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  • January
    31

    Changes to codeine access

    From 1 February 2018, medicines containing codeine will no longer be available without a prescription. As an alternative to prescribing codeine, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has encouraged GPs to refer patients to physiotherapists. If you have been affected by these recent changes and would like to consider Physiotherapy to treat pain, please contact us. Useful resources Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA): The TGA’s codeine information hub includes a suite of factsheets, frequently asked questions and useful links for…

  • November
    20

    New Initiative to prevent chronic disease – My Health 4 Life

    Are you over 18 and have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes, or high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, or previous Gestational Diabetes? OR are you over 45 – (over 18 for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander) – and having trouble managing weight gain, not getting at least 30 minutes a day of exercise, want to improve your diet, trying to reduce alcohol and smoking? Often we are not aware of our own risk of chronic disease. Several factors all increase our…

  • August
    30

    I’m not as steady as I used to be!

    Are you losing confidence walking on uneven surfaces, or feeling unsteady in the shower? Did you know one of more older Australians living in the community aged 65 and up fall one or more times every year? There is an increased tendency to fall with advancing age as strength is lost, normal walking gait is changed, and the body’s balance system becomes dulled and slower to respond to sudden movements. Minor injuries are most common but unfortunately there is risk…

  • July
    24

    ONERO offers new hope for addressing Osteoporosis

    What is the effect of Osteoporosis in Australia? The increase in health care costs and rising pressure on the healthcare system associated with an aging population is of great concern [1], with chronic diseases being responsible for the greatest healthcare costs in the older population.  Osteoporosis currently affects 1.2 million Australians [2], while a further 6.3 million Australians have osteopenia [2].  In fact, approximately one in four women aged over 50 and one in two women aged over 80 are…

  • June
    26

    Wheelchair Tennis

    As some of my patients would be aware every now and then I disappear to work with the amazing Wheelchair tennis athletes as a Physiotherapist. These tournaments have included the Brisbane International, Apia Sydney International and the Melbourne open. I have also had the privilege of working with our Australian men’s open team here in Australia and in the Netherlands. Categories and Rules Within the sport there are 2 categories of athletes-the Quads and the Opens. Quads – have injuries…

  • May
    22

    I have an extra bone in my foot!? Is that normal?

    It is not usually until you have to have an x-ray that you may find you have an extra bone in your skeletal make-up of your feet.  Although sometimes you may notice that your foot has a mysterious bump that other friends and family do not have. Do not freak out!!! Breathe!  It is a normal variation! Accessory bones or Ossicles of the foot are a normal variation that can present as both symptomatic and asymptomatic.  There are normally only…

  • November
    30

    Why Might you Need Massage During your Pregnancy?

    Back pain during pregnancy is extremely common and usually nothing to worry about. It can occur at almost any stage of your pregnancy.  At Burleigh Heads Physiotherapy we have a specialised pregnancy table which you can lie facedown on through your entire pregnancy. The level of pain can vary from woman to woman and I find my patients often experience increased symptoms in subsequent pregnancies.  In cases where pain is severe and has not responded to a pregnancy massage we…

  • July
    21

    Torticollis in Children

    Torticollis means “twisted neck”. If an infant is born with a torticollis it is referred to as a congenital torticollis. It is common in infants ~ 1 in 250 live births and can sometimes be from their position in the womb or a difficult delivery. What are the signs and symptoms? Infants with a true torticollis may present with palpable soft tissue lump/thickening in a sternocleidomastoid muscle (the muscles that connect the breast bone and collar bone to the skull)….

  • July
    5

    Help for Diastasis Rectus

    This article discusses rectus diastasis associated with pregnancy and stretching of the abdominal muscles and how to manage this condition with pelvic floor and transversus abdominus (core stability) strengthening.

  • May
    23

    Pregnancy Inservice for Burleigh & Broadbeach Physio

    In March Natali Zantvoort presented to Burleigh Heads staff about current physiotherapy in women’s health.  Natali recently completed a 5 day intensive women’s health course in Sydney and spoke particularly to the physios about back and pelvic girdle (sacroiliac and pubic symphysis) pain during pregnancy. She discussed common findings with pregnancy related pain and gave tips to help accurate diagnosis of pain arising from the spine versus the pelvic girdle. Good diagnosis helps physios provide more effective treatment and also…

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    Burleigh Heads Physiotherapy Centre
    07 5535 5218
    18A West Street
    Burleigh Heads
    QLD, 4220

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    07 5539 8830
    Suite 54, Level 2, Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria Ave
    Broadbeach
    QLD , 4218