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text 2019-09-26 03:15
5 Sports Injuries that Physiotherapy can Treat

One of the most common reasons why people seek physiotherapy is sports injuries. Whether you are a professional athlete, or perhaps you are just an enthusiast doing some activity, there is always the risk of injury. Needless to say, that is never a good thing, as it puts your further efforts on hold, until you can recover. 


Thanks to a physiotherapist, you can get rid of the problem quickly and in a way that doesn’t hinder your further efforts. It is important to seek help with the recovery process, and there is no better way to ensure success than to turn to physiotherapy. Here are a few of the most common sports injuries that physiotherapy can help you with: 


1. Plantar Fasciitis

This injury typically results from chronic stress on the feet and connective tissue there. Another cause also includes wearing inappropriate shoes, but the problem could also be a cause of poor biomechanics. That is what physiotherapists most commonly observed in people who have developed this kind of problem. Some athletes encounter plantar fasciitis due to poor arch support. If you spend a great deal of time on your feet and are overweight, there is a good chance to develop this issue as well. Working with a physiotherapist is a good way to get relief from the pain and restore the function of your ankle and foot. 


2. Lower back pain

Certain repetitive movements, trauma and problems that relate to intervertebral discs are often behind lower back pain. If you are not following the appropriate technique when doing certain sports, you can encounter acute back pain, among other problems. To restore normal function and get some relief from the pain, you should do a combination of special mobilisations, stretches and exercises. If you are doing this with a physiotherapist by your side, you have a greater chance to improve your condition. 


3. Strains

Strains are injuries of the tendons and muscles. They occur when your tissue gets stretched beyond capacity, often in high-velocity sports, like football and basketball. One of the best ways to overcome the problem is to work with a physiotherapist. Whether you have strained your neck, back or extremities, the expert will design a treatment plan for the issue. 


4. Sprains

Much like strains, sprains occur due to the extreme stretching of the ligaments, which connect the joints. Sprains commonly affect the ankles and knees, although many people also experience the problem around the back, neck and shoulder area. When you see a physiotherapist in their clinic, they will devise a specific strategy for your case. They will also employ different tools aimed to address joint strains to aid in the healing process of the tissues. Thanks to these steps, you will not only restore joint stability but also protect yourself from future injuries. 


5. Shin splints

The biggest symptom of  shin splints is pain along the lower part of your leg. This is a problem that you can get if you are a runner, though other sports also present some risk. The most common reason why the problem appears is muscle weakness or improper joint alignment. Visit a sports injury clinic, and you will get the appropriate clinic. Usually, this consists of improving biomechanics, as well as muscular balance. That way, you will avoid any surgical procedure and medications for the pain. 


These are all common sports injuries that a physiotherapist can help you with. Consult with an expert to resolve the problem quickly and painlessly. 


© West 1 Physiotherapy and Pilates

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review 2019-09-10 17:17
Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Power Outage (The New 52) (Harley Quinn (Numbered)) - Amanda Conner,Jimmy Palmiotti,Chad Hardin

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Honestly, Volume 1 was a bit of a toss up between 2 and 3 stars. I didn't necessarily like it, but I got attached to the characters and fell into the continuous story so I went with 3 stars. There were parts I didn't like, but at least I was interested in the story.

This one however, was something entirely different. Choppy, confusing, anticlimactic, and downright boring at times. I just did not enjoy this one. It was easy to get caught up in the first one because of the progressing story, but this one lacked that connectivity. The stories are just kind of there and none of them were interesting enough for me. The backstory in "Secret Harley Quinn" was sort of interesting, but ended so abruptly and didn't really go anywhere.

Really this one just felt like an excuse to look at Harley and other female characters in sexy outfits and positions. From the pornographic "burlesque" show to Harley showing off her rear end to a mugger and Power Girl's inability to find clothes that fit or clothing at all, it all felt dumb and full of fan service. Not really my style.

I gave this series a shot, but it's just not a good fit for me.

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review 2019-08-15 03:20
Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City (The New 52) - Amanda Conner,Jimmy Palmiotti
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This is a tricky one for me to rate. While I love the idea of Harley Quinn and all of her craziness, I'm also not huge on gore and violence.

A while back, I passed up buying this book because I read reviews critiquing how it's basically just a collection of sexy pictures of Harley. I saw this book at the library last week and picked it up to see what it was actually about. While there are plenty of sexy poses and outfits, which I have come to expect in the majority of superhero/villain comics, I was actually pleasantly surprised to see there was a general plot. 

The beginning of the book, which flows through a bunch of art styles and artists, started out interesting, but got pretty old real quick. However, after that, I did get sucked into the general story. Plus, there's some roller derby, which is always a win in my book. 

The artwork wasn't my favorite, because there's a limit to how much unrealistic female body representation and overly gruesome violence I can take. If you're into those kind of things, this is probably a better fit for you. 

I did pick up the second book at the library, because I figured why not, so we'll see how that goes. I am intrigued by the series, but not sure if it's a good enough fit to stick out in the long run.
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text 2019-06-27 03:02
5 Ways to Keep a Healthy Spine



Many conditions can make the situation very bad for your lower back – strained muscles, spinal stenosis and herniated discs. The cause of the issue can be hard to track, especially when you are navigating health insurance, family and work life, plus the fact you are struggling with back pain. 

There is some good news, however. By following certain tips and steps, you can stay on top of back discomfort. It is possible to get some relief for the pain by following these tips: 

1. Rest Your Spine While You Sleep

Lying down gives the structures in your spine a chance to relax and rejuvenate. Those have worked very hard all day, which is why you feel such relief when you lie down. However, if you wish this time of rest to be fully effective, you will need a pillow and a mattress so that you can support your spine and keep it comfortable. The mattress and pillows you choose should be based entirely on your preference, i.e. you should go with what makes you comfortable. However, you have to keep into account the support your back requires. 

2. The Right Shoes Support your Spine

Walking is the simplest and most natural of human exercises that you can do. All doctors recommend walking as much as possible every single day. One thing you need to remember is always to wear comfortable shoes. They have a vital role in lower back support. With good shoes, you keep your body aligned and also ensure support in the base. Things to look out for: ensure the area of the heel is snug, but not tight; the shoe should be of the right size so that your foot doesn’t roll inside it; limit the wear of high heels, as they keep your feet in an unnatural position. 

Do Core Exercises for Back Muscles and Abs Strength

If your core muscles (abs and lower back muscles) are strong, they will support your spine. By working out these muscles, you can easily take the pressure off your lower back area. However, modern life has made it so that these muscles aren’t used all that often if used at all. You have to employ specific exercises to do so. There are plenty of exercises you can implement as part of a daily workout, and you will notice how amazing they feel. 

4. Get a Good Massage 

There are many therapeutic benefits to getting a massage. Stress relief is one of them because of the release of endorphins. These hormones act as a natural painkiller in the body and can affect back pain. Another good benefit of a massage is increasing blood flow, which provides much of the essential nutrients to your lower back. You can go to a massage therapist, or try a massage chair. Bear in mind a well-trained professional is always the better option since they can adjust their technique by your needs. 

5. Adjust Your Sitting Technique


When you sit, you load the discs of your lower spine 3 times more compared to a standing position. Thus, prolonged periods of sitting can cause some pain and various unwanted back conditions. More importantly, when you sit at your desk for example, there is a tendency to slouch, creating more stress for the lumbar discs. You should choose the appropriate office desk and chair, in order to keep your back straight. You also have to practice good posture, in order to keep your spine healthy. 

Evidently, there is a lot that you can do to keep your spine healthy and prevent some lower back trouble. Make sure to follow these tips and you will feel the difference. 

© West 1 Physiotherapy and Pilates


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review 2019-05-30 03:22
Book Review for Tap'd Out by Harley Stone
Tap'd Out (Dead Presidents MC #5) - Harley Stone



Let's start by saying that we are really enjoying this series and its character's. Tap has to be one of my favorite character's of this series so far.We love that this MC series are full of special ex military men who all have a special skill set who run a clean club but, clean up there city with there talents the best way they can.
Sasha is a newbie to the force and is gun ho in saving a group of women from being trafficked and another MC club is suspected.
Tap who doing his own undercover thing when he meets Sasha and saves her from a bad situation but, they have one thing in common and that is to take down a dirty club doing unthinkable things.
Tap is part of the Dead Presidents a bit of a loner and secretive and way to secretive for his brothers liking but, due to his previous job skill sets he his all about protecting his family from those who might want to cause them harm and that means nobody can know about them.We love him he was sexy and cocky (in a good way) had one hell of a body and had some sexy moves but, he was also love-able,caring,funny and had a sense of humor and was serious and protective to the extreme,had a wonderful relationship with his mother and lets not forget extremely deadly .
Sasha is a cop who goes off have cocked to infiltrate a MC to get answers to questions she is wanting after her is she brave or just stupid because she is all on her own without anyone knowing what she is up to.We found her to be determined ,a girl who lived in hell most of her life but, became a cop to make the world and better space and in the process save a few loss souls and was funny and had a great sense of humor.
Overall this was a really enjoyable read full of great character's that were funny and all up it your sh** but, most of all you learned that it was time to share your secrets with the ones you call brothers.The story was full of suspense and betrayals and crooked cops up to no good. The story also had a cute romance story with Sasha and Tap who were just perfect for one another in every way.Tap met the Sasha in the most unusual way and under trying circumstances but, he knew she was about to change his life forever and she did just that.Love blossomed out of a bad situation but, it was really and sweet and all so endearing and we love it.
A Recommended read to all !
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