Our research aims to improve the quality of life for those suffering from chronic pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction.
Our primary focus is on spinal biomechanical abnormalities and chronic pain, joint degeneration and the resulting loss of motor control.
This research aims to reduce the effects of chronic pain, particularly low back pain and neck pain, which are major causes of disability, for many sufferers, lead to depression and mood disorders.
Our major projects explore:
- The relationship between excessive spinal joint loading, as occurs with abnormal posture, and osteoarthritis
- Chronic neck pain and postural unsteadiness in the elderly.
Our research activities include:
- Clinical trials and systematic reviews of interventions that aim to reduce pain.
- Psychophysical measurements of chronic pain in age-related diseases.
- Excessive joint loading and osteoarthritis of the hip and lumbar spine.
- Acupuncture and manipulative therapies for treating headache and musculoskeletal pain, including fibromyalgia.