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Sciatica

Sciatica

Sciatica describes pain felt along the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back, down through the buttock, hamstrings and into the lower leg. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. Sciatica can be characterised by pain, pins and needles, numbness, and/or weakness in the legs. Commonly pain, pins and needles and numbness…

Let’s Dance

Let’s Dance

Dancing is a good physical activity, but is also good for our brains as it wakes different parts of the brain and neural pathways. There are so many different types of dancing, so you can generally choose something you’re comfortable with. It is also social, fun and creative and taps into a deeper part of…

The Pelvic Floor

The Pelvic Floor

The “pelvic floor” refers to a group of muscles that attach to the front, back and sides of the pelvic bone and sacrum (the large fused bone at the bottom of your spine, just above the tailbone). Like a sling or hammock, these muscles support the organs in the pelvis, including the bladder, uterus or…

Achilles Tendinopathy – My Experience Part 2

Achilles Tendinopathy – My Experience Part 2

When an acutely overloaded tendon produces pain, we term the condition a ‘reactive tendinopathy’. The historical term ‘tendonitis’ implies that an inflammatory response is present, however current research suggests this may not be correct. Whether inflammation is present or not, the fact is that the tendon has been overloaded and is reacting in an unpleasant…

Move in the Right Circles

Move in the Right Circles

People change and friends grow; don’t let it get you down. Keep hold of those friendships that bring out the best version of you. Try to surround yourself with colleagues & friends who have a positive outlook on life and who approach the daily grind with a champion attitude.

Modified Cobra Stretch

Modified Cobra Stretch

Lie facedown on the floor with thumbs directly under shoulders, legs extended with the tops of your feet on the floor. Tighten your pelvic floor, and tuck hips downward as you squeeze your glutes. Press shoulders down and away from ears. Push through your thumbs and index fingers as you raise your chest toward the…

Preventive Physiotherapy

Preventive Physiotherapy

Preventive health is sometimes an underexposed aspect of the healthcare system. Any program or intervention that can improve your current physical and emotional health will in the long run decrease the possibility of incurring an injury or illness. Many aspects of today’s society are detrimental to our physical health. We live in communities where travel…

Simple Posture Stretch

Simple Posture Stretch

This first activity isn’t so much of a stretch as it is a preparation and mental exercise. Begin by lifting your shoulders up high, imagining them coming up toward your ears. Next, release the shoulders downward, allowing gravity to do its thing. Don’t push the shoulders down, just release. Feel your spine long and free…

Stop to Smell the Roses

Stop to Smell the Roses

People who look at flowers first thing in the morning report being more cheerful and energetic, according to a Harvard University study. In fact, simply admiring the blooms made participants feel less anxious and more compassionate throughout the day. Place a fresh bouquet on your nightstand or kitchen table.

Posture and Physiotherapy

Posture and Physiotherapy

Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it, we would simply fall to the ground. Normally, we do not consciously…

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