Research update at Clifton Hill Physiotherapy

Exciting research update at Clifton Hill Physiotherapy, and your chance to help make a difference…Stroke

Many of you may already know that many of the physiotherapists from Clifton Hill Physiotherapy and Clifton Hill Pilates and Rehabilitation are involved in ongoing clinical research, in an effort to improve clinical services and health practises for everyone.

Traditionally, treatment for chronic pain has been associated with poor results. Recently, with a huge increase in scientific knowledge about chronic pain, things have started to change, with a big shift in services provided and increasing success of targeted treatment interventions.  However for people who experience stroke, the knowledge base surrounding chronic pain still has a long way to go.

Chronic pain persists in 40 to 60% of all people who experience stroke. 

Brendon Haslam, one of our physios with an interest in chronic pain and neurological conditions, has been researching chronic pain following stroke. His research is looking to identify what contributes to people with stroke developing chronic pain, and he is involved in numerous studies in the area.

Your chance to help people who have had a stroke…

One of these studies is an online survey, looking to have as many people as possible participate. (EVEN IF YOU HAVEN’T HAD A STROKE). Any adult over 18 can join in. It involves answering a few questionnaires online and looking at your ability to recognise various pictures of hands and shoulders. Sounds simple doesn’t it, so why not give it a go? You can go straight to the survey by clicking on this link here

To get all the important information needed, it does take a little while, so if you have a spare 15 minutes (now or later), grab yourself a coffee and see what all the fuss is about. As well as having an interesting time in doing the recognition tasks (and we promise you will), you’ll also be doing your bit to help a group of people who are really doing it tough.

We’ve already had nearly 700 people (without stroke) participate, but we need over 1000!

Early results from the study so far have already been presented at a Stroke Conference in Canberra last year (Smart Strokes) and Brendon is due to present at next weeks’ Stroke Society of Australasia Conference in Queenstown, New Zealand. To show that this study is having a global impact, further findings are being presented at the American Society of Neuro Rehabilitation’s Conference in Baltimore in November. The National Stroke Foundation of Australia also recently invited Brendon to be a panel member in their podcast series on “Pain after stroke”, you can listen to that here  (it’s racing up the iTunes charts).

Thanks for reading this, and we hope you all take up the opportunity to participate!

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact Brendon directly at