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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Selecting a physiotherapist

We have been telling you a lot about the wonderful ways that physiotherapy can help you combat illness and injury and return to your prior level of functioning. You now decide to take the plunge and see a physiotherapist, but where do you start? How do you choose a therapist that will put you back …

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Running injuries

Because of the nature of the sport, running injuries can be frequent and sometimes frustratingly disabling for prolonged periods. Many running injuries result from wearing improper footwear, overtraining, employing a poor running technique, and not warming up or cooling down properly. To avoid running injuries, athletes should pay attention to the above factors as well …

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