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Keeping you informed across Physiotherapy, Pilates & Women’s Health

The Perfect Pillow

The Perfect Pillow Your choice of sleeping support is important for reducing muscle and joint aches and pains, especially if you are mainly affected on waking. Our pillow choice affects the alignment of our neck, shoulders and spine throughout our sleep cycle. A poor choice in pillow can be like a poor choice in shoes…

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Tips on Natural Pain Relievers

Tips on Natural Pain Relievers When you’re in pain, it is often difficult to think straight. We often avoid movement or treatment and jump straight to the medicine cabinet to attempt to ease the symptoms we are experiencing.Next time, have a go at trying these few tips to help relieve your pain and get you…

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Coccydinia

Coccydnia is a condition involving inflammation around the coccyx that causes pain at the very bottom of the spine. This condition is also referred to as tailbone pain, coccyx pain and coccygeal pain. This condition is usually caused by trauma to the Coccyx such as a fall or childbirth. It is much more common in…

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Sciatica

Sciatica describes the symptoms of pain (mostly) and sometimes tingling and numbness that runs from the Lumbar Spine into the buttock and down the back of the leg and sometimes foot. What is the Cause? The majority of sciatic symptoms come from back disorders between L4-S1 that put pressure on or cause…

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The Standing Desk

The Standing Desk The Standing Desk The standing desk seems to the latest new craze to avoid work related back problems. But do you know how to get the most out of your standing desk? Yes the standing desk is a great way to avoid the sustained flexion we experience when sitting, but standing in…

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Thoracic/Upper Back Pain

Thoracic and upper back pain refers to any pain and/or dysfunction of the thoracic section of the spine. It can be anything from stiffness in the upper back to pain when taking a deep breath. The thoracic part of the spine is structurally very different to the lumbar and…

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Spinal Stenosis

Narrowing of the spinal canal and/or foramen where nerve roots exit the spinal canal which results in choking of the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. Stenosis of the spine can involve: Narrowing of the central spinal canal…

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Myelopathy

Myelopathy refers to compression of the spinal cord causing neurological deficit. Inflammation of the spinal cord is called Myelitis.

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis is a disease that causes inflammation of the spinal vertebrae and other joints. It affects up to 2% of Australians. It is a member of the rheumatic diseases and is associated with the presence of a genetic marker HLA-B27…

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Facet Joint Syndrome

Facet Joint Syndrome refers to a range of disorders involving the facet joints. It is also know as facet joint disease or a facet joint sprain. Facet Joint Syndrome is one of the most common back disorders that cause lower back pain, thoracic pain and neck pain…

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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction is a term given to the abnormal movement of the sacroiliac joints. It involves either hyper mobility (decreased movement) or hypo mobility (increased movement) of the joints. It can also involve inflammation of the joints, which is referred to as sacrolitis…

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Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease Degenerative Disc Disease Degenerative disc disease refers to the process of degeneration of an intervertebral disc. Your intervertebral discs are the fluid filled sacks, which lie in between each vertebrae and act as the shock absorbers for your spine. They are made up of two parts: Inner nucleus pulposes and outer annulus fibrosis.The…

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Natural Anti-inflammatories

Natural Anti-inflammatories Natural Anti-inflammatories In an acute episode of back or neck pain drug based anti-inflammatories may be necessary however they have a few side effects so  avoiding them where possible is a good idea. This is where natural anti-inflammatories can be very useful. Curcumin Curcumin has a long history in Ayuvedic medicine as a…

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5 top tips to relieve headaches

5 top tips to relieve headaches 1. Increase your water uptake Dehydration is one of the main causes of headaches. Drink at least 2 litres of water over 2-3 hours. 2. Increase your thoracic mobility  When your thoracic (upper back) is stiff your head sits further forward. This makes the muscles that run up to…

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Clinical Pilates: The best exercise for back pain

Clinical Pilates: The best exercise for back pain Here at Elite Spinal Physiotherapy and Pilates we combine both Clinical Pilates and Exercise Rehabilitation methods into the same session depending on your needs. All of our practitioners have degrees in both Exercise Physiology as well as Physiotherapy. How we are different? Physiotherapist led sessionsSmall groups of…

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Headache Physiotherapy: How your neck causes your headache

Headache Physiotherapy: How your neck causes your headache Headaches and migraines can be very debilitating and affect approximately 50% of the population. There can be a range of causes responsible for headaches. Some of the latest research has shown that dysfunction in the top three vertebrae of the spine is a major contributor to headaches…

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Getting to the ‘Core’ of the problem

Getting to the ‘Core’ of the problem Having a strong core is very important in both prevention and rehabilitation of back pain, hip pain and knee pain. What are your core muscles? Deep stabilising muscles that support your spine. These include: Pelvic FloorTransverse AbdominusMultifidus The most common muscle that people refer to when talking about…

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5 Top Tips To Prevent Low Back Pain

5 Top Tips To Prevent Low Back Pain Back pain now affects 80% of the population at some point their life. It is debilitating and can greatly affect quality of life if it is not treated properly. 90% of back pain comes from one of the structures of the spine such as the disc, facet…

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