“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

This week is National Pain Week and we want to bring more awareness around what pain is and how to manage it.

All too often we see patients who have pain from a far too sedentary lifestyle or alternatively chronic pain from an illness or injury that has been managed incorrectly. No-one should live in pain and no pain is insignificant enough to not be addressed.

Pain from sedentary lifestyles are often but not always, easy to fix: hopefully by getting some fresh air, sunshine, and getting moving, is often all one needs to fix their aches and pains. If however the pain is more specific and unresolving, we are always here to help, and if we can’t, we will always refer on.

I recently treated a very special patient who has scoliosis and had been suffering for almost 20 years with pain and all the emotions, anxiety and lifestyle changes that came with it. She was contemplating surgery and had almost given up after years of seeing different doctors and allied health professional. One final search brought up the Schroth method and our practice, and so she decided to give it a go. After a few weeks of weekly visits to go through her individually designed Schroth program, she was no longer in constant pain and no longer had to lie down for her daily hour nap in the afternoon. She had found a new lease on life! Exercise became a part of her life again and she started to feel good about herself and her body. And the best part, surgery was put on hold.

So, if you, or someone you know are suffering from acute or chronic pain, take note of these 4 tips:

  1. “No-one should live in pain and no pain is insignificant enough to not be addressed”
  2. Get up and keep moving!
  3. If the pain is unresolved, seek professional help
  4. If the professional help is not working, ensure you are referred on to another specialist who may be able to help
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Larry is a highly skilled physiotherapist who specialises in treating back and neck pain, postural issues and scoliosis. He is certified in Schroth and SEAS methods and through the Egoscue University. Larry has a background in elite gymnastics and springboard diving and also has many years experience in endurance running and triathlons. His specialist knowledge and techniques have seen him appointed as a gymnastics coach and physiotherapist at both the Olympics Games and Special Olympics.

His passion and driving philosophy is about achieving the best outcomes for his patients utilising an amalgam of the latest techniques and theories while recognising there may sometimes be a need for invasive procedures. Where deemed appropriate Larry will then refer to a specialist. To further his holistic understanding and approach, Larry is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Spinal Deformity and regularly attends and speaks at international conferences and courses and clinics.

Fun fact: Larry is learning how to surf - so be careful next time you go to the beach! Qualifications: B.Sc (Physiotherapy); M.Sc. (Exercise Physiology); Advanced Certificates in Schroth (BSPTS) and Egoscue (PAS) and SEAS Larry is Level II certified (advanced) in the conservative treatment of Scoliosis based on the Schroth method. The training was conducted by Dr Manuel Rigo of the Barcelona School at Scoliosis Rehab Inc in Wisconsin. He has completed his SEAS scoliosis treatment training at ISICO in Milan. Larry has also spent time working with Dr Rigo in the Barcelona clinic. Larry also has advanced certificates in shoulder treatment, posture alignment therapy and acupuncture.