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BAYSWATER PHYSIOTHERAPY
Suite 7, 488 Walter Rd East,
Bayswater WA 6053
Perth, Western Australia.

For all appointments please:
Call: (08) 9279 5666 or
Fax : (08) 9279 5611
email : admin@bayswaterphysiotherapy.com.au

 

For general enquiries call the clinic number above or fill out the contact form below

We are located at the corner of Beechboro Rd and Walter Rd East in the Magro Centre, next to the Walter Rd East Doctors surgery. (The Magro centre is diagonally opposite Charlies supermarket, across the road from Red Rooster.)

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Both headaches and migraines are a surprisingly common problem affecting people of all ages. What makes migraines in particular so difficult to treat is the numerous ‘triggers’ that may initiate the migraine. These differ greatly from person to person and even from day to day – what triggers a migraine or headache one day may have no effect the next.

Some common triggers of migraine include: stress, hormonal fluctuation, weather changes, food and food additives, odours, light, medications, physical activity, caffeine and nicotine as well as changes in sleeping habits and even hunger. Other causes for recurrent headaches can be traced to dysfunction of cervical spine (neck), the temperomandibular (jaw) joint, sinuses and even visual deficiency.

The role of a physiotherapist is to work in conjunction with your doctor in determining a possible trigger of such attacks and modifying your lifestyle to eliminate or reduce your exposure to such triggers. Many headaches and migraines respond exceptionally well to manual treatment of the joints and muscles of the neck. Physiotherapy may include joint and manipulation or mobilisation (a more gentle means of loosening the vertebral joints) deep tissue massage and various forms of heat therapy.

Perhaps more importantly your physiotherapist will give you exercises and advice to reduce any excessive strain placed on the neck during the occurs of your day – yeas, that means advice on your posture whether it be how you hold your spine while you sit, sleep, stand or work. Ideally, we want to give you the knowledge and power to control your own headaches.

It is also important to remember that although many headaches respond very well to physiotherapy on the neck and upper back. This may not be the cause of the problems. Many of the triggers mentioned above are also responsible for tightening the muscle and joints of the neck and across the back of your shoulders. Unless you find your particular trigger (or triggers) you invariably end up treating the symptoms and not the cause of the problem.

The following symptoms may indicate that your headaches are originating from your neck:

  • Pain radiating from the back to the front of your head
  • Headache brought on or worsened by neck movement or by sustained neck postures
  • Headache with dizziness or light-headedness
  • Headaches that regularly affect the one side of your head or face
  • Headaches that are eased by pressure to the base of the skull


 

A sprained ankle involves damage to both ligaments and nerve fibres. With any injury an inflammatory response occurs at the injury site. Swelling in the area impedes repair and healing, therefore immediate treatment of any soft tissue injury is to minimise swelling and bleeding.

ACUTE STAGE - Immediate to 48 hours

R.I.C.E.R.

  • R – Rest. If weight bearing is painful, use crutches
  • I – Ice. Remove shoes and socks and apply ice in a moistened towel to the injury site for 15 to 20 minutes, repeating every 2 hours.
  • C – Compression. Using an elastic bandage. Compress the foot ankle and lower calf.
  • E – Elevate. Ideally it is best to raise to foot higher than the heart.
  • R – Referral. Refer the injured player on to a physiotherapist or doctor.

After the ‘Acute Stage’ treatment involves increasing the range of movement of the joint and regaining strength and co-ordination.

Progression should be gradual using non-weight bearing exercises, partial weight bearing exercises and then to gentle full weight bearing exercises. Movement should then become more functional until light training is possible.

When ligaments are torn, nerve ending which are important to the co-ordination and balance of the ankle joint are also damaged. Balancing exercises are therefore necessary in the definitive treatment.

Together all the exercises aim to increase strength, mobility and co-ordination and will help PREVENT further injury to the joint.

Remember that proprioception (co-ordination) and balance take longer to recover than strength and mobility so balancing exercises should be persisted with for several months.

 
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