Physiotherapy Centre Ivanhoe https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au Website by Elemento! Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:01:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Let’s Talk About Chronic Pain https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/lets-talk-chronic-pain/ https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/lets-talk-chronic-pain/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:00:35 +0000 https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/?p=543 An Evening of Education, Discussion and Questions   Where: Physiotherapy Centre Ivanhoe, 71 Marshall Street, Ivanhoe When: Thursday 26th July – 7pm to 8.30pm By: The Physiotherapists at this Clinic For: People who want to learn more about pain and ways of dealing with it TOPICS: Taking control of your pain Understanding pain and its…

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An Evening of Education, Discussion and Questions

 

Where: Physiotherapy Centre Ivanhoe, 71 Marshall Street, Ivanhoe
When: Thursday 26th July – 7pm to 8.30pm
By: The Physiotherapists at this Clinic
For: People who want to learn more about pain and ways of dealing with it

TOPICS:

  • Taking control of your pain

  • Understanding pain and its role

  • Active management and treatment

  • Tips and Tricks

  • Pain “first aid”

  • Options other than medication

  • Sensitivity and bioplasticity

  • What on earth is Worksafe and TAC on about?

Feel free to pass this onto anyone who you think may benefit

Please RSVP to info@physioivanhoe.com.au by 23rd July 2018
Or call 9497 3075

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Mastitis https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/mastitis/ https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/mastitis/#respond Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:43:21 +0000 https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/?p=379 Physiotherapy treatment of Mastitis Most mums, unfortunately at some stage throughout breast feeding, will experience mastitis. However, most women are unaware that physiotherapy can quickly & effectively help relieve signs & symptoms of mastitis. And they do not need a referral! Physiotherapists can also provide breastfeeding mums tips on how to self-manage signs/symptoms & help…

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Physiotherapy treatment of Mastitis

Most mums, unfortunately at some stage throughout breast feeding, will experience mastitis. However, most women are unaware that physiotherapy can quickly & effectively help relieve signs & symptoms of mastitis. And they do not need a referral! Physiotherapists can also provide breastfeeding mums tips on how to self-manage signs/symptoms & help when future blockages re-appear.

It is a common belief that to have mastitis means you have an infection & that it needs to be treated with anti-biotics. This is not always the case. There are many different signs/symptoms of mastitis;

  • Pain, swelling & redness, & the breast may feel hot to touch.
  • Hard, tender areas of the breast.
  • Blockage or restricted milk flow of 1 or both breasts.
  • Appearance of the skin of the breast may appear different than normal.
  • Possible ‘flu-like’ symptoms including: fever, body aches & feeling ill, which can be a sign of infection.

You can have some or all symptoms of mastitis, but not always an infection. The breast tissue is usually & simply inflamed. In this case, anti-biotics will not help & other treatment modalities, such as physiotherapy & ultra-sound, should be undertaken.

All of our female physiotherapists here are trained to treat mastitis.

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Facing Fear https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/facing-fear/ https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/facing-fear/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 01:32:23 +0000 http://physiotherapyivanhoe.basic.ap-southeast-2.elementohosting.com/facing-fear/ Fear is the emotional reaction to perceived danger. To avoid danger we listen to the fear and limit ourselves. Often what we fear is not dangerous at all and if overcome we could achieve so much more. Our patients are often afraid of pain and we ask them to move into it or try an…

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Fear is the emotional reaction to perceived danger. To avoid danger we listen to the fear and limit ourselves. Often what we fear is not dangerous at all and if overcome we could achieve so much more.
Our patients are often afraid of pain and we ask them to move into it or try an activity that makes them fearful. This is not as easy as it sounds and the emotional response can overwhelm the logical one. With education the patient can know what is dangerous and what is safe. The fear is overcome and the resulting achievement increases overall confidence.
My fear was jumping from a height. I have now fallen really fast and even managed a bungee swing. Now…… what next?
Sarah sky diving

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Vestibular Migraines https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/vestibular-migraines/ https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/vestibular-migraines/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:02:32 +0000 http://physiotherapyivanhoe.basic.ap-southeast-2.elementohosting.com/vestibular-migraines/ Migraines affect nearly 30 million Americans, especially women, who suffer from them by a three to on ratio, according to the National Headache Foundation. Doctors aren’t sure exactly how many people are affected by vestibular migraines but they know these headaches have a unique twist that run-of-the-mill, throbbing migraines don’t; a component of vertigo. Susan…

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Migraines affect nearly 30 million Americans, especially women, who suffer from them by a three to on ratio, according to the National Headache Foundation. Doctors aren’t sure exactly how many people are affected by vestibular migraines but they know these headaches have a unique twist that run-of-the-mill, throbbing migraines don’t; a component of vertigo.

Susan Broner; a neurologist at Roosevelt Hospital’s Headache Institute in New York explained the following:

What are migraines? A migraine is typically a one sided, throbbing headache, moderate to severe in intensity and associated with light sensitivity or sound sensitivity and nausea or vomiting with headache. Some people have dizziness or visual aura that preceded the headache

What are vestibular migraines? Vestibular migraine is a variant of migraine in which dizziness, instead of headache, is the predominant feature. Patients usually say that out of nowhere they were extremely dizzy, some with a spinning or rocking sensation. They have light or sound sensitivity and are sick or nauseous. Episodes last minutes to hours, with a chronic form where there is a constant sense of imbalance. In many instances people have a history of migraine headaches before experiencing vestibular migraines.

What causes vestibular migraines? It is believed they are an inherited disorder. Patient’s brains are normal on imaging but it is believed that there is a hyperexcitability in the brainstem that overlaps the vestibular structures (control of balance) that causes the dizziness.   How common are vestibular migraines, and who is most affected? There are 30 million migraine sufferers in America. It is more common than asthma and diabetes combined. It affects women more than men by three to one. Average onset is any age from 14-40.  Vestibular migraine is much less diagnosed. It could be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as Ménière’s disease- a form of vertigo that occurs in older patients- or as benign positional vertigo, in which patients experience episodes of vertigo from seconds to minutes long when they move their heads in a certain way. Positional vertical go episodes are caused by an inner ear disorder that is treatable by a manual manoeuvre of the head.

What are the symptoms? With vestibular migraine people are exquisitely sensitive to motion and they are sensitive to migraine triggers like fluorescent lighting or drinking wine. It is important to rule out seizures and structural abnormalities.

What is the treatment for vestibular migraines and how is it different from other migraines?  There are not conclusive controlled trials yet but medication for normal migraine are often used. These are calcium channel blockers (blood pressure medication), anti-epileptic and antidepressant drugs (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors- SSRI). For acute attacks ant inflammatory or triptan, anti-nausea and muscle relaxants can help.

How can physiotherapy help? Physiotherapy can help control the trigger, or response, of increased muscle activity in the neck, jaw or face. It can control postural influences and stress related tension.  A progressive desensitisation program can be used to decrease the brain’s reaction to stimuli and increase function. This should be customised to suit the needs and the condition of the patient at the time.  Enquire whether your physiotherapist is experienced in care of the sensitive nervous system.

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Weekend warriors – calf tears https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/weekend-warriors-calf-tears/ https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/weekend-warriors-calf-tears/#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2015 06:25:25 +0000 http://physiotherapyivanhoe.mlb1.elemento.io/?p=115 Are you between 35 and 55? Are you keeping fit and active? You might be a weekend warrior! After a sedentary week at work, it is good to get outside, move the body and get the heart pumping. However, there are risks associated with trying a bit too hard, the most common being calf injuries.…

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Are you between 35 and 55? Are you keeping fit and active? You might be a weekend warrior!

After a sedentary week at work, it is good to get outside, move the body and get the heart pumping. However, there are risks associated with trying a bit too hard, the most common being calf injuries.

Calf injuries are a major problem for people who run, jump or ski. Injury usually happens when the calf muscles are tired and unable to control the position of the knee above and foot below. This results in the muscle stretching and tearing when it should be contracting. You will feel it at the time and more so a few hours later.

Injuries are graded into categories:

Grade 1 is a mild tear of a few muscle fibres resulting in swelling and discomfort but no loss of strength or movement

Grade 2 is a moderate tear of more muscle fibres resulting in loss of ability to contract the muscle

Grade 3 is a severe tear resulting near complete loss of function

Recovery can take between 10 days to 8 weeks depending on the severity of the tear and the immediate treatment can make a big difference to recovery time.

Try and follow these simple steps below:

  1. Protect the injury from further bleeding and tearing of the repairing scar tissue for 48 – 72 hours. This means immediate ice and compression, with no stretching or massage. Crutches are useful at this stage to aid mobility. Move cautiously for 3 days whilst the body lays down the repairing tissue.
  2. Activate the muscle with progressive exercises after the 48 hour period. This minimises scar tissue formation and helps the alignment of the regenerated muscle fibres.
  3. Stretching can start after 10 days when the scar tissue is strong enough. Start with gentle stretching for 10 – 15 seconds and build up to stronger stretching for 1 minute.
  4. Regain full function by progressing through more powerful exercises such as jumps with both feet, hopping, running slowly, changing directions, using uneven ground then sprinting.

We can help you optimise your recovery by decreasing swelling and progressing exercises as you require.

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Shopping Centre massages https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/shopping-centre-massages/ https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/shopping-centre-massages/#respond Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:28:43 +0000 http://physiotherapyivanhoe.mlb1.elemento.io/?p=117 In light of a recent article I read, I thought I would take the opportunity to comment briefly on having massage treatment at local shopping centres… I have had a few of my patients come to see me after attending such a place, because unfortunately they were now in more pain than before they went…

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In light of a recent article I read, I thought I would take the opportunity to comment briefly on having massage treatment at local shopping centres…

I have had a few of my patients come to see me after attending such a place, because unfortunately they were now in more pain than before they went in to have the massage! Just be careful with these places, because there are many that don’t actually have formal qualifications to practice massage. Usually too, (apologies, as I am not intending to offend anyone here…) these places are run by people who don’t have the best English & therefore, either can’t ask you about your history, or simply just neglect it all together.

So please, be aware of these places & ask to see proof (in the form of certificates etc.) if in doubt of their qualifications. If they can’t, or won’t, produce a certificate or the like, go elsewhere. Additionally, if you are in quite some pain to begin with, you are probably better off having it checked out by a physio first.

 

– Allyson

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Riders cheat ageing https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/riders-cheat-ageing/ https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/riders-cheat-ageing/#respond Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:28:56 +0000 http://physiotherapyivanhoe.mlb1.elemento.io/?p=119 A client of Chris’ sent in this interesting article, which he thought might be of interest (thank you!) If you think that all your bike riding makes you feel years younger, you are right.  A ground-breaking new study into the process of ageing has unexpectedly proved it. King’s College London and the University of Birmingham…

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A client of Chris’ sent in this interesting article, which he thought might be of interest (thank you!)

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If you think that all your bike riding makes you feel years younger, you are right.  A ground-breaking new study into the process of ageing has unexpectedly proved it.

King’s College London and the University of Birmingham studied a group of fit older riders hoping to discover more about how getting older impaired the function of the body and mind.

(They selected fit research subjects so the research would not be clouded by the impact of sedentary behaviour, which can create the symptoms of ageing.)

Instead they found that the riders had levels of physiological function that matched that of much younger people, establishing that getting older does not automatically make you frail.

The study, published in The Journal of Physiology, studied 84 male and 41 female keen riders aged 55 to 79 to look for markers that establish stages in the ageing process.

The participants had to be able to cycle 100 km in under 6.5 hours (men) and 60 km in 5.5 hours (women).

Participants underwent two days of laboratory testing at King’s. For each participant, a physiological profile was established which included measures of cardiovascular, respiratory, neuromuscular, metabolic, endocrine and cognitive functions, bone strength, and health and well-being. Volunteers’ reflexes, muscle strength, oxygen uptake during exercise and peak explosive cycling power were determined.

The overall result was that the subjects functioned as healthy young adults, not as older people. The only tests where there was some degree of correlation with age was on oxygen consumption (VO2 Max) and strength.

Professor Stephen Harridge, senior author and Director of the Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences at King’s College London where the study took place, said: “Because most of the population is largely sedentary, the tendency is to assume that inactivity is the inevitable condition for humans.

“However, given that our genetic inheritance stems from a period when high levels of physical activity were the likely norm, being physically active should be considered to play an essential role in maintaining health and well being throughout life.”

Emeritus Professor Norman Lazarus, a member of the King’s team and also a cyclist, said: “Inevitably, our bodies will experience some decline with age, but staying physically active can buy you extra years of function compared to sedentary people.

“Cycling not only keeps you mentally alert, but requires the vigorous use of many of the body’s key systems, such as your muscles, heart and lungs which you need for maintaining health and for reducing the risks associated with numerous diseases.”

Source: www.bicyclenetwork.com.au

Original article source: J Physiol 0.0 (2014) pp 1–24

 

Let’s all stay fit!!

– Chris

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Kids Sport https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/kids-sport/ https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/kids-sport/#respond Sun, 24 Aug 2014 06:30:18 +0000 http://physiotherapyivanhoe.mlb1.elemento.io/?p=127 Most of us grew up without needing physiotherapy. These days it is not uncommon to see children and teenagers present with injuries at physiotherapy. For whatever reason the younger athlete plays sport, it is important to understand there is an upper limit to the number of hours per week a young body can take. Often…

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Most of us grew up without needing physiotherapy. These days it is not uncommon to see children and teenagers present with injuries at physiotherapy.

For whatever reason the younger athlete plays sport, it is important to understand there is an upper limit to the number of hours per week a young body can take. Often kids attending ‘squad’ or with multi sports per week present to physio.

If your children are showing signs of aches and pains it’s important to address the problem early by seeing your doctor or physio.

– Chris Matthews

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Weekend Warriors Welcome! https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/weekend-warriors-welcome/ https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/weekend-warriors-welcome/#respond Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:30:37 +0000 http://physiotherapyivanhoe.mlb1.elemento.io/?p=130 After a busy week at work many middle aged people use the weekends to enjoy physical activities. This leads to an improvement in fitness, health and enjoyment of life. This should continue but remember that after age 45 muscle repair is 15-18% slower than a 30 year old. Muscle mass and bone density decreases and…

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After a busy week at work many middle aged people use the weekends to enjoy physical activities. This leads to an improvement in fitness, health and enjoyment of life.
This should continue but remember that after age 45 muscle repair is 15-18% slower than a 30 year old. Muscle mass and bone density decreases and the power of the heart slowly declines. Hopefully wisdom has increased so you remember to start the activity carefully, build up slowly, perform the most difficult tasks before you start to tire and cool down.
Enjoy your weekends, Warriors, whether you are climbing, skiing, camping, horse riding, running, parachuting, cycling, dancing, surfing or just playing air guitar. You are welcome at the clinic if your body was not quite performing as you thought it should and needs a little help before you try again.

– Sarah

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Stretching https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/stretching/ https://www.physiotherapyivanhoe.com.au/stretching/#respond Tue, 20 May 2014 06:33:30 +0000 http://physiotherapyivanhoe.mlb1.elemento.io/?p=136 There are some arguments about whether or not stretching before &/or after exercise reduces injury risk. Studies are mixed, but they all tend to agree that stretching can decrease general muscle soreness & improve overall flexibility. Here a few tips for stretching: • Static stretching is best post exercise, incorporated into your cool-down, & should…

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There are some arguments about whether or not stretching before &/or after exercise reduces injury risk. Studies are mixed, but they all tend to agree that stretching can decrease general muscle soreness & improve overall flexibility.

Here a few tips for stretching:
• Static stretching is best post exercise, incorporated into your cool-down, & should include muscles predominantly used during the exercise.
• Dynamic stretching is likely the best form of stretching before exercise. That is, stretching through range of movement, rather than holding the stretch.
• You should aim to hold each stretch for 20-30seconds.
• To improve overall flexibility, stretching can be done as a stand-alone thing. A minimum of twice per week has been shown to improve muscle flexibility.

If, however, you are unsure about anything to do with stretching, ask your friendly physio!

 

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