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?
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
There’s been a lot of talk around the term fake news in the media. Mr Trump (I can’t believe he got a mention in my blog!) is a master of calling out fake news and it was so popular it was named word of the year in 2017 (reference). Fake News is the term … More Fake News! Faking or Malingering Pain.
We’ve all seen that familiar face pulled by people living with persistent who are being asked to exercise for the first time. Dosage is something we are all familiar with when it comes to taking medication. Yet with exercise will still tend to focus on the typical 3 sets of 10 or 12 or 15 … More Reasoning dosage for people with persistent pain
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.
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)
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)
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
T.Rex’s ‘children of the revolution’ blasted out through the speakers in the pub where a small group of physiotherapists came together to discuss the future of the profession in New Zealand. It seems New Zealand is not the only country where a profession is grappling with its identity and how it needs to evolve for … More Physio’s of the revolution
I’ve got a bit of a habit of doing things backwards, I read magazines from the back to front cause I’m left handed, I tend to act first and think second, I don’t think I ever followed a full physiotherapy assessment by the order of the book and even my reasoning I’ll experiment with things … More Behind the mirror: A single case of mirror therapy