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.
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.
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).
For the first time in history, despite advances in medical care, the predicted lifespan of our children is less than ours as adults.
Why? .....poor diet and a lack of exercise according to the experts.
Some of the best evidence we have on what we should be eating, to enjoy a healthy and long life, comes from cookbooks written before the 1950s. The type of food our grandmothers were preparing.
There are millions of pages, derived from these old cookbooks, which describe what was being eaten and how it was prepared, at a time when people were living longer than they are now.
This question came to mind again today when a client of mine pointed out that in her opinion, and many others, physio was the same as massage treatment....at least when seeking private treatment.
This comment got me thinking about public perceptions and expectations when attending a physiotherapist for treatment for a pain condition.
I had to gently explain that we learn more than just massage during our minimum of four years of undergraduate education at university. Furthermore, massage therapy, while useful for some, usually only results in short term pain relief. That said, meeting expectations and respecting patient preferences is all part of best practice.
You are doing the high-intensity spinning classes, three to four times a week, you feel pretty good afterwards. Why?...because you have triggered a physically induced stress response, you have taken your body into the red zone, the fight or flight state. Your body releases adrenaline, cortisol, endorphins and insulin which, like some magic mix cocktail, leave you buzzing....like you might after having outrun a sabre-toothed tiger with eyes on you for lunch.
We start to lose muscle mass from the age of 30. This phenomenon occurs more rapidly in those who are sedentary and sit long periods each day.
As we age, we also become more susceptible to muscle imbalance, where some muscles tighten, and others weaken to create increased joint stress and injury. Muscle imbalance is a big issue for golfers, for example.
As we age, muscle recovery also takes longer after a bout of exercise or physical strain. While recovering, the muscles are in a weakened state and prone to injury.
It is essential to make every effort to maintain and even improve muscle function as we age through correctly prescribed exercise, diet, advice and treatment if required.
Those who train too hard, too often are weakening due to overload of the nervous and immune systems. Furthermore, inadequate periods of recovery leading to ‘weakness windows’ during which they inevitably continue to train. The result is pain, reduced muscle fibre recruitment and an inability to perform basic tests of functional strength, such as the grip and jump tests. So we have active, seemingly fit people, perhaps with large muscles but who lack fundamental strength.
We live in an age of immediate gratification, usually at the touch of a button. It has to be quick, effective and more often than not, the cheaper the better.
News flash! The human body does not work that way. We cannot download a software update to remove all bugs and fix the problems.
The human body takes time to heal, there is usually no quick fix, no app to provide a cure. In fact, given how we are abusing our bodies with poor diets, too much or too little or too much exercise, and stress, it is now taking even longer for bodies to heal.