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Surprising Conditions Your Physiotherapist Can Help With

back pain reliefMuscle tears, ankle sprains, back pain, headaches and shoulder pain. These are all commonly treated physiotherapy problems and chances are, if you suffer from one of them, you’re either seeing a physiotherapist or putting it off.
Most people know how physiotherapy can help them with common injuries, particularly those involving the muscles and the joints. What you probably don’t know is that your physiotherapist has been trained to treat a huge variety of conditions. Some of them might surprise you.

Respiratory Problems

Physiotherapists are one of the first ports of call to help clear a chest infection, particularly for the very young, elderly and those with chronic conditions such as cystic fibrosis. Your physiotherapist is able to assist with drainage, breathing cycles and physical percussion techniques to help you breathe easier.

Vertigo

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is a specific type of vertigo caused by loose micro crystals in the inner ear, resulting in dizziness when the head is turned in different positions. Your physiotherapist can give you exercises to relocate these crystals and regain your balance.
Physiotherapists can also help with habituation exercises for other types of vertigo.

Neurological Conditions

Strokes, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and head injuries are all conditions that your physiotherapist has been trained to treat. In the private practice setting they are particularly helpful at stretching the tight muscles affected and providing specially tailored strengthening exercises.

Incontinence

For one in three women, incontinence is an ongoing problem after childbirth, and one that has a huge impact on quality of life. Your physiotherapist is well versed in teaching pelvic floor exercises, which can help you regain control.

Developmental Delays, balance and Incoordination

For some children, balance and coordination don’t come easily. Your physiotherapist is able to prescribe exercises to assist with improving balance and coordination for people of any age.

More surprising conditions your physiotherapist can help with:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteo- and Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lymphoedema
  • Osteoporosis
  • Falls associated with aging
  • Scar tissue healing
  • Jaw pain
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
Caboolture Physical Therapy Centre – serving people in need from the following areas: Caboolture, Morayfield, Elimbah, Wamuran, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Glasshouse Mountains, Toorbul, Donnybrook, Ningi, Woodford, Kilcoy, Bribie Island, Goodwin Beach, Sandstone Point, Banksia Beach, Bongaree, Bellar, Woorim, Burpengary & Beachmere.

Foods that fight Inflammation

Foods that fight Inflammation:

Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response; without it, we can’t heal. But when it is out of control- it can damage the body.

Foods high in sugar and saturated fat can spur inflammation. They cause over activity in the immune system, leading to Joint pain, damage to the blood vessels and fatigue.

*Fatty Fish – Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines & Tuna are high in omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help reduce inflammation. Although to reap the benefits you will need to eat fish several times a week or possibly consider a fish oil supplement.

*Whole Grains – The fiber content helps reduce the levels of C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation in the blood) Consuming all of your grains as whole grains instead of refined can help keep inflammation at bay.

Vitamin E can play a key role in protecting the body from pro-inflammatory molecules called Cytokines. One of the best sources of Vitamin E is Dark Green Veggies such as spinach, kale & broccoli. These veggies also tend to have a higher concentration of vitamins & minerals like Calcium & Iron.

*Nuts – In particular Walnuts and Almonds. Almonds are rich in Fiber, Calcium & Vitamin E. All nuts are packed with antioxidants which can help the body fight off & repair the damage caused by inflammation.

The Isoflavones (estrogen like compounds) found in Soy products, may help to lower inflammation in women.

*Tomatoes –  this night shade vegetable may help reduce inflammation in some people. Juicy red tomatoes are rich in lycopene which has been shown to reduce inflammation in the lungs & throughout the body. Cooked tomatoes contain even more lycopene than raw ones- so tomato sauce works well too….

* Ginger & Turmeric – Turmeric (the ingredient that gives curry its yellow colour) works in the body assisting to turn off NF-kappa B (a protein that triggers the process of inflammation) Ginger (when taken in supplement form) has shown to reduce inflammation in the intestines.

* Berries – Studies have shown that red raspberry extract helped prevent animals from developing arthritis, blueberries can help protect against intestinal inflammation & women who eat more strawberries have lower C-reactive protein levels in their blood.

Anti-inflammatory Chick Pea salad

chick-pea-saladServes: 4

Prep Time:10 mins

Cook Time: none

INGREDIENTS:

*2 x 500g tins Chickpeas

*1 Carrot Grated

*1/2 Red onion, diced

*1/2 Green bell pepper, diced

*2 tbspn Olive oil

*Salt

*freshly ground black pepper

*1/4 C freshly chopped parsley leaves

PREPERATION:

1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss

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Caboolture Physical Therapy Centre – serving people in need from the following areas: Caboolture, Morayfield, Elimbah, Wamuran, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Glasshouse Mountains, Toorbul, Donnybrook, Ningi, Woodford, Kilcoy, Bribie Island, Goodwin Beach, Sandstone Point, Banksia Beach, Bongaree, Bellar, Woorim, Burpengary & Beachmere.
Fall-Prevention-Classes

Falls Prevention Move Well Stay Well

What is a fall?

The sudden unanticipated change downward in body position with or without physical injury.
How common are falls? 1 in 3 people aged 65 and over fall at least once each year. 20-30% of those who fall suffer injuries that reduce mobility, independence& in turn, increase the risk of premature death.

Can falls be predicted?

An assessment by your physiotherapist can predict how likely it is that an individual will fall. In order to prevent falls we need: Good Balance, Good Vision, Good Reaction Timing, awareness of falling and enough strength to stay upright.

Can falls be prevented?

There are prevention strategies that can be used that include a mix of exercises, medication reviews & environmental modification. Many studies have shown that an ongoing, well-disciplined exercise program focusing on balance-improvement (on its own) could prevent falls by about 40%.

Fall-Prevention-ClassesWhat should I do?

If you are new to exercise and have a major health condition, you should first consult your GP (for a small number of people there may be a medical reason for their falls).
-At our clinic, the physiotherapist/Exercise Physiologist will assess you prior to designing your exercise program.
-Assessment will include measurement of balance, muscle strength, mobility and will provide outcome measures that can be reassessed at various intervals
-Exercise programs can be individually tailored and performed at home or in a group (although a combination of both is most effective).
Our Falls Prevention Classes are small, closely supervised programs that aim to lower your risk of falls and as a bonus, they are lots of fun… Run every Thursday afternoon with our Exercise Physiologist

Caboolture Physical Therapy Centre – serving people in need from the following areas: Caboolture, Morayfield, Elimbah, Wamuran, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Glasshouse Mountains, Toorbul, Donnybrook, Ningi, Woodford, Kilcoy, Bribie Island, Goodwin Beach, Sandstone Point, Banksia Beach, Bongaree, Bellar, Woorim, Burpengary & Beachmere.
Aquatic Therapy

Take to the Pool – Tips from two of Australia’s top Aqua experts

Tips from two of Australia’s top Aqua experts (Marietta Mehanni & Jennifer schembri-Portelli) on how to get the most out of your Water workout.

Seven Exercises to do in the water.

1. Jump – Power up from the bottom of the pool. Repeat for as long and as fast as you can.
2. Jog – keep arms straight and move them together (forward, then back)
3. Cross Country Ski- legs scissor while you punch forward with one arm (opposite arm to leg) and pull back with the other, just like using a Cross Trainer (you may need a buoyancy aid in deep water).
4. Get a noodle and lay across it – get a friend to do the same and try to push on another off. It takes real core strength to stay in place
5. Star jumps- move either; legs and arms together or try jumping legs out while bringing the arms in.
6. Standing – with both feet on the bottom of the pool, kick one leg at a time straight out to the front, side & back (engages your quads and tummy)
7. Donkey Kicks – standing on the bottom of the pool, kick one leg behind while punching forward with your arms. Change legs & repeat.
(GoodHealth Magazine, September 2013)

What are the Benefits of Water Exercise?

The main advantage of exercising in Water is that it offers resistance in all directions (compared to land exercises where you work only against gravity). Aquatic TherapyBecause of the cushioning effect and buoyancy that the water provides, this form of exercise/movement is particularly beneficial to everyone, including; the elderly, overweight or those recovering from injury. At the practice we offer Hydrotherapy classes and Aquatic sessions for our clients, in the heated pool at Caboolture Swimming Pool on King Street. We use the properties of the water and a variety of treatment approaches (manual therapy & exercise) to address therapeutic goals. Water exercise is beneficial for people with Arthritis, Back Pain, Joint problems, MS & Soft Tissue Injuries. Hydrotherapy is great for rehabilitation.

For more info and to see if Aquatic Physiotherapy can benefit you please call the practice on (07) 5495 3255 or email reception@caboolturephysio.com

Caboolture Physical Therapy Centre – serving people in need from the following areas: Caboolture, Morayfield, Elimbah, Wamuran, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Glasshouse Mountains, Toorbul, Donnybrook, Ningi, Woodford, Kilcoy, Bribie Island, Goodwin Beach, Sandstone Point, Banksia Beach, Bongaree, Bellar, Woorim, Burpengary & Beachmere.
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Tennis Elbow – What is it?

What Is It?

Tennis elbow is a condition that affects many people, particularly in middle  age, characterized by pain at the outer elbow. Symptoms  include pain, occasional swelling and reduced grip strength.

Usually the pain begins gradually,  noticeable only during activities, then progressively becomes worse. In severe cases, pain might even be experienced at rest. As the muscles involved have the job of stabilizing the wrist and raising the wrist and fingers, this condition can have a huge impact  on day-to- day activities. The condition is common  with tennis players, but can affect anyone and usually begins after a period of increased activity where strain is put on the tendon and it cannot cope.

What causes it?

Tendon tissue has a poor blood supply compared  to muscle and during a period of increased activity the tendon sometimes can’t adapt quickly  enough. The tendon that attaches the muscles of the forearm  to the elbow develops micro-tears and the collagen fibers become disorganized. This degenerating tendon is even worse at absorbing  forces and so a painful  cycle begins.

Many people notice symptoms after a sudden increase in activity, such as a holiday tennis match, a weekend of gardening,  or painting the house however not everyone can pinpoint an activity or event.

It seems that increased age, poor technique, posture and starting a repetitive activity suddenly without training make developing this condition more likely.

How do I treat it?Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

For some people, symptoms will resolve with a little rest. For others, more targeted therapy is needed. Latest research has found that a very specific exercise program  of eccentric strengthening exercises can be highly effective in treating tennis elbow.  Along with analysis of technique  and postural factors, which may be aggravating the disorder,  eccentric exercises have been shown to help tendon tissue reorganize itself and become stronger.

As this is a degenerative condition, treatments such anti inflammatory pills and corticosteroid injection are not always helpful.  There are a few medical  options for treatment such as shockwave therapy or more recently Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, which enhances the body’s own ability to heal. For very severe cases, surgery to remove the degenerating tissue has also been shown to be successful.

What are eccentric exercises?

Eccentric exercises are muscular contractions with act alongside another force but control  it, or slow it down. For example, when you lower something heavy to the ground instead of letting it fall. It is thought that this type of exercise stimulates the cells of the tendon to align and strengthen, stimulating the healing process.

Once the tendon begins to regenerate, other stretching and strengthening exercises can be incorporated. In severe cases where rehabilitation fails, surgery to remove the affected tissue might be recommended usually is successful.

As always, every case is different and individual analysis is essential for optimal recovery. Your physiotherapist can perform specific tests in the clinic  to confirm  the diagnosis and advise you on the best course of action.

Caboolture Physical Therapy Centre – serving people in need from the following areas: Caboolture, Morayfield, Elimbah, Wamuran, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Glasshouse Mountains, Toorbul, Donnybrook, Ningi, Woodford, Kilcoy, Bribie Island, Goodwin Beach, Sandstone Point, Banksia Beach, Bongaree, Bellar, Woorim, Burpengary & Beachmere.