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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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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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Exercise is ineffective for weight loss

junkfoodTrying to shift a few pounds?

Exercise is important for many reasons, but losing weight is not one of them. As 80% of our body composition is determined by what we eat, it is our diet that is important.

Diet does not mean ‘dieting’....which has been shown again and again not to work in the long term. No sustainable weight loss can be achieved by a diet which leaves you feeling hungry and craving food!

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Preventing injuries and improving performance in football

Why is the warmup and cooldown so important?

download 1The warm-up prepares the body for exercise and should be tailored for the specific exercise that will be undertaken. For football, both general and specific exercises should be performed.

The warm up may include:

- General exercise jogging or cycling for 5-10 minutes to warm the muscles and enhance circulation in preparation for stretching
- Low level resistance exercises to ‘wake up’ important core stabilising muscles which will help support the back, hips and legs during training.
- Once the muscles are well warmed up, more vigorous dynamic stretches can be performed carefully under supervision of the coach so as to avoid injury.

The cool down is important to safely restore the body back to its resting state. This may include include general exercises such as light jogging or cycling and static stretching strethching to help prevent post exercise muscle stiffness and soreness.

Why is strength conditioning important to prevent injuries and optimise performance?

Strength and conditioning (S&C) physically prepares the body for the demands of the sport. It includes all forms of resistance/strength work and also agility, endurance, speed and flexibility training.It can also help prevent injuries.

Specific exercises should be related to football and will primarily focus on the lower body such as running drills, lower limb strength and balance work. A good example is the FIFA 11+ exercise programme. These exercises should ideally be done in the gym at a under supervision of a certified trainer or chartered physiotherapist initially and then at home once safe and effective technique has been taught. These S&C exercises are used as essential ‘background’ training to prevent injury and improve sports performance.

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Are you an active couch potato?

exercise1Newsflash (old news in fact)...we sit way too much!

The majority of the modern world lives sedentary lives, and not even fitness enthusiasts are safe from the assorted health risks of sedentary living.

Going to your body pump, yoga, spin, Pilates, CrossFit, Les Mills class etc. for an hour a day even every day doesn't counteract the eight or more hours spent at a desk, commuting, or lying on the sofa in the evening.

Risks include musculoskeletal, metabolic, and hormone imbalances including higher blood pressure and the propensity to store instead of burn fat, an increase in appetite, and a tendency toward obesity, cancer, and heart disease.

To counteract the dangers of sedentary living it is essential to:

- Move more frequently, at least 2-3 minutes every hour, 10 minutes every two hours and for half an hour at lunchtime. Get up, reach up, bend down, twist, and walk, take a few flights of stairs, and go to the bathroom (even if you don’t need to go).

- Avoid prolonged moments of stillness, both when sitting and standing at your stand up desk, vary your body positions.

- Add more movement to your life, such as a 5-15 minute walk after meals to regulate the insulin response.

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