Wry Worry?


Acute wry ( pronounced “rye”) neck is a common condition which can cause disabling pain and stiffness. This is often accompanied with muscle spasm of the surrounding neck muscles.

Symptoms of acute wry neck include:

    • often one-sided neck pain
    • inability to turn head towards painful side
    • postural deformity due to pain
    • muscle spasm, or tightening of the surrounding muscles

The most common cause of acute wry neck is a locked facet joint. Facet joints are located to the right and left of the bony points you can feel at the back of your neck. Ideally these joints open and close smoothly with neck movements, however, with acute wry neck these joints get stiff and/or stuck at a certain point. This results in pain and a stiff neck.

Patients with acute wry neck often report waking with a stiff and painful neck and may have:

      • had a restless night sleep
      • used an uncomfortable pillow
      • woken suddenly in the night
      • or had no obvious contributing factors!

The good news is that with prompt and appropriate treatment, most acute wry necks can be unlocked immediately. However, there may be overlying muscles spasm which can take longer to address. Ideally, 2-3 physiotherapy treatments in the first week will improve symptoms, but longer term treatment may be required to address other issues including weakness, posture and joint stiffness.

If you think you are suffering from acute wry neck, give us a call to make an appointment ASAP. For some relief before your appointment with the physio, you should apply a heat pack to the neck and surrounding muscles.

Work SMARTER not harder!

Hi All,

Today’s blog is designed to give you an insight into what you should already know (but possibly don’t know), about the humble workstation set up. The more proactive you can be about your posture in prolonged positions, the less likely you are to sustain injuries. Education is the first stage of prevention!

Sitting in one position for prolonged periods of time, whether it be in the car or at the computer desk, is not good for anyone! Computer use has been shown to cause musculoskeletal discomfort, including muscle tension, muscle fatigue, paresthesia, pain, and/or physical strain in the soft tissues and bone. Areas of common complaint include the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands and back.

All of which can be prevented!

Changes to the work station, regular rest breaks, and work station exercises have been shown to decrease musculoskeletal discomfort and increase productivity.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends the following:

  • Stretch the torso, fingers, hands and arms frequently throughout the day;
  • Take several short rest breaks;
  • Stand up and walk for a few minutes periodically;
  • Alternate computer tasks with non-computer tasks whenever possible; and
  • Make small adjustments to the desk and chair.

Your workstation set up should be based on the following. If you are having troubles working out what is correct, don’t hesitate to request a workstation assessment within your workplace, or ask us!


In the past few years, a large amount of research has been focused on this area due to the increasing time we are spending in the seated position.

It proves that regular breaks from the desk/computer can improve speed, accuracy and performance, and reduce muscular discomfort. (you might be saying “I knew that!!!!”)

But how much rest is effective?? – Studies have concluded that the most effective work/break schedule is 30s break every 15 mins, with an additional 3 mins at the end of each hour.

The following picture demonstrates a good range of stretches and movements to be performed in these breaks!

workstation stretches

If you have addressed all of these issues, and are still experiencing unexplained pain – give us a call!

Or if you want a copy of the work station stretches please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or email ( admin@viberehab.com.au ).

Braving the Cold with Cardboard!

Hi All,

At Vibe we realise that looking outside of our little world can be a bit of an eye opener sometimes.

We have all been stunned this year, with new stat’s that have reveled something we were completely unaware of – ACT has the 2nd highest rate of homelessness in Australia!

So instead of sitting back and just being aware of it – we are going to do something about it!

Our very own Damien Bowen will be participating in this years CEO Sleepout:

CEO Sleepout Logo

On the 20th June, in Civic Square, Damien will be equipped with a sleeping bag and 3 pieces of cardboard to spend the night outside and do what he can to raise awareness of our homelessness rates.

We have made personal commitment to this cause, and set our goals high (as usual), to raise $4000 for this  event. All of which will be sent to the Vinnies.

Will you help us in our pledge? Will you help do something about it?

We are taking donations from anyone who is willing – no amount too big or small. Call (6299 3886), email (admin@viberehab.com.au) or drop in to place a donation.

For more information about this event, or if you want to enter yourself, visit the website http://www.ceosleepout.org.au/register/get-involved/

Dont put up with Heel Pain…get it fixed!

Heel pain is one of the most prevalent symptoms affecting the foot. The greatest incident of heel pain occurs in middle aged men and women; however, this symptom may affect people of any age.

There are thought to be many causes of heel pain, the most common being feet with flatter arches, feet that “roll in” or pronate, and also high arched foot types. These foot postures can place excessive stress on the heel bone (Calcaneus), the plantar fascia, and other surrounding connective and soft tissues.

Heel pain is usually associated with inflammation of the connective tissues within the sole of the foot. This inflammatory process is usually secondary to an underlying biomechanical abnormality or pathology. An accurate diagnosis is paramount to the appropriate management and resolution of your problem. There are many conditions which may present as heel pain and professional advice should be sort if you suffer with such symptoms.

plantar heel pain 2 plantar heel pain

Depending on the underlying cause, your podiatrist may employ a treatment plan including any or all of the following:

  • Rest from activities that stress the heel (such as running and jumping)
  • The application of Ice (Ice packs etc.)
  • Regular foot massage, concentrating on the arch of the foot
  • Professional strapping
  • A splint worn at night
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine (topical or oral)
  • Checking your posture and walking style, to correct imbalances and gait abnormalities that may contribute to the pain
  • Shoe inserts (orthoses) to help support the foot
  • In some cases, surgery may be recommended to treat conditions including neuroma, bursitis and heel spurs.

At Vibe we offer a range of mechanical and manual therapies to help resolve your foot and lower limb symptoms in a timely fashion. We provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your care with a variety of allied health that can assist –  If you have foot pain call us and start the “Heeling” process with a podiatry consult!

Bag a healthy spine

Back pack - bad

The children have returned to school, but they’ve since been complaining about having a sore back. Sound familiar? Poorly fitted/packed school bags are a common source of back pain in school children. Incorrect back pack use over 12 years of schooling can lead to adverse changes in posture, as well as current issues with headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain. There are a few simple tips to remember when buying and packing your child’s school bag.

The school bag should:

  • Be no more than 10-15% of your child’s body weight
  • Be Australian Physiotherapy Association approved
  • Have heavy items packed closer to your child’s back
  • Be worn symmetrically i.e. over both shoulders. Single strap bags can cause asymmetry and distortion of the natural curves of the spine
  • Have padding at the rear between your child’s back and items in the bag
  • Fit snugly against your child’s back and not hang from their shoulders

i.e. change their bag position to look like this…

Back pack cartoon

The school bag should not:

Image back pack

  • Change your child’s posture when viewed from the front or side
  • Be lower than your child’s waist, i.e. covering the buttocks
  • Be higher than their shoulders when seated.
  • We wider than their shoulders

If your child is complaining of back pain and you think their school bag may be contributing, give us a call to make an appointment.

Vibe’s New Friend

Vibe Rehabilitation is proud to announce our support as a major sponsor and official physiotherapy provider to the Queanbeyan Monaro Panthers Football Club.

Lara is looking forward to a great season as a team physiotherapist with the newly appointed Women’s Premier League squad. So far, preseason training has been enthusiastic and promising- with Panther’s bagging their first win against Gladeville Ravens 1-0 over the weekend. 

With a little tender love and care by the crew at Vibe, the Panther’s should be in peak condition for the upcoming Federation cup and roaring to a head start for the season opening this April.

Go Panther’s!!!

Lara and team
Lara and team

HEAL yourself

2013 is the year to transform to a healthier you, or help HEAL a family member!

Vibe and the Queanbeyan City Council are here to help you get started. At the close of last year we were approached by the Queanbeyan City Council to run a HEAL program in Queanbeyan, to play our small part in educating the population on healthy lifestyle choices.

Queanbeyan City Council have taken the initiative, and we think its such a fantastic idea that we want to be a part…but what is HEAL?

HEAL logo

Why might HEAL be appropriate for you? if you have troubles answering any or all of the following, then this is the place for you:

  • I have a sedentary job, how much exercise is appropriate to make sure my body doesn’t start to break down on me?
  • I’ve been going to the gym and/or walking for the last 2 years straight, and am still overweight. Why?
  • My GP said I’m “pre-diabetic” – what does that mean? and what can I do to prevent it?
  • There are too many food choices at the supermarket – which ones are the right ones?
  • I’m so tired of all these silly diets – how do I control my weight and live normally?
  • I’m not a big fan of “sweating it out in they gym” – can I do something else that’s just as effective?

What’s involved? – an 8 week course, for a 2 hour session each week – 1 hour of low-moderate intensity exercise (within your limits), followed immediately by 1 hour of dietetic workshop with our dietitian! In addition, we also take an Initial and Final assessments, and a follow-up at 5 months and 12 months!

Costs? – this whole program costs 1 payment of $40.00 (in total).

Starting? – Program starts 26th February (yes only 2 weeks time)

Times? Tuesdays, 10.30 – 12.30pm – If you can’t make this time but are interested if we offer alternative times in the future please let us know.

To commence the running of this program we have decided to run a mens group for the 1st term, however we are taking names and numbers for females as well – in expectation that we will run an all ladies group as soon as possible.

So – If you think this could be for you? or maybe a friend or relative might be suitable? Then give us a call or email – 6299 3886, or damien@viberehab.com.au .

This is the year to make those much needed changes – start now!

Welcome to Vibe!

Always better with a Mate…

Hi All,

Only 1 week left!

Pilates and Tai Chi classes start next week, can you afford to pass up the opportunity to transform yourself into a much stronger and more balanced you?

But don’t keep this a secret, bring a friend and share the load!


Here’s how you sell it to your friends…

Some of the many benefits of Pilates:

  • Reduce occurrence of injuries;
  • Increase postural awareness;
  • Increase Tone and strength throughout the whole body:
  • Increase endorphins (hormones that make you feel good!);
  • Increase endurance;
  • Decrease muscle imbalances.

Some of the many benefits of Tai Chi:

  • Teach body calmness and relaxation;
  • Greatly increase energy levels;
  • Raise the overall function of the body anc mind;
  • Can expect quick results;
  • Increase body awareness, strength and balance;
  • Increase endurance.

Bring a friend, make it fun and have a great time.

If this isn’t for you maybe a friend or relative might be??

Call or email us – and we’ll do the rest…

Pilates and Tai Chi commencing – Make your body stronger in 2013!

Hi all,

A new year is upon us, and we are almost at the end of January!

The first week in Feb will bring the start of our Term 1 Pilates & Tai Chi classes (just over a week’s time!)

For those of you who are unaware, we run 6 Pilates classes and 1 Tai Chi class each week for a 10 week term in line with the NSW school term dates. As we like to keep our class sizes small and personal, they tend to fill up fast – so if you are at all interested dont hesitate in calling the practice to book in (6299 3886).

Classes are $160.00 for the 10 weeks, paid upfront, and claimable on your private health cover.

We run Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Pilates, and a standard beginners level for Tai Chi.

Many have already taken this great opportunity, so why not join them in making your body stronger for 2013, and possibly preventing any potential injury concerns.

Call the practice to book in, or visit our website for any more information


Christmas sign off and a New Year commences!

Hi again from the Vibe team, and for the last time in 2012!

As we commence our wrap up here at Vibe, we hope you have had a wonderful year, and can give yourself the time sit back and take in all the year’s good points over the break.

Thank you for being part of our extended team in 2012, we will be closing from lunch time on Monday (24th), and re-opening on Monday the 7th of Jan.

We trust you will have a great Christmas with plenty of thrills, and no spills! However, if by some unfortunate twist of fate you happen to come off that new bike, or make an unexpected exit off your water skii’s, then we will be there in the new year to pick up the pieces!

If you need to make a booking over our shut down period, we will return your call as soon as we are back on board. Or alternatively, you can email the practice on admin@viberehab.com.au or damien@viberehab.com.au to request an appointment on a preferable day and time, and we will try our best to get you in ASAP in the new year.

Wishing you all, a safe and very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

From all of us @ Vibe!