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Chartered Physiotherapist - MSc, BSc Hons, DipMedAc, MISCP
Simon Coghlan holds a Master of Science Degree in Physiotherapy and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. A post graduate Diploma in Medical Acupuncture entitles him to accredited membership of the British Medical Acupuncture Society. Simon specialises in the...
Chartered Physiotherapist - MSc, BSc Hons, DipMedAc, MISCP
Simon Coghlan holds a Master of Science Degree in Physiotherapy and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. A post graduate Diploma in Medical Acupuncture entitles him to accredited membership of the British Medical Acupuncture Society. Simon specialises in the integration of medical acupuncture techniques with manual therapy and therapeutic exercise for the treatment of musculo-skeletal pain and dysfunction.
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The Seven Principles of the Ageless Athlete

I recently came across an excellent article by physiotherapist David Mott.David has an exciting and varied experience and educational background as a trainer and physiotherapist, having worked in professional football and Formula 1.  

Like me, David has a keen interest in healthy and successful ageing, getting the most out of your body for as long as possible. To find out more about David Mott, please click here.
 
In this article, I will share David's seven principles for the ageless athlete, with a few added comments of my own, which I hope many of you will find helpful and inspiring!
 
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Frozen Shoulder - an Evidence Informed Overview

Adhesive capsulitis aka 'Frozen Shoulder' is a medical condition caused by the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint becoming inflamed, thickened, contracted and painful (Hsu et al., 2011). Frozen shoulder can make everyday activities that require the use of the shoulder painfully limited and cause disturbances in sleep and overall well-being. 

About 2-5% of the population will develop a frozen shoulder, with the condition being more common in those around the age of 50 (Ben-Aire et al., 2020) and those with diabetes (Zreik et al.,2016). Here at the clinic, we treat many clients with frozen shoulder each year. 

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The Benefits of Exercising Together after Covid-19

I know I have written a lot about exercise recently. Given the renewed emphasis on personal health in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, I am being asked more questions than ever by clients about the best ways to exercise.

Whilst exercise benefits our physical health, the benefits of exercise extend far beyond the physical. Due to our evolutionary history as hunters and gatherers, human brains are biologically programmed to experience happiness, meaning, and a sense of belonging from physical activity – primarily if that physical activity occurs to music, in nature, or alongside other people.1 In fact, moving in coordinated synchrony with other people, for example, when dancing, doing Pilates or Yoga, creates a greater sense of connection and wellbeing.

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Why Don't we want to Exercise?

From the point of view of our ancestors and our evolutionary history, exercising is weird.

We are not evolved to exercise, but we did evolve by exercising. Our ancestors had to move regularly, sometimes fast, sometimes slow, often for long periods to hunt and gather food. When not moving to find food to survive, we were programmed to rest and conserve energy.

Given that we can now source food without moving or moving that much, exercise has become less necessary for survival, which is not to say exercise is not necessary for health. The problem is that with food now so easily accessible, our inherent laziness makes it challenging for many of us to find the motivation to exercise.

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Optimising your Desk Ergonomics

Here I have provided some guidelines on optimising your chair, desk, and PC set up at work and at home.

It is worth trying to get this right, or near enough, to help avoid neck and back pain. However, no matter how good your ergonomics, it is still essential to get up from sitting and move about regularly. There is also the option to combine sitting with the use of a standing desk.

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The Painful, Stiff and Clicky Jaw

Covid-19 is having a very negative impact on our collective mental health; in fact, a tidal wave of mental health issues in the wake of multiple and extended lockdowns has been predicted.

At the clinic, we are now treating more patients with pain conditions related to stress, anxiety and depression.
 
 
Amongst these conditions is what is often referred to as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), characterised by very unpleasant pain and sensitivity about the jaw, either on one or both sides. 
 
To learn more about TMD, including an effective treatment approach, please click here to read my entire blog.
 
In good health,
 
Simon Coghlan MSc, BSc, DipMedAc
Chartered Physiotherapist
Practice Principal
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Getting your Body Ready for Golf

All being well, the golf courses will open up again before too long.

Many of my clients are frustrated golfers, itching to get back out on the golf course, especially with the weather improving and longer stretches in the evenings.

When a return to golf is the main aim for having a bout of low back pain treated with physiotherapy, I need to be certain my client's whole body is prepared.

An effective course of treatment for a golfer not only involves settling pain symptoms but also making sure the injured area is ready for the stresses and strains of golf. For most of my golfing clients, these are not stresses and strains their bodies have had to deal with for quite a while, given the length of the current Covid-19 lockdowns.

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Vaccinations, Acupuncture & Shoulder Pain

As we move into Spring, it is great to see so many of our regular clients at the clinic over the last few months. We take this as a huge compliment and recognition of our efforts to provide safe and effective physiotherapy at a time when looking after your physical health has never been more critical.

Covid-19 Vaccinations

We’d like to let our clients know that all practising chartered physiotherapists at Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health have received a Covid-19 vaccine as essential healthcare providers. We would like to thank the Irish Society of Physiotherapists and the HSE for facilitating this process.

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Controlling your Subconscious Mind

By age thirty-five, 95-99% of our thoughts and actions originate from the subconscious mind's habitual programming. We are born partially programmed (nature); the rest of the programming happens from ages 0-6 when we absorb our environmental influences, good and bad, like a sponge (nurture).1

The subconscious mind functions as a combination of memorised behaviours, emotional reactions, beliefs and perceptions, that runs in the background like an app on your computer or smartphone.

Brain scientists report that we think between 12,000-60,000 thoughts per day; 98% of them are identical to yesterday's thoughts, and that 80% of your subconscious thoughts tend to be negative.1 We become aware of some of these thoughts when they reach a conscious level, but most remain hidden from our awareness.

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Metabolic Health & Covid-19 Symptoms

Metabolic health may be broadly defined as how well or poorly your body processes and stores the nutrients (or anti-nutrients) provided by what we eat and drink, our diet, and the impact this has on our bodily functions.

Research shows that those with poor metabolic health are more likely to suffer from more severe symptoms and complications should they become infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus.1,2,3

There is also a growing amount of observational and anecdotal evidence to show that those who are metabolically healthy develop much milder symptoms and recover quicker.

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