June 2015

Rest. Ice. Elevate. Exercise. Repeat.

Sacrificing one snowboarding season and focusing on February for another. Day 4 post operation from a full shoulder reconstruction. Starting to go stir crazy.

I’ve put off this shoulder reconstruction for years. I was never in a position to take a break from work. Let alone wanted to push pause on life. As some of you may know, when I started Red Coral from my grand parent’s bungalow, I was doing all the heavy lifting which meant, I couldn’t afford to take a break from work, let alone afford to pay for help.

We’re in a different position today. I have a team of people that I can rely on and ask for support. And for that, thank you. Thank you to the countless supporters, customers and partners for giving me this chance. This shoulder surgery has also given me time to process thoughts, to relive some memories, driving me to new goals and more than anything, giving me a chance to move forward at full speed.

Living with chronic shoulder pain for so many years has allowed me to understand the pain that some patients live through and I am grateful to be in the position to bring a tool to the market that has the potential to alleviate pain.

Some business ideas have also emerged from this experience to date:

  • I’d love to rent a lazy boy chair to make sleeping more comfortable for the 4 wks
  • I’m in a sling
  • I’d love to strap an ice bag that never melts to my shoulder and not have to ask for a fresh bag of ice every time
  • I’d love an app that senses when MY pain is going to re-emerge so that I can time my pain meds better

…more to come

June Course Announcement from Jane Rooney

Only 10 places remain for the Physio Educators Wet Lab Workshop on Friday 12th of June from 3-7 pm, La Trobe University Anatomy Labs, Bundoora.

This 4-hour workshop will be conducted by expert Anatomist Richard Fernandez. Richard is an Associate Lecturer in the Department Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology at La Trobe University and an accomplished and innovative anatomy professor with 18 years of experience in human cadaveric dissection for research and teaching applications.

This workshop gives practitioners an opportunity to examine and revise upper limb, lower limb, head, neck, thorax and spinal anatomy using cadaveric prosections thereby improving safety for practitioners utilizing dry needling.

Price: $275 GST inc. To register and further information: www.physioeducators.com.au

In the News

Mr. Andrew Gallagher B. APP. SCI. (PHYT.),M.S.C.M. (HON) established the Myofascial Pain Study Centre, to provide advanced training in Myofascial Pain Management methods for health practitioners and is a global thought leader in the advancement of pain management.

Myofacsial pain is a common condition of the musculoskeletal system seen on a daily basis in clinical practice. It’s a feature of many typical sports, workplace and other injuries, its diagnosis is easily made and effective treatment including dry needling is applied with effective results.

However, there is group of chronic pain complaints where myofascial pain is the underlying yet undiagnosed source of their symptoms. These patients experience ongoing pain for month’s even years without any relief. Further, they undergo numerous tests, investigations, and unsuccessful treatments including surgery to no avail.

How is this so?

The answer is quite simple, myofacsial pain can readily mimic many common medical conditions, leading clinicians to form diagnostic decisions based on what they expect to see. The 3 case studies below illustrate the potential complex nature of chronic myofacsial pain and its capacity to confound otherwise competent experieced practitioners. It also demonstrates that once the appropriate referral is made, effective myofacsial treatment including dry needling can achieve a speedy resolution of hither to recalcitrant symptoms.

Over the next few editions, we will be exploring some the more atypical and complex manifestations of myofascial pain. Which, I hope will give the reader a broader as well as deeper understanding of myofacsial pain and the importance of early diagnosis in the prevention of chronic pain.

In the link below, Andrew Gallagher shares 3 case studies whereby the effects of dry needling saw an a 90% reduction of pain symptoms. See Case Studies 1, 2 & 4 – http://www.myopain.com.au/Case-Studies/Case-Studies/Case-Studies.asp