Symphisis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)

By |2020-05-16T10:02:06+01:00July 10th, 2014|Articles, Blog, News, Pregnancy Massage|

For those of you who know the words 'Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction' or 'the shortened version 'SPD' (also called Pelvic Girdle Pain) you know the discomfort that comes with it... It is becoming more common in pregnancy today.  It is classed as "excessive movement of the Symphysis pubis". This is the piece of cartilage around the pubic area that is required to soften so that a baby can be delivered naturally.  This softening is created by the natural hormone in the body called 'Relaxin' being pumped through the body to help to relax or soften the cartilage of the joints of the pelvis to allow delivery of the baby.  Of course we want/need this to happen in pregnancy for a safe delivery but in some cases this natural  function happens too early. Sometimes in the latter end of the FIRST trimester! More commonly though in the third trimester.  The bad news is that if you have suffered SPD in one pregnancy you may experience it again in other pregnancies.  The good news is there is help available in Cork.  Lorraine Blackshields is a qualified Physical Therapist of over 15 years and has recently been certified in Cranial Therapy.  She works with [...]

Dry Needling and Physical Therapy

By |2018-02-26T17:04:33+00:00June 14th, 2012|Articles, Blog, Pregnancy Massage|

What is Dry Needling? Dry Needling is a much more recent medical technique and is different to the ancient eastern medicine treatment of  Acupuncture even tho acupuncture needles are used. It involves the use of needles into damaged muscle to correct tight, damaged or inflamed tissue.  Using both the ancient concept of Chinese Acupuncture by restoring the flow of ‘Chi’ (Energy) and the Western belief that the needle insertion triggers a natural healing reaction in your body.  Your body does this by, releasing opiates (pain-relieving hormones)  from the brain or nervous system, to the muscle cells to promote  blood flow and healing.  In short... by inserting the needle into the injured area, your brain jump starts into self healing mode by producing more protein and blood flow, sending it to the injury site, to heal itself along with natural pain relief! Simples! When would you need Dry Needling! When you are in pain or injured I'm thinking you want to find the FASTEST way of getting back to full health as possible.  Dry needling will provide this for you.  It will target pain and discomfort specifically where it is stemming from and it also boosts blood flow to your muscles allowing you to feel [...]

My First Post – Headaches

By |2017-12-06T17:37:36+00:00February 25th, 2010|Articles, Blog, News|

Hi Everyone!  So here is my first blog of 2010!  In fact it is my first blog ever so bear with me! This month I would like to talk about everyday headaches!   A lot of people speak to me about migraines and headaches so I felt I should address it in this months blog. We all suffer from headaches now and again.  Most headaches are predominantly benign in nature. Headaches will strike 2/3 of the population at any one given time.  Some are vascular, some may be related to stress, depression, fatigue, and damaged structures in the cervical spine (neck region). Pathology of the cervical spine may be the trigger for muscle contraction or tension may aggravate existing pathology to produce the headache To simplify… what people may not know is that if the muscles in the cervical (neck) region are very hypertonic (tight), movement of the head is restricted and pain is apparent, then sometimes ongoing headaches can be experienced too. “Stress/Tension” headaches or mild migraines can be experienced. While consulting initially with my patient and they complain of headaches, I will always examine the muscles of the neck. I will ask if they have any history with neck [...]