Are You Letting Your Shoulder Niggle Become A Nightmare?

It amazes me how long most patient’s report that they have been putting up with their shoulder pain while at the same time resting, avoiding usual activities, becoming less confident in their capacity and increasingly fearful about what arm use and movement might mean for them. I commonly hear from concerned patients that – “I’m afraid of doing further damage.” Yet most painful and weak shoulders, are just that. De-conditioned, neglected, weak…but still expected to perform at a high level, overhead, in the gym and at work. Increasingly, I find a growing gap between the activity demands being placed upon … Continue reading

Do You Make These Mistakes In The Gym?

I have a saying…”Movement IS Medicine!” But movement is not always intuitive. Yes, we are built to move but “Moving Well” is not always the outcome of more movement. Every year, Exercise & Sports Science Australia promote an “Exercise Right” public awareness campaign to promote both “The Benefits of Exercise” and Accredited Exercise Physiologists as the go to professionals for exercise prescription and delivery. Research suggests that exercise should be the cornerstone of both preventative and therapeutic health interventions. What If Everything You’d Been Told About Exercise Was Wrong? The only problem I have with the promotion of where exercise … Continue reading

Spring Into Summer Safely – Get Your Shoulder Health Check Today

Disorders of the shoulder are extremely common. Some research suggests up to 50% of the population experience at least one shoulder pain episode annually. What’s more concerning is the fact that shoulder dysfunction is often persistent and recurrent, with 54% of sufferers reporting ongoing symptoms after 3 years (Lewis, 2009) From my experience the peak season for shoulder injuries is NOW, spring soon becomes summer and we’re all out there literally busting our guts to get fit, to look sexy or at least somewhat desirable and to feel good about ourselves once more after the short winter hiatus. The sad … Continue reading

Shoulder Pain Changes The Way You Think, Act and Move

Shoulder Pain Does Indeed Change Everything.   Remember how you first felt when you realised that something was wrong with your shoulder…when it really hurt? If it was anything like my personal experience you may have ignored it at first, trying to naturally down play it. But when pain persisted you may of become quite concerned and even felt vulnerable. “How could this have happened to me?” In time, your frustration of a lack of progress builds and the thought of a life with persistent shoulder pain begins to consume your every thought. By now your physical disability and shoulder … Continue reading

It’s Not All About Your Shoulder

Shoulder dysfunction spares neither young nor old, and the problem shoulder presents in a multitude of circumstances ranging from the result of a rugby tackle to an arthritic or frozen shoulder. While research guided manual therapy techniques and specific exercises are invaluable resources for the physiotherapist, nothing offers more guidance for a treatment approach than an understanding of functional movement, in my opinion. For example, a golf swing is not purely a movement of the shoulder. The swing is created and starts from the transmission of ground reaction forces through the lower limb, pelvis and trunk, through the scapula and … Continue reading