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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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Smart Distancing, Smart Shoes & Tension Headaches

I was struck this weekend by the number of people out and about, moving, exercising, benefitting from sunlight and being sensible. The data is clear; after age, it is metabolic health which determines how likely we are to suffer COVID-19 complications. As well as regular movement and exercise, simply cutting well down on sugar and other refined carbohydrates, processed food and vegetable oils can improve your metabolic health in a matter of weeks. 

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Welcome back, Masks & Local Biz

After COVID-19, the next topic on everyone's lips has been the weather. As if by divine intervention, the sunshine is undoubtedly making the restrictions more manageable for most of us. It's good to see everyone now able to get out and soak up some rays.

Did you know? Sun exposure results in the release of nitric oxide, which in turn improves insulin sensitivity. Improved insulin sensitivity has many benefits, including enhanced immune cell function. A short period of unprotected sun exposure, outside peak sun hours, just long enough to obtain a light colour but not burn, is recommended by most experts.

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Essential Post Surgical Rehab & PPE at the Clinic

 Our role as essential healthcare service providers has not changed after the recent announcement by the government regarding the roadmap to re-opening the country.

As chartered physiotherapists working in the private sector, we are deemed primary medical as well as essential therapies according to the government list published on the 28th of March 2020, view here.

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In-Clinic Appointments Now Available 

Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health is open to provide essential 'primary care including paramedical and essential physiotherapy’ in accordance with government regulations as published on the 28th of March.

Our role as essential healthcare providers is further supported by our professional body, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

We are offering physiotherapy treatment for the following:

  • Emergency cases, where pain symptoms are significantly impacting on coping and quality of life.
  • Acute injuries where the pain is significant and mobility are restricted; for example, a low back or knee injury.
  • Exacerbation of pre-existing complex pain conditions due to COVID-19 related stress and anxiety. Examples would include tension headaches, migraines and fibromyalgia.
  • Pre and post-surgical rehabilitation to restore mobility, strength and function, reducing the likelihood of prolonged disability. 
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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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