[6 Mar 2017 | Comments Off on Knee Pain and Sugar | ]
Knee Pain and Sugar

Knee pain. It’s not fun. But around half of us will suffer from it at some point in our lifetime. 
Question is, could sugar be making a common problem much worse?
What usually causes knee pain?
There are lots of different structures that can cause pain in the knee area; tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone. Usually, you have to suffer a proper trauma to damage anything; it takes a fair bit of force to break bones or rupture ligaments.
Another way to get knee pain is a gradual build up over time. Reports show around …

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[14 Dec 2016 | Comments Off on New Clinic Open! | ]
New Clinic Open!

Hello and Happy New Year to you all! It sure was a wild 2016 so I hope you got to enjoy some time off over holiday season to recharge the batteries for 2017.
The clinic I have worked in for 12 of the last 14 years has been sold so I have moved. As of MONDAY JANUARY 16TH 2017 I will be working in a clinic at 251 Oxford St BONDI JUNCTION. It’s about 3 minutes walk from my old clinic so shouldn’t be too big a disruption. I am up …

Nutrition, Pain »

[21 Sep 2016 | Comments Off on Can sugar increase inflammation levels? | ]
Can sugar increase inflammation levels?

In this first article of a series on how sugar impacts your health, I’m going to start by looking at the role a high sugar diet plays in inflammation. I first developed an interest in this link when patients would mention in passing that they had noticed an improvement in their pain levels after doing a sugar detox. They were doing the sugar detox for other reasons, but found this added benefit occurred as well.
After hearing this a bunch of times, I started looking into it, and it didn’t take …

Pain »

[5 Sep 2016 | Comments Off on For all the Dr Google’s out there | ]
For all the Dr Google’s out there

There are few things I enjoy more than meeting another Dr Google. And I must confess to getting amongst it myself from time to time, checking to see if that bruise on my toe could potentially be a rare form of untreatable cancer. Heck, the sooner I know, the sooner I can book my one way ticket to the bahamas!
The increase in information available on the net is proving to be a wonderful resource for a lot of people, but, and this might come as a shock to some of you, …

Pain »

[3 Aug 2016 | Comments Off on NYTimes article on “useless” surgery | ]
NYTimes article on “useless” surgery

The New York Times posted a really interesting article this week (click here if you want to read it), about the effectiveness (or otherwise), of common surgical procedures. We kind of assume that a doctor won’t recommend surgery for us unless we really need it, and unless it’s going to fix us. After all, there are significant risks and costs involved in surgery, so there must be compelling reasons for them to recommend it, right? Turns out that may not be the case.
As they noted, surgery is not regulated in the …

Exercise, Pain »

[2 Jun 2016 | Comments Off on An Osteopaths Guide to Preventing Running Injuries – Part 3 | ]
An Osteopaths Guide to Preventing Running Injuries – Part 3

There has been a lot of research over the years on the best way to warm up. Athletes want to know the right way to do it so that they can do their best performance when it counts. But it’s equally important to be able to reduce the risk of injury so you can run hard without hurting yourself. Is there a way to warm up that achieves both goals – optimal performance and minimal risk of injury? Should you do static stretching or dynamic stretching? Should you jog and …