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Ergonomic assessment at your home

Are you working from home and beginning to experience pain as a result? We are now offering ergonomic assessments in your home, in which we assess your current workstation set-up and discuss any pain you may be experiencing. We then make adjustments to your workstation set-up in order to ensure optimal ergonomics are achieved. An optimal ergonomic set-up will also minimise risk of pain or alleviate any pain that may have been brought on due to a poor workstation set-up. During the ... Read more

Jaw pain

The Jaw and surrounding muscles Jaw pain or temporomandibular disorder (TMD) has a prevalence of between 5-12 % in the general population. It affects women more than men and is most common between the ages of 20 and 40. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. You have one joint on each side of your jaw. TMJ disorders — a type of temporomandibular disorder or TMD — can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles ... Read more

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

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

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

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
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