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Sleep posture - be wary of anecdotal opinion

We have all had that client rock into the clinic with a 'spasmed' neck, that came on soon after waking. It was an amazing fact that 9 years ago when I started looking into relationships between sleep posture and waking spinal pain, I couldn't find any research to guide me. Ah I thought, now that is interesting.....plenty of anecdotal stuff, but nothing on which to base clinical advice. "Herniated lumbar disc. The preferred sleep position depends in part on the position of the disc. For a paracentral disc herniation (most common), people tend to do better lying on the stomach." Complete online article written by Dr Richard A. Staehler, MD can be found here . Really! Clinically would you tell ...
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Ways to Improve Rural Health Outcomes...but not this one

****Would $125,000 help employ your next clinician?***** That is the amount of money on the table being offered by the current government, to attract allied health professionals into rural and remote locations (well basically anywhere other than metro centres) to improve the quality and availability of services. An awesome idea, because the further you move from our capital cities the worse health outcome become, the more expensive accessing health services becomes, the shorter life expectancy becomes and all because access and diversity of health services reduces. Effectively Triple $$ Dipping So putting $$ towards employing and retaining allied health professions is a no brainer....
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My Quick Lower Limb Clinical Neurological Examination

Following on from the Upper Limb Clinical Neurological Examination blog here are the details for my Lower Limb examination. Comments in regards to increasing neurological tone in regards to using the Jendrassick maneuver apply here also. See the Upper Limb   neurological  examination blog for further details. For power testing I use the following; Iliacus L2 (femoral nerve), Quadriceps L34 (femoral nerve), Tibialis Anterior L4 (deep fibular nerve | sciatic), Extensor Hallucis Longus L5 (deep fibular nerve | sciatic), Fibularis Longus/Brevis L5S1 (superficial fibular nerve | sciatic) and Triceps Surae S12 (Sciatic nerve). How weak is weak? For me it is not so much that the test...
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My Quick Upper Limb Neurological Examination

So what are your criteria for conducting a neurological examination and what do you include when you do complete one? Like all questions there are provisos, so rather than list them all I thought I would explain my basic neurological examination and depending on the results I build from that. When to check? Generally if symptoms extend beyond the shoulder or hip, I would consider at least a basic examination. If the history included descriptions of pins and needles, numbness then again I would include a neurological examination. How long should it take, around 3-5 minutes. Here is my upper quadrant examination. In my type of clinical practice I am focusing on the hard signs of a neurological...
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Developing Efficient Habits - using the Eisenhower Matrix

One of the commonest challenges mentioned by new grads is overwhelm , described as the sense of treading water and just about going under, in relation to demands on time. This is not unique to recent grads. Even experienced clinicians experience the buildup, but have learnt techniques to manage these crunch times. One such technique is the Eisenhower Matrix (EM). So why the name? Dwight D. Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961 but before becoming President, he served as a general in the United States Army, as the Allied Forces Supreme Commander during World War II and later NATO's first supreme commander. It can be assumed the guy experienced time pressu...
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Dry Needling & Dysmenorrhoea

If you have an interest in dry needling and acupuncture, it is worth utilising the auto email Table of Contents function from AIM (you can set it up here ). One of the articles that grabbed my eye in a recent eTOC list was the one reporting on dry needling of rectus abdominis to treat primary dysmenorrhoea. The viscero-somatic reflex is one of the topics that we examine in the Level 2 Spine & Lower Quadrant Course and this is a great example. As a bit of background, it would be worth having a look at an earlier 2014 study that used wet needling (lignocaine). The results were pretty amazing. Participants initial details were age, 22 ± 2.5 years and mean VAS pain scores 7.49 ± 1.16. After ...
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Will you treat someone with back pain?

How did you explain to them what their 'non specific low back pain' diagnosis means. I understand the 'medical' reason for this term, but hey, when you just look at the words, it is so 'No-Brand-Vanilla'. How do I respond? A good question and I recently stumbled on what seemed a good analogy and will share it with you. Firstly however, I must stress that it is important to clarify they don't have a fracture, infection, inflammatory condition or tumor. This is an important part of our primary contact practitioner role. Back of the envelop calculations indicate, that if you see on average 3 new clients per day, and have 4 weeks holiday a year, you will be seeing on average 5 people a year that...
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Spinal Exercises - Make use of this Amazing Research Tool

If you prescribe exercises for improving spinal mobility or strength you will find this abstract of interest, but before we get into it, you need to understand how these loads are measured. Usually due to burst lumbar fractures/tumors, participants have their VB and IVDs replaced, in this case with a vertebral body replacement e.g. Synex. Build into this replacement is a telemetry chip capable of collecting and exporting load data in vivo. This has enabled the researchers to capture load data for a huge range of ADLs and they provide all this data free. Awesome. Spinal loads during post-operative physiotherapeutic exercises Rohlmann A , Schwachmeyer V , Graichen F , Bergmann G . Abstract Aft...
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Royal Commission into Physiotherapy?

While driving to work along lovely country roads each morning, I take the opportunity to catch up on what the rest of Australia has been doing. ABC radio national and ABC news are my favourites and it is hard not to shake the head each morning, after hearing the latest revelations from the banking royal commission. CommBank charging $120 million for no-services or charging services to dead people for 10 years ..... There seems to be a major disconnect between fund managers, financial service advisors and those other 'professionals' providing financial advice and their clients. What has happened to professional ethics in the financial profession? Looking in from outside, it seems they have co...
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Research | What would you advise? | Beware Neurological Mousetraps

Research & Your Advice For the past 3 weeks I have been conducting a systematic scoping review for my PhD on the topic of "The relationship between sleep posture and waking spinal symptoms of pain, stiffness and bothersomeness". A scoping review is similar to a systematic review, except it is better suited for new areas of research and areas in which the aim is to identify gaps in our current knowledge base. What's amazing to me, is that as a clinician I have been doling out advice about corrective sleep postures for years and yet there is basically nothing with a research base, on which to construct this education. Hence the scoping review and my PhD. There is a reasonable body of evide...
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