Physiotherapy, physical activity and health
Physiotherapists work with a wide range of people to optimise their physical activity, from elite athletes to older people seeking to remain active as they age. More than any other profession, they prevent chronic disease by helping people become more active. Continue reading
Back pain is so prevalent that it costs the country more than cancer and diabetes treatment combined, but there are many myths circulating about the condition. We asked some of Ireland’s leading experts to shed some light on the common ailment.
Respiratory infections can occur at any time but are more prevalent in the winter and spring or with drastic weather changes. An adult may just experience a severe dose of flu whereas as a young child may easily develop more serious respiratory symptoms which require immediate medical attention. The reason for this is that a young child’s airways are not as well developed as those of an adult.
Did you know that South African physiotherapists are playing a major role at the upcoming World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress 2015, to be held in Singapore 1-4 May?
Dr Aimee Stewart, who retired last year from the University of the Witwatersrand, has been appointed Chair of WCPT’s International Scientific Committee, which has responsibility for putting together the programme for the WCPT Congress. Wow! A very distinguished South African scientist has the job of pulling the whole scientific programme together – when you consider the possible candidates from places like Canada, the UK and Australia, that is HUGE news. Continue reading
What is whiplash?
Whiplash, or whiplash associated disorders are a group of symptoms that occur when a sudden, unexpected force moves through your spine as a result of rapid acceleration or deceleration.
What causes whiplash?
The most common cause of whiplash is a motor vehicle accident but it may also result from occupational and sporting incidences. In the case of a motor vehicle accident, it occurs most commonly when a vehicle is hit from behind by another vehicle, but injury can happen with an impact from any direction. When hit from behind, the energy of the back vehicle is passed to the front vehicle and also to its passengers. The size and speed of the vehicles involved will determine the amount of energy that is transferred which in turn will have an impact on the risk and severity of a whiplash injury. Continue reading
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