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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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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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What are Mismatch Diseases?

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.

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Live longer by Aligning your Jaw

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.

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Fixing the Frozen Shoulder

 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).

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Why do we do what we do?

As Chartered Physiotherapists at Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health, we give a lot to our clients.
 
As far as is clinically indicated we get very involved, we assess thoroughly and treat our clients in a very hands-on, interactive and engaging manner. 
 
We use devices selectively, such as electro-acupuncture and laser therapy, to help speed up pain relief and recovery. These devices are there to compliment a manual therapy and specific exercise-based approach, along with lots of education and information about what our clients can do to help themselves get better quicker.
 
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Why is our Lifespan Decreasing?

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.

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Are physio’s just glorified massage therapists?

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.

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The Problem of Cardio Exercise Burnout

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.

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Don't get Weaker as you get Older

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.

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