If you have a soft tissue injury, for example a sprain or strain of the back or a rolled ankle, what is the best course of treatment? There has been lots of acronyms used over the years to help guide treatment with the most common one being RICE (rest, Ice, compression, elevation). I have also written a blog post a few years ago with the acronym METH (mobilisation, elevation, traction, moist heat). In a recent BJSM blog post, Blaise Dubois and Jean-Francois Esculier created a new acronym that helps cover the early stage of injury (PEACE) and also subsequent management once the initial acute stage has passed (LOVE). I really like this acronym and wanted to share it with you. Continue reading to find out what the acronym means.
Improving balance is not difficult, it just requires a little effort and consistency. Ideally you can work at improving each of the 3 parts of the balance triad I discussed in the previous blog post (the vestibular system, the visual system and the proprioceptive system). The easiest one to influence is likely to be the proprioceptive system, this is the sensory information coming from the body. Continue reading to see how you can do this.
When you think about, our balance system is truly remarkable. The fact that we can stand, walk, bend and move without falling is amazing. The thing is though, we probably don’t think about our balance system too much, at least until it fails us.
It is often thought that our balance just naturally gets worse as we age, and for most people it does. The reason this occurs is not because we are just getting old, it is because we don’t train it. Like a lot of things in our bodies, if you don’t use, you lose it. Keep reading to see how our balance system works.
A high proportion of headaches are caused by something that you can easily address, such as postural problems, neck dysfunction, dehydration, poor diet etc. However, in small number of cases, headaches may be a warning sign of a more serious problem. In this post I wanted to mention a few of these 'warning signs' or 'red flags' as we often call them. Continue reading to see what these may be.
The next headache we will look at is the Migraine headache. The classic migraine presentation is an intense throbbing or pulsating pain on one side of the head and is often accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can also be accompanied by an "aura". This is a visual pattern of flashing lights, lines or blind-spots running across your visual field. Want to know more? Continue reading to find out.
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