Ankle sprains

The ankle is the joint between the lower parts of the tibia and fibula (shin bones) and the tarsal bones at the back of the foot. It is crisscrossed by several ligaments that can become injured when the ankle has a sudden twist that stretches the ligaments beyond their normal range. The most common type …

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What is wrong with self-healing?

Nothing is wrong with self-healing; the human body has an amazing capacity for healing itself. In today’s emphasis on natural medicine, there are several schools of thought promoting self-healing on all levels, whether it be a simple bruise or cut, or a deeper psychological or physical trauma. In physiotherapy, we aim to assist the body …

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Physiotherapy is not just massage!

This seems to be a common misconception. Physiotherapy is a science-based profession that focuses on correcting movement dysfunction. Yes, physiotherapists employ massage techniques in treating their patients. Pain, stiffness, trigger points, muscle tension and other conditions respond well to massage, but it is just one modality in a long list of treatments that physiotherapists carry …

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Referrals not necessary

Physiotherapists are primary health practitioners so private patients do not need a doctor’s referral before attending physiotherapy. However, if you are planning on claiming your injury through an insurance company, especially if it is a work-related injury or an injury as the result of a motor vehicle accident then it is necessary to see your …

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Physiotherapy is evidence-based

Science asks and answers questions by making observations and performing experiments. It searches for cause and effect relationships in nature. As a science-based practise, physiotherapy uses facts, theories and hypotheses and tests them against available data. Physiotherapy aims at promoting, restoring and maintaining physical health. Physiotherapy treatments are formulated after extensive research and observations before …

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Clinical research

Clinical research is vital in the field of physiotherapy. Physiotherapists rely on information from research to augment the knowledge they have already gained through their university education and continuing education courses. Physiotherapists use what is called “evidence-based practise” as the foundation for their treatments. This is based on quality controlled scientific research and clinical reasoning. …

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Benefits of physiotherapy

Many benefits are available to the public through the widening scope of physiotherapy. The profession addresses orthopaedic, neurological and cardiopulmonary problems among infants, children, adults and geriatric populations. Many physiotherapists consult in private practice and we treat a wide array of conditions. Orthopaedic cases (this includes sports injuries, fractures, spinal pain and headaches to name …

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10 reasons why you should use a medical back extension machine in case of back pain

The back extension device (lumbar thoracic extension) is one of the most widely used devices in fitness centres, physiotherapy practices, rehabilitation centres, and hospital rehabilitation facilities worldwide. There is a wide range of exercise equipment and varying levels of quality. What should you pay attention to when using or buying a back extension machine? What are the advantages of …

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