Footy is back

Footy is back and Josh has resumed his post as Physiotherapist for the Fitzroy Football club. He is following up on our intensive  pre season  screening of the senior players. Liz has made an impressive start in the cut throat CHP footy tips, although Sarah is looking like another Dark Horse…..

Good luck to ‘ The Reds’ this year.

The 2012 CHP Cup

CHP staff have just blazed the gutters at the annual Ten Pin Bowling CHP Cup. Cathy was the surprise champ, not to be beaten with 2 early strikes in Round 2. If only her footy tipping was that good!
Liz continues to dominate the CHP tipping.
Footy matters at CHP. The tipping is cut throat and Josh is relishing in his busy role with the Fitzroy Football Club, screening and managing those winter injuries.

Good luck to The Reds for the second half of the season.

Physiotherapy and Cervicogenic Headaches

A cervicogenic headache is a syndrome characterised by one sided head pain, referred from either bony structures or soft tissues of the neck.

What are the features of cervicogenic headache?

Sufferers usually complain of single sided headache which is side locked (does not change position). It can extend from the neck to the base of the skull and around to the front of the head. The symptoms are generally provoked by neck movements and sustained postures, usually being described as dull or moderate in intensity and worse in the mornings.

On examination, sufferers tend to have reduced neck range of motion, sore and tender neck muscle, reduced joint mobility with poor motor control of the deep neck flexors (stabilising endurance muscles).

How can cervicogenic headache be treated?

Physiotherapy is very effective in managing cervicogenic headache.  At Clifton Hill Physiotherapy we regularily help people with cervicogenic headache,  by using a combination of manual techniques including mobilisiation and trigger point massage. We also address the cause of your headaches by thoroughly assessing all contributing factors and putting together a plan to treat your current pain but more importantly to prevent further episodes.


Abdominal Strength and Back Pain Physiotherapy

When you injure your back people will often tell you that you have to strengthen your abdominals. If this is not explained correctly one would take this statement that you need to strengthen your stomach muscles by performing sit-ups.

The statement is correct but doing a sit up while you have back pain will actually increase your pain considerably. What we mean is that you need to increase your Transverse Abdominus strength. This very deep muscle wraps around your spine like a brace and directly supports your spine. People with lower back pain often have a very weak (or inhibited) transverse abdominus and therefore have very little support for their lower back whilst completing their normal activities of daily living.

At Clifton Hill Physiotherapy we utilise the latest technology and research evidence to assess and treat your back pain. Our physiotherapists use Real Time Ultrasound to accurate assess your ability to active your Transverse abdominus and other spinal stabilising muscles. This set of muscles can be difficult to activate but our physiotherapists are trained in teaching you how to get these muscles working.

A strong and co-ordinated set of core/stabilising muscles  will:

  • Reducing the occurrence of pain
  • Improve the strength and tone of your abdomen
  • May improve incontinence – or post pregnancy issues
  • Prevention of back pain


Two of our physiotherapists at Clifton Hill Physiotherapy have recently returned from attending the “Neurodynamics and Neuromatrix” Scientific Conference and Master Classes in Adelaide.  This conference outlined recent research on pain sciences and advancements in treatment approaches.  A significant component of this was on the concept of Neurodynamics.

What is Neurodynamics?

Neurodynamics is the study of the mechanisms and physiology of the nervous system and how they relate to each other (Shacklock 1995).  This sounds a bit heavy, but basically it means going about the assessment and treatment of the physical health of the nervous system.  It involves specific testing of nerves, and developing physical treatments based on these findings.  These treatments usually involve gentle mobilisation techniques that can cause the nerve to “slide” in either direction (towards or away from the head).

Effectiveness of the neurodynamic approach has most recently been published in 2011 and 2012.  These studies showed:

  • Physiotherapy treatment using neurodynamic techniques was effective in providing immediate clinically relevant benefits for nerve related neck and arm pain (Nee et al 2012)
  • Physiotherapy treatment using neurodynamic techniques was a valid method of detection of cervical radiculopathy (Nee et al 2012)
  • Physiotherapy treatment using neurodynamic techniques was an effective, conservative method of treatment to reduce oedema in carpal tunnel syndrome (Nee et al 2011)

All physiotherapists at Clifton Hill Physiotherapy are trained in neurodynamic techniques.  As part of our commitment to ongoing improvement, all of our physiotherapists will be attending an evening education session on recent developments in the neurodynamic concept, to ensure we are all best able to treat our patients utilising the latest clinical evidence.

Professional Development at Clifton Hill Physiotherapy

Our directors Jenny Langford and Sallie Cowan have just completed their Physiotherapy lecturing commitments at Melbourne University for the semester. Josh Heerey is enjoying applying new techniques learned at a recent course in Sydney to help tackle the complex thoracic spine.

Pain Society Conference

Physiotherapists Jenny Langford and Brendon Haslam will be attending the Australian Pain Society Conference in Melbourne .

This years conference has a them of “Integrated Perspective of Pain” will be exploring evolving issues in pain management with the view to updating modern practice.

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