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Pain Solutions

Important Announcement – New location and days

Hello everyone. This post is about some history, some announcements and the future! The History So Far... 3 years ago, I left Penshurst Physiotherapy Centre. It was a tough decision but I guess it had to be done. The new owner wanted to do his own thing and I had been there and tried that. So off I went and set up inside a CrossFit gym - Reebok CrossFit GCS. There I was able to recover from working my ass off for 13 years. I was able to work with elite athletes and get fitter. In that first year off, I got much stronger and much fitter than I ever had been - thanks to Darren Coughlan and Blocker Walsh for the GCS program. I also started at CrossFit Bodicomplete with my friend Vaughn. It was great to stay in touch and some of my Penshurst Physiotherapy Centre clients wanted to see me there as they felt Marrickville was too far away...fair enough. It's been a pleasure to watch Vaughn and his athletes grow and evolve. We have some plans to fulfil so watch this space 😉 After the first year, Reebok CrossFit GCS became CrossFit Creature with Rory Boyden, Lachlan Rowston and Raph Freedman coming on board as the day to day owners. It has been good watching these guys learn their craft, develop their podcast and grow their business. Whilst I love and still provide a broad range of physiotherapy services from persistent/chronic pain to elite performance enhancement... Read More

The “Bulletproof” Your Pelvic Floor Routine for Weights

Stress Urinary Incontinence affects many women throughout the world. Up to 50% of women who exercise experience some sort of bladder leakage. You don't have to have had a baby to get incontinence...and despite the name, it isn't mental stress that is the main cause of problems - it is increased intraabdominal pressure on the pelvic organs that cause problems. The usual practice is for people to "do their pelvic floor exercises" or "their Kegals"...but if it were as simple as that, we would solve the problem of incontinence...unfortunately it is more dynamic and variable than that. Part of the problem is that no matter how well you do your pelvic floor contraction, if you are generating pressure against the pelvic floor, you can still create incontinence problems. Part of what I have developed is a system of doing a breathing-coordinated core contraction and teaching the patient to spread the load around the body (#spreadtheload). In doing so, we can actually decrease the bearing down pressure we put on the pelvic floor (the subject of future research). Also, matching the #tensiontotask helps as well. But the biggest differences I think are being able to know how hard you should squeeze (most people including physios squeeze too hard)...and TESTING...if you don't test the contraction in a functional movement and compare it to what you normally do, how do you know you have really helped? So while this is a somewhat generic routine, by changing a few variables, we can individualise it... Read More

How to Rehab Pain – Pain Rehab model and “Bulletproof” Your Body Seminar Teaser

Persistent (or Chronic) pain sucks...it is simply pain that hasn't gone away when it should have by now. It causes lots of headaches for health professionals around the world - when you consider that 4 out of 5 people will get back pain of some kind in their lifetime...when you consider how many people have car accidents with whiplash...when you consider how many people get a sports injury or work-related injury...it is no wonder than we have to deal with these issues. But with the right approach, many people in pain can actually significantly reduce their symptoms and get on with their lives. Want to know my secret to helping people in pain? Here it is...part of the talk I give on my "Bulletproof" Your Whole Body Seminar. I explain one of the examples I use to model my rehab plan around...the rest of the seminar is all about how to make that happen during exercise. The funny thing is that performance enhancement is really similar and uses nearly the exact same principles! If you have suffered pain for any length of time, using Antony's farmhouse model of rehab will help you get back to doing what you want to do sooner. It involves respect for your symptoms, not fear. By respecting your symptoms, you develop trust with the brain which will be more inclined to let you do more and more as you demonstrate that you aren't interested in hurting the body. Let me know what you think in the comments... Read More

A letter to all partners out there…from your partner’s physio…

Dear Mrs Smith, Thank you for considering my requests for John. John has a serious condition of the neck and back called “Football Finals Season” in Australia but in the USA it is simply called "Football Season". It is very common this time of the year and he needs some serious rest this weekend and the next few weeks (or even months in the USA) to recover.
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