Category: Rehabilitation

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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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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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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Anti-Inflammatory Medication: Should You Take It After An Injury?

A question physiotherapists hear often is, “Should I take anti-inflammatories to help my injury heal?”  In order to answer this, it is helpful to understand more about the inflammatory process. When we injure a tissue in the body (whether it be bone, muscle, ligament or tendon), it sets off the inflammatory process.  The blood vessels […]

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Menopause & Urinary Dysfunction

Menopause is an inevitable part of a woman’s life.  It occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, and marks the end of the reproductive phase. The progressive decline in ovarian activity causes an array of unpleasant symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings and irritability.  At this time in a woman’s life she may […]

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Why Hip Strength is Important in Runners

Hip strength is one of the most important muscle groups in preventing and rehabilitating running injuries. Assessing for weakness is often forgotten but is important in many types of lower leg injuries, whether it be knee, foot and/or around the ankle. Adequate strength, activation and endurance of these muscles are required to allow optimisation of biomechanics […]

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Looking After Your Shoulder In The Gym

Shoulder strength is often neglected and not always adequately restored after an injury. Consequently, shoulder injuries commonly recur. In fact, 40-50% of people with an episode of shoulder pain will report a recurrence within 12 months. Why? The main reason is that we just aren’t strong enough. So when we are strengthening, how can we […]

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