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Posstpartum Recovery – Tips for New Mums

By | 2019-01-17T17:40:41+00:00 December 21st, 2018|Blog|

Postnatal Recovery - A Plan of Action for New Mums to feel like their ‘Old Selves’! When it comes to researching pregnancy and all that comes with it, most pregnant women will read books, talk to friends/family, or hit Dr Google at 4am when laying awake with only our ‘monkey-minds’ for company (don’t worry… we all do it..!).  But it’s rare we discuss the phenomenal changes and affect it has on the functioning of the female body.  Growing a beautiful baby human takes 40 weeks of major bodily changes.  From hormonal, to structural and we haven’t even begun touching on the emotional affect.  It will take a massive toll on our lovely and fascinating bodies and what most women forget is there is a recovery period… and it’s not just for the week after you baby arrives into the world!  There is a full 6 to 12 month recovery required for your body to heal itself after pregnancy and delivery.  Muscles and ligaments need to heal.  Joints need to settle back in place and psychologically, Mum needs rest and lots of it.  Yet, I hear about most new mums wanting to get back to Cross-fit or Spinning, two weeks after [...]

Symphisis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)

By | 2019-01-03T20:02:20+00:00 July 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+00:00 June 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 [...]

Pregnancy Massage

By | 2012-05-02T19:22:22+00:00 May 2nd, 2012|Blog|

Studies have shown that the following symptoms are helped with Pregnancy Massage: Inflamed hip joints - you'll know you have this when it hurts in your bum cheeks to sit! Pain from Symphysis Pubis Disfunction - You'll DEFINITELY know if you have SPD but best to have your GP or Gynecologist to confirm it before you make your appointment for massage. Muscle aches and joint pains - A lot of women suffer tired stiff muscles while pregnant.  Massage just eases it! Simples! Circulation problems - e.g. cold hands and feet or swollen ankles! Improved sleeping patterns - this is simply an added bonus! :)

Shoulder impingement syndrome

By | 2011-12-06T14:56:00+00:00 December 6th, 2011|Blog|

Shoulder Impingement Symptom A common condition, impingement syndrome, can commonly occur in the shoulder. Shoulder impingement most often is seen in older adults, but anyone can experience it. Shoulder and rotator cuff bursitis are closely related and can occur in combination with shoulder impingement. With proper identification and treatment, recovery is obtainable.  At Procuro Clinic I  have vast knowledge and experience in treating shoulder problems. How Shoulder Impingment  Syndrome Occurs Shoulder impingement commonly happens from an injury to the rotator cuff muscles, (The ones used in rotating the arm... tennis playing style!) which are surrounded by bone. Once injured, the pressure begins to build since the swelling is contained within the joint. This swelling puts pressure on the small blood vessels and muscle tissue. When the swelling decreases, the tissue starts to fray like the ends of a rope. Yowzaah!! Symptoms The first symptom of shoulder impingement is difficulty reaching up and behind the back with pain.  Scratching your head/back, brushing your hair,  tying your bra or reaching back to put on your coat. You also may have difficulty lifting your arms up overhead without experiencing pain. These symptoms, along with weakness in your shoulder muscles, can be signs of [...]

Lumbar Spondylosis… or simply… putting your back ‘out’!!

By | 2017-12-06T17:37:35+00:00 October 18th, 2011|Blog|

What Is Lumbosacral Spondylosis? Lumbosacral spondylosis is a term used to describe wear and tear at the site where the last vertebra of the lumbar spine (lower back) and the first vertebra of the sacral spine (tailbone) connect. This area is especially prone to the cartilage wearing down because the lower back is so flexible and because it supports such a large amount of the body weight. Symptoms of Lumbosacral Spondylosis Conditions that fall under the descriptive term of lumbosacral spondylosis include herniated discs, bulging discs, bone spurs, and spondylolisthesis, (‘slipped’ disc… even though it doesn’t “slip” anywhere!) all of which are spinal abnormalities that run the risk of protruding into the spinal canal and exerting pressure on spinal nerves. The sciatic nerve is often compressed, causing radiating pain down the leg.  Symptoms include tingling, numbness, weakness, and pain that can spread through the following areas: Buttocks, hips, tailbone, thighs, knees, calves, feet and in the worst cases to the toes. Treating Lumbosacral Spondylosis PHYSICAL THERAPY is the best solution for lumbar spondylosis.  While you would not directly treat spondylosis, you would treat the herniated disc, joint, or vertebra that is affected by spinal wear and tear.  Regular treatment with [...]

Heat V’s Ice!

By | 2017-12-06T17:37:35+00:00 July 29th, 2011|Blog|

Hi All... Just a quick blog today!  People always ask me should they ice or heat an injury...   Well in short... Ice is used as soon as the injury occurs... i.e. as soon as you stop the activity which caused the injury.  Especially if range of motion is very restricted and swelling has begun.  Ice immediately, elevate the injured area, rest and continue to ice for 10-15mins ONLY!  Then repeat every hour to hour and a half.  Reason for this is...  it's not the ice that helps...  it's the blood that rushes through the area as soon as you take the ice off.  Flushing out the swelling.   All good... Heat on the other hand is for sore, achey, tired muscles that have stiffened up after an intense work out or over-use activity. i.e from running a marathon to gardening to hoovering the house from top to bottom!  It's all activity at the end of the day.  If the muscles are working in anyway, they get tired!   Heat softens muscles, easing them back into regular movement again.  You can heat as long and as often as you like. The idea of heat AND ice together is pointless as they [...]