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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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Running Injuries due to Wear and Tear

The body of a runner is subject to much wear and tear. The longer and faster the runs, the greater the wear and tear.

Our muscles take most of the wear and tear, which over time, can lead to muscle imbalance, pain and reduced running efficiency.

An example of muscle imbalance would be a weak gluteus medius resulting in overactivity of the gluteus maximus, tensor fasciae latae, and lateral quadriceps.

Muscle imbalance may lead to the development of patellofemoral pain syndrome, and possibly patellar tendinopathy. The overactive muscles themselves may also become painful due to the development of myofascial trigger points.

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Manual Therapy from a Clinicians Perspective

This article is inspired by a recent PhysioEdge podcast interview with Prof. Chad Cooke of Duke University on the topic of manual therapy in clinical practice.

As a physiotherapist with 20 years experience who regularly uses manual therapy as a treatment technique, here are some of my comments and insights on manual therapy from a clinicians perspective.

Manual therapy can be considered a range of hands-on techniques which may include joint mobilisations, manipulations as well as techniques targeting the soft tissues. Mostly, manual therapy is applied to the client, but some manual therapy, such as the very effective mobilisation with movement technique, is performed with the clients' active participation. Clinically I find techniques which combine passive and active techniques most effective, when applied correctly and at the right time, in restoring movement and function to an affected joint or joints.

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Tips for Reducing Right Sided Lower Back Pain

Right-sided low back pain seems to be more common than left-sided low back pain according to a recent clinical audit.

Back pain may develop relatively quickly, perhaps after lifting or moving something and is often due to tissue strain with associated sensitivity and restricted movement.

Knowing what to do, and what not to do can help you recover quicker with a reduced risk of recurrent right-sided low back pain recurring in the future.

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Is running a high risk exercise?

Regular exercise is essential for many reasons, but unless approached in the right way, can be counterproductive and in some cases, harmful.

High-risk sports can put our bodies at risk of injury, which defeats the whole purpose of the exercise. You may not be playing rugby, boxing or mountain biking at high speed, so this may not sound relevant to you.

However, one of the most popular forms of regular exercise is considered a high-risk sport – running. The problem isn't running as such; it's running the wrong way.

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What are Tension Headaches and how they are treated

Regular readers of our blogs and who follow us on Facebook may have worked out that the theme for the latter half of this month is headaches.

Following on from last weeks more general overview of the different types of headaches, this weeks article will focus on the common muscular tension-type headache.

Headaches are very common, the 'scourge of modern society' so they have been described. My perception is that many suffer in silence, perhaps reluctant to admit to suffering from headaches as a sign of vulnerability, or feeling they are something which should just be put up with.

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A Physio's guide to Headaches

There are various types of headaches, each with its own cause and characteristics.

Sometimes more than one type of headache can occur at the same time, which can make an accurate diagnosis difficult.

It is essential that headaches are properly diagnosed. Especially if experiencing a new type of headache, which comes on quickly, may be associated with other symptoms, and is not settling within a reasonable period of time.

More gradual onset headaches, which are less severe and may fluctuate in intensity, could be less serious but still need to be assessed and treated early.

Beware of relying only on painkillers. Research has shown that over time painkillers can become less effective and might even start causing headaches, the so-called ‘re-bound headache’. If in doubt, get it checked out.

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Take a good Bath... in a Forest

The Japanese call the practice of forest bathing shinrin-yoku, which means ‘forest shower’.

Forest bathing, which is becoming another popular method of managing stress in our hectic lives, is all about immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and textures of a woodland ecosystem.

Scientific studies have shown that walking in a very natural environment has additional positive effects on both mental and physical health. It is said to lower blood pressure, boost the immune system and even help ease anxiety, depression and trauma. Forest bathing can also help aid more restful sleep, increase positivity and reduce stress, anger and fatigue. It’s a great way to unplug and unwind and the end of a busy day.

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Sunshine makes us happy...and healthy

Finally, we are seeing a bit more sunshine as this summer slowly reveals itself.

Interestingly, research has shown that moderate unprotected skin exposure, even in very warm sunny climates does not increase the risk of skin cancer and in fact, conveys many health benefits.

Enhanced Vitamin D synthesis is one of them.

Supplements are fine, and perhaps necessary in some cases of more severe vitamin deficiency. However, exposure to natural light and sunshine can result in the natural synthesis of up to 10,000 IU of Vitamin D...far more than a typical supplement provides.

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Fitness should not be a chore! Wise words from Laird Hamilton.

In these days of schedules and routines, where does fitness slot in?

Is it just another task that has to compete with all the others, or something you do because you want to and because you enjoy it?

Having goals is important. For example, we should all be exercising at a moderate intensity for 2-5 hours per week, along with some strength training.However, how, when, and where we achieve these goals does not have to be a rigidly structured weekly process necessarily.

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Feel Better with Breast Cancer - Free Information Evening

Join Chartered Physiotherapist Emily Smyth for a highly informative evening presentation on the specialist role of physiotherapy in the management of breast cancer.

Also, receive Emily’s top tips to feel better when undergoing treatment.

When: Thursday the 4th of July 2019 from 7-8 pm

Where: Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health, 105 Upper Trees Road, Mount Merrion, Co Dublin, A94 RX70

Emily is a certified PINC therapist, who has undergone specialised post-graduate training in the treatment of ladies with breast cancer.

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