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Identifying different sensory profiles among people with low back pain

Have you  noticed that for some patients back pain is localised and their symptoms are clearly reproducible and relieved based on how they sit, stand and move? Yet for others […]


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“Don’t bend your back whilst lifting”- is this the best advice?

Laura Holder works as a vocational physiotherapist for Active Plus in Auckland, New Zealand, where she is involved in manual handling training and providing rehabilitation programmes to assist clients in […]


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Manual handling training does not guarantee safe lifting or less pain

Dr. Leonard O’Sullivan (PhD, MTech, BTech) is a Senior Lecturer in Ergonomics and Human Factors in the Department of Design and Manufacturing Technology at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He […]


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A clash of beliefs: why our western approach to pain didn’t work in a rural Zulu community

Low back pain (LBP) is a major health disorder that has been researched thoroughly in the western world context, but poorly in the context of the developing world.  Western attitudes […]


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People with back pain are often unclear about prognosis and how active they should be

This paper describes a survey of New Zealanders’ beliefs about back pain conducted by Ben Darlow and colleagues at the University of Otago. One thousand people were posted a newly […]