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mmCP Newsletter - May 2013

Baby Lia Ryley - born 30th April

We are excited to announce the arrival of Simon and Lorraine's second child. Lorraine and baby are in great health and resting well. Thank you for all the kind wishes we have received. 

Lorraine will be on maternity leave until November 2013 and until her return Simon, Katie and Paula will be taking very good care of Lorraine's clients. 

May 2013 Dublin Events

Dublin City Soul Festival May 23rd – 26th

This is Ireland’s feel-good festival, raising funds for the Musical Youth Foundation children’s charity. If you fancy a mood uplifting and vibrant place to be this might be the perfect choice later this month.
Visit the official website here

Bloom 2013 in Phoenix Park May 30th - June 3rd

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Frozen Shoulder Treatment and Pain Relief

My client has been doing very well in treatment for a right sided adhesive capsulitis, otherwise known as a ‘frozen shoulder’. Following a successful integrated treatment approach my client has progressed to the third stage of the frozen shoulder continuum where stiffness as opposed to pain is the main problem.

In this article I demonstrate the effectiveness of treating this condition with a combination of medical acupuncture, also known as dry needling, and manual therapy techniques.

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Horse Meat Scandal - How It Happened INFOGRAPHIC

Not long ago the news media was dominated by the horse meat scandal. Unless you followed closely you may be a little confused about how it started and where horse meat entered the consumer food chain.

I came across this handy infographic recently that displays a sort of time-line of events. Ireland features numerous times and it includes an interesting piece on where America sits within the global horse meat market.

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Benefits of My Custom Orthotics

I recently received my first pair of custom made orthotics. I have to admit I felt as though this purchase decision was a bit of a leap of faith on my part. Other than my structured-cushioning running shoes designed for over-pronators I have previously taken no further consideration for my tendency to walk and run with flat feet which liked to roll inwards.

I share a few photo's of my new orthotics below as well as a comparison photo of my inward ankle roll with and without the orthotic in place. 

Why I opted for a pair of custom orthotics

There were a few reasons - the first; an ache and frequent twinge in both of my knees that was hanging around long enough to cause some concern. In the absence of any recent trauma I considered what might be causing the discomfort. I had recently switched to a new brand of trail running shoe which could have been a contributing factor.

I also have never forgotten the video-recorded running gait assessment I completed at the Asics store in London last year which revealed my relatively severe ankle misalignment on foot strike. Hence my choice to wear structured-cushion running shoes.

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Healthy Ireland & Lifestyle Recommendations

Ireland is clearly not immune to the rising levels of chronic illness and health threatening lifestyle trends that are causing worldwide concern for current and future generations.

We are told that mortality rates have decreased significantly for circulatory diseases as well as cancers. But at the same time research suggests an increasing number of people being diagnosed with such chronic illnesses. If modern medicine is sustaining life despite decreasing levels of general health and wellbeing - then there is still much to be done.

In this article we share important news about

  • The Irish government's new framework for improved health and wellbeing 2013 - 2025
  • Some key health facts about our Irish community
  • How we can influence our health dramatically by following certain lifestyle recommendations
  • Which recommendation has the greatest potential impact for reducing our risk of death from disease
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Fibromyalgia Physiotherapy Treatment Options

How can we propose a definitive treatment or cure for a chronic pain condition, such as Fibromyalgia, when we don’t fully understand what causes it? The answer is we can't be definitive but Physiotherapy can offer effective pain relief. 

With numerous medical drugs available, some of which may be just as likely to harm as they are to help, it’s no wonder sufferers are seeking non drug alternatives such as exercise, acupuncture and gentle forms of manual therapy.

Fibromyalgia sufferers experience widespread pain affecting the muscles and fibrous tissues throughout the body. Symptoms may result in disturbed sleep, general fatigue and sometimes depression. The exact cause is unknown and as yet there is no cure for the condition. We do however have an understanding of how the body’s physiology may change with Fibromyalgia in a manner which results in heightened pain sensitivity.

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Runners Physical Adaptation

For all you runners out there - how aware are you of your running style?

In this short 18 second video chrisjohnsonpt.com demonstrates how a runner with dysfunctional lower body mechanics employs an unusual upper body motion to compensate.

As indicated by the author such a running style is not sustainable.

Continue to view the video.

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Digital Revolution Shaping Future Healthcare

Whether it is researching a medical condition online, asking a question in a member forum or inputting health information into a mobile application - we, the patient, have gone digital. These are relatively simple everyday tasks but the future promises much greater interactivity between you and your digital doctor.

The doctors seem to be keeping up too and leading some innovative developments. 

Catch a glimpse of this evolution in this infographic below.

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Coconut Oil Uses And Benefits - INFOGRAPHIC

Coconut oil is one of those ingredients that got a bad rap for a long time because of its high saturated fat content. But as we are now learning not all saturated fats are created equally and in fact some of them (the good type) are essential for our health.

The oil of the tropical coconut is supposed to consist of the really good stuff. If you want to read the how's and why this is so - read this article

Before you do that however have a browse through the infographic below

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Benefits and Risk of Medical Acupuncture For Pain Relief

Sticking a needle into a tender muscle may sound like madness but it often does help! 

A very common condition we treat effectively with dry needling is pain and dysfunction within the muscle and connective tissue often centred around trigger points - a condition referred to as myofacial pain.

In this article I aim to describe why we use dry needling, how it works and the risks involved with some of the adverse reactions we may encounter.

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