It's hard not to recognise the global media focus on the significant health risks associated with inactivity. Two things are rising - (1) health costs and (2) news and awareness campaigns promoting exercise. Why? Because activity rates are falling - we're moving less everyday. Take a look at these interesting statistics...
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The fact acupuncture is an effective treatment for headaches and migraines is not news for us. We have been effectively applying medical acupuncture techniques alongside our Physiotherapy practise for many years, with excellent results.
I am currently managing a lady in her mid forties, a real achiever and very driven in the workplace who suffers from chronic muscular tension type headaches for many years.
The Body Mass Index is a handy little formula taking into account your height and weight in order to rank you for determining obesity. It's not perfect because if you're an athlete carrying extra muscle mass then you may find yourself in the obesity range but in fact you're just heavier because of all that extra muscle....
An infographic may not be the best reference style for medical advice but it's catchy with lots of fun pictures and really gets the message across.
Do you realise what poor posture looks like in different positions and are you consciously aware of how you hold your body at different times of the day?
A Physiotherapist could have read all the books, know the research inside out and believe they are practicing evidence based medicine. But, they may not be very good at actually resolving their client’s complicated condition. Here's why;
Dr Mike did it again - another wonderfully engaging short (6min) illustrated video about how and why we might succeed with our New Year resolutions and what they are likely to be.
It is estimated that half of us will make some form of New Year resolution - but, will we succeed with it in the long run? Dr Mike admits to having a different perspective on what it takes to be successful and relates the power of reflection to Janus (of whom January was named after) the two-faced Roman God of beginnings and transitions who looks both into the past and the future.
There is hardly an occasion when you could pinpoint a single best thing for a particular cause. But when it comes to human health there does seem to be one thing that everyone seems to agree on. Dr Mike, whose interest and messages in preventative medicine we really like, presents a highly engaging and powerful short video called 23 and 1/2 hours claiming with research to support what the single best thing for our health is.
Watch it now.
I recently treated a 17 year old rugby player who suffered a rare sporting injury following a tackle - a fracture of the end of the collar bone which sits nearest the breast bone. A colleague of mine made the initial assessment and made a good judgment call that further help was needed.
As the cold winter sets in some of you may find that those knees have become a little bit achy. The term arthritis is often mentioned when such aches and pains begin to surface over time. This is a condition that we treat regularly here at Mount Merrion Physiotherapy. Let’s look at a bit more detail into the meaning of the term 'osteoarthritis'.
Shoe insoles / foot orthotics have the power to positively transform your postural alignment - or ruin it.
If you are suffering any form of foot or ankle pain and if the thought of a shoe insole has crossed your mind, then please consider these few key points before taking any action.
If you are a runner yourself or involved in almost any type of training regime, it would be hard not to have noticed a lot of talk in the industry about barefoot running. The sudden craze of ditching the shoes might not make a whole lot of sense if you, like many, see the need and benefit for a good supporting training shoe. So, barefoot running - madness? or, a strategic plan for better training?
From Novak Djokovic to Mario Balotelli the use of multi-coloured tape in the professional sports field had become increasingly popular. This leads to the question is this just a new fad or an effective evidence based treatment technique that can also be used with the amateur sports person.
You are suffering pain, weakness and stiffness in a shoulder and are then told by your Physiotherapist to perform special, regular shoulder movements. Moving a painful body part many times a day may not seem logical but let's take a look why this can be a good approach.
Groundbreaking Study Reveals That Acupuncture Is Superior For Chronic Pain
“Acupuncture (needling in the right place) is superior to both sham (so called ‘placebo’ or needling in the wrong way or wrong place) acupuncture and standard care (usual medical care) for the treatment of different types of chronic pain. This suggests that the effects of acupuncture are more than just placebo effect.”
Manual therapy is a term used to describe most techniques Chartered Physiotherapist do with their hands. There are techniques which are taught to us 'Physio’s' at University which take a lot of practice to perform correctly and effectively.
Back Pain - Are You One Of The 33%?
Many of our clients arrive at the clinic struggling with some form of back pain. Some come to us after trying various treatments with little relief.
Here I'd like share some more recent advances in the knowledge about the assessment and treatment of persistent low back pain.
Welcome to Paula Morgan
We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Paula who has recently joined our team. Paula's excellent academic background and diverse clinical experience enhances our clinic's position to offer the highest standard in Physiotherapy care.
Pain relief for common running injuries begins with a little knowledge.
Runners often suffer niggling injuries over time. Many are not debilitating and with some determination won't prevent you from skipping your after work jog. However, if you can identify more accurately what the issue may be you are in a better position to self treat it so it doesn't get worse.
Acupuncture is continuing to gain widespread interest from the general public and is becoming an ever increasingly popular form of treatment. If you're not familiar with the 'Medical Acupuncture' approach you can read a bit more about it here - What is Acupuncture
Just when you thought the Olympic excitement was all over - the next round begins.
29 August up until 9 September 2012, and it promises to be another global highlight.
The Games will see an incredible 4,200 athletes from 150 countries - the greatest ever number of competing elite Paralympic athletes.
The Study intends to compare two different health approaches for ageing adults.
One approach will be exercise + nutrition based and the other only nutritional (without exercise classes).
All participants will undergo medical screening and receive high quality health assessments such as:
Well done to Katie Taylor for punching gold despite the weight of a nations expectation on her shoulders.
We hope all the Irish athletes are holding their heads up high after their incredible achievements; the years of dedication and effort in preparation, qualifying for an Olympic Games and competing against the worlds best athletes. We hope you inspire future generations to aim as high as you did. Well done Team Ireland.
Earlier this month I was privileged to be able to attend a Masterclass in dry needling (a medical acupuncture technique) by Dr Robert Gerwin at the Royal London Hospital for integrated medicine, in London, UK.
Dr Gerwin is a world renowned expert in treating myofascial pain (muscle pain and trigger points) using needling techniques. He is a neurologist and fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and practices in Washington DC.
Earlier this month I attended an update course on what is referred to as the ‘Mulligan concept’ taught by experienced physiotherapist and educator Jean Madden MMACP.
This is a hands on, manual therapy approach devised by well-respected kiwi, Brian Mulligan. It focusses treatment of pain and is also concerned with restoring movement and function.
How many of us stop to consider the position of our head on our shoulders?
Optimal posture is worth aspiring to; it enhances everybody's shape and size. Whereas a less ideal posture may lead to a reduction in neck mobility along with stiffness, pain and possibly headaches.
Your choice could make the pain better or worse.
Ever heard of the P.R.I.C.E acronym?
How about H.A.R.M?
Commit these 2 simple words to your memory and you'll be effectively self-managing the initial stages of an acute muscle injury.