According to Professor Daniel Lieberman of Harvard University, mismatch diseases are caused by the discrepancy between our contemporary lifestyles and the original hunter-gatherer purposes for which the human body evolved.
Most of us are used to dentists telling us what to do so that our teeth will look good, and work properly.
But what many dentists don't realise is that a misaligned bite may also trigger your autonomic nervous system to send a fight-or-flight signal to your body, causing a domino effect of inflammation and stress.
To test your jaw alignment, relax your muscles with your mouth open and then slowly bite down. If your molars don't hit evenly just before your front teeth touch, your jaw may be misaligned.
I treat many cases of adhesive capsulitis a.k.a 'frozen shoulder' each year. It is an unpleasant, painful and tricky condition but usually responds very well to my integrated physiotherapy approach.
This stiff and painful frozen shoulder is due to a chronic inflammatory reaction of the sub-synovial tissue that results in capsular (the elastic tissue that holds the top of the arm bone in the shoulder socket) and synovial thickening and often accompanied by rotator cuff tendon inflammation (1). Women over the age of 50 years are more likely to develop this condition (2).
Christmas is upon us, and it is time to eat, drink and be merry!
Here are some tips to ensure you enjoy Christmas and don't come out the other side feeling pretty awful. These are based on expert recommendations, research and personal experience.
Being mindful of these four pillars of health may help you enjoy this time of the year without missing any of the fun and festivities!
For the first time in history, despite advances in medical care, the predicted lifespan of our children is less than ours as adults.
Why? .....poor diet and a lack of exercise according to the experts.
Some of the best evidence we have on what we should be eating, to enjoy a healthy and long life, comes from cookbooks written before the 1950s. The type of food our grandmothers were preparing.
There are millions of pages, derived from these old cookbooks, which describe what was being eaten and how it was prepared, at a time when people were living longer than they are now.
This question came to mind again today when a client of mine pointed out that in her opinion, and many others, physio was the same as massage treatment....at least when seeking private treatment.
This comment got me thinking about public perceptions and expectations when attending a physiotherapist for treatment for a pain condition.
I had to gently explain that we learn more than just massage during our minimum of four years of undergraduate education at university. Furthermore, massage therapy, while useful for some, usually only results in short term pain relief. That said, meeting expectations and respecting patient preferences is all part of best practice.
As many of my clients will know, I am a strong proponent of a ketogenic dietary approach.
Why?... because of very positive personal experiences and sound science to back it up as a very healthy way to eat!
For those who may not be familiar with 'going keto,' it is all about training your body to be less reliant on sugar and starches and instead burning fat and ketones for energy.
Sounds strange, well not really. In ancestral times when food was scarce, and carbohydrates were less abundant, our bodies used this system to keep us fit and healthy.
Not only does keto make weight management very easy, but there are other significant health benefits.
You are doing the high-intensity spinning classes, three to four times a week, you feel pretty good afterwards. Why?...because you have triggered a physically induced stress response, you have taken your body into the red zone, the fight or flight state. Your body releases adrenaline, cortisol, endorphins and insulin which, like some magic mix cocktail, leave you buzzing....like you might after having outrun a sabre-toothed tiger with eyes on you for lunch.
Our Winter Term, starting on the 18th of November, is booking up fast.
I would like to take this opportunity, ahead of the new term, to remind our regular attendees and new clients how to get the most from your PhysioPilates.
Breathing - Something that might seem very simple, but can have a considerable effect on our exercise and movement. The pattern of breathing we use during PhysioPilates helps with the activation of our transversus abdominis (our deep lower tummy muscle) and pelvic floor muscles. By focusing on getting an excellent lateral expansion of our chest during inhalation, we can help reduce and minimise tension from building around the neck and shoulders, which can occur with more shallow breaths.