Boost Physiotherapy

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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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Good physiotherapy treatments for pain relief with clinical pilates

In my pre readings before doing my DMA clinical pilates course I came across an article published on what "clinical pilates" is used for.
 In simple terms, it is used for motor control.
 This for physiotherapists means we can use "DMA clinical pilates "to help our patients and clients move pain free. With science and evidence to back it up.
 Clinical Pilates treats a wide array of conditions eg neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, dance injuries, work pain, shoulder pain, back pain, neurological pain, knee pain, ankle sprains and chronic complex pain In my pre readings before doing my DMA clinical pilates course I came across an article published on what "clinical pilates" is used for.
 In simple terms, it is used for motor control.
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 Clinical Pilates treats a wide array of conditions eg neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, back pain, neurological pain, knee pain, ankle sprains and chronic complex pain syndromes.
 For an appointment with me, or to try DMA clinical Pilates call 0434708488.
 Hicaps rebates applied.
 Prospect and Port Adelaide appointments available.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pilates. New block starting April 27, 2015.

I lose count of how often I am asked what is Pilates? I hope this YouTube video helps put into perspective how Pilates is used by physiotherapists to treat back pain, and various other arm and leg pain syndromes.
Boost Physiotherapy has classes on Monday Tuesday  and Thursday, As well as Saturdays.
New eight week block starting April 27, 2015. 
Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced classes. 
For more information please call us on 8447 8408, or 0434 708 488

Monday, March 30, 2015

Biceps tendinitis: what it is and how it gets better

I had an interesting question today re: Shoulder Pain and how I treat it for fast results. One of the most common shoulder pain syndromes which I treat is biceps tendonitis. Biceps tendonitis typically presents as pain in the front of the shoulder. In less severe cases of biceps tendonitis, it may only present as an ache or stiffness in the shoulder that increases with rest following activities requiring strong or repetitive contraction of the biceps muscle. These activities may include carrying heavy shopping, performing biceps curls or chin ups etc.
In more severe cases, it presents as an ache that increases to a sharper pain with activity. How do I treat it? My physiotherapy treatment for clients with this condition is to speed the healing process up as fast as I can. Acute soft tissue injuries are best healed in a short time frame. Treatment may comprise:
soft tissue massage
electrotherapy (e.g. ultrasound)
joint mobilization
ice or heat treatment
exercises to improve strength and flexibility
anti-inflammatory advice
activity modification advice
a gradual return to activity program

For further clarification or advice on any of the above, or to have one of the physiotherapists help treat your condition, we can be contacted on phone: 8447 8408 or mobile: 0434 708 488.  Facebook messages can be left on our page:

Health and happiness
Boost Physiotherapy
Phone: 8447 8408
Mobile: 0434 708 488

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Treatment for back pain, leg pain, numbness and power loss.

Sciatica is nerve pain arising from the sciatic nerve. It can be produced by pressure on the nerve, where it passes through the buttock. Sciatica can be brought on by sitting on a hard seat. When your leg goes to sleep, that is also a form of sciatica.

The sciatic nerve is a large nerve, formed from nerve roots that originate from the spinal cord. These nerve roots pass out between the disc spaces and join up to form the sciatic nerve. It passes from the spine into the buttock, then into the back of the thigh and leg. The sciatic nerve controls sensation and function to the leg and foot. In sciatica, prolapsed or 'slipped' discs tend to bulge and press on the intervertebral nerve(s). This pressure irritates the nerve, causing referred pain.

Most cases of sciatica resolve by themselves within six weeks to three months. Sciatica can also be caused by narrowing of the nerve tunnel between discs due to osteoarthritis. Elderly people who suffer from disk degeneration as a consequence of ageing tend to be troubled the most by sciatica. 

Symptoms of sciatica

The symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Hot pain in the buttock
  • Aching in the buttock, back of the thigh (hamstring) and calf
  • Pain in the ankle and foot
  • Pins and needles or numbness
  • Increased pain when lifting, straining or coughing
  • Loss of power to the muscles of the leg and foot.

Physiotherapy Treatment main objectives are
  • reduce pain
  • restore movement
  • strengthen weakened muscles
  • reduce tension
Physiotherapy for sciatica
As sciatica is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve, it stands to reason that treatment involves removing this pressure. Your Physiotherapy treatment aims to achieve this by reducing nerve pressure caused by poorly moving spinal joints as well as easing muscular tension in the lower spine, buttock and leg.
This is achieved by using a combination of the following techniques:
  • Spinal mobilisations
  • Massage therapy and trigger point therapy
  • Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
  • Ultrasound and other electrical stimulation devices
  • Advice in relation to how to minimise pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve
In addition to this, you will be given a series of home stretching exercises and asked to apply ice and heat to help aid your recovery.
If you are suffering with sciatica at the moment please do not delay – you can achieve the best results when you address the symptoms early, simply make an appointment and begin your care today!
Two locations:  Prospect and Port Adelaide
Phone: 0434708488 or 8447 8408 

Happiness in health!
Boost Physiohtherapy
209 Churchill Road PROSPECT 
122 Commercial Road PORT  ADELAIDE

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Start the new year a new YOU. Try (and hopefully love!) Pilates! Join at our introductory rate of $15 per class.

We would love to invite all new people to pilates to try an introductory class at just $15. Normally $25 a class, mention code word "Blog special" and get a discount. Get rid of the stubborn tummy rolls. Get leaner looking legs. Flatten your abs. Learn about your core. What do you have to lose? You know the answer to that wink emoticon expires 17/2/2015. Limited numbers. Ph 0434708488 for more information.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

We are open through out the Christmas holiday break

Yes!  Boost Physiotherapy (Prospect and Port Adelaide locations) is open throughout the December break.  For bookings call 8447 8408.