Common Postural Problems

Posted on September 27th, 2011

We all develop a certain type of posture as we mature and as we get older. However, some adopted postures can lead to pain and dysfunction.

The most common postural deficiences are:

* Hyperlordosis of the lumbar spine: excessive curvature of the lower back with an anterior tilt of the pelvis. People with this type of posture tend to complain of lower back pain due to weakened abdominal muscles and tightened low back muscles.

* Sway back: reduced curvature of the lumbar spine with a posterior tilt of the pelvis. People with sway back tend to have very tight hamstring muscles and weak oblique muscles. 

* Excessive thoracic kyphosis: increased curve of the upper back (hunch). People who have adopted this posture usually have problems with headaches, neck pain and upper back pain.

* Forward head poke: This posture is when a person’s chin pokes forward elongating their neck muscles. This usually occurs alongside increased thoracic kyphosis. Such a posture causes headaches and neck and shoulder pain.

It is important to address postural defiicieces as soon as possible. For a thorough postural assessment, please phone our physiotherapists so they can advise you on ways to improve your posture and decrease your pain.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Posted on September 13th, 2011

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis? It is a form of chronic inflammation that affects the mobility of the spine and causes pain and discomfort. Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) can affect people of all ages but is more frequently seen in males than females. It is currently believed that AS is caused by an inherited gene HLA-B27.

Signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis include back pain and stiffness which is more prevalent upon waking. Pain can also occur with rest and be eleviated through exercise and movement. The inflammation that occurs within the spinal joints of people with AS cause the formation of extra bone around the joints. Severe AS can lead to fusion of the spinal joints.

For people who suffer with Ankylosing Spondylitis physiotherapy can help. Treatment can include gentle mobilisations to improve your mobility, massage to help relieve muscular tension, postural advice to improve your postural biomechanics, hydrotherapy to reduce the load through the spine and facilitate normal movement, a strengthening program to address any muscle weaknesses and a flexibility program to improve spinal mobility.

Here at PhysioCare Townsville, we can provide you with strategies to self manage Ankylosing Spondylitis and personalise an exercise program to suit your functional level which will help improve your quality of life.


Posted on September 8th, 2011

There are many causes for a headache and they can affect anyone at anytime.

The 4 main types of headaches are migraines, tension-type, cluster and cerviogenic headaches.

Migraines, cluster and tension-type headaches are primary headaches who pathogeneses do not lie in cervical musculoskeletal dysfunction. Migraines affect one side of your head and they tend to pulsate and can cause nausea, vomiting, increased sensativity to light and sound. Common triggers for migraines can be hunger, lack of or too much sleep and stress. Tension-type headaches are the most common form of headaches. The pain generally radiates from the neck, eyes and back and affect both sides of the head. Tension type headaches usually occur due to stress, lack of sleep, bad posture, hunger, eye strain and dehydration. Cluster headaches are usually quite painful and can occur periodically with periods of remission. The cause is unknown.

Cervicogenic headaches on the other hand are related to problems within the cervical spine (neck) and the soft tissue surounding it. Signs and symptoms of a cervicogenic headaches include pain with neck movement, reduced neck movement and headaches on the same side as the neck pain.

Out of the 4 types of headaches physiotherapy is usually only beneficial for cervicogenic sufferers. We treat such patients with soft tissue massage, mobilisations, neck strengthening, postural retraining, head motor control exercises  and strectches.

A Great Result for Rebels FC and Other News

Posted on September 2nd, 2011

Congratulations to the Rebels Soccer Premier League Team who won their game 3-2 against the Burdekin last weekend! They have now secured themselves a place in the quarter finals on the weekend of the 17th/18th of September!  We wish them all the best in the games ahead!

In other news, Amelia and John are mid way through the second round of the balance program/activity group run at Masonic Care and The Townsville Senior Citizens Centre. This program was developed by Physiotherapists; Dr Ruth Barker and Amanda Campbell, sessions are twice a week for a period of six weeks and incorporate activities to challage and improve the strength, balance and mobility and confidence of elderly people. The program is overseen by either John or Amelia with assistance from 2nd & 3rd year JCU Physiotherapy students, we have found this to be producing very satisfactory results.  With the assistance of QLD government funding this program will hopefully continue next year, so if you would like further information on how to get involved please dont hesitate to contact our clinic.