Lodder


by Jana van Jaarsveld Introduction In the intricate landscape of vascular diseases, inflammation emerges as a key player, orchestrating the pathogenesis and progression of conditions like atherosclerosis, peripheral artery disease (PAD), and stroke. However, amidst the ominous shadow cast by inflammation, a beacon of hope shines bright: EXERCISE. In this article, we explore the pivotal […]

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Vascular health and Mental wellbeing

Posted on March 18th, 2024 by Andries Lodder


By: Gcina Gumede Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in many parts of the world affecting both the old and the young. Mental illness is also a major contributor to the burden of disease around the world. Research has made links on how vascular health could possibly affect mental wellbeing and visa verse. […]

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Shoulder Injury Rehab and Prevention for Bowls  

Posted on November 10th, 2023 by Andries Lodder


By Marco Mons Shoulder injuries in bowls players often result from the repetitive and precise nature of the sport, where accurate throwing and consistent arm movements are crucial. Two of the most prevalent shoulder injuries in this group are rotator cuff injuries and impingement syndrome. Rotator cuff injuries, such as tendinitis or tears, can occur […]

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Avoiding Back Injuries in Lawn Bowling: Tips for a Pain-Free Game

Posted on November 10th, 2023 by Andries Lodder


by Jana van Jaarsveld Introduction Lawn bowling is a relaxing and enjoyable sport that’s popular among people of all ages. However, like any physical activity, it’s important to be mindful of the risk of back injuries. In this article, we’ll explore common causes of back injuries during lawn bowling and offer tips on how to […]

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Swing Freely: How Hip Mobility Enhances Your Padel Game

Posted on November 2nd, 2023 by Andries Lodder


By: Gcina Gumede How well our hips move during a game of padel is something a majority of us do not think about. With Padel growing exponentially around the world it is important to know what factors may be limiting to your games potential and what may put you at risk of injuring yourself. Poor […]

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