Results of a recent systematic review last year which analysed the available research over the last 25 years found that 66% of herniated discs in the lumbar spine heal spontaneously. The looked at studies from United Kingdom, Japan, France, Korea and Italy.
The study concluded that due to the high percentage of discs resorbing that conservative treatment may become the first choice of treatment for lumbar herniated discs.
It’s World Physiotherapy Day this Saturday, and the theme this year is Mental Health, Phyisotherapy and Exercise.
Did you know that 20% of people living with osteoarthritis have depression or anxiety?
Exercise improves the quality of life and self-esteem of people experiencing mental health
issues and has a large and significant antidepressant effect in people with depression.
“Advice to rest and avoid pain is commonly provided to people with knee and other joint pains. This advice is often wrong, and harmful. Inactivity and rest makes pain and osteoarthritis worse, not better in the longer term. Our joints need movement and exercise to stimulate repair and keep them strong. There is undisputable evidence that staying active and regular participation in exercise is safe and will help improve pain, and a person’s quality of life”
Some great work here by physiotherapist Dr. Christian Barton
We are delighted to welcome Laura O’Donnell (BSc Hons OT) to Milltown Physiotherapy. Laura is an experienced Occupational Therapist who will be available here on Saturdays. She graduated from Trinity College in 2009 with an honours degree in Occupational Therapy.
Laura has extensive experience working with adults with acute and chronic conditions across a wide range of clinical areas. These include Neurology (e.g. Stroke, Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, neuropathies), Frail Elderly (e.g. falls, mild cognitive impairments, Dementia), Chronic Pain and pulmonary, cardiac, endocrinology (e.g. diabetes) and orthopaedic conditions. She specialises in Stroke/Neurological rehabilitation and Chronic Pain management.
A really nice infographic from @infophysiopt on twitter that shows what exercise is good for knee osteoarthritis. From Tai Chi and yoga to strength training, find something you enjoy and can stick to for positive results.
Milltown Physiotherapy is delighted to announce that the renowned sexologist Emily Power Smith has started clinic at Milltown Physiotherapy. Emily Power Smith is the only clinical sexologist in Ireland and as such has a unique skill-set and knowledge base. Emily runs a busy private practice in Dun Laoghaire as well as attending clinic in Milltown Physiotherapy.
Emily has a Masters Degree in Sexology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Psychotherapy, with years of experience as a facilitator, educator and trainer. She teaches at third and post graduate levels, trains, writes, runs seminars and is a regular contributor to Irish National Press, radio and TV. Emily’s mission is to normalise sexuality and to create informed, mature and non-judgmental dialogue around all aspects of sexuality (a sex positive approach). She is consultant and advisor for clients attending Milltown Physiotherapy who may wish to follow up with more intensive therapy.
Milltown Physiotherapy are delighted to introduce new Neurological Physiotherapy service led by Chartered Physiotheraist Una Cusack who has expertise as a Neurological Physiotherapist with extensive clinical experience in adult and paediatric Neurological rehabilitation as well as having completed a Masters in Clinical Neuroscience from Kings College London.