Pain in the torso. Heavy breathing. Muscular pain and spasms. That pain in the chest now feels like a huge heavy crushing feeling. Or maybe it’s more a sharp pain? Now you are struggling to walk. You’re stuck halfway up the stairs!
Dr Google says it is a myocardial infarction. It has to be. 10 minutes to live. Maybe. You are not exactly sure what that means but some guy on reddit says it’s just medical jargon for ‘heart attack’ – not to worry though - he reckons your symptoms sound more like Halicephalobus gingivalis contracted from a wild Peruvian rhesus macaque. That old bloke from Big Fat Greek Wedding says you can just fix it with Windex but I saw a chap on YouTube that says a kale smoothy will set you straight.
It is amazing what information you can reel in with during 5 minutes of frantic google-research, in between the kids screaming and your sister tagging you in cat vids on the Facebook vortex. Or your boss wanting you to finish the concreting by 2pm yesterday and on top gives you a ‘hard NO’ to putting your sweet Country Tunes on Spotify. How can you google under these conditions?
The symptoms above could be:
A) What I feel during the Rugby World Cup final with my beloved Springboks playing. Yes, both scenarios are life-and-death.
C) A type of muscular spasm that impacts the ribs joints in your back. Quite debilitating but nothing a physio cannot treat in 30 min flat.
D) Some delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) from the first workout you have done post-COVID. A hot-cold shower, light cardio, an icepack, a Barbara Streisand CD, and a protein shake will have you right as rain. Maybe some kale as well?
The point is, to become a physio we go through years of learning about how the body moves; years of learning how to read scientific articles; years of how to analyze a scientific article to figure out whether it’s good quality; years of how to apply the knowledge of the good articles into helping you walk the path back to healthy movement.
So, we have already done the googling for you. We enjoyed it! And we’ve already likely seen dozens - if not hundreds - if not thousands - of patients just like you before. We are the movement specialists after all.
Then you don’t need to stress about spending weeks trying one remedy and another and then another with only marginal (or no!) results to show. And the best part is that you do NOT need a referral to see us!
A physio can streamline your journey back to healthy – whether it’s running that half-marathon, lifting that PB bench, watching McDreamy on the couch painfree, fishing barra with a smile on your face or the more fearsome task of wrangling the kids in the morning before the paid work starts.
Returning back to sport and exercise too soon after giving birth can weaken the pelvic floor and put
you at risk of incontinence and prolapse.
General guidelines are:
* 0-3 weeks post-birth: walking, pelvic floor exercises, abdominal muscle bracing
3-8 weeks post-birth: walking, low impact aerobics, light weights or post-natal class (it’s recommended to wait until after the six week review to participate in group activities, swimming or returning to the gym)
8-12 weeks post-birth: gradually increase intensity and weights
12-16 weeks post-birth: it’s recommended that you visit a physiotherapist for a post-natal check to ensure your pelvic floor is strong enough before returning to high impact exercise, running or sports
It will take at least 6 weeks to heal after the caesarean operation. While you can start pelvic floor exercises, it’s advised to wait until 6-8 weeks post-birth to start walking, low impact aerobics or cycling. Swimming should be avoided until your six week review. Contact your physiotherapist for a review if you want to return to sport or are still having concerns with urine leakage after three months after the birth.
These last few weeks have seen our very first gross motor group for 2.5-3.5 year olds take
place. We wanted to include this group to introduce children to physical activity in a fun,
therapeutic and safe way.
The primary goal of the group was to educate parents on the different skills their young children are naturally trying to develop and upskill them on creative ways to help them learn, develop and thrive. Each week had a different focus including balance, coordination, strength, sensory and cross body movements.
The activities were designed to incorporate movement and gross motor development while also focusing on other skills such as turn taking, listening and following instructions.
From week 1 to week 8, we have seen so much growth in each of the kids and are proud of how hard they have worked. We loved seeing them try new things, laugh and smile and make new friends along the way.
We look forward to the next group and as always if you have any feedback or ideas of groups you’d like to see at EBJ, let us know!
On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of September, 2016, Everybodies Journey was fortunate enough to help out at the Chief Minister Cyclone Recovery AFL Carnival at Yirrkala. Teams from Milingimbi, Galiwinku, Ski Beach, Yirrkala and Gapuwiyak gathered on the beautiful, lush oval at Yirrkala for two hard days of footy.
The carnival was opened in traditional fashion with a welcome to country from Rirratjingu clan leaders.....and then it was game on! Saturday morning was slow at the Physio station, with ankle, shoulder and wrist strapping...and then injuries became to poor in. If you saw how these men played AFL, it would not surprise anyone! It comprises of powerful kicks, a high level of agility and solid contact over and over again. Saturday ended with Yirrkala the favorites on home soil.
Sunday morning - there was a calmness around the ground as most players and spectators slowly wandered to the oval. And as I turned around after setting up the treatment table...a line had formed. Two and a half hours later, I was able to lift my head and to see how the carnival was travelling. In that time period I had used 120 metres of strapping tape!! I think word had spread...
Games continued into the afternoon, with minimal injuries and the local favorites coming out on top.
A big thank you to Rirratjingu and Northern Territory AFL for extending the invitation to Everybodies Journey. It was a fantastic opportunity to work with some incredible athletes and see high quality AFL.