Mr Austin Bollinger — Photo courtesy of Family Medical Practice Hanoi Viet Nam News By Mr Austin Bollinger * Physiotherapy is the medical practice of examination and treatment of injuries or disfunction of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Or in more general terms, if you are having pain or dysfunction related of muscles, joints or nerves a physiotherapist can help find the cause and how it can be treated. Many of us have experienced pain, discomfort or a general feeling that something physically is just not working correctly. Most of the time with a little rest or avoidance of activities or positions that exacerbate the symptoms thing go back to normal and we forget anything was wrong. But, what do we do when the symptoms persist or the event that initiated the symptoms was traumatic and rest just simply won’t do? This is where physiotherapy can help alleviate symptoms, restore function and return normalcy to your physical well being. Physiotherapy has a … [Read more...] about What is physiotherapy and how can it help you?
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Viet Nam News By Dr. Andres Sosa* Having flat feet means that your feet have low or no arches and press almost completely flat against the ground. The arch, or instep, is the middle part of the foot that’s usually raised off the ground when you stand, while the rest of the foot remains flat. In young children, this arch isn’t always visible because of the soft, fatty tissues in their feet. It develops and appears as they get older and it can be usually seen from the second year. However, some kids never really develop this arch, but it doesn’t necessarily means that they will have any problem in the future. Are flat feet a real problem? Flat feet are usually nothing to worry about. Many people with flat feet don’t have any associated problems, so treatment isn’t necessary. However, flat feet can sometimes be associated with stiffness or pain in the feet, ankles, legs, knees, hips or lower back. The feet rolling inwards too much can cause shoes to … [Read more...] about Flat feet: Are they a problem?
Viet Nam News By Dr. Andres Sosa* Twisting our ankles is a very common situation, especially when we are doing sports, using high heels, walking on the road or crossing the street. After a twist, our ankle will become painful and swollen and a purple mark or bruise might appear at the same side of the injured ligaments. This situation is medically known as an Ankle Sprain. Ankle bones are supported by ligaments – resistant and flexible strings that protect our joints from unexpected or unnatural movements, keeping our bones in the right position. However, they can get lengthened, torn or broken if we overstretch them. Our ligaments have some special nerves inside acting like motion sensors to help our brain to control our balance and body posture. After twisting our ankle, the first thing we should do to relieve the pain and prevent more damage is to rest, keeping our foot elevated and applying ice for at least 10 minutes after covering the skin to avoid cold burns. If … [Read more...] about Ankle Sprains
Viet Nam News By Dr. Cao Mạnh Liệu* Physical activity is an important part of maintaining overall health. Leading a stressful work life usually only leaves us with weekends to engage in physical activities. However, trying to compensate for our sedentary lifestyle during week days may take a toll on sports injuries. Most common sports injuries Sprains and strains are the two most common sports injuries. A sprain refers to an overstretching or tear in one of the ligaments. Ligaments are short bands made of connective tissue that connects two bones or cartilages or holds together a joint. Strains are also called “pulled muscles”. If you overuse or overstretch a muscle, you can cause tears in the muscle fibres or muscle tendons. Which parts of the body are affected? For “normal” sports activities such as running, biking, playing tennis or squash, group ball games, golf and exercising in the gym, the most commonly affected areas are the … [Read more...] about Understanding sports injuries: precautions and treatment
Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a return to Russia's Karen Khachanov during their tennis match at the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament in Monaco. (YANN COATSALIOU/AFP) Nadal needs to win an 11th Monte Carlo title to stay clear of Roger Federer at the top of the world rankings, and the 16-time Grand Slam champion made short work of Khachanov in Monaco. Khachanov held his own at times in the opening set, but Nadal moved through the gears and claimed his second comfortable victory of the week after his opening win over Aljaz Bedene. Thiem should provide a sterner test in the last eight, after the fifth seed came from a set down to beat Djokovic. Nadal has lost twice to Thiem on clay, but produced a dominant display in the French Open semi-finals last year en route to his 10th Roland Garros title. The 31-year-old wasted no time in making his presence felt on Thursday, breaking to love in the second game as Khachanov felt the brunt of the Spaniard's forehand. But the big-hitting … [Read more...] about Nadal eases past Khachanov in Monte Carlo to set up Thiem clash
A discotheque hidden among the back alleys of eastern Seoul is packed with hundreds of grey-haired couples on a Monday afternoon, dancing to local hits from the 1960s in a basketball court-sized hall. Kim Sa-gyu, 85, calls it his “playground.” “What else would I do all day? My family is busy with work. I hate going to senior centers cause all they do there is smoking,” said Kim, wearing a beret as he sat on a bench at the edge of a dance floor decorated with fairy lights and mirror balls. Seven days a week, he gets up at 5 a.m., has breakfast with his son and two grandchildren, gets an hour of massage therapy to relieve knee pain, then hops on a bus. His destination is the daytime disco for the elderly in New Hyundai Core. Kim, who has been jobless since retiring as a hospital administer 20 years ago, is among about 1,000 customers each weekday at the disco, called a colatec. It is one of nearly 1,000 such facilities around the country. Almost 2,000 people visit … [Read more...] about In daytime discos, South Korea’s elderly find escape from anxiety
Memphis Depay grabbed a goal and an assist as Lyon secured a fifth straight Ligue 1 win by beating Amiens 3-0 on Saturday (Apr 14) to continue their push for a place in next season's Champions League. Lyon are locked in a battle with Marseille for the third and final Champions League berth in France. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Desmazes) Dutch international Depay, who had a hand in all five goals against Metz last weekend, set up Mariano Diaz for the opening goal against Amiens on 30 minutes. The former Manchester United player gathered a pass from Bertrand Traore and rolled the ball across to Mariano, who shifted back onto his right foot before finishing inside the near post for his 18th league goal of the season. Depay nearly doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time when Amiens goalkeeper Regis Gurtner made a sharp save at his near post to keep out the forward's header. Substitute Stiven Mendoza came closest to an equaliser for Amiens midway through the second half when his … [Read more...] about Depay helps Lyon maintain Champions League assault
Silent efforts Strong as he seems on the competition floor, male gymnast Dinh Phuong Thanh is timid and reserved in real life. Pointing at his shoulder, Thanh said he still felt a lot of pain and could not afford intense practice. Not long ago, Thanh brought that hurt shoulder to the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The 20-year-old athlete has been suffering from this shoulder injury for over one year, however, he still bit the bullet to bring home the historic all-around gold medal for Vietnamese gymnastics at the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore. Earlier, Thanh also stunned everyone by scoring a bronze on the parallel bars at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, the Republic of Korea. Behind the radiant face on the podium floor were the intense pains and nights of failing to swallow rice as a result of intensive training. Thanh has been leading such life for the past 15 years. He came to gymnastics at the age of five. As other peers … [Read more...] about Endeavouring for national pride
By Dr. Andres Sosa * Many people around or after their fifties complain about knee pain that occurs apparently without reason and it is described as an uncomfortable sensation that comes and goes but not bad enough to visit a doctor. Sometimes pain becomes aggressive, causing difficulties in daily activities like using the stairs, bending down or standing up from a chair. Most people will think that visiting a doctor is now necessary. After consulting with a specialist and hearing some new words like Knee Osteoarthritis, people immediately wonder if pain will decrease somehow and if they could ever be able to move freely again. Under the appropriate orthopedic care the answer is “YES” for both questions. Inside our knees, bones are covered by cartilage, a spongy soft tissue that protects bone surfaces from touching each other, acting like a shock absorber. Space between bones is filled by articular liquid, a fluid that serves as a lubricant, facilitating bone … [Read more...] about Knee pain: a common situtation after fifties
By Dr. Andres Sosa * Many people around or after their fifties complain about knee pain that occurs apparently without reason and it is described as an uncomfortable sensation that comes and goes but not bad enough to visit a doctor. Sometimes pain becomes aggressive, causing difficulties in daily activities like using the stairs, bending down or standing up from a chair. Most people will think that visiting a doctor is now necessary. After consulting with a specialist and hearing some new words like Knee Osteoarthritis, people immediately wonder if pain will decrease somehow and if they could ever be able to move freely again. Under the appropriate orthopedic care the answer is “YES” for both questions. Inside our knees, bones are covered by cartilage, a spongy soft tissue that protects bone surfaces from touching each other, acting like a shock absorber. Space between bones is filled by articular liquid, a fluid that serves as a lubricant, facilitating bone displacement … [Read more...] about To your health: What to do about knee pain