Jacinta Jones – Physiotherapist

Jacinta Jones - Physiotherapist

Jacinta Jones – Physiotherapist

Jacinta graduated from the Australian Catholic University in early 2018 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Since then she has worked in private practice, and gained experience treating work cover, EPC/Chronic Disease Management, DVA and private patients.

Throughout university, Jacinta volunteered as a student physiotherapist at various sporting events including the QLD Schoolboys Rugby Union trials and the OxFam Trail Walk. This sparked an interest in sports physiotherapy, and she wishes to pursue this in the future. Currently, Jacinta enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions and loves being able to help each client in achieving their goals.

Outside of work, Jacinta enjoys keeping fit and healthy by playing sport and going to the gym. She is currently a Black Belt (3rd Degree) in Tae Kwon Do.

Jacinta has out of work hours times on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Friday mornings.

B.Phty. Australian Catholic University. 2018.
Member of APA.

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Reception – Mia Wetton

Mia is currently a full time student at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) studying a double degree in Law and Creative industries majoring in Creative Writing. She hopes to obtain a job in the publishing field after she graduates.

Outside of work Mia enjoys reading, writing and helping others learn as a netball coach and a school tutor.

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Reception – Emma Shannon

Emma is currently studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hon) at the University of Queensland. She is very keen to gain a practical and hands-on Physiotherapy practice experience over the course of her studies.

In her spare time Emma has a strong passion for running and enjoys Parkrun each Saturday as well as participating in Bridge to Brisbane and other running events across Queensland during the year. Emma loves travelling, particularly to America and Canada where she has been skiing for over 10 years.

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Position Available Physiotherapist Brisbane – Please Apply

LED_5069aWe are looking for a dynamic Physiotherapist to join our team. Some experience required. Amazing opportunity for you as a motivated physio to advance your learning and career.

Put your application in promptly as you should be ready to start as soon as possible.

Email your resume to info@paddophysio.com.au

Sessional work, some evenings and Saturday mornings.

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Reception – Alissa Wetton

After years of being a frequent patient at Paddington Physiotherapy & Podiatry, Alissa has moved on to become part of our reception team. Alissa is a current high school student at Kelvin Grove with a keen interest in mathematics and netball. When she was younger, she enjoyed Gymnastics and going to State competitions with friends. Currently Alissa enjoys keeping fit and healthy through sports.

Alissa hopes that after she graduates, she will be able to travel the world with her friends. In particular she wants to experience Italy as she has developed an interest in their country & culture while studying its language since Prep.

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Reception – Phoebe Powell

Phoebe is currently a full-time student at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) studying a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Management. She would like to continue her studies by completing a Bachelor of International Business. Phoebe is very much enjoying her degree and can’t wait to go on an exchange overseas to explore her degree further.

Outside of work, Phoebe is a member of the QAS women’s Water Polo Squad and plays National League Water Polo for the Brisbane Barracudas. Phoebe loves being able to travel and represent her state and various teams in the sport. Phoebe also enjoys travelling overseas to go skiing.

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179 Given Terrace Paddington – New Location!

Paddington Physiotherapy & Podiatry was established in June 1999 at 4/219 Given Terrace, Paddington.

After 19 great years it is time we have to say bye to 219 Given Terrace, but we won’t be far! After Easter, (starting April 3rd) our clinics new location will be just a block away, where the old video store use to be, 1/179 Given Terrace Paddington.

This time the parking is much better, with spots available on the street and underneath (no tandem parking so don’t stress), drop off options are also available out the front in the late morning and the afternoon. It’s a clearway in the early morning. There’s some Given Terrace 2P spots too

If you don’t have any appointments booked in, still feel free to come in and say Hi! We will be in the new location after Easter (i.e April 3rd onwards).

Any appointments after Easter, will be at 1/179 Given Terrace. But if you are still unsure, give us a call on 3511 6352.

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2017 Christmas Opening Hours

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Paddington Physiotherapy will have appointments available Saturday the 23rd December. We will be closed just for the public holidays.

Physio appointments will be available from 7am on Wednesday the 27th December.

Zev has appointments available from 12 till 7pm on Wednesday and Thursday and from 12 till 5pm on Friday.

Podiatry appointments with Lachlan will be available Wednesday the 27th December in the afternoon and evening.

There will be some Saturday morning appointments on the 30th December.

2018 appointments will commence from 7am on Tuesday the 2nd January.

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Choose Paddo Physio

Choose Paddo Physio

Why choose physio?

Due to the high clinical expertise of physiotherapists we are first contact practitioners in Australia (since 1977). First contact Practitioners are important primary care providers who are allowed to see private patients without any referral. Although you can still access physiotherapy without a doctor’s referral, Physiotherapists are the most referred to professionals by GPs. Your private health fund can help cover your physiotherapy whether you have received a referral or not.

If you are unsure of whether your condition is suitable for physiotherapy, the best thing to do is call your local practice to find out.

Did you know physiotherapy can help you to improve a wide array of concerns including:

  • Safely returning to exercise after a period of inactivity or post pregnancy
  • Motivation to return to exercise
  • Acute and chronic neck/back conditions
  • Osteoarthritis in hips and knees
  • Many more sporting and musculoskeletal conditions

What makes physio different?

Physiotherapy has evolved from its beginnings in massage therapy in 1906. Initially, practice relied solely on clinical experience and techniques being passed down from old to new practitioners.

While Physiotherapy continues to be a ‘hands-on’ profession with important subtleties in manual techniques, we now also have a depth of scientific research to support the practice. While many techniques have withheld the test of time, others have been taken out of practice and replaced with modern concepts used in our clinic today. Physiotherapy is different to other comparable professions as it continues to improve and refine using the scientific method.

Why Choose Paddo Physio?

At Paddington Physiotherapy we use individualised assessment to maximize the benefit of your consultation. Everybody is unique and there is no single recipe approach to improve back, neck, shoulder or foot pain. In some cases our physiotherapists and podiatrists may work together to provide the best possible management of your condition.

Expertise and Experience

Our Physiotherapists have wide ranging expertise from sports specialists to occupational health experts. Our physiotherapists have experience covering on and off-field management in sports such as:

  • Rugby Union
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Rock Climbing
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Marathons
  • Sailing

Check out the profiles of our physios to find out more about the interests of each of our physios.

Clinical Tools

At Paddington Physiotherapy, we use a multitude of tools to help you achieve and maintain your physical best. We use a combination of biomechanical analysis, hands on assessment, strength and flexibility testing to assess the best course of treatment. Treatment are tailored to best suit your needs and may include techniques including hands on manual therapy, massage, dry-needling, strength and flexibility exercises. A recent literature analysis has shown that a combination of exercise and hands on manual therapy is superior to either approach in isolation for neck pain. 

How many physio sessions will I need?

At Paddington Physiotherapy and Podiatry we strive to help you become individual experts of your own conditions and injuries. In addition to resolving your concern it is our goal to help you prevent further injuries and improve to beyond your previous conditioning. The amount and frequency of sessions required will depend on your condition. Your physio will work with you to plan out future sessions to fit with your needs.

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Choose Your Physio

Often patients come in after having spent endless amounts of time, effort and money on treatment without seeing any results. By researching and choosing a physiotherapist relevant to their specific injury the client can often achieve better results.

Here are some things to note before choosing a physiotherapist:

Firstly, it’s important that the physiotherapist you choose is fully qualified, registered and a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. To check this you can use “Find a Physio” on the Australia Physiotherapy Association Website or check their registration also through the AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) site. While you’re researching the physiotherapist it’s a good idea to see any reviews for the physio and/or the clinic they practice at. But better still, ask around and see which physio’s people you know have had good experiences with.

Secondly, if there’s a particular problem area you need treated it’s a good idea to find a physio who has a special interest in that area or is a Specialist who is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, as it will mean the physio has further qualifications, experience and expertise in treating your kind of injury.

While many times a client finds it is necessary to pick a clinic based on convenience or price this could end up meaning their physiotherapy isn’t showing the results they wanted because the team they went to didn’t have the skills for their injury. Similarly the price of physiotherapy may vary considerably but it is often relative to the qualifications and experience of the practitioner and the services they’re providing.

Lastly, make sure you discuss your goals, what you expect to get out of treatment and what your desired outcome is with your physiotherapist. This may be to be pain free, to start an exercise program, to return to work or sport, or to improve your sports performance.

So when booking your next physio appointment keep these things in mind and hopefully it’ll help to give you a speedier recovery!

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More Podiatry Appointments

Now that Lachlan has joined the team there are more Podiatry Appointments available.

Gill will have appointments on Wednesday from Early 7am till mid afternoon.

Lachlan will have appointments late on Tuesday evenings 3pm – 7pm.

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Podiatrist – Lachlan Whitwell

Lachlan Whitwell - Podiatrist

Lachlan Whitwell – Podiatrist

Lachlan graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science in Podiatry in 2014. Since then he has continued to increase his scope of knowledge with courses in mobilisation, running retraining and has even had the opportunity to sit in on the Pacific Island Orthopaedic Association (PIOA) lecture series in Samoa, allowing him to combine his passion for other countries and cultures with a further enhancement of his foot and ankle knowledge. Lachlan is a current member of APodA and AAPSM.
Lachlan has had extensive experience with general foot care, nail surgeries, diabetic, paediatric and biomechanical patients. He takes pride in the precision of his general foot-care work and enjoys the challenges that come with a variety of foot issues.

When he isn’t at Paddington Physiotherapy and Podiatry, Lachlan also practices at Trevor Lane Podiatry and is studying a postgraduate diploma of psychology part-time and will therefore be in Tuesday afternoons to help out where he can as our locum podiatrist.

 

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Tubular Bandage for Compression

Tubigrip (also known as tubular compression bandage) is an elastic bandage which provides lasting and effective support to troubled areas with complete freedom of movement. Tubigrip adjusts to the body and provides even pressure among the problem area. The result is comfortable and reusable support that has no requirements for pins and tape.

Physiotherapists frequently provide tubigrip for patients experiencing strains and sprains, soft tissue injuries or ribcage injuries. It can also be used for general oedema.

Tubigrip comes in a variety. Although many places only stock smaller sizes, we make sure all people are considered and have sizes G and F available for people who are requiring larger sizes.

If you have any enquiries give us a call on 3511 6352 and one of our staff will be happy to answer any of your questions.

 

 

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Thoracic Spine Pain – What can I do?

THORACIC SPINE PAIN

What is the thoracic spine?

The thoracic spine is the longest portion of the spinal column & is also know as the mid-back or upper back. It consists of twelve vertebrae & sits directly behind the chest, between the shoulder blades. Each thoracic vertebrae connects to a rib on either side. The ribs then curve around to connect to the sternum at the front, forming the ribcage. Due to these rib attachments, the thoracic spine moves less than the lumbar & cervical spines (low back & neck), making it more stable & less susceptible to injury or wear & tear. When injury does occur however, the thoracic spine can cause significant discomfort & should be treated early to prevent worsening or recurrence.

 How do I injure my thoracic spine?

Usually thoracic spine pain is caused by minor problems in the joints, ligaments or muscles. Disc & nerve injuries can occur in the thoracic spine, but they are not as common as in other areas of the spine.

Whilst pain can be caused by a sudden movement or injury (eg. a sudden awkward twist or a fall), often the pain starts gradually or for no obvious reason at all. It may be caused by sleeping badly the night before, spending too much time on the computer, or being on a long plane flight/car trip.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms will depend on which structure is injured. But generally, the thoracic spine can give you pain under or between your shoulder blades, into your shoulder or arm and even into your chest or abdomen. It can be a deep ache, a sharp, localised pain, or a sharp pain down the arm with pins & needles/numbness associated. As a result of the rib attachments to the thoracic spine, it is not unusual to experience pain with a deep breath in.

 

What can I do to prevent thoracic spine pain?

There are a number of things you can to do help maintain a happy thoracic spine. First & foremost is making sure you sit & stand with good posture. In sitting try to maintain the curve in your low back (you can do this with a lumbar roll or a rolled up towel placed in the small of your back), draw your shoulders down & in gently, & tuck your chin in. It is also important to use a good quality mattress & pillow to sleep on, & to avoid sleeping, standing & moving in awkward ways.

If you suspect that your thoracic spine is giving you pain, make sure you have it assessed & treated quickly. Often this area of the spine responds well to physiotherapy treatment, & your physio can also help determine what factors may have contributed to the problem to prevent it happening again.

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18th Birthday for Paddington Physiotherapy

Paddington Physiotherapy turns 18 years old on the 1st June 2017. Were you one of our foundation patients? Give us a call and say hello if we haven’t heard from you since 1999…

On 31st May 1999, Liza was putting together furniture and vacuuming up the sawdust from the new floors in anticipation for the first patients to be seen on the 1st June, 1999. Lots has changed around the suburb of Paddington and at Paddington Physiotherapy during that time.

We thanks everyone for their continued support – Happy Birthday Paddo Physio!

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Liza Devlin – Specialist Sports Physiotherapist

Liza Devlin - Specialist Sports Physiotherapist

Liza Devlin – Specialist Sports Physiotherapist

Liza’s interests lie in sports & musculoskeletal medicine, particularly with  lower limb injury in the recreational athlete. After graduating from University of Queensland in 1993, Liza spent two years working in outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy & in the field of Sports Physiotherapy prior to completing a postgraduate diploma in Sports Physiotherapy, at Curtin University, in Perth. Liza then worked for two years in a Manipulative Physiotherapy private practice while completing her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy, focusing on hamstring pain. During this time, Liza was working with Club & State Representative Rugby Union teams & Australian Division II Schoolboys Rugby Union.

Upon return to Queensland, she has then had further experience as a private locum before establishing this practice in 1999. She has worked with Qld Schoolboys Rugby, Qld Suburban Representative Rugby Union, the Qld Rugby Union Referees Association, Club Rugby Union, Junior Rugby Union, & Tertiary Rugby League, as well as lecturing for Sports Medicine Australia. Liza has also worked as a Clinical Supervisor at University of Queensland in the Masters of Sports Physiotherapy programme. Liza works with the Medicals Rugby Union Club. Liza has a specific interest in sports injuries & their prevention. She has always had an interest in postures & movement patterns & is currently combining this interest with her new hobbies of photography & renovation.

Liza has a specific interest in sports injuries & their prevention. Liza is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Australia, Physiotherapy Business Australia, Sports Medicine Australia and the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

Liza enjoys the challenge of treating tendon pathology and helping patients avoid if possible or delay, total knee replacements, knee arthroscopes and total hip replacements.

In 2011, Liza  experimented with minimalist running training & completed the Brisbane Half Marathon, the Toowoomba Ridge to Ridge Half Marathon & her first full Marathon in Toowoomba after just 12 weeks training. Liza ran the Twilight Half & Brisbane Running Festival half in 2014 with the added challenge of pushing Xavier in the running pram. August 2014, Liza & Xavier (Pram running) completed the Sunshine Coast Marathon in about four & a quarter hours & aim to get it done faster in 2017.

Liza achieved acceptance as a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (FACP) in 2009 with the graduation ceremony in October 2011. Liza was appointed by the Australian College of Physiotherapists as a Facilitator to assist candidates through the two year Sports Specialisation process, as one of only two inaugural Sports Specialisation Facilitators in Australia, for the first training programme. In 2015, Liza was appointed by the Australian College of Physiotherapists as Facilitator for another cohort of candidates undertaking the specialisation process.

Liza is one of only eleven Specialist Sports Physiotherapists in Queensland and only about 45 Australia wide.

B.Phty. University of Queensland. 1993.

PGDip Sports Phty. Curtin University. 1996.

Masters Sports Phty. Curtin University. 1998.

APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist. 1999.

Specialist Sports Physiotherapist – Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. 2009.

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Osteoarthritis – What do I do about OA?

Achy joints in the turn of season?
Tips and tricks to avoid or prolong a total knee and hip replacement

 

Osteoarthritis (OA) commonly occurs with degenerative changes in the hip and knee joints. Having a previous knee or hip injury puts you at higher risk for developing these changes within your joints later in life.

 

How will I know if my symptoms are due to osteoarthritis?

Pain due to OA may start without any injury. Joints may become painful, hot, swollen or begin to creak and crack. Joint pain is often worse in the morning and can gradually increase over time.

 

Will I need a knee or hip replacement?

Knee and hip replacements are often sought after too early by those with osteoarthritis. Physiotherapy has been proven to increase joint function and reduce pain and stiffness in those with osteoarthritis. Settling symptoms can help delay or prevent the need for a knee or hip replacement.

 

Did you know?


You have an increased chance of developing knee OA after 45 years of age

Women are more likely to have OA than men due to hormonal changes during menopause

Excess weight can increase the chance of knee osteoarthritis

 

How can a physiotherapist help?

Physiotherapists are experts in assessments of body movement and function. A physio will assess your strength and movement to design a personally tailored exercise program that fits your lifestyle. Hands on manual treatment by physiotherapists of the joint and muscles help to release surrounding muscles and increase the nutrition of your joints. A combination of these treatments and careful exercise planning will help you discover and maintain the full capacity of your body.

What can you do?

Health and good habits become more important as you age. Exercise is key, and weight loss is essential. Don’t let achy joints, sore knees and feet stop you from doing the things you love. Get on top of your symptoms with a full assessment from booking an appointment with one of our physios or podiatrists will help you overcome the barriers to your exercise.

 

 

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So won’t all the office workers please stand up? Please stand up

Sitting is the modern evil. Many of us spend far too long sitting at our desks for hours on end without frequent standing breaks. This can lead to health related issues as well as poor posture, lower back, thoracic and/or neck pain and stiffness.

Talk to your Physio –  Could a sit to stand desk be appropriate for you?

Standing Desk

Benefits:

  • Sit to stand desks are a great option to reduce occupational sedentary time
  • The desks can allow the user to work comfortably in both sitting and standing positions
  • Evidence suggests that sit to stand desks can significantly reduce sitting time at work
  • Decrease health related issues such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • You burn more calories standing than you do sitting as your leg and back muscles do more work!

Guidelines:

  • Don’t sit for 8 hours one day and then change to standing for 8 hours the next, introduce it slowly, stand for a shorter period of time
  • Comfortable, supportive footwear should be worn
  • Try resting one leg on a foot stool, and keeping changing foot position
  • Ensure you have good posture in standing, don’t slump over the desk
  • Your Physio can assist you to adapt into using different desks effectively

Types:

  • Manual and electronic height adjustable sit to stand desks
  • QuickShift mini desks that fit on top of your existing desk
  • Retro clamps that clamp on to the back of an existing desk top to elevate your computer screen to allow better upper back and neck posture when sitting
QuickShift mini desk

QuickShift mini desk

Retro Clamp

Retro Clamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head across to Chairco’s website for their range of sit to stand desks or pop over to their showroom located in Paddington!
81 Baroona Rd, Paddington, QLD, 4064

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Netball Injuries

Netball

Netball

Netball is a fast paced, semi contact sport most commonly played in the Commonwealth Nations. Netball was first developed in the 1890’s by England. Today it is now the number one female sport played in Australia for girls 16-24 years of age.

Due to the nature of the popular sport which includes running, deceleration, jumping, landing, changing direction and contact from other players, the players are at an increased risk of injury.

The most common netball related injuries are knee (45%) and ankle (40%) injuries (Antcliff, 2016).

 

Ankle

Lateral ankle sprains are the most common ankle injuries in netball. These can occur from landing awkwardly or landing on top of an opponent’s foot. It is important to go to a physiotherapist as soon as possible once a player has sustained an ankle injury. It is important to reduce the pain and swelling and to maintain ankle range of motion. The physiotherapist can assess the ankle to see which structures have been damaged. They will decide if an X-ray is required and choose which treatment and exercises will be of benefit to decrease the pain and stiffness. Remember, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE) is important to decrease the inflammation process.

Before returning back to netball, the physiotherapist will work with you to remove the pain and swelling. You need to try to get full ankle range, strength and proprioception (balance) equal to the uninjured ankle to ensure a full recovery and to prevent further recurrences.

 

Knee

Anterior Cruciate Ligament tears (ACL) are the most common knee injuries sustained in netball accounting for 35% of all knee injuries. 20% of ACL injuries are due to a direct blow to the knee, however 80% of ACL injuries are non contact; landing on one leg, with the knee turned inward, the foot turned outward, inadequate hip and knee bend with your trunk rotated. Movement patterns like these are often due to fatigue, reduced strength and decreased joint range of motion.

If you are unable to weight bear on the injured leg and large amount of swelling appears immediately, you should try to make an appointment at Paddington Physiotherapy as soon as possible. We will assess your knee and refer for the appropriate investigations such as MRI.

 

Physiotherapy as soon as possible is beneficial for knee injuries. The physiotherapist can assess which structures are injured, whether investigations are appropriate, manage and treat accordingly and write you a home exercise program. Whether conservative management or pre or post surgical repair of the ACL, you need to gain appropriate joint range of motion, muscular strength, balance/proprioception and sports specific exercises such as appropriate take off and landing technique, agility and plyometrics before you should return to netball.

Netball Australia’s KNEE program (knee.netball.com.au) is an evidenced based framework for junior, recreational and elite athletes that provides a range of warm up and cool down exercises designed specifically for hip and knee muscle control, balance, safe strong landings, change of direction and landing with the ball.

Other injuries

Other musculoskeletal injuries occur in netball such as fingers, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, feet, neck or back. These injuries can be seen and managed by the physiotherapist to ensure a speedy recovery and allow you to get back to the sport you love!

 

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Podiatrist – Gillian Miller

Gillian Miller - Podiatrist

Gillian Miller – Podiatrist

Gillian graduated with honours from QUT in 2012.

She returned to Paddington Physio and Podiatry in December 2016 after spending over 2 years living and working in London.

During this time she worked as a Podiatrist in two high profile clinics in central London. One with a team of Physiotherapists similar to the setup here at Paddington, and the other was a large multidisciplinary clinic.

Gillian continues to utilise all aspects of her Podiatry from ingrown toenails to sporting injuries. Whatever you need to see a Podiatrist for, she is happy to help get you back on your feet.

When not travelling around the world Gillian is a keen sailor competing in nation-wide regattas and messing around on the water. Back on land she enjoys netball and the great outdoors.

 

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