Women's Health Coffee Morning

We arranged a small, invite only, coffee morning in May 2018. The target demographic was women aged 50 years of age and over. Our Lead PT presented a 30 minutes talk, touching on some of the more frequent complaints that women in this demographic may experience. The topics covered included some basics of the Pelvic Floor Anatomy (PFA), the role of the Pelvic Floor Muscles (PFM) and symptoms that could be addressed by a Physiotherapist. Other topics touched upon included chronic constipation and strategies and exercises to help discussed issues. There was time set aside for discussion and a brief Q & A. The objective of the morning being - to create awareness and increase the knowledge base for women; about their own bodies

Massage Therapy

Massage and the manual trigger of an articular movement focused on the improvement of function, pain reduction, reduction of disease activity improve flexibility and welfare (dimension of: depression, anxiety, mood and pain)

Therapeutic Exercise

Before beginning an exercise program, it is important to have a global evaluation of the situation: joint-inflammation local or systemic, state of the disease, age of the patient and grade of collaboration. Exercise therapy is used by patients with RA with the aim of improving daily functioning and the social participation by means of improvement of the strength, aerobic condition, and range of motion, stabilization and coordination. In general we can say that patients with RA need a high-intensive exercise program which is aimed at improving aerobic capacity, strength and endurance.

Assistive Devices and Adaptive Equipment

Working in close proximity with an Occupational Therapist to adapt the patient’s environment to promote independence in activities of daily living (including Raised chairs/ toilet seats/ Supports/ rails etc)

Electrotherapy

Electrical Stimulation: Administering of electric energy by means of alternating current. (TENS= Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) this used to relieve pain. Other options can include: Infrared lamps/ Ultrasound/ PSWD/ Interferential Therapy etc (these modalities would be used based on the patient’s needs and recommendations by a physiotherapist)

Learn about Physiotherapy Management

As mentioned, there is no specific therapy that can completely cure RA. However, there are treatments that achieve pain relief and the slowdown of the activity of RA, to prevent disability and increase functional capacity. Physiotherapists play an integral role in the non-pharmacological management of RA. The therapy goals in most cases are:
• Patient education.
• Improvement in disease management knowledge
• Pain control
• Improvement in activities of daily living
• Improvement in Joint stiffness (Range of motion)
• Prevent or control joint damage
• Improve strength
• Improve fatigue levels
• Improve quality of life
• Improve aerobic condition
• Improve stability and coordination
• Joint protection advice
• Provision of functional splinting and assistive devices

Alternative Therapies

Some patients find great relief and comfort in alternative remedies including Acupuncture and Cupping. Certain Physiotherapists will have the appropriate qualification and training to provide said treatments. TCM Acupuncture and Cupping provide a great source of pain relief and thus overall contribute to the patient already feeling an improved quality of life. Other services such as aromatherapy, reiki, reflexology and/or sound healing therapy are all considered alternative therapies.

Respiratory

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Cupping/ Vacuum Therapy

Cupping or Vacuum therapy treats several medical conditions such as headaches, arthritis, post injury trauma, rheumatism, fibromyalgia, fatigue and musculoskeletal problems. It promotes self-healing by regenerating capillaries, enhancing blood flow to the problem area, maintaining homeostasis, and reducing inflammation and toxins. Suction from the cup helps loosen rigid tissues and increase blood supply and lymph (defense mechanism of the body) flow to the muscles and skin. It also triggers the nervous system, which helps in relaxing your body and mind. The therapy helps reduce muscle weakness, tiredness, pain, cramps, spasms, numbness, tightness, stiffness swelling and scarring