New module released – Intermediate exercises for the scapula

We incorporate functional exercises into many of our exercise prescriptions due to our growing understanding of the associated neuroplastic changes that can occur in the cortex. Kleim et al. explain: “motor learning-dependent changes in movement representations have been demonstrated in human, monkey and rodent motor cortex. The reorganisation is characterised by both an areal expansion and an increase in the number of representations corresponding to trained movements. The changes are also learning specific.”

Kleim J a, Hogg TM, VandenBerg PM, Cooper NR, Bruneau R, Remple M. Cortical synaptogenesis and motor map reorganization occur during late, but not early, phase of motor skill learning. J Neurosci. 2004;24(3):628-633.

Find out more in our new module – Intermediate exercises for the scapula

Lateral epicondylalgia – it’s not all about eccentric exercise

While eccentric exercise is certainly the most investigated approach to this condition there are other options to consider, especially when it comes to pain relief. As Martinez-Silvestrini et al. explain: “… Lateral [epicondylalgia] is often related to forceful grip activities requiring isometric contraction of the wrist flexors and extensors.”1 Isometric contractions have been shown to induce short-term analgesia in patella tendinopathy – so applying this to the elbow may be just as valuable. And that’s not the only pain-relieving exercise available.

Want to find out more?
 Become an EFE Registered Provider and download the new exercise prescriptions and practitioner notes:

-Exercises for lateral epicondylalgia

-Exercises for lateral epicondylalgia (progressive series)

1. Martinez-Silvestrini JA, Newcomer KL, Gay RE, Schaefer MP, Kortebein P, Arendt KW. Chronic lateral epicondylitis: Comparative effectiveness of a home exercise program including stretching alone versus stretching supplemented with eccentric or concentric strengthening. J Hand Ther. 2005;18(4):411-420. doi:10.1197/j.jht.2005.07.007.

PDP’s now available for Myotherapy Association Australia

Online PDP modules are now available for Myotherapy Association Australia. See our approved PDP’s here!


Plantar fasciitis – inflammatory or degenerative condition?

McMillan et al.88 report: “The histological features of plantar fasciitis are poorly understood, although studies report a predominance of degenerative changes at the plantar fascia enthesis … The presence of biochemical markers of inflammation such as cytokines and prostaglandins have not been well investigated, although, several studies report non-specific evidence of local inflammatory change.”

Interestingly, specific, direct evidence of inflammation has rarely been detected histologically in chronic plantar fasciitis.89 Lemont et al. argue it is a degenerative condition without inflammation.20 While many researchers and clinicians allude to the presence of inflammation they do not provide definitive histological evidence.

Lemont et al. point out that “when photomicrographs are provided, they are often mislabelled as showing inflammation … they provided only photomicrographs of dense fibrous tissue.” Grasel et al.’s study using magnetic resonance imaging indicated the changes were non-inflammatory due to the low prevalence of signal intensity within the fascia and what they did find was likely oedema due to fascial tears and occult marrow abnormalities.90

20. Lemont H, Ammirati KM, Usen N. Plantar fasciitis: A degenerative process (Fasciosis) without inflammation. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2003;93(1-6):234-237.

88. McMillan AM, Landorf KB, Gilheany MF, Bird AR, Morrow AD, Menz HB. Ultrasound guided corticosteroid injection
for plantar fasciitis: randomised controlled trial. BMJ. 2012;344(21):e3260.

89. Wearing SC, Smeathers JE, Urry SR, Hennig EM, Hills AP. The pathomechanics of plantar fasciitis. Sport Med. 2006;36(7):585-611.

90. Grasel RP, Schweitzer ME, Kovalovich AM, et al. Original report. MR imaging of plantar fasciitis: Edema, tears, and occult marrow abnormalities correlated with outcome. Am J Roentgenol. 1999;173(3):699-701.

A new Plantar Fasciitis exercise prescription and practitioner notes have been added to the Evidence for Exercise Registered Provider package.

CEU’s now available for Athletics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Online CEU modules are now available for fitness professionals in the USA!

Athletics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) CEU Accredited
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) CEU Accredited

See our approved online CEU modules here.

CE modules now available for Chiropractors in New York State, Georgia and Pennsylvania

Online CE modules are now available for Chiropractors in New York State, Georgia and Pennsylvania!

New York State Board of Chiropractic Accredited
Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners Accredited
Pennsylvania State Board of Chiropractic Accredited

See our approved online Chiropractic Continuing Education here.

Season’s Greetings!

From all of us here at Evidence for Exercise…we give you permission NOT to exercise on Christmas day!

And we wish you a safe and happy Christmas and a wonderful start to the New Year…when we expect you to get straight back into it 🙂

New exercise prescriptions released – Prevention of falls (Otago) & Nordic Walking

New exercise prescriptions and practitioner notes have been added to the Evidence for Exercise Registered Provider package in November;

• Beginner exercises for the prevention of falls (Otago Exercise Programme)

• Intermediate exercises for the prevention of falls (Otago Exercise Programme)

• Beginner Nordic Walking – with special thanks to Nordic Academy

There are now over 470 pages of exercise prescriptions and practitioner notes available in the Registered Provider package!

Our name is changing to ‘Evidence for Exercise’


Over time, we began to realise the name ‘Neurogym’ doesn’t adequately reflect our strong evidence-based approach to exercise prescription or the collaborative nature of our organisation.

To illustrate this, here are some examples of comments and questions we’ve received about the name ‘Neurogym’ over the last 12 months;

‘will this make my brain grow bigger?’

‘that evidence-based exercise program’

‘will you teach me how to conquer my inner fears?’  (nope, wrong Neurogym)

‘is that like sudoku?’

and our favourite…
‘neuro thingy’  (what the??)

There are also a number of other companies now trading as ‘Neurogym’ in various countries, which leads to confusion such as people not registered with us trying to login to our website by mistake.

And so, we welcome you to…

Evidence for Exercise!

Over coming weeks, you’ll notice the name and logo changing throughout our website and programs. It’s kind of like changing your address in a thousand different places, so it will take a bit of time.

To our clients, there is no action required – your access, benefits and CE modules are unchanged.

Another change to note is that Members will now be known as Registered Providers.

Please continue to access, and in coming weeks we’ll let you know when we’ll be moving to the new website.

Importantly, we’re still the same organisation committed to providing quality evidence-based exercise prescriptions and continuing education to health and fitness professionals.

With kindest regards,

The team at Evidence for Exercise!


Win a Fitbit FLEX!

Congratulations to Dr. Nathan C, Chiropractor from Oregon, USA!

By completing our New Research Feedback form, Nathan is the latest winner of a Fitbit FLEX.

For your chance to win, fill out our New Research Feedback form here. Easy peasy!

And obviously it really helps us to hear your thoughts about what we should research next…we’d love to hear from you.