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Back Health and Pilates

Back Health and Pilates

Back health? The back is one of the most important parts of the human body, but sadly it is also one of the most neglected. Back muscles give power to the body and connect the hips, buttocks, chest, shoulder and neck.

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What is Golfers Elbow and can it be treated?

What is Golfers Elbow and can it be treated?

Golfers Elbow is felt as pain on the bony bump on the inside of the elbow and is similar to tennis elbow (pain which is felt on the outside of the elbow) but less common.

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Why have Preventative Physiotherapy?

Why have Preventative Physiotherapy?

As healthcare continues to shift toward prevention, the physiotherapist’s role in health promotion and wellness continues to expand. Preventative physiotherapy is a smart choice.

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Bronchitis and Pneumonia – what’s the difference?

Bronchitis and Pneumonia – what’s the difference?

Do you know the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia? It’s sometimes hard to tell, so catch up on these points to make sure you know how your body reacts to health issues affecting the lungs.

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How to relieve stiffness with neck exercises

How to relieve stiffness with neck exercises

The most important role of the neck is that it supports the head and houses arteries that supply blood to the brain from the heart. It is therefore critical that you keep this area injury-free and mobile.

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Sinusitis and its causes

Sinusitis and its causes

SINUSITIS is an infection of the nasal sinuses and occurs when there is an undrained collection of fluid. These undrained fluids can build up causing pressure and pain. 

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What is SIJ pain and how is it treated?

What is SIJ pain and how is it treated?

Have you been diagnosed with SIJ dysfunction or an injury to the SI joint and want to know more about it? Read this helpful article.

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Acute injuries on the sports field

Acute injuries on the sports field

Do you know how to manage acute injuries on the sport field? Physio Shelagh Green takes a look at R.I.C.E. versus M.E.A.T. treatments.

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Orthopaedic Physiotherapy and its benefits

Orthopaedic Physiotherapy and its benefits

Orthopaedic physiotherapy addresses neuro-muscular-skeletal pain and dysfunctions. This is an umbrella term covering complaints arising from dysfunction within our peripheral nervous system, myofascial system, skeletal system as well as the interrelationships between these systems.

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Treating headaches with physiotherapy

Treating headaches with physiotherapy

Headaches have been said to be the most common complaint of pain. They affect almost two thirds of the population and can be quite debilitating when severe.  There are several types of headaches, which are classified by the International Headache Society, however only TWO that are treated by Physiotherapy – Cervicogenic Headache and Tension-type headache. 

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Spotlight on Calf Injuries

Spotlight on Calf Injuries

INTRODUCTION TO CALF INJURIES

This feature on calf injuries continues our series “Spotlight on Injuries”. The information provided here is a summary, so if you are experiencing calf injury pain, consult your physio right away.

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Runner’s Knee

Runner’s Knee

Runner’s Knee, as the name suggests, or Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), is common among runners. It is, however, not limited to runners, because it can also affect any athlete who requires a lot of knee bending such as walking, cycling and jumping. This article has been submitted by Kate Lamprey, one of our Associate Managers.

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What is tennis elbow?

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis Elbow is a common term for a condition caused by over-use of arm, forearm, and hand muscles that results in elbow pain. Tennis elbow is caused by either abrupt or subtle injury of the muscle and tendon area around the outside of the elbow. 

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Tendinopathy (tendon overuse injury)

Tendinopathy (tendon overuse injury)

What is tendinopathy?

In the 1980s this injury was known as tendonitis1, as it was believed that cellular inflammation was the cause. However, the term for tendon overuse injury has more commonly begun to be called tendinopathy, due to the pathological2 nature of this injury.  

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Spotlight on Ankle Injuries

Spotlight on Ankle Injuries

INTRODUCTION TO ANKLE INJURIES
This series on injuries serves to highlight a few common, every-day injuries and provide some background.  Any physical damage should be dealt with by a medical practitioner or trained physiotherapist, who will recommend if any specialist intervention is required.

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Spotlight on Back Injuries

Spotlight on Back Injuries

INTRODUCTION TO BACK INJURIES
This series on injuries serves to highlight a few common, every-day injuries and provide some background.  Any physical damage should be dealt with by a medical practitioner or trained physiotherapist, who will recommend if any specialist intervention is required.

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Spotlight on Neck Injuries

Spotlight on Neck Injuries

INTRODUCTION TO NECK INJURIES
This series on injuries serves to highlight a few common, every-day injuries and provide some background.  Any physical damage should be dealt with by a medical practitioner or trained physiotherapist, who will recommend if any specialist intervention is required.

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Spotlight on Hand Injuries

Spotlight on Hand Injuries

INTRODUCTION TO HAND INJURIES
This series on injuries serves to highlight a few common, every-day injuries and provide some background.  Any physical damage should be dealt with by a medical practitioner or trained physiotherapist, who will recommend if any specialist intervention is required.

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Spotlight on Shoulder Injuries

Spotlight on Shoulder Injuries

INTRODUCTION TO SHOULDER INJURIES
This series on injuries serves to highlight a few common, every-day injuries and provide some background.  Any physical damage should be dealt with by a medical practitioner or trained physiotherapist, who will recommend if any specialist intervention is required.

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Spotlight on Hamstring Injuries

Spotlight on Hamstring Injuries

INTRODUCTION TO HAMSTRING INJURIES
This series on injuries serves to highlight a few common, every-day injuries and provide some background.  Any physical damage should be dealt with by a medical practitioner or trained physiotherapist, who will recommend if any specialist intervention is required.

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Your head and neck pain could be TMJD

Your head and neck pain could be TMJD

TMJD is the more common and easily-used name for Temporo-mandibular Joint Disorder suffered by more than 30% of adults (women more than men). This joint attaches your lower jaw (or mandible) to the temporal bones of your skull, which are situated on either side of your head just in front of the ear canal.

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A heavy backpack affects posture

A heavy backpack affects posture

Most children use carry a backpack to school, as using a suitcase is no longer the standard and backpacks are more trendy, convenient and easier to carry. But have you ever checked how much your child’s backpack weighs?

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Kinesio Taping

Kinesio Taping

  We’re sure you have seen many athletes with strips of colour on their body and wondered what they were and what they were for. This article should help to provide some answers and give you clarity on how physiotherapists approach its usage.

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Fascial Manipulation Treatment (Part 2)

Fascial Manipulation Treatment (Part 2)
Fascial Manipulation (FM) Treatment  is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial* connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain, rehabilitating soft tissue and restore motion.

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Fascial Manipulation Treatment (Part 1)

Fascial Manipulation Treatment (Part 1)
Fascial Manipulation (FM) treatment is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial* connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

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Asthma / Pneumonia / Bronchitis

Asthma / Pneumonia / Bronchitis
The lungs are lined with a thin layer of fluid to prevent them from drying out and to assist with lung expansion during breathing. Under normal circumstances this fluid can be removed by coughing, however when there is a chest infection, this fluid increases and can become excessively thick making removal difficult. Antibiotics can control the infection but do not aid in the removal of excess secretions. This is where physiotherapy can help.

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Posture Related Problems

Posture Related Problems
Over time, poor posture may be caused by habits from everyday activities such as sitting at a desk, looking at the computer, driving, standing for long periods of time, or even sleeping. Poor posture can easily become second nature, causing or aggravating episodes of back pain and damaging spinal structures. Physiotherapists can teach you the correct tools to promote a better posture and therefore decrease your risk for aches, pains and sporting injuries caused by bad posture.

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Poor Core Stability

Poor Core Stability
Core Stability refers to the ability of the body to control the trunk or ‘core’.  Good core stability is using the right muscles at the right time at the right intensity to control the trunk appropriately for activities to take place.

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Post-Surgery Conditions

Post-Surgery Conditions
A physiotherapist plays an integral role to return back to normal activity after undergoing surgery. The role of a physiotherapist is to incorporate a variety of techniques in order to help your bones, muscles and joints, which may have previously been damaged or broken to work again to their full potential.

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Arthritis

Arthritis
Arthritis is a condition involving inflammation of one or more joints of the body. There are many different types of arthritis including Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.

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Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries
Physiotherapy forms an important part of management of sport injuries. The aim of physiotherapy is to treat the injury and fully rehabilitate the patient to prevent further injury and return to sport in the shortest time possible.

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Back and Neck Pain

Back and Neck Pain
Back and neck pain are extremely common conditions seen by physiotherapists today. Approximately 80% of people will experience back pain at some stage in their life.

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (knee pain)

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (knee pain)
Patellofemoral pain is a term used to describe pain in and around the knee cap.  It is also described as anterior knee pain or patellofemoral joint syndrome, and is present in approximately 25% – 30% of the population, the majority of which are females.

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Osteoporosis and Exercise

Osteoporosis and Exercise
Osteoporosis is the loss of calcium and other minerals from a person’s bones, which makes the bones more fragile and susceptible to fracture. Women are more likely to have osteoporosis because the hormonal changes of menopause.

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Exercising with lower back pain

Exercising with lower back pain
Lower back pain is one of the most common medical complaints in the world. Don’t let lower back pain get you down! A well-designed exercise programme can help speed recovery from low back pain, reduce pain levels, and possibly prevent re-injury.

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Starting an exercise programme

Starting an exercise programme
Starting an exercise programme can sound like a daunting task, but just remember that your main goal is to boost your health by meeting the basic physical activity recommendations: A minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week (for example: 30 minutes per day, five days a week) and muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week (2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans).

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Breast Feeding

Breast Feeding
August sees the celebration of National Breast Feeding Awareness Week which strives to provide awareness of the importance of breast feeding.  Physiotherapy plays an important role in the education of posture and positioning during breast feeding, as well as providing information and treatment of breast engorgement and blocked ducts which may develop as a result.

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