November Newsletter

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Headaches affect approximately 1 in 7 adults. What you may not know is there are lots of different types (12 types recognised by the NHS) and causes of headaches. Common causes include poor posture, neck and upper back stiffness, muscle weakness, poor ergonomic set up, stress and dehydration, hormones. The most common types of headaches are cervicogenic (coming from the neck) and migraines. Recent studies have shown that in 86% of headache cases (and migraine cases) there is cervical dysfunction and over 93% of headache sufferers have active trigger points in the neck area that can contribute to their pain.

Physiotherapy treatment will aim to address not only the symptoms but the cause and has been shown to be effective in reducing both intensity and frequency of cervicogenic headaches (Niere & Robinson, 2016). So good news…. We can help!

Meet Joy our new physiotherapist

Joy is from Toronto, Canada where she graduated and worked as a Kinesiologist. From this her love for sports and exercise developed and she learnt to give people the tools to rehabilitate with specific exercises. After gaining this experience, she went on to complete her Masters in Physiotherapy in London England. Since then, she has specialized in treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, within varying ages and function levels.

Through varying techniques such as acupuncture, manual therapy and exercises Joy look forwards to accomplishing a patient’s goal, aiming to empower the patient to have the tools to succeed without future injuries.

Joy will be working with PhysioSW19 on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Glute Medius Tendinopathy

Gluteus medius tendinopathy is the most common cause of lateral hip discomfort. Studies have shown that 1 in 4 women will experience this at some stage throughout their lifetime with most being over 50 years of age. Tendinopathy or tendinosis occurs when the load being applied to the tendon is too high which leads to irritation and swelling of the tendon. Gluteus medius tendinopathy (and bursitis) is commonly caused by over activity and overloading of the gluteus medius muscle and tendon, and/or putting constant pressure on the lateral hip. Symptoms of gluteus medius tendinopathy include a loss of strength in the hip muscles, pain when putting pressure on the leg, feeling of constant tightness in the hip, stiffness in the morning and discomfort laying on the sore side. Studies show that although physiotherapy treatment is beneficial in reducing pain, to see long term results a graduated loading exercise program should be completed.

Glute stretching

There are several ways you can do this, but the easiest is in sitting, put one foot on your opposite knee and lean forwards from the pelvis. Hold for 20 seconds and swap sides

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