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.

Tips for Kids Parties

Parties for children have come a long way in the last decade with more options, more expense and more expectation placed on an event that runs approx. two-three hours. Being involved in the kids party industry for over fifteen years, I have seen every kind of party from the informal backyard gathering to a veritable carnival with a great variety of entertainment hired.

However, a child’s party doesn’t require a big budget or an event planner to be successful. I have some sure-fire pointers to get the party started and the kids having a ball.

1. Stick with tradition. Children enjoy it when predictable elements are present, and if they’re overlooked, it won’t go unnoticed! Must-haves are: Food, birthday cake, and the all important Party Bag! If you’ve got at least these three things, you’ve got the basics of party.

2. What games to provide. There are so many options: Party games; hire an entertainer or activity or have the party somewhere that will entertain the kids for you. Rule of thumb: DON’T OVER-DO IT!

Just one or two entertainment events are more than enough. Remember, the kids will be directed to eat now, cut the cake now, watch the gifts being opened now, etc etc.. If you add entertainers, activities and games, children may quickly be overwhelmed, plus the party whizzes by without the children having a chance to actually play.

3. Play time: This element should be the top party essential. Factoring time for children to play, run around, laugh and talk with one another is golden. It suits children of all ages and capabilities, and what’s more , it’s free!

4. Age-appropriate entertainment. This tip may seem like a no-brainer, but many parties result in children being bored or bewildered. For example, hiring a magician-clown for two-year olds left most of the children terrified. Another example is a bowling party for four-year olds. The kids had no interest in being competitive and after just a few bowls, the novelty had definitely worn off. Even Pass-the-Parcel can cause distress when played with kiddies who are too young to realise they haven’t missed out, they just have to wait their turn. For a party with mixed ages and genders, there’s a wide range of entertainment that appeals, such as jumping castles and balloon-twisting.

5. Relax! When planning your party, plan with your child and use your instincts – you know what they will enjoy the most. On the day have a mini paper list so that you don’t forget anything, like when to get the party pies in the oven or to hand out the party bags.

And lastly, enjoy YOURSELF too…after all -it’s a party!

Best of luck!

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How Dating Sites are gaining success within a niche market

There are 7 billion people residing on Earth. With all of this variety available it makes you deliberate as to why there are so many singletons out there.

Maybe it’s because we live in a fast paced world where people are too busy to partner up or acknowledge it as a significant pursuit in their lives. Technology aligned with evolution has developed 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 find their soulmate with the click of a button. It is presently a $2 billion dollar per year industry, with over 1500 dating sites globally and boasts to been responsible 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 enormous 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 connecting a lot of people with each other.

Over time in this industry I think people have gotten tired and lost in the ‘General’ online dating websites. Wasting time on meaningless dialogue and pointless chatting only to find out 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 launched on to the scene thick and fast. Obviously someone saw a need and leaped at the opportunity to connect people within a specific 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 opposite people make the more suitable 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 formed. 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 find 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.

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Social Media for Brisbane Businesses Explained

On-line social media has absolutely revolutionized not only the way we interact with each other, but essentially the way that a customer will interact with business interests.

With over 800 million users worldwide, Facebook on its own is a colossal marketing entity, with many others such as Twitter, Youtube, Linkedin and Google Plus. While there is much media hype and hysteria, social media sites have fundamentally changed the way that all types of company with a public presence operates, and are now as necessary to a business as an email address and a homepage.

But with all the clear changes social media has made to marketing, it is essential to hold a realistic perspective of its capabilities and results.

Unfortunately, with any kind of new marketing bandwagon comes a multitude of dishonest or inexperienced fly-by-night firms and “social media experts” which prey on naïve businesses by over-hyping the potential but under-delivering.

Millions of dollars and countless hours are completely wasted on useless social media ventures every year. Social media is not magic. Without good marketing and business basics behind you, an online social media presence will most certainly fail and simply be a waste of time and money.

Despite creating the impression of ’no-cost’ advertising with ‘zero’ start-up and/or hosting fees, social media needs a continual presence, fresh content and site maintenance to result in success, and that demands valuable time that most businesses simply can’t spare. That’s why Social Media Brisbane does the work for you, while allowing room for oversight and approval by their clients.

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

• Bad Content
Tiresome or plagiarised items, outdated advice, and painful attempts to be groovy are common regarding what is published online. Admit it, people on the internet are savvy, and will sniff out hypocrisy and condescension without too much trouble.

• Impatience
Developing a strong online social network takes time and perseverance. A successful network won’t sprout up in a day, it takes time and content to see results. Often a business will start up a social media profile, watch the results for a couple of weeks and then quit in frustration when they don’t receive the results they wanted.
This also ties into:

• Consistency
Spacing content out on a regular schedule across numerous platforms is far better than using up all your content at once or especially not updating at all. Nobody likes a spammer, but with the overload of information that we encounter on a daily basis, without a consistent reminder of your brand’s presence you will quickly be left behind. Just a fortnightly update can be beneficial for continuing and growing relationships with customers.

The team here at Social Media Brisbane know exactly how social media operates, and deal with it as a part of your marketing strategy rather than the only important thing.

And most importantly, we also integrate revolutionary Search Engine Optimization procedures into our work, something that no other social media group does.

Choosing consultants that value gimmicks over content and who throw around buzzwords like “viral” or “Web 2.0” instead of giving strategy and results can only 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.