Spring 2019 - The physiotherapy toolbox
The role of the gut microbiome in musculoskeletal rehabilitation
It is generally accepted that adequate nutrition may assist in musculoskeletal recovery. Recent discoveries on the importance of gut microbes in human health have highlighted how the interaction between the gut microbiome and a person's diet affects bones and muscle.
Sameer Gohir & Ana M Valdes
Red flags in the management of people with low back pain
Red flags have become an essential and integral component of the clinical examination, but are they currently used in the most effective way with regard to decision-making for potential serious pathology in the spine? Are red flags now just a screening tick-list to reassure clinicians?
Dr Sue Greenhalgh
The evolving role of the musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the management and rehabilitation of patients living with cancer
As cancer survival rates improve there is much that physios can do to help those living with cancer to return to as full and healthy a life as possible. We can help them to return to work, sport and other activities that add quality to their lives
Theory-based behaviour change and communication skills for physiotherapists to support client self-management
Physiotherapists play a positive role in supporting their clients to engage in evidence-based behaviour change and self-management. Here we look at the author's own research into the use and development of self-determination theory in communication skills to support behaviour change in people with low back pain and osteoarthritis
Deirdre A Hurley
Perturbation-based balance training in falls prevention and sports injury rehabilitation
The rehabilitation of both injured athletes and elderly fallers relies on the ability to make appropriate postural changes in response to unexpected perturbations. While this is usually acheived manually, a pilot study into the technology available reveals how instrumental balance training can be delivered in a clinical setting