Taking the Sore Thumbs Out of Manual Therapy

This past weekend I took the myofascial decompression level 1 course and proudly now own my own kits of cups. I really enjoyed the didactic component of this course and this blog shares some interesting concepts that you will learn about if you too choose to take a course through www.myofascialdecompression.com

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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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Cervical Radiculopathy Part 3 - Physiotherapy Treatment

The third and final blog for this series covers the treatment modalities available for cervical radiculopathy. It is important to consider what the goals of your treatment are and how you are going to implement strategies to improve both the health and the movement of the nerve. 

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Neurophysiological mechanism of mobilisation

For this blog I'd like to explore the findings of several research papers exploring the effects of mobilisation on the spine. Let's explore the research investigating the local and systemic impact of mobilisation, as well as the different elements of dosage. 

To use a different style of writing though.... this blog is in the format of an annotated bibliography. An annotated bibliography is a summary of a research paper that provides a critical review, identifies how it is applicable to current knowledge base, provides a description of the paper's purpose, study design and other important elements and gives an opinion on why it is valuable to know about. 

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Chain reaction - the neurophysiological mechanism of manual therapy

Why is it important to understand the neurophysiology effects of manual therapy? Because we are interested in the elements that determine success of treatment: to ensure that the most appropriate treatment modality is selected for the problem and client, and to enhance the therapist' ability to identify those suitable and likely to respond favourably to treatment.

But do we actually know how it all works?

This blog explores the proposed neurophysiological mechanisms involved in the processing of mechanical stimulation in manual therapy that results in a positive effect. 

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Cervicogenic Headache

Cervicogenic headache is a secondary headache arising from a musculoskeletal dysfunction within the cervical spine, and is a disorder that many physiotherapists treat. The purpose of this blog is to explore the clinical assessment of CGH, outline the debate on manual therapy skills which has been ongoing since 1988, and to discuss the manual examination procedure performed by the clinicians used in the landmark research trials. 

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