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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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Exercising can be stressful!

This blog was inspired by the legendary social commentator and marketing guru Seth Godin who introduced me to the term cognitive load.

Cognitive load simply refers to how much thinking we have to do to reach a decision. When it comes to exercise this may include thoughts such as when? will I have time? how much? what type? with whom? what will I wear? when should I eat? etc..

The process involved in reaching a decision about exercising can sometimes be quite stressful. How do we know if we have made the right decision? Fretting about exercising can negate many of the potential benefits.

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Why 'Drop In' Pilates does not work

The Pilates classes we offer are termed  PhysioPilates in an effort to distinguish the classes as medical exercise and rehabilitation classes, designed and delivered for those who may be managing pain such low back and neck pain for example.

Our small classes are delivered as pre booked courses or 'terms' by degree qualified chartered physiotherapists who have undergone specific post graduate education in the Pilates exercise method which has then been adapted for use within our clinic to cater for the specific needs of our clients. It is because we run these types of classes that our clients are able to submit their class fees as a tax deductible medical expenses.

Our classes are therefore distinct from an every day 'keep fit' type class which is often offered on a drop in, pay as you go basis.

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How I like to warm up safely and effectively

A good warm up before exercise or a sporting event may help reduce the risk of injury and improve performance.

Here is my preferred method when preparing for a run.

1. Get a good nights sleep, essential to get me ready for exercising the next day.

2. I don’t eat breakfast most days, preferring to fast until about lunchtime. Exercising on an empty stomach helps improve blood sugar levels, insulin sensitivity and fat metabolism. So the best time for me to exercise is in the morning.

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Our Name has Changed!

IMG 0472We are now Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health

Our new name reflects the evolution of our clinic as one that offers expert chartered physiotherapy as our main service, as well as a range of related health services.

Our aim is to consider health more broadly, doing all we can to help prevent illness, injury , pain and disease by helping our clients take a proactive approach.

Did you know, we also offer:

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The Hardest Part of my Job

download 3....Is managing client expectations, most definitely.

Most of my clients of course want and expect a quick fix, one maybe two treatment sessions.

This may be possible when treating an injury or pain complaint which is fairly fresh, perhaps having been causing physical problems for up to a week or two. If we are able to start treatment early, give the correct advice, the correct exercises as well as using other techniques which help pain relief, healing and repair, a quick resolution is normally possible.

But....

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New to Ireland - PINC & STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation

Introducing Senior Chartered Physiotherapist Emily Smyth who has recently started working with us at Mount Merrion Chartered Physiotherapy.

Our services include Physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates, Pre and Postnatal Care, long term Injury Rehabilitation and now the PINC (for women) and STEEL (for men) Cancer Rehabilitation Programs offered by Emily who has undergone specialised training. 

PINC & STEEL was developed by the Cancer Rehabilitation Trust of Australia and has been the pioneering force behind the cancer rehabilitation movement in New Zealand and Australia since 2005.

It is aimed at women and men at any stage of their cancer treatment. We focus on ensuring patients can be active throughout their treatment by addressing any musculoskeletal problems which may be limiting their ability to exercise and by educating them on the importance of maintaining activity levels. Staying active during cancer treatment has been shown to help alleviate or prevent physical impairments, reduces pain, fatigue, depression, sleep disturbances and other symptoms commonly reported during cancer treatment.

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About Red Wine, Headaches and Sleep

I love a glass of red wine, for various reasons including, when drunk in moderation, it’s health benefits.

But these health benefits, largely due to the polyphenols (antioxidants which scavenge harmful free radicals) found in the grape skins, can be strongly negated by all the other junk that is found in many wines.

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Concern over Teenage Injuries

I’ve noticed a worrying trend over the last few years.

My teenage clients are generally much stiffer, mainly about their middle backs, hips and ankles compared my 60-75 year old clients. This is usually in some way related to the injury which has caused them enough pain to need to come and see me.

Why could this be?

Most of my older clients come to me for treatment because they have always been active and wish to remain so as they advance in years. They moved more when they were younger and their lifestyles tended to be less sedentary, particularly as children.

By contrast my younger clients of today sit much more, this has been shown in many studies. Between long hours at school, homework and recreational use of devices, today's teenagers are generally much more sedentary which leads to joint stiffness and other health issues.

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New year fitness and weight loss

runningIt’s the new year, the gyms are full as the fitness industry enjoys its busiest time of the year.

Of course there are many benefits to exercising more which is often up there on the New Years resolutions list. Many are also trying to drop those few extra Christmas pounds.

My advice would be to start slow, give your joints and tendons time to adapt to the extra load that exercise will place on them. Increase your times, distances, speeds or weights gradually and allow at least a day or two between sessions to recover.

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Eat slowly this Christmas and try Intermittent Fasting?

imagesAs the festive season kicks in, no doubt most of us will end up eating and drinking a bit more than usual.

Some good advice I try to follow is don't eat and run, but carve out enough time in your day to sit down and savour your meal one bite at a time.

Enjoy eating with family or friends, or eating alone with some relaxing music maybe? Eat your food slowly and chew each bite completely to facilitate proper digestion.

Slowing down your eating connects you with the global "slow food" movement, which promotes growing your own, buying locally, preparing meals from scratch, eating in a relaxed, celebratory environment, and generally deepening your appreciation of the entire experience of eating, instead of just slamming your taste buds with the instant gratification of sweet or greasy processed foods.

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