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.

Laser Treatments in Brisbane for Tattoo and Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal is becoming more and more popular as people seek ways to permanently remove unwanted or excess hair. Most people have tried the short term methods such as shaving, waxing or plucking, but are often unhappy with the side effects associated with them.

Laser Technology has come a long way and gets far superior results when compared to other methods of permanent hair reduction, such as IPL or Intense Pulsed Light. Laser also often requires far less treatments due to the effectiveness of the machines and the wavelength used which is specific to the melanin or brown pigment contained in the hair.

The wavelength of light used determines how deep the light or laser energy penetrates into the skin therefore affecting whatever structures lie in that particular layer. IPL or Intense Pulsed Light, as it is multiple wavelengths is better for treating skin conditions such as pigmentation, capillaries and sun damage which lie in a superficial zone within the skin. A hair removal laser (such as the Alexandrite) and its single or targeted wavelength effectively destroys the cells responsible for growing another hair which is located more deeply within the skin.

In a Laser Hair Removal treatment pulses of light are targeted at the area which delivers heat down into the base of the follicle where the root of the hair resides. This short burst of heat disables the hair follicle from growing another hair. As only a certain percentage of hairs are actively growing at any time, it takes several treatments to clear an area of hairs. Most areas of the face and body are suitable for Laser Hair Removal and for those people who suffer from ingrown hairs, they will also be treated with this technology.

A licensed Laser Hair Removal operator will have to have undertaken many hours of supervised training, theoretical studies and laser safety officer tests to attain that qualification. This will mean you get a safer treatment and ultimately better results as they will be more experienced in performing the treatments on many different skin and hair types. Making sure the clinic and laser operators have their licenses on display can also be very reassuring.

When undertaking Laser Hair Removal for the first time it can often be difficult to decide which clinic is going to suit your needs. Price is usually a good indicator of the technology they use as the true medical grade lasers will be a much bigger financial outlay. Cheap prices that seem too good to be true often leave the client with little or no results and in the long run they end up having many more treatments than they first thought they would need.

Look for a clinic that has been in business for a long period of time. Chances are if they are a long standing company they have proven their ability to keep their customers happy. By doing your research before starting permanent hair removal treatments you can be assured you will be getting a high quality, safe and effective treatment with great long lasting results.

If you are on the North side of Brisbane and are looking for laser hair removal brisbane or IPL hair removal, contact Image by Laser, Aspley. Image by Laser can also help you with laser tattoo removal brisbane

How Dating Sites are gaining success within a niche market

There are 7 billion people populating Earth. With all of this variety available it makes you question 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 priority in their lives. Technology merged 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 embodied 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 world-wide and brags to been liable for around 280,000 marriages as a result of people meeting 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 enterprises are uniting a lot of people with each other.

Over time in this industry I think people have gotten tired and confused in the ‘General’ online dating websites. Wasting time on meaningless dialogue and meaningless banter only to find out there is not much in sync with the other party. Some might say you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince.

Niche online dating websites have come on to the scene thick and fast. Obviously someone noticed a need and leaped at the opportunity to join 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 conducted studies to determine if in fact like-minded people or constrasting people make the better couple. It was proven that people with corresponding temperaments and world views were more likely to appreciate success and have conflict free marriages than the opposite couples. It is also implied that people with similar interests were
more likely to meet up in person off the sites.

The niche dating sites available are endless, 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 lucrative market. It sounds like a fun experience to set foot in a world where everyone shares the same ideals. Everybody deserves love, why not have 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 utterly changed not only the way users interact with each other, but essentially the way that a customer will deal with businesses.

With more than 700 million people using the internet world-wide, Facebook alone is a gigantic marketing body, not to mention other social media powerhouses such as Twitter, Youtube, Linkedin and Google Plus. While we are subject to a lot of media hype and hysteria, social media sites have fundamentally changed the way that any type of company that has a public presence will operate, and are now as essential to a business as an email address and a website.

But along with all of the obvious differences social media has brought to the marketing environment, it is necessary to hold a realistic assessment of its capabilities and results.

Unfortunately, with any kind of new marketing bandwagon comes a great many dishonest or clueless firms and “social media experts” that focus on naïve businesses by promising the world but being unable to deliver.

Millions of dollars and an immeasurable amount of time is wasted on useless social media ventures every year. Social media is not magic. Without proper marketing and business fundamentals behind you, a social media presence will inevitably fail and -depressingly- be a waste of time and money.

Despite creating the misconception of ’no-cost’ advertising with ‘zero’ start-up and hosting fees, social media needs a constant presence, site maintenance and fresh content to show good results, and that demands valuable time that many companies simply can’t afford to spare. This is where Social Media Brisbane can do all the work for you, while welcoming for oversight and approval by their clients.

Examples of where people often do the wrong thing with social media include:

• Bad Content
Unexciting or plagiarised items, out-dated advice, and awful attempts to be current are common when it comes to content published online. People who do business on the internet are perceptive, and will recognise hypocrisy and condescension a mile away.

• Impatience
Creating a strong online social network takes time and resolve. A successful network will not sprout up in a day, it takes time and content in order to grow. A business may create a social media profile, watch their results for a month and then give up in annoyance when they don’t receive the unrealistic results they hoped for.
This also ties into:

• Consistency
Spacing content out on a regular schedule over multiple 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 encounter every day, without a regular reminder of your brand’s presence you will quickly be left behind. Just a weekly update can be beneficial for sustaining and developing relationships with customers.

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

And most importantly, we also integrate revolutionary Search Engine Optimisation methods into our work, which is something that no other social media group offers.

Choosing consultants that concentrate on gimmicks over content and who endlessly throw around buzzwords like “viral” or “Web 2.0” instead of showing strategy and results will simply end up as 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.