Monday, 30 June 2008

New Affiliate Scheme - Powerballs!

I know some people who absolutely swear by Powerballs as a way of building strength for sports like climbing and weightlifting but after looking at the website it seems that Powerballs are useful for reahbilitating injuries including tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis. Read more rehab benefits here.

If you're interested and want to buy a Powerball in the UK, click the link above.

End of year one!

Wow, it's all over... for a few months, anyway!

I think the whole group has really developed over the first year and compared to where we were at the exams in Jan, I know that personally I know an awful lot more and am a lot more confident. If anything, I'm a little disappointed with the practical part of the examination as we didn't get the opportunity to demonstrate anything new - passive assessment of the shoulder... again - great!

Anyway, I'm not as nervous as I thought I would be about the results and hopefully (fingers crossed) I'll make it into year 2.

So, a summer of relaxation and recuperation although I've got a few ideas of how to earn some extra pennies for next year. The Learn The Brachial Plexus diagram is just the beginning...

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

How cheese helps you make successful decisions!

Now, I like cheese. In fact, English farmhouse cheese is one of my favourite foods of all time. Looks like now I've got a legitimate reason to eat it...

According to psychologists at the University of Cambridge, people with high levels of serotonin are more likely to succeed in delicate negotiating affecting their own interests. Serotonin is manufactured in the body from the amino acid trytophan which is present in all kinds of food including, you guessed it, cheese!

I for one am very pleased at this news. I'll stop feeling guilty about visiting my favourite delicatessen Nottingham and buying a big slab of mature cheddar... or Wensleydale with cranberries... mmm...

To read more about how to eat farmhouse cheese guilt-free, click this link.

Monday, 23 June 2008

One way to learn muscles...

Are you lost trying to remember the muscles of the upper limb? Here's one approach!
I think I'll stick to using the my Atlas of Musculoskeletal Anatomy!

Don't forget if you're struggling to learn the brachial plexus, I have a downloadable graphic on my site here.

Friday, 20 June 2008

Tennis Elbow & Orthopaedic Support Products

I've come across tennis elbow a few times in clinic and found that deep tissue work to the common extensor origin along with a localised stretch of the extensors in the posterior compartment of the forearm to be particularly effective.

Accurately named lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow presents as:
  • pain around lateral epicondyle
  • pain when lifting objects or gripping
  • pain radiating down the forearm
Specialised tennis elbow supports can be a very effective way to manage the condition. Worn beneath the elbow around the proximal forearm, it takes pressure off the extensors allowing inflammation to decrease and the healing process to begin. I would also suggest regular massage treatments to help promote healing and drain the area of the waste products of inflammation.

I recently came across a website that sells a range of orthopaedic supports to help conditions such as tennis elbow or chronic lower back pain. The website, also carries a range of disabled scooters and portable wheelchairs but it is these supports and living aids that I'm most interested in.

I wonder if I should start offering some of their products on my site... hmm...

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Dancing Otter

5 Steps to the Perfect Shave

Ok, a little bit off topic but personal appearance is very important when dealing with members of the public face-to-face. I've just found this very helpful blog post about how to achieve that perfect, flawless shave:

And there's a corresponding page here with links to mens shaving products that are recommended by the experts at Aspetto. Good stuff!