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Headaches: Working From Home

Getting headaches while working from home? Did you know that physiotherapists can treat them? 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 a number of different types of headaches. Headaches may occur spontaneously or may be associated with activity or exercise.  They may have an acute onset or may be chronic. Some common headache symptoms can include throbbing, pulsing, squeezing, constant,...

Preparing For Labour: A Physiotherapists Perspective

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...

Balance: Physiotherapy To Improve Balace

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...

The Dos & Don’ts of Stretching

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...

Pregnancy Pains: Upper Back Pain In Pregnancy

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...

Resistance Bands: Physiotherapy Resistance Band Exercises

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....

DOMS: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)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,...

Hydrotherapy: Exercising in Water

Now that it’s summer time, we’re all hitting the beaches and the swimming pools in an attempt to cool off. But, not only is water cooling and refreshing, it can also be a great tool in helping with stiffness, pain and rehabilitation!   Hydrotherapy refers to...

Round Ligament Pain During Pregnancy: What You Need To Know

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...

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

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

Going On A Long-Haul Flight Soon: Tips From A Physio

Going On A Long-Haul Flight: Tips From A Physio 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...

Physio During Pregnancy: How Can It Help You?

Yay! You are pregnant! And along with this comes appointments; GP, Obstetrician, Midwife, scans, blood tests… 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...

Avoid Holiday Injuries: Christmas Care

Through the years we have seen all sorts of Christmas injuries, from slipping on wrapping paper, to that sore back/neck from long drives, or testing out new toys gone wrong, we’ve seen plenty! The festive season is in full swing, and with this in mind we have some...

When To Use Ice Or Heat (From Back Pain To Bruises)

Ice or Heat? Not sure if you should use ice or heat for your pain or injury?  You’re not alone!  There is so much confusion around when to use ice and when to use heat, and this is a common question we are asked here at Phyx. Ice or heat for back pain? Ice or heat for...

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome: Pain In the Side Of Your Hip

Do you get pain when you lay on your side at night time? Finding that walking for long distances at pace is causing you pain in your hip and buttock? You may have Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS).  GTPS is a broad term that encompasses any pain relating to...

Breastfeeding Positions: The Best Posture When Feeding Your Baby

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...

Weak Pelvic Floor: Do You Trust Your Cough Or Sneeze?

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...

What is Achilles Tendinopathy?

What Is Achilles Tendinopathy? 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...

Achilles Tendon Rupture: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

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...

Hip Pain During Pregnancy: Causes & Treatment

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...

Calf Strain: Torn Calf Muscle

Calf Strain: Torn Calf Muscle 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...

Shin Splints: What Are Shin Splints

What Are Shin Splints? 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...

Ultrasound: How Does Ultrasound Work

There are two main types of ultrasound – diagnostic and therapeutic.  When most people think about ultrasound, they think of the ‘the thing you have when you are pregnant’. This is correct!  If you have had bursitis, for example, your GP or physio may have referred...

ITB Syndrome: Physiotherapy for ITB Syndrome

Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), or iliotibial band friction syndrome, is a common and often persistent knee injury that causes pain on the outside of the knee.   ITBS is an overuse injury caused by repetitive movements and is frequently seen in runners and cyclists. ...

Whiplash Injury: What To Do After A Whiplash Injury

Whiplash Injury: What To Do After A Whiplash Injury Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues in your neck. It occurs when your head moves backwards and then forward very suddenly and with great force. This movement can strain the joints, muscles, ligaments, discs or...

Meniscus Tear: Symptoms, Physiotherapy Treatment and Recovery

What Is A Meniscus? In the knee there are two menisci (fibrocartilage pads) that sit between the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia).  The medial meniscus sits on the inner-side of the knee joint, and the lateral meniscus on the outer-side of the knee joint....

Low Back Pain During Pregnancy

Many people experience lower back pain at some point in their life; whether it be after picking something up awkwardly, sitting for too long or even during pregnancy.  Experiencing pain during your pregnancy is not uncommon and can occur for many reasons. It is not...

Patellar Tendinopathy: What Is Patellar Tendinopathy

Patellar tendinopathy is a source of knee pain arising from injury to the patellar tendon.  The patellar tendon connects the bottom of the patella (kneecap) to the top of the shin bone (tibia).  The tendon works with the thigh muscles to extend the knee. Patellar...

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Physiotherapy For Your Knee Pain

What is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome? Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a condition involving pain at the front of the knee, around or behind the kneecap (patella). This pain is generally due to contact between the patella and thigh bone (femur), which over time...