Posture And Pain: Debunking A Myth

“Sit up right, pull your shoulders back, don’t slouch, or else we will develop bad posture!”

We hear it all the time. It’s been drilled into us since we were young, but, how much of it is the truth? Many patients come in with concerns about their posture and how it’s causing their neck and back pain. In this article, we’ll shine a light on the most common misconception pertaining to posture and pain.

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Is Your Shoulder Just Stiff, Or Is It Frozen?

In the beginning, you’ll feel pain at the front or side of the shoulder which can be a sudden or a gradual onset. Depending on the intensity of your pain, it can often cause difficulty in sleeping or wake you up in the middle of the night. Overtime, you start noticing that you are losing freedom of movement in the shoulder. This is when it hits you that the shoulder problem is serious, and you should seek consultation with a healthcare professional.

In this article, we have a chat with Senior Physio, Anson Wong and Dr Ang from Centurion Orthopaedic Centre to discuss all things Frozen Shoulder. You can find Dr Ang at https://www.coc.sg/

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All You Need To Know About Tennis Elbow!

Did you know that Tennis Elbow affects over 50% of tennis players? Research suggests that the best way to treat tennis elbow is with physiotherapy under a progressive and controlled loading exercise programme that is catered specifically for your needs. These types of programme causes the tendon to undergo gradual loading movements, which helps to stimulate the healing process by changing the tendon tissue structure, eventually leading to repair.

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Get Rid Of Neck Stiffness!

If you have sought treatment for neck pain or stiffness, your upper trapezius muscle has probably been massaged, released, or needled. You were also likely told that the upper trapezius muscle is very tight, overactive, or “knotted”.

Unfortunately, this muscle has been misunderstood for a very long time. Many people blame upper trapezius tightness as the cause of neck pain and try to massage, stretch or reduce the muscle activation session after session. They may also look for exercises that favour the middle or lower trapezius while reducing the upper trapezius activation.

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What is going on and what can be done to improve things?

Women’s health-related issues are manifold and can be complex in nature. As such, it is often difficult to get a clear diagnosis and explanation as to what is going on and what can be done to improve things. This can lead to a serious level of compromise in our quality of life, affecting us in our personal relationships as well as socially and professionally. Nevertheless, physiotherapy centred around the very specific anatomy of a women’s pelvis and abdomen can help to address these problems, helping to restore confidence in your body and achieve your life goals.

Written by Wendy Casterton, Physiotherapist

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How much resistance training needs to be included in a training program to be effective?

A recent systematic review asked this question. The authors concluded that there is a clear dose-response effect regarding strength training and its injury prevention effect. This means that the greater the volume and intensity of strength training undertaken the greater the injury preventative effects were experienced. This was observed for both acute and overuse injuries across all types of sports (Lauersen et al 2018).

Written by Michael Bushell, Physiotherapist

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