A general guide to stretching your lower back, pelvis and hip region performed by Kyle Michelle at Richmond Rehab.
Scoliosis is a common condition where the spine curves laterally loading up one to two aspects of the spine and causes muscles to shorten which can result in spasms. Julius explains about scoliosis, the cause, how to test for and the treatment involved with this type of condition.
A common condition we see at the clinic with people getting back into running or increasing training loads is Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome. This pain is a lateral knee pain caused from tightness through the ITB can cause all sorts of havoc for runners and cause muscle imbalances and joint dysfunctions throughout the body.
A rotator cuff tear is a rupture of the muscle fibres located at the shoulder joint that are responsible for shoulder rotation, abduction and also general shoulder instability. The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint which has the largest variety of range of all joints which leaves it predisposed to all types of injuries. The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles that originate on the shoulder blade and attach at the head of the humerus (upper arm bone) which is known as the greater and lesser tubercles. These muscles are: Supraspinatus Infraspinatus Teres Minor Subscapularis Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear: Deep and sharp type of pain that can refer around the whole shoulder joint, towards the neck or down the arm towards the elbow. Shoulder weakness Excessive shoulder pain on movement Clicking noise on movement Causes FOOSH injury (Falling on out-stretched hands) Tearing while under load such as shoulder exercises at the joint Repetitive movements Immediate management After a rotator cuff tear you will experience a specific pain able to be pin-pointed at your shoulder joint and surrounding structures will begin to tighten up and will be extremely tender on palpation. There will be a varying degree of inflammation so it’s important to control this and let the shoulder heal with RICER (rest, ice, compress, elevate, referral to practitioner). Treatment Plan After the injury has settled down, physiotherapy will be required to assess the severity of the strain to determine if medical imaging (MRI) will be needed and to work out a treatment plan. From here you will be referred to a myotherapist for soft tissue release massage, dry needling and joint mobilisations. There is always [...]
Today we're looking at the brachial plexus, which is the bundle of nerves that originate in the neck and travel underneath the collarbone and down the arms. This blog is for those people who suffer from neck pain that travels down their arm together with numbness, tingling and weakness.
Taping a clients back is a common tool used at the clinic for postural correction to hold the body in the perfect anatomical position and to create awareness of slouching during day to day living. A huge majority of our cases we see of lower and upper back pain is essentially self inflicted through bad habits of poor posture and can easily be improved to prevent any future and long-term injuries.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome is a common knee condition for those with muscle imbalances or malalignment of the knees. Julius has contributed a Myotherapy perspective on something we see every week.
This blog talks about the sacroiliac joint located at the lowest part of the lower back and the dysfunctions of the joint that cause pain. Includes home care exercises to stretch the joint and the surround muscle tissue, while also strengthening exercises to help improve joint stability.
Injury to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament is extremely common in sports which have a contact component or those that require quick changes in direction. If you're interested the ACL, how it is injured or what you can do to avoid injury, this is the post for you.
This blog will look at upper cross syndrome that is a dysfunction causing muscle tension in the neck and shoulder region, which commonly affects people with poor posture, working at a desk and immobility. The human body really wasn’t designed to sit at a desk for 40-50 hours per week so it’s no wonder something’s got to give which usually is felt in the upper back, neck area. Upper cross syndrome is a really common condition and seems to be the 21st century posture with rolled forward shoulders and a forward-head posture appearance. This syndrome is caused from a muscle imbalance from over active muscles at the front of the neck/ chest region combined with weakened muscles at the posterior aspect of the neck and upper back region. Desk sitters traditionally will be affected due to their workplace setup but they are not the only ones more predisposed. Anyone who has poor postural habits and slumps forward through their workplace or through habits of daily life from bending forward will at some stage develop muscle imbalances causing pain through their upper back. To treat upper cross syndrome it’s a combination of loosening the overactive muscle tissue causing tension and strengthening the muscles that are being weakened. Massage, cupping, dry needling can all be used to loosen the muscles reducing the pull from the front of the neck and to reduce the tension at the back of the neck/ upper back region. Home care exercises and exercise prescription at the gym can also be issued to improve the strength of weakened rhomboid muscles. A big part of longevity to reducing tension and pain from desk sitting is posture. When you’re sitting at your desk, your ankle, [...]