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Partial suspension of service

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In line with State and Federal advice, and in consideration of the well-being of our wonderful clients, all consultations longer than 30 minutes have been suspended until further notice.

Physiotherapy and Shockwave Therapy are still available for all clients with Jason. You can book these online here.

We regret any inconvenience caused by this measure, but look forward to resuming normal treatments as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please contact us directly if you have any questions or concerns.

Changed availability during March 2020

Time

IC Sports Therapies will be varying our opening hours in March.

The changed hours are for the 3-week period Friday 6 March to Monday 30 March 2020. They are the result of our reduced staffing levels, with our Principal Therapist Nicki Cooke away. She will be serving as a Team Therapist at the Over 50s Cricket World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa.

Please note that Nicki already has limited bookings available for the weeks before 6 March. We suggest you get in and book a time with Nicki ASAP.

Jason, Hugo and Lisa will meet the continuing needs of our clients for Physiotherapy, BikeFit, and Remedial Massage.

Our clinic hours will be 8:00am – 5:00pm. Steve will man the phones to answer your enquiries and take your bookings.

For these weeks, our therapists are available by appointment as follows:

Jason: Mon 8am-12 noon, Tue 9am-6pm, Wed 8:30am-12 noon, Thu 9am-6pm, and Fri 8:30am-12 noon.

Hugo: Wednesday – Friday 8am-6pm.

Lisa: Mon 10am-1pm, Wed & Thu 8am – 5pm, and Friday 9am-7pm.

From 30 March we will again have our full complement of staff. We will then resume our normal opening hours of 7:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday.

You can make On-line Bookings for the next 120 days any time, at https://icsportstherapies.com.au/bookings/.

Best regards

IC Sports Therapies

🎄Christmas 2019 – New Year 2020 hours🎄

Christmas 2018 graphic, a Stylised Tree with Star

Clinic Holiday Hours

For Christmas 2019 – New Year’s 2020 our Clinic hours will be as follows:

  • We will be closed from COB Monday December 23rd 2019.
  • Nicki will be available again by appointment only on Thursday January 2nd and Friday January 3rd.
  • Jason will be available again Thursday 9th Jan onwards.
  • Lisa will be available again Thursday 2nd Jan until the 10th, and Jan 27th onwards.
  • Hugo is available on Dec 30th and Jan 2 and 3.

We will open for our normal hours of 7am-6pm from January 6th onwards. Book today to get in first for the best appointment times in January 😉

We wish all our clients a safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease, a villain of teen sport.

Rapidly growing bones, combined with great love of high impact, reaching sports such as AFL, basketball and netball, can often lead to inflammation of the tibial attachment of the patella tendon, known as Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease. Ongoing repetitive stress on the tendon can result in micro tears to the tendon and damage to the bone itself.

Diagram of the knee, showing the location affected by Osgood–Schlatter disease.
Tibial tendon attachment point affected by Osgood-Schlatters

Left unchecked and untreated, it leads to a bony protuberance on the tibia, disintegration of the bone causing intense pain for the athlete.

Symptoms

Symptoms include:

  • Localised pain at the attachment point on the bone during and after sport
  • Oedema (swelling) and tenderness below the knee both in the tendon and in the capsule that contains the patella.
  • Pain that can be triggered by contacting the quadriceps against resistance.
  • Pain made worse by the application of ice.

Generally, athletes between 10 and 18 years are most likely to develop the condition, and it is usually more common in boys.

A visible increase in size of the tibial attachment in either one or both legs.

Treatment.

There are a range of options which are beneficial depending on the severity of symptoms.

Active rest and heat, the use of topical pain relief creams, and a heat retainer in initial stages are helpful. Cessation of the activity provoking pain until symptoms subside and the use of Kinesiotape to support the knee and reduce pressure on tissue can also be helpful.

Shockwave and low level laser are also effective in reducing injury time, as is manual lymphatic drainage in reducing the impact of the condition.

Osgood-Schlatters disease rarely requires medical intervention, and frequently heals once the athlete reaches physical maturity. Problems in adulthood occur most commonly from loose bodies in the bursae that surround the knee.

However, an athlete who has Osgood-Schlatters Disease, may have several bouts of the condition prior to muscular-skeletal maturation.

References:

Sports Injuries, their prevention and Treatment, Renstrom and Petersen

Clinically Oriented Anatomy, Moore and Dalley.

Gift Vouchers – less stress for Christmas!

Christmas tree

It’s about 3 weeks to Christmas, and we can help you to reduce the stress of your Christmas gift shopping so easily! How? We’re having a special on Gift Vouchers! 😀

The savings we’re giving you on our Gift Vouchers (which are normally $110 each) are as follows:

  • Buy the first one for $100, and you save $10
  • Buy the second one for $90, saving you $30 total
  • Buy the third one for $80, saving you $60 total!

Buy three Gift vouchers – one each for (say) your Mum and Dad, and you could save the third one for yourself. Win-win! 😉

Buy them online from our store, or come into the Clinic.

Conditions? The gift vouchers must all be purchased at the same time to qualify for the discount.

B.Y.O.T. (Bring your own towels)

Shelves full of towels

Hey everyone, we’re now giving you a $10 discount on 1-hr treatments (10% for half-hour treatments) if you bring your own towels!

This is an initiative to reduce our clinic footprint and preserve precious resources, particularly water and electricity.

Let us know what you think in the post’s comments.

Funds to Save the Rhino

Rhinoceros

Before Nicki’s recent Big Bash anniversary evening, Ally Hewitt (from the Boucher Legacy) wanted to place the following on record, and also to put in writing their sentiments for what she has done:

“The Boucher Legacy in South Africa is focussed on conservation and protection of Rhino and other endangered Mammals that are facing extinction through human atrocities mainly poaching. Our organization was the beneficiary of the Over 50’s World Cup Team that visited Australia last year and my understanding is that this was where you heard of our organization and offered your kind assistance.

The Boucher Legacy Logo

We are most appreciative of your generosity and kind gesture to help us to raise funds from your own practice in Sydney Australia. I understand your evening’s function is to meet with your patients and friends and to highlight the funds that you have raised for The Boucher Legacy in South Africa. Thank You for your leadership and proactiveness in making this happen and also for profiling the Legacy we are working on tirelessly to combat the atrocities of Rhino Poaching and to save these beautiful animals as part of our natural heritage.

We are truly grateful and really wanted to say THANK YOU & ALL YOUR SUPPORTERS for this amazing contribution!

Thank You So Much from all of us at the Boucher Legacy!

Best wishes

Mark, Ally, Donne, Roger, Nicky, Katie & Leigh”

Linked here is video of Nicki’s announcement of the amount of funds raised to help Save the Rhino.

Donations are still being accepted by IC Sports Therapies as the fundraising continues.

Local woman helps Save the Rhinos

Cutting the anniversary cake
L to R: Councillor Nathan Tilbury, with Lisa Barnes, Hugo de Amorim, Steve Cooke, and Nicki Cooke, all of IC Sports Therapies, cutting Nicki’s 25th Anniversary cake.

Nicki Cooke, principal therapist at IC Sports Therapies in Hornsby, celebrated her 25th anniversary as a therapist in the Hornsby area with cake, and by donating $4515 to help Save the Rhinos.

Nicki first established her practice 25 years ago, working from her home clinic in Hornsby Heights. Since then, she has worked with athletes in many sports, from the 2000 Sydney Olympics, to Wheelchair Tennis and Blind Cricket, and to Masters Indoor and Outdoor Cricket. 5 years ago, she moved her home clinic into Hornsby and established her current practice, IC Sports Therapies.

Through treating the South African team at the Over 50s World Cup Cricket last year, she was introduced to the Mark Boucher Rhino Legacy. 

Headed up by ex-South African cricketer Mark Boucher, The Boucher Legacy was started in 2012 when Mark retired from international cricket and began to focus his passion and commitment on wildlife conservation. The Legacy aims to protect rhinos by prosecution of poachers, by conservation work including tracking rhino, and educating people about the false claims that are made about the properties of rhino horn. The Boucher Legacy has recently begun to broaden the scope of protecting to endangered mammals as the war on poaching moves across a variety of species.

Nicki announced the donation before a crowd of well-wishers during a live video hookup with Ally Hewitt of the Legacy fund. The amount was raised by pledging $5 each from the more than 900 treatments she had performed so far this year.

Further donations from the general public to Help Save the Rhinos would also be welcomed.

Welcome, Hugo de Amorim

Head and shoulders photo of Hugo de Amorim

IC Sports Therapies welcomes Hugo to the team, as a Massage Therapist and BikeFit specialist.

Hugo Eduardo de Amorim has the background of a Bachelor Degree and a Masters research Degree in Physiotherapy, with his expertise in biomechanical and human performance developed throughout his academic and clinical career.

“I worked many years as a physiotherapist and bikefit with athletes and performance teams in Brazil to improve their performance and achieve their goals safely and fast.”

Hugo has wide experience as a multisport athlete, racing in triathlon long distance, road bike and swimming marathon.

Hugo is very keen and enthusiastic when working and helping people to achieve their goals.

Hugo is available Wednesdays to Fridays from early September, and he is offering an introductory Bike Fit rate of $180 (normally $220) for a 90-minute session. Please quote the Coupon Code HUGO when you book.

Book Hugo Now