The spinal cord is a long fragile network of fibres that travel between the brain and the bottom of the spine. The spinal column is made up of a column of bones called the vertebra, these bones protect the spinal cord. 31 pairs of spinal nerves travel out from the spinal cord between each vertebra. […]February 10, 2020 TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain caused by a head injury (trauma to the head). The severity of the TBI may vary from a brief period of unconsciousness, sickness or dizziness caused by a mild trauma to serious physical and cognitive deficits resulting from a severe head injury. There are many […]February 3, 2020 MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE
In December 2019 Doddie Weir (Scotland Rugby star) raised awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) as he accepted the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show. He gave a fantastic and emotional speech demonstrating how the disease can affect even the fittest of people. He showed how with the right […]January 20, 2020 EPILEPSY
Epilepsy is a common neurological condition that can affect anybody at any point in their life. It most commonly develops in childhood or in people over 60 years of age. Epilepsy is characterised by a person experiencing repeated seizures. During a seizure bursts of electrical activity in the brain temporarily affects how the brain works. […]January 13, 2020 A commonly asked question: What Does A Physiotherapy assessment entail?
Arranging for a physiotherapist to come out to see you is taking the first step towards forming a strong relationship whereby a professional with knowledge and skills works along with you, the specialist in your own body! An initial assessment by a physiotherapist forms the foundation on which a detailed treatment programme can be set […]January 7, 2020 Are you Stroke Aware?
Effective treatment of a stroke can prevent long term disability and save lives. A stroke is an abnormality involving the circulation of blood to the brain, causing permanent damage. This damage is the result of either a blood vessel blockage that cuts off blood flow to the brain (ischaemic stroke) or due to bleeding into […]December 2, 2019 The Benefits and Dangers of Stress
April is Stress awareness month. It is a term so widely used in our daily vocabulary. It has its benefits, but it also has its dangers. Stress allows us to perceive danger more effectively by improving our sensory awareness, preparing our bodies physiologically and getting the right areas of the brain engaged. This is more […]April 14, 2019 BENEFITS OF EXERCISE – A PHYSIOTHERAPIST PERSPECTIVE
CAUSES OF INACTIVITY People may have some difficulty walking or being active because they may have become unwell. There are a number of reasons why people lose their mobility. Some of these reasons are: Fallers who broke an arm or leg and now lost ability to function as normal Loss of confidence in general mobility […]March 14, 2019 Thoracic Spine Stiffness
The thoracic spine is made up of 12 vertebrae that sit in-between the neck and the lumbar area. This is often an area of neglect as most people complain of neck or low back pain or problems. Poor posture is a big contributor to causing problems in the spine. Some people will naturally slump forward […]Cauda equina syndrome – be in the know
Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a rare condition, occurring in one to three in every 100,000 people. Up to two people in every 100 with a disc bulge may develop the condition so it’s important that our patients know what to look out for if they have low back pain. Because CES is described as […]ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME
What is it? Piriformis syndrome is a painful condition that develops due to irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve near the piriformis muscle in the gluteal (bottom) area. The piriformis muscle runs from the sacrum to the outer part of the hip and travels across the sciatic notch (where the sciatic nerve travels through). […]INJURY PREVENTION
With the start of the new school year and with many ‘winter’ sports starting again, it’s time to talk about being injury free this season. Here are some simple key points that will help with injury prevention. 1. Warm up before exercise and ‘cool’ down after exercise. Warming up means raising the heart rate slightly […]September 10, 2018 Self treatment – Myofascial ‘stretching’
Usually when a patient has a Physiotherapy session, the Physiotherapist will give the patient a few exercises to do in their own time to help with recovery. Self management strategies are essential for enhanced rehabiliation. Sometimes exercises can include stretching or releasing tight muscles or fascia. Mostly, Physiotherapists teach their patients to hold a stretch for […]Reduced mobility following hip surgery
Hip surgery of any kind can be painful and can cause mobility problems long after surgery has been completed. Surgical procedures include: -Total or partial hip replacement -Dynamic hip screw -Femur fractures Recovery will differ for each type of surgical procedure. Your consultant will advise you on healing times, positioning in bed, weight bearing […]August 16, 2018 Deconditioning Awareness
Physiotherapists refer to ‘deconditioning’ as a state of the body following an episode of inactivity such as a hospital admission. For example, after a period of inactivity, symptoms such as muscle weakness, fatigue and lower levels of activity are common and result in the body being in a deconditioned state. Deconditioning in older people can […]Asthma Update
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways, in which airway inflammation contributes to airway hyper responsiveness, airflow limitation, respiratory symptoms, and disease chronicity. In 2011, 5.4 million people in the UK were having treatment for asthma; the cost of asthma to the NHS is around a billion pounds per year. Most of these […]ME in Action #millionsmissing
On Saturday 12th May, it was International ME Awareness Day. One of our Physiotherapists attended an awareness event in London called #millionsmissing. Here she writes about the meaning behind the event and explains what ME is and how Physiotherapy can help. “ME or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is close to my heart. My best friend has suffered […]June 29, 2018 What is Myofascial Release? – Its fascianting!!
What is fascia? (pronounced fash ia). This is what we are all made of. Fascia is our connective tissue. It is a 3-dimensional, whole body system that joins us together, much like a knitted body suit. It is like a spider’s web, with no beginning or end. Fascia exists in what is known as the […]May 16, 2018 The circulatory system – Swollen Legs
Our circulatory system is a complex network of the heart, lungs, veins, arteries, lymph glands and other systems to help our bodies cope with daily life. There are varying degrees of swelling in the legs and usually the body copes well in managing a water balance. This is however more difficult if you have heart […]December 26, 2017 My Chest and Me
Winter is that time of the year when our chests can get more affected especially when you have a pre-existing condition. We have all been in the situation where we visit family over the festive season and someone has a cold. People with chronic chest conditions like COPD, Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchiectasis, Cystic fibrosis and even […]The “ageing population”
Last month, we posted a blog about how a wheelchair bound lady living in a residential home was able to complete a 5km walk with the help of her physiotherapist. This week in the CSP magazine ‘Frontline’, there is an article that talks about how care needs for the elderly population have increased dramatically over […]October 18, 2017 Pilates with Physiotherapy
Pilates is an exercise based intervention that is described as ‘the art of controlled movements’. These movements should look and feel like a workout (not a therapy) when carried out properly. If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, […]Achieving your goals no matter how big or small
There is a really heart warming article posted on the CSP website this week where an 87 year old lady completed a 5km race. What was even more remarkable about this lady is that she was previously wheelchair bound and used a hoist to transfer between bed and wheelchair. She also lives in a residential […]September 11, 2017 Benefits of Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy is the use of water for whole body treatment that involves moving and exercising in a heated pool. Hydrotherapy is a fantastic compliment to a land based physiotherapy programme for a wide range of conditions including (and not exclusive to): Hip and knee replacements (pre and post op) Back pain Rheumatoid arthritis Poor circulation […]September 8, 2017 ‘Exercise pain doesn’t equal tissue damage’
‘Exercise pain doesn’t equal tissue damage’ is the interesting title of an article in this weeks’ Frontline magazine – a fortnightly magazine for members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The article discusses a study that looked at evidence into the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain. The study concludes that ‘Therapeutic exercise that temporarily aggravates […]August 11, 2017 Managing Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition and is the result of damage to myelin, which protects the nerve fibres of the central nervous system. According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, over 100,000 people in the UK are living with MS. In MS the immune system mistakes myelin for a foreign body and attacks […]August 7, 2017 BACK TO WORK
The most common causes of absence from work are due to back pain and stress related illnesses. Both of these can be prevented, treated and managed by Physiotherapy. Having a Physiotherapist in the workplace is a huge employee benefit. At Silver Physio, we provide thorough assessments to each of our clients in the work place. […]August 3, 2017 Fractured Neck of Femur/ ‘hip fracture’
The femur is the bone that sits in between the hip and knee. It is the longest and strongest bone in the body, however this does not mean that it isn’t prone to damage. The femur is most commonly fractured by a fall and tends to break an area in the top region called […]July 22, 2017 Forget Falls – Focus on Physiotherapy!
A fall is defined as ‘an unexpected event in which a person comes to rest on the ground, floor or lower level’. A fall cannot be explained by medical causes (such as low blood pressure or a stroke) nor caused by an overwhelming external force. According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, there are […]PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR PRE AND POST CARDIAC PROBLEMS
Cardiac rehabilitation is an exercise and educational programme for the patient group who have suffered from cardiac conditions including heart attack, angioplasty, heart surgery, heart failure, angina or following a pacemaker insertion. The aim of cardiac rehab is to increase understanding of the condition, assist in recovery from surgery, procedure or heart attack, improve health, […]June 26, 2017 Osteoarthritis – what can Physiotherapy do to help!
Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of the joints in the body, caused by wear and tear. Common symptoms include pain in the joints, tenderness and stiffness, inflammation at the joint, reduced movement, weakness and muscle wasting. For some people, the symptoms can be mild and intermittent. Other people can experience more continuous and severe problems which […]June 18, 2017 A common muskuloskeletal complaint: BACK PAIN
Back pain is a large cause of disability in the UK. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy have launched a new evidence based guide to back pain. The guide states that back pain is very common however the spine is strong, is not easily damaged and that in 98% of cases of back pain, people recover […]May 22, 2017 “2 out of 3 Stroke sufferers leave hospital with a disability” – why are they being discharged home prematurely?
Stroke survivors leave hospital requiring help in their homes where daily struggles can have a catastrophic and very expensive impact as almost a third of this patient population receive no social service visits, according to the Stroke Association. It is widely known that Physiotherapy delivered as early as possible, as well as consistently can be […]May 4, 2017 Spasticity Management
What is Spasticity – “a motor disorder characterised by a velocity dependent increase in tonic stretch reflexes, with exaggerated tendon jerks, resulting from hyperexcitability of the stretch reflex, as one component of the upper motor neurone syndrome (UMN)” (Lance 1980). UMN Syndrome can be classified by different features: POSITIVE FEATURES •Spasticity •Spasms (Flexor, Extensor and […]April 19, 2017 Non-urgent surgery
The NHS has recently announced that people will have longer to wait for non-urgent surgeries like a hip or knee replacement. This means people will have to suffer in pain for longer, but the NHS justifies this as a means of survival. GPs will also have to reduce referrals to the hospitals made for these […]THINK “BIG” – Parkinson’s Disease strategy
Physiotherapy technique showing improved motor function in patients suffering with Parkinson’s disease. Bradykinesia – a common symptom displayed in Parkinson’s disease meaning slowness of movement whereby physical movements are much slower than normal. This makes activities of daily living difficult and can result in distinctive slow, shuffling walk with very small steps, often leading to […]Chartered Society of Physiotherapy says that Physiotherapists are crucial in preventing geriatric frailty.
SilverPhysio specialises in treating each patient with individuality and ensure a treatment plan is tailored to your needs. We are living in an ageing population and with the cost of care soaring, more people are hoping to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. This is where SilverPhysio can help you. We […]Holistic Physiotherapy
As a physiotherapist with a variety of skills and interests, I have always been a very strong advocate of holistic and multi-treatment therapies. Therefore enriching your knowledge is great for the professional mind and body and fantastic to fill up the CPD file too. The new skills learned are fundamental to transfer and apply to […]