The current best practice management for tendinopathy pathologies is load management, along with a targeted exercise program, but what about cortisone injections and shock wave therapy? How well do they work and when should you seek them out, if at all?
Recently I had the pleasure of treating a lovely 86-year-old post-polio survivor. For as long as she could remember she had been experiencing debilitating muscle cramps all over her body which have become progressively worse as she has gotten older. The cramps had become so bad she had become afraid to leave the house.
You’ve had an annoying pain or discomfort for quite some time but can’t pin point when you first noticed it. It’s now been weeks or months; and continues to niggle during certain activities, movements or positions. The pain is not always there, but it’s distinct in its location and enough to be a nuisance or worse. Of late it’s starting to impact on things you enjoy doing or need to do, exercise, sitting, driving, sleeping!!
Osgood Schlatter’s disease is a painful knee condition which develops just below the kneecap at the growth plate of the tibial bone (tibial tubercle). It typically occurs in adolescents during a growth spurt, and disappears once they stop growing (around 14 years for girls and 16 for boys).
It’s a well-known fact that lack of movement is detrimental to our health; research shows it can lead to premature death through an increased risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers. The good news is movement does not have to be high intensity or formal
I am often having to explain what it is I do as a myotherapist, there seems to be some confusion where we are placed in the healthcare system compared to phsio's, osteo's, massage therapists, and chiro's. To showcase the diversity of what we treat, here is a typical day in my clinic:
Sleep is vital to good health, in fact, a lack of sleep can be detrimental to our well being. We have all had nights where sleep is not forthcoming, but how much do we really need, and what are the ramifications to our health if we don't get the required amount?
The sacrifice of escaping winter is being confined to an extremely small space for an excessively long time! It's hard and uncomfortable for those travelling in economy. For those suffering from back pain, such a trip can be daunting but there are some things that you can do, even in a cramped area to help avoid that nagging back pain.
Have you woken after a sleep and realised you cannot move your head to one side, or you are forced to turn your whole body to look in a certain direction? This is acute neck pain, it comes on suddenly, most likely from having your neck in an awkward position for an extended period of time.
From the age of thirty, our bone mass begins to decrease; strength training can delay this deterioration, along with aiding weight loss, improve mobility and balance, and increase flexibility - a miracle drug indeed!
Lower-back pain is so common in our population that according to leading researcher, Professor Buchbinder, "we should treat it like the common cold," it’s VERY common. In contrast to the common cold, rest is not recommended for low back pain, getting up and moving is. One of the best things for low back pain is walking.
Swimming injuries are often caused by overuse rather than trauma. The repetitive nature of swimming can lead to muscle fatigue, heightening the likelihood of impingement type injuries. Poor technique and biomechanics are also a significant contributor to injury.
The highly repetitive action of swimming, which primarily uses the upper body for forward propulsion can predispose swimmers to overloading and overuse injuries of the shoulder. In fact, research indicates that 40-90% of swimmers will suffer from swimming related shoulder pain
Pain lasting 3 months or more is called chronic pain, an alarming one in five Australians suffer from chronic pain. As most tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, disc, bone) damage heals over 3 to 6 months we know that chronic pain is unlikely to be due to tissue damage, so what is causing the ongoing pain?
With many people sitting for a minimum of 8 hours a day, health issues including obesity, musculoskeletal problems and cardiovascular disease have been on the rise. Along comes the standing desk but does standing present as many health risks as sitting?
Our bodies were designed to move, not sit at a desk for long periods. The more we sit the stiffer and less mobile we become over time. I see people who sit at their desk for up to 12 hours a day! I provide them with tips to help with posture and workstation set-up, along with some ideas to get moving a bit more. I thought I would share some of these ideas with you.
There is a certain amount of cross-over with all 3 therapies, each will assess, treat and manage your condition with the goal of finding a solution to your pain or condition and assisting in getting you moving again. How this is done depends on your therapist, what they specialise in, and how they treat.
Low back pain affects up to 80% of the population. We dispel some myths about low back pain, including why movement is essential, lack of core strength is not to blame, scans are often unnecessary and bulging discs are often NOT the cause of low back pain.
As children go through growth phases coupled with increased participation in sport, injuries; pains and strains can start to occur. With an ever-increasing number of children specialising in one particular sport at increasingly younger ages, the onset of overuse injuries is more common.
The brightly coloured tape we often see adorning athletes muscles in various shapes and patterns is hard to miss. Kinesiology tape is used widely in the sporting arena but can it be of assistance to the non-athlete as well?
Having spent over 15 years working in corporate health management, educating staff and running workplace health and wellbeing programs for companies and their employees I have noticed the increase in neck, back and shoulder problems. The Myotherapy and Movement Clinic has now developed an engaging and interactive Workplace Posture workshop for local businesses in Camberwell and Hawthorn East.
As a masters squad swimmer I have found myself and many of my fellow squad swimmers suffer from painful leg and foot cramps towards the end of a training session. Exercise-associated muscle cramps (EAMC) are painful and disruptive for those who experience them, and can become debilitating if they occur regularly.
Cramping during exercise is very common, cramping is more likely to occur when muscles are in a shortened and contracted state. But why do they occur and what triggers them?
Using a foam roller has become a very popular form of self-myofascial release or self-induced massage. Most physical therapy clinics, gyms and sports clubs now have foam rollers on offer. So, what is the foam roller specifically used for, and what benfeits does using one provide?
Is sitting at your desk all day good for your posture? That all depends on if it is causing you pain and stiffness. Sitting in the same position for countless hours a day is not ideal and will often lead to neck, shoulder and back problems, including pain, discomfort and headaches.