If you are getting frustrated because you have tried every therapy under the sun and had no luck with orthopaedic care I'm going to argue that you're in a better position than most. Curious? Great, then read on...
In the 1978 a popular book was written by Dr Gabe Mirkin that promoted the use of ice to help treat injured tissue. But did you know that this advice has changed in response to clinical trials that showed ice slows down healing. So what's the latest advice to follow?
The instinct we all have when something in our body is uncomfortable is to stretch it out. It’s even the most commonly suggested first step in treating muscular pain on the internet (for very old and unproven reasons). Just google “Achilles Tendinitis self help” and you’ll be inundated with advice to stretch out your calf muscles. But should you always stretch if something hurts? Here are the dos and Don’ts of stretching.
Okay, this isn’t another Star Wars fan post but one about posture instead. So often I hear clients blame their pain on their posture. Usually because a therapist told them just that or because of the ingrained cultural misunderstanding of posture (caused, I’m afraid to say, by us well meaning bodyworkers. Sorry!)
Ooh! That’s a statement that screams controversy. None the less the statement is true. It’s a very good illusion and it has to be, it needs to protect you from danger after all. It is easy to think that pain is the problem. That pain is what needs to be fixed. That if you have pain then there must be damage somewhere. But that simply isn’t the case. Stick with me and I’ll see if I can convince you it’s all an illusion.
For those of you that sang “... absolutely nothing” after reading the title, you just gave away your age! Okay, fun over, foam rolling is a serious business and they are good for some things.
This is the great unspoken miscommunication that occurs between patient and therapist. The patient is looking to have a problem “Treated”, the therapist (the good ones at least) would prefer to manage the problem. Why does this small difference in the choice of word need an article dedicated to it? Let’s see.
With each year that passes more and more people become highly concerned about physical pain. As a therapist I spend quite a lot of time helping people manage their pain by educating them about it. Here is a great Ted Talk to help you with some of the topics we discuss in clinic.
In today’s blog I want to get across the idea that, whilst "Pain" may be the reason you booked an appointment with your local pain professional, becoming “Pain Free” is not a good marker of successful management. In fact, the reliance on "Pain Reduction" rather than "Tissue Health" is the very reason that people suffer recurring injury in the first place. So let’s dig into this a little further.