27 Oct 2017

Did You Just Call Me Fat? Fat Pad Impingement

Patella fat pad impingement can be a frustrating injury for patients as it is easily aggravated and can tend to linger. As the name would suggest it involves the fat pad which lies just below and under the kneecap (patella). It can be an extremely uncomfortable injury as the fat pad is one of the most innervated […]

14 Oct 2016

Sleeping Hip Pain In Pregnancy

As your body changes with pregnancy, so does your posture. Your baby bump will gradually develop and slowly stretch out your abdominal muscles and bring your centre of gravity forward.  To compensate for this your lower back will arch more and your lower back extensor muscles become more active to cope with the increased load, […]

24 Mar 2016

Patient of the Month for April

Our Bend + Mend Patient of the Month for April is the lovely golf-loving Robyn Smith. From Robyn: “I have always had a goal of being on a single figures handicap for golf before I was “too old” unfortunately a back issue caused by too many hours sitting at a desk really restricted my movement and therefore […]

10 Jul 2015

Scheuermann’s Disease…”That Hunch In Your Back”

Scheuermann’s Disease is a developmental disorder of the spine, characterised by abnormal wedge shaped vertebrae in the upper back (thoracic spine). This sometimes leads to postural abnormality and excessive curvature, i.e. increased thoracic kyphosis or ‘hunch back’, of the thoracic spine. Less commonly, it can also be found in lower back (lumbar spine). These changes occur during […]

19 Jul 2011

Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture vs. Dry Needling: What is the difference?

These days, many physiotherapists and other health practitioners are using dry needling as a form of treatment. So how does this differ from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture, and what can you expect when your physiotherapist wants to use dry needling  as part of your treatment?