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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Throbbing headache? Do you know how to recognise a neck related headache? Learn the signs!




Headaches are often caused by disorders of the neck or physical and emotional tension. Physiotherapists can successfully treat headaches originating from the neck or soft tissues and show you how to prevent the pain from recurring.

So, what are the signs that you should look out for a neck related throbbing headache?

Associated with neck pain, does the pain radiate from the back to the front of your head?....
  • with dizziness or light-headedness
  • brought on or worsened by neck movement or staying in the same position for a long time
  • which always feels worse on the same side of your head
  • eased by pressure to the base of the skull
  • which persists after your doctor has checked for other causes

Headaches from other causes:
If migraine, allergic reactions or other factors are likely to be causing or contributing to headaches, it is highly recommended that you see a medical practitioner.

If you are experiencing painful headaches, neck aches or migraines, it is important that you have your conditioned assess by a physiotherapist.  Contact us through 8447 8408 or phone/SMS 0434 708 488. We do same day appointments if you make an appointment with us before 11:00AM.

(Source: Australian Physiotherapy Association)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Feeling a bit of lower back pain? Read up on our top 10 tips on how to ease the problem


(Image source: All Max Nutrition)

Low back pain is one of the most common and costly health conditions in Australia but unfortunately there are many myths about how it should be managed. Around 25 per cent of Australians suffer from back pain on any day. So what is the cause of the problem? The muscles, ligaments, discs or bones in your back could all be the source of back pain. Many people self-manage an episode of back pain by staying active and using simple pain medicines or hot pack to relieve their pain. Brush up on top 10 hot tips to ease lower back pain:
  1. Chill it: An ice pack is the best in the first 24 hours to 48 hours after an injury because it reduces inflammation. Although placing a hot pack on the problem area is comforting as it helps cover up the pain and it does help relax the muscles, the heat in fact inflames the inflammatory processes. After the 48 hour period you can switch to heat if you prefer. Whether you use heat or ice, take it off after about 20 minutes to give your skin a rest. If pain persists, it is best you contact your physio.
  2. Keep moving: Most people believe resting in bed will ease the problem, however, the result will likely to be the complete opposite. Resting in bed will more likely to delay recovery so movement is key to a more speedier recovery.  Keep doing your daily activities. Make the beds, go to work, walk the dog. Once your back is feeling better, regular aerobic exercises such as swimming, bicycling, and walking can keep you, and your back, more mobile. However, remember NOT TO OVER DO IT. High speed running is definitely a no go zone at this stage.
  3. Stay strong: Once your low back pain has receded, you can help avert future episodes of back pain by working the muscles that support your lower back, including the back extensor muscles. As they help you maintain proper posture and alignment of your spine. Having strong hip, pelvic, and abdominal muscles also gives you more back support. Remember to AVOID ABDOMINAL CRUNCHES, because they can actually put more strain on your back.
  4. Stretch: Stretching is particularly important to those who work office jobs and are sitting in a desk chair all day. It’s important to remind yourself to get up every 20 minutes or so and stretch the other way. If you think about it most of us spend a lot of time bending forward in our jobs, it’s important to stand up and stretch backward throughout the day. Also don’t forget to also stretch out your legs. Some people find relief from their back pain by implementing a regular stretching routine, such as yoga.
  5. Think ergonomically: Design your workspace so you don’t have to be constantly hunched forward to see your computer monitor or reach way out for your mouse. Use a desk chair that supports your lower back and allows you to keep your feet planted firmly on the floor. There are companies out there such as Officeworks that stock ergonomic office chairs.
  6. Watch your posture: Slumping makes it harder for your back to support your weight. Be especially careful of your posture when lifting heavy objects. NEVER bend over from the waist. Instead, bend and straighten from the heels
  7. Wear low heels: This tip applies mainly for women. Try to limit the amount of times you wear high heels. Exchange your four-inch heels for flats or low heels (that are less than 1 inch). High heels may create a more unstable posture, and increase pressure on your lower spine.
  8. Try to kick the habit: Regular smoking can increase your risk for osteoporosis of the spine and other bone problems. Osteoporosis can in turn lead to compression fractures of the spine. Recent research found that smokers are more likely to have low back pain compared with nonsmokers.
  9. Watch your weight: Use diet and exercise to keep your weight within a healthy range for your height. Remember, being overweight puts excess stress on your spine.
  10. Try an over-the-counter pain reliever: Anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and acetaminophen, are a few examples of good over-the-counter medication for pain management. However, be sure to double check with your doctor or pharmacist about any interactions over-the-counter pain relievers may have with other medications you are taking. For instances, people with a history of certain medical conditions (such as ulcers, kidney disease, and liver disease) should avoid some medicines.

If your back pain is not settling with the above listed simple self-care options it can be more helpful to make an appointment with a physio. If your back pain is accompanied by fever/feeling unwell or bladder/bowel disturbance, you should see a doctor immediately.

To make an appointment and to experience fast recovery with the best science based natural treatments, come to Boost Physiotherapy at Port Adelaide or Prospect. We offer same day appointments when you call us before 11AM. Phone: 8447 8408 or 0434 708 488.




(Sources: Australian Physiotherapy Association, WebMD)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

$20 discount - limited time offer. Expires Friday August 7 6pm

Did you just have a big weekend of sport, dance, weekend mischief? Are you worried about an injury or pain problem? Need to see a professional who can help you treat your pain or keep you performing at your best?  We treat movement and pain problems above and beyond what your usual physiotherapist would offer. Come and get better fast with highly experienced physiotherapists.  We are offering a $20 discount off all our new client services until the end of the week: Friday August 7.

Boost Physiotherapy proudly offers treatments to get people better - fast. We offer:
- Physiotherapy 
-Massage 
- Pilates and 
-Performance Technique training.

Check out some of the things we do at:
https://www.facebook.com/boostphysiotherapy1?ref=hl

For bookings, call: 0434708488. Prospect and Port Adelaide.




Sunday, July 26, 2015

Facebook discount

Remember to like our page. Every new like will receive a $10 discount off your next physiotherapy appointment (expires 01/08/2015).  Hurry!

Phone 0434 708 488 or 8447 8408 for an appointment at either clinic.  Skype consultations are also available should you require.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Treating foot pain in athletes

Visit Boost Physiotherapy's facebook page for more information on how we treat foot pain.


Two locations: Prospect and Port Adelaide.

Remember to like our page. Every new like will receive a $10 discount off your next physiotherapy appointment (expires 01/08/2015)

Phone 0434 708 488 or 8447 8408 for an appointment at either clinic.  Skype consultations are also available should you require.

Happiness in health
Boost Physiotherapy

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A good physiotherapist in Adelaide

We have received some really good feedback recently. Some feedback from last week:
Tiffany said: "I was extremely satisfied with my treatment. I came to Ann in an apprehensive manner as I was quite disheartened about a debilitating and painful lower back injury caused through sport. However, thanks to her infectious enthusiasm and optimistic attitude to everything we did during our sessions, I was able to not only push myself harder than I thought was possible but also develop an assenting attitude to dealing with the pain of my injury which was an essential part in getting over it altogether.Taking into account also Ann's remarkable anatomical knowledge of a wide array of injuries from sport to occupational, I always felt secure that I was being treated by someone who knew exactly what she was talking about."
If you require a good physiotherapist, Ann can be found in two locations: Prospect - only 10 minutes from the city and Port Adelaide - just 17 minutes down Port Road.
Call 0434 708 488 for an appointment.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Why won't my stubborn back pain go away!?



This month, being a very cold month, back pain complaints have become a daily frequent problem for new customers ringing up and asking for an appointment.  General text book back pain treatments are easy. 

Stubborn back pain on the other hand; you know the kind that haunts you year after year, needs a different kind of approach.  An approach that starts from your feet, and works up to your core. 

Why treat the foot?

The foot is a complex structure of 26 bones and 33 joints, layered with an intertwining web of more than 120 muscles, ligaments, and nerves. It serves the following functions:
  • Supports weight
  • Acts as a shock absorber
  • Serves as a lever to propel the leg forward
  • Helps maintain balance by adjusting the body to uneven surfaces
Because the feet are very small compared with the rest of the body, the impact of each step exerts tremendous force upon them. This force is about 50% greater than the person's body weight. During a typical day, people spend about 4 hours on their feet and take 8,000 - 10,000 steps. This means that the feet support a combined force equivalent to several hundred tons every day.

Understanding your foot problem will be the first part of treatment for your stubborn back pain.

Should you require a good experienced physiotherapist to help assess and treat your stubborn pain problem,  an appointment can be made by calling or sending an sms to: 0434 708 488 or 8447 8408.  Call us now.  We would love to help you overcome your pain. Prospect and Port Adelaide locations.



"I was extremely satisfied with my treatment. I came to Ann in an apprehensive manner as I was quite disheartened about a debilitating and painful lower back injury caused through sport. However, thanks to her infectious enthusiasm and optimistic attitude to everything we did during our sessions, I was able to not only push myself harder than I thought was possible but also develop an assenting attitude to dealing with the pain of my injury which was an essential part in getting over it altogether.Taking into account also Ann's remarkable anatomical knowledge of a wide array of injuries from sport to occupational, I always felt secure that I was being treated by someone who knew exactly what she was talking about."
In good health
Boost Physiotherapy

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https://www.facebook.com/boostphysiotherapy1
www.boostphysiotherapy.com.au



http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/symptoms/foot-pain/print.html