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How to Prepare for a Covid-19 Vaccine

Priming your immune system for the vaccine may significantly improve the likelihood that the vaccine will have the desired effect, helping your body prepare to fight the Sars-CoV-2 virus should you become infected.

Experts agree the vaccine should not be considered a silver bullet. To be effective, vaccines should be used in addition to advice and education regarding diet, exercise and stress management.

Immunity is complex and multi-factorial; vaccines have an essential role to play but should be part of a broader pro-active public health strategy.

Here are some ways you can help prime your immune system, which will not only naturally boost your innate immunity but may also make you more responsive to a Covid-19 vaccine.

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Adding Electrical Dry Needling in the treatment of Knee Pain

Our treatment approach is functional, integrated and patient-centred within a biopsychosocial paradigm. 

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How A Physio keeps Fit and Avoids Injuries

I am often asked, by my clients, about my own physical fitness programme.

My fitness programme has evolved over the years with emerging knowledge and research, is tweaked on a reasonably regular basis, and is very personalised according to what works for me. My goals are to remain fit and functional and exercise well with strength and mobility, emphasising avoiding injury and protecting my joints.

The guiding principles are regularity, variety, frequency and adequate rest and recovery.

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Maintaining Flexibility with Age

Looking after your flexibility as you get older is essential. 

Functional flexibility is the ability to move your joints through full range to perform everyday tasks. For example, being able to reach the shoulder fully upwards to change a lightbulb, turning the head fully to both sides while driving and bending the back along with the hips and knees to pick up something from the floor.

Maintaining flexibility is also important to be able to play sport and reduce the risk of injury. Age-related changes in the make-up of the connective tissues, which hold our body parts together, may contribute to the loss of flexibility that affects the risk of injury and reduces sports performance.1 For example, good hip movement is necessary to allow for longevity when playing football, tennis, and golf. 

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What sort of problems have we been treating?

It has been a very busy few months for us at the clinic, with many patients seeking help for different types of problems.

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The Importance of Neck Pain Rehabilitation

Did you know? If you have experienced neck pain, you have a 70-80% chance of having another episode. The more often you have neck pain episodes, the more often they are likely to occur.

Unless your neck is correctly treated.

Treatment should involve alleviating the pain associated with a neck pain episode, which is often the easier part of the process. The next phase of treatment, which is usually more challenging, ensures the neck is fully rehabilitated. Effective rehabilitation significantly reduces the likelihood of experiencing recurrent neck pain attacks.

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The Seven Principles of the Ageless Athlete

I recently came across an excellent article by physiotherapist David Mott.David has an exciting and varied experience and educational background as a trainer and physiotherapist, having worked in professional football and Formula 1.  

Like me, David has a keen interest in healthy and successful ageing, getting the most out of your body for as long as possible. To find out more about David Mott, please click here.
 
In this article, I will share David's seven principles for the ageless athlete, with a few added comments of my own, which I hope many of you will find helpful and inspiring!
 
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Frozen Shoulder - an Evidence Informed Overview

Adhesive capsulitis aka 'Frozen Shoulder' is a medical condition caused by the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint becoming inflamed, thickened, contracted and painful (Hsu et al., 2011). Frozen shoulder can make everyday activities that require the use of the shoulder painfully limited and cause disturbances in sleep and overall well-being. 

About 2-5% of the population will develop a frozen shoulder, with the condition being more common in those around the age of 50 (Ben-Aire et al., 2020) and those with diabetes (Zreik et al.,2016). Here at the clinic, we treat many clients with frozen shoulder each year. 

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The Benefits of Exercising Together after Covid-19

I know I have written a lot about exercise recently. Given the renewed emphasis on personal health in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, I am being asked more questions than ever by clients about the best ways to exercise.

Whilst exercise benefits our physical health, the benefits of exercise extend far beyond the physical. Due to our evolutionary history as hunters and gatherers, human brains are biologically programmed to experience happiness, meaning, and a sense of belonging from physical activity – primarily if that physical activity occurs to music, in nature, or alongside other people.1 In fact, moving in coordinated synchrony with other people, for example, when dancing, doing Pilates or Yoga, creates a greater sense of connection and wellbeing.

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Career Reflections by an Expert Clinician

I recently took some time to reflect on my career as a physiotherapist to date, particularly how I have developed as an expert clinician over my many years of practice.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to complete a Masters Degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy at the prestigious University of Queensland, Australia. The UQ physiotherapy department is widely regarded as one of the finest centres for education and research in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in the world. During this time of study, I had the good fortune to be taught and inspired by Professor Gwen Jull, Professor Bill Vicenzino and other exceptional educators, researchers, and most of all, physiotherapists whose clinical expertise has helped so many.

Completing my postgraduate degree set me on a path that included working as the lead physiotherapist for Riverdance and the opportunity to work with Leinster rugby as early career highlights before settling into private practice and lecturing at University College Dublin.

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