Informed pain management for LBP

This week we are looking at an article review covering a brilliant paper that has recently been published out of Hong Kong. I have been waiting for a paper like this for some time now, that looks systematically at all the literature behind the current approach to pain management education we are encouraged to provide to our patients about lower back pain.

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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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Dry Needling and Acupuncture part 2

Last week Dr. Peter Selvaratnam shared his thoughts behind the origins and mechanisms of dry needling compared to acupuncture. Having an extensive amount of training and experience in both modalities allows Peter to present a great comparison between these techniques. This week Peter shares his thoughts about patient selection, contraindications & precautions, possible side effects and ways to reduce the risk of adverse effects with both treatments. 

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Dry Needling or Acupuncture? Part 1 An interview with Dr Peter Selvaratnam

January is the month of guest bloggers and this week I am so excited to share the thoughts of Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Dr. Peter Selvaratnum from Melbourne. Peter is deeply involved in the teaching of acupuncture and dry needling in Melbourne and this week we begin with part 1 of a comparison between acupuncture and dry needling techniques. 

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