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There is so much to physiotherapy, attaining and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle that what we could possibly cover.

Here are some topics suggested from our readers in the past.

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Living to 100

Human beings are living longer in almost all parts of the world, thanks to better eating habits, medical technology and pharmaceuticals, as well as better knowledge about the value of physical movement. Read more →

Selecting your next pillow

Many of us assume that any type of head support works, but the reality is that the wrong pillow choice can cause neck stiffness, back pain and recurring headaches. Read more →

Poor posture problems

One of the major contributors of back, neck pain and general fatigue is poor posture. This throws the spine out of alignment and puts added strain on muscles. Read more →

Playing through Runner's Knee pain

Runner's knee, also called patellofemoral pain, is a condition characterised by dull, aching pain under or around the kneecap (patella) where it connects with the thighbone (femur). Read more →

Introducing a child to competitive sports

Young children need to acquire an awareness of and desire for physical fitness, team play and discipline, all of which come with involvement in sports. Read more →

Dull pain in and around knee

Learning the causes of dull pain in and around the knee can help you to understand what to do when you experience this type of pain so you can get back to living your life. Read more →

Incorporating exercise in a busy schedule

Recognising that you need to exercise and finding the time in your hectic schedule to do it are two different things. Read more →

Weak thumb

Your physiotherapist can help you determine, along with your physician, the reasons for weak thumb abduction and help you develop a program for relief and strengthening. Read more →

Do you really need a custom brace?

For an athlete who has suffered an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear, the solution is usually to get a knee brace following surgery. Read more →

No pain no gain

The expression "no pain no gain" first became popular in the 1980s among the body building community as meaning that exercise that "burns" or causes pain is the only type that brings results. Read more →

Obesity: back problems and other injuries

When we think of problems associated with obesity we often think of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, heart disease etc. Read more →

Nintendo Wii: real exercise or fad?

Nintendo, the leader in this field, has revolutionised the way we think about, and use, video games by creating Nintendo Wii, a system that forces you to get up off the couch and get moving. Read more →

Back pain - physio or chiro?

Back pain is a very common ailment. 8 out of 10 people have some form of back pain during their lives. Read more →

The morning workout

It is hard to say whether or not morning workouts are better. Read more →

Tight foot arch

The arches in your feet and are supported by muscles and a tight band of tissue called the plantar fascia. Read more →

Sports drinks

When you are exercising and attempting to improve your health and/or lose weight, it is important to keep your body hydrated. Read more →

Clicking knee

If you are experiencing a clicking sound in your knee, or feel a "clicking sensation", generally this condition is related to Chondromalacia Patella (CP). Read more →

Exercise at home ab-machines

Great looking, well developed abdominal muscles are the goal of most people; men who want to take off their shirts and women who want to wear bikinis or halter-tops. Read more →

Exercising in a busy schedule

Recognising that you need to exercise and finding the time in your hectic schedule to do it, however, are two different things. Read more →

Backpacks and school children

Backpacks come in many shapes, sizes, fabrics and designs. Read more →

Depression and anxiety

Everyone goes through a case of the blues at some time; however, when we speak of depression in physiotherapy we are referring to much more than that. Read more →

TBI in children

Traumatic brain injury in children is an unfortunate event which can affect every aspect of the child's functioning. Read more →

Freedom from Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a painful disease that manifests itself in widespread pain and hypersensitivity to non-painful stimuli. Read more →

Physiotherapy before and after childbirth

You may have heard the saying that pregnant women "eat for two". During pregnancy, they may also have to exercise for two. Read more →

Gardening safely

Gardening is one of those activities that can be both relaxing and energising. Read more →

Detox diets

Our increasingly health-conscious society is turning more to detox diets as a means of achieving or maintaining good health, as well as to lose weight. Read more →


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