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You have most likely seen athletes wearing them in various events but do compression socks work? What makes them such an essential item? Well, to comprehend the mechanism of compression stockings, why you would need them, and their importance in physiotherapy, you first have to learn how your body operates. Standard physiological processes pump blood throughout our bodies, and when we are actively engaged in an exercise, more of this is required. The main purpose of compression socks is to ensure that your feet are more compressed and your upper legs have a lesser pressure. This improves your body’s blood flow meaning more deoxygenated blood is going to flow off your legs into the circulatory system. Since there is a wide range of compression socks available to treat various conditions, how would you choose the right one for you? You can start with selecting your compression: The first step would…

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Sciatic Nerve Pain is a common topic of discussion that comes up often with physiotherapy patients and their physician. The sciatic nerve starts in your spine and then runs to each of your ankles. It is the longest nerve in the human body. Sciatic pain can cause numbness, aching, and sometimes even trembling. It can also cause weakness in the knees. The reason that sciatic pain occurs is because of pressure put on the sciatic nerve, oftentimes due to a…

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There are many people who have never taken advantage of the benefits of massage therapy. For those of us who have enjoyed the experience of massage therapy, know it can be a release and an extremely relaxing way to unwind. Oftentimes people do not understand just how deep the benefits of massage therapy really go. The physiotherapy aspect behind massage therapy can in fact provide many more benefits than the average person realizes. Massage therapy is the manual physical treatment…

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If you’ve been injured or are dealing with muscle pain and joint stiffness or have mobility issues, you can benefit from physiotherapy. Also referred to as physical therapy, physiotherapy uses mechanical forces and movements, specific exercise and other therapeutic modalities such as electrotherapy, massage and acupuncture to restore function and mobility. Why do people need physiotherapy? Generally, people visit a physiotherapist after sustaining an injury or to deal with overused muscles. For instance, if you are a baseball player and…

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Injuries to the knees and ankles can sideline us for weeks. This is especially unbearable for athletes who want nothing more than to get back on the court, ice, diamond, track etc. When you get hurt but want to continue your active lifestyle, you can benefit from wearing sports braces. What are sports braces? Sports braces are a form of custom orthotics that are designed to keep injured joints steady by stabilizing them. When joints become hypermobile from overuse and…

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