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Sporty and Forty? This One’s for You…

Getting yourself a physiotherapist should be next on your to-do list.

Been a bit, ahem, relaxed about your workout routine over the summer? We hear you.

The searing heat keeps all but the most hardened of fitness fans from their usual outdoor activities. And, yes, the treadmill at the gym can get pretty boring at times. But if it’s the suddenly-more-than-a-niggle back pain or never-been-this-bad-before knee twinge that’s stopping you from slipping back into your training gear as the weather cools, now’s the time to consult an expert and find out what needs to be done to fix it. 

We all know that keeping physically fit as you get older is important. Indeed, recent research has revealed that as the pandemic rolls on, more and more of the over 40s have become more physically active than ever before – a teeny silver lining to all the misery COVID-19 brought with it. But while staying active or starting a new fitness plan when you’re that little bit older is never a bad thing, ageing is the biggest contributor to a higher incidence of sports injuries in the over-40s, which is why you need to listen to your body even more carefully than usual if it starts to complain.

Physiological changes in the body due to ageing include muscle loss, less elasticity in the tendons and muscles, joint stiffening, limited range of motion, and increased reaction time. And as ageing muscles also lose their endurance, they are more susceptible to – and take longer to heal from – injuries. So while exercise is undoubtedly the best remedy to reduce muscle loss, the natural ageing process means that it’s inevitable that these muscles will lose some strength and endurance, which means that keeping on top of any new aches and pains is vital. But who should you go to to get these kind of issues addressed before they become a real problem? Step forward to your new best friend: the sports physiotherapist. 

Admittedly, many people don’t ever find out what great things a sports physiotherapist does (and can do!) for your body until they actually need one, which often means there’s an injury that needs to be remedied. But if you’re healthy, active, and like doing sports, having a physiotherapist as part of your team of go-to health experts can help ensure that the potential of getting injured is significantly reduced – the number one priority of every athlete on the planet. So what can a physiotherapist do for you? We asked Nightingale Health Services physiotherapists Roxanne Francis and Mohamed Al Shawbrawy for the 101 on sports physio – your gammy knee and creaky hips can thank us later! 

What does a physiotherapist do?

Physiotherapists promote, maintain, or restore health through physical examination, diagnosis, patient education, manual therapy, and rehabilitative exercise programmes.

Do I need a physiotherapist if I’m exercising regularly?

Yes. Both physiotherapy and chiropractic can treat and manage pain and stiffness in your body, especially post-training, by using non-invasive and non-surgical techniques like sports stretching, ultrasound, cold therapy, and some other manual techniques. This can be especially beneficial if you have embarked on a new training regime or are increasing your level of training for a big race, for example.

What should I be particularly mindful of when I’m exercising?

  • Prepare your mind before your body – training without being prepared mentally can cause stress, and it can get to the body later on. 
  • Create a purpose every time you exercise.
  • Take it slow. 

How do I know if I need a physiotherapist?

If you begin experiencing pain, decreased mobility, or discomfort during your exercise regime, you should consider consulting a physiotherapist. Treating a muscular strain, ligament sprain, or joint stiffness early can prevent further injury going forward, leading to a worsened prognosis and more time off from sport and exercise. The therapist’s aim is to restore a patient’s previous levels of mobility, strength, and function and return to action.

Is feeling any kind of pain during exercise okay?

While some level of soreness after exerciseis common – especially if you haven’t trained in a while – strong, sharp, or persistent pain that develops while you are exercising is a cause for concern. Pain during physical activity is a signal that you are putting too much strain on a muscle or tendon and should stop in order to prevent an injury. Listen to your body and don’t ‘push through’. Stop immediately!

What happens during a physiotherapy treatment ?

A physiotherapy session should comprise a comprehensive assessment of your current problem while taking into account your previous medical history. Once a diagnosis has been made, treatment will include restoring optimal function to the relevant musculature, mobility to joints, increasing muscle strength, and returning to previous activities. Various modalities may be used, such as myofascial release, peripheral and spinal joint mobilisation, electrotherapy, dry needling, taping, and rehabilitative exercise prescription.

Watch the Video: Basic Exercises for Stretching and Releasing Muscle Spasm 

How do I minimise the chance of getting injured during exercise?

  • Warm up and cool down.
  • Stretch before and after.
  • Choose your exercise wisely.
  • Use the right equipment.
  • Learn good form.

How can I get back into training after an injury?

  • Take it slow! It’s easy to want to go back to exactly what you were doing before an injury put you out, but not so quick! 
  • Begin with very mild, general training.
  • Work on your balance. 
  • Eat well and keep hydrated.
  • Consider getting help from a physiotherapist for the rehabilitation programme. 

What tips should I follow to ensure I don’t injure myself while exercising?

  • Take time off. 
  • Wear the right gear. 
  • Strengthen muscles.
  • Increase flexibility.
  • Use the proper technique.
  • Take breaks.
  • Train safe.
  • Do not train through pain.
  • Always consult a sports physiotherapist.

For more information about sports physiotherapy at Nightingale Health Services, call 04 320 3847 or e-mail [email protected].


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Sirona’s Disposable Maternity Breast Pads: A Reliable Companion for New Moms

Comforting for the New Mum

Sirona’s Disposable Maternity Breast Pads are specially designed to provide new mothers with comfort, convenience, and protection during their breastfeeding journey. These pads are crafted using high-quality materials, ensuring a soft and gentle feel against the skin. Sirona’s Premium Disposal Breast Pads are made up of very smooth materials with high absorbency – up to 80ml of milk drips! Comfortable and discreet, these unique breast pads are specially designed to help you stay dry and comfortable. Let us explore how to use these breast pads effectively, discuss their advantages, and address frequently asked questions.

How should I Use Sirona’s Disposable Maternity Breast Pads?

  1. Cleanse and dry your breasts before application.
  2. Remove the adhesive backing and position the pad smoothly over your nipple, ensuring a secure fit.
  3. Gently press the pad to ensure it adheres properly.
  4. Adjust your bra or clothing accordingly to ensure a comfortable fit.


Maternity Breast Pads

AED 45.00

What are the Advantages of Sirona’s Disposable Maternity Breast Pads?

Sirona’s Disposable Maternity Breast Pads are a real blessing for mothers during lactation. The continuous wetness whilst breastfeeding is uncomfortable and embarrassing for new mothers. The constant wetness can promote rashes causing redness and soreness of the breasts and is an open invitation to fungal infections. Let’s explore further:

  1. Superb Absorption: These breast pads offer excellent absorbency, effectively preventing leakage and providing long-lasting dryness throughout the day or night.
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Sirona’s Disposable Maternity Breast Pads are an essential companion for new moms, providing the comfort, protection, and convenience required during the breastfeeding phase. Their superior absorption, breathability, and discreet design make them an ideal choice for all mothers. With a focus on safety and hygiene, Sirona ensures that all nursing mothers can benefit from these reliable breast pads. Embrace this hassle-free solution to enjoy a worry-free breastfeeding experience.

Here are some more feminine hygiene products you may like:


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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Sirona’s Disposable Maternity Breast Pads suitable for all breast sizes?

Yes, these breast pads are designed to fit comfortably on all breast sizes and shapes.

How often should I change the breast pads?

It is recommended to change the pads whenever they become saturated or at least every 4-6 hours to maintain hygiene and comfort.

Can I wear these pads overnight?

Yes, Sirona’s Disposable Maternity Breast Pads are crafted with superior absorption capacity, making them perfect for overnight use.

Are the pads recyclable or biodegradable?

No, these pads are disposable and should be disposed of in the appropriate waste bin after use.

Do these pads have an adhesive to keep them in place?

Yes, Sirona’s Premium Disposal Breast Pads feature adhesive strips on the back to help keep them securely in place. The adhesive strips are designed to stick to your bra or clothing, ensuring that the breast pads stay in position during movement and provide effective leakage protection.

The adhesive strips provide a secure fit without causing any discomfort or irritation to the skin.

They are easy to apply and remove, allowing you to adjust and reposition the breast pads as needed for a comfortable and customized fit.

By using the adhesive strips, you can have peace of mind knowing that the breast pads will stay in place throughout the day, providing you with the necessary protection and maintaining discretion under your clothing.

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