Physio Blog

Lymphoedema Therapy

Lymphoedema is a chronic condition for which there is no cure. However, it can be controlled with early intervention. When the lymphatic system is blocked or damaged, lymph fluid accumulates in tissue causing long term swelling of parts of the body.  Individuals affected by lymphedema seeking treatment should be seen by a specialist Physiotherapist.  It is important to recognize the early signs of this condition.   Lymphoedema most often affects the limb, but can alsoread more

Orthotics

Orthotics are supportive devices that are used to alter or modify foot function and are designed to treat, adjust, and support various biomechanical foot disorders.   The most effective orthotics, however, are custom-made devices that are crafted to meet the specific needs of a particular individual. Custom orthotics are created after walking over a foot plate which has over 300 frames per second. It very accurately assesses the biomechanics of your foot throughout the walkingread more

Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?   Dry Needling involves inserting fine needles into specific points located throughout the body to help relieve pain or have other therapeutic effects. There may be a mild aching sensation around the site of the needle, they are extremely fine and are often hardly felt.  There are many modern theories as to why acupuncture works and there has been much scientific research carried out to help prove these theories.   Painread more

Massage vs Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy and massage therapy offer benefits to the mental and physical health of patients. Both of these disciplines work to restore the body to its optimal health and function. Despite variations in technique, these treatments can be combined to provide patients with a full-service approach to rehabilitation and muscle relaxation.   Our patients often ask about the difference between physiotherapy and massage therapy, so we’ve outlined below the key differences between the two, as wellread more

NDIS – The National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS is insurance, which gives peace of mind. Disability can affect anyone and having the right support makes a big difference.   The NDIS provides eligible people a flexible, multi-disciplinary approach to the support they need to pursue their goals. It also fosters social inclusion and economic participation.   To become anread more

Total Knee Replacement

If your knee is severely damaged by arthritis or injury, it may be hard for you to perform simple activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. You may even begin to feel pain while you are sitting or lying down.   If nonsurgical treatments like medications and using walking supports are no longer helpful, you may want to consider total knee replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure to relieve pain,read more

Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator Cuff Tear   A rotator cuff tear is a common injury, especially in sports like baseball or tennis, or in jobs like painting or cleaning windows. It usually happens over time from normal wear and tear, or if you repeat the same arm motion over and over. But it also can happen suddenly if you fall on your arm or lift something heavy.   Your rotator cuff is a group of four muscles andread more

Golfers Elbow/Medial Epicondylitis

What is medial epicondylitis?   Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow) is a type of tendinitis that affects the inside of the elbow. It develops where tendons in the forearm muscle connect to the bony part on the inside of the elbow.         Tendons attach muscles to bones. Due to injury or irritation, they can become swollen and painful. Although medial epicondylitis is referred to as golfer’s elbow, it doesn’t only affect golfers. It canread more

Sciatica

The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain—and possibly tingling, numbness, or weakness—that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg.     Sciatica is often characterized by one or more of the following symptoms: Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely in both legs) Pain that is worse when sitting Leg pain that isread more

Lumbar Disc Bulges

A bulging disc is a very common injury of the spine that can occur anywhere in the vertebral column, but most commonly in the lower back. It is sometimes referred to by health professionals as a slipped disc or disc herniation. A bulging disc can occur suddenly and may also come on over time, and sometimes people have no pain or problems at all with a bulging disc. However, it can also cause severe painread more

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