Early life trauma

When you work with people in pain, and had it a long time, it’s common to find early life trauma (see here). Stress, abuse and a dangerous world when we are young is a breeding ground for pain and multiple health issues as an adult (see here).

 

If you’re interested in how stress and trauma can stay with us, then I’d recommend you listen to this podcast with Gabor Mate.

Dave Nolan

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Implicit fear of lifting.

 

Do we fear lifting, even if we think we don’t?

JP Caneiro and his team have published a couple of studies that suggests we may.  These clever studies (here and here) took measurements how dangerous we view lifting—both explicitly and implicitly—in both people with and without back pain.

What did he find?  Well, no matter what we explicitly say, we all implicitly associate lifting with a round back as dangerous.  The conclusions here are that these ...

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Nurses with back pain

“it’s ok to round your back”,

“that’s it, no need to hold it straight”,

“yep, let it round, keep breathing”,

”yep, I know it’s not what you’ve been taught, but humour me”

If you’d stood outside my cubicle while I worked with the hundreds of nurses I’ve treated over the last 10 years, you’d most likely have heard the above conversation.  Sometimes 4 or 5 times a day.

I shy away from generalisations, as I find them unhelpful.  But the nurses with back pain that ...

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Is sitting dangerous?

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, is sitting dangerous?

In the world of work, sitting down is often described as ‘dangerous’.  Well, what is this ‘danger’.  The Daily Mirror warns us that it’s the new smoking (see here).  And the ergonomic industry warns us that it will cause back and neck pain (see here).

Well, I hate to spoil a good story, but while there have been studies showing that sitting for long periods have been associated with heart problems, diabetes ...

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Do you have pain but want to exercise? New Exercise class starting soon

Starting in April 2018 at Ranmoor Church centre a new class is starting for people who want to exercise but they have pain. This might be back pain, arthritis or post operatively. This class will help people achieve their goals through education, progressive exercise and tailored programmes.

Call Hallamshire Physiotherapy clinic for further information. Ask to speak ...

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Can you stretch the ITB (Iliotibial Band)?

 

Is it possible to stretch the ITB? This is question that I frequently have to address with patients that have a hip or knee problem. The patient will often have been told that their ITB is ‘tight’ and that they need to stretch it. There is plenty of anecdotal information on the internet fuelling the urge to stretch it as well as the current trend to foam roller everything.

Let’s address whether this wide, long, thick piece of fascial tissue ...

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What is the correct posture?

This is a very topical subject at the moment and one that patient’s with lower back pain frequently comment on when they have a consultation. It is often a negative belief that their posture is poor or bad and is probably the reason why they have back pain. Other common beliefs are that their back is too arched (increased lumber spine lordosis), they are mis-aligned, they have tight muscles, the pelvis is too tilted and they have a leg length ...

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Why regaining relevant function is the key to rehabilitation.

Dear sir/ madam

Please may I ask you to pass on some positive feedback for us?
I’m writing to explain how pleased my Mum and I have been with the services provided by your specialist physiotherapists.

Mum has had Multiple Sclerosis for 45 years. She has been treated by more than a few physiotherapists from public and private sectors.

Her current treatment regime has been designed by Karen Stevens, working with your service until recently. In addition to quiet good spirits, she was ...

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A PD Warriors climbing experience in Greece

A picture from my trip to Kalymnos in May 2017. The whole week I climbed between 3 and 6 routes per day, each route about 35 to 40 metres long and the technical grades for each climb between 5+ and 6B with the majority around 6A/6A+. If you bear in mind that throughout my life of climbing since I was 16 years old, the hardest grade that I have ever led is 6B, so that’s why I considered the whole ...

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Preventing cycle injuries after the Winter rest.

Wattbike cycling, Hallamshire PhysiotherapyIt’s that time of year again when all the winter gear has been put away and the evenings are getting lighter extending the cycling opportunities. The months of indoor training are at an end and the summer season awaits. The spring classic races are almost over and the grand tours are nearly upon us.
We see cyclists throughout the year ...

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