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Falls and Balance Class

Falls Prevention and Exercise class going strong

Our aim is to create steady seniors with our weekly ‘Falls Prevention and Exercise Program’.  The classes are aimed at assisting people to stay steady on their feet have been well received by patients. The Friendlies Physiotherapy & Allied Health ‘Falls Prevention & Exercise Program’ is currently running four classes a week. Head Physiotherapist Matt Churchill said it was great to see so many people get behind the program. “So many health professionals and patients had spoken to us aboutMore


What is Sciatica? Background True sciatica is a neurological problem involving either the back or an entrapped nerve in the muscles of the buttock. Sciatica is a referral of pain along the sciatic nerve which is a long nerve that branches out through your buttock and down the back of your leg. Typically, sciatica is only felt on one side of the body and can manifest from mild to severe symptoms. Symptoms Pain (intense pain in the buttock) Numbness MuscularMore

The Friendlies Welcomes Senior OT Jared Clifford

Jared Clifford has joined Friendlies Physiotherapy & Allied Health as a senior occupational therapist. Jared has extensive experience working as an Occupational therapist including: Management of an occupational therapy department within the aged care sector including provision of therapies and manual handling education. Senior position with the NHS based in London for two years in a community rapid response supported discharge role. Management of an occupational rehabilitation team focusing on the rehabilitation of injured mine workers including the creation ofMore

Will running barefoot provide any benefits?

Podiatrist Claire Barrand discusses barefoot running. The Barefoot running phenomenon has received quite a lot of media coverage and talk among runners in recent years however, this concept is not new. In fact in the 1960 Olympics competitor Abebe Bikila won Gold, barefoot. Many research studies have been conducted since then to understand the altered running mechanics of running barefoot. Barefoot running does decrease stride length but increase stride rate. This could potentially cause more repetitive stress on the forefootMore