Dry Needling

Dry Needling
Straight to the point!  You know that sore spot or trigger point that all us physios talk about?  What about that tight band of muscle that you just can’t roll out or target with your massage ball? Dry needling is your man.  It’ll get straight in there and clear that pain, tight point or band right up.  What are trigger points anyways?  A muscle is made up of hundreds of filaments that contract and relax every time we shorten and subsequently lengthen our muscles.  Through sustained postur...
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Returning to Sport – but hold up, not so fast! 

Return to sport
Read to the bottom to claim your gap free or 50% off return to sport appointment As restrictions are easing we all seem to be spotting the light at the end of the tunnel and wanting to just sprint towards it, but hold up! While I understand the excitement and share it with you all, we must remember that COVID has changed the many people’s routines. For some of us, this includes more time spent in the typical ’T-rex crouching in front of a laptop’-position, for others it may have been the lack o...
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No more RICE, call the POLICE!!

Acute injury management
Physios love our acronyms, from ACL to VBI and every letter in between (unfortunately no acronyms begin with 'Z') we have acronyms for everything. The most well known of these is one thrown around in every sporting field in the country.....RICE. ). It's easy,  every coach, player or parents knows; Rest, get the ICE, COMPRESS the area, and ELEVATE! That's the correct thing to do right? RIGHT?  As soon as someone goes down with a sprain or strain "QUICK, get the ice" (as though ice has magical hea...
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Postural Neck Pain

Postural correction may be necessary in patients who have had a neurological dysfunction, but it may also be helpful for persons who do not have a clinical complaint. Poor posture can contribute to breathing problems, back, neck and shoulder pain, fatigue, indigestion and sleep problems. In other instances, poor posture may be the result of pain, for which the person is trying to compensate. Physiotherapists are very concerned about the posture of their patients, as it can make a huge differe...
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Elbow Bursitis- What is it and What can i do about it?

The elbow contains a large, curved, pointy bone at the back called the olecranon, which is covered by the olecranon bursa, a small fluid-filled sac that allows smooth movement between the bone and overlying skin. Inflammation of this bursa leads to a condition called olecranon bursitis. The causes of elbow bursitis may include trauma or a hard blow, excessive leaning on the elbow, infection through puncture wounds or insect bites, or conditions such as gout and rheumatoid arthritis. People in...
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Golfers Elbow

Eccentric training of the wrist extensors has been shown to be effective in treating chronic medial epicondylalgia. A study conducted by Tyler and others in 2014 studied the efficacy of adding eccentric exercise to standard physiotherapy consisting of ultrasound, cross-frictional massage and self-stretching, heat and ice. The specific isolated eccentric wrist flexor strengthening exercise performed by the patients involved twisting a rubber bar (Flexbar, Hygenic Corportation, Akron OH) with c...
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What Is Tennis Elbow?

What is it? Tennis Elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis is an overuse injury of the forearm and the wrist extensors tendons, primarily the extensor carpi radialis brevis and common extensor tendon typically presents as progressive pain over the lateral aspect of the elbow. It is primarily due to repetitive strain from tasks and activities that involve loaded and repeated gripping and/or wrist extension. It historically occurs in tennis players but can result from any sports that requ...
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Rehabilitation of Peroneal Tendinopathy

  1) Strengthening As soon as it is comfortable to do so, you should start strengthening the Peroneal muscles. Strengthening helps the collagen fibres within the tendon to realign and also helps develop the strength needed for running. Start with isometric exercises which are static contractions. An easy way of doing this is to sit on the ground with the legs out straight on the insides of a chair. Position the front two chair legs on the outsides of the feet. Push outwards with th...
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What is a Peroneal Tendinopathy?

  You have currently been training for a full marathon. In preparation for you marathon in a few months time you have been increasing your training regime more rapidly. After your most recent 10km training session at a higher intensity you have started to experience a dull pain around the back and outside of your ankle. Upon presenting to your local physio and after reviewing your symptoms it appears that you have a Peroneal Tendinopathy.   So what exactly is a Peroneal T...
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What is Proprioception / Balance of the Ankle?

Proprioception is also known as the Joint Position System (JPS).  JPS is a system that allows the joints to send a continuous stream of information to the brain about muscle use, joint position and movement.  This allows us to know subconsciously where our limbs are in space without looking and it’s also the sense that produces sudden reflex actions when we sense danger. For example, close your eyes..... do you know exactly how your hands are placed? Of course you do! That’s your propriocepti...
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