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5 Key Points for a Healthy, Home Working Environment

Posted by on Oct 5, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

5 Key Points for a Healthy, home working environment Make up for lost steps Take a break from the digital world Be a creature of good habits Set up to last Take on new opportunities   1 – Make up for lost steps Keeping moving is one of the most essential parts of being a life-long healthy human being. For most of us working from home means a much shorter commute to the office. Unfortunately this also means less movement.    Sitting or standing for hours a day can lead to a significant amount of stress on the muscles and joints of the body and as such can increase the likelihood of developing neck and back pain.   Regularly standing up and getting in some steps is an easy, cheap and not time consuming exercise, proven to help improve...

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Why Do I Keep Getting Injured?

Posted by on Jan 26, 2021 in Injury, Pain | 0 comments

Ever wondered why you keep getting injured? More often than not, pain and injury comes out of nowhere and as much as you scratch you head looking for reasons you just cant find one.. We call these insidious onset injuries or spontaneous injuries, as a opposed to traumatic (which may instead result from a fall or motor vehicle accident). To understand why and how these insidious injuries occur we must take a look at a concept known as load tolerance. The phrase “load tolerance” is something that you will hear frequently used in our physiotherapy clinic. But what does it really mean? Load tolerance is determined by two factors , the “load” and the “tissue capacity”. The load (or Loading) refers to the demand placed on the body, it is the intensity of the task that we are doing,...

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The 3 Biggest Causes of Pain

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Pain | 0 comments

Back in December 2019 Scott Cook and I decided to record a video on the subject of pain and sensitivity for our patients to view,  what was originally meant to be a 10 minute talk ended up being a 30 minute discussion that was divided into three shorter 10 minute videos. We tried to get inside the patients head and talk in a way that hopefully non-medical people will understand. When someone is in pain there are lots of unseen or an acknowledged reasons for the pain to present itself in the way it does and in many cases to persist for the length of time. In our short physiotherapy sessions it is often difficult to get these points across, so recording them on video allows us to share them with our patients and for the patients to view...

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300 Different Types of Headache… Are There 300 Different Causes Too?

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Spinal Pain | 0 comments

Over 300 types of headache have been described – but are there really 300 different causes of headache? Maybe the different forms of headache are not separate conditions simply different presentations of the same disorder. In the same way that people experience lumbar disc problems in different ways (back ache, buttock ache, tingling in feet, calf pain, groin pain etc…) maybe headache is the same. The diagram above is a small example of how the neck segments/joints can cause a variety of pains in the head . Our belief is that all headache sufferers share a common problem; a sensitized lower brain stem. The upper neck has the ability to sensitize this area leading to the amplification and in addition convergence of normal sensory information from the cranium (head) with nocioceptive information (warnings signs) from the upper neck, in...

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Bench Press and Shoulder pain

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Sports Injury | 0 comments

Are there any precautions we should be taking when bench pressing? Should we be sticking to single arm standing cable pressing for maximum scapula (shoulder blade) movement to keep our shoulders ‘safe’ or do we just continue on with the big bench presses that are common in todays gyms? Bench has long been a favourite exercise of body builders, sports people and gym goers for development of hypertrophy and strength in the pecs, triceps and anterior deltoid. This is because bench press tends to get great results due to the ability to maximally load the muscles ie weight lifted/intensity. Lying on a bench to perform chest/bench press can lead to lack of scapula retraction (backward movement) and result in increased movement at the shoulder ball and socket joint. The forward shear of the ball on the socket will stress...

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