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Going On A Long-Haul Flight Soon: Tips From A Physio

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Going On A Long-Haul Flight Soon? We all know that feeling of peeling yourself from your plane seat after long-haul flight with ankles the size of an elephant’s, wondering if your legs still work and a back that is possibly stiffer than a metal rod.  You know that it’s important to get up regularly and…

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Physio During Pregnancy: How Can It Help You?

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Now your back starts hurting and your thinking, great another appointment, this time with the physio. But can they help? During pregnancy, your body undergoes many changes. Those that have gone through pregnancy before will no doubt let you know of the changes that you will notice!  Sometimes with these changes comes aches and pains….

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Breastfeeding Positions: The Best Posture When Feeding Your Baby

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Feeding. You may be breastfeeding or bottle feeding. It does not matter. Regardless of the way you feed your little one, posture is something everyone can relate to. Which raises the question, what are best breastfeeding positions? Finding a position that your little one enjoys and feeds best in is your priority. But sometimes that…

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Weak Pelvic Floor: Do You Trust Your Cough Or Sneeze?

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Pelvic Floor (PF) weakness can affect women and men of all ages. It is not just something that is experienced by post-natal or post-menopausal women.  What Is Your Pelvic Floor? Your pelvic floor is made up of layers of muscles and other tissues such as ligaments and fascia.  For women, these layers help support the…

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What is Achilles Tendinopathy?

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The Achilles tendon transmits force from the calf muscles to the foot when a person pushes off the ground (e.g. with running and jumping), and helps with control when the foot touches down on the ground (e.g. with landing).  Achilles tendinopathy is irritation of the Achilles tendon, a thick band of tissue which connects the…

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Achilles Tendon Rupture: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

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The Achilles tendon is a strong fibrous cord that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, it is the longest and strongest tendon in the human body. The Achilles tendon helps to facilitate walking by raising the heel off the ground When your Achilles tendon snaps it is known as Achilles tendon rupture. It…

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Hip Pain During Pregnancy: Causes & Treatment

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Some women will experience hip pain during pregnancy. Surely there isn’t another area of pain during pregnancy? Yep, sorry there sometimes can be! Sore hips can be another area (along with your lower back) that can cause you grief throughout your pregnancy. Some women experience symptoms early on, while others may experience it towards the…

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Calf Strain: Torn Calf Muscle

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The calf is comprised of two major muscles, the gastrocnemius and the soleus. The gastrocnemius originates above the knee joint, while the soleus originates below the knee, both muscles insert onto the heel by the Achilles tendon. A calf strain is an injury involving a tear to one or more of the calf muscles, at…

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Shin Splints: What Are Shin Splints

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Shin splints are a common complaint. The term ‘shin splints’ is a term for Tibial Stress Syndrome and is used to describe shin pain along the inside and/or front of the shin. Shin splint pain is typically related to physical activity and shin splints are often associated with running and/or jumping activities. Any vigorous physical…

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Ultrasound: How Does Ultrasound Work

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There are two main types of ultrasound – diagnostic and therapeutic.  When most people think about ultrasound, they think of the ‘the thing you have when you are pregnant’. This is correct!  If you have had bursitis, for example, your GP or physio may have referred you for an ultrasound. This is a diagnostic one…

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ITB Syndrome: Physiotherapy for ITB Syndrome

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Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), or iliotibial band friction syndrome, is a common and often persistent knee injury that causes pain on the outside of the knee.   ITBS is an overuse injury caused by repetitive movements and is frequently seen in runners and cyclists.  ITBS is generally managed conservatively with physiotherapy and temporary modification to some…

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Whiplash Injury: What To Do After A Whiplash Injury

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Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues in your neck. It occurs when your head moves backwards and then forward very suddenly and with great force. This movement can strain the joints, muscles, ligaments, discs or nerves in your neck. It is a very common injury following a rear-end car collision, or even from…

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Meniscus Tear: Symptoms, Physiotherapy Treatment and Recovery

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What Is A Meniscus? In the knee there are two menisci (fibrocartilage pads) that sit between the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia).  The medial meniscus sits on the inner-side of the knee joint, and the lateral meniscus on the outer-side of the knee joint. The menisci act as shock absorbers. So, as you…

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Low Back Pain During Pregnancy

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Many people experience lower back pain at some point in their life; whether it be after picking something up awkwardly, sitting for too long or even during pregnancy.  Experiencing pain during your pregnancy is not uncommon and can occur for many reasons. It is not something to be fearful of, and know that there are…

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Patellar Tendinopathy: What Is Patellar Tendinopathy

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Patellar tendinopathy is a source of knee pain arising from injury to the patellar tendon.  The patellar tendon connects the bottom of the patella (kneecap) to the top of the shin bone (tibia).  The tendon works with the thigh muscles to extend the knee. Patellar tendinopathy can develop when the patellar tendon becomes damaged by…

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Physiotherapy For Your Knee Pain

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What is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome? Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a condition involving pain at the front of the knee, around or behind the kneecap (patella). This pain is generally due to contact between the patella and thigh bone (femur), which over time can affect the joint surface.   PFPS is often referred to as “runner’s…

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Osteoarthritis: What You Need To Know

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Have you been told you have Osteoarthritis? Unsure of what it is or what you can do about it? Have a read! What Is Arthritis? Arthritis is a very broad umbrella term which encompasses more than 100 different medical conditions, all of which affect the musculoskeletal system. Arthritis specifically effects the joints in the body…

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