Wellness Embodied Blog

Earlier this year I attended an eight day Spinal Manual Therapy certificate course, run by Manual Concepts. Manual Concepts are well known and respected in the physiotherapy field due to the volume of research they put out and their role in changing the field of physiotherapy. They also run a manual therapy course which physiotherapists used to refer to as a ‘manips’ masters. (A manip or manipulation is a high velocity mobilisation of the joint, typically causing that ‘crack’). But perhaps we should change the name in our minds. As a skilled, patient specific treatment, when performed to its best

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Ah, the nervous system… Essentially our body’s computer, it consists of the brain, spinal cord and a massive interconnecting system of nerves ranging in size from as thick as a finger to as thin as a piece of thread. They travel beside, to and through muscles, veins and arteries, bones, ligaments, organs, tendons, fascia and skin. Their role is to carry signals to and from the brain, which then decides how to respond to these signals. A simple way of illustrating this: if you put your hand on something hot, a bunch of sensory nerves communicates this to the brain;

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Here are two exercises which can help to settle headache pain. Important note: Physiotherapy assessment is a specific, skilled process where we identify whether certain joints or muscles are contributing to your pain and treat these accordingly. While these exercises may help your headaches, they are not intended as a substitute for accurate diagnosis and treatment which we provide, or for medical attention as needed. At our Cairns city clinic, Wellness Embodied therapists use a wide variety of assessment and treatment techniques to diagnose and assist you. These include: Watson headache protocol for headaches and migraines, Craniosacral Therapy, Rehab Room,

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These will seem a bit strange at first! But I give these ‘union jack’ exercises to lots of patients with neck pain, headaches and other strength deficits. Some of the main reasons why the deep neck flexors (stabilising neck muscles) can become weak include forward head postures, pain and whiplash. These simple eye movement exercises work because they activate the same nerves that supply the deep neck muscles. As with any exercises, they should never be done to the point of any pain. The head shouldn’t move and your neck should be as relaxed as possible. The only side effects I

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When I mentioned I was going to do kids yoga teaching training, most of the feedback I received was positive. But, I was also asked, ‘Don’t kids just do yoga naturally?’ The answer is, well no… Firstly, yoga is about so much more than just the Asanas (movement practices). In a world where kids and teenagers are under severe stresses and strains, yoga offers the chance to unwind, to learn how to meditate. It fosters positive body images and at its best, teaches kids valuable life lessons- kindness, respect, learning that everyone is different. Secondly, a kids yoga class is run

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