Monday, 28 July 2008

End of Year One exam results are in!

So, the results are in...

From what some other students have told me, the first year is arguably the hardest as you are learning a lot of new principles and need to adjust to learning again, albeit on a part time basis. I must admit that even though I was given an excellent foundation by Michael, Andrew et al at the Midlands School of Massage, it is the balance of work/life/study that has been the hardest. I'm hoping that this gets a little easier as I settle into the course.

That said, it has been fun and I have worked very hard, which thankfully has reflected in my results: 4 x A grade for each of the subjects; Anatomy, Physiology, Professional Practice and finally Diagnosis and Practice.

A hard first year but I am very pleased with those results!! Looks like I'll be busy come September time then...!

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Diabetes and Diet

After recently coming across Your Sweet Shop, a website that sells all kinds of chocolate and sweeties alongside a whole range of sugarfree sweets and diabetic chocolate, I thought I'd look into the importance of diet in diabetes.

There are 3 types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes mellitus, Type 2 diabetes mellitus and gestational diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes mellitus accounts for around 10% of cases of diabetes and is caused by a lack of insulin producing cells in the pancreas, leading to a deficiency of insulin. It is dubbed "juvenile diabetes" as it is commonest in children. Type 1 diabetes is typically treated with daily insulin injections.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is also characterised by a deficiency of insulin but is accompanied by a resistance to insulin or reduced insulin sensitivity within body tissues. A predisposing factor to Type 2 diabetes is obesity which is a factor in over half of all diabetes cases. It can be controlled, to a degree, by careful monitoring of diet, exercise and weight loss. If necessary, this can be followed up with oral medication.

The third type, gestational diabetes is a rarer form, very similar to Type 2 that occurs in 2-5% of pregnancies.

As mentioned above, Type 2 diabetes can be controlled by careful monitoring of diet, in particular the consumption of carbohydrates. To help make this more palatable, Your Sweet Shop sells a range of low carbohydrate, sugarfree sweets and sugar free chocolate so that you can treat yourself without risking your health. Of course, you should always talk to your doctor before changing your diet.

To find out more about tailoring your diet for diabetes, have a look at these websites:

Friday, 4 July 2008

New blog launched - Pirifromis Syndrome

In my clinic I treat many people with lower back pain and pain referring down the legs. Almost every time, the piriformis is tight on one or both sides and needs to be released to reduce the pain and increase mobility. As this has become such an important part of my treatments, I've decidd to start a new blog dedicated to it!

Piriformis Syndrome Advice is going to be stuffed full of heplful advice, treatments, useful techniques and discussion about this common yet painful condition. I've already found some facebook groups about piriformis syndrome and some websites dedicated to it too, so I think there will be plenty to talk about:

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Osteopathy Study Aids

So, rather than sit around idle over the summer, I'm going to develop a whole host of osteopathy study aids focussing on different anatomical or physiological concepts to help make studying this subject, hopefully, that little bit easier...

I've setup an Osteopathy Study Aids page on my site and have started off with the "learn the brachial plexus" diagram but am hoping to have some new stuff on there soon.

Keep 'em peeled!