August Newsletter

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Come along to our FREE fun event focused on seniors health and well being or ask us about our regular seniors classes held here at the clinic.

QLD Seniors week

This month we are shining a light on our valued senior members of the community as QLD celebrates Seniors Week. We want to give you the tools to keep yourself active, healthy and pain free!

 

Let us come to you!

We offer a mobile physio service if you are unable to get into the clinic. Our physiotherapists can come to your home to provide treatment. Call 3278 1186.

Don’t let age hold you back

Locals are encouraged to head down to the Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre on Monday 19th August.

At 11.30am we will be holding a FREE Strength and Balance class run by the Pain Slayer Physios.  The one hour class will work on improving flexibility, maintaining mobility and having fun! You’ll be shown some great exercises that you can do as part of a home program as well!

At 12.30pm the Pain Slayer Physio team together with Podiatrists from the Queensland Foot Centres will hold FREE screening sessions where participants can get

  • An assessment of their feet and advice on appropriate footwear (It will be beneficial if you could wear your everyday shoes to this session for tips).
  • An assessment of posture and balance and advice on age appropriate exercises and fall prevention.

Seniors will be in good hands with help, advice and support from local health experts at this free event. Booking are not required… just turn up!  Participants will also receive a complimentary gift bag and afternoon tea!

Did you know you can get stronger when you’re older! … Improvements in strength and physical function are possible in your 60s, 70s, and even 80s and older, with an appropriate exercise program. Progressive resistance training, in which muscles are exercised against resistance that gets more difficult as strength improves, has been shown to prevent frailty.  Keeping active will also help reduce your risk of falls.  Our weekly strength and balance classes are an excellent way to work on improving your strength, balance, flexibility, core strength and posture as you get older.

shoulder - August Newsletter3 reasons to see your Physiotherapist

Most people have a tendency to associate physiotherapy with pain and injury management.  While that might be true, physiotherapists work on many more issues than simply just that. Here are three things that you can also see a physiotherapist for:

Stiffness and Inflexibility – All of us have experienced pain and stiffness after a day of exercise. This stiffness usually wears off quickly – however, if you find yourself feeling stiff for long periods, or even most of the time – it might be time to see a physiotherapist.

There are many causes of stiffness and inflexibility – the most common reason is lack of movement. Both joints and muscles lose flexibility if you don’t regularly move them all the way through their range. Muscles can feel short and tight, with a  feeling of restriction where joints are more of a hard ‘blocked’ feeling when you try to move.

Diseases such as osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis can also cause stiffness. Your physiotherapist is well equipped to help you deal with these conditions.

 

Reduced Strength or Weakness – There are many reasons for weakness in the body. These include:

  • generalised disuse
  • weakness in one muscle group following injury
  • neurological weakness or structural weakness of joint following an injury.

Muscle weakness can predispose you to future injury. It’s also surprisingly difficult to resolve without targeted exercises. When you consult with your physiotherapist, they will be able to determine the cause of your weakness, and create the best treatment to restore your muscle strength.

Reduced Balance – Keeping your balance is a complicated process. Humans have a very small base of support for our height and use each of our senses together to determine which movements we should make to stay upright. This includes visual, vestibular, muscular and sensory systems. If one part of our senses begin to weaken, the others will compensate, so you may not notice that your balance has worsened until you fall or trip over.

As a general rule, our balance deteriorates as we age. However, this does not mean that falls are an inevitable part of ageing. Maintaining or improving your balance can have a significant effect on your quality of life and confidence. A physiotherapist can test all aspects of your balance and provide effective rehabilitation.

tradieswebsite - August NewsletterTRADIES NATIONAL HEALTH MONTH

Tradies are pretty spot-on at looking after their tools and utes, but what about their most important tool of all – their body? Research by the Australia Physiotherapy Association shows that tradies are almost twice as likely to look after their tools as their body, which is why so many tradies go home each day with aches and pains.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. Physios are highly trained and experienced to help with all sorts of soft tissue injuries and pain associated with repetitive workloads on backs, shoulders and knees.  Early treatment of niggles will reduce the likelihood of lost time and the risk of further injury, so add a physio to your health toolkit. You’ll get expert advice, treatment and an exercise plan designed just for you. Head to the APAs tradies health page for some great tips too!

 

Remedial Massage

Our massage appointments are available Monday to Wednesday.  Tight or aching muscles after a weekend of exercising? –  A remedial massage will help release and relieve tension.  Perhaps you just need a little pampering? – If so our massage therapist Jeannette will look after you with a gentle relaxation massage.

Dry Needling
We have found in our clinic that most sporting injuries benefit from dry needling as well as ….
  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches & Chronic Pain
  • Elbow & wrist tendonitis in tennis & golfers elbow
  • Rotator cuff problems (shoulder)
  • Foot & ankle problems such as Achilles tendonitis

Dry needling is performed by our Physios who have gained the extra qualifications necessary to practice Dry Needling. Dry Needling is used primarily for decreasing muscle tightness & spasm, pain relief, correct activation of muscles & muscle relaxation

Need a Remedial, Relaxation or Pregnancy Massage?

We would love to reward you! | Refer a friend and receive a half hour massage for free! Our Master of Massage Jeannette will have you floating out the door after a session with her.

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