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Floss Banding. A new technique.

Floss Banding.  A new technique.

Floss banding!

Thank you to Australian Medical Supplies and Sanctband for coming to chat to us about a new concept, Floss banding.
This may be a new and innovative way of improving recovery and reducing injury.
Your MoveForward Physio’s will keep you posted @ Move Forward Physiotherapy

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New Location for Hillarys Physiotherapy!

New Location for Hillarys Physiotherapy!

New Location for Hillarys Physiotherapy !

We are excited to announce that Hillarys Physiotherapy will be moving and expanding!

We will be located inside the Whitfords Shopping Centre at the old location of SunCorp Bank.

We will continue to offer the same exceptional services.

Including:

In-rooms physiotherapy for:

Back pain

Headaches

Work or sporting injury

Workers Compensation and MVA claims

Strengthening programs

AND Clinical Pilates!

 

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Patello-Femoral Pain syndrome (PFPS)

Patello-Femoral Pain syndrome (PFPS)

Patello-Femoral Pain syndrome (PFPS)

Who

  • Runners!!!
  • Elderly
  • Athletes in high impact sports (jumpers, sprinter….)
  • Basketball and netball players
  • Gym Junkies
  • Desk warriors

 

What

Patello-femoral pain syndrome, or PFPS, is the most common cause of pain at the knee joint. It normally presents as pain felt around, and behind the knee cap (patella). It is common in both the young and old, active and inactive.

When & How

PFPS is most commonly caused by mistracking or poor movement of the knee cap, as opposed to direct trauma to any specific structure within the knee. Poor movement can be caused by numerous variables but is most commonly caused by;

  • Muscle strength imbalances
  • Excess muscle tightness
  • Overactive or inhibited control of a muscle
  • Poor foot posture (eg. Flat feet)
  • Hip and lower back problems
  • Degenerative changes due to old age

The kneecap normally runs along a groove in the thigh bone known as the femoral groove. As a result of any of the above variables, this movement along the groove is changed, and the knee cap starts to mistrack. As a result there are excessive joint pressures put through the knee joint and knee cap. Overtime this will lead to irritation, swelling and pain which in turn further changes the way the kneecap tracks along the femoral groove.

Management

Treatment and management of PFPS requires any underlying causes to be addressed whilst treating the pain and inflammation at the knee itself. Your physiotherapist at our Move Forward Kinross Physiotherapy clinic will assess the whole lower limb, as well as the hip and low back in order to determine the exact cause of your knee pain. Following this assessment, you will be provided with a detailed outline of your own individualized treatment management plan. Your treatment may include a combination of the following;
• Rest
• Ice/ Heat
• Brace/ off-load taping
• Soft tissue massage
• Mobilizations
• Dry needling
• Stretching & strengthening exercises, which can be performed within the gym located at Move Forward Hillarys Physiotherapy
• Activity and exercise modifications to improve lower limb mechanics and posture, which can be performed within our pilates studio at Move Forward Quinns Physiotherapy or Jindalee Physiotherapy

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Biceps Tendinopathy

Biceps Tendinopathy

Biceps Tendinopathy

Who

  • Bodybuilders/ powerlifters
  • Physical jobs, tradies such as carpenters, scaffolders etc.
  • Elderly
  • Athletes involved in throwing sports
  • Swimmers

What

Bicep tendinopathy is a broad term used to describe injuries to the biceps tendon including,

  • Biceps tendonitis
  • Biceps tendinosis
  • Biceps tenosynovitis
  • Biceps tendon tear or rupture

The biceps muscle has two heads, a short and a long head. It is most often the tendon of the long head of biceps that gets injured. The tendon, arising from the biceps muscle, runs along the top of the arm bone and attaches onto the shoulder capsule. Thus, the long head of biceps acts to both bend the elbow and also stabilize the shoulder. Inflammation or irritation to the tendon, or the protective sheath around the tendon, usually occurs as a result of chronic overuse. In some case it can also be injured as a result of direct trauma.

When & How

Injury to the biceps tendon usually occurs in combination with other conditions such as rotator cuff tears, shoulder impingement, SLAP lesions, labral teats or shoulder instability. These conditions can occur for a number of reasons including;

  • Altered or poor body mechanics
  • Weakness or injury to the shoulder rotator cuff muscles
  • Age related changes affecting the neck and shoulder joints
  • Changes in exercise programs, such as new exercises or sudden increases in activity
  • Activities requiring repetitive overhead movements such as throwing or swimming

With these conditions the biceps tendon can be subject to compression, pinching, shearing or excessive tension. This result in micro damage occurring at the tendon, overtime this repetitive stress to the tendon begins to irritate it resulting in swelling and pain.

Management

To manage biceps tendinopathy your local move forward physiotherapist will assess your elbow, shoulder and neck to determine any factors that may be contributing to your injury. Following this they will prescribe you with an individualized program and treatment plan to best manage your injury and to prevent any ongoing long term pain. They will use a number of techniques throughout your rehabilitation which may include;

  • Deep tissue massage
    • Dry needling
    • Joint mobilisations
    • Stretching exercises
    • Strengthening exercises can be incorporated into a Pilates program at both our Quinns Physiotherapyand Jindalee PhysiotherapyMove Forward practices.
    • Heat and/or ice therapy
    • Taping
    • Specific activity modifications, performed under physio supervision at our Hillarys Physiotherapy, located just next to Whitfords Shopping centre within Healthy Life Gym.

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Women’s Health Physiotherapy

Women’s Health Physiotherapy

Women’s & Men’s Health

One in three women who have had a baby experience urinary incontinence during their life. Contrary to common belief, bladder and pelvic floor problems are NOT a ‘normal’ part of being a woman.

 

No matter how long you have had symptoms it’s not too late to seek help.

The pelvic floor is important for bladder and bowel control and sexual function. Conditions such as pregnancy, childbirth, chronic cough, and abdominal surgeries can lead to pelvic floor dysfunction.

80% of women who experience back pain will also have some degree of pelvic floor dysfunction.

When to see us for Women’s Health Physiotherapy:

  • Incontinence & Pelvic Floor issues (ultrasound guided)
  • Ante natal & Post natal care
  • Abdominal muscle separation (RAD)
  • Breast feeding / postural issues – including mastitis
  • Lower back, pelvic girdle, sciatic, postural, neck pain
  • Core muscle retraining
  • Return to safe exercise

Pelvic Floor and Continence Physiotherapy helps with:

  • Urine leakage when you exercise, laugh, cough, sneeze.
  • Frequency issues: The need to go to the toilet frequently
  • Urge issue: Trouble reaching the toilet in time
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder or bowel
  • Difficulty controlling wind or your bowel
  • Pre-operative and Post-operative management following gynaecological surgery such as hysterectomy

Real Time Ultrasound (RTUI)

Using RTUI to assess and manage pelvic floor dysfunctions is invaluable. This method of assessment is non-invasive with the probe being positioned across the lower belly. It allows you to visualize your pelvic floor and core muscles to make sure you are performing the exercises correctly. Research shows that 40% of people with pelvic floor dysfunction push their muscles down rather than lift the muscles upwards. Repeating the incorrect contraction can lead to further pelvic floor problems so it is important to practice the correct pattern of contraction from the beginning.

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What we can offer you at Move Forward Physiotherapy:

Assessment of your core and pelvic floor function using RTUI which allows us to individualised treatment for your unique musculoskeletal issues including development of personalised exercise programs to strengthen your core and/or pelvic floor muscles to assist with incontinence or other womens health issues. There is also the option of 1:1 Pilates or exercises training sessions to continue progressing your rehabilitation.

Women’s health physiotherapy is offered at both our  Quinns Physiotherapy practice and Hillarys Physiotherapy practice.

For more information visit:  Women’s Health

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Hamstring Origin Tendinopathy

Hamstring Origin Tendinopathy

Hamstring Origin Tendinopathy

 

WHO?

  • Sports with repetitive running/ kicking requirements
  • Gym rats (heavy squatters/ deadlifters)
  • Desk workers & persons with chronic poor posture

 

WHAT?

The hamstrings muscle group is the large bulk of muscle on the back of the thigh, made up of the semimembranosis, semitendinosis and biceps femoris muscles. All three muscles attach at a common point at the pelvis, the ischial tuberosity, via the hamstrings tendon. They then run down the back of the thigh and cross the knee joint. Due to its attachments, this group is responsible for both extending the trunk, at the hip, and bending the knee. When there is constant, repetitive strain placed on the hamstring tendon it starts to become inflamed and irritated resulting in tissue damage and pain.

 

WHEN & HOW?

Hamstring tendinopathy occurs when, over time, the tendon undergoes repetitive damage but is unable to fully recover. This usually occurs as a result of a previous strain or tear to one of the hamstring muscles, or as a result of chronic inflammation at the tendon which causes gradual degenerative changes to the structure and composition of the tendon.

Due to the hamstrings being responsible for straightening the hip and bending the knee, runners, jumpers and kickers are often more susceptible to hamstring strains and thus hamstring tendinopathy. In sports such as AFL, it is common to see players suffering from tears or strains as a result of excessive tension being placed on the hamstring muscle when kicking or sprinting continuously.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, the hamstrings tendinopathy can be worsened in persons who sit for prolonged periods such as desk workers and very inactive persons. The development of this condition has also been linked to persons with poor core strength and pelvic dysfunction.

 

MANAGEMENT?

To manage hamstring tendinopathy your local Move Forward physiotherapist will assess the hamstring muscle and its attachments, whilst also evaluating the entire lower quadrant to determine any factors that may be contributing to your injury. An individualized program and treatment plan will then be prescribed to help reduce the strain placed on the hamstrings muscle group and its attachment on the pelvis in order to best manage your injury and to prevent any ongoing long term pain. A number of techniques may be used throughout your rehabilitation, which may include;
• Deep tissue massage
• Dry needling
• Joint mobilisations
• Stretching exercises
• Strengthening exercises can be incorporated into a Pilates program at both our Quinns Physiotherapy and Jindalee Physiotherapy Move Forward practices.
• Heat and/or ice therapy
• Taping
• Specific activity modifications, performed under physio supervision at our Hillarys Physiotherapy, located just next to Whitfords Shopping centre within Healthy Life Gym.

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