The Power of the Nap

The afternoon nap, around 20 minutes, no longer than thirty.

snoozing 3It's been shown to enhance productivity and creativity, reduce fatigue and improve employee wellbeing. The Japanese take their napping seriously.

Most of us tend to experience an energy slump mid afternoon which may also affect mood and decision making, a nap may help.

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Practising As An Introvert - What Works?

introvertI was lying in bed a few nights ago, reflecting upon my day and thinking how fortunate I am to be doing something I really enjoy and am passionate about.

Physiotherapy allows me to work with, and help my clients overcome physical problems which are usually impacting on quality of life. To be able to help is very rewarding. Being able to work, exercise and recreate without pain and with relative ease is so important to most of us, and for good reason. It's what makes us feel alive and well.

That said, as an introvert, treating patients, interacting and engaging closely with many different people on a day to day basis is not an activity I am naturally predisposed to. My personality type would usually be more inclined towards more solitary types of work, such as computer programming perhaps.

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‘Triage to Treatment’ - Low Back Pain Course Highlights

backpain hpI recently attended a further education course on low back pain run by Dr Johnson McEvoy, a practising musculoskeletal physiotherapist in Co. Limerick. He presented us with the latest research regarding the assessment, diagnostic criteria and treatment for lower back pain. Given clients with lower back pain make up a large proportion of those who come to the clinic for treatment, I had a particular interest in furthering my skills and knowledge in this area. I immensely enjoyed this course and have gained valuable knowledge in treating this area of the body.

Here are a few of my learning highlights:

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Exercise Your Way: Indoor Workout Tips when it’s too Cold Outside

exercise yourwayIf your New Year’s resolution is to exercise regularly, consider this scenario: It’s a typical winter day with temperatures hovering around freezing. You’ve had a long day at work, you’ve eaten dinner, and you haven’t worked out yet. Are you really going to get bundled up, go warm up the car, scrape ice off the windshield, and drive to the gym? You might have the resolve to fight through your fatigue and brave the cold a time or two, but the first time you decide it’s not worth it and spend the evening binge-watching your favorite show, you’ve broken your resolution. And having given in once, you’re likely to do it again. Another New Year’s resolution gone by the wayside.

You shouldn’t feel bad or disappointed with yourself. After all, it’s really hard to expend a lot of energy after you’ve had a stressful day at the office. That’s the problem with resolutions - they don’t always fit in with your lifestyle … unless you make them fit. That’s why working out at home is such a great option. It’s convenient, it’s comfortable, and you never have to wait on that guy who always hogs the bench press. Here are some effective, yet easy-to-do exercises that’ll help you stick with your resolution.

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Ways To Live Longer...And Healthier

forestWe’ve evolved in nature, amongst trees, rivers, meadows, beaches, and other trappings of wilderness. Our genes love green space, it’s where they developed and are given a chance to be expressed optimally.

Spending brief periods of time in one of the many leafy parks we have on our doorstep, on a hill walking trail in the mountains or at a wild beach helps:

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Dyspraxia and the role of Chartered Physiotherapy

DyspraxiaWhat is dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia is a “loose” diagnosis that combines a co-ordination of movement type disorder with attention, anxiety and memory problems. Developmental coordination disorder (DCD), is the formally recognised diagnosis, a developmental condition in which a person’s gross and fine motor skills are affected. Often the terms are used interchangeably.

So dyspraxia a.k.a DCD results in difficulties with the organisation, planning and execution of physical movements required to carry out daily activities.

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Medical Acupuncture in the Management of Jaw Pain

jawpainThe temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located in the face where the temporal bone (cheek bone) and the mandible (jaw bone) meet, often simply referred to as the jaw.

We have a TMJ on each side of the face and these can sometimes become sources of pain. When this occurs it is often referred to as ‘TMD’ or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. This is a catch all term which includes both intra-articular (joint and disc) and extra-articular (usually muscle, but also ligament and tendon) sources of pain.

TMD can be treated with many different physiotherapy techniques including manual therapy, electrotherapy, exercise and medical acupuncture (sometimes referred to as dry needling).

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Professional Development...going Primal!

foodpyramidAfter 17 years as a practising Chartered Physiotherapist, completing an MSc as well as a Diploma in Medical Acupuncture, and having attended many further education courses on Physiotherapy related topics, I found myself earlier this year asking myself ‘what next?’.

Continuing professional development is very important to me both personally and professionally. However it was proving difficult to find courses and educational opportunities in physiotherapy either not already completed or relevant to my area of practice as a musculoskeletal specialist.

I have always had a keen interest in health in a broader sense, not just physical but also in relation to diet and nutrition, exercise as well as other lifestyle factors such as sleep, the role of sunlight, recreation, communication etc. All factors which can also have a profound impact on pain management and physical function which have helped me develop as a physiotherapist over the years.

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How Technology Helps Our Clinic

tm3In today’s world of constant technological growth and progress, it is important that we as chartered physiotherapists ensure our clinic is up to date with the software and systems we use, to allow our practice to grow and evolve in the modern era. Here at Mount Merrion Chartered Physiotherapy, we use an online practice management system called TM3 which leads to great benefits throughout our patient care and in the overall running of our practice.

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The Importance of Running and Walking for The Health of our Discs

Spinal disc The social and economic burden of lower back pain (LBP) is very apparent in our society. It was estimated that the prevalence of absenteeism due to LBP was a massive 32% for hospital employees in Ireland (Cunningham et al, 2006).

According to a 2006 review, the total costs associated with LBP in the United States exceed $100 billion per year, two-thirds of which are a result of lost wages and reduced productivity (Katz et al, 2006).

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