• Chris Batten

The rotator cuff is commonly talked about in regard to injury or strength training.

The cuff is basically four inner layer muscles that rotate and stabilise the upper arm bone in the shoulder socket.

The four muscles consist of the S.I.T.S group. The Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres minor and Subscapularis. The picture below outlines how these muscles connect to the upper arm bone (head of the humerus) working to rotate and support it. Looking at the fingers in the picture, imagine contracting each finger separately and how doing that would move the bone in different directions.

The most commonly injured or torn rotator cuff muscle is the Supraspinatus situated on the top. This is basically because the supraspinatus muscle helps to lift the arm up - a movement we tend to do a lot of.

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  • Chris Batten

Acute back injuries happen, sometimes no injury occurs at all, and sometimes pain can become chronic (lasting more than 3 months).

The basis of why an injury occurs is usually because tissue is overloaded past the point of which the tissue is adapted to. Then basically, something gets strained!

It is probably not the first time it’s been strained.

What you can do to help your back, and regain confidence in it:

• Get a full assessment and understanding of your back pain.

• Address your strength and raise your level of tissue adaptation.

• Increase your physical activity (with guidance) don’t rest.

• Be mindful of your stress levels, sleep, environment, thoughts and mental health.

If you need some guidance with one on one rehabilitation, touch base, I’m here to listen and help you to recovery 😊

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  • Chris Batten

Updated: May 6, 2018

The other day I met with a family friend who mentioned over a cup of tea that he had an ongoing sore hip. I asked if he had been to a Physio? He said yes, 'they sent me home with exercises to do and they didn't seem to help so I gave up'. Although I didn't really want to hear that Physio failed him, I knew it wouldn't be the last time I heard this said. I have learnt from this old fashioned model and it is time to change it.

Education (How and Why)

Often the Physio runs out of time to explain a very important message - why you are doing a particular exercise, why and how your injury occurred, and how the exercise is going to get it better. So you are sent home with exercises that you already forgot how to do when you left the clinic... right?

Adherence (When and Where)

When are you actually going to get time to do these exercises? You get home from a long day at work, hungry, tired, and just want to relax. The last thing you want to do is a tedious exercise that you are unsure of it actually helping. Perhaps you have been attempting the exercise and after a week nothing has changed. The next question is where shall these exercises take place - in front of the TV? These are just some of the reasons why exercise adherence is low.

The time frame to getting better

It's often not explained that it takes approximately 4-6 weeks to start gaining strength and for you to notice that your strength is improving. In the first few weeks your brain needs to neurally adapt and wake up the musculature needing to be rehabilitated.

How is Chris Batten Physio going to change this old fashioned model of home exercises?

I want my patient's to get results and walk away saying that 'Physio really helped me'. The research shows that 2-3 times of Physio-rehab training per week is sufficient. I have started by offering one on one Physio-rehab at home or at your gym.

If you are ready to commit to getting better click here for a full educational assessment followed by a rehabilitation session.

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