As Physiotherapists, we are often asked why people should come and see us over a different health professional such as a Chiropractor or an Osteopath, and what type of injuries does each of us treat. To answer this, below is a summary of the theories which drive each profession. Physiotherapists treat a variety of different […]
Whether you were a gym junkie or couch potato before you got pregnant, exercising during your pregnancy can be a challenge but it is definitely an important part of the process! If you think of giving birth like running a marathon (which it can be!) then you need to make sure your body is well […]
We’re asked this frequently and there are BIG differences. The Pilates you do in your typical gym or fitness studio is led by instructors with varying levels of education and training. While some may be knowledgeable, many may have a limited understanding of the mechanisms at play with injuries, or the correct rehabilitation of them. […]
July 24-30 was National Pain Week, so rather than suffering through it, we thought we would discuss an aspect of pain that is prevalent in our day-to-day life: pain-relieving medications. Pain is a primary reason for a lot, if not most, visits to Physiotherapists. Patients often ask about pain relief medication. Is it just going […]
If you have ever had physio treatment for a back or neck injury you no doubt would have had some form of manual therapy that involved a lot of ‘prodding’ or mobilisation (usually over the most tender area!). I have been asked on a number of occasions whether all Physios just enjoy inflicting pain! I […]
Just seeing someone for your pain can make you better before they even lay their hands on you. If you have two identical pills and one is priced higher the higher priced pill will have a bigger effect. The placebo effect is the phenomenon whereby the ritual of an intervention, rather than the intervention itself, […]
The spine is made up of individual bones (or vertebrae) that stack up on top of each other, and in between these vertebrae are the intervertebral discs. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine and are made up of a fibrous outer shell (annulus fibrosis) and a softer gel-like centre (nucleus pulposus).
If you have ever been to see a physio for ankle or foot problems you may have experienced the dreaded calf massage, or even some acupuncture needles in your calf. Calf massage can be uncomfortable and often painful. Patients often ask me….. why are my calves so tight??