Sep 182014
 

Whiplash is a condition caused by an abrupt backward movement of the neck (extension) and an equally abrupt forward movement (flexion) of the cervical spine. Most whiplash cases are caused by motor vehicle collisions which cause injury to the ligaments, muscles, tendons, discs and joints of the cervical spine. Victims of whiplash experience neck pain which is the most common symptom. In some cases, it can be accompanied by headaches or low back pain and where the victim was not at fault, whiplash claims for compensation are frequent. Of course, this may make the victim feel better with a windfall of cash, but in itself does not assist with rehabilitation.

Physiotherapy is one of the most recommended treatments for whiplash, especially if the pain persists for several weeks. It employs an array of physical techniques to help restore normal and pain-free movement of the neck.

In many cases, the first step is to immobilize the neck in order to reduce pain. A soft collar is used to hold the neck still and the victim may be required to have a day or two of bed rest. A cervical support pillow may be used for extra support while sleeping. Electrical stimulation, ice and massage are the other methods that may be used to reduce pain.

whiplash treatmentOnce the injury is stable, the physiotherapist now concentrates on traction which involves stretching the muscles and joints of the neck to improve their mobility. It can be done using a machine or simply by hand. Various exercises are also recommended to help tone the neck muscles.

Body mechanics is also taught where the patient learns new movement habits which keep the neck safe during day-to-day activities while gradually increasing its range of motion. Patients may be advised to keep off some tasks for some time; but can eventually go back to normal work. if the particular job involves heavy manual work, some adjustments may have to be made.

With the comprehensive rehabilitation and manipulative therapy, the patient should be back to shape in at most 3 months. If you’re suffereing from whiplash, no matter waht the cause, get in touch with Gary to start your rehabilitation.

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Sep 252014
 
Acupuncture and Physiotherapy

Acupuncture is a form of medicine which involves fine needles being inserted into the skin. It was started in ancient China and its use exists to date. Acupuncture practitioners suggest that there are channels in the body known as meridians through which energy flows. This energy is also referred to as chi (also written as [...]

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TENS and Physioterhapy

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Sep 252014
 
TENS and Physioterhapy

The main aim of TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is to provide some level of symptomatic pain relief by exciting the sensory nerves. This in turn stimulates the pain gate mechanism or opioid system. The effectiveness of TENS depends on what kind of clinical pain is being treated. Mechanism of Action The kind of stimulation [...]

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Sep 172014
 
Treating Tennis Elbow With Physiotherapy

Tennis elbow is not restricted to adults that play a lot of tennis. It occurs when the muscles and tendons in of the forearm are strained due to a repetitive or strenuous activity. That’s something that used to happen in racquet sports (squash, as well as tennis), when racquets transmitted vibration to the elbow joint. [...]

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Sep 162014
 
Treating Sciatica With Physiotherapy

Sciatica can be described as sciatic nerve pain, originating from the lower back, down the back-abdomen, and into the legs. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, stretching from your lower back to the lower parts of the legs. When the sciatic nerve is irritated, it can lead to severe pain in [...]

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Sep 152014
 
The Most Common Types of Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, is a crucial part of the recovery process of patients who are suffering from musculoskeletal complications. Often seen as a way of helping with issues in the same that Chiropractic and Osteopathy are, it’s a way of minimizing the patients’ pain and suffering, which helps the patients to have [...]

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Sep 142014
 
Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

Known as the oldest branch of physiotherapy, orthopaedic physiotherapy focuses towards treating various musculo-skeletal problems. This type of physiotherapy is used for improving the patient’s flexibility and mobility, as well as for helping them manage the pain and inflammation caused by various chronic condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis, tennis elbow, whiplash, back pain or osteoarthritis. [...]

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