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Concussion has always been a serious injury and topic in sports and general health care. It is important to identify and treat concussion immediately and thoroughly. Sports medicine doctors are increasingly better equipped to attend to concussion, and as we now see on the televised rugby matches, players go off the pitch for a concussion evaluation immediately after a head knock.
The attitude toward concussion and the potentially serious long term effects have certainly changed in the last 10 years. The old attitude of shake it off/run off has been replaced with, play being stopped and players leaving the field to be assessed, and quite often not returning to play for even minor concussions
Acupuncture in relation to women’s reproduction has been researched vastly by clinical trials. They have revealed therapeutic mechanisms of enhancement to uterine receptivity by stimulating uterine blood flow (Stener-Victorin et al., 1996), promoting ovarian blood flow and reduction of ovarian cysts and volume (Lim & Wong, 2010), as well as helping other causes of infertility such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), without severe adverse effects (Stener-Victorin et al., 2000).
A well-structured health care system is essential to improve health for New Zealanders. General practitioners (GPs) and midwives on the front line of the Primary Health Organization (PHO) receive approaches of 60% and 32%, respectively, by patients looking for fertility advice (New Zealand Ministry of Health, 2011). Should patients be directed to acupuncture at the first step of infertility treatment, it could save their time, energy and cost. Further, application of acupuncture in an IVF cycle by obstetricians and specialists will increase the success rate and avoid further repeated ongoing sessions after failure, therefore improve the quality of public fertility care in NZ.
The evidence is clear, and has recently been bolstered by a new US study from Baylor University. They investigated 2863 people and found that runners, regardless of the age were less likely to have knee pain and osteoarthritis.
Furthermore running may even help to prevent knee pain. This opinion is supported by findings from the American College of Rheumatology that added to mounting evidence that, if there are no pre-existing problems, running as a singular factor, is not a direct cause of osteoarthritis in the knees.
Water has numerous benefits for both the body and the brain. Water cleanses the body of harmful chemicals and without the correct water consumption the body and bodily functions will deteriorate within a matter of days. Water hydrates the body inside and out. This is not the case with food, as most individuals can live for a week or two without food. This is evidence of the importance of water.
It is recommended to drink approximately a litre of water for every 25 kg of body weight. The age old myth of 8 cups of water has no scientific research to back it and is extremely vague.
Here are 3 simple steps to drinking more water…
The following research review article suggests that “sciatica” is caused by your genes. I would concur, however I would ask…”what is it about the genes and how they express that creates the “sciatic” symptoms?” In my opinion, the genes do not cause a spontaneous break down of the disc material, resulting in nerve pain down the leg. However, what the genes do dictate is the shape of the bones in your feet, legs, pelvis and spine. Just as your hands or eyes will look like one of your parents, the shape of your bones is also genetic. Therefore, if you have biomechanical faults in your feet that are due to the structure of the foot bones, then likely one of your relatives had the same biomechanical abnormality. This genetic alteration in bone shape, leads to altered joint function in the foot, which changes the biomechanical function of the whole lower extremity, pelvis and spine. So, if your elders have bunions, hammer toes, leg length inequality, low back pain, -and yes- “Sciatica”, then you may well have a tendency to suffer with this as well. Remember, an gram of prevention is worth a kilo of cure. Have a biomechanical assessment with The Gait Doctor, Dr. Cherye Roche, sooner than later to identify whether you are a candidate for Gait Scan analysis and custom orthotics to treat and prevent sciatica and other aches and pains in the joints that are often caused by faulty foot mechanics which your parents pass to you in your genes.