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Aromatherapy

This coming week is Aromatherapy Awareness Week, run by @IFAaromatherapy and @AromatherapyCouncilUK, so what actually is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is usually applied through the form of massage, but can also be administered in a number of other ways (such as inhalation, compress, home remedies like creams and lotions) depending on your individual case and needs. An aromatherapy massage has the advantage … Continue reading Aromatherapy

Acute Care

Let’s take a look at acute care. Please note that acute means very recent, it does not comment on severity. In this case, we’re talking about the first 3 days after injury, and that isn’t severe enough to justify A&E (or if they release you with nothing too much to worry about). If your problem is not improving after 3-4 … Continue reading Acute Care

IlioTibial Band Syndrome

Let’s take a look at Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS). AKA ITB friction syndrome. People who participate in intense physical training, such as runners, cyclists, and military recruits, are most susceptible to ITBS. They may notice a sharp pain that comes and goes at the outside of the knee. Over time, the pain may become more pronounced. The iliotibial band is … Continue reading IlioTibial Band Syndrome

Axial Spondyloarthritis

Today is World AS Day, brought to us by @asif.spondylitis and @NationalAxialSpondyloarthritisSociety, so let’s take a look at Axial Spondyloarthritis (AxSpAr / AS) Axial Spondyloarthritis is a progressive form of inflammatory arthritis, which involves the spine. It affects up to 1 in 200 people in the general population, and may account for as much as 15% of cases of chronic … Continue reading Axial Spondyloarthritis

Lyme Disease

May is Lyme disease awareness months, organised by @LymeDiseaseUK and @Lyme-Disease-Action, so let’s talk about Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans from tick bites; with an estimated 2,000-3,000 cases a year through England and Wales; with about 15% having been acquired abroad. Ticks don’t jump or fly, but climb onto you if you brush against … Continue reading Lyme Disease

T4 Syndrome

Let’s take a look at T4 syndrome. T4 syndrome, or more accurately “upper thoracic syndrome”, is a rare and perhaps under-recognized clinical entity. The most common cause of T4 syndrome is overuse injury and it usually seen in patients who perform excessive amounts of bending, lifting and twisting movements seen in sports such as gymnastics and pole dancing. T4 syndrome … Continue reading T4 Syndrome

World Health Day 2022

Today is @WorldHealthDay, brought to us by the @WHO so let’s look at some general principals, rather than any specific conditions.  For the last 50 years or so, we have been seeing “epidemics” of non-communicable diseases such back pain, obesity, diabetes, allergies & intolerances etc. These can be seen as diseases of dysevolution – which is to say that we … Continue reading World Health Day 2022

Tendinopathy

Let’s take a look at tendinopathy. AKA Tendonitis Tendinopathy is irritation and pain localised in or around a tendon, which is a band of fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone and transmits the force and action of the muscle. Injury is usually a repetitive strain, or overuse injury; but can also be an acute traumatic tearing. Tendons are designed … Continue reading Tendinopathy

Lower Core

Let’s take a look at core strength and stability for the pelvic girdle and low back. First of all – what is meant by your Core Musculature? Well, this largely depends on who you ask. As physical therapists, we mean the deep muscles that stabilise your body, and allow other, larger muscles to create movement from a firm base – … Continue reading Lower Core

Concussion

Let’s take a look at concussion, AKA mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). The brain is made of soft tissue, which is cushioned by spinal fluid and encased in the protective shell of the skull. When you sustain a concussion, the impact can shake your brain, literally causing it to move around, impacting the inside of your skull. The trauma is … Continue reading Concussion

Medical Imaging

First of all, I love a good X-ray or an MRI / CT scan. However, they are not always appropriate, and just like opioids, or statins, they have been overprescribed recently, and making the news. Medical imaging will show you the gross anatomy, and whether it is “normal” or “abnormal” or even “normally abnormal”. It will not tell you whether … Continue reading Medical Imaging

SI Syndrome

Let’s take a look at sacroiliac syndrome (SI syndrome). Symptoms of SI syndrome consist of pain at the base of the spine which is located usually on one side, with pain then being referred down the back of the leg, rarely going below the knee. Pain is typically a pinching or stabbing in the lower back with a background dull … Continue reading SI Syndrome

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