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Royal Melbourne Hospital Trial

Royal Melbourne Hospital Trial

Royal Melbourne Hospital emergency department has recently begun trialling FlexEze heat wraps for back pain management.

Latest research demonstrates the use of heat wraps, movement, education, reassurance and simple analgesia can significantly reduce the prescription of strong pain medication in back pain patients presenting to emergency departments.

Health practitioners are aware of the impact back pain has upon their patients, the disability and suffering it causes and the issues surrounding pain management. Low back pain is one of the most common presentations seen by physiotherapists and osteopaths.

Treatment guidelines published by the World Health Organisation, American College of Physicians (ACP) and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) all reflect a shift towards non-pharmacological interventions as a first line treatment in low back pain.

As the evidence-base supporting the use of heat grows, an awareness of guidelines and how to best use non-pharmacological interventions for back pain is important to improve clinical outcomes. Heat is now recommended in multiple guidelines and widely used by physiotherapists and osteopaths, often as an adjunct to manual therapies.

A major advantage of heat wraps is they enable patients to keep moving, a fundamental principle in physiotherapy to promote recovery.

FlexEze heat wraps are now regularly used in major Australian hospitals such as the Royal Prince Alfred, Austin, Cabrini, Concord, Canterbury among many others.

We are committed to contributing to research as partners to the Australian Physiotherapy Association - Physiotherapy Research Foundation and are currently engaged in three clinical research projects.

FlexEze Heat Wraps and Hand Warmers are an APA endorsed product - the natural evidence-based choice for physiotherapists.

For training materials, research literature and information please email peter@flexeze.com.au

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