Miriam Wynne - EBR Physio Bentleigh East

Staff spotlight: Av Kumar

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A CHAT WITH AV
Whether he’s working with his high performance sporting team or his regular patients Av is dedicated to providing treatment that helps everyone achieve their personalised goals. Av tailors programs to maximise their health, comfort and abilities.

Av has extensive experience working in various sports including professional basketball for over 7 years, cricket for 10 years and over 450 Australian football games.

What are your career highlights?
“It’s difficult to pick just one. There are a few things that stand out, being a part of the high performance team with Melbourne United during their 2017-18 championship year, being a physiotherapist for an Cricket Australia A v Sri Lanka game and helping to setup and grow the physiotherapy department at South East Melbourne Phoenix (NBL) for the last 4 years. “

Av is also the Head Physiotherapist at Old Haileybury Amateur Football Club in the VAFA.  Previously he has also worked as a Research Officer at Latrobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre studying the long term effects of ACL reconstruction injuries.

Why Physio?
“I am passionate about encouraging people and watching their progress, whether it be rehabilitation from an injury or mastering their sport.”  


Fun fact:  During COVID Av became a self professed coffee barista with his Sunbeam coffee machine and had the 2018 AFL grand final on repeat. He now enjoys an active lifestyle with his wife and two young kids, Lily and Charlie. 

How is Clinical Pilates different?

General Pilates vs Clinical Pilates

Pilates has long been regarded for improving core strength. The benefits gained from practising pilates are numerous including improved flexibility & mobility, posture, balance, bone density and many more.   At EBR Physio our Physios combine their in-depth understanding of anatomy and physiology which is utilised in Clinical Pilates.  This may include a combination of mat, fit-ball, foam roller, Pilates reformer and trapeze exercises.


General Pilates 

•    Usually run in a studio or gym by instructors who are Pilates trained. 
•    No individual physical assessment with everyone in the class doing the same exercises.
•    Often a larger number of people in a class


Clinical Pilates

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•    Instructed and supervised by physiotherapists who are Clinical Pilates trained.
•    Follows an initial assessment to fully understand client medical history and individual needs. 
•    Small group classes with a maximum of four client. Sessions can be applied to rehabilitation purposes and as an exercise-based physiotherapy treatment technique.  
•    Exercises are personalised to take into consideration any previous injuries or conditions. 
•    May be claimable if you have private health insurance ‘Extras Cover’.  

Clinical Pilates is suitable for people of all age groups and fitness levels as it is low-impact varying in difficulty and intensity according to your needs.  If you’d like more details about joining one of our classes, please get in touch. 

Inspiring People: Nicole

Nicole first came to EBR during the hard lockdown in Melbourne. Having suffered a stroke some time ago Nicole is no stranger to physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Nicole recently underwent ground-breaking reconstructive surgery to improve her ability to walk. When Nicole started her rehab journey at EBR she was in a boot, using a crutch and […]

Step into Spring

Spring is here and it’s a great time to boost your outdoor activity.   As lockdown restrictions ease, we will be able to increase our exercise time to two hours outdoors and hopefully even more soon.   Let’s all strive to be our best during these difficult times and make the most of the positive […]

Are you prepared for winter?

Keeping healthy and happy during the colder months

We get it. Sometimes the cold weather and darker, shorter days have us favouring a movie on the couch over our usual exercise routine .

Exercise in winter is probably the best medicine for overcoming the winter blues. A better approach may be to change up your exercise routine to accommodate the weather and how you’re feeling on the day. 

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Alex Parker, Victoria University Professor of Physical Activity and Mental Health says some light movement is the ideal compromise. ‘‘Some movement is better than none for our mental health, so it’s important to plan for tough or tired days – so if you’re not feeling up to that really long run, maybe doing some gentle stretching or meditation will be beneficial for restoring the body and preparing to work harder next time,’’ she says. If your body’s saying, ‘This is not the right approach’, then be flexible.’’ There are a number of things to put you in your best form to safely enjoy your winter activity

PREPARE –  work on Strength & Balance & Core
WARM UP & STRETCH after your activity
DON’T IGNORE EARLY SIGNS OF INJURY

Michael Mosley’s shares his 10 essential tips for keeping healthy and happy through the cold months.
This is a shared article from The Age Digital Edition, Tuesday, 02 May 2023. Link to article: How to indulge, in moderation .

Inspiring People: Nicole

Nicole first came to EBR during the hard lockdown in Melbourne. Having suffered a stroke some time ago Nicole is no stranger to physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Nicole recently underwent ground-breaking reconstructive surgery to improve her ability to walk. When Nicole started her rehab journey at EBR she was in a boot, using a crutch and […]

Step into Spring

Spring is here and it’s a great time to boost your outdoor activity.   As lockdown restrictions ease, we will be able to increase our exercise time to two hours outdoors and hopefully even more soon.   Let’s all strive to be our best during these difficult times and make the most of the positive […]

Inspiring People: Jan

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Getting back to being your best – Inspiring People
Jan has been a patient of over many years and has recently completed the first GLA:D® education and exercise programme conducted at EBR Physio.    We chatted to Jan to find out how it went.

Why did you decide to do the GLA:D® programme?
Jan: I knew I needed to have a knee replacement so I did the GLA:D® programme as the final stage of preparation pre-surgery.

Was there anything in the programme that surprised you?
Jan: The exercises were similar to those I had done as part of my physio sessions previously with a few new ones.  The ‘sliders’ which we used were new to me.

How did you find the sessions?

Jan:  the sessions were good,  the corrections given by the physio, Lea were excellent.  I also enjoyed being challenged by the progression of exercises .

Did you notice any differences, before and after doing the programme?
In what ways?

Jan:  Definitely, at the beginning I wasn’t able to get through the set exercises and by the end of the 6 weeks not only could I complete the exercises, but my speed improved.  I regained strength which was lost through pain and lack of movement.  There was also an improvement in my range of movement. 

Would you recommend the programme to others with knee or hip concerns?

Jan:  I already have!  The GLA:D® programme also made a difference to my recovery.  My GP was very impressed with how well I was moving post surgery. 

Visit the GLA:D® page on our website to find out more details about the programme.

Self-Care

Self Care over the Holiday period:

Following on from the previous two years 2022 has left many of us many of us feeling depleted, mentally exhausted and racing to “catch up”. This has made a huge impact in all areas of our lives… work, school and our overall wellbeing

So let’s take time over the holiday period to recharge and develop a ‘self-care plan’ to enhance our health and wellbeing.   Self-care may include exercise, reading, meditation, disconnecting from technology, or talking with family and friends.

Why is exercise so important to our self-care?
We all know that exercise is important for keeping us physically healthy but it can also be very effective in helping us manage our mental health and wellbeing. 

How to get started with exercise?

If you haven’t done much exercise previously it can be overwhelming knowing where to start, what to do, etc.   It is a good idea to start small and gradually increase the time and intensity as you progress.   The Better Health website has some great information on the benefits of exercise and also some useful tips on how to safely incorporate exercise into your daily routine.   Most importantly the movement should be enjoyable!

Our physios can help you with an exercise programme tailored to your needs which can be done in a small group setting at our clinic or in your own time at home.

Inspiring People: Nicole

Nicole first came to EBR during the hard lockdown in Melbourne. Having suffered a stroke some time ago Nicole is no stranger to physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Nicole recently underwent ground-breaking reconstructive surgery to improve her ability to walk. When Nicole started her rehab journey at EBR she was in a boot, using a crutch and […]

Step into Spring

Spring is here and it’s a great time to boost your outdoor activity.   As lockdown restrictions ease, we will be able to increase our exercise time to two hours outdoors and hopefully even more soon.   Let’s all strive to be our best during these difficult times and make the most of the positive […]

GLA:D® program at EBR Physio

GLA:D® Program at EBR Physio:

We are very excited to announce that we are now offering the GLA:D® Australia education and exercise program to our clients.
This unique six-week program has been developed to help participants develop skills to better manage their hip and/or knee pain or symptoms of Osteoarthritis (OA). 

Developed in Denmark, the GLA:D®, (Good Life with osteoArthritis in Denmark) program reflects the latest evidence in osteoarthritis (OA) research.

We are very excited to announce that we are now offering the GLA:D® Australia education and exercise program to our clients.

What does the GLA:D® program involve?

  • An initial appointment to explain the program and measure your current functional ability.
  • Small group exercise and education sessions twice a week for six weeks (12 x 1 hour sessions) to improve your control of the joint, your confidence in the joint and your strength. 
  • Educational component teaches you about OA, its risk factors, treatment options, and self-management strategies.

This program is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities, ensuring participants develop skills to self-manage their osteoarthritis. By strengthening and improving confidence with exercise, participants develop better capacity to become or stay active, prevent symptom progression, and reduce pain.

GLA:D® Australia

Great results with GLA:D®

For more information about visit the GLA:D® page on our website or visit GLA:D® Australia:   www.gladaustralia.com.au

Research from GLA:D® Australia has found that participants have reported a significant reduction in pain and reduced usage of pain medication. Their quality of life has improved and in many the need for surgery is reduced or delayed.

Getting back to Exercise Safely

During COVID many of us have worked from home and except for walking and cycling, we’ve been unable to go to gym or group exercise classes. During this time I know many of you have logged on to our free online exercises each week with myself via Zoom. From the week beginning 22nd of June, […]

Healthy Bones Week

Healthy Bones Action Week is aimed at encouraging Australians to think about their bones and remind them of the key steps to maintain good bone health, eating calcium-rich foods, well, exercising and getting some safe sunshine for vitamin D.  Exercise plays a vital role in maintaining bone health at all stages of life, building bone strength during childhood and adolescence, maintaining muscles and strong bones as adults and reducing bone loss as we age.

Healthy Bones Week

Healthy Bones Action Week 21 – 27 August:

Healthy Bones Action Week is aimed at encouraging Australians to think about their bones and remind them of the key steps to maintain good bone health, eating calcium-rich foods, well, exercising and getting some safe sunshine for vitamin D.   There are lots of great resources on bone health on the Dairy Health website.

Exercise and Bone Health

Exercise plays a vital role in maintaining bone health at all stages of life, building bone strength during childhood and adolescence, maintaining muscles and strong bones as adults and reducing bone loss as we age.    They type of activities that best supports bone health is WEIGHT BEARING EXERCISE.  What does this mean?  Essentially this means exercise which is done on your feet so you bear your own weight.   This may include walking, hiking, jogging, climbing stairs, gardening, playing tennis, and dancing.  Resistance exercises – such as lifting weights, swimming, hydrotherapy & water aerobics – can also strengthen bones.  Balance exercises strengthen the muscles which keep you upright, eg. Legs and core, these are important for improving stability and preventing falls.

Keep it simple, take a brisk walk outside while getting some sunshine (vitamin D)!

How can physiotherapy help with bone health?

Prevention is key!  

Your physio will assess you taking in to consideration any physical constraints or conditions.  They will design an exercise program  which will enable you to safely strengthen and progress.     At EBR Physio we also offer small Physio-led group classes which are tailored to each participant.  Please contact us if you would like to find out more.

Inspiring People: Nicole

Nicole first came to EBR during the hard lockdown in Melbourne. Having suffered a stroke some time ago Nicole is no stranger to physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Nicole recently underwent ground-breaking reconstructive surgery to improve her ability to walk. When Nicole started her rehab journey at EBR she was in a boot, using a crutch and […]

Step into Spring

Spring is here and it’s a great time to boost your outdoor activity.   As lockdown restrictions ease, we will be able to increase our exercise time to two hours outdoors and hopefully even more soon.   Let’s all strive to be our best during these difficult times and make the most of the positive […]