Posts in Physiotherapy

Pilates Stretching Exercises

I take my body for granted. I know I have a relatively functioning, young, capable body but in the 28 years I’ve been inhabiting it I’ve done very little to look after it, in the grand scheme of things. I take spa days and I get manicures/pedicures but I neglect the things that will ensure it runs smoothly in the future – READ: muscles. That was until recently when I recommenced physiotherapy and pilates. It’s made a world of difference to my wellbeing but it’s been one key realisation that has changed my way of thinking. We need to stretch ourselves.

I am talking about stretching both physically and mentally but for today we will concentrate on the physical. Our muscles are kind of like rubber bands – if we stretch them regularly they stay in shape and continue to work, but if we leave them unused they dry up and will likely break when we do go to use them. Just like with those rubber bands, a little regular stretching can give us an extended period of use.

Now that I have you thinking about all the rubber bands you have that may be starting to dry-up, let’s hear from an expert on the important topic of stretching. Pilates pro, Peta Serras, has a list of 5 things we all need to know.  Continue Reading

3M Futuro Night Wrist Splint Glove

I love working online but there’s a very serious downside to the constant typing I endure on my computer and phone, day and night. I’m in my mid-late 20’s and already have fairly debilitating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I have none of the common risk factors to have developed this problem at such a young age other than the repetitive use of my hands and wrists for typing. I’d heard of a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) occurring in people older than 40 years of age but rarely in someone my age. As my doctors and physiotherapists would come to agree, I’m a rare case.

Most sufferers of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome will first experience their symptoms at night and feel fine during the day, but mine is so advanced now that I experience pain 24/7 and excruciatingly more during the night. The most effective relief for the symptoms of CTS is to wear a splint to stabilise the wrist joint and keep the hand in a comfortable resting position. In my case, I need to wear it all day and night but most splint designs can become uncomfortable after just a couple of hours wear. Having to wear one 24/7 means I need it to be extremely comfortable.

During the day I’m currently wearing a 3M Futuro for Her Slim Wrist Support but in the evening I want a change, especially because my day one needs a wash every second day. When I heard 3M had released a version for sleeping I was keen to try it. After wearing it for over a month I’m ready to share my review.  Continue Reading

FAT GIRL BEAUTY PROBLEMS

For a long time I’ve been learning startling things about the human body from the TV show, Embarrassing Bodies. Recently I discovered the spin-off, Embarrassing Fat Bodies, and immediately thought to myself,”hey now, isn’t this just going to be a whole show of fat shaming?”. I was wrong, it’s actually incredibly informative but it also made me realise something I hadn’t noticed previously. As I’ve discussed many times, my weight yoyo’s dramatically but something that clicked while I watched this show was that there are certain beauty issues that flare-up when I’m heavier. These are Fat Girl Beauty Problems.

All of these ailments can present in any person – age, weight, race, etc is irrelevant, but I’ve personally found they’re at their worst when I’m carrying extra flub. The emotional and health issues a girl can face from being overweight is enough to deal with. It goes without saying that losing weight is the best solution for these problems but I’m going to tell you how you can ease the burden in the meantime. Continue Reading

Woman Lower Back Pain image source

I have a terrible back. Like, really terrible. If you were to guess my age based entirely on how often I throw my back out you would probably put me at around 80 years old. The problem is that I know exactly what is wrong with it – I have a weak back. I sit on a computer day & night, I don’t exercise as much as I should, my boobs are getting heavier the more weight I put on and I carry a handbag that would exceed airline luggage limits. Unfortunately I am not the only one experiencing back pain at a young age as it is becoming more common due to our inactive lifestyles. So what can we do to change this and prevent back pain?

I put the question to Jason Smith, Physiotherapist, Founder of Back In Motion Health Group and author of ‘Get Yourself Back In Motion’. Jason has compiled these 5 important things you need to know about preventing back pain.  Continue Reading