education, exercise therapy, informative, pain, research evidence

Recommendations: Top 3 FREE Pain Management Resources

For many of, experiencing pain (and putting up with it!) has been part of our 'lock-down' experience. Whether that's putting up with sore muscles after our training sessions because we can't access our usual sports massage clinic, or tolerating a dodgy toothache due to dental surgery closures. And for some of us, chronic pain has been a feature of our lives for much longer (1). A lot pain management techniques revolve around...

biomechanics, education, informative, research evidence

Biomechanics: ‘Good’ vs. ‘Bad’ Posture Myth

Despite a lack of substantial evidence to support it, there is a continued assumption that pain (particularly lower back pain) is caused by 'poor posture' and specific or repetitive occupational movements...

biomechanics, education, informative, research evidence

Biomechanics: This is why you can’t understand the research articles…

Arguably, when we talk about biomechanics in a clinical sense there is a tendency to use 'qualitative' descriptions of motion, i.e.: planes of motion, ranges of motion. As clinicians or therapists, we describe qualities in a client's movement (i.e.: limited ROM, hyperextension, stiffness, etc). The intended outcome is often to categorise movement as either 'good' or 'bad', and/or to use these to explain a pain or injury. The main aim is for the output to inform our treatment/intervention selection.

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EVIDENCE REVIEW: Should I be foam rolling?

It's been a hot topic for many years: does foam rolling improve sporting performance? Foam rolling has been a staple component of training programmes and warm-up and cool-down down routines for some time now. Each person who has ever used a foam roller will be able to say whether it worked for them. Anecdotally, we all know someone who swears by foam rolling to get through a work out. And equally, another person who hates foam rolling - they just don't see the point... or perhaps they feel it diminishes their performance when training or competing...