By Dr. Hussain Bhatti, M.B.B.S.D.C.H.R.C.P.S.
Pain can take many forms from occasional stabbing or throbbing to a constant pain that will not go away. Each type of pain also has a different cause. One should look for the real cause of the pain in order to plan your pain management.
- Sports injuries is a common cause of pain anywhere in the body
- Video games can result in pain in the neck, wrist, shoulder, arm and hand. Some of these injuries can be typical to the type of video games you are playing.
- Pain due to lifestyle. Sitting for long periods at a time, in front of a computer or watching television can often result in neck and back discomfort or pain.
- Repetitive strain injury can be from the type of work you do usually on the wrist or thumb, working in a factory or an assembly line, ill fitting or wearing the wrong type of foot wear. Flip flops can cause plantar fasciitis. Picking up your baby out of a cot or a buggy can cause back pain.
- Smart phones: In recent years pain in the neck and thumb has become quite common due to checking and answering your messages especially in young people.
- A big thick wallet in your back pocket can result in pain your hip and buttock and may result in sciatica.
- If you drive for long hours especially at night time it can result in neck pain frequently found in people who drive for a living.
- Laptops: studies suggest students who carried their laptops from one place to another resulted in shoulder pain and some also developed elbow pain.
- Sleeping in an awkward position or due to wrong pillow can result in neck and upper back pain.
- Heavy lifting or lifting wrongly is a common cause of back pain. This can be largely avoided by lifting correctly and asking someone to help.
- Change in weather can affect lots of people especially in their joints due to changes in temperature, pressure and humidity.
- Heavy strenuous exercise or working out infrequently can result in injury and pain. Expert advice can limit the chance of these types of injuries. Your doctor can help you by sending you to a physiotherapist which can make such a difference to your life.
- Jaw pain can result from grinding teeth during sleep, one could be suffering from a sleep disorder, depression, anxiety or earaches. Always consult your doctor and a dentist as you might have TMJ problems. Some complementary therapies can help. Chronic pain can also lead to Insomnia, Tiredness and Depression.
- Stress/Depression can lead to pain and aches anywhere in the whole body, especially if you suffer from chronic stress, anxiety or depression due to work/ home or due to muscle tension in a traffic jam or an argument with a loved one. Once your GP has ruled out any serious illness then complementary therapies can be very helpful in healing your discomfort and pain.
Micro-immunotherapy medicines contain high dilutions of interleukins, growth factors and specific nucleic acids (SNA) for the support of the immune system by restoring balance leading to a positive effect on the person’s overall health and defences. It can be successfully used in this or any other inflammatory diseases which are the consequence of imbalance in our immune system. The main object is to restore and correct the functioning of our immune system.
Micro-immunotherapy seeks to regulate the immune response and optimally modulate the inflammation and contributes to correcting the function of the bowel. It can be used alongside conventional medicine as a supportive therapy.
The Clinic of Complementary and Natural Medicine was established by Dr Bhatti in 1989. Dr Bhatti is a medically qualified doctor and a medical naturopath. He has a Diploma in child health from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ireland and has worked for years in Galway’s main hospitals at UCHG, Merlin Park, St Brigid’s hospital and Portiuncula.
Dr Bhatti’s clinic is now located at URBAN Wellbeing, Tuam Rd., Galway.
Always consult your G.P. first for medical advice and to rule out any serious illness or before starting any new regime or self treatment. The contents of this article are for informational purposes only and are not intended to prevent, diagnose or cure any medical conditions. The publisher of this article or any information provided on this site including text, graphics, images, cannot be held responsible for any errors or any consequences arising from the use of the information contained in this article or this site or it’s pages. In case of an emergency always contact your Doctor and the emergency services immediately.
Tristan’s Ciúnas nominated for award at Dublin Film Festival
Connemara filmmaker Tristan Heanue has been nominated for the Discovery Award at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival for his short Irish-language film Ciúnas (Silence) which was shot around Connemara. The winner of the award will be announced at the closing ceremony of the festival on Sunday, March 8.
Previous recipients include Barry Keoghan, Niamh Algar and John Connors.
Ciúnas won the Físín Script Award at the 2018 Dingle Film Festival and that festival came on board as co-executive producer on the finished short, which Tristan wrote, directed and produced,
The plot centres on a couple embarking on a journey in the midst of a family crisis and it stars Gary Lydon (The Guard, Calvary, Pure Mule, The Clinic) Ally Ní Chiaráin (The Drummer and the Keeper, Michael Inside) and rising star Hazel Doupe (Float Like a Butterfly, Michael Inside, Calm with Horses).
“I’m hugely honoured to be nominated for this award among such an incredible list of Irish talent,” says the Letterfrack man. “I am so happy with how people seem to have connected with the film since we screened at the Galway Film Fleadh last July.”
Ciúnas has already won the Grand Prix at the 64th Cork Film Festival in November, which means it’s now on the Academy Awards longlist for 2021.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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Eclectics aim for a musical smorgasbord for all tastes
Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell
There’s a hint in the name as to what you might expect from the night – and it’s that diversity of styles that helps explain how, right through the second half of 2019, Eclectics emerged as one of Galway’s premier nights for original music.
Curated by David Boland, the showcase gained huge support by prioritising quality and putting artists first. In the Black Gate, Eclectics has a venue that matches its own ethos – it is the city’s most intimate venue not just because of its size but because, invariably, its patrons are intent on listening to the act on stage.
The 2019 programme began and ended with Cavan songstress Lisa O’Neill but it featured a long list of talented Irish musicians in between.
On a Galway scale, local artists including Jack Lee, Maija Sofia and Dead Horse Jive all played headline shows in the latter stages of the year. There were performances too from experienced Irish musicians like John Spillane and Hothouse Flowers’ Liam O Maonlaoi.
Eclectics is a place for artists at the start of their careers as well as those that have long established themselves in the industry. There are no set criteria for the acts David books.
While the venue may lend itself to a quieter sound, the Black Gate hosts musicians from all styles and genres.
Invariably, the shared trait among Eclectics performers is originality. As the name suggests, the showcase champions diversity and authenticity.
Galway’s arts community is one of the best and most vibrant in the country. There is something of a disparity, however, between the number of quality artists we have in the city and the number of venues that encourage their work.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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Corofin’s history makers return to a heroes’ welcome
Bonfires blazed and hundreds lined the route as the classy Corofin champions made their way home to a rapturous reception on Monday evening following their historic All-Ireland success the previous day.
The stage was set in Dr Duggan Park, as supporters of all ages dressed in their saffron and green colours waited patiently for the team bus to arrive in the village – and when they eventually did, they were greeted by one of the most energetic homecomings ever witnessed.
This was their fifth All-Ireland club success and by far the most special – not just because the side achieved three-in-a-row, but because of the manner in which they pulled away in the first period of extra time.
Many of those loyal Corofin supporters were convinced that the reception might not have been as ecstatic, had they snatched victory in normal time.
Indeed, the huge Corofin support witnessed their side doing what they do best in that opening period as sub Conor Cunningham sneaked a goal from a rebound and heroes Ronan Steede, Dylan Canney, Liam Silke and Gary Sice put daylight between the sides.
Monday’s homecoming began as the team bus crossed the Shannon in Athlone around mid-afternoon and were even treated to a warm welcome in Ballinasloe along the route.
But it was when they arrived at around 6pm in Abbeyknockmoy that the celebrations began in earnest, as players disembarked from the bus with the Andy Merrigan Cup to the delight of the local GAA club and well-wishers.
See full coverage of the homecoming and that historic win in Croke Park – all in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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