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Posted May 07, 2018 | Category: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, Spinal Cord Injury

In an age where we can divert most of our attention to our phones, and still be able to walk at the same time, I start to wonder whether our arm swing is still relevant. Is it becoming a less than necessary motor skill in society and hence the need the rehabilitate it?

The answer is no.

Try this – walk at your normal pace and hold your phone up and look at it as if you are reading. Then pick up your walking pace and start breaking into a run. The faster you go, the more you have to let your phone down and swing your arms with your legs.

Posted May 07, 2018 | Category: Concussion, Multiple Sclerosis, Peripheral Neuropathy

Now that you are avoiding the most common balance retraining pitfalls, I would like to share with you my 6 novel ways of helping people improving their balance.

The main principle of doing this right is always start with a level you can achieve with minimal difficulty. From here, you can challenge the parameters of speed, load, attentional demands, movement complexity and availability of environmental support.

So here are 6 novel ways (in no particular order) to train your balance and why:

Posted May 07, 2018 | Category: Uncategorized

This Sunday the 18th of February 2018, the Australian Bobath Tutors Association (ABTA) will be hosting the inaugural Bobath Conference at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. This oversubscribed event has attracted a lot of buzz nationally, as it ties in with Mary Lynch-Ellerington’s last visit to Australia. Mary is a senior Bobath instructor from the UK, who teaches widely internationally and has applied and taught the Bobath concept to an exceptionally high standard.

Posted May 07, 2018 | Category: Uncategorized

Having just spent an entire weekend in sunny Brisbane, I would like to share what I have learnt on my first Bobath Tutor training module. Being in the calibre of 1 of 6 experienced and skilled clinicians in Australia in the Bobath Concept, it was certainly nerve-wrecking to step it up another notch at our first weekend learning retreat!

Posted May 04, 2018 | Category: Parkinsons

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative condition, meaning it progressively worsens over time. It is characterised by slowed and stiff movement, shaking, and even freezing of gait. This occurs because of a lack of dopamine in the basal ganglia, the part of the brain responsible for automatic and fluid movement.

Posted May 07, 2018 | Category: Ataxia, Dementia, Uncategorized

Sometimes, doing so much is actually detrimental for our patients and I can think of one classic example being balance retraining. Too often I have seen balance retraining classes that lack specificity and clear clinical reasoning, and there are a multiple people standing at different stations doing what looks to be part strengthening, part balance and part leisure. Neither one of those activities seem particularly challenging or targeted to the person’s impairments.

Posted May 07, 2018 | Category: Reflective Practice

It is common practice in physiotherapy when you meet a client for the first time, that we ask about their therapy goals, so we can steer the treatment plan into a particular direction. And off we go into that direction!

At first, this sounds simple and obvious to do – you just write down what they want to achieve and throw your best treatment techniques at it and hope for the best.

Posted May 07, 2018 | Category: Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Tumours

Research continues to advocate for the plasticity of our brains, that brain structure can be altered in response to physiotherapy. This article with discuss the evolution of this idea and key principles around how the brain can change itself, giving you a greater understanding of the concept of neuroplasticity.

Posted May 07, 2018 | Category: Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury

The hand is a wonderful piece of human engineering, allowing us to be dexterous and functional. In rehabilitation, there is a tendency to treat the hand like a robotic tool that primarily serves to reach and grasp, but in truth we do so much more with them than that.

Posted April 26, 2018 | Category: Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy

The vast majority of us take walking for granted. Walking is actually a complex task that involves a large amount of synergy within the human body. For all of our stroke clients, the intricacy of walking becomes more difficult, and requires a much more conscious effort. For some, it is a minor limp, for others it is the inability to take a step without a frame or assistance from another person. Whatever your walking level is post stroke, here are some ways we can help you get back to a more normal gait pattern.
This article helps you understand walking in 3 ways:

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