Aches and pains. We all get them and often put them down to just getting older or going too hard at the gym. We might break out an ice pack or just shrug our aching shoulders and carry on, but do you know what? You don’t have to live with nagging shoulder pain, a back ache that refuses to budge, or the plethora of women’s health problems that come with being pregnant.
We talk to the experts at Urban Rehab, a group of physiotherapists and rehabilitation specialists, about some of the most common ailments they see, and how physiotherapy can help.
Shoulder pain and running injuries
As a senior physiotherapist specialising in orthopaedics, sports and spine injuries, some of the most common problems Jenny Huang encounters are related to pain in the shoulders and running.
“Shoulder pain comes from poor posture,” she explains. “It arises from habitual sitting, computer or Ipad use and the phone texting movement patterns we adopt over time.” It’s something we can all relate to, and Jenny can easily spot the rounded shoulders and decreased rib cage movement that result, and, over time, translate into movement pain.
Other common complaints are running injuries, including knee pain and foot pain which, “if treated quickly,” says Jenny, “can be resolved quite fast. The source of knee pain can be either hip instability, lack of extension in the hip or poor foot mechanics. Pain in the feet usually arises from an increase in training or compression forces as the foot strikes the ground.”
A runner herself, Jenny believes firmly in exercise and the use of movement to keep ourselves fit. That means when treating any injury, her goal is to keep you active. “The loading of joints will be considered, but movement won’t stop.” She says.
Pelvic pain and pregnancy issues
Rabia Shah is a senior physiotherapist and Urban Rehab’s Head of Operations. She regularly treats pre and post-partum women for the aches and pains associated with pregnancy and childbirth.
“One of the most common issues experienced is the impairment of pelvic health. Managing the pelvic region and pelvic floor is crucial for prenatal and postpartum recovery. A qualified physiotherapist can:
Help strengthen the pelvic floor
Help train core muscles to protect the changing body
Help deal with or minimize leaking or incontinence
Help lower back pain
Another major issue is not knowing if or how to exercise during pregnancy. As the body’s musculature goes through changes, a physiotherapist can advise on how to strengthen muscles to support the enlarged uterus, improve posture, decrease lower back pain and maintain general fitness as the pregnancy progresses. They can also advise and treat diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles) post-partum.”
Back pain is another common affliction that sees patients passing through Rabia’s doors. She explains how Clinical Pilates could be the answer.
“Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing. Recent research advocates the retraining of the deep stabilizing muscles to treat lower back pain. Commonly used in conjunction with physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates focuses on the retraining and recruitment of these muscles.”
As human beings, we are on the move in one form or another every waking moment of the day. If muscle or joint pain is getting in the way of doing what you love, there’s no need to suffer in silence. Check out Urban Rehab’s specialized team of physiotherapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, occupational therapists, massage therapists, podiatrists and even Chinese Physicians, and reclaim your body.
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