Q&A WITH PHYSIOTHERAPIST ROXANNE ASHKAR

Just the other day one of my gorgeous clients, Beauty Warriors hosted their second, exclusive event. This event was held at Anti-Aging Art in Houghton with seven select media partners. I was blessed enough to be one of them. I wanted to share some tips from our session with physiotherapist Roxanne Ashkar.

HOW WOULD YOU LINK PHYSIOTHERAPY TO ANTI-AGING

Good question. I have spent so many years rehabilitating people for injuries and postoperatively, that, at first it was very difficult for me to think about how we could use the tools of physiotherapy to enhance the concept of “anti-aging”. Physiotherapy tools have been used in treatment, such as therapeutic ultrasound, to stimulate collagen production and reduce the downtime of Redermalization treatments, to the inclusion of deep oscillation to reduce the inflammatory effects of cooltech fat cryolipolytic treatments.

Electrotherapy (Stimpod and tens units) is used to retrain muscles to work if a patient has had too much botulinum toxin. We use ultrasound and deep tissue massage to facilitate circulation as well as reduce swelling post fat lipolytic injections,  and together with our doctors, advocate platelet-rich plasma injections as opposed to steroids as an option to regenerate or reengineer inflamed tissue, for a better quality outcome long term.  These are just a few ways we have used physiotherapy tools to enhance the ‘anti-aging’ procedures performed by doctors.

Over and above this, Physiotherapy is an amazing therapy which utilizes the concepts of rehabilitation and weight transfer management to prevent the spine and peripheral joints from aging faster, through the use of posture control and mindful movement patterns as well as hands-on techniques to treat tired, dried out and tight fascial tissues. We encourage exercise,  specifically exercises that are necessary to balance your body according to what we may have seen during your assessment.

EXPLAIN THE IMPACT OF SITTING FOR LONG PERIODS ON THE BODY.

What they said is true. Sitting is the new smoking. Sitting sedentary for prolonged periods of time places huge amounts of uncontrolled strain on your neck and spine as well as your hips and pelvis. Sitting cross-legged also encourages imbalances to develop in your pelvis and lumbar spine. I encourage all my patients to get up and move, at least every 30 minutes if possible.

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR BEAUTY THERAPISTS OR HAIRDRESSERS WHO SIT, BEND AND STAND FOR LONG HOURS EVERY DAY?

It may be difficult to alter your movement pattern if it is necessary to perform the function of your job. My advice is, be dynamic about it. Try to keep a neutral pelvis during your working activity and engage your core. Take regular breaks and stretch or move your body in a different way to counteract the overload of your working posture. Exercise in general and remember to breathe with your diaphragm and not your shoulders.

WHAT ARE THE UNKNOWN USES OF PHYSIOTHERAPY.

Physiotherapists can treat ANY joint or muscle. We have a role to play in the rehabilitation of almost any post-operative dysfunction, from orthopedic, to neurological to surgical.  In our rooms, we treat mostly chronic migraines, spinal pain, headaches and Temporomandibular dysfunction (jaw). One of the newer features of our practice is ‘women’s health’ therapy, which is the treatment of sexual pain, incontinence, and pelvic pain. We even treat blocked breast ducts in breastfeeding mothers. Most people are unaware that certain physiotherapists are trained to perform this role.

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