3 Jan 2018

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis which presents as painful inflammation in a joint. Tiny crystals form in the joints of the body as result of a build up of waste material called uric acid. Uric acid is excreted by the kidneys and builds up in the blood if it is not excreted fast enough or too much […]

18 Dec 2017

It Hurts To Sit Down! Coccydynia

With Christmas holidays just around the corner, coccyx (tail bone) pain when your sitting can be a real pain in the butt…literally. Your coccyx is the last segment of bone at the bottom of your spine. This little segment is thought to be the remnant of the tail we once had. The coccyx consists of […]

30 Nov 2017

Travelling, A Real Pain!

With the holiday season coming up many of us (or at least the lucky ones) will be jet setting or travelling around the world. Unfortunately sitting for hours in cars, trains or on planes can often leave us feeling a bit worse for wear. Luckily, there are a handful of very simple exercises and tips […]

28 Nov 2017

Top Three Exercises To Strengthen Your Postural Muscles

Most of us at some point over the years have been told that we need to sit up straighter, improve our posture or strengthen our postural muscles for several reasons including to improve our neck pain, shoulder pain, mid back pain, lower back pain etc. The three exercises below are great, simple exercises to target […]

2 Nov 2017

Why Do Mobilisations Relieve Back Pain?

The exact mechanism of why we feel better after treatment can be difficult to explain. When we go and get a massage or treatment for an injury we generally leave feeling better for the experience. Yes we are more relaxed or we are less tense, or our pain has decreased, but from a physiological level […]

5 Oct 2017

The Complications Of Cortisone Injections

Firstly what is a cortisone injection and how does it work? Cortisone is a steroid anti-inflammatory drug which is injected into areas of inflammation and pain (commonly tendons and joint spaces). Cortisone works to reduce inflammation more quickly than other forms of medication or inflammation management strategies. Cortisone injections aren’t usually the first point of […]

10 Aug 2017

The Myth Of The Magic Pillow

Are you one of those people who owns 20 pillows? Each one bought on the hope that it will be The One.  You’re looking for that pillow that magically fixes all your neck niggles, allows you to slumber peacefully through the night and does the washing up.  I’m sorry to be the one to tell […]

27 Jun 2017

Is Your Thoracic Stiffness Limiting Your Shoulder Mobility?

Thoracic stiffness is a common ailment we see in the clinic and our current lifestyle of sitting at work, looking at laptops, tablets and phones might be to blame.  Looking down, rounded shoulders and a lack of mid-back strength all lead to your thoracic spine slowly stiffening up.  It won’t happen overnight but it will […]

25 May 2017

Why Do We Get Shoulder Pain When The Neck Is At Fault?

Neck and shoulder pain is one of the most common reasons patients see a Physio. Interestingly, quite often what is felt as shoulder pain is often diagnosed as a neck issue. There are a few reasons why pain can manifest in other regions of the body when the pain source is not so readily noticeable, […]

11 Apr 2017

Over-Active Trapezius Muscle…A Pain In The Neck!

The “traps” or trapezius muscle is one we have all heard about at one time or another, whether you are referring to the pain in your neck that you get from sitting at your desk OR you are a gym fanatic and always over activate those suckers when doing overhead activities! It is a commonly […]