Physiotherapy is not just massage!

This seems to be a common misconception. Physiotherapy is a science-based profession that focuses on correcting movement dysfunction. Yes, physiotherapists employ massage techniques in treating their patients. Pain, stiffness, trigger points, muscle tension and other conditions respond well to massage, but it is just one modality in a long list of treatments that physiotherapists carry …

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Returning to sport after a long break

You’ve been away from sports, perhaps due to injury, career or family. But now sport beckons again! Try these tips to return to where you left off without injuring yourself. Follow a beginner’s schedule. Your brain remembers movements and form, from long ago (called “muscle memory”) but your muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints have likely …

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Plantar fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a fibrous tissue that provides support for the arch of the foot and acts as a shock absorber for the foot. It inserts into the heel bone (calcaneus) and runs along the length of the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is an overuse condition of the plantar fascia near its …

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Calf strains

The calf muscle is made up of the gastrocnemius muscle which is the large muscle at the back of the lower leg and the soleus, a smaller one located just below the gastrocnemius. These muscles can become injured or torn due to overstretching or overuse. Calf strains are common in athletes, especially runners. Symptoms of …

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The importance of stretching

Stretching is a part of exercise that is often ignored, by seasoned athletes as well as ordinary people. Eager to begin their workout, they jump right into it without properly stretching. This can lead to pain and tightness in the muscles after a workout and can even adversely affect their overall performance. Most exercises subject …

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