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The Physiologix Corner Some Questions for the Physio

PILATES at The PHYSIOLOGIX studio space has expanded! Our bigger and well equipped pilates studio offers custom programs for individuals or small group classes, with all sessions run by a highly qualified physiotherapist. See you there! We offer a variety of classes including:

What are some of the questions people want to ask the physio. Thanks to the clients from the Physiologix small group physio supervised classes. These were a few things they wanted to know

“How do I know if I have nerve pain and that it isn’t from the muscle?” Nerve pain can sometimes have other things accompanying it, for example, pins and needles or numbness - these symptoms are usually a bit of a giveaway that nerve is the problem. Nerve pain often is hard to describe. People often struggle to say where exactly their pain is, in a way maybe sounding a bit vague. Nerve pain can be over quite diffuse area making it hard to describe. People can find it hard to say exactly what aggravates and irritates as it can be later in the day or even the next day before the pain starts. Apart from an immediate zing or shooting pain, nerve pain that goes on for a while, often is described as a deep unrelenting toothache type pain. And frequently basic medications such as Neurofen or Panadol don’t feel like they can touch it. So as physios, we ask you a lot of questions, and this really helps us to start to form a picture of what we think is sign on. If it is nerve pain, then we have to figure out if it is coming from the root of the nerve, somewhere in the spine, or is the nerve more trapped as it runs along its course. Again more questions, but also a whole garage of tests will help us confirm what we think is going on. Only then can we decide what treatment is best

“I have flared my back up a bit in the last 2 days after doing some gardening - should I do the same exercise that I was doing last week?” Strength and stability exercises have been used for years to successfully help strengthen and protect the back. But when you are in pain the muscles of your back tighten up - this is a natural response to pain and is the back trying to protect itself. So if you do exercises that are a bit too heavy then you will overuse already working muscles. This becomes too much muscle tightness and can just aggravate the back. One of the reasons for doing our physio supervised classes, or our pilates classes, is that you have a skilled therapist that can help advise you on this and change your program on a week by week basis, depending on how your pain fluctuates, but in a way that as you have pain fluctuations, you continue to keep moving forward. website:

Pilates equipment classes Group classes Individual sessions

Pregnancy classes Sports specific programs Custom Physi-app home program

Workcover/Insurance/DVA/EPC accepted Hicaps on site for immediate rebate

(07) 3511 1112

At The Gap Health & Racquet Club 200 Settlement Rd, The Gap


HYPNOSIS Caring, qualified, experienced

Glenn Chandler, Dip. C.H. Everton Park since 1997

For more information or to Book Online 3354 4555 | Tues-Sat

Pacing is important at home as well. Reduce how far or fast you walk, do 2 smaller walks in the day rather than one longer one. Do a bit of cleaning or gardening each day, rather than too much in one go. In the world of physio we call this load management, a very important consideration, no matter if you are injured or at the top of your game and trying to prevent injury. If you have any issues or questions please contact the friendly staff at Physiologix, upstairs at the Gap Health and Racquet club on Settlement Road, on (07) 3511 1112, or contact them from their website

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A community newsmagazine, A4 format, supporting local businesses, clubs, organisations, schools since 1994.