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I am am feeling so blessed this week. One of the reasons is that the count down is now officially on til I begin consulting out of Accident & Injury Physiotherapy’s Fulham Road location. Since I opened Advanced Health & Hand Therapy I have had the pleasure of getting to know the team at A & I and it has been a pleasure. We share very similar philosophies about health care and the core
How many times have you had an injury or even just a feeling that something was not right and decided not to go to a health professional? I think that everyone can relate to that situation. Why do we put it off? We know that we should see someone. We know that the chances are that we will make it worse if we don’t see someone. We know that health professionals exist for a reason.
It is widely published that water consumption is vitally important for all bodily functions. This is not surprising when our bodies are made up of about 60% water! Our bodies have no way of storing water, so we need constant fresh supplies. We often don’t drink as much as we should and particularly when recovering from an injury or surgery we might not feel like drinking too much but we definitely need to! Water allows
Oedema is the first and most easily observed reaction of tissues to injury. In between cells in healthy tissues there is iterstitial fluid. This fluid is very similar to blood plasma, containing water molecules, nutrients, electrolytes and cellular waste. Proteins generally are unable to pass through the capillary walls, however some small amounts do get trapped. The lymphatic system supports the venous system by transporting the cellular waste products and accumulated proteins back to
“We can land men on the moon, but, for all our mechanical and electronic wizardry, we cannot reproduce an artificial fore-finger that can feel as well as beckon.” John Napier Our hands involve a complex and intimate anatomical arrangement that includes: – 27 bones – 32 joints – at least123 named ligaments – 34 muscles which move the fingers and thumb: 17 in the palm of the hand 18 in the forearm – 48 named nerves: 3 major nerves.
Hand Therapy involves the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of the entire arm – not just the hand. This specialty arose following WWII when occupational therapists and physiotherapists identified the need for further specialised skills to adequately treat the vets returning with arm and hand injuries. The intricate and complicated anatomy of the structures that we rely on to write our name and feed ourselves demands an extremely high level of competence from the
In my fourth year of studying Occupational Therapy (OT) at university a lecturer sat us all down and asked us to explain what OT is. There was silence throughout the lecture hall. We had been studying this for four years and had just returned from 1000 hours of clinical experience and we still couldn’t explain it! That was 8 years ago and I am proud to say I can now explain my profession! Occupational
Dear Reader I’d like to use my first post as a way for you to get to know me. My name is Julie Condon. I grew up on a cattle station, and one of my favourite things is still going mustering with my family! I love to ride horses, and compete in campdrafts when I can. When I was 4, while climbing all over a hot water system tower and playing with things I shouldn’t