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What is Physiotherapy?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in blog | 0 comments

What is Physiotherapy?

There is quite a varied opinion on what physiotherapy is and what physiotherapists do.  This is not surprising as people’s opinions will depend on their own experiences with physiotherapy which can be very different depending on why they required the physiotherapy in the first place.   Physiotherapists can be found throughout all aspects of healthcare.  From Intensive care rehabilitation, stroke units, children’s wards to a general practice on the high street. Ultimately a physiotherapist’s goal is the same: “To help restore movement and...

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Soft Tissue Injury

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in blog | 0 comments

Recently I have been treating a lot of sprained ankles because one role a physiotherapist has is the treatment of soft tissue injuries. This will vary depending on the nature and severity of the injury. It is advised to always seek prompt medical attention following an injury as this will ensure an accurate diagnosis and the correct specific care.  However there is some generic research based advice that can be followed immediately after an acute soft tissue injury.   The acronym PRICE Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation...

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Running the Amsterdam Half Marathon October 2016

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in blog | 0 comments

Running the Amsterdam Half Marathon October 2016

On October 16th 2016 I ran my first half marathon here in Amsterdam. Prior to this I had run a couple of 10km and 5km races years ago. My reasoning behind running the half marathon was that this year I wanted a new physical challenge. I chose running as it was one of the most accessible and convenient forms of exercise I could do, fitting runs in between work. Also I’ve always wondered whether I could actually run a half marathon. I am one of those people who enjoys having a physical challenge to train and work towards. When I was living in...

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Dry Needling. What exactly is it?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in blog | 0 comments

Whenever I mention that I do superficial and deep tissue dry needling as a treatment technique, the very first thing people ask me is “Is that acupuncture?”  The simple answer is “No it is not”.  Acupuncture uses a different mind-set and a different language.  I am not an expert on acupuncture and do not want to do the individuals who practice acupuncture the disrespect of even attempting to explain its concepts and complexities.  However I will discuss it in reference to comparing it with the dry needling techniques I use. Acupuncture is...

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Massage

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in blog | 0 comments

The term massage is a generic word that covers a wide range of soft tissue techniques that are used inside and outside the therapist treatment room. Massage is just one component of physiotherapy holistic intervention and is normally used in conjunction with other elements of physiotherapy treatment techniques. I have found using massage in conjunction with other physiotherapy treatment techniques to be a highly effective treatment combination. There are so many physical and psychological benefits to massage: – Touch can be comforting...

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Pilates – Practicing What I Preach

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in blog | 1 comment

I have mentioned core stability before in my blogs and have spent the last 2 years working on my core strength. So, I felt it was time to practise what I preach by going to a Pilates class. Essentially, Pilates focuses on the postural muscles in the body, building strength from the inside out. It can help to correct postural alignment and educates the body on proper and more efficient movement patterns. It was developed nearly 100 years ago and is taught internationally to date. Some of the benefits are: Stability of the entire spine, pelvis...

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Core Stability Exercises

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in blog | 0 comments

As promised ( in How to Carry Out Core Stability Exercises Correctly  ) I want to go through a few basic core stability exercises that can be carried out at home or in the gym. These exercises are a great way to train the muscles around the lower spine and pelvis. It is worth noting that it is important that the exercises are done correctly. If you are unsure of your technique I would always encourage you to get advice and have a professional (eg. physio/personal trainer/yoga instructor/Pilates instructor etc) observe how you are carrying out...

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How to Carry Out Core Stability Exercises Correctly

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in blog | 0 comments

In my previous blog The Importance of Core Stability I introduced core stability and touched on its definition and importance. In this post I want to spend time discussing some basic dos and don’ts when it comes to working on training the muscles around the lumbar and pelvis region. I think one of the fundamental things when trying to improve your strength/conditioning/endurance in that region is ensuring correct technique of the exercise you are carrying out. There are plenty of exercises that can be followed but they have to be done...

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The Importance of Core Stability

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in blog | 0 comments

Patients, friends and family that ask me about physiotherapy will have heard me talk about core stability. It is one of my favourite buzz words. There is a good reason behind my love of these two key words. Core stability put very simply is: Lower back (lumbar region) and pelvis control. It is the focal point of the body that provides a framework for movement of all four limbs, gives support to loads (for example the weight of the body and/or additional external weight from lifting an object) and protects the spine. With such a vital, diverse...

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Setting Goals and Staying Motivated

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in blog | 0 comments

We are into the third week of the new year. Which means almost 3 weeks of trying to stay fully motivated to work towards the new years resolutions/goals you’ve set yourself. How do you keep that motivation going? That isn’t an easy question to answer. One of my roles as a physiotherapist is to keep patients motivated whilst participating with their therapy (and other areas of their health). Here are a few little tips for you to consider when setting goals and to help you stay motivated: 1. Make the goal realistic. If you have a hectic...

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