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As a physiotherapist we spend a lot of time teaching people how to breathe.  This may sound silly, because we breathe all day every day to stay alive, but it is actually very important to breathe well. When we see people who are in a lot of...

What is sciatica? The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It originates from the lower back and travels down the buttock and back of the leg to the foot. Sciatica refers to symptoms of tingling, numbness, pain or weakness which originate from...

Pain can be a normal reaction to an injury or illness.  When your body heals, your pain usually stops.  For some people, pain continues after its cause is gone.  When is lasts for 3-6 months or more, it is called chronic pain.    Chronic pain affects more individuals...

The terms arthritis and rheumatism often come up in consultations, and they are quite often the source of a bit of confusion.  The worst offender being rheumatism. Rheumatism is a term that has been used as a very vague diagnosis for inflammation of the muscles, joints...

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that is currently quite poorly understood. Fibromyalgia can present with a wide range of symptoms including: Widespread pain affecting many body sites. Depression Cognitive dysfunction/ memory issues (known as fibro-fog) Hypersensitivity or perceiving a non-painful stimulus as painful (allodynia). As...

Shoulder impingement is a very common condition that is frequently seen by physiotherapists. The shoulder joint is complex, with many different structures providing a very large range of movement while maintaining stability throughout range. Shoulder impingement refers to when some of these structures become pinched in the...

Most of us know it is a good idea to warm up before exercising.  This is especially important when the temperature drops in the winter months. When we are cold, our soft tissues such as ligaments, muscles and tendons are less elastic, making them more prone...

As physiotherapists, we are often asked about the difference between acute and chronic pain.  Below are how we would normally describe these terms. Acute Pain Acute pain covers a wide range of pains that can last from seconds to months.  Acute pain normally lasts less than six...

Earlier this year a patient attended an appointment with a history of shoulder pain that had been present for several years following an injury at the gym. He had tried physiotherapy before and had extensive work on his rotator cuff and scapular biomechanics and had also...