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11th Networking Meeting for Healthcare Practitioners in Dubai

Dubai, 30 March, 2016:  The Elephant Club’s eleventh meeting was organised at Bait Al Bahar restaurant. Participants included: Andrew C. Wright (Art Psychotherapist/ Clinical Director, Art Therapy International Centre); Anil Daniel Prasad (Physiotherapist, Osteopathic Health Centre); Anne Jackson (Personal/ Professional Life Coach, One Life Coaching Dubai); Caterina Obrador (Podiatrist, Medcare Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital) Dru Campbell (Head Midwife, Healthbay); Eléonore Bronne (Psychologist and Doula); Hayat Faysal (Energy Healing Practitioner / Intuitive Reader / Hatha Yoga Teacher); Jocelyn Kope (Physiotherapist, Breath and Health Alternative Medical Centre); Maan Taba (Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, Medcare Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital); Nargis Raza (Managing Partner, Osteopathic Health Centre); and Nicki Anderson (Occupational Therapist, Journey to Wholeness).

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Yoga Life Interview: Managing Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are a common occurrence and can affect bones or soft tissue such as ligaments, muscles and tendons. A physiotherapist can treat many of the injuries, with the aim of fully rehabilitating the athlete and facilitating their return to sport. In an interview, Joseph Maynard, a physiotherapist at the Osteopathic Health Centre in Dubai, gives the details

At some point in any sports person’s career, injures will happen; not only in elite sport but at all levels of ‘sports’, down to your regular gym goer.

Top and elite sports people will push their bodies to near breaking point to get every last bit out of their performance. Competitive sport in general is a tightrope; you are always a few inches away from plummeting off and having to grind your way back up to the top once more. With the help of physiotherapists and rehabilitation specialists, these periods of pain and injury can be drastically reduced, if not prevented.


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Farewell: Naomi Cassrels and Stephen Watts

Wishing our massage therapist Naomi Cassrels and osteopath Stephen Watts all the best for the future!

Naomi travels to start her new life in Australia while Stephen has relocated to Hong Kong. Both will be sorely missed by their patients and by the OHC team.

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April 2016: SOMATICS Workshop – Dubai – CPD Points: 14.5

A natural, gentle and safe way to end chronic pain, relieve stress and restore freedom of movement

Date: 1 -2 April 2016

Fee: AED 2,000/-

Venue: To be confirmed

This workshop, conducted by Brian Siddharta Ingle, is based on The Feldenkraise Method and Tom Hanna’s Somatics. In this training you will learn how to teach somatic movement lessons to patients in order to help them come out of chronic pain and long-term postural holding patterns.

In this 2-day course you will learn:
• Somatic philosophy and history of Somatic Education
• Functional anatomy and neurophysiology as it applies to Hanna Somatics
• What “sensory motor amnesia” is, how it occurs in the brain and central nervous
system, and why it is the cause of most chronic muscular pain
• How all humans respond reflexively to stress within three full body reflexes
• Assessment – how to recognize the three somatic reflex patterns
• The difference between stretching and “pandiculation”, the technique used to restore voluntary sensory and motor control of muscles
• Thomas Hanna’s eight Myth of Ageing movement lessons
Yoga and Pilates practitioners/teachers are also welcome to join.

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Joseph Maynard: How to use a foam roller (Video by 7Days)

Published on 7Days UAE

By Caitlyn Davey

You might have heard fitness bunnies raving about foam rollers recently – perhaps you’ve seen more people using them lately.

This fitness aid has been a staple of physiotherapists for a while, but are now becoming more widely used by individuals who have seen the benefits. But do you know how to use them, or what they’re for?

These rollers are foam cylinders that are either a whole piece or, as pictured – hollow in the middle.

So why and when should you use these odd contraptions?

Joseph Maynard, physiotherapist at Osteopathic Health Centre, explains that rollers can help with stretching out tight muscles, reduce risk of injury and aid in recovery, as well as boosting circulation, and our personal favourite: reduce susceptibility to cellulite.

Joseph says: “It’s not just for one sporting type – whether you’ve got postural pain from sitting down all day, or you’re an elite athlete, this can help you.”

There are a few main principles for how the foam rollers help. Joseph explains: “They improve the blood flow, and vascularity to the tissues.

So if you have a very stiff or tight muscle, or the lining of the muscle, which is called fascia, these lumps and bumps on the foam roller paired with technique will help to increase blood flow to the area, increase your flexibility, then in turn preventing your likelihood of injury, and it will also improve your performance, whether it be weight-lifting or cardio.”

Even if you’re not working out regularly, there are reasons to invest in the fit kit.

Working on a computer all day, we naturally hunch over, causing tension in our shoulder blades, and back. The foam roller is an ideal fix to loosen the muscles and reduce aches and pains, though Joseph warns: “It’s not advisable to foam roll your lower back, as this is mostly bone.

There’s very little muscle to work, which can result in injury. Rather, lie with the roller at the base of your shoulder blades, cross your arms over, with your hands on your shoulders, and gently rock side-to-side, to give a light massage.”

Muscle groups that can, and should be worked include the calves, particularly for runners; hamstrings, quadriceps, and hip flexors, as well as the particularly painful IT band.

The IT band is on the side of the leg, between the quad muscles and the hamstring, and runs from hip to the knee – and often gets very tight.

But, it’s not just about rolling.

Joseph says there are a variety of ways to use a roller: “There’s a misconception that rollers are just for rolling. There are several other methods you can adopt – sheering, compressing, and sweeping are three styles.”  Foam rolling should be done approximately four times per week.