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  • Two Keynote talks, Delivering effective Pertubation training in the Management of Falls and Perturbation training following lower limb injuries in contact sports, will be presented at Therapy Expo 22-Nov-2018 NEC Birmingham UK.

    The keynote speaker Jon Graham, Physiofunction UK, will review  the evidence for the use of perturbation training in falls prevention and the importance of Re-active Balance training. 

    The BalanceTutor is a 4D perturbation treadmill from MediTouch that is used in gait and proprioception and vestibular training and has indications in neruomuscular and orthopedic reeducation after injury and disease. 

  • We are thrilled to return to Therapy Expo! Find us at Stand TE40 in the exhibition area.

  • Most people have heard of acupuncture, many know it involves needles and that its origins come from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). But how does acupuncture actually work and did you know that physiotherapists can provide it? Acupuncture is one of many techniques used within physiotherapy as part of the treatment of pain and inflammation. The evidence available suggests that acupuncture is beneficial to patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Symptoms may be alleviated, as can various subjective outcomes associated with improvements in well-being and quality of life.

  • Up to 70% of patients with advanced stage cancer suffer from pain for which they receive inadequate pain relief. This can lead to impaired physical and psychological well-being, resulting in a poorer quality of life (van den Beuken-van Everdingen et al, 2007). Many practitioners consider acupuncture to be a viable way to combat this pain, particularly in the palliative care setting where there might be limited treatment options (Lian et al, 2014). In addition to pain, cancer patients commonly experience other unpleasant symptoms related to the cancer or its treatment, such as hot flushes, nausea, fatigue, vomiting and dry mouth. The treatment and relief of cancer-related symptoms still represents a challenge to healthcare professionals. Acupuncture is advantageous because it is safe and free of the many unpleasant side-effects resulting from (chemical) medication.  

  • Traditional acupuncture practice has a rich history that embraces the idea of Taoism and the underlying concepts of Qi flow, Yin and Yang and Meridian theory that permeate Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCA). Whilst this valuable alternative perspective on health can offer insights to injury and disease management, its esoteric language can present as too “sandals and candles” for many clinicians who secure their clinical reasoning firmly upon anatomy and physiology. It is worth considering though that the concepts of TCA diagnosis and treatment are merely a part of a larger system of Observational Consensus Medicine. Whilst the terminology may seem odd, one should be clear on the belief that there is no “Chinese physiology” and “Western physiology” behind the explanation of any approach, there is just “physiology.” To best understand the use of Western Medical Acupuncture (WMA), as opposed the TCA, as a clinical intervention in 2017, an understanding of its underlying mechanisms is essential. Then to obtain the full benefit of acupuncture as a treatment approach one must then consider the pathology of any given condition under treatment, to clinically reason the use of the modality.

    This series of articles will first explain the proposed underlying neurophysiological mechanisms of acupuncture and then proceed to explore its use as a clinically reasoned treatment approach.

  • Football is the most internationally recognised sport of our era with the FIFA World Cup one of the most watched events worldwide, reaching a global in-home television audience of 3.2billion in 2014. Due to the strenuous, repetitive movements and physical contact they endure on a regular basis professional footballers are rarely short on injuries needing treatment. Given the detrimental effect on training and results, the concern of prevention and treatment for such injuries needs to be a focus for clubs to ensure success. Acupuncture is being increasingly employed by professional football teams to treat musculoskeletal injuries and long term conditions. It is used both on its own and in conjunction with other therapies.

  • As one of England’s most experienced rugby players, Ben Youngs has been at the top of the game for nearly a decade. Ahead of the new rugby season we caught up with him to talk about the battle to make the 2019 World Cup squad, competing against Israel Folau and sharing a late-night chat with Will Ferrell.
  • In recent posts, I’ve been writing about how much we need to take our sleep more seriously. As I have made clear, I’m a big advocate of optimising sleep to improve everyday health. In this article, I wanted to shine a light on one group in society that is already taking sleep seriously – the high performance athletes.

    Have you noticed that when athletes and managers talk to the press, they now mention the words “fatigue” and “recovery” more than they may have done in years gone by. This is no surprise when we consider the lengths that professional sports teams and sporting bodies are going to in the pursuit of performance gains.

  • “Recovery is the most critical and misunderstood component of the training process. Too much rest and under training makes it much more likely that you’ll suffer injury or poor performance. Likewise, too much training and a lack of recovery leaves you predisposed to injury and underperforming. It is this load management and finding the optimum balance that leads to consistent high performance and resilience.

    “I believe that a large mismatch can exist between an athlete’s outputs (training stress) and their inputs (sleep, rest, attention to nutrition). We have a tendency to work hard, do more and place high demands on the body and mind, and yet have a disproportionate amount of time spent ensuring we recover optimally

  • Summit Medical and Scientific, the UK’s leading distributor of biomechanics systems, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Hocoma, a DIH brand and the global leader for functional movement devices and gait therapy using robotic and sensor-based devices.

  • Orca Medical is introducing the New SONON, An ultrasound system that’s no bigger than the transducer itself, a truly mobile ultrasound device compatible with iOS and Android technology. Small enough to fit in your pocket, the wireless and cable-less SONON is highly portable and flexible for healthcare providers. SONON produces its own strong wireless connectivity, requiring only an existing smartphone or tablet to conduct scans. The SONON mobile ‘App’ supports the device so providers can scan patients and transmit images and recordings securely to any hospital via Wi-Fi, 3G, or LTE networks.
  •  Advancing clinical practice in the management of low back pain and musculoskeletal complaints.

    Recent clinical guidelines in the UK and USA have included the consideration of manual therapy treatment as a recommendation.

  • Why is Instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation (IASTM) Increasing in popularity?

    Find out with Dr Robert Crowley, Chiropractor and RockTape Instructor.

     

  • Better Sleep Case Study: Pete Reed, Olympic and World Champion Rower

    Pete Reed is one of Great Britain's true sporting greats and a Mammoth Ambassador to boot. With 3 Olympic and 5 World Championship gold medals to his name, he is among the most decorated individuals in rowing history.

    Having recently come back from career-threatening hip surgery, Pete turned to Mammoth for help with his rehabilitation and recovery in his quest for a fourth gold at Tokyo 2020

  • Neurofit Exercise Therapy

    Neurofit is an exercise therapy aimed at Stroke Survivors, Head Injury or Spinal Cord Injury clients but it can also help prevent further damage in progressive neurological conditions such as Parkinson's or Multiple Sclerosis.

  • "Practice Makes Plasticity!"

    The ultimate aim of neurological rehabilitation is the integration of acquired movement into function and activities of daily living. Neurological rehabilitation is based on the principles that within the central nervous system we have representational neuro-anatomy. Therapeutic approaches aim to elicit and or facilitate desired movements to drive neuroplasticity. For the acquisition of skilled movement repetition and practice is required. Increasingly over the last decade or so Rehabilitation Technology has provided the means for mass practise and repetition.

  • Ahead of her presentation at this year's Therapy Expo, Dr Hilary Abbey of the British School of Osteopathy introduces the potential benefits of bringing together biomedical and psychosocial approaches for the treatment of persistent pain.

  • A 'stinger' in Rugby: a transient episode or something more sinister?

    07 Sep 2017 Keith Burnett MSc, PGCHE, FHEA, MSTA Lecturer and Practitioner in Sports Therapy

    A 22-year-old male amateur rugby union player misplaced his shoulder in a tackle during the final quarter of a game resulting in his head being laterally forced away from his dominant tackling shoulder causing a stretch of the brachial nerve in the neck, defined as being a 'brachial neuropraxia' or 'stinger' injury.

  • Treating an injury-prone international rower

    06 Sep 2017 Mike Antoniades
    Franki describes herself as an injury-prone international rower who had 'bashed' her body over many years.  When she first walked through the doors of The Movement & Running School, she had residual pain in her recently operated hip as well as in her right adductor, lower back and ribs/upper abs -  all of which stopped her from either walking, running or cycling.  As a person who loves to train and do sport, this was very frustrating to her.
  • Running injuries

    06 Sep 2017

    Most running injuries occur in the lower extremity, although upper body injury, as a result of a fall, is not uncommon. Upper body injuries normally occur due to runner fatigue, change in running surface, inappropriate footwear or poor technique which results in a fall and subsequent injury. Nonetheless, most runners tend to report lower limb injury (specifically from the knee downwards) as a result of their running activity. The knee is the most common injured site on runners, followed by the lower leg, foot and upper leg.

  • Able To Dance Again

    04 Sep 2017

    In 2013, Emily had a right sided stroke which led to a hemi craniotomy (removal of part of skull to relieve pressure from the injured brain).  It was later found to be caused by a Patent Foramen Ovate heart abnormality.

  • Increase your skillset AND patient choice

    04 Sep 2017 AACP Chairman, Jonathan Hobbs

    Adding western medical acupuncture to your treatment services is a great way to do both...

  • Tendo-what-athy? Tendinopathy is just a medical term for a tendon disorder, the old term for it was tendinitis. Lets not worry about the nomenclature and just focus on the rehab.

  • Is the modern lifestyle sustainable?

    01 Sep 2017 Dr Jonathan Bloomfield

    A third of the country now report that they sleep for fewer than six hours per night, and cases of sleep disorders being logged with GPs have never been as high. As the general health of people in the UK has declined for the past 60 years and the NHS has stretched to breaking point, we must ask ourselves if this is coincidence or a sign of a problem with the modern lifestyle.

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