Do you need financial assistance to access cancer rehabilitation services or do you know someone who needs this support?
If you are affected by cancer you may be eligible for rehabilitation funding. Also, if you know someone who has been diagnosed, or is recovering from cancer, you can gift or fund someone to receive some programme sessions.
Medical researchers in Australia and New Zealand have found that acupuncture treatment significantly reduces period pain intensity, duration and symptoms over time, with improvements being sustained up to a year after treatment.
The researchers from Western Sydney University and the University of Auckland also found that manual acupuncture, where thin needles are inserted at certain points on the body, provided more relief than electro-acupuncture, which involves a small electrical current passing through the needles.
Research paper: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0180177
Exercise is good for people of any age. It can help make you stronger, prevent bone loss, improve balance and coordination, lift your mood, boost your memory, and ease the symptoms of many chronic conditions.
A lot of the symptoms that we associate with aging -- such as weakness and loss of balance, are actually symptoms of inactivity, not age.
In fact, some people in their 70's, 80's, and 90's are out there running marathons and becoming body-builders. As previously mentioned exercise improves more than your physical health. It can also boost memory and help prevent dementia. It can also help you maintain your independence and your way of life. If you stay strong and agile as you age, you'll be more able to keep doing the things you enjoy and less likely to need help.
Sprains and strains are common injuries, which we have all probably suffered at some stage in our lives. However, sprains and strains have different causes, affecting different parts of our body.
A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments — the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones together in your joints. The most common location for a sprain is in your ankle. Wrist and thumb sprains are also common.
Sprains usually happen when a person falls, twists, or is hit in a way that forces the body out of its normal position.
A strain is a stretching or tearing of muscle or tendon. A tendon is a fibrous cord of tissue that connects muscles to bones. Strains can most often occur in the lower back and in the hamstring muscle in the back of your thigh.
Strains can be acute or chronic. An acute strain is caused by trauma or an injury such as a blow to the body; it can also be caused by improperly lifting heavy objects or over-stressing the muscles. Chronic strains are usually the result of overuse--prolonged, repetitive movement of the muscles and tendons.
Find out here about symptoms and treatment -
2018 is well underway and you’ve probably made resolutions you’re keen to stick to. Hopefully, one of those is to maintain your well-being and fitness.
.......... and what have you done?
Ooops! Oh, Santa!
Seriously though, many common musculoskeletal conditions occur over the Christmas break as people tend to push their bodies. Whether it’s spraining your ankle in high heels at a Christmas party, a musculoskeletal injury from an intense run along the beach after months of inactivity, or low back pain from driving for long distances or lying poorly on the couch watching Xmas movies – there are a range of injuries to watch out for this season.
Read more here for tips to keep you in a healthy festive spirit.
For an acute injury, proper pain management followed by a rehabilitation and strengthening program will help to ensure full recovery and prevent your injury reoccurring and will significantly reduce the time it takes for you to return to your sports, recreational or daily living activity.
There are 3 stages of rehabilitation.
Read more here to find out how we can help you at NortWest Physio+
Does this sound familiar- been sat at your desk most of the day and your neck and shoulder are aching again? It could well be a nagging Myofascial Trigger Point.
A Myofascial Trigger Point is a hyper irritable spot in the muscle that can elicit local tenderness, it can refer pain in a specific area and will be palpable to touch like a knot. They can be found anywhere from your facial muscles to muscles in your feet.
Read more about dry needling and how it is used to treat myofascial trigger point pain.
Physiotherapy before and after surgery can be a crucial part of returning to your normal activity at work and play.
Orthopaedic procedures such as the following benefit greatly from before and/or after surgery -
· Shoulder - arthroscopy, tendon or ligament repairs, decompressions, joint replacement, fracture management, acromioclavicular joint repair.
· Hip - arthroscopy, labral repair, joint replacement.
· Knee - ligament, cartilage or tendon repair, arthroscopy, joint replacement.
· Spinal - fusions, stabilisations, discectomy.
· Ankle - arthroscopy, ligament repair, joint replacement.
· Foot - bunion and toe surgery, fracture management.
Physiotherapy can also be very useful after a breast cancer operation as it can help you return to full range of movement in your arms and can also help reduce the risk of side effects such as lymphoedema and shoulder problems.
Basically, there is a lot of overlap between our professions. However, although Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists are very similar, they are each derived from independent schools of thought and their approach to patient treatment differs.
Each profession is trying to achieve the same goals by treating joints and musculoskeletal problems to increase movement and strength, decrease pain and help return you to function, but use slightly different techniques.
Read more for a brief outline on the focus each profession bases their techniques and treatments.