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PCOS

What is PCOS? Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age. It is characterized by an imbalance of hormones which can lead to irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, acne and excessive facial or body hair. Other symptoms may include weight gain, thinning hair on the scalp and depression/anxiety. Treatment typically involves medications and lifestyle …

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PMDD

PMDD or Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It is characterized by intense physical and psychological symptoms that greatly interfere with daily life. These symptoms can include depression, anxiety, irritability or mood swings, fatigue, bloating or breast tenderness and difficulty concentrating. The exact cause of PMDD is unknown but it may be related to hormonal …

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Fibromyalgia

What is Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain and tenderness throughout the body. It can also cause fatigue, sleep disturbances, mood swings anxiety and difficulty concentrating or remembering things. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown but it is believed to be related to changes in how the brain processes information from the nerves located throughout the …

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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder feels very much like the name suggests. While it may not be cold it certainly does not want to move the way a shoulder is supposed to. If you try it can create immense pain. So you tend not to try which means the shoulder muscles become more tight resulting in greater restriction and lack of movement. This …

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TMJ

No smile on your dial? TMJ, That grinding pain that if left untreated can lead to waaay more pain, inability to chew leading to poor nutrition, headaches, migraines, ear pain, lack of sleep, teeth pain, lockjaw, dizziness, anxiety, anxiety and depression. Chronic pain can be incredibly debilitating but it doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s pull this baby apart and have a …

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Carpal Tunnel: Step into the light

Carpal Tunnel Oh My God otherwise known as OMG. What the hell is this pain?  Carpal tunnel or Carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS can be an incredibly distressing condition ranging from mild pain and discomfort to extreme pain, numbness and loss of function of the  fingers, hands and even arms not to mention what the hell is this? You don’t have to …

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Tennis elbow, not funny.

Despite the name you don’t actually have to play tennis to get tennis elbow. You can get it from any repetitive activity that involves the specific muscle called the extensor carpi radialis brevis. Yeah that is one mouthful for a small muscle. The reason, when it wants to have attitude the pain can be unbearable and despite being in the …

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The Problem With Sugar

What’s wrong with sugar? It’s the question becoming more and more common in society as we seek to find ways to better health, less pain, better performance, improved weight, more energy and a diet that is appealing. What is sugar? But first we need to understand what sugar is. Sugar is a naturally occurring substance produced by all plants and …

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Autoimmune Disease Newcastle

What is Autoimmune Disease? Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system identifies a particular tissue of the body incorrectly as an invader. The immune systems function is to protect the body from external invaders that might cause disease. As a result the immune system attacks the body tissue in question causing inflammation, and damage to the cells in question. What …

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What Are The Benefits Of Stretching?

Stretching. Do you remember at primary school when you had to do some kind of sport and attached to whatever the activity was there was this quiet non committed suggestion of a stretch? You would wriggle around a bit, touch your toes and roll your shoulders a couple of times and that was it. Looking back this kind of made …