For many practitioners, neural tissue gliding exercises form a large part of managing nerve-related pain. Whilst these techniques are commonly practiced, our own literature review has only been able to uncover a paucity of evidence supporting its use. Published systematic reviews have also indicated this (Ellis et al 2008). This is not to say that these techniques are ineffective, but rather there appears to be far more research required to demonstrate their benefits. In this review, we will look at the quality research there is, which may help to guide your selection of these techniques.
As health practitioners we are driven to be the best we can at our profession. A great day for many of us is seeing our patients improve. If our patients are satisfied and improving, then it feels good. TrackActive is an assistive tool to help get the best outcomes from and for your patients.
Plantar fasciitis can be one of the most difficult conditions for a practitioner and patient to manage. Treatment options range from biomechanical interventions, proximal and local strengthening, ice massage and stretching. While they can be effective, it is not uncommon that rehab fails and patients then look for other options such as extracorporeal shock wave therapy.
Remaining competitive is at the forefront of any business owner’s mind. This requires insight into what your practice should look like in the future and responding to this. A commissioned research report by the Australian Physiotherapy Association in 2013 takes a lot of the guess work out of this, and if you are a practice owner, or an aspiring one, it is a highly recommended read. We’ve summarised some key points from this document below to describe what your practice should look like in 2025.
Gluteus medius weakness has been studied extensively and much of the research demonstrates that strengthening of this muscle can be beneficial for improving lower limb biomechanics and reducing symptoms in conditions such as patellofemoral pain.
Recently there was an interesting twitter ‘battle’ between two well-known names in our industry. One was a researcher, the other a practitioner. It was an entertaining battle as to the worth of evidence vs experienced based practice.
It began when a twitter post from an organisation showed an isometric hip adduction exercise for rehabilitation of groin injuries. In summary the next few comments went something along the lines of…