Lateral epicondylalgia - pathophysiology & clinical assessment

This is a two-part series looking at the pathophysiology, clinical assessment and treatment of a common elbow pain condition, lateral epicondylalgia. In this blog we discuss new research that explains the complexities of this condition, why tennis elbow and epicondylitis are terms no longer used and how our assessment should be structured. 

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Graded Motor Imagery

Graded motor imagery is a key treatment approach for patient with chronic pain conditions. It is a biopsychosocial approach that address all aspects of how a person lives with their pain. GMI uses motor imagery to retrain movement neurotags without activating pain neurotags and follows a suggest graded pathway from left/right discrimination through to mirror therapy. 

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Visual perception & the brain

In January I enrolled for another awesome online course through Coursera on Visual perception and the Brain. I would have never anticipated to learn so much about the extent to which visual illusions exist in our everyday sight, and how many discrepancies exist between what we see and the physical reality of what we are looking at. The aim of this blog is to share this information about the visual brain and related it back to a pain treatment known as graded motor imagery. 

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Blowing up a balloon

Ever wondered about the best way to retrain breathing in clients who lack core control? The Postural Restoration Institute have created an exercise which aims to restore optimal breathing and the zone of apposition. This blog outlines the reasons for using a balloon during treatment to restore coordination between the diaphragm and abdominal wall. 

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