Supraspinatus – the worst designed muscle in the body!

Our body is designed really well, except for one small muscle at the top of the shoulder called the Supraspinatus!
The shoulder joint complex is complicated to say the least, with seventeen muscles attaching from the scapula, to the spine, neck or arm. The four most important ones (Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Subscapularis) make up what we called the rotator cuff. They have the important job of holding the humerus (arm bone) in the socket of the shoulder.

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Tingling and numbness if your arm/hands? It could be Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a condition that affects the nerves in your arm/shoulder.
There are a bundle of nerves called the brachial plexus which start in the neck, passes through the scalene muscles in the side of the neck, goes under the clavicle (collarbone), above the first rib, then under the pectoralis minor (chest) muscle and down the arm. The space between the clavicle and first rib where the brachial plexus passes is called the thoracic outlet. This is where impingement of the problem occurs.

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Why do I get lower back pain when I play golf?

Okay, so golf is a pretty addictive sport?! Well I think so anyway! It does however lend it self to causing a lot of injuries, and in particular lower back pain. It’s not just a coincidence that almost all golfers at some stage will suffer from crippling lower back pain.
So let’s look at why lower back pain is so prevalent in golf.

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Know your pain?

Most of us unfortunately will experience body pain at some stage in our lives….that’s the truth. From memory it’s around 80% of us which is sort of upsetting. So it’s important for us to be able to recognize our pain, describe it and be aware of what structures are the likely cause of it.
For the sake of this blog we will forgot about the technical terms associated with pain types and instead focus on the 3 most commonly used terms we hear when people talk to us in the clinic.

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Christmas Hours

Hi Guys
Yes it’s that time of year again, only 5 weeks until the big man in red comes down the chimney! I cant wait really, especially being able to share this one with little Ava (even though she’ll have no idea what its all about!)
Okay, so our hours over the festive season are as follows:
Wednesday 23rd 8am-12.30 & 2.30pm-7pm (Josh)
Thursday 24th 8am-12.30pm (Maria)
Tuesday 29th 10am-2pm (Maria)
Tuesday 5th Jan 2.30-6.30pm (Maria)
Wednesday 6th Jan 8am-12noon (Maria)
We will be back to normal clinic hours from Monday 11th January.

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Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain

Fascia is a sheath of connective tissue that connects all our bones, muscles and organs. In areas that we use often like the palms of our hands and soles of our feet, the fascia has to be particularly thick to protect us. In the foot, this strand of fascia connects the bottom of your heel to the base of your toes – this is called the plantar fascia. With every step we take the plantar fascia needs to move and stretch, and if this is not flexible enough we can get pain. Small tears then develop at the insertion of the tissue at the base of the heel and inflammation then occurs.

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What is dry needling?

Let’s get one thing straight – dry needling is not acupuncture! They are totally different and used for different things. Dry needling is based on a westernized approach to anatomy and physiology, modeled around what we know happens to the muscular system when it is adversely affected – in particular trigger point formation in the muscles.
Dry needling involves the insertion of a sterile, needle filament into the skin, down into a muscle belly where a trigger point is found to be located. Our aim is to insert the needle into a trigger point.

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Heat or Ice?

Everyone has been confused at some stage of their life about whether to use ice or heat for their pain – and sometimes there’s conflicting information out there on the topic. I’ll take the confusion away and make it simpler and easier to make the decision, and answer a few common questions that I often get.

Ice
There are two roles that ice plays – 1) It numbs pain, and 2) reduces inflammation. Applying Ice will constrict the size of your blood vessels, therefore reducing the amount of blood coming to the injured area – which then helps to decrease swelling.

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Strain Vs Sprain

 We’ve all heard the saying a SPRAINED ankle. And we all have that one friend that has STRAINED their Hamstring……..so what’s the difference between a strain and sprain? And why and how do they happen?
So let’s check out SPRAINS.  A sprain affects ligaments. Ligaments are elastic bands of connective tissues that attach bone to bone. They are integral for joint stability and holding our bones together.
When we stretch or tear a ligament in our body it is called a SPRAIN injury. But how do we do this your wondering…..

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