Ice or Heat?

 

A common question at Beachside Physiotherapy is whether heat or ice should be applied to an injury. This is important as applying the wrong temperature can delay healing or even worsen the pain and swelling.

The general rule of thumb is that ice suits acute injuries and heat benefits chronic conditions. And we often say that if its spinal pain we apply  heat and if in the legs or arms we apply ice. I believe applying ice to the spine when in pain is quite uncomfortable and a little threatening to our system, therefore I go for heat to relax the tissues in question.

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Back Pain- Myths busted

 

If you have ever suffered from low back pain, you are among the majority of people. In fact, 80% of the population will get back pain sometime in their life.  The good news is that for many of those inflicted with low back pain, there is no significant damage and the pain will eventually improve. One of the issues with those whose pain is ongoing, however, is that it may be more a question of the mindset than of actual damage.

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Neck Pain Or Tech Neck?

I’ve got a really important question for you – how much time do you spend texting, emailing from your phone or smart device, flicking through social media, or just generally looking down at your smart devices?

If your answer is lots, or more than you should and you are suffering from acute neck pain you may be experiencing Tech Neck. Tech Neck is a repetitive strain injury and one that is seen in a growing number of patients.

An increasing number of teens and adolescents are experiencing aggravating muscle pain in their necks, shoulders and occasionally their lower backs. This causes them to be in a lot of pain and they often experience headaches as a result of hunching over their devices.

I’m going to tell you how to reduce the risk of Tech Neck so you can be pain free, whilst enjoying your smart devices and correcting your posture – all at the same time!

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5 TIPS FOR PREVENTING TENSION HEADACHES

 

5 TIPS FOR PREVENTING TENSION HEADACHES

 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that around 47% of the adult population suffers from a headache at least once during the year. Specifically, tension-type headaches are the most common forms of headaches treated by physios, as they are related to a musculoskeletal problem in the neck. These headaches have 70% prevalence within office workers and sedentary related jobs.

People are often surprised when they feel huge relief of headache through physiotherapy. Although there are definitely other causes for headaches, an extremely high percentage are due to poor neck function, this is often due to poor postural habits. As we see so many of these cases, we find ourselves telling everyone the same few tips to help improve their neck pain and headache, however, if everyone started doing these it would help to PREVENT neck pain in the first place. Below are our tips for preventing neck pain and headaches.

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