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Tendinopathy or tendon disease

What is it? Tendinopathy refers to disease of a tendon. What is a tendon? Well it consists of a bundle of collagen tissue that connects muscle to bone. You may have heard of the Achilles tendon at the back of your ankle. This connects your calf muscle to your heel bones. Other tendons in the lower leg include the patellar tendon just below the knee cap and your gluteal tendons at the side of your hip. In the upper body you have ... Read more

What is Vertigo

What is Vertigo? Vertigo is a common health complaint that affects women more than men. It gives the sensation that the room is spinning even though you are still!! This happens when you move your head. For example: turning in bed, getting out of bed, looking up and/or lying on one side This room spinning sensation usually lasts less than a minute. It may recur multiple times in a day or during weeks or years with periods of relief.  It is important to know ... Read more

Gluteal tendinopathy

Gluteal tendinopathy or hip tendon pain is the most common cause of greater trochanteric pain syndrome. Your gluteal tendons are the tough tendon fibres that connect your gluteal muscles to your hip bone. Usually injury occurs when tiny tears to the tendon occur over long time periods. Gluteal tendinopathy can occur due to poor hip and gluteal muscle control. This can overstress the gluteal tendons causing pain and leading to hip and pelvic instability.  Walking or running with poor hip control can ... Read more

Get fit for Skiing

Get fit for skiing The ski season is starting and it is important to prepare the body for it.Would you run a 10 km race without training for it? Many of us head straight from our office job to 7 days on the slopes. This can increase our risk of injury. The most common skiing injuries include knee ligament damage, shoulder dislocations and skier's thumb (injury to the ligament in the thumb). Starting an exercise programme 6 weeks before hitting the slopes can ... Read more

Clinical Pilates

Clinical Pilates is taught at Southside Physiotherapy clinic by chartered Physiotherapists. It is ideal for those recovering from a back or neck injury or for those who want to improve their posture, flexibility and general body awareness. 5 Key elements form the cornerstone of clinical Pilates 1. Head and neck alignment; your forehead should be level with your chin when lying on your back. This can be achieved with the right head support. The amount of support needed depends on the shape of your ... Read more

Inital Management of an Acute Injury

It is important to know the initial management of an acute injury. The first 2-3 days are the most important in that it is vital we prevent the injury from getting worse. Initial goals are: to reduce the inflammation control the swelling and pain Protection   Protect the injury from further damage by stopping sport or demanding physical activity Rest To aid healing rest the leg and reduce the amount of walking until it is pain free Ice To reduce pain and inflammation associated with an acute injury ... Read more

Injury Prevention in children

Physiotherapists play a role in injury prevention in children and can help to reduce the risk of injury. Most injuries in young people are due to overuse. The more contact there is in sport the greater the risk of traumatic injury. The most frequent types of sports injuries are sprains (injuries to ligaments) strains (injuries to muscles), and stress fractures (injuries to bones). Injury occurs when excessive stress is placed on tendons, joints, bones and muscles. To reduce the risk of injury: Take time ... Read more

Clinical Pilates Classes

Join us for the next set of Clinical Pilates classes which commence April 25th. These are suitable for people with back, neck pain, and shoulder and leg pain. Class sizes are small (6-8 people). Taught by chartered Physiotherapist Germaine Mallin who has over 10 years experience of Pilates teaching these classes.  Germaine trained with APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) who have changed the original exercises developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. These exercises are now safer and more suitable for people ... Read more

What is good posture?

A Slouching posture can increase pressure on our discs and stretch the ligaments and other soft tissue structures at the back of our spine. Arching back and sticking out our chests is not ideal either. This military style position increases the pressure on the facet joints which are at the back of our vertebrae. It also is associated with increased tension in the muscles that run either side of our spines. The ideal posture is to have our lower back and pelvis in ... Read more

Balance Exercises

Each year, more than one-third of people age 65 or older fall. Falls and fall-related injuries, such as hip fracture, can have a serious impact on an older person's life. If you fall, it could limit your activities or make it impossible to live independently. Balance exercises, along with certain strength exercises, can help prevent falls by improving your ability to control and maintain your body's position, whether you are moving or still. Balance Exercises to Try These 4 exercises that are shown ... Read more
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