All posts by Mitchell Robinson

Is It Safe To Stress Your Back?

Is it safe to load and stress the discs in our back? Written by Mitchell Robinson 1) Changes in our discs only have a very weak association with pain! When we scan backs for research we find that a large portion of the population have what we would consider damage and/or degeneration in their backs without pain. As we age, the discs in our back also age - and this is completely normal! We don't only exhibit changes on the outside (wrinkles, grey hair etc.), we also exhibit c...

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Is It Safe To Bend Your Back?

7 Reasons Why it's Ok to Bend Over You can add your own 8th reason (if that’s the way your dirty mind is heading!) but the 7 reasons given here focus on why you don’t need to worry about bending your back. Your spine is there to support your body and connect different parts of your musculoskeletal system to each other so you can move easily. One of your back’s main jobs is to help you bend. Yet you may have been told that flexing/bending your back is bad for it; that you ...

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Whiplash: Signs, Symptoms and Management

Whiplash: Signs, symptoms and management What is whiplash?Whiplash means a neck injury that happens when something makes your neck move rapidly and forcefully backwards and forwards. That movement can cause a number of injuries, collectively known as whiplash, including hurting the bones in your spine or the discs between them, and damaging the ligaments, muscles and nerves in your neck.Most people make a good recovery from whiplash within a few days or weeks. About 25% of people...

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Is It Safe To Have A Sore Back?

5 (Unusual) Reasons Your Back is Hurting​​​​​Back pain is the most common form of pain with virtually everyone suffering it at some point in life. Chronic back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide. In fact, it’s one of the most common reasons people of working age are forced to leave the workforce (Maher et al., 2017).Recurring back pain can lower your quality of life in many ways, making it hard to play with your kids, participate in sport, do your job or enjoy...

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Physiotherapy and Pain Management

Physiotherapy and Pain Management​​​​Pain can stop us in our tracks and prevent us from getting on with our day. Acute pain is felt during illness or injury. Sometimes, however, this pain persists beyond the normal healing time of about three months. This pain is said to be chronic or persistent. 1 in 5 Australians live with persistent pain. This type of pain is ongoing but it doesn't tell us much about the severity or quality of the pain. Despite this, it can have a deva...

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