Is physiotherapy painful?

Some people are under the misconception that physiotherapy is painful, and for this reason, they may shy away from seeking treatment. Others confuse it with other medical interventions which are painful. The truth is that physiotherapy aims to relieve pain rather than cause it. Physiotherapists are trained to perform range-of-motion and other modalities within the …

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Part of your health professionals team

Physiotherapy is a medical profession that is indicated in most conditions where functional movement is compromised. Physiotherapists form part of the rehabilitation team in treating patients with orthopaedic, neurological, cardiac disabilities and sports injuries. Physicians not only approve but rely on physiotherapists to help patients regain their former level of movement function. Therefore, most clients …

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Yoga injuries

Yoga has increased popularity over the years as a form of exercise that has many benefits; promoting flexibility, balance and endurance to name a few. Yoga is a mild, low-impact activity, therefore it is surprising that yoga injuries can occur, but they do. Like any form of exercise, if it is performed incorrectly or performed …

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When exercise results are slow

Maybe it’s a new year’s resolution or you want to get into shape for some exciting event (e.g. weddings, summer vacation, sports competitions, etc.). You’ve started training hard at the gym, or so you thought. Despite your best efforts, workout results seem negligible or non-existent. How can that be? After all the time, money and …

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Weight related back problems

Common sense and (increasingly) scientific studies tell us that overweight and obese people have the greatest risk of back problems and the worst recovery rate. A patient’s fear of movement and a lack of exercise are major factors that prevent genuine recovery. In effect, we have a vicious cycle of back issues and inactivity which …

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To rest or rehabilitate

Following a bout of illness or injury, the natural inclination would be to rest. Pain, loss of energy, restricted movements will all play their part in making you want to stay between the covers, however, whether you rest or rehabilitate will depend on a lot of factors. And the final decision will lie with your …

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Tingling or numbness

We are familiar with the expression “my foot has fallen asleep”. This sensation is caused by a change in the functioning of a sensory nerve and is known in medical circles as paraesthesia. It can occur in any part of the body but is most common in the fingers and feet. In the former, it …

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Swimming injuries

On the surface, it would appear that swimming injuries are rare compared to that of other sports. After all, swimming is touted to be one of the best and safest forms of exercise. The fact is that injuries do occur among novices as well as competitive swimmers. The main areas that are injured while swimming …

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Soccer injuries

Soccer injuries cover a wide array of complaints and can involve every part of the body. From concussions (head trauma) to plantar fasciitis (foot pain at the bottom of the heel), soccer players are prone to them all. Some of the most common soccer injuries are: ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears Knee pain, swelling and …

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