At VSRC we regularly prescribe exercises to our patients. Our current process of writing the exercises on a sheet of paper isn’t the best, mainly due to Dan’s poor hand writing and Tracy’s interesting stick figure drawings, so we have decided to move to a software based application to make it easier and more legible.. read more →

During treatment for scoliosis with the Schroth Method and/or Cheneau-Gensingen Bracing, patients may be required to undergo a number of x-rays to assess the magnitude of their curvature. Today X-ray is still the gold standard for identifying and measuring a scoliosis.1 Researchers have calculated that scoliosis patients that have regular exposure to radiation have a.. read more →

The Risser Sign identifies the amount of ossification (the process of cartilage becoming bone) of the human pelvis as a measure of skeletal maturity. The amount of ossification is graded from 0 – 5. The process begins at the front of the pelvis and moves towards the spine. The grades are as follow: Grade 0.. read more →

04 Feb 2016
February 4, 2016

What is a Cobb Angle?

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The Cobb angle is an angular measure of deformity of the spine in the coronal (frontal plane). It is named after American orthopedic surgeon John Robert Cobb, who wanted to find an accurate and consistent measure for the severity of spinal deformities, in particular scoliosis. To measure the Cobb angle you need to: Identify the.. read more →

America’s main medical groups that treat scoliosis have responded to recently released research that confirms that the early and appropriate treatment for scoliosis is effective in halting or minimising the progression of spinal curvature. The joint statement, “Screening for the Early Detection of Idiopathic Scoliosis in Adolescents,” is a collaboration between the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.. read more →

A lot of people own a foam roller, try it once and don’t try it again because it hurts too much. The ones that stick with them swear by them. So why are they good? In short they work just like a massage. They improve circulation, reduce muscle tension and increase joint mobility and flexibility… read more →

07 Dec 2015
December 7, 2015

Finding The Right Pillow

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Finding the right pillow can be really hard work (or a real pain in the neck!), choosing the wrong one can be the difference between a good night’s sleep and a restless night, which can then result in neck pain and tension. With most of us spending at least one third of our day in.. read more →

The short answer is yes, but why? With 70-90% of Australians suffering from lower back pain at some point in their lives[1], combined with evidence that 68% of 40 year olds and 80% of 50 year olds have some level of disc degeneration[2]. Throw all that in with the sedentary nature of our current lifestyles,.. read more →

19 Jun 2015
June 19, 2015

What Is Dry Needling?

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Dry Needling therapy began around the early 1900’s but quickly developed as a useful and safe treatment option for patients suffering from both acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries. Dry Needling is a technique in relieving pain originating from many sources especially local muscle trigger points also known as Myofascial Trigger Points (MTrP’s). Placing an acupuncture.. read more →

There has been a number of buzz words in the health space over the last few years. Not long ago everyone was talking about ‘Sitting is the New Smoking’ and this drove a large uptake of stand up desks into the work place. The last 12 months has seen ‘Text Neck’ take over. So, what.. read more →