The EP Group

Accredited Exercise Physiologists

Exercise improves survival rates in Prostate Cancer by up to 40%

New research published in European Urology suggests physical activity can help men with prostate cancer live longer. Researchers tracked more than 800 patients over 17 years, measuring the amount of exercise they did before a cancer diagnosis, during treatment and after their recovery. The study concluded that those patients who were the most physically active experienced reductions in risk of mortality by up to 40 per cent. The study also found more exercise was better but not necessarily required – even just a daily 30-minute walk had benefits. Although researchers still can’t pinpoint exactly why physical activity is so beneficial, they know that it helps reduce things like levels of body fat; it improves inflammation, insulin resistance and reduces some of the sex hormones that are related to a number of these cancers.
Previous studies have also linked exercise to a decreased risk of endometrial, lung, colon and breast cancer. The EP Group have practitioners that specialise in exercise for individuals progressing through treatment and recovering from cancer. Call us today to improve your survival rate!

The modern approach to a stronger core

There are four pillars to remember when training the abdominal wall

1. Respiration – As much as possible normal respiration should be maintained during all

activities. Exhaling during exertion is great but should be followed by inspiration as well.

Respiration should be maintained so as not to disturb intra abdominal pressure or

neutral posture.

2. The diaphragm – The diaphragm should be maintained at a position as close as possible

to horizontal. This will give it the best chance to carry out its functional role in

maintaining intra abdominal pressure and as a reference point for neutral spine.

3. The abdominal brace – The abdominal brace position should be maintained during all

phases of respiration and also during any perturbation to neutral posture.

4. Neutral spine posture – This position should be maintained during any activity and

should not be achieved by any posterior pelvic tilt. It is best described as the natural

lordotic position of the lumbar spine.

The dying or dead bug position is an ideal way to start training the core with all of the above

4 pillars in place. Start in a lying face up position with knees bent and feet off the floor. This

is called a table top position in Pilates and the ankles should be slightly higher than knees.

Arms are vertical and fingers pointing to sky. Start by tapping knee with opposite hand and

then moving these two away from each other slightly. You can alternate sides for each

repetition or continue on same side for set number of repetitions. Only increase range of

movement if all of the above 4 pillars can be maintained throughout the movement. The

dead bug position is an ideal way to start grooving healthy motor patterns and is an initial

step not an end in itself.

Reference – Core Training, the Importance of the Diaphragm. By Craig Liebenson, DC

Dead bug picture

Healthy Eating doesn’t have to be difficult.

For those of you that find yourselves over-complicating the whole “healthy choice” aspect of sound nutrition, this is for you. Now onto her third book, Melbourne food author Emily Rose Brott has assembled an array of healthy recipes that focus on fresh, easily accessible ingredients and avoid adding sugar, white flour and saturated fats. The best aspect of Emily’s cooking is that all of the ingredients her recipes utilise can be found in a “regular old” supermarket! To take a look at her website that offers a generous bunch of free recipes to try as well as providing her books for sale, check out this link.


iStock_000014719128LargeIt doesn’t get much better than this! We have just struck an amazing deal for our clients with our friends at Oasis Fitness, Hawthorn East, Re-Creation Health Club South Melbourne and Corporate Fitness Club in Flinders Lane. Those clients who see us at these facilities and aren’t current gym members are entitled to a one month membership FREE.
There is no fine print and no strings attached, just one month’s free use of the entire facility to utilise either while you are seeing us or at the conclusion of treatment.
Call us on 03 9029 5590 to find out more.

What a great kickstart to help you get over your injury or condition and back to feeling good again!

This is a limited offer, so this interests you please don’t waste any time in contacting us.

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