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Motivation for Rehabilitation

Getting injured is an emotional stress as well as a physical one. Rehabilitation can be hard and demanding, you must be prepared. There are many stages in the road to recovery and as everyone’s situation is different, this reflects in a broad variety of rehabilitation and treatment needs.  It’s important to stay motivated! The sudden onset of injury can have a large impact on your life, be it to family, work, sport or social life. To be suddenly incapacitated can lead to depression, being aware of this and seeking treatment sooner rather than later can minimise the frustrations felt and lead to a more successful outcome long term.   The 5 Emotional Stages of Injury   The same grief at the loss of a loved one can apply to an injury. It’s beneficial to be aware of these stages of grief, it will help identify your feelings, especially if it is out of character and at the very least it will reduce the potential of these feelings impeding your...

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Squats

Many times I have had patients come see me because they love to exercise, lift weights and do it on a frequent basis. Some of these people unfortunately run into some sort of pain in the knees, ankles or hips possibly due to some sort of biomechanical error or purely just overdoing it. A lot times, these people have seen previous therapists who have told them “You squat how much? How many times? You have got to stop squatting if you want the pain to stop!” At this point most of these once energetic fitness fanatics hobble out of their therapists office saddened by the news that they can never squat again. Here I am to tell you that these therapists are only half right. Stop squatting? Just for now, but analyse your technique and biomechanics to get you back there. But why should you keep squatting? Squatting is a great exercise. In every day life we squat to pick up our kids, squat to sit down on a...

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Neurodynamics

Everyone knows joints move and muscles contract to provide “normal” movement. An extremely important factor in creating normal movement, one that is often not assessed, is neurodynamics. What Is Neurodynamics?   A great scrabble word? Yes. More importantly, though, it is the sliding and gliding of the nerves throughout your body. When the nerves are unable to move freely it often results in pain and a restriction of day to day tasks. Importantly, this neurodynamic pain can feel very much like muscular and joint aches.   http://paragonphysiotherapy.com/solutions/neurodynamics/   It is assessed with upper limb and lower limb neurodynamic tests to assess which nerves are impeded, leading to the selection of the most appropriate treatment to facilitate normal, full nerve movement. It is really important to assess these nerves when a pain has persisted for longer than 3-6 months. After this time period the central nervous system becomes sensitised to pain, thereby becoming more efficient at producing a pain signal. Neurodynamic treatment should be a huge component of treatment for persistent pain....

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Vertigo

What is Vertigo?   Vertigo is the sensation of spinning—even when you’re not moving.   You might feel like you’re moving or that the room is moving around you. Most causes of vertigo involve the inner ear, which is also known as your vestibular system.  Other symptoms you might have include: nausea, vomiting, increased sweating or abnormal eye movements. One of the most common forms of vertigo is called BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), which is an inner-ear problem that causes dizziness with head movements in a certain position. This can be treated with specific treatments done by your physiotherapist.   https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2018/02/23/vertigo-and-the-intentional-inhabitant-leadership-in-a-connected-world/    What to expect when seeing a physiotherapist for Vertigo?   Physiotherapy treatments for dizziness can vary depending on the cause. Possible types of exercise may include balance activities, exercises to improve your vision and ability to focus and exercises to help the brain “correct” differences between your inner ears.   Goals of Physiotherapy Treatment   Goals for vestibular rehabilitation include: Improving complaints of visual disturbance with head...

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Are You Running Injury Free?

Have you been running for a few months now, increasing your mileage weekly and now wanting to work towards something bigger, your first fun run, City 2 Surf or Sydney Running Festival? Or perhaps you are thinking of just getting off the couch and want to complete your first 5k. Whatever your situation, many new runners and even those who have been running for years can encounter injuries when they least expect it, hampering your progress and stopping you from reaching your goals. In the clinic the most common thing we see which leads to running injuries is actually the most preventable – overtraining and lack of recovery. Most new runners have a haphazard approach to their training, trying to squeeze in as many miles as possible every week without any thought to recovery, rest days, unloading weeks or even longer term planning. Running can be hard on the body, overloading the same structures over and over again. This will in the beginning lead to some little niggles which...

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Concussions

What is a concussion?   A concussion is a complex pathophysiologic process caused by traumatic forces secondary to direct or indirect forces to the head that disrupts the function of the brain.  CT and MRI scans are typically normal. A concussion results in a combination of physical, cognitive, emotional, and/or sleep-related symptoms and may or may not involve a loss of consciousness. Concussions are also known as a mild traumatic brain injury, but all concussions are serious.  Resolution of concussions is usually 7-10 days in most people, but in some people it takes longer and they might need physiotherapy to help recover fully. Post-concussion syndrome is when symptoms last more than 3 months.  This occurs in 30-80% of patients following a concussion.  In 20% of these patients, symptoms become persistent.   https://www.homenaturalcures.com/wp-content/uploads/1409184723-concussion_large-696×724.jpg   What can physiotherapy do to help?   A physiotherapist can take your through the Return to Play Protocol to determine that you are symptom-free before the doctor clears you to contact training.  The Return to Play...

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