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Low back Pain: Are you experiencing these symptoms?

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Low back Pain: Are you experiencing these symptoms?

Low Back Pain is one of the world’s most common symptoms. It causes more global disability than any other disease!

Low back pain is the common term we use to describe a symptom, but it does not tell us the CAUSE/WHY the pain is there from the beginning. A disc injury is a common term that we hear, and here are some key characteristics that can determine if you have a disc lesion.

  1. Pain is worse in the morning than at night. This is because discs hydrate during the night, which can increase the size of the disc, pushing the surrounding nerves

  2. There is associated leg pain (Pins and needles, numbness, muscle weakness may also be present)

  3. The pain goes all the way down into the calf or heel

  4. Bending forward causes the most pain/Bending forward and twisting is the mechanism of injury

The pain in the legs can somewhat guide us into which area of the low back may be injured. For example, a L4/5 disc lesion may have toe weakness with glute/lateral leg pain where as a L5/S1 lesion can present with ankle weakness with glute/hamstring/heel pain. Understanding the location of the pain means that we can address it as soon as possible before symptoms get worse.

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Shockwave Therapy

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Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is an effective treatment modality for a range of musculoskeletal and
inflammatory conditions. Shockwave therapy has been shown to reduce recovery times from injuries such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain), achilles tendonitis and medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints). Research has also shown shockwave therapy to reduce DOMS (that sore, aching stiffness you feel the day after working really hard in the gym!) allowing athletes and those who engage in high intensity exercise to recover quickly and thereby allowing them to consistently exercise at full physical capacity. Shockwave can also help loosen tight muscles (such as your calves and hamstrings) which will further reduce the chance of injury when exercising

So how does it all work?
Shockwave therapy works by using soundwaves to activate the bodies immune system allowing the removal of waste products that build up in the muscles and encourage blood flow to painful or compromised areas.

Now available at our clinic.

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Footwear, how do I find the right shoe for me?

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Footwear, how do I find the right shoe for me?

With thousands of different brands and even more different models, how does one find the
correct shoe for them? When looking for footwear there are a couple of useful tips you can
adopt to help find that perfect shoe. With dress shoes, it’s a little easier than sport shoes as
we are not putting the same force through the shoe as we would when exercising. However,
our feet are important and we need to keep them in good shape for the rest of our lives.
Tips:
1. Remove the inner lining of the shoe and place it on the floor. Now stand on it and
you should still be able to see the border of the shoe lining underneath your foot. If
your foot is hanging over the edge of the lining that will lead to an area of irritation
that could cause callus, corns and much more.
2. A firm sole that bends at the ball of the foot is ideal! Chuck out those flimsy ballet
flats.
3. A firm heel counter that bends no more than 45 degrees will help keep your heel
nice and stable.
4. Laces, straps or buckles will help keep that foot secure in the shoe and will help
avoid your toe muscles over working to try and avoid your foot slipping out of the
shoe.

My favourite Female dress shoe brands:
Bared - www.bared.com.au   

Ziera Shoes - www.zierashoes.com 

Ecco - https://au.shop.ecco.com/

My favourite Male dress shoe brands:
RM Williams - www.rmwilliams.com.au/

Bared - www.bared.com.au

Hushpuppies - https://www.hushpuppies.com.au/

With sport shoes, it is a completely different story. Sports shoes come in 4 major support
categories: Neutral, Cushioning, Mild Stability, Moderate Stability.
To know which support category you are, you will need to have an assessment by a
Podiatrist. I can’t emphasise enough how much of a difference the right shoe can make.
If you have never found that perfect set of shoes, or you are currently suffering from foot
pain, please book in for a footwear assessment with a Podiatrist to find the right shoe for you.

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