May 2012 Newsletter – Keep Moving

 

The Good News

Physiotherapy services have expanded at Wentworthville Medical and Dental Centre. We now have 2 full time physiotherapists and are open 6 days a week (including Saturday). Four days we open at 7:30 am and we close at 7 pm.

As a result waiting times for an appointment have dropped dramatically with most people able to be seen the day they contact us or the next day.

Staff Profiles

Michael Shilson-Josling

Believes In – high quality hands on treatment combined with exercise to achieve the best results for his patients

Interest Areas – headaches, TMJ, functional assessments, core strength

Hobbies – kayak fishing, driving his kids around, the gym, science fiction books

Final Word – I always try my utmost to achieve the best possible results for my patients.

Surbhi Gupta

Believes In – Exercises, education and treating the whole person

Interest Areas – Women’s health and incontinence, dry needling and work related injuries

Hobbies – travelling, coastal walking, trekking

Final Word – Helping people to help themselves

 Keep Moving

We all know that repetitive behaviour can be bad for us but new research shows that sitting could be the worst repetitive behaviour of them all.

In our modern lives it’s hard to avoid sitting. We sit at computers, our entertainment is done via a screen and we drive to work and to play.

Extended period without moving regularly causes our joints to stiffen up just a little bit. Maybe not a lot in one day but over a long period of time joints begin to lose some of their movement.

Busy schedule

Joints need to be able to move freely to stay healthy, especially in the back. If a joint stiffens up in the back other joints around it need to move further to compensate and this puts ligaments at risk of damage.

Stiffness of the thoracic spine can cause lumbar spine pain when our lumbar spine tries to increase movement to compensate for stiffness in the upper spine. Extended periods of sitting have also been shown to increase your risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes.

The bad news is that going for a walk at lunch or to the gym after work doesn’t necessarily counteract the sitting effect. It is much more effective to break up long periods of sitting by standing or walking for a few minutes. Going to the gym is still important for overall health, but it is not enough undo the damage of 6-8 hours of sitting.

There are many simple ways to combat this problem. Stand at work when you take a phone call, or walk across the hall to talk to a colleague instead of emailing them. One minute standing in every 20 could be enough to keep you in good health.

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