Posture

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for arthritis

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy? PRP therapy is a relatively new treatment where a patient's own blood is used as a source of material to be injected into the site of arthritis. Plasma is the liquid component of your blood. It is mostly water, but also contains some proteins, glucose and nutrients. Platelets are cells that travel through your blood stream along with red and white blood cells. they assist in clotting and secrete proteins and growth factors that stimulate tissue repair and healing.

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Stem Cell therapy for arthritis Pros & Cons

Stem Cell Therapy- What is it? A stem cell is a type of cell which can divide and duplicate itself, as well as differentiate into (become) different types of functional tissue. Babies develop from a single differentiating and dividing cell and they give rise to embryonic stem cells, while in adults there are different types of stem cells sourced from fat (adipose) tissue, marrow, or blood, called mesenchymal stem cells that are believed to be involved in the repair and healing of injured tissues. Cells are either harvested from the patients themselves (in the case of adult mesenchymal cells), or harvested from embryos or the placenta of newborns, then lab cultured or processed into a concentrated solution, sometimes with the addition of chemicals.

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How to breathe better

It is a common experience for many physical therapy professionals such as chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and others to notice that many of their patients suffering from back problems have poor breathing habits. The expansion and contraction of the ribcage with deep inspiration is often abnormal, uneven from left to right  and they often breathe in at a different speed to breathing out. They also tend to suffer from a range of other conditions including cardiovascular, digestive and stress related health issues. An important key in rehabilitating many of these conditions is to get them to breathe more effectively.

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Best Sleeping Positions

Many patients ask what position is the best to sleep in for their particular problem. This often also leads to discussion on which are the best pillows and which are the best mattresses. Lets begin by looking at the body's natural curves- because the best position is usually one that supports these curves appropriately. On the drawing to the right it can be seen that there are three main curves in the spine when looked at from the side. The neck (cervical spine) and low back (lumbar spine) curve backwards and are called lordoses, while the mid back (thoracic spine) curves forward. Click on the links for a review on common postural distortions and scoliosis.   Sleeping in a position that supports these curves and maintains a neutral position would be ideal, however the condition and type of mattress you sleep on as well as the type of pillow you use will also influence this. Lets look at each position in turn.

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Treatment during Pregnancy

Pregnancy carries a range of experiences for new mums-to-be. Besides the joy of nurturing a new life, there are also the more uncomfortable experiences of back ache, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, swollen legs and nausea that needs to be endured. As her body changes, a woman will experience a shift in weight bearing position, a change in her posture and greater strain on her back and pelvis. All of these discomforts can be relieved through a range of therapies performed by our practitioners, ranging from acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, manual therapy, spinal manipulation and myofascial therapy.

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