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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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Managing Migraine Headache Advice

Migraine headaches are multifactorial with many possible contributing lifestyle factors. These may promote functional disturbances and sensitivity within the brain and central nervous system, which in turn increase the risk of migraines.

The role of physiotherapy including medical acupuncture is to promote central regulatory effects, which in turn increase the central nervous system’s ability to tolerate the various migraine triggers.

When undergoing a course of physiotherapy treatment for migraines, we provide the following lifestyle, diet and exercise advice which may help prevent or reduce the severity of migraines.

Stress management

  • Avoid multitasking, focus on doing one thing at a time with your full attention.
  • Regular rest breaks and pacing i.e breaking up jobs into smaller, manageable tasks.
  • Try to stay in the present, let the past go and don’t think ahead.
  • Find time in your day to do whatever helps you relax for example light exercise, meditation, reading, listening to music etc.
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How to Prepare for a Covid-19 Vaccine

Priming your immune system for the vaccine may significantly improve the likelihood that the vaccine will have the desired effect, helping your body prepare to fight the Sars-CoV-2 virus should you become infected.

Experts agree the vaccine should not be considered a silver bullet. To be effective, vaccines should be used in addition to advice and education regarding diet, exercise and stress management.

Immunity is complex and multi-factorial; vaccines have an essential role to play but should be part of a broader pro-active public health strategy.

Here are some ways you can help prime your immune system, which will not only naturally boost your innate immunity but may also make you more responsive to a Covid-19 vaccine.

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Adding Electrical Dry Needling in the treatment of Knee Pain

Our treatment approach is functional, integrated and patient-centred within a biopsychosocial paradigm. 

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How A Physio keeps Fit and Avoids Injuries

I am often asked, by my clients, about my own physical fitness programme.

My fitness programme has evolved over the years with emerging knowledge and research, is tweaked on a reasonably regular basis, and is very personalised according to what works for me. My goals are to remain fit and functional and exercise well with strength and mobility, emphasising avoiding injury and protecting my joints.

The guiding principles are regularity, variety, frequency and adequate rest and recovery.

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Maintaining Flexibility with Age

Looking after your flexibility as you get older is essential. 

Functional flexibility is the ability to move your joints through full range to perform everyday tasks. For example, being able to reach the shoulder fully upwards to change a lightbulb, turning the head fully to both sides while driving and bending the back along with the hips and knees to pick up something from the floor.

Maintaining flexibility is also important to be able to play sport and reduce the risk of injury. Age-related changes in the make-up of the connective tissues, which hold our body parts together, may contribute to the loss of flexibility that affects the risk of injury and reduces sports performance.1 For example, good hip movement is necessary to allow for longevity when playing football, tennis, and golf. 

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What sort of problems have we been treating?

It has been a very busy few months for us at the clinic, with many patients seeking help for different types of problems.

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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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