Reception – Riley Lange

Reception - Riley Lange

Reception – Riley Lange

Riley completed a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) degree at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2012. Since then she has gone on to study Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) at Curtin University of Technology. She is currently awaiting a transfer to Brisbane to complete her studies as a physiotherapist. At the moment she enjoys working within the industry as a receptionist and teaching Pilates classes.
In her spare time Riley enjoys painting, reading and yoga.

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Tubular Bandage for Compression

Tubigrip (also known as tubular compression bandage) is an elastic bandage which provides lasting and effective support to troubled areas with complete freedom of movement. Tubigrip adjusts to the body and provides even pressure among the problem area. The result is comfortable and reusable support that has no requirements for pins and tape.

Physiotherapists frequently provide tubigrip for patients experiencing strains and sprains, soft tissue injuries or ribcage injuries. It can also be used for general oedema.

Tubigrip comes in a variety. Although many places only stock smaller sizes, we make sure all people are considered and have sizes G and F available for people who are requiring larger sizes.

If you have any enquiries give us a call on 3511 6352 and one of our staff will be happy to answer any of your questions.

 

 

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Thoracic Spine Pain – What can I do?

THORACIC SPINE PAIN

What is the thoracic spine?

The thoracic spine is the longest portion of the spinal column & is also know as the mid-back or upper back. It consists of twelve vertebrae & sits directly behind the chest, between the shoulder blades. Each thoracic vertebrae connects to a rib on either side. The ribs then curve around to connect to the sternum at the front, forming the ribcage. Due to these rib attachments, the thoracic spine moves less than the lumbar & cervical spines (low back & neck), making it more stable & less susceptible to injury or wear & tear. When injury does occur however, the thoracic spine can cause significant discomfort & should be treated early to prevent worsening or recurrence.

 How do I injure my thoracic spine?

Usually thoracic spine pain is caused by minor problems in the joints, ligaments or muscles. Disc & nerve injuries can occur in the thoracic spine, but they are not as common as in other areas of the spine.

Whilst pain can be caused by a sudden movement or injury (eg. a sudden awkward twist or a fall), often the pain starts gradually or for no obvious reason at all. It may be caused by sleeping badly the night before, spending too much time on the computer, or being on a long plane flight/car trip.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms will depend on which structure is injured. But generally, the thoracic spine can give you pain under or between your shoulder blades, into your shoulder or arm and even into your chest or abdomen. It can be a deep ache, a sharp, localised pain, or a sharp pain down the arm with pins & needles/numbness associated. As a result of the rib attachments to the thoracic spine, it is not unusual to experience pain with a deep breath in.

 

What can I do to prevent thoracic spine pain?

There are a number of things you can to do help maintain a happy thoracic spine. First & foremost is making sure you sit & stand with good posture. In sitting try to maintain the curve in your low back (you can do this with a lumbar roll or a rolled up towel placed in the small of your back), draw your shoulders down & in gently, & tuck your chin in. It is also important to use a good quality mattress & pillow to sleep on, & to avoid sleeping, standing & moving in awkward ways.

If you suspect that your thoracic spine is giving you pain, make sure you have it assessed & treated quickly. Often this area of the spine responds well to physiotherapy treatment, & your physio can also help determine what factors may have contributed to the problem to prevent it happening again.

Posted in Backs Necks & Headaches, Client Education |

18th Birthday for Paddington Physiotherapy

Paddington Physiotherapy turns 18 years old on the 1st June 2017. Were you one of our foundation patients? Give us a call and say hello if we haven’t heard from you since 1999…

On 31st May 1999, Liza was putting together furniture and vacuuming up the sawdust from the new floors in anticipation for the first patients to be seen on the 1st June, 1999. Lots has changed around the suburb of Paddington and at Paddington Physiotherapy during that time.

We thanks everyone for their continued support – Happy Birthday Paddo Physio!

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Liza Devlin – Specialist Sports Physiotherapist

Liza Devlin - Specialist Sports Physiotherapist

Liza Devlin – Specialist Sports Physiotherapist

Liza’s interests lie in sports & musculoskeletal medicine, particularly with  lower limb injury in the recreational athlete. After graduating from University of Queensland in 1993, Liza spent two years working in outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy & in the field of Sports Physiotherapy prior to completing a postgraduate diploma in Sports Physiotherapy, at Curtin University, in Perth. Liza then worked for two years in a Manipulative Physiotherapy private practice while completing her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy, focusing on hamstring pain. During this time, Liza was working with Club & State Representative Rugby Union teams & Australian Division II Schoolboys Rugby Union.

Upon return to Queensland, she has then had further experience as a private locum before establishing this practice in 1999. She has worked with Qld Schoolboys Rugby, Qld Suburban Representative Rugby Union, the Qld Rugby Union Referees Association, Club Rugby Union, Junior Rugby Union, & Tertiary Rugby League, as well as lecturing for Sports Medicine Australia. Liza has also worked as a Clinical Supervisor at University of Queensland in the Masters of Sports Physiotherapy programme. Liza works with the Medicals Rugby Union Club. Liza has a specific interest in sports injuries & their prevention. She has always had an interest in postures & movement patterns & is currently combining this interest with her new hobbies of photography & renovation.

Liza has a specific interest in sports injuries & their prevention. Liza is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Australia, Physiotherapy Business Australia, Sports Medicine Australia and the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

Liza enjoys the challenge of treating tendon pathology and helping patients avoid if possible or delay, total knee replacements, knee arthroscopes and total hip replacements.

In 2011, Liza  experimented with minimalist running training & completed the Brisbane Half Marathon, the Toowoomba Ridge to Ridge Half Marathon & her first full Marathon in Toowoomba after just 12 weeks training. Liza ran the Twilight Half & Brisbane Running Festival half in 2014 with the added challenge of pushing Xavier in the running pram. August 2014, Liza & Xavier (Pram running) completed the Sunshine Coast Marathon in about four & a quarter hours & aim to get it done faster in 2017.

Liza achieved acceptance as a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (FACP) in 2009 with the graduation ceremony in October 2011. Liza was appointed by the Australian College of Physiotherapists as a Facilitator to assist candidates through the two year Sports Specialisation process, as one of only two inaugural Sports Specialisation Facilitators in Australia, for the first training programme. In 2015, Liza was appointed by the Australian College of Physiotherapists as Facilitator for another cohort of candidates undertaking the specialisation process.

Liza is one of only eleven Specialist Sports Physiotherapists in Queensland and only about 45 Australia wide.

B.Phty. University of Queensland. 1993.

PGDip Sports Phty. Curtin University. 1996.

Masters Sports Phty. Curtin University. 1998.

APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist. 1999.

Specialist Sports Physiotherapist – Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. 2009.

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Osteoarthritis – What do I do about OA?

Achy joints in the turn of season?
Tips and tricks to avoid or prolong a total knee and hip replacement

 

Osteoarthritis (OA) commonly occurs with degenerative changes in the hip and knee joints. Having a previous knee or hip injury puts you at higher risk for developing these changes within your joints later in life.

 

How will I know if my symptoms are due to osteoarthritis?

Pain due to OA may start without any injury. Joints may become painful, hot, swollen or begin to creak and crack. Joint pain is often worse in the morning and can gradually increase over time.

 

Will I need a knee or hip replacement?

Knee and hip replacements are often sought after too early by those with osteoarthritis. Physiotherapy has been proven to increase joint function and reduce pain and stiffness in those with osteoarthritis. Settling symptoms can help delay or prevent the need for a knee or hip replacement.

 

Did you know?


You have an increased chance of developing knee OA after 45 years of age

Women are more likely to have OA than men due to hormonal changes during menopause

Excess weight can increase the chance of knee osteoarthritis

 

How can a physiotherapist help?

Physiotherapists are experts in assessments of body movement and function. A physio will assess your strength and movement to design a personally tailored exercise program that fits your lifestyle. Hands on manual treatment by physiotherapists of the joint and muscles help to release surrounding muscles and increase the nutrition of your joints. A combination of these treatments and careful exercise planning will help you discover and maintain the full capacity of your body.

What can you do?

Health and good habits become more important as you age. Exercise is key, and weight loss is essential. Don’t let achy joints, sore knees and feet stop you from doing the things you love. Get on top of your symptoms with a full assessment from booking an appointment with one of our physios or podiatrists will help you overcome the barriers to your exercise.

 

 

Posted in Client Education, Hip & Knee, Injury & Arthritis |

Zev Permack – Physiotherapist

Zev Permack - Physiotherapist

Zev Permack – Physiotherapist

Zev joined the Paddington Physiotherapy team after graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2016. During his study he cultivated physiotherapy experience in musculoskeletal, paediatric and neurological conditions. He also worked in a variety of onfield sports settings such as AFL, soccer & basketball, managing various acute conditions. During Zev’s work he developed an energetic passion for treating injuries and discomforts of the upper and lower limbs as well as the spine.

Zev currently works as the head physiotherapist for the National Under 24 Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, preparing them for the World Championship in 2018. He is dedicated to providing immediate pain relief for his clients as well as creating long term care plans for continued active lifestyles. He believes in not only addressing the current acute injury but also preventing further and/or future injury through biomechanics assessment and careful training.

Whether your injury or discomfort is related to work, sport or hobby Zev will work with you to achieve your full pain-free potential.

Zev maintains his own active lifestyle commuting through the hills of Brisbane on bike. He has an avid passion for rock climbing, ultimate frisbee and basketball. Before pursuing physiotherapy, Zev also completed a Bachelor of Psychology degree at the University of Winnipeg in Canada where he took a particular interest in sport psychology.

He is available for appointments, Monday to Friday during the afternoon and evenings.

 

BPhty. University of Queensland 2016.

BPsy. University of Winnipeg 2012.

MAPA. MSMA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So won’t all the office workers please stand up? Please stand up

Sitting is the modern evil. Many of us spend far too long sitting at our desks for hours on end without frequent standing breaks. This can lead to health related issues as well as poor posture, lower back, thoracic and/or neck pain and stiffness.

Talk to your Physio –  Could a sit to stand desk be appropriate for you?

Standing Desk

Benefits:

  • Sit to stand desks are a great option to reduce occupational sedentary time
  • The desks can allow the user to work comfortably in both sitting and standing positions
  • Evidence suggests that sit to stand desks can significantly reduce sitting time at work
  • Decrease health related issues such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • You burn more calories standing than you do sitting as your leg and back muscles do more work!

Guidelines:

  • Don’t sit for 8 hours one day and then change to standing for 8 hours the next, introduce it slowly, stand for a shorter period of time
  • Comfortable, supportive footwear should be worn
  • Try resting one leg on a foot stool, and keeping changing foot position
  • Ensure you have good posture in standing, don’t slump over the desk
  • Your Physio can assist you to adapt into using different desks effectively

Types:

  • Manual and electronic height adjustable sit to stand desks
  • QuickShift mini desks that fit on top of your existing desk
  • Retro clamps that clamp on to the back of an existing desk top to elevate your computer screen to allow better upper back and neck posture when sitting
QuickShift mini desk

QuickShift mini desk

Retro Clamp

Retro Clamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head across to Chairco’s website for their range of sit to stand desks or pop over to their showroom located in Paddington!
81 Baroona Rd, Paddington, QLD, 4064

Posted in Backs Necks & Headaches, Client Education, Sports, Lifestyle & Miscellaneous |

Netball Injuries

Netball

Netball

Netball is a fast paced, semi contact sport most commonly played in the Commonwealth Nations. Netball was first developed in the 1890’s by England. Today it is now the number one female sport played in Australia for girls 16-24 years of age.

Due to the nature of the popular sport which includes running, deceleration, jumping, landing, changing direction and contact from other players, the players are at an increased risk of injury.

The most common netball related injuries are knee (45%) and ankle (40%) injuries (Antcliff, 2016).

 

Ankle

Lateral ankle sprains are the most common ankle injuries in netball. These can occur from landing awkwardly or landing on top of an opponent’s foot. It is important to go to a physiotherapist as soon as possible once a player has sustained an ankle injury. It is important to reduce the pain and swelling and to maintain ankle range of motion. The physiotherapist can assess the ankle to see which structures have been damaged. They will decide if an X-ray is required and choose which treatment and exercises will be of benefit to decrease the pain and stiffness. Remember, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE) is important to decrease the inflammation process.

Before returning back to netball, the physiotherapist will work with you to remove the pain and swelling. You need to try to get full ankle range, strength and proprioception (balance) equal to the uninjured ankle to ensure a full recovery and to prevent further recurrences.

 

Knee

Anterior Cruciate Ligament tears (ACL) are the most common knee injuries sustained in netball accounting for 35% of all knee injuries. 20% of ACL injuries are due to a direct blow to the knee, however 80% of ACL injuries are non contact; landing on one leg, with the knee turned inward, the foot turned outward, inadequate hip and knee bend with your trunk rotated. Movement patterns like these are often due to fatigue, reduced strength and decreased joint range of motion.

If you are unable to weight bear on the injured leg and large amount of swelling appears immediately, you should try to make an appointment at Paddington Physiotherapy as soon as possible. We will assess your knee and refer for the appropriate investigations such as MRI.

 

Physiotherapy as soon as possible is beneficial for knee injuries. The physiotherapist can assess which structures are injured, whether investigations are appropriate, manage and treat accordingly and write you a home exercise program. Whether conservative management or pre or post surgical repair of the ACL, you need to gain appropriate joint range of motion, muscular strength, balance/proprioception and sports specific exercises such as appropriate take off and landing technique, agility and plyometrics before you should return to netball.

Netball Australia’s KNEE program (knee.netball.com.au) is an evidenced based framework for junior, recreational and elite athletes that provides a range of warm up and cool down exercises designed specifically for hip and knee muscle control, balance, safe strong landings, change of direction and landing with the ball.

Other injuries

Other musculoskeletal injuries occur in netball such as fingers, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, feet, neck or back. These injuries can be seen and managed by the physiotherapist to ensure a speedy recovery and allow you to get back to the sport you love!

 

Posted in Client Education, Foot & Ankle, Hip & Knee, Sports, Lifestyle & Miscellaneous |

Podiatrists – Gillian Miller

Gillian Miller - Podiatrist

Gillian Miller – Podiatrist

Gillian graduated with honours from QUT in 2012.

She returned to Paddington Physio and Podiatry in December 2016 after spending over 2 years living and working in London.

During this time she worked as a Podiatrist in two high profile clinics in central London. One with a team of Physiotherapists similar to the setup here at Paddington, and the other was a large multidisciplinary clinic.

Gillian continues to utilise all aspects of her Podiatry from ingrown toenails to sporting injuries. Whatever you need to see a Podiatrist for, she is happy to help get you back on your feet.

When not travelling around the world Gillian is a keen sailor competing in nation-wide regattas and messing around on the water. Back on land she enjoys netball and the great outdoors.

 

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Reception – Lucy Andrews

Lucy is currently a student at All Hallows’ School. She is heavily involved in water polo and trains most afternoons. She has represented QLD on a number of occasions for water polo. She has recently started Basketball and Netball, in which she thoroughly enjoys and keeps her very busy. She is loving the work experience she is gaining as a receptionist, as she is looking at possible study options for university in a couple of years.

Lucy also loves art, working on all medians, and is hoping to enter the Young Archibald Prize next year.

 

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Reception – Charlotte Laracy

Charlotte Laracy - Reception

Charlotte Laracy – Reception

Charlotte is currently a full-time student at Queensland University Technology (QUT) studying a Bachelor of Creative Industries, majoring in Film and Television. She would like to continue her studies by completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is very much enjoying her degree and can’t wait to travel around the world to gain further experience.

Outside of work, Charlotte enjoys reading, writing and attending the gym. She also enjoys attending regular yoga classes in her spare time.

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Low Back Pain

The low back (or lumbar spine) is made up of 5 vertebrae, stacked on top of each other. Between each vertebra lies a cushioning disc, which consists of a soft semi-fluid centre part called the nucleus, surrounded by layers of tough fibrous tissue called the annulus fibrosis. The disc acts as a shock absorber for the spine, & also allows flexibility & movement.

Many of you will have heard the term ‘slipped disc’. However, the disk does not ‘slip out’. When a disc is injured, the nucleus protrudes or ruptures through the annulus fibres, & so it bulges out. This can cause back pain in itself & if it presses on a spinal nerve it can cause a pain to radiate down the leg (‘sciatica’). Discs are the most commonly injured structure in the low back, however it is important to remember that there are other structures that can give you back pain.

Injury to the disc can happen with a relatively minor incident, such as bending over to pick up a piece of paper from the floor, but this is usually just ‘the straw that breaks the camels back’. Disc injuries are usually caused by years & years of wear & tear. MRI’s of people without Low Back Pain have shown a high percentage of discal changes – so if your MRI shows up changes they might have been present before you go the pain and so you can work with the physio to get back to having no pain.

Wear & tear is a normal process, however there are certain activities that can speed this process up. These include things such as:

–          excessive twisting

–          frequent bending & lifting, especially with poor technique

–          Static work postures

–          Vibrational conditions

–          Low fitness, poor health, and being overweigh

–          Poor posture

So, apart from avoiding these things, what can you do to help prevent back aches & pain?

Firstly, you should take a good look at your posture. Good postures place even pressure on the discs & even stress on the ligaments. They can also be maintained for longer because your muscles don’t need to work too hard. With poor posture, muscles tire, your   ligaments are put on stress & uneven pressures are spread through the discs.

To correct your posture:

–       stand up tall

–       unlock your knees

–       tighten your tummy & buttock muscles

–       lift your ribcage

–       look ahead with your chin tucked in.

This is not only important for standing, because sitting actually places higher amounts of pressure on your lumbar discs. So, when sitting, try to maintain the curve in your low back (you can do this with a lumbar roll or a rolled up towel placed in the small of your back), draw your shoulders down & in gently, & tuck your chin in.

Finally, if you have a long history of back pain, if you have just started to experience back pain or if you would like to know what you can do to prevent it, seek help from a physiotherapist. Through their techniques & some simple exercises, they can help to reduce your pain, improve your range of movement, reduce your muscle spasm & increase your strength. They can also assess the factors that may be contributing to the problem, which could be anything from your work set-up, your lifting technique, your mattress or your own biomechanics.

So don’t just ignore your back pain in the hope it will go away. Find out what you can do to help improve or prevent it!

Posted in Backs Necks & Headaches, Client Education |

Is it old age, overweight or just the weather?

Many musculoskeletal conditions are often attributed to either old age, being overweight or even sometime because of the weather.

Age

As many of you know, here at Paddington Physio, we all loathe to attribute conditions to age. However, it is more plausible to have problems due to wear & tear. For example, there are some degenerative tendinopathies that appear in teenagers & some degeneration that occurs that is not painful at all.

In the research there is an increasing incidence with increased age, of some conditions, for example, osteoporosis, arthritis, knee & hip osteoarthritis. But that does not mean that these conditions are “caused” by age.

The majority of these conditions are a result of the sedentary lifestyles that seems to be prevalent in the older population. If there are degenerative changes, this may not be having an influence on pain felt.

Weight

We regularly hear about the effect of weight on general health (e.g. heart & lungs are well proven). Research has shown a higher incidence of some musculoskeletal conditions in people who are overweight, for example, heel pain, knee osteoarthritis, urinary incontinence, & gout.

Interestingly the affliction regularly correlated with weight by patients themselves, low back pain, has not been shown by research to be a significant factor. This does not mean that in an individual, losing weight won’t assist in reduction of symptoms.

Weather

“It’s the weather,” is regularly cited by patients as a reason for aches & pains. A current theory is that a change in barometric pressure causes a change in the pressure inside the joint, so that aches and pains come just before rain or just before a cold front. There is little research to back this theory.

However, it is a regular comment so there may be some truth to the phenomenon.

Wry necks which may occur with tightening of muscles due to the cold also have a high incidence in the middle of summer. But is that the cold draft of the fan or air-conditioning? Muscle properties have been shown to change at different temperatures.

Posted in Client Education, Injury & Arthritis, Sports, Lifestyle & Miscellaneous |

CLEARANCE SALE – SRC Leggings & Shorts

CLEARANCE SALE – SRC Pregnancy Shorts/Leggings & Recovery Shorts

The SRC Pregnancy and Recovery range of products have been designed by women for women to assist in the reduction of pain and disability during and after pregnancy.

All of our SRC Pregnancy stock is on sale so get in fast before they’re gone.

All remaining Stock $150.00

Pregnancy Shorts were RRP $189.00

Pregnancy Leggings were RRP $199.00

Recovery Shorts were RRP $189.00

Contact us to see if we have your size.

Size Chart (Hip Measurement in Inches/Centimetres):

SRC size chart

SRC size chart

Posted in Events & News, FAQ, Products |

Recruiting for a Dynamic Physio to join our PaddoPhysio Team

 

  • Are you self-driven and results-oriented?
  • Do you possess critical thinking skills?
  • Are you enthusiastic and willing to invest in your physio career?
  • Are you energetic and enjoy working in a friendly team?
  • Are you looking for a wonderful environment to work with experienced Physios including a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist?
  • Are you ready to start your new career challenge?

 

You might be the Physio to join our team for an exciting career opportunity!

 

  • Remuneration greater than award wages or graduated commission
  • Experience preferred but Graduates welcome to apply

See APA Jobs4Physios to apply now.

 

Posted in Events & News |

Gardening without injury

When in the garden, a little care can help prevent injury.

If you take a few simple measures to ensure you are looking after your body, using a bucket or watering can rather than a hose will actually be good for you!

Here a few tips to minimize risk of pain and injury:

  • Practice good lifting techniques – bend your knees, tighten your tummy and keep your back as straight as possible. Avoid twisting your body at all when your back is bent and especially when you are holding a bucket/can.
  • Avoid overfilling your bucket – only fill the bucket to halfway to reduce the stress on your back, as well as your wrists and shoulders.
  • Distribute the load – try carrying two lighter containers (eg milk bottles), one on each side of the body, rather than one heavy bucket to even out the load
  • Carry the bucket as close to your body as possible – the further away from your body you carry a load, the greater the stress on your back
  • Place the bucket on a stool or chair when filling it so you don’t have to lift it up as far when it is filled
  • Avoid obstacle courses – try to keep your pathway clear and pay attention to your feet to avoid stumbling/falling.

As long as you avoid pain and injury by following these guidelines, your body will actually benefit from the new water restrictions. Benefits of using a bucket or watering can may include improved cardiovascular fitness, better muscle strength and endurance, maintenance of bone density and management of weight.

But remember, if you do sustain an injury or have pain that is not settling with these tips, it’s best to come in and have it properly treated 

Posted in Backs Necks & Headaches, Client Education, Injury & Arthritis, Sports, Lifestyle & Miscellaneous |

Suncorp Stadium / Lang Park Precinct Parking

There is Parking available for people to visit the Lang Park Precinct & Paddington on Event Days without getting a ticket.

To visit us, there is our parking under the building marked Paddington Physiotherapy and Podiatry.

There is some signed Two hour parking:

  • Top of Martha St
  • Given Terrace
  • Princess St
  • Bowler St

There is some signed Unlimited parking:

  • Some of lower Martha St
  • Great George St

Only if there is not a specific sign for the time you are parked there then a 15 minute restriction applies from 12 o’clock on the game day. The BCC guidelines are here. Note that it says that the 15 minutes only applies to “unsigned” parks.

The local councillor for Paddington is Peter Matic. We are asking Peter to get the Brisbane City Council to provide an Event Calendar App (similar to their Bin App) to notify residents, businesses and visitors of when there is a game so they can take more care with parking. If you think this would be useful please email Peter Matic.

Posted in FAQ |

Haircuts – A pain in the Neck?

About 80% of Australians will experience back or neck pain at some stage in their lives. For some, a visit to the hairdresser can aggravate, or even cause, a painful neck or back problem.

If overstressed, any of the joints, ligaments, muscles or nerves of the neck can produce pain. With ageing, wear & tear on the neck can cause structural changes, increasing the potential for damage.

Pain is one of the body’s warning signs. Damage can be caused by sudden injury or by adopting one position for a prolonged period, for example, having the head bent back in the wash basin.

Prolonged positioning of the neck backwards or turned to one side can traumatise the vertebral artery. This may reduce or even stop blood flowing through the artery to the brain. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing a reduction in blood flow to the brain:

  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Light headedness
  • Pins & Needles around the mouth
  • Nausea

Reduction in blood flow to the brain can lead to stroke or death. Immediately return to an upright position or any position that does not produce these feelings. If you suffer these symptoms you need to be assessed.

See a hairdresser that takes the time to position you safely & comfortable and warns you client when they want you to move your head. The hairdresser shouldn’t move your head suddenly, or to the extreme range of movement or force you to hold your head in one position for a prolonged period.

Hairwashing:

  • Avoid extreme tilting back of the head during hairwashing.
  • Sit forward in the chair, ensuring that the back is well supported.
  • Broaden the surface on which the neck is resting. A folded towel is good for this.
  • Alternatively, you may be more comfortable standing & leaning forward over the basin. Or, using a reclining chair.

 

If you are concerned about your neck when you have a haircut you should see a doctor or physiotherapist and also speak to your hairdresser so they are aware of the problems.

 

 

Posted in Backs Necks & Headaches, Client Education, Sports, Lifestyle & Miscellaneous |

Easter 2016 – Physio appointments

There will be some Physio Appointments available with Liza Saturday morning March 26th – Easter Saturday. Please phone 35116352 for a time.

Posted in Events & News |