Message from Mandy Old New Digs As most of you know, I am very excited to be in my 5th and final year of Masters in Osteopathy. It has been a long journey and not without its challenges, but I love it and am delighted that I have been able to enhance your treatments as my knowledge grows.
I have only met one person in all my years of treating that hasn’t had slumped shoulders, myself included. It goes with the territory of our lifestyles, with most of us sitting all day working on computers.
Key contributors to this are our often neglected pectoralis minor muscles. These little guys are directly connected to our shoulder blades and when tight, pull our shoulders forward. They get tight from sustained poor posture and from bad breathing habits, such as upper chest breathing that makes them work extra hard.
We have all heard the ‘term use it or lose it’ and this is very much the case with our brains. Many of us stop engaging in new activities and learning new things as we get older. We stick to things we already know well and more than ever we rely on the use of electronic reminders, so we simply don’t challenge ourselves like we use to.
I've been chatting to a few clients about this over the last week, so thought I would share an awesome little picture that shows the sugar content of common drinks, the food equivalent and how much exercise you would need to do to burn off the consumption.
It’s particularly topical with the World Health Organisation slashing our recommended daily intake of sugar this week to less than one can of fizzy drink a day…seriously!
I'm not saying never enjoy a drink of bubbles or that cold beer on a hot day…hey, I'm human! Just saying, have knowledge, be aware of what it is you’re consuming and enjoy in moderation.
February is all about heart health awareness and sadly we lose someone in our community every 90 minutes from heart disease.
I completed my 1st aid refresher course on Friday and thought I would share with you this brilliant video on the new must knows of CPR (remember in NZ we dial 111). It's 1.44mins long, it's funny and it could save the life of the person you are most likely to need to use it on...someone you love very much.