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Put your back into it! – Muscle People


Approaching life with a back that lets you do what you want, when you want to, is something we can’t take for granted. In fact, up to 80 percent of us will suffer from back pain at some point and it affects not just mobility but also mood.

 

Luckily, the team at Muscle People understand how core strength is a foundation stone of fitness without injury and a pain-free back.

To strengthen the core which in turn supports strength and healing in the spine, the team of physiotherapists at Muscle People have developed a programme of therapeutic exercise classes called Dynamic Spines.

The classes are available at the Hereford Street and Bishopdale clinics.

Each course consists of eight one-hour sessions, including exercises to take home and complete to get the most out of the programme.

As well as the medical and wellbeing benefits there is an enjoyable social aspect to Dynamic Spines.

Limited numbers mean you receive higher one-on-one attention from your physiotherapist instructor within each class as you work to your individual diagnosis and ability, but you also get to share the challenges and fun within a group setting.

The Dynamic Spines classes are run at two levels: the first level is about learning to locate and strengthen your core through dynamic and functional exercises, while the second level progresses these skills further.

Before enrolling in a course, clients are assessed by one of the team to ensure the classes are going to be the best approach for their issues.

“Our team want to know that participants will see real results from the classes, before they make the commitment to the programme,” Muscle People Director and Physiotherapist Laurie Moore says.

Each course begins with low impact exercises which gradually build in intensity as participants progress.

Classes can include Pilates focussed exercises and working out on the Oov – a fun, odd looking piece of equipment that activates core stabilising muscles while gently extending the spine.

“People enrol in our courses through a number of routes,” Laurie says.

“Because Dynamic Spines courses are designed and instructed by physiotherapists, they are available as treatment through the ACC system. We receive referrals from back specialists when clients need to strengthen their core before treatment, or post-surgical clients and, of course we have private clients who want to address back pain, mobility and reverse a gradual decline in core strength.”

To find out more about Dynamic Spines, phone Muscle People on 0800 027 194.


 

Put your back into it!


Approaching life with a back that lets you do what you want, when you want to, is something none of us can take for granted. In fact, up to 80 percent of us will suffer from back pain at some points and it affects not just mobility, but also mood.

 

A Muscle People Physiotherapist demonstrates some of the Dynamic Spines exercises

 

Luckily, the team at Muscle People understands how core strength is a foundation stone of fitness without injury and a pain-free back.

To strengthen the core which, in turn, supports the strength and healing of the spine, the team of physiotherapists at Muscle People has developed a programme of therapeutic exercise classes called Dynamic Spines.

The classes are now available at all Muscle People clinic, including Wigram Skies.

Each course consists of eight one-hour sessions, including exercises to take home and complete to get the most out of the programme.

As well as the medical and wellbeing benefits there is an enjoyable social aspect to Dynamic Spines.

Limited numbers mean you receive higher one-on-one attention from your physiotherapist instructor within each class as you work to your individual diagnosis and ability, but you also get to share the challenges and fun within a group setting.

The Dynamic Spine classes are run at two levels: the first level is about learning to locate and strengthen your core through dynamic and functional exercises, while the second level progresses these skills further.

Before enrolling in a Dynamic Spines course, clients are assessed by one of the team to ensure the classes are going to be the best approach for their issues.

“Our team wants to know that participants will see real results from the classes, before they make the commitment to the programme,” Laurie Moore, Director and Physiotherapist at Muscle People says.

Each course begins with low impact exercises which gradually build in intensity as participants progress.

Classes can include pilates-focused exercises and working out on the Oov – a fun, odd looking piece of equipment that activates core stabilising muscles while gently extending the spine.

“People enrol in our courses through a number of routes,” Laurie says.

“Because Dynamic Spine courses are designed and instructed by physiotherapists, they are available as treatment through the ACC system. We receive referrals from back specialists when clients need to strengthen their core before treatment, or post-surgical clients and, of course, we have private clients who want to address back pain, mobility and reverse a gradual decline in core strength.”

To find out more about Dynamic Spines, phone Muscle People on 0800 027 194.


 

Relief from headaches & migraines: Muscle People


Most people will experience a headache at some point in their life. Not all headaches are the same as they can range in severity, frequency and cause. Headache disorders may significantly impact a person’s ability to function and reduce their overall quality of life. Correctly differentiating between headaches and types of migraine headache can lead to faster, more effective treatment.

 

 

So what is the difference between a headache and a migraine? Headaches are unpleasant pains in the head that can cause pressure and aching. The pain can range from mild to severe and they usually occur on both sides of the head. The most common type of headache is a tension headache that can be caused by triggers such as stress, muscle strain and anxiety.

Migraine headaches are intense and severe and often have other symptoms in addition to head pain. These additional symptoms include nausea and vomiting, seeing spots or flashing lights, sensitivity to light and/or sound and temporary vision loss. Migraine headaches typically affect only one side of the head, but can be on both sides and some people may experience pain so severe they need to seek emergency care.

No matter how long they last, migraines can be exhausting and debilitating. People should consider speaking with a healthcare professional if they experience frequent headaches or migraines that interfere with the way they live their lives.

The team at Muscle People Physiotherapy in Christchurch are experts at treating both migraines and headaches. Laurie Moore, Director and Senior Physiotherapist at Muscle People, says advanced techniques based on the latest research can significantly alleviate or remove pain altogether and techniques to use at home can be taught so that patients can find relief between treatments. The approach at Muscle People does not involve manipulating or cracking the neck. Instead the appropriate spinal segments are gently stressed in a smooth, sustained manner.

With decades of experience between them, Laurie and Senior Physiotherapists Clare, Naomi and Jaclyn are extremely knowledgeable in assessing and managing the upper cervical (neck) spine for headache and migraine conditions. They have all trained in Australia in the ‘Watson Headache Approach’, a method of examining the small movements of the top of the cervical spine. An internationally recognised approach for diagnostic accuracy and for reducing pain for headache and migraine conditions, it can reduce the amount of medication taken, or remove the need for it altogether.

For more information on Muscle People’s Migraine and Headache clinics, as well as the general physiotherapy services, visit www.musclepeople.co.nz or phone 03 360 3606. The team would be happy to talk to you any time.

 

 


 

Benefits of a healthy spine: Muscle People


Ensuring you have a healthy spine makes sense, when you think about it, because your spine is the key to holding your entire body together. We look after our hair and teeth and get check ups at the doctors for all sorts of things, but what about our trusty spine?

Your spine holds you upright and protects your spinal cord which is responsible for passing messages to and from the brain for our whole body. Apart from when your parents and teachers told you to stand up straight, most people don’t put a second thought to their spine until something goes wrong.

 

 

Love your spine – it’s a valuable asset!

Aside from the reduction in chances of pain and injury, maintaining a healthy spine is crucial to good health and wellbeing:

  1. Your spine controls everyday movement such as bending and twisting. When not taking proper care of your spine (either through poor movement or poor posture), everyday tasks such as sitting, turning, bending and twisting can be
    very painful.
  2. Poor spinal posture, especially for prolonged periods of time, can change the loading on your spine and other parts of body. This can lead to degenerative changes in your spine and other joints.
  3. Poor posture can lead to a poor breathing technique, which is a crucial function for good health, productivity and quality of life.
  4. In short, maintaining a healthy spine increases your quality of life, meaning you are able to do the activities you love for many years to come.

    How to maintain a healthy spine – pain and injury prevention

The key to having a healthy spine is by maintaining optimum posture and movement patterns. We do this by having good flexibililty and adequate strength in the supporting muscles. This doesn’t mean you have to be a gymnast or a weight-lifter; just that you maintain enough flexibility and strength for your own day-to-day activities. This can be taught and re-trained.

Muscle People’s top tips

With more than 20 years of experience in physiotherapy, the team at Muscle People have a few choice tips. While there are many things that you may have been told, their absolute top tip is that our bodies were not designed stay in one posture for hours on end. We were designed to move! Some tips from our physiotherapy team include:

STANDING: 

  1. Prolonged standing: If you have to stand for a prolonged period of time, remember to gently pull your shoulders back and down, and squeeze in your tummy to achieve a stronger core.
  2. Uphill: If you are walking uphill, rather than leaning forward (as might be instinctual), place your arm behind your back and walk tall.

SITTING: 

  1. Positioning: Just like standing, you need to sit up straight with your shoulders gently pulled back and your back flush with the chair. Make sure you have a good chair and if needed, add a lumbar roll.
  2. Crossing legs: If you like to cross your legs while sitting, make sure to alternate which leg you are crossing to avoid incorrect spinal curvature.
  3. Breaks: No-one can sit perfectly for eight hours – remember to take regular breaks to loosen your muscles and avoid tension.

If you are having issues with back or neck pain, or just wish to improve your spine health, give Muscle People a call about their Dynamic Spines Programme. For a free five-minute consultation to find out if this programme is right for you, phone 0800 027 194.

 


 

Put your back into it!: Muscle People


Approaching life with a back that lets you do what you want, when you want to, is something none of us can take for granted. In fact, up to 80 percent of us will suffer from back pain at some points and it affects not just mobility, but also mood.

 

Muscle People Physiotherapist Diana Chen demonstrates some of the Dynamic Spines exercises

 

Luckily, the team at Muscle People understands how core strength is a foundation stone of fitness without injury and a pain-free back. To strengthen the core which, in turn, supports the strength and healing of the spine, the team of physiotherapists at Muscle People has developed a programme of therapeutic exercise classes called Dynamic Spines.

The classes are available at both the Hereford Street and Bishopdale clinics. Each course consists of eight one-hour sessions, including exercises to take home and complete to get the most out of the programme. As well as the medical and wellbeing benefits there is an enjoyable social aspect to Dynamic Spines. Limited numbers mean you receive higher one-on-one attention from your physiotherapist instructor within each class as you work to your individual diagnosis and ability, but you also get to share the challenges and fun within a group setting.

 

 

The Dynamic Spine classes are run at two levels: the first level is about learning to locate and strengthen your core through dynamic and functional exercises, while the second level progresses these skills further. Before enrolling in a Dynamic Spines course, clients are assessed by one of the team to ensure the classes are going to be the best approach for their issues. “Our team wants to know that participants will see real results from the classes, before they make the commitment to the programme,” Laurie Moore, Director and Physiotherapist at Muscle People says.

Each course begins with low impact exercises which gradually build in intensity as participants progress. Classes can include pilatesfocused exercises and working out on the Oov – a fun, odd looking piece of equipment that activates core stabilising muscles while gently extending the spine.

 

 

“People enrol in our courses through a number of routes,” Laurie says. “Because Dynamic Spine courses are designed and instructed by physiotherapists, they are available as treatment through the ACC system. We receive referrals from back specialists when clients need to strengthen their core before treatment, or post-surgical clients and, of course, we have private clients who want to address back pain, mobility and reverse a gradual decline in core strength.”

To find out more about Dynamic Spines, phone Muscle People on 0800 027 194.

 


 

The therapy of running: Muscle People


American long-distance runner, Kara Goucher, once said this about why she chose to run: “I don’t feel like myself unless I run. It’s how I deal with sadness and happiness. I need it. It’s like therapy.”

 

 

Christchurch runners are fortunate, then, that they have access to expert running coaches, such as those at the Muscle People Running Centre, who provide extensive programmes and facilities to help clients pursue their passion. With running being so accessible and popular, it’s also one of the most common ways to develop an injury. Running injuries often affect the hips, knees, ankles and feet of runners, and can negatively impact muscles and joints.

Runners who have suffered injuries are often frustrated at their inability to get back out there as soon as they would want, but it’s important to receive the best advice and treatment from an expert who understands your goals and will work to help you achieve them. The team at Muscle People ensure clients are back running their favourite tracks as quickly as possible, but more importantly, as safely as possible, without the risk of future problems.

The Muscle People’s point of difference however, is found in the three key benefits derived from their programmes:
• Detailed video analysis of running technique, followed by a plan for improvement
• Running specific-movement screening to assess any movement flaws preventing optimal running patterns
• Reduced risk of injury through optimal technique
• Improved performance through individualised training programmes

After the video analysis, your physio/trainer will go through their findings and recommendations with you and plan out future sessions that are pitched to each individual’s running level. The running and exercises are performed in intervals, so clients needn’t worry that they won’t keep up. It’s perfect for all levels of fitness and running experience. Clients will receive valuable tips and advice on their running technique.

The Muscle People program is suitable for all levels of runners, including children who may love sports but are struggling in a school sports environment. Like the adult coaching, kids receive a detailed video analysis of their running method, followed by a plan and then sessions to help improve technique. These sessions not only improve the child’s running technique, but also give a huge boost to their confidence on the sports field.

No matter your skill level, there will be something for you. Call now to book in your personalised running programme.


Muscle People has three locations in Christchurch:

City Clinic – 12 Hereford Street, Christchurch (by the YMCA building)
Phone: 03 961 0236
Email: admin@musclepeople.co.nz

Bishopdale Clinic – 13A Bishopdale Court, Bishopdale, Christchurch
(inside the YMCA building)
Phone: 03 360 3606
Email: admin2@musclepeople.co.nz

Wigram Skies Clinic – 67 Skyhawk Road, Wigram, Christchurch
Phone: 03 322 9400
Email: admin3@musclepeople.co.nz

www.musclepeople.co.nz


 

The migraine masters: Muscle People Physiotherapy


Debilitating and striking without warning, migraine and severe headaches not only prevent you from living a full life, there also is a sense of not being in control of your life. For the 13 percent of the population that are regular sufferers, migraine and headaches mean time off school or work, missed opportunities and difficulty in planning ahead. The powerful medications used to alleviate pain can have side effects and can even cause rebound headaches, and have to be taken at the right time to be effective.

 

 

In the past ten years however, the understanding of what causes headaches and migraines has significantly advanced. The research now shows that sensitisation of the brain stem is what causes this pain.  “It is not widely known yet, that headaches or migraines can be literally a pain in the neck,” says Laurie Moore, Director and Senior Physiotherapist at Muscle People Physiotherapy.

Advanced physiotherapy techniques can alleviate or remove pain altogether and techniques to use at home can be taught so that patients can find relief between treatments. At Muscle People, Laurie, together with Senior Physiotherapists Clare, Naomi and Jaclyn, have trained in Australia in the ‘Watson Headache Approach’, a method of examining the small movements of the top three spinal segments.

 

An internationally recognised approach for diagnostic accuracy and for reducing pain for headache and migraine conditions, it can reduce the amount of medication taken, or remove the need for it altogether.

The team returned to Australia recently, to attend a symposium on the technique. “It reaffirmed the effectiveness of what we do and we honed our skills even more,” Laurie says. The approach at Muscle People does not involve manipulating or cracking the neck. Instead the appropriate spinal segments are gently stressed in a smooth, sustained manner.

 

Patients generally come to the clinic four or five times in the first few weeks of treatment and they are shown some very simple exercises to do at home. After the first few weeks, treatment sessions are guided by how the patient is feeling. By the time they get to the clinic for the first time, patients can be at their wits end, but are really surprised at how quickly things can change for the better.

Muscle People has three Christchurch locations: City, Bishopdale and Wigram Skies, and the team see people travelling from as far as Auckland and Invercargill to seek treatment. Muscle People Physiotherapy also offers the full range of physiotherapy services: acupuncture, massage therapy, physiotherapy, sports physio, functional training and corporate health and work injuries.

 


For more information on the migraine and headache clinics, as well as the general physio services, visit www.musclepeople.co.nz or phone 03 360 3606.