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MSc, BSc Hons, DipMedAc

Simon holds a Master of Science Degree in Physiotherapy and maintains registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Further enhancing his credentials is a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Acupuncture, qualifying him for accredited membership with the British Medical Acupuncture Society. Simon's...

MSc, BSc Hons, DipMedAc

Simon holds a Master of Science Degree in Physiotherapy and maintains registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Further enhancing his credentials is a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Acupuncture, qualifying him for accredited membership with the British Medical Acupuncture Society. Simon's expertise lies in the seamless incorporation of medical acupuncture and dry needling into manual therapy and therapeutic exercise treatment programmes. This specialised approach is tailored towards the effective management and treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, demonstrating his commitment to holistic patient care and advanced therapeutic practices.

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The Power of Acupuncture in Alleviating Fibromyalgia: Unveiling the Evidence

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.

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Assessing and Treating TMJ Dysfunction

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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 demystify TMD, offering insights into its evaluation and management for both sufferers and curious readers alike.

Understanding TMD: A Deep Dive into Diagnosis

The First Step
The journey to understanding TMD begins with a thorough patient history. This involves delving into the patient's history, episodes of pain, aggravating and easing factors, and any associated psychological aspects such as depression, anxiety, and stress. A detailed dental history and the presence of symptoms like ear pain, tinnitus, or oculomotor impairments are also crucial.

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Exploring the Fascinating Role of Fascia in Low Back Pain Management

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.

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Dry Needling Reduces Shoulder Pain

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.

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Understanding Low Back Pain: Why We Need to Pay Attention

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,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.

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