Media making a Bags of Back Pain

  I opened my Twitter feed one morning last week to one of these sensationalist, scare mongering headlines; the type that health professionals trying to help people overcome pain absolutely loathe. It was an article warning of the long term dangers of school going children carrying heavy school bags and how 1/3 of parents thought their… Continue reading Media making a Bags of Back Pain

Flossing, Exercise and Chocolate Cake

When I go to my dentist she tells me that I need to floss. I hate flossing. I don’t floss. But when I have an upcoming appointment I do, vigorously. Now she knows I haven’t been flossing. She’s not a mind reader but there are tell-tale signs. The harsh string marks left on my gums, still… Continue reading Flossing, Exercise and Chocolate Cake

Making Time for Sleep and Recovery

It’s 5:25am and I’m already on my second coffee. The agonising wails of my teething 10 month old has the whole family up an hour already. Proper up. Not to mention attending to two ‘wee-wee’s’ during the night, only one of which was legit. The other was a false alarm or in other words a way of getting… Continue reading Making Time for Sleep and Recovery

Are Smart Phones becoming a pain in the neck?

There are alarming reports of the upsurge of the amount of teenagers and children presenting to their GP and indeed physiotherapist with neck pain. First up neck pain in general is very common and usually nothing to worry about with adults. As we get older and some degenerative changes occur it will affect up to 70% of… Continue reading Are Smart Phones becoming a pain in the neck?

Concussion Confusion

There is a funny, yet worrying, story told from the 1980 All Ireland football final. As the Kerry players enter the tunnel at half time Mike Sheehy is commended for his contribution with a goal in the opening half. “Nice goal”, says the Doc. “Goal? What goal?”, replies Mike. The team doctor showed concern and… Continue reading Concussion Confusion

Treat children like children, not mini adults

“Sure stick him in corner forward. He’ll have the beating of their corner back for pace”, said every gaelic football club manager ever as the rising 16 year old star makes his premature debut for the senior team. Often times this 16 year old might not even be that particularly talented, numbers are just low on the day and… Continue reading Treat children like children, not mini adults