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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

Biomechanical Assessment

A Biomechanical assessment looks at your walking pattern and leg muscle flexibility to check for abnormalities and compensations and if necessary orthotics may be prescribed. These are custom made devices that are designed to alleviate your pain and discomfort. Here at Southside physiotherapy clinic we can look closely into the underlying possible causes of heel pain, knee pain and even back pain. We can advise on the type of device best suited to your needs whether it be an off the shelf device, ... Read more

Do you have shoulder or upper back stiffness?

These simple, easy to use home pulleys are a great way to keep shoulder stiffness and pain under control. Read more
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