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What is the difference between Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy? Part 1 – History

This is a common question, which seems simple, but it does not come with a simple answer.  People working in these fields have their own individual views about what is right with their discipline and what is wrong with the others.  Prospective patients, with no prior knowledge, struggle to see any difference between the three. All of these practitioners are regulated health professionals, required to be government registered in Australia and all are university trained.  They can all practice as primary care health professionals, meaning that members of the public can consult them without any medical referral.   This is where most of the similarities cease and the…


Should I Take Pain Killers To Help With My Back Pain?

A recent study that looked at the effectiveness of paracetemol in helping with back pain has found that it is no more effective than a placebo. The University of Sydney conducted this study. They separated participants into 3 groups, one took paracetemol whenever they felt pain, another took the placebo and another took the paracetemol three times per day. The results showed that there was no difference amongst the three groups. (Williams et al) A group of researchers in Australia looked at the efficacy and safety of paracetemol by reviewing randomized placebo controlled trials. They also found that all of the high quality studies they reviewed paracetemol is…


Anti-inflammatory medication – the drugs don’t work!

A question we get asked all the time is; “Should I keep taking ant-inflammatory medication?”, or “do I need to take these to get well?”. Our answer to both of these questions is NO! Many people have the incorrect belief that inflammation is bad and taking a drug to block this process is good. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injured tissue and it occurs in several phases: The acute phase. Mast cells in collagen tissue are broken during the injury and they release histamine (hence the group of drugs called antihistamines used to control inflammation usually associated with allergies). Histamine acts on the walls of the…

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