• Stuart Houston

The possibility of eliminating pain related drugs with Physical therapy.

Updated: Mar 1, 2019



Therapy4u’s raison d’etre is to maximise movement with pain reduction or elimination. We specialise in physical therapy to ensure muscle length is normalised to ensure smooth or an improved range of movement throughout the body.

Fritz et al (Clinical Journal of Pain, vol 44, No 6, 2018, p552-558) say that early intervention such as Physiotherapy is associated with reduced long term opioid use.


A new study led by UC San Francisco scientists shows that neurones (brain cells), react differently to opioid substances created inside the body – the endorphins responsible for the “natural high” that can be produced by exercise, for example – than they do to morphine and heroin, or to purely synthetic opioid drugs, such as fentanyl. The researchers say their findings may help explain why the use of synthetic opioids can lead to addiction.


Since both synthetic opioids and the natural, “endogenous” opioids produced in the brain bind to and activate opioid receptors on the surface of nerve cells, scientists have long assumed that both types of molecules target the same cellular systems. But the new research reveals that these molecules also activate opioid receptors inside cells, and that the locations of these activated intracellular receptors differ between natural and synthetic opioids. https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2018/05/410376/bodys-natural-opioids-affect-brain-cells-much-differently-morphine


From minor to major rehabilitation, each and every treatment should differentiate from the previous one, as the body makes improvement. Priority is to reduce inflammation through NSAIDs or ice, and then introduce strengthening stretches and exercises to ensure that repair takes place as quickly as possible. There is also progression where the client takes responsibility to continue and improve their previous weakness to ensure that re-injury does not occur. Advice is demonstrated and emailed to all clients along with the website address, email address and mobile number.


One of the more common treatments is for neck and shoulder pain mostly due to excessive driving, office work, poor sleep, gym-weights or trauma/accidents. When you turn your head left to right, you should be able to move 90 degrees each way, chin touching chest and face should be parallel with ceiling when you take it back. You would be surprised that people don’t realise that they have a a mobility of head movement problem until it is outlined to them.


From joint mobilisations, muscle/tendon/ligament restoration, gait analysis, posture improvement to exercises, we aim to improve the quality of life to everyone as we all are living longer and have a desire to travel and carry out more activities such as walking, cycling and swimming.


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