Parkinsons

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Parkinsons is a progressive, neurodegenrative disorder. People with Parkinson’s don’t have enough dopamine in their body, as some of their nerve cells have died. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, it helps transfer signals between nerve cells (neurons). It’s more common in people over the age of 50 but younger people can get it. Ageing is not a cause of parkinsons.…

Worried About Your Pain? – Red Flags to Look Out For

Posted by & filed under Acute and Chronic Pain, Ankle and Foot Pain, Back pain, General Health, Hip pain, Knee Pain, Low Back Pain, Neck pain, Older Person Physiotherapy, Osteoporosis, Physiotherapy in London, Shoulder Pain, Uncategorized, Wrist Pain.

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Throughout our lifetime we will all experience pain at some point. We will have periods of time when we might get ill and feel horrible in ourselves. Pain or illness can be upsetting and make us feel rubbish. Usually this will pass within a short time span and we can then return to our usual activities, quickly forgetting how horrible we felt…

How Treat Balance Problems in Older Years

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Many of our older patients have commented on feeling more wobbly and unbalanced first thing in the morning. We have been asked why this might occur so often that we thought we would share our thoughts. We know that as we age it becomes harder to maintain our muscle strength. However, it is possible for some older people to lift double the weight of…

Top 4 Reasons to Work on Your Balance in Older Years

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Good balance requires a combination of good eyesight, good inner ear function and importantly good muscle activation and accuracy of action. These three functions working together enable us to stay on our feet during challenging tasks, and ensure we limit the risk to our bodies that falling over, knocking into things and putting unnecessary pressures through our joints may bring. Here…

How to Set Recovery Goals after an Operation or Injury

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At the start of a physiotherapy session, our therapists will discuss with their patient what their goals are.  This allows the client to think clearly and verbalise what they want to achieve, and it often throws up their frustrations.  As one of our patients reported, “’I haven’t been able to get back to netball after my knee injury, even though I have…

All You Need to Know about Hydrotherapy: Part 2

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In the final part of this special 2 part blog series, our Head of Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Emma McCabe reveals the evidence, which proves the effectiveness of hydrotherapy, and also some simple hydrotherapy exercises that you can even do at your own local pool.  In one systematic review, Perraton et al (2009) reviewed eleven studies of hydrotherapy as a treatment tool for people with fibromyalgia.…

All You Need to Know about Hydrotherapy: Part 1

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In this special 2 part blog series, our Head of Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Emma McCabe reveals all you need to know about hydrotherapy and its benefits. Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, is the use of water (hot or cold water, steam, or ice) to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being.  Originally this therapy was known as ‘hydropathy’ but is now referred to as ‘hydrotherapy’ to encompass its…

The Real Truth About Achieving your Physio Recovery Goals

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One of the biggest challenges facing a physio is getting our patients to complete the exercises they need to do in order to recover, as well as get our patients to commit to the lifestyle changes needed to improve their symptoms. If you have never had physiotherapy exercises prescribed to you or you have ever been asked to change a…

Retiring from Work Shouldn’t Mean Retiring from Life!

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Bristol Manager and Physio Leanne Plenge explains why staying active in older years helps us to do more of the things we love. I recently visited The Hawthorns Retirement Village in Clevedon and met up with Jenny Hulme their Activities Co-Ordinator. It was a lovely sunny day and their position perched on the edge of the River Avon with views over to Wales was spectacular. Jenny tells me that a large majority of their clients retired from high demand business roles in London and Birmingham and have retired to Clevedon to be near relatives or by the sea, and you can easily see what draws them there when you visit. Jenny is a dynamic and passionate believer in the benefits of keeping busy into older age. She runs a full and varied programme of events at The Hawthorns with at least four or five different activities per day including Tai Chi, Pilates, Improve Your Balance sessions as well as dilemma discussion. I have been seeing clients between the ages of…

Limping or Difficulty Whilst Walking?

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If you are experiencing pain or difficulty when walking, your physiotherapist will want to analyse your walking pattern in order to see if you have any abnormal movements which could be the cause of your complaint. There are 4 key stages of the normal walking pattern, often referred to as the Human Gait Cycle. These are: Left Heel strike Right Toe off…