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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 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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Looking after your CORE

Core stability is a term generally used to describe the activity, strength and function of the deep abdominal, gluteal, lower back and pelvic floor muscles.

A properly functioning core provides support to the joints and assists with control of movement. 

A weak core may allow for too much, possibly poorly controlled movement, leading to injury when doing certain activities or exercises. A weak core may make you prone to developing lower back or pelvic pain, as well as hip and knee pain. 

Your core muscles need exercising regularly. A lack of everyday movement and specific exercises to target the core muscles can lead to a weak core.

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The effects of Medical Acupuncture in the Brain

Once the acupuncture needle penetrates the skin, fascia and muscle, nerve endings are stimulated, sending action potentials (i.e. nerve signals) to the spinal cord, then the midbrain from where they then pass to other areas of the brain.

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How will my Physiotherapist Treat me?

Many of my new clients believe at physiotherapy is synonymous with ‘hands-on’ treatment, usually along the lines of massage or maybe some ‘manipulation’. 

In recent years, with an emphasis shift towards exercise-based treatment, many of my clients now expect to be prescribed exercises as part of their treatment. If the prescription of exercises is viewed positively by my client, I am encouraged that my client will be committed to doing them!

In clinical practice, we have many techniques available, some with more ‘evidence’ of effectiveness and efficacy than others. An experienced physiotherapist will know which techniques to choose and when, depending on the client’s presentation. 

Proper evidence-based practice considers the research, the preferences of the client and the physiotherapist’s experience in applying the techniques.

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Top Health Tips for 2021

What are your health goals for 2021? 

Due to Covid-19, metabolic health, physical and mental fitness has become even more essential to maintain or improve. 

Here are some tips to help get you started:

Regular movement is essential for immune function, pain management and general physical fitness

  • Try to move frequently at a slow pace.
  • Walk for 2-5 hours per week.
  • Get up from sitting and walk for 2-3 minutes every hour, 10 minutes every 2 hours and for 30 minutes at lunchtime.
  • Change your position as often as possible.
  • Some discomfort when moving is not a cause for concern; it will usually ease in time.
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Christmas Hours and New Year Planning

After a very challenging and busy year, your physiotherapists are taking a break from the 21st of December and will be back at 8 am on Monday the 4th of January 2021. 
 
Thank you for your support this year as we navigated some turbulent times. Hopefully, 2021 will be a brighter and more settled year for us all.
 
Our diaries are booking up quickly for the new year. If you are struggling with pain but would prefer to wait until the New Year before booking an appointment, we would recommend that you book your appointment for the New Year before the 18th of December. Please call us on 01 2834303.
 
As we are all taking a break, we will respond to any messages left over the Christmas period on Monday the 4th of January 2021, as soon as we can.
 
We would like to wish you and your family the very best of the season and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
 
In good health,
 
Lorraine & Simon
Practice Principals
 
 
Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay 
 
 
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