What does Massage do, really?

Massage and therapeutic touch have been used for thousands of years, and until recently we thought we pretty much knew what was going on! Therapists have been describing to patients that their skillful manipulation of the tissues of the body would cause any and all… Read more »

Pain – Is it in your brain?

Stop. Before you click on the “close” button because you think this is just one more well meaning health professional who has never had to endure anything like the pain you go through every day, telling you that you can think your way out of… Read more »

Baby Classes – what they’re not telling you.

Most pregnant women will come into contact with a physiotherapist for one reason or another; commonly due to back or groin pain from pelvic instability around the third trimester, or to hire a TENS unit for pain control during labour, or to assess and rehabilitate… Read more »

The Cult of Pilates

Most people have heard of Clinical Pilates, but what makes it Clinical? And why is it so popular?

Which injury causes the most pain?

A question often asked in the clinic is “what is the most painful injury you treat?”, or “they say this is worse than child-birth, is that true?”

Do you REALLY have a Migraine?

Headaches are a crippling problem for those who suffer them regularly,  causing pain, vomiting, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light and loud noise. They are responsible for over 25 million lost days of work in the UK (few statistics exist for Aus) per year, and… Read more »

Life after Football – The Off-Season

“Weeeeeeee’re a happy team at Hawthorn!” the echoes fade from the club rooms and the celebrations begin. This signals the end of a long period of intense physical exertion for all the players involved in the AFL Grand Final, and for all other winter sports… Read more »

Trigger Finger

Does your finger get stuck when you bend it? And you have to prize it open with your other hand? Congratulations, you have Trigger Finger. So named because it is caused by inflammation of the flexor tendons of the fingers or thumb, such as often… Read more »

The Calm before the Storm of Injuries

Things have been a little quieter in physiotherapy world for a few weeks, as colder temperatures and horrible weather have meant less activity in the community in general, and therefore less acute injury. Even chronic arthritic pain and inflammatory conditions tend to settle, as the… Read more »

Caught a Chill in your Back?

One of the most common complaints we hear when people come in with undefined low back or neck pain is that they think they may have “caught a chill” in the back. The basic idea is that cold draughts or weather will cause a dramatic… Read more »