Rayner & Smale Launch Pad

As 2017 draws to a close and we begin to reflect on what this year has meant for our blog, it is valuable to understand our audience. Rayner & Smale is written for physiotherapists and clinicians from all paths and levels of experience. We definitely receive more feedback from newly graduated therapists who are trying to navigate their way through private practice, musculoskeletal or orthopedic physiotherapy and settle into their new careers. To be part of that learning experience and clinical journey is such a pleasure. This blog is a starting point to unravel some of our most-read, and most-applicable content from the past 4 years. We believe it forms a foundation for learning about physiotherapy before narrowing into the finer detail of specific body regions or conditions. 

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Lateral Epicondylalgia - Treatment Considerations

Welcome back to part two of the lateral epicondylalgia series. In this section we are going to focus on treatment considerations and commonly used manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription. This is the first blog that focusses on using Mulligan mobilisation with movement techniques (MWMs) for the treatment of pain. 

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Hip: Athletic Groin Pain Part 1

This week we continue to look at the hip by exploring the definition of athletic groin pain (AGP). This blog series dissects three research papers from Dublin about the clinical assessment, role of MRI and biomechanical changes with AGP. First up - what is the groin triangle and what does groin pain mean?

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Pathophysiology & Symptomology of Migraine Headaches

I'm sure you are all aware that different headache types exist as different clinical entities, but do you know the distinct features of each that aid in our differential diagnosis? Do you know what mechanisms underlie the headache felt in a migraine and what an aura actually is?

The purpose for this blog is to delve deeper into the specifics of primary headaches such as migraine with and without aura and TTH with the aim of better differentiating them from other headache types and recognising red flags.

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Neurodynamic Solutions for the Lower Quadrant

In September I attended the lower quadrant course run by Michael Shacklock in LA. This course covered well known tests such as the slump test, straight leg raise and it’s variations. It was great to review these tests, improve my specificity of handling and then apply the results to treatment scenarios. The aim of this blog is to share a few of the many tips that I took away from the course.

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Contralateral Knee Extension - a New Advance in Slump Test

This week we discuss new information about the normal response of painfree subjects during the slump test. Shacklock and his team (2016) have been studying the impact on contralateral knee extension and the resulting movement of the lumbar neural tissues during the slump test. Insightful and enlightening results!

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