Headaches: Working From Home

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Getting headaches while working from home? Headaches are really common in this day and age and it is likely that all of us will experience one at some stage in our life.  As mentioned in one of our other blogs (Headaches) there are many different causes, but the ones that physiotherapist’s can help the most…

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Preparing For Labour: A Physiotherapists Perspective

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Labour is daunting for many expectant mothers, and the different pain relief options can be overwhelming. Although we may not be in the room with you, your maternal health physiotherapist can give you some helpful tips and tricks to try during labour. It is important to understand that labour is broken into 3 different phases….

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Balance: Physiotherapy To Improve Balace

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Balance refers to an individual’s ability to maintain a stable and upright position. Balance problems can make it difficult for people to maintain this position when standing, walking, and can affect your ability to function in normal activities of daily living. Women are more likely to develop balance problems than men, although the difference is…

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The Dos & Don’ts of Stretching

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The Dos & Don’ts of Stretching Is stretching important? Is it better to stretch before or after a workout? How long should I hold my stretches for? Stretching Is Important! You may think of stretching as something performed by athletes. But we all need to stretch in order to protect our bodies and stay healthy….

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Pregnancy Pains: Upper Back Pain In Pregnancy

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Many women associate lower back pain with pregnancy. Your tummy grows out in front, which puts pressure on your back, right? Well you may also experience upper or mid back pain when you are pregnant.  Many of the reasons for experiencing any back pain in pregnancy are no cause for concern and can generally be…

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Resistance Bands: Physiotherapy Resistance Band Exercises

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Physiotherapists are trained in the use of exercise therapy to strengthen your muscles and improve your function. Resistance bands and tubes are an important tool of exercise therapy and have been used for around 20 years in physiotherapy rehabilitation and exercise. Resistance bands are easy to use, versatile, effective and most importantly, are good fun!…

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DOMS: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

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If you have ever had that distinctive muscle pain the day after a particularly hard workout, you may have been experiencing Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is exercise related muscle pain, stiffness and tenderness.  What Is DOMS? DOMS develops following exercise which is excessive or your body is unaccustomed to, i.e….

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Round Ligament Pain During Pregnancy: What You Need To Know

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Pregnancy comes with a range of new experiences and sensations as your body goes through changes to make room for your growing little one.  Sometimes these changes can cause discomfort but often this is entirely normal. Round ligament pain is one of the most common causes of discomfort during pregnancy. What Are Round Ligaments? Several…

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Cortisone: How Do I Know If I Need A Cortisone Injection?

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What Is Cortisone Cortisone is the name given to a particular powerful anti-inflammatory medication which is administered via an injection into the painful and inflamed site.  Cortisone is generally administered under ultrasound guidance from a sonographer or radiographer. Using a picture guidance via Diagnostic Ultrasound helps give the best outcome, knowing the injection has gone…

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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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