14 Nov 2011

5 Little Things You Can Do To Help Your Neck

There are a million good and bad things for your neck and it can be confusing to work out what helps and what doesn’t, when you have neck or back pain.  Often the cause of your issue is something small or easily avoided/fixed.  Today, I’m throwing out a few things that you can try if […]

8 Nov 2011

WTF, or, “What’s The Fascia?”

We love to easily delineate the difference between ligaments and tendons, that is, that a tendon is connective tissue between muscle and bone and ligament is bone-bone.  This differentiation works well 99% of the time, but the model fails in instances when we are trying to understand body movement.  What we often forget, in all […]

8 Nov 2011

Trigger Happy Physios

It may appear to many people that we Physiotherapists are in the business of causing more pain to relieve pain.  Without getting into the fallacy of the ‘no pain, no gain’ mentality, there are some instances where causing a bit of pain can be of assistance to management.  One, particularly crucial to muscles and muscular […]

7 Nov 2011

Ankle Advice…..

So, you’ve sprained your ankle.  Most people have at some time in their life, whether it be playing sport as a child or walking down some stairs as an adult. But what is the best way to manage a sprained ankle, and when should you see someone about it? Initially, when you sprain your ankle […]

1 Nov 2011

Heat Packs and Ice Cubes – Part 2

I started a discussion last week about the use of heat versus ice/cold, and presented the effects of ice (cryotherapy) and examples of when and when not to use it: (Heat Packs and Ice Cubes – Part 1).  Today I want to continue that discussion in regard to the application of heat – how it works, […]

31 Oct 2011

Overuse Injuries

You may have heard your Physiotherapist using the term “overuse” when describing your injury or pain.  Often patients have difficulty understanding why they are sore, when there was no specific incident that caused them pain.

26 Oct 2011

What Is Whiplash?

The term whiplash is commonly used to describe injuries to the muscles, ligaments and joints in the neck after a sudden acceleration-deceleration accident, such as being hit from behind in a car. Whiplash is a general non-medical term for these soft tissue injuries that can also be known as a cervical (neck) sprain or strain.

19 Aug 2011

More Than Just A Headache

If you’ve ever had a headache then you’ll understand how debilitating they can be.  Most people have suffered from the Saturday morning self-induced, alcohol-related headache.  But what about waking with a headache that wasn’t related to alcohol?  That won’t respond to painkillers?  That means you have to take the day off work because you can’t […]