If you have booked a face to face, in-clinic appointment, please read the following important COVID-19 infection control information.
Face to face, in-clinic appointments are available weekdays for those who have not been diagnosed with COVID-19, are not awaiting a test, do not have symptoms and who are not self-isolating. If you are considered high or very high risk, we recommend that you consult with your GP before attending for physiotherapy.
Please note: Clients are advised if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are awaiting a test, have a fever, cough or any cold or flu-like symptoms or are self-isolating they should please book a remote/online appointment via Mount Merrion Connect, click here.
In accordance with COVID-19 infection control and avoidance measures, we are implementing social distancing methods and strict sanitising within the clinic.
I was struck this weekend by the number of people out and about, moving, exercising, benefitting from sunlight and being sensible. The data is clear; after age, it is metabolic health which determines how likely we are to suffer COVID-19 complications. As well as regular movement and exercise, simply cutting well down on sugar and other refined carbohydrates, processed food and vegetable oils can improve your metabolic health in a matter of weeks.
After COVID-19, the next topic on everyone's lips has been the weather. As if by divine intervention, the sunshine is undoubtedly making the restrictions more manageable for most of us. It's good to see everyone now able to get out and soak up some rays.
Did you know? Sun exposure results in the release of nitric oxide, which in turn improves insulin sensitivity. Improved insulin sensitivity has many benefits, including enhanced immune cell function. A short period of unprotected sun exposure, outside peak sun hours, just long enough to obtain a light colour but not burn, is recommended by most experts.
Our role as essential healthcare service providers has not changed after the recent announcement by the government regarding the roadmap to re-opening the country.
As chartered physiotherapists working in the private sector, we are deemed primary medical as well as essential therapies according to the government list published on the 28th of March 2020, view here.
Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health is open to provide essential 'primary care including paramedical and essential physiotherapy’ in accordance with government regulations as published on the 28th of March.
Our role as essential healthcare providers is further supported by our professional body, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
We are offering physiotherapy treatment for the following:
- Emergency cases, where pain symptoms are significantly impacting on coping and quality of life.
- Acute injuries where the pain is significant and mobility are restricted; for example, a low back or knee injury.
- Exacerbation of pre-existing complex pain conditions due to COVID-19 related stress and anxiety. Examples would include tension headaches, migraines and fibromyalgia.
- Pre and post-surgical rehabilitation to restore mobility, strength and function, reducing the likelihood of prolonged disability.
If you become infected with COVID-19, you have a better chance of recovery, without developing severe complications, by improving your metabolic health [1,2]. We already know that those with underlying conditions such as type 2 diabetes are more likely to experience difficulties [3,4,5].
Chronic Inactivity is a significant risk in the modern world, as a lot of people have jobs that require them to sit at a desk all day. This only adds to our other inactive hours that we have while sleeping or watching TV.
Reducing chronic Inactivity is even more critical than doing short exercise sessions. A 240,000-person study by the National Institutes of Health in the US found that adults who spend the most time seated have a 50 per cent higher mortality rate; even exercising for seven hours a week wasn't enough to reduce this!
I am writing this after reading about medical acupuncture in the treatment of COVID-19 in a very interesting blog by Dr Mike Cummings, Medical Director at the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
Mike reminded me that the influence of acupuncture is in many cases, homeostatic. In other words, acupuncture can help normalise our body's internal physiological milieu which, depending on how far from 'normal' the body was operating, can have quite profound effects. These homeostatic effects can influence pain, sleep, mood, cognitive function and behaviours, usually very positively.
Measuring your grip strength is an excellent test of not just strength but overall health and wellbeing.
A simple grip strength test can help monitor athletic performance, ageing, full-body strength, muscle mass, body fat and even nutritional status.
In newborns, the natural grip reflex soon subsides, but grip strength continues to increase for the next two to three decades. After which grip strength starts to decrease, how rapidly this occurs is a good indicator of overall health and fitness.