Brent Gordon presented a talk to the UNSW Neurological Society on behalf of the Australasian Academy of Functional Neurology (AAFN) on Thursday 10 October 2013. Brent spoke alongside Neurology Fellow Dr. Justine Wang and Registrar Dr. Michael Fong to medical students on the importance of neurological examination skills. Brent was asked by the academy to introduce the current concepts in Functional Neuroscience to medical students with a special interest in Neurology.
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It's Australian Open time and for tennis tragics that means some late nights. Dominating mens tennis at the moment is Novak Djokovic, and his domination over Rafael Nadal has coincided with eating gluten free! Well, maybe this is not the only reason but it sure has made a great difference.
In 2010 it was suggested to Novak that he may be sensitive/allergic to gluten - the protein that is found in wheat, rye, oats and barley. His professionalism and goals to perform his best led him to dramatically change his diet.
Gluten is a protein that humanity is now eating much more. And we are breeding strains of wheat that have a higher content of this protein. While it may be better from a chef's perspective to have more "stickiness" to our breads and doughs, and help make naan bread taste more delicious, it is seriously affecting the health of some individuals. It is thought that there is about 1% of the population with the more serious coeliac disease, and many more who are actually sensitive to the protein and generally feel much healthier without it.
Everything else you didn't already know about scoliosis
It was an honour to be recently asked by Dr. Anthony O’Reilly from The Chiropractic Alumni (tCa) to present a lecture on the “Neurology of Scoliosis” at a Sydney College of Chiropractic and Macquarie University Department of Chiropractic Conference (20 August 2011). The conference, held at the Stamford Grand in North Ryde was solely dedicated to Scoliosis and it was good to be speaking alongside A/Prof. Lindsay Rowe (radiologist and author of Essentials of Skeletal Radiology), Dr. Jeb McAviney (Internationally recognised scoliosis expert) and Dr. Inger Villadsen (European rehabilitation specialist).
What follows is a summary of the latest neurological information on scoliosis and the new relationships being discovered between brain imbalance and scoliosis.
It is understandable that all parents want the best for their newborn babies. Just walk into any large baby store and you are inundated with devices that are proposed to be "beneficial to the development of your baby".
Well not all, and generally very few, devices are beneficial at all!
There is a recent baby seating device on the market that many parents are buying. It has been designed as a seat that takes a young baby and keeps them in an upright seated position. You can just sit the baby in there and it "holds them up". Well, herein lies the problem.
Headache is the most frequent reason for people to seek advice from their health practitioner and is the primary reason for 10% of visits to the chiropractor (1). There are many different types of headache and the initial concern for the patient is to be sure they get a correct diagnosis. Some common diagnoses include: tension headache, migraine headache, cluster headache, sinus headache and cervicogenic (neck related) headache.
Migraine is a neurological syndrome that is associated with severe headaches, nausea and altered body perceptions. Some common descriptions from people who present with migraine include:
Many people suffer heel pain. And it doesn't sound so bad - until you have it!
It’s not pleasant to have intense pain first thing in the morning when your foot hits the floor, to feel as if you are walking on nails, or with a pebble in the shoe that won't come out. But these are just some of the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, a condition that is related to inflammation of the ligament/tendon structure on the sole of the foot.
Choice magazine, the well respected, independent assessor of products on the market, has recently published their results on pain medication for headache. They have suggested that analgesic overuse is becoming a "major medical issue" with at least one per cent of the population now suffering from "medication overuse headache" (MOH). These headaches can arise from taking as few as ten doses of painkillers for headaches in a month and the commonly used paracetamol (panadol), NSAIDs (nurofen, voltaren), codeine and triptans are all being implicated.
At the risk of a potential domino effect, I ask 170 retirees to stand on one leg. For those that already aren't too wobbly, I ask them to close their eyes. The room sways... and is soon followed by much laughter.
Last week I was asked to speak to a Probus group at the Castle Hill Community Centre. This is a group of active retirees keen to learn more about themselves, and maintain a fulfilling and active lifestyle. After the laughter settles I discuss the seriousness of not having the ability to maintain posture and balance. One in three adults over the age of 65 suffers from a fall each year and 10% of these falls lead to a significant injury resulting in hospitalisation. Of these, up to 80% do not go home! There is now a slight look of shock amongst the group.
It's that time of year where we are seeing people after their snow adventures. Many people have done the right thing and started a knee strengthening programme before they hit the slopes, and others have just "hit" the slopes.
Some months ago I was asked to present a lecture at North Shore Private Hospital to the senior midwife educators. The purpose of this lecture was to discuss the relevance of chiropractic in the current environment. It was a great opportunity to spend time with midwives and discuss pregnancy, childbirth, baby carriers and deformational plagiocephaly.
Many people consider that their low back pain was caused by a single incident. However, this is rarely the case. Most peoples' low back pain is from an accumulation of stresses resulting from poor movement patterns and minor lifting strains.
Serious low back injuries such as lumbar disc herniations / protrusions (commonly called "slipped discs") are caused by repeated or prolonged full flexion (or bending) of the lumbar spine. These injuries could often be avoided by following some very simple rules: