Oct ’23 news: Losing a Leonards Legend

Oct ’23 news: Losing a Leonards Legend

This month’s newsletter starts on a sad note as we farewell a key member of our team. We promise it’s just the one sad news piece though… read on for more details about our Group Therapy session changes, a deep dive on headaches and what characteristics define the most common headache types, and lastly an in-depth view of the importance of Nutrition and what actually constitutes a balanced diet. Enjoy.

Losing a St. Leonards Legend…

As some of your are no doubt aware already, our esteemed physiotherapist and bike-fit extraordinaire, Angus Tadman, has decided to embark on a new adventure with his family, moving out West to the beautiful countryside. While we are sad to see him leave, we celebrate the wonderful years he has spent with our practice and the exciting future that awaits him and his young family.

Angus has been an integral part of our team for many years, touching the lives of countless patients with his dedication, expertise, and warm personality. His commitment to improving the health and well-being of our patients has been truly remarkable, and his departure leaves a void that will be challenging to fill.

Throughout his time with us, Angus has not only provided exceptional care but has also formed strong connections with each of his patients. Many of you have shared stories of your progress under his guidance and the life-changing impact of his treatments. We are incredibly grateful for the trust you placed in Angus and for the bonds he built with each of you.

Angus finished up with the team a couple of weeks back and while his departure is indeed a loss for our practice, it marks the beginning of a new chapter in his life and we wish Angus and his family all the best.

In the meantime, rest assured that our commitment to providing the highest quality care remains unwavering. We are actively searching for a new physiotherapist to join our team and continue the legacy of excellence that Angus has left behind. For Angus’s patients, with your consultation, we will be transitioning you across to another physiotherapist within our team, so if we haven’t already been in touch, we will be soon.

Headaches continued…

Last month we touched on the all-to-common and often debilitating health issue of Headaches and how Physiotherapy can be effective in reducing the symptoms and managing the pain.

We also mentioned that there are over 150 different types of headaches – so knowing which type of headache you’re suffering from can be tricky. But never fear! This month we’re demystifying the different types for you. And don’t worry, we promise we won’t give you another headache by covering all 150 of them.

In a nutshell, they fall into two main categories (primary and secondary headaches) and our latest blog post has everything you need to know about the most common headaches within these categories:

The main “Primary” headaches:

  • Tension-type headaches (most common type of headache),
  • Migraine headaches,
  • Cluster headaches,

And the main “Secondary” headaches:

  • Sinus Headaches
  • Cervicogenic Headaches

To find out more about the anatomy, neurology, and hormones involved in these headaches and how they differ from one another, jump over to our blog.

Or to book an appointment contact the clinic on (02) 9438 1782 or book online

A reminder about our NEW 10 Week Terms

We have increased the length of our exercise terms to 10 weeks starting this term (Term 4 2023) and will continue the 10-week terms into next year. For more information about our class offerings and pricing, jump over to our Group Therapy page on our website or to make a booking for a class, contact us on (02) 9438 1782 or enquiries@stleonardsphysio.com.au.

Whatever your level of ability, we can find a class to suit you.

The Education Quarter

All About a Balanced Diet

This month we’re all about nutrition. A balanced diet is like a symphony of nutrients that our bodies need to perform at their best. We all know nutrition is important, but beyond knowing that we should eat our vegetables (and maybe childishly resisting doing so), and a vague understanding that takeaways have too many calories we might not really know what it means. And it’s no wonder with health messages, and food commercials fighting for your attention! So, lets dive into it all a bit more deeply. It’s not just about eating a variety of foods; it’s about getting the right mix of macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals to keep us healthy and energised.


First things first, let’s talk about macronutrients. These are the nutrients we need in large quantities to fuel our daily activities. There are three main macronutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Carbohydrates, found in foods like bread, pasta, and fruits, are our body’s preferred source of energy. Proteins, from sources like meat, fish, tofu, and beans, are crucial for repairing and building tissues. And fats, present in avocados, nuts, and oils, are essential for energy storage and absorbing vitamins. You knew that. You also know that there are good fats and bad fats. Or at least we hope you did! Fat is not the enemy. Bad fats are. Carbohydrates aren’t the enemy. Simple sugars that mess with your insulin levels are!

But a balanced diet isn’t just about eating a lot of everything; it’s about getting the right balance. Carbohydrates should make up about 45-65% of your daily calorie intake, while proteins should be around 10-35%, and fats should be around 20-35%. This balance varies depending on factors like age, gender, and activity level, so there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. But it’s nice to have a rough guide.


Now, let’s dive into vitamins and minerals, the superheroes of nutrition. These are known as micronutrients because we need them in much smaller quantities compared to macronutrients. Vitamins and minerals play essential roles in various bodily functions. For instance, vitamin C (found in citrus fruits) keeps our immune system strong, while calcium (abundant in dairy products) is crucial for strong bones and teeth.

To make sure we’re getting enough of these vital nutrients, we often refer to Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) values. RDI represents the daily amount of a nutrient that meets the needs of most people in a particular age and sex group. It’s like a nutritional guideline to help us ensure we’re getting the right balance of vitamins and minerals.

And you’ve probably heard you should eat between five and seven serves of fruit and vegetables a day. (For the fibre and energy as well as the vitamins in fact we think that a huge chunk of your carbohydrate should come from fruit and veg…) But how much is a serve? It’s pretty easy for some fruits and vegetables: one good-sized apple is a serve. One banana, one Roma tomato, one large carrot… But it’s two cups of salad greens, a cup of berries, and half a cup of cooked, mixed vegetables. (Don’t count potatoes towards that half cup!) Remember to eat the rainbow and enjoy the variety to get a range of minerals and vitamins.

Nutrition for Muscles

Now, let’s bring our attention to your muscles. Muscles have specific nutrient requirements to function optimally. Protein is the star player here because it provides the amino acids necessary for muscle repair and growth. Athletes and those engaged in regular physical activity may need more protein than sedentary individuals to support their muscle development.

Additionally, carbohydrates are essential for replenishing muscle glycogen, which serves as a crucial energy source during exercise. If you’re an active person, make sure to include carbohydrates like whole grains and fruits in your diet to keep those muscles primed and ready.

Eating a balanced diet

A balanced diet is all about finding the right harmony between macronutrients (carbs, proteins, and fats) and ensuring you meet your daily vitamin and mineral needs based on RDI values. Don’t forget to give your muscles the attention they deserve by providing them with the necessary nutrients, especially protein and carbohydrates. So, enjoy your meals, savour the variety of foods, and let your body reap the benefits of a well-balanced diet!

For more information or to make an appointment, give us a call on (02) 9438 1782. We’re on Facebook and Instagram too, so follow us to stay up-to-date with our clinic news.

See you in the clinic soon!