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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 […]


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My pelvis is hypermobile and goes out of place – really?

The research (e.g. here and here) and clinical practice of Dr. Britt Stuge (Physiotherapist) has helped her develop a reputation as one of the leading international clinical researchers in the management of […]