3 Dec 2017

Muscle Weakness and the link with Mortality

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60 Studies These studies firmly establish the link between muscle weakness and early death. Some measure handgrip strength, others use the large axial and limb muscles but all reach basically the same conclusion. The stronger you are, the longer you live and the less disability you suffer. This effect is independent of age, fitness, exercise...
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8 Feb 2017

Are We Treating Patients Like Dice?

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Statistics tell us the probability of throwing a 2 with a regular die, is one in 6 – something we can easily verify by throwing the die repeatedly to see whether our prediction matched reality. We can also predict that rolling one die ten times would give us the same result, on average, as rolling 10 dice just once.  Again, we...
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7 Feb 2017

Calcium as an essential nutrient

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In the January Webinar We covered Calcium and it’s role as an essential macro-nutrient. It turns out Calcium is such a big topic, it’s really hard to do it justice in an hour, but some of the topics we covered included: Calcium in and its role in the actin-myosin cross-bridges that leads to muscle contraction. We...
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30 Jan 2017

Involuntary Neck Movements caused by Apicectomy

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An interesting case showcasing afferent input. A young man with a diagnosis of torticollis (which was really involuntary movement) and winging of the scapulae. I diagnosed the cause of his nerve interference on his first visit and here you can see the 4 week and 6 month follow-up. If you look carefully you will see this...
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22 Dec 2016

December Webinar

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This month webinar focused on human movement and how better understanding the way our bodies move can help us to become better practitioners. The webinar started with some basic questions regarding our body. What is the basic function of the lower part of the body? What about the one of the upper body? Reflecting on...
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14 Oct 2016

The Elephant in the Room for EBM

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P-values are the gold medal of research. Finding a p-value less than .05 in your clinical trial is the pinnacle of achievement. Even though there is virtually no difference between p=.047 and p=.053, get the former and your research is a success, the latter and it is consigned to the wastepaper basket of history. The reason...
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9 Aug 2016

The Quickest Way to Change Muscle Tone

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Muscle tone is a NEUROLOGIC phenomenon. It depends on the nervous system working without interference. The basic unit of neurological function is the neurological impulse which leads to axonal depolarisation. It mostly originates in the muscle spindle cells and periodontal ligaments, tissues which, uniquely, spontaneously generate afferent input. At least 90% of our muscular activity...
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26 Jul 2016

Physiology-based Practice

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It makes no sense to me that we spend many years studying anatomy and physiology and then we are supposed to rely on an (EBM) model that takes no account of physiology. The statistics we use to determine p values or odds ratios are not specific to medicine, they can be applied in any population-based...
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14 Jun 2016

Neck Adjustment for Low Back Pain

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Adjustments provide afferent input. Where there is a deficiency of input, an adjustment will produce benefit. If there is no deficiency of input, the adjustment will have no benefit. The trick to providing benefit is providing the right amount of input where it is deficient. This month’s webinar presents a case where it was difficult to...
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