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Hot and cold therapy

Heat and cold therapy or ice packs, or a combination of both, have been common practice in injury management for centuries. With their use so widely accepted, you may wonder when it actually makes a difference. Heat When it comes to treating ongoing pain rather than a recent injury, heat therapy can be more effective than anti-inflammatories in treating pain, especially wrist and back pain. Heat can help to reduce pain or stiffness in the short term. It won’t fixMore
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Falls Prevention

The more active you are the better your chance of keeping your muscles strong and joints flexible. To avoid falls and injuries from falls, exercise to maintain or improve your balance, strength and flexibility. Our Physiotherapist supervised balance and falls prevention exercise class are a great starting point to improving your physical health. Our physiotherapist can also help design an exercise program that suits you. When looking at falls prevention, we must consider a variety of factors that increase theMore
Treatment for lymphoedema

What is lymphoedema?

What is lymphoedema? Lymphoedema is the accumulation of protein-rich fluids resulting in swelling of certain parts of the body. It is caused by the failure of the lymphatic system to adequately drain the fluid in the lymphatic circulation. Any part of the body can be affected by lymphoedema, but it tends to target the arms and legs. The lymphatic system is a network of tubes throughout the body that drains this fluid (called lymph) from the tissues back into theMore
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Growing Pains – Osgood-Schlatter and Sever’s Disease

Irritation of the growth plates in young athletes are relatively common and can be quite irritating for the eager athlete. The two most common in Australia is the top of the shin bone, just below the knee, called Osgood-Schlatter disease and where the Achilles’ tendon attaches to the heel called Sever’s disease. Both of these conditions are considered overuse injuries caused by exceeding the pressure the tissues can comfortably tolerate. Why the growth plates? Growth plates are made of cartilageMore
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RICER or PEACE and LOVE for Acute Soft Tissue Injuries

Treatment of soft tissue injuries including muscle, ligament and tendon has always attracted a lot of attention; and a lot of ice packs! Recent research has shown that there may be a better way to look after these injuries. You may remember RICER (rest, ice, compression, elevation and referral) and No HARM (no -heat, -alcohol, -re-injury and -massage). RICER is still a good tool to use, but it has got a bit of an update and a bit of aMore