September Newsletter

Womens Health Week - September Newsletter

 

At Graceville Physiotherapy our team is committed to making sure every woman leads an active, healthy and pain-free life, no matter her age or stage in life.

We will perform a thorough evaluation of symptoms to get a complete understanding of what you are experiencing. This then allows us to formulate the best treatment plan for you and your goals. Our aim is to get you back to doing the things you love without discomfort or worry. Our services include …

Remember

September is the perfect month to make time for you and your health. Remember to book your regular medical checkups and screenings!

 

Happy Women’s Health Week!

With the stress COVID-19 has placed on everyone’s lives, it’s now more important than ever to look after your overall health and wellbeing. This September, Women’s Health Week is a great reminder to take time out to check in on your health and to keep making positive changes that can last a lifetime.

 

COVID-19 CLINIC UPDATE

  • We ask our clients to please cancel or reschedule appointments if you are experiencing any cold like symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.

  • Please come at the time of your appointment – not too early. We would like to avoid clients having to wait for their appointment time in the clinic.

  • Please do not bring extra people along to your appointment unless you are the parent of a child.

  • We offer online telehealth consultations to those who cannot get into the practice or are forced to isolate themselves. Please call reception or book online if you would like to organise an online  consultation.

  • We are continuing to run our classes with adjustments made to allow for adequate distancing. Once again we do ask that if you are booked in for a class and are not feeling well please do not attend the class. Simply call us and we will make a note that you are unable to attend until you feel better.

STROKE … Think F.A.S.T

This year, National Stroke Week is perhaps more important than ever. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, fewer people are calling triple zero (000) and going to hospital at the first signs of stroke. How do you know if someone is having a stroke?     Think… F.A.S.T.

The Stroke Foundation recommends the F.A.S.T. test as an easy way to remember the most common signs of stroke. Using the F.A.S.T. test involves asking these simple questions:

  • FACE-Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
  • ARMS-Can they lift both arms?
  • SPEECH-Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
  • TIME-Is critical. If you see any of these signs call 000 straight away.
stroke recovery - September Newsletter

Physiotherapists use a variety of assessment tools and measures to determine the most effective treatment plan. Research suggests that physiotherapy is highly effective in retraining functional movements. This may include task-specific training, where specific tasks are practised according to your ability and goals, and assisted treadmill training where you engage in high repetitions of stepping practise to relearn walking

How Physiotherapy helps with Stroke recovery

Recovery from stroke requires input from a team, involving doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists.

The role of physiotherapy is to assist with recovery of movement and sensation, so you can perform everyday activities again. Rehabilitation activities vary considerably, depending on what has been affected by the stroke.

Broadly speaking, there are three main goals that people may have following stroke:

Recovery of arm function

Two-thirds of stroke survivors have difficulty using their arm following stroke and many never regain any use. Your physiotherapist can give you appropriate exercises at each stage of your recovery and can help you move your arm and recover some movement, even if it is very weak. There are a number of different approaches to recovering arm function, which have been supported by excellent research trials. The National Stroke Foundation has guidelines to follow with recommended exercises such as strengthening and repetitive practice of tasks, and those not recommended, such as use of pulleys. Your physiotherapist will also be able to advise on managing pain after stroke.

Recovery of walking

Most individuals recover the ability to walk following stroke, but may require an aid such as a walking frame or a stick. Physiotherapists are experts at working out the correct assistance required for walking and using hands-on techniques and specific exercises to improve your walking post-stroke.

Recovery of balance

Following stroke you are at greater risk of falling as balance is affected. With appropriate exercises prescribed and supervised by your physiotherapist, and careful assessment of the factors contributing to your balance problems, your steadiness can be significantly improved post-stroke.

Physiotherapists also play an important role in preventing strokes from reoccurring. They can assist with lifestyle modifications to potentially avoid a secondary stroke, which is highly impactful to improve health and prevent disability.

balance - September Newsletter

If you are injury prone, feel stiff and tight and/or suffer aches and pains, our classes may help!

We understand that motivation to exercise regularly can be a stumbling block for some. Remembering how to correctly perform exercises can also be an issue! This is why we offer a range of small group classes led by our physiotherapists. 

Our CLINICAL EXERCISE CLASSES combine rehab exercises, strength, core, mobility & Pilates style exercises. These classes are particularly good for anyone with neck or lower back pain.

Our ACTIVELY AGEING CLASSES are ideal for women who want to stay fit & active. They combine strength, balance & core exercises in a circuit style setting.

Our BALANCE & STRENGTH CLASSES cater for our older clients that want to stay mobile. These classes have an emphasis on improving balance & fall prevention.

Our ANTENATAL & POSTNATAL CLASSES are a great way to ensure that you remain strong, flexible & stable during and after your pregnancy. Our Women’s Health Physio will guide you through a range of exercises tailored to your needs.

We run a YOGA CLASS (run by a qualified Yoga instructor). This is an ideal class for those wishing to remain flexible & strong but also wanting a stress relief/relaxation component to their class.

Please note: all classes require a physiotherapy assessment prior to joining unless you are currently seeing one of our physiotherapists for treatment or have seen us in the last 12 months. Classes can be claimed through most health funds.

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