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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 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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[25 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on Preventing Falls and Hip Fractures | ]
Preventing Falls and Hip Fractures

A recent analysis of the impact of falls has revealed some pretty scary statistics. According to the review, 5% of people who break their hip in a fall die when in hospital, and 25% die within a year as a result of the disability it causes.
Further to this, more than 10% go on to be admitted to aged care facilities. And you don’t need to be old to suffer these effects; the study found that more than a third of people aged 50 never regain their full mobility. One quote …

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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 …

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[1 Aug 2017 | Comments Off on Knee Arthritis – Do Injections Help? | ]
Knee Arthritis – Do Injections Help?

A new study has looked at whether getting a steroid injection for osteoarthritis (OA) in the knee is beneficial. This is a reasonably common procedure for OA and is often used to see if surgery can be put off.
In the study, a group of people aged 45 and over were given injections every 3 months for 2 years. There were 2 groups; 1 was given a steroid, the other given a placebo. In the group given steroid injections, the researchers found that not only did it not help with pain, it …

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[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 …

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[11 Oct 2015 | Comments Off on Vitamin D Slows Cognitive Decline | ]
Vitamin D Slows Cognitive Decline

A new study, which followed 382 75 year-olds for 8 years, has concluded that low levels of vitamin D “may accelerate cognitive decline in older adults”. The subjects were examined to test their episodic memory, semantic memory, visual perception, and executive function.
They found that participants with signs of dementia had lower levels of vitamin D than those with either no cognitive impairment or only mild cognitive impairment.Also, “insufficient vitamin D was linked to much faster declines in episodic memory (recollection of people, places, and events), and executive function (your ability …

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[26 Jul 2015 | Comments Off on How many of us have Disc Herniations? | ]
How many of us have Disc Herniations?

As an Osteopath I see a lot of people with disc injuries. People are understandably concerned about doing damage to their discs, as they play an important role in the structural integrity of the spine, and live very close to nerves and the spinal cord, so they can cause a lot of pain and other problems.
There have been a number of studies where researchers take members of the general population and perform scans on them. they are trying to find out how many people actually have a particular injury. For …