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Is Exercise Safe for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

Emma Sansalone (Accredited Exercise Physiologist) Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects over 23,000 people within Australia and more than two million diagnosed worldwide. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, however it can affect younger and older people too. Roughly three times as many women have MS as men. (source: MS Australia). Common signs and

Vestibular Neuritis

Vestibular Neuritis Vestibular Neuritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the inner ear. It usually occurs following a viral infection. Symptoms include sudden severe vertigo, dizziness, balance difficulties, feeling unsteady, a swaying sensation, and sometimes changes in vision and hearing. Vestibular rehabilitation exercises can help to reduce symptoms and re-train the brain in interpreting

What are FODMAPs?

What is this weird new word you have read about in magazines and heard whispered around coffee shop tables? FOPMAP is an acronym for Fermentable Oligo, Di & Monosaccharides and Polyols Researchers here in Melbourne have found that foods containing these sugars can trigger symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS may be one reason

Arthritis and Exercise

Posture, Balance & Fall Prevention

Statistics show that falls occur in 1 in 3 people aged over 65, and 1 in 2 people aged over 90. Hospital admissions from falls is particularly common in people aged 65 years and older, which is 3.5 times as many admissions as a result of a fall compared with people aged 45-64. A number

How Much Sugar?

Did you know there are approximately: 5 teaspoons of sugar in a can of cola 8 teaspoons in a can of lemonade 6 teaspoons in a bottle of flavoured water 5 teaspoons in a can of energy drink 10 teaspoons in a 600ml bottle of juice 2 teaspoons in a regular latte 16 teaspoons in

How To Stay Fit, Happy and Healthy

If you’ve been listening to the news you already know about our national obesity levels rising by the day. It has never been more important to watch what you are eating and to get an adequate amount of exercise and sleep to keep yourself fit and healthy. Though it may feel like really hard work

Keeping Fit – 5 Ways To Stay Active

If you can’t afford to join a gym but still want to keep fit, there is plenty you can do. And best of all you could burn more calories than the average gym workout and it doesn’t cost you the earth. Here, we present five more ways to keep fit without having to join a

The Benefits Of Getting Fresh Air

Today we will be talking about the health benefits of fresh air. People often tend to forget about the importance of spending time outside and underestimate the health benefits of spending time outdoors. If you are spending most of your time inside the air conditioned office or home, you are forcing your body to use

Acupuncture – How It Really Works

For critics of acupuncture, last week’s headlines provided ready ammunition. News reports revealed that hundreds of NHS patients undergoing the treatment have suffered complications including fainting and dizziness. A study said there were 325 reports of patients coming to harm after having acupuncture on the NHS in just two years.  These included 100 cases of

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