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Kinesio Taping Peroneal Tendon Sublaxtion

What is Peroneal Tendon Subluxation? Peroneals are two muscles and tendons that stretch along the outer edge of your lower leg. Specifically, the peroneal tendons are enclosed in a fibrous tunnel that is attached behind the outside ankle bone. Peroneal Tendon Subluxation occurs when there is damage or injury Read more

Walking or Running: Which is Better?

Walking and running are the most popular physical activities. Both are excellent aerobic exercises. Both help promote weight loss, improve your sleep, elevate your mood, boost your energy levels, decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The debate Walking and running Read more

Treating Compartment Syndrome with Massage Therapy

A compartment is a section within the body that contains muscles, blood vessels and nerves. Anatomical compartments are surrounded by fascia, or fibrous tissue. Compartments are present in all our limbs. The Syndrome Compartment Syndrome is a condition where pressure within one or more of the body's compartments becomes high. Read more

Protect Your Knee From Sports Damage

Sports like football, hockey and tennis require you to run at different speeds, using varying acceleration. Many times, you have to change direction while your foot is placed firmly on the ground. This causes stress to your knees and stretches the ligaments around your knees. Sometimes, this results Read more

5 Olympic Sports That Will Enhance Your Fitness

Sports persons don't just have good bodies. They are also fit and healthy, thanks to the overall strengthening and toning effects of playing sports. If you want more than just a hot bod and be really fit, you need to start playing one of these Olympic sports. 1. Kayaking Read more

All You Need To Know About Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, or PFPS, is a type of knee pain that happens around or under the patella. The patella is the kneecap or the roundish-triangular part that you can feel when you touch your knee in the front. It is also commonly called 'runner's knee' as it Read more

Walking or Running: Which is Better?

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Walking and running are the most popular physical activities. Both are excellent aerobic exercises. Both help promote weight loss, improve your sleep, elevate your mood, boost your energy levels, decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

The debate

Walking and running are low-cost, easy-to-do anywhere, year-round activities. Both are social activities — you can walk or run or with a friend.But whether one is preferable to the other in terms of improving health has long been debated. Ultimately, when it comes to the physical aspects, every activity has to be according to one’s body type and its adaptability.

This debate also has its outcome inclined to what you want to accomplish. If your mission relates to control or reduce your weight, running wins the discussion. But if it is just about having proper health, walking wouldn’t lose either.

What does research say?

In a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, and unambiguously titled “Greater Weight Loss From Running than Walking,” researchers combed survey data from 15,237 walkers and 32,215 runners enrolled in the National Runners and Walkers Health Study — a large survey being conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. Participants were asked about their weight, waist circumference, diet and typical weekly walking or running mileage both when they joined the study, and then again up to six years later. The runners almost uniformly were thinner than the walkers when each joined the study. And they stayed that way throughout. Over the years, the runners maintained their body mass and waistlines far better than the walkers.

Making the choice

Those who do not wish to run can obtain the same health and fitness benefits by walking. Walking is good exercise for those who are just starting to workout or for those with health problems. For the significantly overweight, walking can be less stressful on the body. Those who desire, can slowly build up to running.

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Protect Your Knee From Sports Damage

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Sports like football, hockey and tennis require you to run at different speeds, using varying acceleration. Many times, you have to change direction while your foot is placed firmly on the ground. This causes stress to your knees and stretches the ligaments around your knees. Sometimes, this results in tears to the cartilage or ligaments in your knees.

Knee damage causes a lot of pain and plenty of physiotherapy. That is why it is best to avoid injuries by protecting your knee as much as you can.


Warm ups and cool downs are important before and after you play the game, respectively. Stretching your muscles before and after a game makes them less susceptible to injury. They also gain the flexibility needed to protect your cartilages.

Practice your moves

Your coach is the best advisor to tell you how to play the game with minimum injuries. He will teach you how to run correctly, change directions correctly, kick the ball correctly and do everything in a way that puts least pressure on your knees.


If you are injured in any part of the body, take rest. An injury to another body part may change your body’s stance and may in turn lead to greater strain being applied to the knee.

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Groin Strain Rehabilitation with Injury Specific Treatment

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Groin Strain RehabilitationGroin strains occur more often than we would like to believe, and are usually accompanied by pain and restricted movement. Treatment for groin strain injuries aim to reduce initial pain and inflammation, improve flexibility and muscle conditioning, strengthen and support while gradually rehabilitating to full fitness. The severity of the strain injuries may dictate the rehabilitation program and one must get the correct diagnosis before choosing a treatment process.

Rehabilitation program for groin strain

Reducing pain and swelling – Complete rest with minimal activity is advised for at least 5 -7 days, but if pain persists, one must avoid exercise or activities for up to 3 weeks. Applying cold compress for 15 minutes every two hours for the first couple of day could help with the pain. Later, you can wear a compression support or apply a groin strapping to reduce the swelling, keep the muscles warm and give them support during stretching or training. With more severe pain, crutches may be required for 3 – 4 days. The leg may even need to be immobilized to prevent further injury. If advised by a professional, you may return to low level activities such as jogging, cycling or swimming after 14 days to prevent the muscles from tightening.

Improve flexibility Gentle stretching exercises may be done from day 3 as long as it does not cause pain. If pain persists, defer stretching exercises to after 2 weeks. Stretching exercises should be done at least three times during the early stages of recovery. Lightly massages of injured area using sports massage techniques can also be done 48 hours post injury, this will help to relax and loosen the muscle, prevent formation of scar tissue and encourage blood flow and healing of the muscle.

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Get rid off Shoulder Bursitis with Kinesio Taping

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Shoulder BursitisWhat is Bursitis of Shoulder?

A bursa is a small fluid filled sac that helps to reduce friction between tissues of the body as they glide over each other. One of the major bursae is located at the shoulders adjacent to the tendons. Bursitis is the inflammation of this sac around the shoulder joint due to injury, chronic overuse or other causes. The inflamed bursa will also compress the neighbouring soft tissue resulting in pain and edema.

Signs and Symptoms

Bursitis is typically identified by the localization of pain or swelling and tenderness near the shoulder. Movement of arms or shoulder may also be affected. Shoulder bursitis may often be accompanied by tendinitis of tendons adjacent to the affected bursa. It can also cause a pinching or shooting pain when moving the elbow away from the body, also referred to as a sign of impingement.

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Top Physiotherapy Myths – 2

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Top Physiotherapy Myths - 2Physiotherapy is a profession in health care that involves assessment and treatment of various injuries and afflictions of the muscular and skeletal system. Since it is not a main stream in medicine, many people are ignorant of what this science entails. There is a need to dispel some of the common misconceptions that people have about physical therapy.

Physiotherapy treatment involves exercises

While that is not completely untrue, physical exercises form only a small part of the range of treatment and therapies that a physiotherapist specializes in. Exercises are suggested for treatment and recovery in only specific cases where patients need to enhance their freedom of movement or work out their muscles more. Home exercise programs are designed to improve the patient’s physical condition and maintain continuity in physical movement between professional sessions.

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Get rid of Varicose Veins with message therapy

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massageWhat are varicose veins?

Varicose veins commonly appear later in adulthood, and mainly among people who have led a physically strenuous life. This condition often affects the superficial veins in the legs and ankles which become enlarged and maybe painful. They are usually not serious, but can lead to other health problems.

How does it happen?

The veins in the human body have one-way valves located at equal distances along its length that keep blood flowing from the legs to the heart and prevent backflow. However, under increased venous pressure, the valves malfunction and blood can flow back, impairing circulation. If the venous pressure continues to exist in the region, probably due to repeated activity owing to the nature of a person’s job or daily routine, the veins in the area begin to stretch and become swollen.

Habits and conditions that might lead to varicose veins include prolonged sitting, prolonged standing, sitting with legs crossed, excess weight, pregnancy, chronic constipation, heavy lifting, congenital diseases causing vein malformation, liver dysfunction and others.

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What is Pediatric Physiotherapy?

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pediatric physiotherapyChild development is an important and unique science. Physiotherapists who work with children are specialized in adapting their professional skills and knowledge to deliver appropriate care to the child. This requires an understanding of both the physical progress of the child and their psychological advancement.

Pediatric physiotherapy not only includes working on child development, but also diseases and conditions that affect development and arriving at therapeutic interventions that can optimize well being, especially of the disabled. Moreover, the physiotherapist works not only with the child, but also with the family on how to develop a safe environment for the child and making them the centre of everyday planning. Because of the complex needs of a child and his family, physiotherapists may have to work in different environments such as homes, hospitals, schools, etc and with people from different backgrounds, such as medicine, nursing, social work, educational and childcare. This necessitates that they be able to communicate their assessments and treatment plans to all adults involved in the team.

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Best exercises to fight Vertigo

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Best exercises to fight VertigoVertigo can cause serious damage to patients as the spinning sensation and dizziness experienced can lead to falls and other major accidents. The feeling of being off balance while performing regular chores could lead to major disasters. As there is no stipulated time when the vertigo will cease, the best you can do is to start exercises to counter it. Dizziness and balance problems can be easily managed by performing various home exercises unsupervised.

Brandt-Daroff Exercise

The Brandt-Daroff exercise is one of the simplest yet effective ways of reducing vertigo related issues. The exercise can be performed unsupervised at home as it only involves movement of the upper body to sides. To perform the exercise you need to find a firm seating above ground level to lie on (edge of your bed). Now, sit in an upright and relaxed position. Slowly move into the lying position on one of your sides while your nose is still pointing the ceiling. You will experience your regular bout of dizziness. Wait till it subsides and then sit back up. If you experience dizziness while getting back up then wait before repeating the exercise for the other side. Perform the exercise in a set of 20 at least twice a day. Read more

All you need to know about BPPV

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BPPVVertigo, which on a broader scale is considered to be dizziness, is actually a form of perception of motion disorder.  There are various causes of vertigo but the most common cause is a dysfunctional vestibular system (sensory system responsible for maintaining balance). Slight change in the head position can trigger dizziness which can last from a few seconds to a couple of minutes.

What is BPPV?
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV is the most commonly occurring types of vertigo. As the name suggests it is harmless or it isn’t life threatening (benign), it occurs suddenly and for short periods (paroxysmal positional). Our body’s vestibular system malfunctions to cause a perception of motion or false motion even through slightest movement of the head.

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Improving your Gait with Physiotherapy

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Treating Gait Impairments with Physical TherapyGait or walking process is a very complex task. The intricate movement sub-processes which are involved in getting you from point A to B are more complicated than you could ever imagine. Gait training has various purposes depending on the patient undergoing gait treatment. For athletes, gait training could be recuperating from a lower body injury or performance enhancing training. For patients with specific medical conditions, it could be just the ability to walk with normal movement.

What causes gait imbalance?
There are a few common causes of gait problems which includes diseases, accident related injuries or repeated usage of wrong footwear which alters gait. The most common cause of gait imbalance is a primary medical condition such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, arthritis, brain tumour, spinal cord compression and gout. Injury to the foot may cause an individual to develop an unusual swing in walking to avoid pain. This a major cause of temporary gait imbalance. Injury specific trauma and inflammation might cause temporary imbalance but neurological conditions often turn out to be long-term difficulties. Poor posture is another important factor causing gait issues.

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