Situated at 2 locations in the east of Christchurch, Physio NZ are committed to helping you reach your goals and aim to inspire you to do more.
Physio NZ offers ACC and Private clients a wide range of health and wellness services
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NEW PHYSIO - We recently welcomed a new Physio to our Physio NZ family! 👏👏 Braam, our Physio will be working from our Sumner clinic and he looks forward to meeting you and helping you with your goals 👏 Here is a little more about Braam...
Name: Braam du Toit
Braam is originally from South Africa.
He is passionate about:
Helping people improve their quality of movement and preventing complications arising from injuries by resolving the root of the problem/injury, teaching the spine how to move, manual therapy, dry needling, Pilates, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis.
BSc Honours Physiotherapy
Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis
Polestar Pilates, Stott Pilates
What he loves/ hobbies: 💗🏄♂️
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors, loves being close to the ocean and surfing is his favourite activity. Other than surfing he enjoys most outdoor activities: tennis, golf, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, etc.
Quote: "Everything is achievable…"
Proud achievements: Braam worked as a physiotherapist at top international sports events including: 👊 Olympic Games, Soccer World Cup and the World Surfing League.
Trigger finger – what it is and how to treat it?
If you have stiffness, catching or tenderness at a finger joint or in your palm when you make a fist and try and open your hand again you could be suffering from trigger finger (or trigger thumb). Trigger finger occurs when the protective sheath that surrounds the flexor tendon becomes inflamed and a nodule or thickening can form. This can cause discomfort and difficulty flexing and particularly straightening your finger. You may experience a popping or clicking as you move your finger. Sometimes the digit will become stuck flexed and then suddenly release – hence the name trigger finger.
Common causes of trigger finger are repetitive gripping activities such as using secateurs or pruning shears. Underlying health issues like diabetes and arthritis can increase the risk of developing trigger finger. It is more common in women than men.
If treatment starts early before the finger is getting stuck locked and “triggering” as it releases then splinting the finger is a good treatment option. This prevents the finger being able to go into a fully bent position limiting tendon movement and help the area rest and recover.
A hand therapist can assess the problem and if appropriate make a custom fit splint. Usually this will need to be worn for between 6-8 weeks. Alongside this an exercise programme will be prescribed to restore the function of your finger and get you back to doing the things you enjoy!
If splinting is not the best option for you then this condition often responds well to a corticosteroid injection, best done under ultrasound guidance to achieve maximum accuracy. In severe cases where the finger is totally locked down release surgery may be required.
FINGER INJURIES - There are some common finger injuries and you may have had one or currently you could be suffering with one of them. This week we discuss TRIGGER FINGER. Keep following....👍
HAND THERAPY IN WOOLSTON CLINIC!
Do you have finger, hand, wrist or elbow complaints?
Anne is available on Thursdays in Woolston to see you!
Often working in collaboration with our other Physiotherapists, the Hand Therapy Service allows an expert eye over your condition and Anne can provide splinting and support advice too!
Give us a call on 033266225 or send us a message to find out more!
MALLET FINGER - What it is and how to treat it?
Mallet finger occurs when the tendon that straightens the end of the finger is damaged. It usually happens when the finger is bent by an unexpected force or hit by something hard but can happen with quite trivial activities like tucking in sheets making the bed! It is also known as “baseball finger”.
As the tendon is torn or totally ruptured, with possible bone damage too, the finger will no longer actively straighten.
It may be associated with localised swelling, redness and tenderness and can limit hand function quite considerably if not managed correctly.
The important thing is to get treatment as soon as possible as otherwise the tendon will not heal fully and the finger may remain flexed permanently.
The standard treatment is to have the finger splinted.
Seeing a hand therapist will enable you to get the injury registered with ACC, have a custom fit splint made and get a check x-ray arranged to make sure there is no significant bone damage. If necessary referral to a specialist can also be made.
A custom fit splint gives the best outcomes and needs to be worn for between 6-8 weeks.
A hand therapist will be able to guide you through this process and give you an exercise programme to restore the function of your finger and get you back to doing the things you enjoy!
FINGER INJURIES - There are some common finger injuries and you may have had one or currently you could be suffering with one of them. For the next couple of weeks we will be discussing different types of finger injuries and treatments for them. This week we discuss MALLET FINGER. Keep following....👍
AxIT ASSESSMENTS - We are not all built the same. So how can you improve unless you know exactly what you need?
Using the AxIT system we measure every muscle and every movement in the body to create a unique plan for you to help you achieve your special goals.
Take a personalised approach to health and fitness.
Contact us today to book an AxIT assessment on 033266225 or send us a message!
How to Prepare K-tape!
-Measure with square on back to tape
-Cut to length
-Round edges so tape does not peel off
-Fold and tear paper to expose adhesive
-Apply as recommended by your Physio
Warnings: remove when dry, glue is heat activated, remove immediately if skin becomes itchy.
K-TAPE - Have you been recommended to use Kinesiology tape (K- tape)? Not too sure how to prepare it for use? This week we will give you some tips! Keep following... 👌
Want to know exactly what you need to achieve your big health and fitness goals?💪🎯
An AxIT assessment accurately measures your strengths and weaknesses to set you on the path to success!🦵👏
Get the full picture on how to move and perform better with a state of the art AxIT assessment by contacting us on 033266225 or send us a message! 👍
EASY EXERCISES TO BOOST YOUR RUNNING - Take a look at these exercises and give them a try...👌🏃♀️🏃♂️
Balance any kind of sports ball against the outside of your knee and push the ball into the wall. Hold for 10-20 seconds and repeat each side x6 per day
Practise running motion on one side while maintaining constant pressure into the exercise ball. For 20-30 ‘runs’ and repeat on the other side
Great for anyone wanting to strengthen their thighs and glutes, and improve balance!
If you’re getting pain that is getting in the way of your running further….get in touch to see if we can help!
RUN RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN - Does your RUNNING need an extra boost? This week Renee will share some easy exercises to help boost your running 🏃♂️🏃♀️ Keep following...👍
SQUATS - Why We Love Checking Out Your Squats!
▪Can do them nearly anywhere
▪Lots of variations to keep things interesting
▪Works muscles which need to be used for a lot of everyday things e.g getting in/out of a chair, on/off toilet, in/out of the car, up and down stairs.
▪Easy to set goals for and make it meaningful for YOU
▪Measurable - eg how many you can do in 30 seconds sit to stand
We can also test with our AxIT system to see how much force you are placing through each side and provide measurable TARGETS to work on so you have the CONFIDENCE to return to sport!🎯🦵⚽
Send us a message today to see how we can get you on track!
How to Manage Ankle Sprains!🦶
Have you ever been out running, walking, playing sport or just heading down to the shops and rolled your ankle? 😣
Ankle sprains usually occur when the ligaments and/or muscles around the ankle are stretched too far. Typically ankle sprains have swelling and/or bruising and can be painful with activities that require walking or movement around the ankle.
*If you are unable to put any weight on your ankle, you should go to the doctor or the emergency department*
If you have rolled your ankle recently or do in the future, check out our top tips for the first few days below:
1. Protect the ankle in the first 48-72 hours following the injury; this might involve easing off of activity at home or at work.
2. If your pain allows, then keep up light activity (walking, swimming, biking) as you can comfortably.
3. Compress the ankle with a compression sock/sleeve to help with swelling
4. Elevate the ankle when you are resting to help with swelling
After the first 2-3 days if you are still having problems with pain, swelling or movement then book in with one of our physiotherapists for a comprehensive plan to get you back to the activities you enjoy!
Get in touch if you need some extra support with your ankle rehab!👌
Sumner clinic: 46 Nayland Street, Sumner, Christchurch 8081
Woolston clinic: 665 Ferry Road, Woolston, Christchurch 8023
Mt Pleasant clinic: 2 Soleares Ave, Mt Pleasant, Christchurch 8081
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