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[12 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on Painkillers for children? | ]
Painkillers for children?

I saw an interesting article recently which I thought I would share with you all. In the article, 5 experts were asked whether they thought it was safe and advisable to give painkilling medications to children. The people asked included a paediatrician, pain specialist, pharmacist and anaesthetist.
They mostly agreed that it was but had certain contingencies on that.
Some choice quotes:
Caregivers have to ensure, however, the child is carefully monitored and dosage is very carefully calculated and delivered safely. A child in pain is no less than an adult in pain, …

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[10 May 2018 | Comments Off on New Practitioner – Myotherapist Jess Goodwin | ]
New Practitioner – Myotherapist Jess Goodwin

Super exciting news! We have a Myotherapist joining the clinic! Jess Goodwin is a Sports Therapist who studied in the UK before moving to Sydney and setting up Sydney Sports Therapy in Oatley. A Sports Therapist is the UK equivalent of a Myotherapist.

 

Myotherapists do university degrees studying how to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries, so they’re basically the most highly qualified massage therapist you will ever see. I love seeing them myself so I’m really happy we are going to have one here!

 

There aren’t many Myotherapists here in …

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[2 Apr 2018 | Comments Off on Back Pain worsened by surgery, injections, drugs? | ]
Back Pain worsened by surgery, injections, drugs?

A recent article on The Guardian website claims that “Vast numbers of people with lower back pain across the world are being harmed, not helped, by the surgery, injections and dangerous opioid drugs they are given, according to a major new report”.
The report they refer to is a series of articles published on the medical website The Lancet, which concludes that:

“Investigating using MRI scans is counterproductive, the experts say.”
“MRIs will pick up physical abnormalities that may not be the source of the pain.”
“Scans often result in surgery or other interventions, but the …

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[19 Mar 2018 | Comments Off on Doctors told to stop doing knee surgery | ]
Doctors told to stop doing knee surgery

According to a recent article on the Sydney Morning Herald website, “the peak body for rheumatologists has publicly urged doctors to try to avoid arthroscopic knee surgery, for patients with osteoarthritis, especially if they’re over 50”.
Instead, they are urging doctors to recommend seeking alternative therapies and to try to strengthen their knee joints.
It’s taken a long time – studies on this have been appearing for more than 15 years, and the downside to surgery can be huge (the cost, the recovery time, the risk of infection or death).
The official statement …

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[5 Mar 2018 | Comments Off on Codeine is prescription only – what now? | ]
Codeine is prescription only – what now?

Now that codeine has been made prescription only, what are your alternatives? A recent article on the ABC Health website breaks down your options really well. It takes you through various conditions like Migraines, Period Pain, Cold and Flu etc to give you the best up to date information.
Firs of all we should point out that pain medications are only ever meant to be temporary measures. if you really want a solution you should consult your health care practitioner to try to get to the bottom of things and find …

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[19 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on A new tip to reduce Chronic Pain levels | ]
A new tip to reduce Chronic Pain levels

Researchers have found a link between a super common food additive and chronic pain. A study of chronic pain sufferers found that when they reduced their intake of the flavour enhancer GLUTAMATE.
The results of reducing glutamate intake was compared with the use of painkilling medications, and was reported to be roughly the same.
To find out if there is glutamate in your diet, look for the following names:
Glutamate is also a naturally occurring chemical in some foods, like soy sauce and parmesan cheese, but is more commonly found as a food …

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[28 Jan 2018 | Comments Off on Back to School Part 3 – Study Posture | ]
Back to School Part 3 – Study Posture

Poor ergonomics causes a lot of musculoskeletal injuries like back pain, neck and shoulder pain, RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and eye strain. It also causes people to fatigue quicker, makes them irritable and generally less productive. So how should your children they set up their desk, chair and computer?

The chair should be adjustable so their feet touch the floor (or a footrest) and they are at a good height relative to the desk. The desk should not be too high so they are reaching, or too low so they …

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[22 Jan 2018 | Comments Off on Back to School Part 2 – Backpacks | ]
Back to School Part 2 – Backpacks

In last weeks post I talked about the 3 most common causes of back pain in schoolkids. First on the list was a heavy backpack, which is defined as a backpack weighing more than 10% of the child’s body weight. Previous studies using MRI scans have shown that when the weight of the backpack gets much above this, the discs start to become compressed, and the spine starts to curve, probably because the children were trying to find a comfortable position. The danger here is that in addition to the compression, …

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[17 Jan 2018 | Comments Off on Back to School Part 1 – Back Pain in Students | ]
Back to School Part 1 – Back Pain in Students

I’m going to write a series of articles about common issues your children might face at school this year. Hopefully having this information at the start of the year will set them up with good habits now and prevent problems that tend to build up over the course of the year.
The first thing I want to bring to your attention are the most common causes of back pain in children. According to a 2011 study, there are 3 things that affect kids the most:

A heavy schoolbag (weighing more than 10% …

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[4 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on Are you taking too many painkillers? | ]
Are you taking too many painkillers?

The answer is probably yes! According to a recent article on the Sydney Morning Herald website, “Millions of Australians are taking too many painkillers”. And some of these medications have quite serious side effects. Here are a few key quotes from the article:

“taking higher doses of something like ibuprofen or aspirin, you’re at a higher risk of gastric bleeds, stomach ulcers and bad indigestion”
“Paracetamol is actually really toxic once you get to certain doses, affecting people’s livers in ways that are not easily reversible, and people can die.”
“Ibuprofen-codeine tablets, such as Nurofen …