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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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Why are 'healthy' people succumbing to COVID-19?

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].

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Reducing Inactivity is more critical than being Active

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!

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COVID-19 Recovery Phase Acupuncture

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.

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Grip Strength as a Measure of Health

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.

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Sugar is as Harmful as Cigarettes for our Children

Okay, I am probably going to get into some trouble here, but here I go anyway, with the best of intentions!

I am writing this article not to lecture, judge or point fingers but out of concern, to try and help raise awareness about the dangers of sugar for our children.

Why the jellies, buns, cookies, cakes and chocolates, why all the treats? Why does a 'treat' have to mean sugar?

'Oh, but they are kids' I hear you say, it would be cruel to deny them treats.' We all had a few treats when we were young'.

Yes, we did, myself included, and I ended up struggling with childhood obesity from which I thankfully, eventually managed to recover. However, many parents have not been as fortunate. They are living with metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other diseases, mostly and in some cases entirely related to sugar.

Is this what we want for our children?

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Being Fit is not Healthy?

So you are doing loads of CrossFit, Spinning, Les Mills or other longer duration, high-intensity exercise classes each week. Perhaps you are a long-distance runner or triathlete. You push hard to achieve your goals, to stay in shape. You are fit, but are you healthy?

Fitness vs health is a topic which is being debated by many, not only health experts but medical as well. There have been numerous, prominent articles and discussions about the real meaning of being healthy, about how so many well-intentioned people are getting it very wrong, and making themselves very sick in the process. Some are even dying. Check out Dr James O'Keefes' Ted Talks and Google articles like 'One Foot in the Grave' and 'Running on Empty'.

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What are Mismatch Diseases?

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.

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Live longer by Aligning your Jaw

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.

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Fixing the Frozen Shoulder

 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).

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Why do we do what we do?

As Chartered Physiotherapists at Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health, we give a lot to our clients.
 
As far as is clinically indicated we get very involved, we assess thoroughly and treat our clients in a very hands-on, interactive and engaging manner. 
 
We use devices selectively, such as electro-acupuncture and laser therapy, to help speed up pain relief and recovery. These devices are there to compliment a manual therapy and specific exercise-based approach, along with lots of education and information about what our clients can do to help themselves get better quicker.
 
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