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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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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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Eat better, feel better and look better too!

You might be trying to manage your weight or simply enjoy your food more, you can avoid overeating by asking yourself, "Am I really hungry for another bite, or have I had enough?"

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Avoid a diet which promotes inflammation

What you eat can promote inflammation and have other negative effects on our health.

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Could pain make us happier?

According to Brock Bastian, psychologist and author of the other side of happiness, endless happiness is actually quite a banal and horrible idea. He argues we need painful, negative experiences to be able to fully understand and appreciate what happiness really is. We need to accept these negatives rather than try to medicate or eradicate them all.

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Please take getting good sleep seriously, here's why..

You were up to feed the baby and then could not get back to sleep as a troubling thought came to mind which you could not shake. One thought leads to another and before long your mind is racing, an hour later and you are still wide awake! The alarm goes off, you’re not sure if it’s waking you up or if you were ever really asleep.

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My first week at Mount Merrion Chartered Physiotherapy

hannahLast week we welcomed Hannah Moran MISCP to our team of Chartered Physiotherapists.

Here is some news from Hannah....

“My first week has been full of learning, meeting new people and finding my feet. I began by diving into further inductions given by Practice Principal, Simon, which ranged from clinical aspects such as manual therapy and soft tissue techniques to business orientation, client management and payment systems. These inductions were invaluable to my settling into the clinic as I really got an idea of what the clinic is all about. It is a family run physiotherapy clinic which aims to provide a premium quality service to all clients and it is obvious that Lorraine and Simon really care about client satisfaction. Clients treatment plans have the unique feature of being personal and tailored to individual needs which many other services lack. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and contributing to this unique environment.

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Vegetables boost immunity but can also lead to weight gain

 Yes I know, you’ve heard it before...but vegetables really are the business. As renowned food writer Michael Pollan1 advised ‘eat food, mostly plants, not too much’. By food he means real, whole, unprocessed foods. Eating plants such as vegetables and fruit should form the bulk of the diet. All in moderation, not too much, eat until you are full, no more.

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Movement versus Exercise?

f7a80a26 5cd3 46e2 8c7a 83b73ccc38c2Do you dislike the thought of going to the gym but want to exercise more?

There are many benefits to exercising, too many to list here, for both body and mind.

For starters it might be helpful to avoid using the word “exercise.” The term sometimes makes it feel like a huge, unnatural and imposing task.

Instead using the word “movement,” reminds us that moving around is something we’re designed to do and that it’s not solely about sweating buckets in a spin class or being put through your paces with a trainer.

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