Resources

Head and neck lymphoedema

Lymphoedema is estimated to affect between 54 and 98% of people with head and neck cancer. The good news is that improvements can be made in tissues, swelling, range of motion and pain from HNL with complex lymphoedema therapy. Read on to find out more.

Chronic pain: Is it all in my head?

1 in 5 Australians suffer from persistent or chronic pain. It is a debilitating, disabling, overwhelming, frustrating and confusing condition, and for many people, it is a condition that they manage alone …. [Read More]

What is cancer related fatigue?

The month of October is breast cancer awareness month so I wanted to write about an issue that is so common in cancer … fatigue. Fatigue is often poorly understood by both those who experience it as well as by the greater community. Read on to find out about the causes of cancer related fatigue and strategies that can help you take back control. [Read more]

Elvie. Pelvic floor muscle training biofeedback. Does it work?

There are a myriad of devices on the market to assist in achieving and maintaining pelvic floor health. Recently I had the pleasure of reviewing the Elvie device, a pelvic floor muscle biofeedback trainer used to help build strength and train the coordination of the pelvic floor muscles. This is a completely unpaid and unsponsored review and something I took on as part of my Master’s in Pelvic health degree as well as to help justify implementing it’s use in our clinic. I not only looked at the device and it’s usability, but also the research that sits behind it to best inform our practice…. [Read more]

Leaving on a jet plane: lymphoedema and air travel

With international borders open and air travel back in full swing (albeit a few staffing shortages and delays), now seems like an appropriate time to discuss air travel and lymphoedema. When we fly, there are factors that impact on how quickly or slowly lymph moves around the body. Because of this, it is important to have strategies you can use if you have or are at risk of developing lymphoedema and are planning to fly. [Read more]

Laser: for so much more than hair removal…

Today I want to introduce one of my favourite therapy tools, the low level laser. Now you may be asking yourself, what would physiotherapists be doing with laser?? No, we have not branched out into the hair removal business nor are we leveling out our therapy room. I actually use this little beauty to assist in improving pain and scarring, to heal wounds, to reduce skin inflammation as well as to break down thickened tissues and even improve lymphoedema. [Read more]

Lymphoedema Awareness Month 2022: Living Well with Lymphoedema

Every March, lymphoedema is put in the spotlight to raise awareness and increase knowledge of management options for those at risk of and experiencing lymphoedema symptoms. This year’s theme, “Living well with Lymphoedema” fits well with our philosophy at Calm & Connection Physiotherapy. We believe that regardless of your condition, it is possible to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life if you have the right supports and guidance. [Read more]

Not all Fibre was created equal. A guide to fibre for bowel health.

Laxative and fibre supplements are often recommended for those suffering from constipation or disorders of the bowels [Read more].

Lipoedema: no matter what I do, my legs never change shape!

Have you noticed that no matter what you do, your legs are always out of proportion to your waist. It doesn’t matter how much you exercise or diet, they just never seem to change. When you mention it to health professionals do you often get told you just need to try harder to lose weight? What may in fact be causing this is not lifestyle choices or not trying hard enough but a condition called lipoedema. [Read more]

Circulatory health during pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of big changes for the female body. It is magical knowing that you are growing a human being within your body, feeling those first kicks and seeing your baby develop at every scan. Pregnancy is also a time which creates stress on the female body, with increasing blood volume, increasing weight and increasing pressure in our pelvis which can bring on issues for our circulation. [Read more]

What is cancer related fatigue?
What is cancer related fatigue?

The month of October is breast cancer awareness month so I wanted to write about an issue that is so common in cancer … fatigue. Fatigue is often poorly understood by both those who experience it as well as by the greater community. Read on to find out about the causes of cancer related fatigue and strategies that can help you take back control. [Read more]

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