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Did you know that boxing training can help people with Parkinson’s?

A study by Combs et al in 2011, published in the Physical Therapy Journal discovered really interesting results.

They reported that “The boxing training program was feasible and safe for these patients with Parkinson’s disease. The patients in this case series showed short-term and long-term improvements in balance, gait, activities of daily living, and quality of life after the boxing training program. A longer duration of training was necessary for patients with moderate to severe PD”.

Have a look at this 60 second report here –

Emily Power Smith gives Ted Talk at Trinity College Dublin

Emily Power Smith gave a great talk titled “Better, Sex, Positivity: Three Interchangeable Words” at the TEDx event in Trinity College yesterday, Wednesday the 7th of March.

Click here for further info

Emily holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Sexology (the scientific study of human sexuality).

She is a Sex and Relationship Therapist and Coach, Sexuality Educator, Professional Trainer and, Facilitator. She writes a weekly sex and relationship column for the Evening Herald and is a regular contributor to the national press, radio, and TV.

Emily is Ireland’s only clinical sexologist and is passionately sex-positive and is currently hosts a clinic in Milltown Physiotherapy every week. Call us now for an appointment or further information.

She leaves judgment and outdated values at the door and talks from the heart about how sex can be fantastic if we choose. While Emily understands that not everyone wants to be sexual, her focus is on helping those who do to shed their shame, become educated and to feel empowered to express themselves.

Tennis Elbow – to inject or not to inject?

A really nice infographic courtesy of Professor Bill Vicenzino and Clinical Edge on tennis elbow. He looks at the treatment options, but also what the long term outcomes are post injection which makes for some interesting reading.

To Inject

We also must really recommend the Clinical Edge website which is a great resource for physiotherapists, helping to make current research nice and easy to bring into clinical practice.

post-natal-pilates

Should you exercise while pregnant?

Women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be encouraged to engage in aerobic and strength-conditioning exercises before, during, and after pregnancy. Regular physical activity helps with weight management, reduces the risk of gestational diabetes in obese women, and enhances psychological well-being.  An exercise program that leads to an eventual goal of moderate-intensity exercise for at least 20–30 minutes per day on most or all days of the week should be developed and adjusted as medically indicated.

Here at Milltown Physiotherapy we offer ante and post natal Pilates classes for women from 16 weeks pregnant and from 6-8 weeks post natal. Women can enjoy Pilates in comfort and safety, knowing they are exercising correctly under the care of a Chartered Physiotherapist with experience in Women’s Health. Click here for further information on our classes

 

 

  • Swimming, walking, modified Yoga, stationary bike and low impact aerobics are all safe exercises in pregnancy. Some Yoga positions should be avoided later in pregnancy. Avoid Hot Yoga.
  • If you were lifting weights before you got pregnant, keep going as long as you go easy. Avoid heavy weights or routines where you have to lie flat on your back.
  • High intensity sports: If you regularly run or play tennis, you don’t need to stop. As you get closer to your due date, run on flat, groomed surfaces to reduce impact and avoid falls.
  • Risky Sports are the contact sports such as basketball, hockey, and soccer and activities that increase your risk of falling, such as off road cycling, roller-skating, downhill skiing, and horseback riding.

 

In consultation with your doctor running, jogging, racquet sports and strength training may be safe for pregnant women who participated in these activities regularly before pregnancy (ACOG 2015).

 

Engage your core i.e. your abdominals pelvic floor with impact or you might leak, get pelvic girdle pain or low back pain. If you are not sure how to do this find a Chartered Physiotherapist in your area.

 

When to slow down: As long as you can talk comfortably and aren’t short of breath while exercising, you’re moving at a good pace. Don’t exert yourself to the point of heavy sweating. Drink plenty of fluids. If you have any of the following symptoms, stop exercising and call your doctor right away:

  • Contractions
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Calf pain or swelling
  • Less movement by the baby
  • Headache
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fluid leaking from the vagina
  • Vaginal bleeding

 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Womens’s Health Care Physicians Number 650 • December 2015

 

Kirsty McGarry

Kirsten joins Milltown Physiotherapy

We are delighted to announce that chartered physiotherapist Kirsten McGarry has joined the team here in Milltown Physiotherapy. In her career as an Alpine Skier Kirsten represented Ireland in two Olympic Games in 2006 and 2010. She finished a fantastic 32nd in the giant slalom in the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
Kirsten is now back studying medicine alongside her work here in Milltown.

If you want to see what it’s like to survive one of Kirsten’s races then have a look at this video here:

 

Looks easy doesn’t it!

Noreen Ireland

Noreen representing Ireland Masters in Hockey Home Nations Tournament

Good luck to our physiotherapist Noreen Dockery who will be representing Ireland this weekend in the Home Nations Tournament hosted at Grange Road. The tournament will be full of internationals and World Cup winning players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales as they head to Dublin to compete for the title of Home Nations Champions.

We are very proud to see Noreen has been appointed vice-captain of the Irish Masters team. I know she won’t enjoy all the publicity that goes with this, but we wanted to wish her luck on behalf of the clinic. After this weekend the Irish Masters will then head to the Netherlands for the European Nations Tournament.

Well done Noreen, and best of luck

Noreen Ireland