Some Problematic Words from our resident Physio Daniel Lawrence on World Spine Day

Some Problematic Words from our resident Physio Daniel Lawrence on World Spine Day

I manage a Physiotherapy Clinic within busy village GP practice. Back pain keeps me in regular employment yet I spend my time trying to cure it, conversely? One of the biggest non-physical challenges I have is trying to clear patients previous misconceptions of their spinal pain. To be fair its not that the previous therapist was wrong, but that their words and message were misinterpreted. Seemingly harmless medical terms can mean different things to our patients and I was quite surprised to find that some of my regular buzz words were also commonly misinterpreted…Ooops I thought I was awesome! An Interesting qualitative study by Barker, Reid & Lowe (2009) asked members of the public for their interpretations of common terms used when receiving back pain treatment from a Chiro, Osteo or Physio. The terms were then categorised into three groups. 1. Terms that could lead to problematic misunderstandings. 2. Terms with unintended meanings but few negative repercussions. 3. Terms that the public appeared to understand as intended. It should be highlighted here that the Problematic words are not all ‘wrong’ in their usage, only in their interpretation. My personal interpretation of the research is that I now take more time to explain and ask the patient to clarify their understanding during consultations. I’m also much more careful with the word ‘instability’ now – not letting it slip off the tongue and wobble around our conversations before smashing on the floor like a poorly balanced fine bone china vase. Not to be misinterpreted! Reference: Barker, K. L., Reid, M., & Lowe, C. J. M. (2009). Divided by a lack of...
RockTape headline sponsor of the European Championship Crossfit event in Colchester

RockTape headline sponsor of the European Championship Crossfit event in Colchester

RockTape are really excited to be involved in the The European Championships as lead sponsor. Carl Saville and the team have done a great job making this the biggest event in Europe and we want to help it develop even more. Rocktape has a long history within Crossfit and as such we are very excited to partner with the UK’s largest competition. This new partnership extends our sponsorship involvement with Crossfit as RockTape was a sponsor of this year’s Crossfit...
RockTape continue to supply Gloucester Rugby as they aim for Premiership success

RockTape continue to supply Gloucester Rugby as they aim for Premiership success

RockTape, manufacturer of Kinesiology Tape and Physiotherapy products, are delighted to confirm that they have agreed an extension to their current partnership. RockTape is a premium brand of kinesiology tape used by a wide variety of health professionals throughout the world to treat injuries and pain. It can be utilised by athletes and non-athletes alike. RockTape stimulates the skin and provides an increased awareness of movement which can be reduced following acute or chronic injuries. RockTape can also aid in the reduction of swelling and bruising – a common occurrence in rugby! Gloucester Rugby’s Head of Medical Services, Eoin Power, explained: “RockTape helps our players by reducing swelling and muscle fatigue, as well as inflammation of acute injuries, after training or games. “The tape is good quality, easy to apply and has strong adhesive qualities, which is what we need when players are exerting themselves at high levels during games and training.” RockTape Director Simon Bunyard said: “We are thrilled to be working with Gloucester Rugby again, they are a club on the move and we are excited to play a small part in helping them get where they want and deserve to...
RockTape ride with Doddie

RockTape ride with Doddie

On Sunday August 12 2018 Ride of the Legends organised a charity cycle ride in the Scottish Borders for one of its legendary sons, ex Scotland and British & Irish Lions lock forward Doddie Weir who was recently diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease Doddie Weir is one of rugby’s most recognizable personalities. He earned 61 caps for Scotland during a successful playing career, represented the British and Irish Lions on their successful tour to South Africa in 1997, and won championships with his two club sides, Melrose and Newcastle Falcons. A talented, committed and athletic lock forward, Doddie is now facing his biggest challenge as it was in June 2017 he revealed he was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. From the outset, Doddie has been driven to help fellow sufferers and seek ways to further research into this, as yet, incurable disease and in November 2017 Doddie and his Trustees launched the registered charity My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. Ride of the Legends were asked to organise the ride and led by Peter Winterbottom, and using SIDI PHYSIO (their preferred Medical Support Providers) the whole event went like a dream. Of vital importance to the effectiveness of the ride was ROCKTAPE UK’s generosity in donating supplies of ROCKTAPE and ROCK sauce to keep all the individuals in full working order. This was especially important due to the less than youthful state of many of the Legends partaking in the ride. Riders included the ever young Roger Uttley, Scott Hastings, Dean Richards from Newcastle Falcons, Rodger Arneill (now in his 70’s and a lover of ROCKTAPE!!!), Gary Armstrong, Rob Wainwright, Tim...
How RockTape helped Pam Thorburn, British Ski Cross Champion 2018

How RockTape helped Pam Thorburn, British Ski Cross Champion 2018

I’ve been skiing for as long as I can remember. I always wanted to be a ski racer, battling down an icy slope at break neck speeds… I say break neck because that’s the truth of it, and I’ve got that t-shirt. The feeling of total freedom on the mountain, wind in your face, while playing on the edge of control not knowing what could happen next, is completely unmatched. Competing on the World Cup Ski Cross tour is amazing. Traveling the world, doing what I love. Unfortunately last season was over almost as soon as it began for me. I’ve been struggling with a really bad shoulder injury for 4 years now. Multiple surgeries and extensive rehab work has been my life for a while now, and last December just as I was hitting form and going fast, looking to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, I crashed and injured my shoulder once again. I’ve learned many lessons in my years of being an athlete and one of the most important things, is to listen to your body. Rocktape has been an essential part of my rehab and holding me together for these last few years. It gives me great peace of mind to trust something so much that I know I can push myself as hard as I need to, and have the support of the tape to keep me moving as well as I can. Whether it be in the gym using my knee sleeves or on the slopes taped, I feel very lucky to have Rocktape support me in all areas. The next steps...

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