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Exercise1What is exercise and what does it mean? Exercise is anything that gets you moving and active. It includes formal exercise such as a gym class, lifting weights or going for a jog. Exercise also occurs in everyday activities (known as incidental exercise) such as vacuuming, taking the stairs instead of the lift and walking or riding to work or school.

Why exercise? The benefits of exercise in maintaining our health and preventing disease are well established. They include:

  • Exercises produces a feeling of well-being by releasing the neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine, which contribute to feelings of euphoria and peace. These neurotransmitters also help increase brain function while performing mental tasks. Many doctors prescribe exercise in place of antidepressants for patients who suffer from depression.
  • Maintaining our hearts ability to pump blood around our body
  • Building and maintaining muscle and bone strength
  • Exercise can reverse the effects of aging by slowing the deterioration of muscle, brain and nerve functions. Exercise has been proven effective in slowing the rate of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Weight loss. Combining an exercise program with proper nutrition is essential to losing weight and keeping it off.

Please call your Physiotherapist at a2z Health Group on (03) 9798 4081 or visit our clinics in Dandenong & Noble Park and Brighton Physiotherapy for more information.

Physiotherapy is practised by professionally trained physiotherapists who are skilled and educated specifically in proper care and rehabilitation.

Physiotherapy involves treatment that focuses on prevention of injuries or disabilities, it helps to relieve pain, promote healing and restore function and movement.

How is physiotherapy used to treat pain?

Physiotherapists take a holistic approach, looking at the body as a whole rather than focusing on the individual factors of an injury or illness.

For example, back pain can be caused by a number of different things, including:

  • poor posture
  • inherited spinal deformity
  • bending or twisting awkwardly
  • overstretching
  • standing for long periods
  • lifting or carrying objects incorrectly

A Physiotherapist may focus on decreasing pain with either passive or active therapy. Examples of passive techniques include:

  • Heat/ice packs
  • TENS units
  • Ultrasound

Examples of active techniques include:

  • Stretching and range of motion exercises
  • Mobilisations
  • Dry Needling
  • Massage

Points to consider about physiotherapy and pain

An important aspect to bear in mind about physiotherapy and pain relief is that individuals may respond differently to therapy. People have different types of bodies, different patterns of movement, different alignments and different habits. Physiotherapists and their trained staff can monitor each individual and attempt to correct improper habits, alignments and movement patterns.

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Sciatica

SciaticaSciatica is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve – a very large nerve that originates from the lower lumbar spine and travels through the buttock into the leg as far as the back of the knee and to the foot.

Sciatica is characterized by pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs. Commonly pain and numbness are located at the calf, foot, or back of the thigh. This is usually preceded for a few weeks by lower back pain. Eventually the leg pain becomes worse than the back pain. Pain can either be dull and aching or can be a shooting pain down the leg all the way to the toes. This pain can last for several days or weeks or it can subside for even a few hours. However, someone who has had sciatica for a long period of time will find that the pain localizes in the buttock and thigh. In severe cases it can damage nerves and reflexes or cause the calf muscle to deteriorate.

Treatment of 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
  • Dry needling
  • 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. Please contact us to begin your care today!

Please call your Physiotherapist at a2z Health Group on (03) 9798 4081 or visit our clinics in Dandenong & Noble Parkand Brighton Physiotherapy for more information.

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Exercise1Exercise may reduce the chances of obesity, which is becoming more common in children. It may also reduce the risk of diabetes, a disease that can be associated with a lack of exercise and poor eating habits. Exercise also helps children build social skills and provides them with a general sense of well-being. Sports participation is an important part of learning how to build team skills.

As a parent, it is important for you to encourage your children to be physically active. It’s also important to match your child to the sport, and not push him or her too hard into an activity that he or she may not like or be capable of doing. Teach your children to follow the rules and to play it safe when they get involved in sports, so they’ll spend more time having fun in the game and be less likely to be sidelined with an injury. You should be mindful of the risks associated with different sports and take important measures to reduce the chance of injury.

Tips for Preventing Sports Injuries

Childhood sports injuries may be inevitable, but there are some things you can do to help prevent them.

  • Physios will have some good training tips and be able to give athletes some ideas for avoiding injuries; for instance, recommending specific exercises, like certain stretching or strengthening activities, that help prevent injuries. A Physiotherapist also can identify risk factors that are linked to specific sports. Advice like this will make kids better, stronger athletes.
  • Make sure your child uses the proper protective gear, such as mouth guards or eye protection for a particular sport. This may lessen the chances of being injured.
  • Warm up Before Exercise. This can help minimize the chance of muscle strain or other soft tissue injury during sports. Warm up exercises make the body’s tissues warmer and more flexible.
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat (where possible) to reduce the chance of sunburn, which is actually an injury to the skin.
  • Stay properly hydrated while playing.
  • Drinking water is the best choice. The standard recommendation of water intake for children is at least 6-8 glasses (1.5 – 2 litres) a day, drunk regularly throughout the day, more when they are playing sports.
  • Know the warning signs of a serious injury
  • Treat Injuries with R.I.C.E.
    • Rest. Reduce or stop using the injured area for 48 hours. If you have a leg injury, you may need to stay off of it completely.
    • Ice. Put an ice pack on the injured area for 20 minutes at a time, 4 to 8 times per day. Use a cold pack, ice bag, or a plastic bag filled with crushed ice that has been wrapped in a towel.
    • Compression. Compression of an injured ankle, knee, or wrist may help reduce the swelling. These include bandages such as elastic wraps, special boots, air casts and splints.
    • Elevation. Keep the injured area elevated above the level of the heart. Use a pillow to help elevate an injured limb.

Please call your Physiotherapist at a2z Health Group on (03) 9798 4081 or visit our clinics in Dandenong & Noble Park and Brighton Physiotherapy for more information.