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SHIEL FAMILY

PHYSIOTHERAPY 

NEWSLETTER

AUGUST 2011


Make sure you keep an eye out for our

NEW and IMPROVED website which

will be launched 31/09/2011!!


http://www.shielphysio.com/

      Flexi Class Passes


Never pay for classes that you don’t attend again!!!
Our Flexi Class Pass, Pregnancy Class Pass & Postnatal Class Pass provide you with the flexibility to choose your own timetable.
 
We recognise that life doesn’t always run smoothly and sometimes things pop up!! You have 6 months to use your Class Pass and you are not locked into any schedule.
 
Purchase a flexi class pass online and then book into your choice of classes on the timetable.
If you have not attended our classes before please call us to make an appointment for an assessment and we will recommend the correct level of class for you based on your requirements.                      



WHEN DO I NEED TO SEE A PHYSIOTHERAPIST?
Article by Shiel Family Physiotherapists

What to do IMMEDIATELY following a joint or muscle injury
When you first injure yourself you should act immediately to help start your recovery as soon as possible after injury! It is best to follow some basic principals to reduce the swelling which is our body’s response to the injury. The swelling response is generally excessive and tends to cause further pain and damage to the parts of the body in that area. Following some basic principals can help you get on the road to recovery much quicker!
 
Follow the RICER rules:
 

Rest - This means relative rest. You need not be completely disabled for two days! For example with a sprained ankle avoid running and sports, walking is ok if it is not too painful and it is a good idea to immobilise it using sports ankle taping or a brace which is nice and supportive.

Ice - Ice will close the blood vessels and stop any further swelling. Apply ice for twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off for first three hours following injury, after this time apply it for twenty minutes every 1 to 2 hours for the next 24 hours.  
 
Compression Will help swelling not to spread. For example, if you have an ankle injury leave your shoe on until you can get to some ice. 

Elevation When you rest have the affected joint elevated to allow swelling to drain away
 
RehabilitationSee a physio to help speed up recovery and also to ensure the injury doesn’t occur again

  
Also follow the NO HARM rules
Avoid Harm
Avoid Alcohol
Avoid Running
Avoid Massage
 
When do you need to see a physiotherapist?
Physios use conservative methods to treat pain problems of any muscle or joint. It is generally best to see a physio the first time for an injury on the 2nd or 3rd day since the pain began. If the pain is extremely severe and does not subside with normal non-subscription pain medication this is generally a sign you may need to go to the emergency department first. Slightly different rules apply for immediate treatment of back pain.
  

Craig's Joke!!               

THE SCOT and THE DENTIST
A Scotsman asks the dentist the cost for a tooth extraction.
'Eighty-five dollars for an extraction,' was the dentists reply.
'Eighty-five dollars! Huv ye no' got anythin' cheaper?'
'That's the normal charge,' said the dentist.
'Whit aboot if ye didnae use any anaesthetic?'
'That's unusual, sir, but I could do it and knock $15 off.'
'What aboot if ye used one of your dentist trainees and still without an anaesthetic?'
'I can't guarantee their professionalism and it'll be painful. But the price could drop to $40.'
'How aboot if ye make it a trainin' session, and 'ave yer student do the work?'
'It'll be good for the students,' mulled the dentist. 'I'll charge you $5. But it will be very painful and traumatic.'
'Ouch, now yer talkin', laddie! It's a deal,' said the Scotsamn. 'Can ye confirm an appointment for the wife next Tuesday then?'
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