Category: Physiotherapy

Acute Wry Neck

Have you ever had a stiff and painful neck that seems to be stuck in one position? This typically happens all of a sudden or upon waking in the morning, and is known as Acute Wry Neck or Torticollis. Acute wry neck is associated with pain and stiffness. It is often accompanied by spasm of […]

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There Are No Shortcuts

What’s it going to be? The blue pill or red pill? If only it were that simple. These days society is always looking for a simple ‘fix’ to their problem, but often there are no shortcuts. When it comes to pain and injury, it’s no different. In the majority of cases, people attend our clinic […]

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Measuring Progress in Rehabilitation & Pain Management – SMART Goals

Injuries and chronic pain can interfere with movement, general tasks, social activities, sleep, sports, hobbies and mood. Therefore an important part of rehabilitation is to reduce the impact an injury or pain has on daily functioning. Whilst most injuries heal well, they generally need time to do so. Other conditions may be permanent or have limited […]

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What is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV?

In a previous blog found here I outlined how improving neck function and pain with Physiotherapy can help dizziness or vertigo. The body also has other organs and systems that contribute to the information the brain receives about your balance. One of these resides in the inner ear. When this apparatus is not working as well […]

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If You Get Back Pain After Gardening, Are You Doing Something Wrong?

Many of us see the warmer weather as a chance to get on top of our gardens that can get away on us during the colder months of the year. However, spending a few hours gardening can often result in back pain either later that day or during the next. This can happen whether you […]

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To Scan or Not to Scan? That is the Question.

Should I get a scan? This is a common question we hear at Physiotas.  And it’s a question that doesn’t always have a simple answer.  To understand why clinicians would or wouldn’t recommend getting scans/investigations/imaging, we need to look a bit deeper at the research and information available. Firstly, what is medical imaging? Medical imaging […]

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The Importance of Recovery Following Exercise and Competition

You may have seen athletes at international athletic events, or even at a community level, undertake different methods to help their body recover for the next round of competition. This could include what they eat/drink, what they do to cool down and even what they wear post the event. You may be wondering what it’s […]

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What is Lymphoedema & How A Lymphoedema Physiotherapist Can Help

Fluid from the body’s tissues drains into the lymphatic vessels, which are close to the blood vessels. This fluid is called lymph. Lymphatic vessels carry the lymph fluid to lymph nodes where substances that could be harmful, such as bacteria, are filtered out and destroyed. This process helps to protect the body against infection. The […]

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Opioids for Chronic Pain: What You Need to Know

There is strong evidence that opioid therapy reduces the intensity of acute pain (pain present following tissue injury/trauma/surgery), cancer pain and pain for patients who are at end of life (palliative care). However, there is little evidence to suggest that opioids have an effect in reducing chronic pain (pain that has been present for more […]

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Why It’s Important to Ask Your Physiotherapist Questions

As physiotherapists we interact daily with people wanting help for their pain or injury. As physiotherapists it’s also important for us to remember that many of these people have difficulty understanding why they are at this point in their lives, and what they need to do to get better. This is why we always encourage […]

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