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    Do I	need to stretch before exercising?

    Do I need to stretch before exercising?

    Does stretching before exercising reduce the risk of injury?   The evidence strongly suggests that pre-exercise stretching does not reduce the risk of injury. Professor Rob Herbert, Senior Principal Researcher Fellow with Neuroscience Research Australia, took part in the three largest randomised trials on the effects of stretching. They all concluded that stretching had little

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    5 Types of workout pains you should never ignore

    5 Types of workout pains you should never ignore

    Sharp pain   A sharp or stabbing pain during exercise (or any time, really) is a red flag that something is up. “Sharpness is not a normal physiological response. If you are experiencing sharp pain, it usually means there is something not functioning properly in that body system,” says Neuharth. “A few common causes of

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    The	workout	 rules that  will help you lose weight

    The workout rules that will help you lose weight

    Here are trainers’ best tips for staying consistent, accountable, and on track.   Try exercising at the same time every day   Set yourself up for success as much as possible by picking a specific time to work out daily, suggest Kasen. Choose a time of day that works best for your schedule. It might

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    Top	five benefits of stretching exercise

    Top five benefits of stretching exercise

    Nowadays, everyone can easily workout at home by doing simple exercises instead of going to gym. One such physical activity is stretching exercises. Though we all know the benefits of daily exercise but many are not aware of what benefits regular stretching exercises provides to our body.   Regularly stretching is just as important to

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    How to exercise with health conditions

    How to exercise with health conditions

    There are many benefits to be gained from regular exercise. It can lower blood pressure, improve heart function and blood sugar control, alleviate depression, ensure good sleep, decrease risk of cancer, and help manage weight, says Susan Joy, MD, director of the Women’s Sports Health Program at the Cleveland Clinic.   Exercise Benefits for Every

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    Is your workout better if your body	 trembles?

    Is your workout better if your body trembles?

    Many exercise programs advertise a certain kind of muscle quaking that they hold up as evidence that their workout is effective. But is the “wobbling” Amanda refers to actually a sign that your body is getting stronger? The top kinesiologists and trainers we spoke with agreed that muscle quaking is a physiological response to muscle

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    Eat before a workout? Is it necessary?

    Eat before a workout? Is it necessary?

    With all of the marketing of sports drinks, bars, gels and powders, this is an excellent question to ask. There’s certainly no harm in eating — and it might help you meet your fitness goals by giving you more energy during the actual run or elliptical workout.   “It’s a contradiction, but you really do

    • 24 JUN 16
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    Do’s	and	don’ts for exercising while pregnant

    Do’s and don’ts for exercising while pregnant

    Before embarking on any kind of exercise program, check with your doctor first. This ensures that he or she is aware of the kinds of activities you intend to do and he or she can provide guidance and even make suggestions. That said, let’s go over some basic rules for fitness during pregnancy.   DO

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    How much exercise is	enough?

    How much exercise is enough?

    Before you make a decision on how much exercise you need, you should have a good idea of your exercise goal or goals: Are you exercising for physical fitness, weight control, or as a way of keeping your stress levels low? For general health benefits, a routine of daily walking may be sufficient, says Susan

    • 24 JUN 16
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    Exercise and	physical	activity: what’s the difference?

    Exercise and physical activity: what’s the difference?

    Physical activity is defined as movement that involves contraction of your muscles. Any of the activities we do throughout the day that involve movement — housework, gardening, walking, climbing stairs — are examples of physical activity. Exercise is a specific form of physical activity — planned, purposeful physical activity performed with the intention of acquiring

    • 20 JUN 16
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    What is the recovery time after wisdom teeth removal?

    What is the recovery time after wisdom teeth removal?

    The pain, swelling and discomfort that follow wisdom tooth extraction is a normal part of the healing process. How long is wisdom teeth recovery time? When will you be back to chewing crunchy carrots and apples with ease?   Getting Your Teeth Pulled   The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the

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    The removal of wisdom teeth, or third molars, is one of the most common procedures carried out in the UK.

    The removal of wisdom teeth, or third molars, is one of the most common procedures carried out in the UK.

    The wisdom teeth grow at the back of your gums and are the last teeth to come through. Most people have four wisdom teeth – one in each corner. Wisdom teeth usually grow through the gums during the late teens or early twenties. By this time, the other 28 adult teeth are usually in place, so

    • 20 JUN 16
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    All about endometriosis

    All about endometriosis

    This gynecological disease concerns more than one in almost ten females but is rarely diagnosed.   What is it?   Endometriosis is the migration of pieces of endometrium (superficial layer of uterus) towards places where it should not be: ovaries, myometrium, bowel, bladder, etc. These ectopic implants are subject to be influenced by the sex hormonal cycle

    • 20 JUN 16
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    Broken bones and eye strain – The Harper homeopathy newsletter

    Broken bones and eye strain – The Harper homeopathy newsletter

    Broken bones    Fractures and broken bones are a common occurrence especially with children, it is essential that any fracture receive immediate medical attention and is properly set. But once this has been done, the following homeopathic remedies can really help to speed up the healing process.   Symphytum – Commonly known as Knitbone, it can be used to help the

    • 20 JUN 16
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    I was bent forward at 90 degrees for a month’ with back pain’

    I was bent forward at 90 degrees for a month’ with back pain’

    As more young people report back pain, Olivia Goldhill explains how she learnt to live with weak spinal discs.   I was 13 when I had my first bout of severe back pain. On holiday in France, I had an accident wakeboarding, which is similar to waterskiing but with a snowboard. I was used to

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    Four reasons to use online medical appointment scheduling

    Four reasons to use online medical appointment scheduling

    One-third of practices say that patient growth is very important. An even larger number, nearly 50 percent, say that patient satisfaction is a priority. But, there is a lack of follow-up in using tools that can really improve these areas.   One good example is online scheduling. It is one of the easiest ways to

    • 20 JUN 16
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    What does osteopathy treat?

    What does osteopathy treat?

    Due to the holistic nature of osteopathic treatment, osteopaths will happily treat many injuries or illnesses. It is common for people with soft tissue pain to use osteopathic treatment as this is what they are best known for treating.   Pain and Injury   Soft tissue pain could include pain in any area of your

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    Reasons for having osteopathy

    Reasons for having osteopathy

    Osteopaths are often thought of as “back specialists” and this may be due to the fact that a large proportion of their patients often initially visited due to back pain. Chronic back pain is often untreatable by GPs due to the character of the condition and its occasionally non-specific origin. However the holistic nature of

    • 20 JUN 16
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    What is osteopathy ?

    What is osteopathy ?

    Osteopathy is a holistic therapy that has become increasingly popular in the UK due to more people complaining of chronic (last lasting) back pain caused by spending long periods of time sitting at a desk or in a vehicle. Osteopathy uses a number of different techniques in order to manipulate your soft tissue (muscles, tendons

    • 20 JUN 16
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    Diagnosing allergies – How to diagnose an allergy?

    Diagnosing allergies – How to diagnose an allergy?

    Some people have such a violent reaction to certain allergens, such as anaphylaxis, that it is relatively easy to diagnose their allergy. However, many people have either quite subtle reactions or, in the case of a food allergy, there are so many different possible causes that it can be hard to correctly diagnose the allergy

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    Causes of allergies

    Causes of allergies

    Who can be affected?   Allergies can affect anyone. Some people are affected from childhood and some do not experience symptoms until later on in life. Some allergies are inherited genetically but many people develop them independently. In the case of the former, it is known as having atopy or being atopic. The likelihood of

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    Most common allergies

    Most common allergies

    In the United Kingdom 1 out of 4 people is affected by some form of allergy. An allergy is any response by the body’s immune system to a wide variety of different substances known as allergens. Allergens are anything that can cause an immune reaction within the body. Examples include: foods, pollen, dust, medicines and

    • 20 JUN 16
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    Questions to ask when choosing a chiropractor

    Questions to ask when choosing a chiropractor

    There are a variety of key questions that you should consider when selecting your chiropractor. This is important to do as the treatments being administered could affect you for the rest of your life. It is vital that you select the right chiropractor for you and ensure they are properly qualified to limit the possibility

    • 20 JUN 16
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    Common chiropractic treatments

    Common chiropractic treatments

    The general reasoning behind an individual visiting a chiropractor is if they are suffering from neck or back pains. It is also not uncommon for people to seek treatment if they feel their muscles and joints are not functioning optimally. Because many of the justifications behind chiropractic care is related to the spine, it is

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    First visit to a chiropractor

    First visit to a chiropractor

    When you first sit down in the chiropractor’s clinic, you will be questioned about your lifestyle, medical history and working conditions. These questions are asked in order for the chiropractor to be able to identify what and where the problem(s) may lie as well as being able to ensure they do not damage any part

    • 20 JUN 16
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    What is chiropractic ?

    What is chiropractic ?

    Chiropractors practice the treatment known as chiropractic. The word chiropractic comes from the meaning “to perform with hands” in Greek, which is highly appropriate as this is the general key principal in the work done by chiropractors. The treatment they provide revolves around using their hands to manipulate the muscles and joints to relieve certain

    • 20 JUN 16
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    Ankle injuries & physiotherapy

    Ankle injuries & physiotherapy

    Your ankles and feet lie at the very bottom of the leg, bearing your entire body and coping with the stress of movement and the complications therein.   Commonly occurring ankle injuries   Sprained ankle – Ankle sprains are possibly the most commonly injury of the sort, occurring to both athletes and anyone who simply

    • 20 JUN 16
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    Physiotherapy & knee injuries

    Physiotherapy & knee injuries

    Knee injuries are very common in athletes, the knee is a critical joint which lacks the support other joints, like the hips and shoulders do. The knee is also quite a complex structure, the bone of the upper leg (Femur) meets the bones of the lower leg (Tibia and Fibula) and the knee cap (Patella),

    • 16 JUN 16
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    Physiotherapy & wrist injuries

    Physiotherapy & wrist injuries

    In a world of computers your wrists are subjected to the horrible abuse of constant typing. Your wrists also carry a lot of weight when exercising, which is a lot of strain on otherwise a very fine structure. Wrist injuries are commonplace, and their treatment is very much dependent on good physical therapy for a

    • 16 JUN 16
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    Physiotherapy & elbow injuries

    Physiotherapy & elbow injuries

    Your elbows are joints that effectively allow you to move your arms in the way that you do, articulating the upper and lower arm to allow for a considerably broader range of motion. Elbow injuries are, therefore, quite common and when they do happen, can be quite limiting. They most commonly affect athletes competing in

    • 16 JUN 16
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    Back injuries & physiotherapy

    Back injuries & physiotherapy

    Your back is essentially a large sheet of interlinking muscles, with the ever vital spinal column running down its middle. Almost every movement you make, from walking and running to bending over and crouching, will involve your back muscles. It’s no surprise then that back pain is amongst the most common chronic conditions today, and

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    Physiotherapy & neck injuries

    Physiotherapy & neck injuries

    Your neck supports the weight of your head whenever in an upright position, hence any kind of neck injury can be extremely limiting in that to stand or walk you need to have that support. Neck injuries tend to occur because of either trauma or poor posture, both of which are often assessed and/or treated

    • 16 JUN 16
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    Physiotherapy & shoulder injuries

    Physiotherapy & shoulder injuries

    Your shoulders are composed of large muscles that regularly exert themselves when carrying, lifting, pushing, and pulling, all movements you will do countless times across your life time. Because of the extent of its use, shoulder injuries are commonplace and often quite debilitating in that a range of commonly used motions are suddenly off the

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    What is sports physiotherapy?

    What is sports physiotherapy?

    Because of the vast body of knowledge available for physiotherapists in terms of treatment, diagnosis, and management, physios tend to specialise in specific fields. Investing their focus in one specialty means they develop an understanding of all the ins and outs of their chosen field, meaning the best possible care for you.   As the

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    What does a physio do with the diagnosis from assessment?

    What does a physio do with the diagnosis from assessment?

    Once a physiotherapist has established the specifics of your condition, s/he will begin to discuss what they think are the best possible routes of treatment for you. This may sometimes involve a referral to another healthcare professional, but will often involve a plan to improve your functional movement over a certain period of time. Your

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    What do physiotherapists do?

    What do physiotherapists do?

    A physiotherapist’s primary role and focus is to restore functional movement after an injury, disease, or even disability has adversely affected your mobility. Physios work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, working with doctors and nurses to supplement their treatments.   Physiotherapist assessments   Throughout your care any medical professionals who see you will contribute

    • 16 JUN 16
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    Whitening: 5 things to know about getting a brighter smile

    Whitening: 5 things to know about getting a brighter smile

    Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. When you asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile, the most common response

    • 16 JUN 16
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    Dental Crown – FAQ

    Dental Crown – FAQ

    What Are “Onlays” and “3/4 Crowns?”   Onlays and 3/4 crowns are variations on the technique of dental crowns. The difference between these crowns and the crowns discussed previously is their coverage of the underlying tooth. The “traditional” crown covers the entire tooth; onlays and 3/4 crowns cover the underlying tooth to a lesser extent.

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    What problems could develop with a dental crown?

    What problems could develop with a dental crown?

    Discomfort or sensitivity- Your newly crowned tooth may be sensitive immediately after the procedure as the anesthesia begins to wear off. If the tooth that has been crowned still has a nerve in it, you may experience some heat and cold sensitivity. Your dentist may recommend that you brush teeth with toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.

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    What steps are involved in preparing a tooth for a crown?

    What steps are involved in preparing a tooth for a crown?

    Preparing a tooth for a crown usually requires two visits to the dentist — the first step involves examining and preparing the tooth, the second visit involves placement of the permanent crown.   First Visit: Examining and preparing the tooth.   At the first visit in preparation for a crown, your dentist may take a

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    What types of crowns are available?

    What types of crowns are available?

    Permanent crowns can be made from stainless steel, all metal (such as gold or another alloy), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic.   Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated crowns that are used on permanent teeth primarily as a temporary measure. The crown protects the tooth or filling while a permanent crown is made from another

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    Why is a dental crown needed?

    Why is a dental crown needed?

    A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:   To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down To cover and support a tooth with a large

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    How wisdom teeth are removed

    How wisdom teeth are removed

    Your dentist may remove your wisdom teeth or they may refer you to a specialist surgeon for hospital treatment.   Before the procedure, you’ll usually be given a local anaesthetic injection to numb the area around the tooth. You’ll feel some pressure just before the tooth is removed, as your dentist or oral surgeon needs to widen

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    Why are wisdom teeth removed?

    Why are wisdom teeth removed?

    Your wisdom teeth don’t usually need to be removed if they’re impacted but aren’t causing any problems. This is because there’s no proven benefit of doing this and it carries the risk of complications.   Sometimes, wisdom teeth that have become impacted or haven’t fully broken through the surface of the gum can cause dental problems. Food and

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    What to do following an extraction – Main questions

    What to do following an extraction – Main questions

    I’ve had my tooth out – what should I do now?   Take it easy for the rest of the day. Take as little exercise as you can, and rest as much as you can. Keep your head up to avoid any bleeding.   What precautions should I take?   Avoid hot food or drinks

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    After you’ve had a tooth pulled

    After you’ve had a tooth pulled

    Following an extraction, your dentist will send you home to recover. Recovery typically takes a few days. The following can help minimize discomfort, reduce the risk of infection, and speed recovery.   Take painkillers as prescribed.   Bite firmly but gently on the gauze pad placed by your dentist to reduce bleeding and allow a

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    What to expect with tooth extraction

    What to expect with tooth extraction

    Dentists and oral surgeons (dentists with special training to perform surgery) perform tooth extractions. Before pulling the tooth, your dentist will give you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are having more than one tooth pulled or if a tooth is impacted, your

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    Reasons for pulling teeth

    Reasons for pulling teeth

    Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired.   Other reasons include:   A crowded mouth. Sometimes dentists pull teeth to prepare the