Injury prevention

Many people come to see us after they have suffered an injury, and we are happy to help them, but many of these injuries could have been prevented if they had come before they had the injury. A great part of the physiotherapy treatment protocol has to do with injury prevention. Depending on your lifestyle, …

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Flexibility

Decreased flexibility may be the result of ageing, illness, injury, post-surgery, a chronic physical condition or being overweight. Being able to move one’s joints through a complete range of motion is something that is too often taken for granted or ignored as a part of physical fitness. Usually, it’s only when something happens to deprive …

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Safety and awareness

Many types of accidents occur in the home and elsewhere because of a lack of safety. Many hospital beds are filled with patients who fell, burned, cut, poisoned or injured themselves as a result of unsafe practices. In many cases, these accidents could have been avoided if these people were aware of and implemented proper …

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Common myths about physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a specialised and useful mode of treatment, which helps recovery from neuromuscular injuries and joint conditions, among other health problems and complaints. Some people think of physiotherapists as either drill sergeants or glorified exercise coaches. However, physiotherapists are highly trained professionals who have studied the design, structure and function of bones, muscles, ligaments …

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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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