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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks itself, a chronic progressive disease causing inflammation. The immune system which normally protects  the body by attacking bacteria and viruses, mistakenly attacks the joints. Inflammation can commonly occur in joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. However it can also affect the skin, eyes, lungs and nerves, as it is a systemic (whole body), autoimmune disease. The process: White blood cells move into the joint and release chemicals which attack the synovial membrane. Synovial ... Read more

Using the pain-monitoring model in the management of achilles tendinopathy.

Siibernagel et al 2007 used the pain-monitoring model in a study on Achilles tendinopathy that showed that you can safely continue some activity like running.  ( see picture below) We know that tendinopathy does not improve with rest as the tendon weakens. One way of gradually increasing activity in a safe way is using the pain-monitoring model. The 24 hour response to exercise is important. If the pain is increased the next day then the amount of exercise should be decreased. If the ... Read more

Healthy Ireland Summer Campaign

The Healthy Ireland Summer Campaign is well underway. Over the summer months Healthy Ireland & partners are encouraging people to make one small, healthy change - together! The Summer campaign emphasises the benefits of making healthy changes with others. Encouraging people to get out and get active together this summer - whether walking with a group, visiting some of our many parks and heritage site with family or sharing a salad or summer fruits with friends. Watch & share the Healthy Ireland Summer ... Read more

The VHI Women’s Mini Marathon is this weekend!

The VHI Women’s Mini Marathon which is taking place in Dublin on Sunday 3rd June is finally upon us. Thousands of women will register and start getting into the spirit of this fantastic women’s event. It’s always a fun day with everyone in great spirits. But whether you’re walking, jogging or running you must prepare your body for the 10K that lies ahead. A good warm up will improve performance and reduce the likelihood of injury. Here are some tips Walk– It is not a good ... Read more

Get fit for tennis

We should get fit for tennis instead of using tennis to get fit. With the French open and Wimbledon coming up and better weather, many of us will be inspired to hit the courts. Tennis requires upper body, lower body and core strength. It is a multi-directional sport. Therefore we need to be able to move in multi-directions and to change direction quickly. A well designed exercise programme can improve your performance on the court as well as prevent injury. Warming up the ... Read more

Runners Knee

Runners Knee ‘Runner’s Knee’ is the colloquial term for an injury called patellofemoral pain syndrome, and as the name suggests it is a common ailment experienced by runners or sports people. General symptoms: Dull pain that is around the kneecap Aggravated by movements such as squatting, running, descending stairs and prolonged sitting Tenderness when you press on your kneecap It gets its name from the relevant anatomy that is involved: the cause of pain is the kneecap (patella), which rubs against the groove in ... Read more

VHI Women’s Mini Marathon 2018

The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists is an extremely proud sponsor of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon for the 5th year. The VHI Women’s Mini Marathon which takes place every year on the June Bank holiday where over 20,000 women participate and raise millions for charities across the country. It has become a key event in the sporting calendar and the ISCP are delighted to be involved in it. On the race day itself the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists run a Cool Down ... Read more

Pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain

Pelvic girdle pain or (PGP) is an umbrella term that covers all aspects of pelvic pain.This is common during pregnancy, labour or in the weeks after delivery. The pain may come from the lower back, stomach, buttocks, upper leg and may also include the pubic area. Pain here has previously been called symphysis pubic dysfunction (SPD) Symptoms of pelvic girdle pain (PGP) include difficulty walking ( waddling gait) pain standing on one leg e.g. climbing stairs pain getting in and out of ... Read more

Turmeric may reduce your pain

Turmeric is a great go-to spice for more reasons than you may think.   This vibrant yellow seasoning, which is the main ingredient in curry powder, is not only tasty, but has some great health and beauty benefits as well!   One of these benefits is pain reduction. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is one of nature's most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs. If you don’t eat curry that’s ok turmeric tea is an effective way of taking turmeric.   At Southside Physiotherapy Clinic, we ... Read more

Advice for Healthy Computing

Adjust your chair height so that your hands can move easily across the keyboard. Shoulders relaxed and elbows at a right angle when your hands are on the keyboard. Use a footrest if your feet are not comfortably on the floor. Feet supported on the ground or on a footrest. Adjust backrest height and tilt for comfort. Keep your back in contact with the backrest. Back fully supported by the backrest on the chair. Have your chair as close as ... Read more
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