Improving Your Health and Wellbeing

  • Your Guide to Hearing Aids

    10 August 2020

    Your health clinic may recommend hearing aids following a test even if you can still hear. Generally speaking, hearing tests involve the playback of electronic sounds — known as whistles — at different volumes with different frequencies. This way, an audiologist will be able to make an assessment of which whistles you can hear and which you can't. If some frequencies in your aural response are below par, then hearing aids can be programmed to adjust sounds for your particular level of hearing loss.

  • How Physiotherapy Can Help Speed Your Recovery After Shoulder Impingement Surgery

    18 February 2020

    Shoulder impingement syndrome may not be life-threatening, but it can be both debilitating and excruciatingly painful to live with. Fortunately, most cases of shoulder impingement can be resolved using conservative, non-invasive medical treatments. However, people with severely impinged shoulders may need to undergo shoulder surgery to alleviate the pain and restore the affected shoulder's range of motion. A wide variety of techniques can be used to repair a shoulder damaged by impingement syndrome, and most are minimally-invasive procedures that tend to heal quickly.

  • Are you looking for a new doctor?

    4 February 2020

    How satisfied are you with your doctor? When you visit your doctor, do you find that they do everything that they can to make the experience as straightforward and non-traumatic as possible? Most people will only visit their doctor when they are feeling unwell or concerned about something, and finding the right doctor can make the difference between coming away feeling reassured and leaving the clinic in a worse state of agitation than when you entered the building.

  • Why should you consider a bluetooth hearing aid?

    3 February 2020

    Hearing aid technology is advancing all the time, and one recent development is the introduction of bluetooth. This allows your hearing aids to use high-frequency radio waves to connect with other nearby devices. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using such a hearing aid? The pros Bluetooth hearing aids allow you to stream audio from your smartphone, music player or TV, either directly or via a device called a streamer that you would typically wear around your neck.

  • Understanding Spondylolisthesis

    27 January 2020

    Spondylolisthesis is a condition that occurs when one of the vertebra bones in your spine becomes misaligned. The tissue between your bones is not affected, so it's not the same as having a slipped disc. Spondylolisthesis can occur at any point along your spine, but the lower back seems to be most commonly affected. Here's an overview of the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment approach for spondylolisthesis: Causes and Symptoms

  • 3 Times When Seeing a Counsellor Is a Good Thing

    21 January 2020

    As self-sufficient as people like to think they are, no one really ever has everything all figured out in life. Going to counselling can help you cut through the confusion and provided clarity. Here are three times in life when choosing counselling may be the best decision you've ever made. 1. You've reached a major milestone Most people would agree there is a big difference between the average 20-year-old and a 50-year-old, and it's not just the age span.

  • Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    21 January 2020

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a bowel disorder that affects the motility and functionality of the gut. Anyone can develop the condition, but it's more common in women than men. There's no known definitive cause of IBS, but there are a number of factors thought to play a role in the development of this condition, such as having a family history of IBS, stress and the nerves in your intestines being oversensitive.

  • What is genetic screening?

    17 January 2020

    Genetic screening, or testing as it is sometimes called, is often an invaluable tool in helping clinicians to diagnose a genetic condition or to assess the likelihood of someone developing a particular illness or disease. Genetic screening tests Screening tests are often considered an important part of any public health programme and are usually quite general in nature. They are normally offered to people who are considered quite healthy but may be at risk of a particular condition.