Rehabilitation

Good Pain? Bad Pain?

Those of you who visited our clinic or who have read any of our previous material will understand we have a two-way relationship with our patients. We pride ourselves with providing some fantastic PASSIVE treatment options which we can help you or your injured or dysfunctional body part. There is however another part of our Physiotherapy which involves patients taking an ACTIVE role in their rehabilitation or recovery.

Among other ACTIVE elements to your recovery, prescriptive exercise will no doubt ...

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How to manage an acute injury with the PRICE guidelines

The PRICE guidelines are commonly used to treat acute musculoskeletal injuries usually for the first week or so, especially when the injured area is painful and swollen. PRICE is a mnemonic for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The following is a brief overview of the current recommendations of the guidelines:

 

Protection

Following the initial injury, it is important to protect the injury to prevent further damage from occurring and to reduce pain levels. This is usually in the form ...

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Clinical Massage

What is Clinical Massage?

Clinical Massage is a method of massage therapy that combines and applies a range of techniques to achieve a specific outcome, whether that be a reduction in pain, increased range of movement, improved posture or relaxation. This type of massage is tailored to you.

 

How does clinical massage differ from sports massage?

Many of the techniques used in clinical massage are the same as those used in sports massage, but they are applied to a less active patient. ...

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Stretching? Is it important?

It is common for runners to concentrate training on endurance and strength whilst training, without the realisation of the importance of stretching muscles pre and post exercise. However, flexibility within muscles can have many positive effects including:

  • Muscles being less prone to injury
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Increase in gains of strength/endurance
  • Increase in range of movement

Stretching should always be done pre exercise after a 10 minute warm up, for example jogging. It is important that muscles are never stretched ‘cold,’ as this is ...

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Achilles Tendon Injuries

The Achilles tendon is the strong fibrous band of connective tissue that rises from the heel bone and attaches into the calf muscles. It is the thickest tendon in the body and due to its high weight-bearing nature is prone to injury. Overuse of the calf muscles can lead to overloading of the Achilles tendon, leading to inflammation and degeneration causing pain, known as a tendinopathy. If you suffer from Achilles tendinopathy (previously known as tendonitis), the tendon may ...

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Rotator Cuff Tendonopathies

The rotator cuff refers to a group of four muscles which run from the shoulder blade to the top of the arm bone. These muscles attach to the arm via tendons; strong connective tissue that connects muscle to bone. Rotator cuff tendonopathies, or impingement, occur when there is inflammation, degeneration or swelling in one or more of these tendons in the shoulder. This is normally due to overuse, especially in people that play a lot of racquet sports or ...

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Meniscal Tears of the Knee Joint

The meniscus, also known as the cartilage of the knee, is a strong fibrous crescent-shaped structure that is sandwiched between the femur, the thigh bone, and the tibia, the shin bone. As you can see in the picture below, there are two sections: the medial meniscus on the inside of the knee, and the lateral meniscus, on the outside of the knee. Their main function is to provide a level of shock absorption in the lower limbs and to ...

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Orthotics

Orthotics and arch supports are regularly recommended by physiotherapists and podiatrists for the relief of foot pain, heel pain, shin pain, knee pain and back pain. Often, a biomechanical mal-alignment or lack of stability from the foot region can cause abnormal loads on the body.

Orthotic’s are custom foot supports, made from casts or scans of the feet, and incorporate measurements of your foot and legs. Most orthotics will last 5 to 10 years, and need to be changed if ...

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Rehabilitation after that pesky soft tissue injury

From the time that an athlete endures a soft tissue injury (i.e. sprained ankle, ligament tear, muscle tear etc.), it is crucial that necessary procedures are put in place to optimize the rehabilitation. This is relevant for the occasional gym attendee, to the premiership footballer. In order to fully comprehend this process, one must understand the time scale in which the soft tissue takes to respond. In order to demonstrate this, we will use a basketball player with a ...

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Back Pain During Pregnancy

Back pain is common in pregnancy and can be divided into two categories: True back pain and Pelvic girdle pain (PGP).

True back pain occurs when the ligaments, muscles, discs and joints become strained and can be affected by posture, weakness or poor lifting techniques. Any pain similar to this felt during pregnancy will have already existed previously. Any back pain felt towards the end of the day or if you have been on your feet for long periods will ...

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