Does Obesity Increase Risk of Arthritis?

Keep reading to know how you can find out where YOU stand on this curve for risk of developing arthritis… Does being overweight and carrying excess weight carry any risk of getting osteoarthritis or joint pain? The answer is, YES. What is Arthritis? A quick overview… In the simplest terms, arthritis is the wear and…

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Arthritis: 7 Scientifically-Proven Remedies To Try At Home

  In our previous article, we talked about what arthritis is, the symptoms and who is at risk. This week, we’re going to talk a bit about things you can do to alleviate the symptoms for arthritic joints.  The first question and most important question – “Is there a cure for arthritis?”. Unfortunately, the answer…

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Arthritis: What is it?

Did you know that bout 17% of people in New Zealand are affected by arthritis? That’s almost 1 in every 5 people!   Arthritis is a very common condition that affects a lot of people. What I’ve actually found during my time in the clinic is that a lot of people who have arthritis don’t…

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Heat or Cold For Your Injury

HOT or COLD? Have you rolled an ankle? Sustained a fall? Banked your elbow? Aching shoulders?  Not sure whether to grab for the heat pack or the ice pack?   One of the most common questions we get at our physiotherapy clinic is this – “Should you use a heat pack or an ice pack for…

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Does Exercise Help to Keep You Mentally Sharp?

We all know that exercise is good for us in terms of our general health; it lifts our mood, increases our energy levels, helps with building strength, weight loss, and helps us to live longer. What you might not know, is that it helps us to keep our minds fresh and sharp too! Imagine being…

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What Causes Varicose Veins

What Causes Varicose Veins? As the population ages the healthcare industry is facing growing issues that affect mostly people over 40.  One such issue is varicose veins. Varicose veins are superficial veins that have become deformed and enlarged. These usually large veins are found just under the skin. These veins have a very characteristic appearance.…

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Does Running Cause Arthritis?

“Running causes arthritis to your knee and hip joints” Really? I’m sure you heard this statement or a variation of it more than once. But how much of it is truth and how much of it is pure urban myth? Is there any real evidence behind this belief? Does running cause arthritis in knees and…

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Choosing the Right Football Boots for the Summer Season is a MUST

With summer just around the corner it’s time to think about injury prevention when playing summer sports. Hey, you don’t want to spend half of the summer on the bench nurturing your injuries, do you? Dry and hot weather conditions during the summer season place different kinds of stress on the body. The first thing…

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Hip pain? Trochanteric bursitis is often an overlooked cause of your suffering.

What is the true cause of your hip pain?   Trochanteric bursistis or as it is often referred to, greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) affects between 1.8 and 5.6 patients per 1000 per year. GTPS is a common condition with pain and tenderness at the outer edge of the hip (approximately where your pant pocket…

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Don’t feel de-FEET-ed by a “heel spur”

Plantar fasciitis, otherwise often referred to as “heel spur” is very common. Around 10% of people will suffer from plantar fasciitis in their lifetime. Yes, that’s right 1 in 10. “Heel spur” also accounts for around 11-15% of all adult foot problems that require medical help. To understand this condition we first need to understand…

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