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Sep 2

TENS for labour pain

How it can help maintain control during child birth. TENS can used for a huge number of conditions including back and joint pain. It has more recently been shown to be extremely effective in the management of over active bladder syndrome. Today we’ll explore how it can be used to assist women in childbirth. Labour […]

Mar 27

Back pain: Ain’t nobody got time for that!

by Kelly Homann What can I do? 1) Sit and stand well   Keep the natural curve in your back. The lower back is supposed to curve in slightly. Make sure your tailbone is right back in the seat when leaning back. A lumbar support pillow will help, especially in certain seats which promote more […]

Mar 6

More great pain science knowledge bombs!

The NOI group with contributors all over the world but some of the best based here in Adelaide, are the foremost pain research group in the world. Educators, researchers and clinicians, they are helping all of us improve not only our understanding of pain but also how we try to explain pain to our patients. […]

Feb 2

Do you know the truth of these common back pain myths?

by Kelly Homann Do you experience back pain? Lower back pain affects nearly everyone at various ages and stages in life. Below are some common things I hear patients say and things they have been told. Sometimes the advice is unhelpful, or even harmful, so I thought I’d post some of the ‘myths’ below.   […]

Jan 2

Training loads and monitoring

A new year, new goals to be set. It’s so exciting isn’t it? Looking at the calendar, plotting and planing what you might achieve this year. Road trips with friends and family, small goals, large goals, BHAGs (big, hairy audacious goal) – the ones that scare you a little. To reach goals, however, we all […]

Aug 7

Listening to our bodies

  Our bodies talk to us all the time. But do we listen? And do we know what they are telling us? Our bodies send us messages and clues all the time to tell us what they need. We feel thirsty when we need a drink, we feel hungry when we need to eat, we […]

Jul 23

How I think about Pain: The Big Mayor’s Meeting

by Katelyn Henry When I was at the University of South Australia, I learnt very quickly that everything I thought I knew about pain was actually incorrect! I had always thought that there were nerves in your body that detected pain – pain nerves – but this is not the case! There are actually various […]

Jun 11

Gluteal Tendinopathy and Lateral Hip Pain – why do women suffer more?

Studies have shown that about 1 in 4 women over the age of 50 suffer from lateral hip pain and that this is particularly true for active women. The lateral side of the hip is any muscle or structure on the outside of the hip (see image 1) that runs down to the side of […]

Apr 10

What is a movement/postural dysfunction?

by Allyson Sturrock, Vital Core Physiotherapist   Each individual has a characteristic movement pattern and posture – you may sometimes find that you recognise someone by the way they walk or the way they stand. Sometimes these variations can become exaggerated and may cause pain. This is called a movement or postural dysfunction – when […]

Nov 16

The role of inflammation in health

Inflammation has become a bit of a buzz word in recent year – inflammation in our tissues, inhibiting healing, making us sick. This weekend, I have read a book that piqued my interest when I saw it on the ‘new books’ shelf at my local public library. ‘Total Recovery: Solving the mystery of Chronic Pain […]