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16th
Jan

Your Health Matters – Why do I feel dizzy after a deep massage?

 

Bill: Is it normal to be dizzy after deep tissue? No, it’s not normal to be dizzy after deep tissue. However, if you have been lying face down on a treatment bed for thirty minutes or an hour, it’s not an uncommon for people to have postural hypotension or low-blood pressure as they move from lying to sitting. That dizziness passes through very quickly. If you are dizzy for a whole day after you’ve had deep tissue work, there’s probably something else that’s driving that and I would be seeking further help in terms of going to see your local doctor, your general practitioner.

Steve: Importantly, if you do suffer from postural hypotension, please tell your practitioner before you get on that table and have your massage or your myotherapy session cause it could help when we do get you up and make you feel more comfortable.
 

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14th
Jan

Your Health Matters – What is Clinical Myotherapy?

 

Bill: Myotherapists are clinicians, aren’t they?

Steve: There are a lot of clinicians out there. Myotherapists are clinicians. But if you go back to the Greek or Latin “myo” meaning muscle. Therapy, meaning therapy. It’s someone who works with muscles in a therapeutic sense. So there’s someone who essentially has some clinical diagnostic skills. They have a tertiary degree in myotherapy and essentially they work with muscle. Sort of like a massage therapist or someone who works muscle to make people well. That is what a myotherapist is.

What is the difference between Dry Needling and Wet Needling?

11th
Jan

Your Health Matters – What is the difference between Dry Needling and Wet Needling?

 

Bill: Dry needling and wet needling. Dry needling is essentially using a dry needle
which is generally an acupuncture needle or a very fine filament. Wet needling is when
we inject something through the needle like a cortisone injection, or you know, an
injection that a doctor might give. So, dry needling is used for what?

Steve: Well, muscle release. So if you have a really tight knot in the muscle, often you
can use a dry needle to kind of poke it and stimulate it and get it to release.

Bill: Pretty simple, really.

Steve: Yeah

03th
Jan

Your Health Matters – How strong is my back?

 

Bill: How strong is my back?  Do you reckon back strength is important?

Steve: I think it’s really important.

Bill: Have you ever measured your lower back strength?

Steve: I actually have measured my lower back strength.

Bill: How did you do that, Steve?

Steve: Well, I used the MedX.

Bill: MedX machine?

Steve: Yes.

Bill: That’s an interesting piece of equipment.

Steve: It is.

Bill: Some people say that it’s a bit like a medieval torture device.

Steve: Most people would actually say that.

Bill: But really what it is about is pinning you into a seat so that the only part of your body that can move is your lower back and actually measuring with a computer how strong you are in different positions. Would you say that’s beneficial in working with clients to see exactly where they may be weak?

Steve: Absolutely. If you can determine how strong you are, — and what we haven’t explained yet is we have age-matched normal data. So we can say if you’re forty years old male of a particular race, you should be strong and if you fall below that line, then clearly there’s some work to be done.

Bill: I suppose if you clicked on this link, you’ve probably questioning whether your back is strong or if you have a problem with your back, that’s a good reason to have your back strength measured.  

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27th
Dec

Your Health Matters – What is more important Pain or Function?

 

Bill: What is more important? Pain or function?  

Steve: Function.

Bill: Why?

Steve: Is that a trick question?

Bill: Yeah. But you answered it. You got it. You nailed it.

Steve: I have? That’s awesome.

Bill: But now I’m going to ask you to show your workings like in that VCA Maths exam that you did. So why is function more important than pain?

Steve: I like to put it down to this. Would you prefer to have no pain but not be able to move or would your prefer a little bit of pain but can do anything you want in life?

Bill: I think B if it’s multiple choice. I’ll take the second one.

Steve: There’s the workings out right there.

Bill: Oh you got me!

Steve: So pain, function. Both are important, but rather than focus on the function, we often get to focused on the pain. And if we have full function, or some function, and we can get stronger more mobile more flexible, guess what happens?

Bill: You enjoy life more?

Steve: And the pain subsides. Because full restoration of movement occurs.

Bill: So it’s worthwhile to see a physiotherapist if you don’t have pain but you’ve got problems with your function?

Steve: That’s right. And that’s another good reason to see a physiotherapist if you don’t have pain and if you’re gonna start a new activity. So if you haven’t got any conditioning behind you…

Was Joseph Pilates a Physiotherapist - Your Health Matters

24th
Dec

Your Health Matters – Was Joseph Pilates a Physiotherapist?

 

Steve: No, Joseph Pilates was not a physiotherapist or physical therapist.

Bill: Why is he so special?

Steve: Because he decided to do something about his own sickness. His own own muscles. He, as a child, he had a parent who was a gymnast. His dad was a strong gymnast. He used some of those principles to help him with his breathing exercises because he suffered from asthma, to help get stronger and stronger. And developed 34 exercises over time to help him get stronger, more stable and breathe better.

Bill: And he also worked on the front lines of World War 1?

Steve: Yes, he did.

Bill: So, he worked with injured soldiers in their beds, rigging up springs and the like to get them to start the rehabilitation when they were ordered to be on bed rest.

Steve: So the mystical story here which most believed to be true is that Joseph was infirmed in England because he was a German soldier at that time. And the ward that he was infirmed in, he put springs on all the beds, almost like the reformer beds. Story goes is that every single person in his ward walked out of that infirmary which couldn’t be said for the other wards.

Bill: Interesting history Joseph Pilates.

Steve: Yes, smart man. He wasn’t a physio. But you know, if you wanted to do something, you’ll do it. And you’ll work out a way.
 

Are they an MD or DO | MHEALTH

03th
Oct

Podiatrists – Are they an MD or DO?

Are you confused about whether a podiatrist is an MD or a DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)? This is a question that has crossed the mind of many people. In fact, podiatrists get asked this question all the time. Some people have even asked that if they are not an MD, then why would a patient should see a podiatrist instead of a regular practitioner? All these questions are based on several misunderstandings and most importantly, misperceptions about the professions of an MD or a podiatrist. The doctors in both these scenarios are very highly trained. The only difference is in their area of interest.

Doctors who have an MD degree are best for general healthcare. When you have a cough or a cold or you have a fever, you go to a general physician. This doctor will be an MD. They are basically a jack of all trades, master of none. If you are now wondering if a podiatrist is a DO, then you need to know that DO’s are osteopathic physicians. On one hand, you have MD’s who are into allopathic medicines and treatment; on the other hand, DO’s consider the body to be wholly integrated. They do not treat according to specific symptoms. Their approach is rather vivid and instead of immediate cure, they base their treatment for a long-term process to cure the patient.

The Wand Of The Podiatrist

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Now it is time to look into what podiatrists really are. Oddly enough, they are neither and MD nor DO. They are DPM’s; they are a doctor of podiatric medicine; they can be both surgeon and a physician at the same time and they specialise in treating the ankle, foot and other related areas of the leg. To address the question if a podiatrist is not an MD, then why a patient should see a podiatrist instead of a regular practitioner, there is only one answer. Podiatrists specialise in a certain part of the body. If there is an issue in your body that is related to the foot or the ankle, it would be best to visit a podiatrist instead of an MD.

Feet can be a complicated structure to deal with. Not everyone has the tenacity to get the right diagnosis and things can turn from bad to worse within a few days. No one wants that to happen. When your ankle is in a lot of pain, wouldn’t you want to know that the doctor has is a specialist who can treat you immediately?

Podiatrists are the most qualified when it comes to treating your feet. Just like an ENT is a specialist in the eyes, nose and tongue section, similarly, a podiatrist is a specialist for your feet.

Education Of A Podiatrist

If you thought that the podiatrist had it easy because he/she only specialised in the area of feet, then think again. A physician has to complete 4 years of training in one of the best podiatric medical schools and then spend another 3 years in a hospital residency for training. He/she gets rigorous training of the foot and ankle so that he/she becomes a specialist after 7 years of the entire course. It is after this course ends that he/she gets the DPM degree and not before that.

The training of podiatrists is somewhat similar to what MD physicians get in their medical school. Their only point of difference is the area where they specialise in. MD’s do not specialise in a certain part of the body, whereas DPM’s focus on the feet. Podiatrists can also complete their fellowship after they finish their residency training.

Are Podiatrists, MD and DO on the same level?

Most people think that MD’s can treat anything and everything. That is not really the case. Those who are DO specialise in internal medicine. They try to cure a health problem by investigating the root cause. MD’s, on the other hand, have full knowledge of the human body just like any other doctor. They specialise in common diseases that people have. Podiatrists or PDM’s are specialists on feet and ankles.

So, basically, it all comes down to who specialises in what field. Every doctor works hard to get to the position that they belong. There shouldn’t be any doubt about who is better than whom. It is high time everyone realises that and visits the doctor who specialises in the area that is the actual concern of the patient.

 

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What is a Podiatrist | MHEALTH

27th
Sep

What Does A Podiatrist Do

Your feet and ankles are very important parts of your body.  They provide you with the necessary support to help you get through your day and perform all of your daily activities.  If your ankle or feet are injured or are suffering from some sort of medical condition, it can reduce your mobility and not just pain, but a lot of inconveniences also. Fortunately, there are specialists that can help you with your feet and ankles.

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a medical specialist who helps with medical conditions and injuries that affect your lower legs, feet and ankles.  They diagnose and treat ankles, feet and related areas of your body. These specialists are trained in podiatric medicine to give them the knowledge and training they need to help you recover from infections, recover from injuries and help you with other medical conditions that affect your feet, ankles, and lower leg.

Are podiatrists doctors and what kind of training do they have?

Podiatrists do not attend medical school but they are doctors. After completing an undergraduate degree, they go through a 4-year program at a podiatry school to earn the designation DPM, which stands for Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.

They study the injuries and illnesses that can affect the feet and related areas and learn how to diagnose and treat these issues, as well as how to perform surgery on the feet when necessary.

After completing podiatry school they complete a 3 year residency, working in a hospital or other medical setting. Following their residency, podiatrists can obtain advanced certifications related to the feet and ankles.   

What does a podiatrist do?

A podiatrist diagnoses, treats, rehabilitates and helps to prevent injuries and medical conditions that relate to the feet, ankles and lower limbs.  They also work to correct and prevent deformities, treat infections, relieve pain, and keep you active and mobile.

The can offer advice on how to care for your feet properly and recommend the kind of shoes you should wear. Podiatrists also alleviate and treat day-to-day foot problems, such as:

● sports injuries
● sprains and fractures
● gout
● blisters
● heel pain
● heel spurs
● bunions
● flat feet
● cracked and dry heels
● smelly feet
● athlete’s foot
● calluses and corns
● toenail problems
● diabetes, arthritis and other medical conditions affecting the feet, ankles and lower leg

How can a podiatrist help me?

You should consider seeing a podiatrist for treatment and advice if your feet are in pain, you have discolored or thickened toenails, cuts or cracks in your skin, certain growths like warts, peeling, scaling, or any other type of foot-related problems.

Another thing that a podiatrist can do for you is recommended orthotics, which are custom-made arch supports, padding, and insoles that you place in your shoes to help relieve heel or arch pain.  The orthotic device helps to increase the comfort of your shoes, take pressure off of any vulnerable areas, or re-align your foot.

Even when your feet are in fairly good condition, you still may want to go see a podiatrist to have hard skin removed from your feet, to have your toenails clipped, to get advice on the proper footwear, or to simply ensure that you are properly looking after your feet.

Podiatrists also can help you with more complicated foot problems. They can order x-rays and lab tests, prescribe drugs, reset broken bones, and perform surgery.  

Podiatrists also treat foot deformities, including clubfoot and other birth defects, along with other problems that are caused by damaged or neglect.

There are also podiatrist specialists that can help you with specialised problems.  There are podiatrists who specialise in sports medicine and treat ankle and foot injuries that are commonly sustained by athletes. Children are treated by pediatric care podiatrist, including children who have congenital foot defects. Surgical podiatrists use surgical techniques to remove bone spurs, perform ankle and foot reconstruction surgery following an injury, and other issues requiring surgery.   

What takes place during a consultation with a podiatrist?

During a first consultation, your podiatrist will conduct a full medical history and perform basic tests, including examining your feet and checking your blood circulation.

You and your podiatrist will discuss any concerns you have, and then he or she will make a diagnosis, prepare a treatment plan, and provide you with advice on how to properly care for your feet.

Any minor problems can usually be treated right on the spot, including having calluses, corns, and hard skin removed.  

Usually, this session will be completely painless and last 30 to 60 minutes. Follow up visits may be required. Book your appointment today!

 

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What is a Podiatrist | MHEALTH

26th
Sep

Do I Need A Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a trained doctor who specializes in podiatric medicine. That is a branch of medicine that focuses on the health of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. They are often referred to as a foot and ankle surgeon because surgery is a common part of their job. One of the unique aspects of this particular medical profession is that it is the only type of doctor who specializes exclusively in treating the foot and ankle. Other specializations may offer to treat the same area, but they will lack the same degree of education and training in regards to the foot and ankle.

There are some differences in the profession from one country to the next. For example, in the United States, all podiatrists must complete surgical residencies that allow them to perform surgical treatments in addition to diagnosing and treating foot and ankle conditions. In Australia, a surgical residency is not required for licensing as a standard podiatrist. However, a podiatrist can choose to receive additional education and specialize as a podiatric surgeon.

The History Of Podiatry

Humans have understood the need to care for their feet for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptian carvings from roughly 2400 BC depict care being given to the hands and feet. And this undoubtedly wasn’t the first time this occurred. The average person today walks between 8,000 and 10,000 kilometres each year. That number was likely significantly higher thousands of years ago.

Despite this need to care for the foot, podiatrists originally worked separately from the rest of organized medicine. They were called chiropodists for some time and they worked as physicians who were independently licensed. It wasn’t until the 20th century neared that the profession took a step forward into organized and protected medicine.

Professional podiatrist associations began to appear at different times in different countries around the world. The very first of these associations appeared in America in 1895. Later, in 1912, the London Foot Hospital was organized by the British. Australia began to organize professional associations beginning in 1924. Finally, in 1939, Australia built a professional training centre and began to release a medical journal on the subject.

The specialization has come a long way from its early days. It is widely respected across the globe and one of the highest paying professions in many countries.

Additional Podiatry Specializations

The number of additional specializations varies according to the country. Some countries recognize podopaediatrics as a podiatrist specialization. Podopaediatrics would focus on diagnosing and treating foot and ankle conditions in children. Sports podiatry is another specialization that focuses on injuries related to playing sports.

There are currently only two levels of accreditation available in Australia with only one existing specialty. That specialization is Podiatric Surgeon. All other podiatry-related work, whether it be sport-related or for children, is handled by a standard podiatrist. This requires them to have a vast understanding of the foot and ankle of patients of all ages.

Current lobbying efforts suggest that new specializations may be introduced in the future. Those specializations may include podopaediatrics, high-risk podiatry, sports podiatry, and diabetes podiatry. If these specializations are introduced it would lessen the workload of each podiatric specialist and allow them to focus on specific problems more efficiently.

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Podiatric Services Available

The best podiatric doctors will offer a large number of services related to the foot an ankle. General foot treatment should include the management or prevention of specific problems like splinters, blisters, warts, athlete’s foot, corns, and nail fungus. More advanced services may include computer gait analysis, diabetes foot health care, orthotic prescriptions, and neurological assessment.

You may also receive a biomechanical assessment that can help treat pain, prevent future problems, and improve athletic performance. This assessment includes an examination of the foot as well as other parts of the body related to the foot’s function. It will highlight foot posture, muscle activation time, balance, overall posture, muscle strength, and other related elements. This information can then be used to suggest lifestyle changes, specific exercises, orthotic prescriptions, and basically anything else related to the foot and ankle that could improve your well being.

Other assessments that may be provided include a neurological assessment, a vascular assessment, and a diabetes foot health assessment. Each of these serves an important purpose and should be utilized by those with specific risks. For example, patients who suffer from pain in the lower limbs often benefit from a neurological assessment. This particular assessment can help determine if the pain is originated from the lower limbs or is being caused by nerve damage or irritation higher up in the body.

When To Schedule A Visit

There’s no wrong time to visit a podiatrist, but there are some signs that it’s time to schedule a visit soon. If you suffer from prolonged pain in the lower limbs, then you should schedule a visit as soon as possible. Even if y our feet and ankles seem fine, scheduling an appointment once a year is always a great idea. Patients with high-risk factors, such as diabetic patients, should have an appointment once every 3 months at least. At MHEALTH, you’ll find all of the services listed above available plus so much more. Schedule an appointment today with one of our highly-trained podiatric specialists.

 

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Difference between Podiatrist & Chiropodist | MHEALTH

24th
Sep

Understanding the Difference Between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodist

Do you have flat feet which cause you to skimp on the footwear you like most? Or perhaps you suffer from calluses, cracked heels, or athlete’s foot? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should definitely look for a foot doctor. After a quick online search, however, you find that a foot doctor can either be a podiatrist or a chiropodist.

Which one should you schedule an appointment with? Keep reading to find out how you can put an end to your foot problems.

A Look Back in History

Back in the 60s and 70s, chiropody wasn’t officially considered as a branch of medicine. Chiropodists primarily dealt with providing foot inserts to ease the pain of their patients. The people that visited them the most suffered from arthritis, diabetes, and sports injuries.

Over time, chiropody practitioners were required to register before offering their services. In 1977, the term podiatrist replaced chiropodist to end the confusion. It’s worth noting, however, that some countries such as the UK and the USA continue to use the term chiropody, although it doesn’t differ in any shape, form, or fashion from modern podiatry.

What Does a Chiropodist or Podiatrist Do?

Now that you know that these two terms are interchangeable, it’s time to learn what they can actually do to alleviate your foot problems. If you suffer from any kind of foot issues, be it minor or severe, you should schedule a visit to a chiropody or podiatry clinic. Only a specialised foot doctor can properly diagnose and treat issues with your feet, ankles, and lower limbs.

Calluses and corns, hard skin on the feet, and bunions are more than just aesthetic problems. You may have been ignoring these issues for years, thinking that they wouldn’t cause any harm. However, the problem can escalate and soon cause pain even when doing mild movements. A podiatrist can remove calluses, bunions, and hard skin using safe and non-invasive procedures.

Another common problem that podiatrists tend to is ingrown toenails. If you’ve suffered from this issue before, then you know how painful it can be. The simple task of walking can prove unbearable. A podiatrist helps pinpoint the root of the problem and advise you on how to properly care for your feet. The same goes for treating any kind of fungal or nail infection.

Using Orthotic Inserts

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Patients with foot problems often find that they have to be cautious of the shoes they wear. This applies in particular to those with flat feet or high arches. A podiatrist addresses this problem by using orthotic inserts. These provide customised support based on the condition of your feet, allowing you to feel more comfortable while walking. Custom-made insoles prove beneficial if you have biomechanical problems as they help prevent excessive pronation.

Prevention Over Cure

Chiropodists or podiatrists always prioritize preventive measures over surgery. Regardless of the kind of foot problem you have, expect a podiatrist to give you tips on preventing the condition from getting worse. They also find ways to minimize your pain and discomfort by prescribing the right footwear and custom orthotic inserts.

Surgery is a last resort. Podiatrists only take this approach for serious foot issues. This is precisely why you should consult a foot doctor as soon as you feel any abnormalities in your feet, ankles, or lower limbs. It’s better to have the problem diagnosed rather than letting it exacerbate to the point where you must undergo surgery to return back to your normal life.

Keep in mind that even mild pain in your foot can accelerate quickly. Before you know it, the pain has already crept up to your lower back and hips, severely limiting your mobility and causing tremendous pain and discomfort.

Summing It Up

By now, you should have a better understanding of the roles of podiatrists and chiropodists. They should be the first ones to call if you’re dealing with any kind of foot condition or foot-related injury. There’s no need to be confused by the terms. Both professions share the same functions which are to diagnose and treat foot problems, so be sure to book an appointment right now at the nearest chiropody and podiatry clinic in your area.

 

 

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