What role does exercise have on acid sensing ion channels and conditioned pain modulation?


Exercise is routinely advocated by healthcare professionals as a treatment to address pain and tissue injury. The consensus that strengthening the local tissue will attenuate pain by improving its resilience whilst transitioning through a natural cycle of tissue healing. Whilst exercise does have morphological effects on local muscle it is understood that increases in muscle … More What role does exercise have on acid sensing ion channels and conditioned pain modulation?

CRPS: What To Do About It? A Guest Post from Janet Holly


I am very privileged to have another guest post from a Physiotherapist that has just as much of an obsessive interest in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome as I do. Janet Holly (@innerchild) is a Senior Physiotherapist at Ottawa Hospital in Canada. Janet recently had a paper (ref) published with Tara Packham (@TaraLPackham) in the Journal … More CRPS: What To Do About It? A Guest Post from Janet Holly

Grab a colourful infographic, post, then bail.


It’s interesting what gives you inspiration to write. Topical issues, pseudo-science, the latest research, jotting down your thoughts. I had intended my first blog of 2018 to be about my further reflections on causation. Yet after what occurred on last Friday afternoon (02/02/18), I felt compelled to change tack and blog about the nonsense that the … More Grab a colourful infographic, post, then bail.

Taking the fun out of Exercise (is Medicine) (N=1)


Exercise is medicine (EiM) has gained a significant amount of attention since its launch by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2007. A global health initiative that has since been adopted by many other countries throughout the world to address the growing problem of chronic disease and inactivity. According to the World Health Organisation … More Taking the fun out of Exercise (is Medicine) (N=1)

Physiotherapy, come forward! (It’s time to step out from behind the curtain)


Everyday, I hear, read or see some issue surrounding public health. The increases in chronic disease, the financial strain on health budgets, people are less active, the rising cost in food, issues in childhood obesity. I do my best to access and read as much research as I can (to challenge my biases) to identify … More Physiotherapy, come forward! (It’s time to step out from behind the curtain)

Placebo: Much ado about nothing? A guest post by David Poulter


The placebo effect is a fascinating area of medicine. In clinical trials the placebo- controlled trial is regarded as “the gold standard” to determine the efficacy of active treatments such as  in a new drug. However, placebo doesn’t come without controversy particularly in areas of clinical practice such as the use of acupuncture, which is … More Placebo: Much ado about nothing? A guest post by David Poulter