Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Options

Plantar fasciitis is extremely common affecting around 10% of the adult population at some time in life. Commonly plantar fasciitis is associated with heel spurs however on x-ray only 50% of patients with plantar fasciitis have evidence of calcification through the heel (DiMarcangelo, 1997).

Commonly plantar fasciitis symptoms start as an awareness or ache in the morning. Relief treatment can be quite simple at this time however if it is left, these symptoms will often slowly progress to pain that significantly impacts quality of life.

When targeting plantar fasciitis symptoms your practitioner will guide you through the best strategy or combination of strategies to help relieve and control your individual pain. At Body Leadership Australia we recommend a multimodal approach utilising a number of different treatment options.

Soft Tissue Release
Tightness of the muscles surrounding the foot have been found to pull hard enough on the bones that they alter the natural shape of the foot and ankle often leading to plantar fasciitis pain. Accordingly, release techniques and stretching of the lower limb muscles can have an effect on decreasing symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis.

Stretching
Strategic stretching of the calf muscles and Achilles tendon or on the plantar fascia itself can decrease pain associated with plantar fasciitis. You should get a program tailored to your individual needs.

Orthotics
Orthotics can help to relieve the effects of plantar fasciitis. Changing the weight load through the foot can allow the inflammatory response to settle by supporting the foot appropriately.

Night Splints (Strassburg Sock)
The use of a night splint can reduce recovery time compared to the same protocol utilising standing stretches through the calf.

Cortisone
Cortisone was always a last resort due to potential complications and pain post injection. Now with ultrasound guidance outcomes have improved and we see them used more effectively. Cortisone options can be discussed with your health care professional.

Surgery
A number of studies found 75% to 95% of patients had long term improvement as measured by various criteria. Up to 27% of patients still had significant pain, up to 20% had some activity restriction, and up to 12% had moderate pain that impaired function (Brown et al., 1999; Davies et al., 1999; Fishco et al., 2000). Surgical options are always a last resort.

Once your pain is treated and controlled it is important to understand your individual factors that predispose you to plantar fasciitis which can be explained by your physiotherapist. You can then be taught a home program to release tension, particularly through the calf as well as the foot to nip problems in the bud. This can also be optimised using home exercises to improve strength for better control of your biomechanics long term.

If you, your friend or family member suffer from plantar fasciitis please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly Brisbane sports physiotherapists on 07 3847 8040. Our Brisbane sports physios can also provide treatment from our Brisbane Sports Physiotherapy practice.

Anger management courses help save marriages

“I thought I was in a pretty good marriage with occasional arguments until my wife said to me “If the next year of our marriage is as bad as the last year, I’m outta here”.

She felt as if she was always walking on eggshells so as not to set me off. Any time she disagreed with me, I immediately went on the attack and tried to defeat her point of view by almost any means. So when she told me she had taken all she could stand, I took her seriously and decided that I had to do some frank soul searching to find out why I kept losing my temper, so I could not lose the person who meant the most to me in the world”.

As I looked back many of my habitual ways of dealing with the world were driven by anger. I was an aggressive driver, using my horn and my “freeway finger” whenever people weren’t travelling the way I thought they should be. If the mechanic told me something needed fixing on my car, I was sure he was exaggerating for his own financial gain. I thought I had an unusual ability to see through a hypocrite, and since I thought that most people were, I got a lot of practice of seeing through them.”

This is one story of a man who came to me for help in dealing with his anger problem.

As a Psychologist, I’ve seen many of my clients lose their jobs, wives and opportunities because they were simply not able to handle the normal frustrations and disappointments in life.
They argue, they insult and they sulk.

They come to see themselves as ineffective, unlucky, of just plain losers. They don’t admit this to anyone, but deep inside they don’t like themselves. Their anger gets in the way of their ability to be good bosses, good workers and good family men.

For many men who have been charged with serious crimes, such as assault and murder, it is clear that these are not pre-meditated. These men didn’t start out with the intention of hurting others.

They reacted impulsively, and often out of anger. Someone insulted them and they struck back. Situations they could have walked away from became major confrontations because they did not know how to handle themselves other than aggressively. They know their behaviour is stupid and they don’t know why they did what they did.

Domestic violence programs are over run. Our prisons are overcrowded and even our schools are not altogether safe. But men who are angry do have a choice. No-one can change the whole world, but there are many things you can change about the way you see yourself, others and the world, and come to understand what triggers your anger along with learning what other actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Your marriage, your job and your happiness depend on it.

Individualised anger management counselling is run by the Hart Centre Australia. We have qualified Psychologists in 60 locations around Australia who can help you become the man you want to be. Phone 1300830552 for more information on Anger management counselling and anger management courses.

How Dating Sites are gaining success within a niche market

There are 7 billion people residing on Earth. With all of this diversity available it makes you wonder why there are so many singletons out there.

Maybe it’s because we live in a fast paced society where people are too busy to partner up or understand it as a significant pursuit in their lives. Technology combined with evolution has created a unique breed of people and we do not all share the same commonalities like the good old days.

Today’s Online Dating has comprised itself into an easy access platform for a person to fall in love with the click of a button. It is currently a $2 billion dollar per year industry, with over 1500 dating sites globally and boasts to been liable for around 280,000 marriages as a result of people hooking up. In Australia, statistically 1 in 10 has found love online and 1 in 6 of those people was between the ages 35-44.

There is no doubt the popularity of the ‘General’ online dating websites out there have had great success with the following of members on their sites. Some international sites proudly promote staggering numbers of 30 million plus. As most sites offer a free sign up it is not quite clear on how many of those 30 million are paying subscriptions, never the less these platforms are uniting a lot of people with each other.

Over time in this industry I think people have gotten bored and lost in the ‘General’ online dating websites. Wasting time on useless dialogue and pointless banter only to discover there is not much in common with the other party. Some might say you have to kiss a lot of frogs to discover your prince.

Niche online dating websites have come on to the scene thick and fast. Obviously someone saw a need and jumped at the opportunity to connect people within a niche market. To tighten the playing field, so to speak. People bond best when they have something in common. Beliefs, hobbies, race, sexual preference or lifestyle choice can categorise people to meet other [compatible~accordant} singles.

Scientists have done studies to find out if in fact like-minded people or opposite people make the more suitable couple. It was discovered that people with corresponding temperaments and world views were more likely to find success and have conflict free marriages than the opposite couples. It is also put forward that people with similar interests were
more likely to meet up in person off the sites.

The niche dating sites available are limitless, probably if you can think it, there has been one created. From Gay to Pet lovers, Christian groups and other religious followings, Asian, Interracial, Vegetarians, Farmers, Cheaters, Beautiful people (ugly people need not apply), Punks, Seniors, Cougars, Sugar Daddies, Military, Single parents, Tall people, big people and even small people. I even managed to stumble upon a site for inmates, geeks and people who like to dance.

There is no doubt catering to a specific audience could be a very effective market. It sounds like an enjoyeable experience to enter a world where everyone shares the same values. Everybody deserves love, why not share it with someone you like?

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The benefits of a steel rainwater tank

Queenslandwide steel rainwater tanks are an increasingly common sight across the Australian suburban landscape, and for good reason. We live in a hot, dry country where every drop counts, and many homeowners are eager to protect the earth’s precious resources and save money at the same time. While earlier models tended to be bulky and unattractive, the latest domestic water tanks are specially designed to fit into awkward spaces and complement modern architecture. Steel is proving to be the correct choice, not only for its stylish looks, but for its durability.

Space is a premium on urban blocks with smaller land sizes. Because of this Queenslandwide’s extensive range of custom-size slimline water tanks are increasingly popular in urban areas of Australia, where space is a real problem. These slimline water tanks have evolved so oval tanks, rectangular tanks and other configurations meet the needs of customers who don’t have the space to fit the traditional round water tanks on their blocks.

The benefits of a steel rainwater tank for your home are considerable and will offer you plenty of return on your investment, and you don’t need to live in a rain forest area or a high rain density area to have one.

Australia is now embracing the water tank phenomenon and at Queenslandwide Tanks, we are here to help you with all you need to know when it comes to rainwater harvesting. When you invest in a Aquaplate water tank, you will be able to collect most of the rain that falls on your roof if you have it connected to your gutters and downpipes. For example, if 10mm of rain falls onto about 100m2 of your roof, you will collect about 1000 Litres of rainwater into your water tank. Just imagine, after 4 days of light rain you could easily harvest around 4000 litres of rainwater.

The benefit of rainwater tanks are endless and of course ensures that your home becomes environmentally friendly. You can reduce the amount of water used from the main supply therefore reducing your drain on this precious resource. By reducing the demand on mains water to your home, you will reduce your water bills, and by connecting the rainwater tank to a rainwater pump you will be able to water your gardens, wash your cars and fill your swimming pool whenever you want at no cost.

The other benefits of installing a Slimline rain water tank in your home are the government rebates now available to residents across Australia. And did you know that rainwater is actually less salty than dam supplies therefore it is much healthier for your gardens and appliances like your washing machine as they will actually be better of using rain water. The other benefit of owning rain water tanks means that you will never have to worry about water restrictions around the home for washing your car and watering your garden.

Imagine how easy it would be to wash your car with rainwater whenever you like, and imagine how beautiful your lawn and plants are going to look when you start using rainwater for your garden.

It’s best to use the water in the tank on a regular basis so there is always storage capacity available in the water tank when it rains. By connecting your water tank to a washing machine or toilet, you will get good use of the tanks supply and will allow rainfall to re-fill the rain water tank more often. By using the water tank this way you will maximize the amount of rainwater you will harvest and the money you will save.

If you are looking for Steel Tanks Brisbane, Slimline Tanks Brisbane or Water Tanks Brisbane

Social Media for Brisbane Businesses Explained

On-line social media has totally altered not just the way users interact, but essentially the way that clients fundamentally interact with businesses.

With over 900 million people using the internet worldwide, Facebook alone is a gargantuan marketing entity, with many others like Youtube, Twitter, Linkedin and Google Plus. Although we are subject to much media hype and hysteria, social media sites have -in the most basic sense- altered the way that all kinds of business with a public presence will operate, and are now as fundamental to a business as an email address and a web-site.

But with all of the obvious changes social media has brought to the marketing environment, it is essential to have a realistic assessment of its capabilities and results.

With any kind of new marketing bandwagon comes numerous dishonest or inexperienced firms and “social media experts” which prey on naïve businesses by over-hyping and under-delivering.

Millions of dollars and an immeasurable amount of time is utterly wasted on useless social media ideas every year. Social media is not magic. Without good marketing and business basics behind you, a social media presence will inevitably fail and simply be a waste of time and money.

Despite hyping the impression of ’no-cost’ advertising with ‘zero’ start-up and hosting fees, social media must have a continual presence, site maintenance and fresh content to result in success, which demands valuable time spent on it that most businesses can’t afford to spare. That’s why Social Media Brisbane can do all the work for you, while allowing room for oversight and approval by clients.

Examples of how companies commonly go wrong with social media include:

• Bad Content
Unexciting or even stolen items, outdated suggestions, and painful attempts to be hip are all too common when it comes to what is published online. Be real: people on the internet are perceptive, and will sniff out deviousness and condescension without too much trouble.

• Impatience
Building a healthy online social network takes time and diligence. A successful network cannot just shoot up in a day, it takes time and content in order to grow. Often a business will start up a social media profile, watch the results for a couple of weeks and then quit with anger when they don’t get the unrealistic results they wanted.
This also ties into:

• Consistency
Spacing content out on a regular basis across a number of platforms is a lot better than using all of your content up at once or especially not updating at all. Nobody likes a spammer, but with the overload of information that we receive on a daily basis, if there isn’t a regular reminder of your brand’s presence you will quickly be left behind. Even only a weekly update can see results regarding continuing and growing relationships with customers.

We here at Social Media Brisbane understand exactly how social media operates, and treat it as a cohesive part of your marketing strategy rather than the only important tactic.

We also integrate revolutionary Search Engine Optimization methods into our work, which is something no other social media group does.

Choosing consultants that value gimmicks over content and that endlessly throw around buzzwords such as “viral” or “Web 2.0” instead of giving strategy and goals can simply result in it having been an exercise in frustration.

If you are looking for a social media consultancy based in Brisbane, contact the Brisbane SEO Company today on 3166 9622.