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The Power of Acupuncture in Alleviating Fibromyalgia: Unveiling the Evidence
Simon Coghlan
Fibromyalgia (FM) remains a perplexing puzzle in the realm of chronic pain conditions, characterised by widespread musculoskeletal discomfort, cognitive disturbances, and a myriad of strange, usually unpleasant symptoms. Despite its prevalence, the cause of FM remains elusive, and its diagnosis often challenges conventional medical paradigms. However, amidst this complexity, a beacon of hope emerges in the form of medical acupuncture, a centuries-old therapy with a modern medical interpretation and application that continues to demonstrate remarkable efficacy in managing FM. In this blog, I'll dive into the compelling clinical evidence supporting the use of acupuncture in FM treatment, shedding light on its mechanisms and the profound impact it can have on patients' lives.
Assessing and Treating TMJ Dysfunction
Simon Coghlan
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) can be a perplexing and often debilitating condition, impacting one's quality of life significantly. However, with the right approach to assessment and treatment, relief is within reach. This guide is designed to dem
Exploring the Fascinating Role of Fascia in Low Back Pain Management
Simon Coghlan
In recent years, my interest in the intricate role of fascia within pain management, particularly concerning low back pain, has only deepened. A thought-provoking LinkedIn post by Myophysio recently reignited my curiosity, prompting me to dive back into the latest research on this topic. The insights I've gathered are both fascinating and significant for anyone involved in chronic pain management.
Dry Needling Reduces Shoulder Pain
Simon Coghlan
I am particularly interested in treating shoulder pain, so I was excited to come across a study that looked into dry needling as a treatment technique for shoulder pain not caused by an injury. The study, conducted by Navarro-Santana et al. (2020), aimed to investigate the effectiveness of dry needling for non-traumatic shoulder pain that is more likely to be due to muscle dysfunction.
Understanding Low Back Pain: Why We Need to Pay Attention
Simon Coghlan
Low back pain (LBP) is a prevalent issue affecting millions of people in Australia and worldwide. It can range from mild discomfort to debilitating pain, impacting individuals' quality of life, work, and daily activities.    In 2018, a seminal article by Hartvigsen and colleagues, published in The Lancet,1 shed light on what low back pain is and emphasised the importance of paying attention to this widespread condition.    In this blog, I'll explore the key insights from their work and discuss why LBP deserves the attention of the medical and allied health community, especially from the perspective of physiotherapists and individuals interested in integrated health, including acupuncture and dry needling.
Medical Acupuncture for Inflammation and Pain
Simon Coghlan
I've always been interested in why different therapy techniques work or don't, which usually requires delving into the neurophysiological effects or mechanisms. For example, I find research studies investigating the mechanistic basis of medical acupuncture and dry needling much more interesting than reading poorly designed and often misinterpreted randomised controlled trials.