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What is a Physiotherapist?

What is a Physiotherapist?

What is a Physiotherapist?

Contrary to popular belief Physiotherapists do more than just massage! We also work in areas other than the sporting field, such as hospitals, private practice, community rehab centres and in the home.Physio Page

As Physiotherapists, we are highly trained in understanding how the human body moves and functions. Reduction in pain and stiffness, improvements in balance and mobility or simply correct exercise technique are all specialties for a Physiotherapist. We use a combination of treatments for strength and mobility such as exercise, soft tissue massage (yes massage!), joint mobilisations and education in order to achieve client’s goals.

In hospitals, Physiotherapists can work in an acute setting with post surgical patients, post transplant and medical patients. Sub- acute Physiotherapists have a role in neurological rehabilitation (conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s) and musculoskeletal rehab, helping patients to achieve independence in their daily activities. They also have an important place in paediatrics (kids) and gerontology (oldies).

Here at MD health, as a Physiotherapist we work to assess and treat your injuries, to get you back to optimal functioning. We work along side our Exercise Physiologists, utilizing a combination of Pilates exercises and various treatment techniques in order to provide a holistic approach to lifelong health and wellbeing.

Jacinta Meharry
Physiotherapist at MD Health Pilates

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Workout Wednesday: Shoulder Rehabilitation Exercises

Workout Wednesday: Shoulder Rehabilitation Exercises

This week in Workout Wednesday Jack and Mark demonstrate basic shoulder exercises to strengthen the stabilizing and postural muscles around the shoulder blades.

Conservative management for people with shoulder impingement normally includes exercise therapy to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles as well as scapular stabilising muscles. Research has shown that exercise therapy can be just as effective as surgical intervention for the reduction of shoulder pain in people with shoulder impingement. The goal of exercise therapy is to increase the strength, endurance and/or muscular hypertrophy of the scapula stabilising and rotator cuff muscles. Control and progression of exercise variables including intensity, duration, frequency and load are crucial to achieve this. However, most clinical research studies in exercise for shoulder impingement vary widely in their prescription of exercise and do not closely control these exercise variables.
Method: A recent research study looked at the benefits of a closely controlled progressive resistance training program for people diagnosed with sub-acromial shoulder impingement. Participants in this study were assigned to either a progressive resistance training (PRT) group or a control group which performed no exercise. Participants in the PRT group participated in exercise therapy to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder twice per week for 2 months. The exercise variables in this study were closely monitored and progressed over the 2 months to optimise increases in muscle hypertrophy, strength and endurance.

– This extract was taken from Monday’s blog article ‘Progressive Resistance Training for Shoulder Impingement’ by Jack Hickey. Read it here: http://www.mdhealth.com.au/progressive-resistance-training-for-shoulder-impingement/

Workout Wednesday: Shoulder Rehabilitation Exercises