16 Oct 2014

I love to see my patients happy!

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I get asked time after time as to how I can cope with all the work I do a day?? What is my drive in this and how do I motivate myself to do the same thing all day everyday??

My answer is simple!! Giving my patients a helping hand to make them feel better is all my motivation….. Producing results in what I do is what I work for. I am sure it’s the same with you all, isn’t it?? A happy customer can make your week never mind your day, specially  when they actually tell you how your work has made a difference in their lives:

“After almost a year of suffering from back pain and endless visits to physiotherapists, osteopath and various clinics plus hours spent on different exercises which supposed to help me I thought that I would never be able to sit, walk or exercise without the pain until someone recommended to me Fatemeh. I’ve never heard about spinal touch before but I decided to give it a go and I have to say I was amazed what the difference the treatments made.  I want to say huge thank you to Fatemeh who has been extremely professional and trustworthy from the first appointment and helped me to enjoy my life again. I recently completed half marathon and I wouldn’t be able to do it without her help, thank you for caring and wanting to make a difference. “ Ewa

Thanks to Ewa and all my other patients whose encouragements keep me going all day everyday!

Fatemeh

 

 

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30 May 2013

I’m back on YouTube

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Hi guys,

I know its been some time since I last got to catch up with you all so I wanted to provide you with an update! Check out my weekly video and live feed for helps and tips …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XExJ6RIhUM

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10 Feb 2013

Working on my clips

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Hello there,

I know you all think why I no longer put a link to my weekly shows on Manoto TV. I used to do that every Wednesday, didn’t I?….. This is because those links (the current ones on my blog) don’t work properly and I have had numerous complaints about them, it seems like they get expired after a certain period of time. So I’m trying to get hold of my clips and upload them to my website.
Stay tunned…….. I’ll be back with the “actual” clips soon.

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27 Jun 2012

The importance of deep breathing by: My Health Today, 27.06.12

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The Importance of Deep Breathing

Breathing Exercises for a Peaceful and Healthy Lifestyle
Yoga is well known as it merges the mental meditation, physical yoga practices, and breathing exercises in order to strengthen the muscles and reduce the stress. The Physical yoga practice comprises of gentle movements, long stretches, and a deep relaxation of body and mind.
Yoga and meditation are increasing their popularity due to the stress filled and health conscious among the people all over the world. When you are thinking of starting yoga routine then you need to know that yoga incorporates poses, meditation, and breathing exercises.
The Significance of Breathing Exercises in Yoga Practice
Basically, breathing is important for the human body in two ways: It helps in providing the required amount of oxygen to all parts of the body and also acts as a means of eliminating the waste products and toxins from the body.
The Sanskrit word for the breathing exercises of yoga is pranayama. It is one of the five principles of yoga, which provides good breathing. Just practicing good breathing can provide an instantaneous enhancement in your health and life.
Practicing good breathing is treated as an exercise without using energy and total relaxation without stress or pressure. In a yogic viewpoint, a good breathing is to provide more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, and also to control the essential life energy.
Breathing is the sustenance of our body and a connection between the universe and deeper resources within us. Beating those resources enhances the alertness of our mind and provides a fresh new way of life.
Today, in our busy lives, breathing is a way to renovate the balance of our body, nourish our minds, and relate us to our inner source. Deep breathing is used to aid control panic, anxiety attacks, and mental stress. It is been found that there is a relationship between breathing and mental health.
So, just take some time to sit and practice breathing exercises regularly. It is best to take the time to practice deep breathing exercises, as it is the only thing that takes a little time to practice for our wellbeing.
In these days, breathing in short bursts; fast and shallow is very common. Our breathing is too shallow and too quick because we are not taking in sufficient or required amount of oxygen and are not eliminating sufficient carbon dioxide.
Today, people are in a hurry most of the time and there will be a stress of just living in today’s world. So, easily we are getting emotional, anxious, and angry towards simple things. That in turn causes to breathe shallow.
As we expend most of our time outdoors there is an increased exposure of our bodies to pollution and automatically our body breathes shallower in order to protect itself from pollution. Also, with our lack of physical activities there is an increased need for our body to take deep breaths.
Effects of Shallow Breathing
The effects of shallow breathing are several. Oxygen is the most important nutrient for our bodies and the production of energy in our body. It is essential for the integrity of our body parts. So, lack of oxygen will lead to a disability to resist diseases, as it is very essential to the health of our body cells.
The shallow breathing also have an effect on developing more and more diseases, catch more colds, and a big factor in cancer, heart disease, and strokes. So it is better to practice just a few breathing exercises to make your mind more alert when you don’t have sufficient time for a full yoga routine.
Benefits of Deep Breathing Exercises
Deep breathing exercises will provide the total relaxation of the body and mind. It also decreases the heart attack rate and the muscles get relax and regulates the brain function. That in turn, lessens the anxiety and stress.
An important part of the meditation process of yoga is Pranayama. In order to meditate well, you need to practice breathing exercise to help focus on the life force of your body.
Regularly practicing breathing exercises of yoga will make your mind prepared to enjoy the peacefulness and the presence of god or godliness. So, breathe deeply and practice breathing exercises in your way to have a more peaceful and healthy lifestyle.
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27 Jun 2012

Do not ignore these 7 pains by: My Health Today, 27.06.12

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Do Not Ignore these 7 Pains

Medical experts associate some of the pains that we generally go through, with some serious conditions that warrant immediate medical attention. Pain is a natural reaction – a response of the body to some inherent problem inside it. Although none of us like it, the pains, in fact, are natural signals that tell us that something is amiss inside our body.

We generally ignore the little pains in the shoulders and wrists that we get after moving the furniture in the living room. They usually go away after a couple of days and we know they are not serious. Over the years, we are also tuned to live with the pains. Due to work pressure and the seemingly other important preoccupations in life, we take them for granted.
But, unfortunately, not giving proper attention to those apparently innocuous pains may have serious consequences and sometimes, prove to be fatal. So, how do you know which of these pains may be ominous – a guiding symptom to something gravely wrong inside the body?
Our consultation with doctors in medicine, psychiatric, geriatrics and cardiology revealed that the following pains should be given immediate medical attention:
1.   An excruciating headache
Sandra Fryhofer, MD, MACP and spokeswoman for the American college of Physician said, “Although your cold and headache could be due to a sinus problem, it may also be due to a brain tumor or brain hemorrhage. So, get it investigated till you are sure of the reason.”
Sharon Brangman, MD, FACP, spokeswoman for the American Geriatric Society also agrees with this and says that when people complain of a severe headache they ever had in their lives, invariable it turns out to be a typical case of brain aneurysm. So, seek immediate emergency check-up.
2.   Pain and feeling of heaviness in the jaw, throat, shoulders, chest and abdomen
Discomfort and pain in the chest may sometimes be due to cardiac ailments. Jerome Cohen, MD, Cardiologist says that cardiac patients complain of a feeling of heaviness on the chest. They feel as if the chest is pressurized by some heavy weight.
People with heart problem also have discomfort and pain in the throat, jaws, left arm, shoulder, upper chest and abdomen. At times, there might also be nausea. Cohen says in this regard, “If the pain and discomfort is persistent and without any reason, then one should immediately call 911 or consult a physician and get emergency care, irrespective of the age of the patient. Many times, people wrongly take these symptoms to be cases of heartburn or GI distress. If the investigation proves that they are not associated with any cardiac ailment, then it is okay. But do take precaution.”
He also opines that the intermittent discomforts that occur during emotional disturbance, excitement and physical exertion should also be investigated. If you have it after going on a walk and such discomforts gets worse during hot and cold weathers, then it could be angina.
According to Cohen, who happens to be the director of preventive cardiology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, more women succumb to it more than men, although women are at lower risks of heart disease than men at any age and their signs of discomforts are also less obvious. Often, a symptom like GI distress, bloating, discomforts in abdomen and exhaustion are misinterpreted and due medical attention is not given. There is also a greater risk of cardiac ailments after menopause among women. Hence, women as well physicians should take note of such symptoms.
3.  Pain between the shoulders and lower back
Even though such pains are mostly due to arthritis, cardiac attack or problems in the abdomen could also be the underlying reasons. The pain can be due to aortic dissection that manifests as a sudden or nagging pain. People with a history of hypertension, diabetes, smoking habit and cardiovascular problems, are at high risk.
4.  Excruciating pain in the abdomen
It can be due to appendicitis and should be immediately operated, lest it would rupture. Other serious problems associated with pain in the abdomen region, could be stomach ulcers, intestinal blockage and problem in gall bladder or pancreas and hence should be investigated thoroughly.

5.   Pain in the calf
Almost two million Americans suffer from deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which may result in pain in the calf.
“People suffering from it develop blood clots in the deep veins of the legs, which may cause pulmonary embolism (a clot in the lungs). It can be life-threatening,” says Fryhofer. According to Brangman, who is professor and chief of geriatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., there can only be swelling without any pain and medical advice should be sought even in such condition.
Cancer, pregnancy, obesity, immobility are some of the associated conditions of deep vein thrombosis.
6.  Burning sensation in the feet or legs
Brangman says that the sensation burning or the pricking of needle in the feet or legs is the indicator of nerve damage and diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 25 percent of the 24 millions of Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed. So, people, who are yet to be diagnosed with diabetes, should be alert of such symptoms.
7.   Indeterminate, undefined and medically unexplained pain
“Persons suffering from depression complain of many vague and unexplained pains. They may be abdominal pain, headache or pains in different body parts,” explains Thomas Wise, MD, psychiatrist and chairman of the psychiatric department at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va.
“Since the pain is not very often severe, it is ignored by those people suffering from it and also by their family members and physicians. Moreover, the people suffering from depression are unable to express their feelings properly,” Wise adds.
There should also be other associated symptoms of depression in order to fully diagnose a case of depression.
“But people, who find it difficult getting along with others, lose interest in going through their daily chores or are unable to think and express in an articulate manner should seek medical advice immediately, as timely treatment can avert any structural damage to the brain,” Wise cautions.
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27 Jun 2012

Hello there, I’m back….

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I know I have been off my blog for a long time, however, so much has happened since March (my last blog update) that one can hardly believe. From appearing on Channel 5 “Live with Gabby” show twice on the 26th March and 9th May to start my all new regular show in the Iranian TV, Manoto TV, which by the way is my favourite Iranian channel.

Meanwhile I have expanded my clinic days in three different clinics to suit everybody’s budget. The Harley Street clinic is still on and added to that are Fridays at Ealing clinic and Saturdays in my home clinic. As we are getting more international clients I will also be available for phone consultations which are very limited and on a first come first served basis.

Now you can understand where I’ve been behind all this work. The good news is that we are going to have a regular update on the blog from now on. We will have a lot happening on this website. As you have probably seen on the “Home page” this website now has a “Google Translator” facility and that means you can easily select your preferred language from the provided list and read the blog in your own language which I think is a blessing… This makes it easier for me to share my preferred health articles with my social media friends and my show viewers from anywhere in the world, I absolutely love this bit of it though.

The advice and exercise bunch of posts will also be available on the blog, so chose what you want to read and read it in your own time and in your own language….. It’s just going to take a couple of days to transfer them all over to the blog. Once you are on the blog don’t forget to look at my “recommended product” on the left side of the blog that should hopefully be updated regularly and the previous ones will still be available to view from our “Products” page.

Last but not least is about the clips from my shows which will be easy to spot on the blog with the heading “clips” for you to refer to as they could become handy every now and again reminding you of easy exercises and postural advice.

Right, I think I have given you enough for today.

Be back soon
Fatemeh

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02 Mar 2012

Much ado about Paleo: Doctor Fatemeh explains the paleo diet as a guest blogger

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Wikipedia has described the Paleolithic diet “as a modern dietary regimen that seeks to mimic the diet of preagricultural hunter-gatherers, one that corresponds to what was available in any of the ecological niches of Paleolithic humans.” In a simple language a Paleo Diet (paleolithic diet) is based on the type of foods our ancestors ate. This diet consists of foods that can be hunted and fished, such as meat and seafood, and can be gathered, such as eggs, insects, fruit, nuts, seeds, vegetables, mushrooms, herbs and spices. Food groups that probably were rarely or never consumed by humans thousands of years ago are excluded from the diet, mainly grains, legumes (e.g. beans and peanuts), dairy products, salt, refined sugar and processed oils, although some advocates consider the use of oils with low omega-6/omega-3 ratios, such as olive oil and canola oil, to be healthy and advisable. This way of eating has many names, including ‘the Stone Age diet,’ ‘the Paleolithic diet,’ ‘the Paleo diet,’ ‘the caveman diet,’ ‘the warrior diet,’ and so on.

There is a vast collection of information about this type of diet both on papers and on line. Most of the articles have compared this diet with a more modern lifestyle diet and have come to some sort of conclusions. From a more scientific point of view there are researches which back up the paleo diet and claim that this diet could benefit some of most problematic health conditions such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, allergies and many more.

In a recent study by the department of Clinical Sciences in Lund University/Sweden,13 patients with type 2 diabetes, 3 women and 10 men, were instructed to eat a Paleolithic diet based on lean meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, root vegetables, eggs and nuts; and a Diabetes diet designed in accordance with dietary guidelines during two consecutive 3-month periods. The result showed that the Paleolithic diet improved glycemic control and several cardiovascular risk factors compared to a Diabetes diet in patients with type 2 diabetes.

There is no doubt that the Paleolithic diet has lower energy density compared to a typical diet consumed by modern humans. This is especially true in vegetarian versions of the diet, but it still holds if substantial amounts of lean meat are included in calculations. For example, most fruits and berries contain 0.4 to 0.8 calories per gram, and even by taking into account the meat/animal intake in the diet, it does not reach the densities of many processed foods commonly consumed by modern humans. For example, most McDonalds sandwiches such as the Big Mac average 2.4 to 2.8 calories/gram, and sweets such as cookies and chocolate bars commonly exceed 4 calories/gram.

There is substantial evidence that people consuming high energy-density diets are prone to overeating and they are at a greater risk of weight gain. On the other side, low caloric density diets tend to provide a greater feeling of fullness at the same energy intake, and they have been shown effective at achieving weight loss in overweight individuals without explicit caloric restrictions. Even some authors who may otherwise appear to be critical of the concept of Paleolithic diet have argued that high energy density of modern diets, as compared to paleo diet, contributes to the rate of diseases of affluence in the industrial world.

But there are a couple of questions which need answering:

  1. Is the low carb Paleolithic diet the one that is recommended for everyone? No. There is not such a diet suitable for everyone. Individuals are different, depends on the type of your body, your lifestyle, your physical activities, your medical history and many other factors, YOU and YOUR DOCTOR decide what’s the best food intake for you.
  2. Is there a less extreme low carb diet for fat loss? Yes, Of course. Again it’s up to YOU, If you prefer, you may use other low carb diets for fat loss or keeping fit.

Alternatively, you could also consider the following formula which seems to work for most of us:

  • Adopt as much fresh diet as possible, fish, vegetables and fruit, and try to avoid processed food, and in particular junk food.
  • Exercise frequently, but with a variety of durations and intensities (including rest periods) rather than doing always the same, ask your fitness instructor to overload your exercise routine frequently,
  • Perform a variety of cardiovascular exercises, such as walking, running, cycling, climbing, swimming…. These exercises involve different groups of muscles in your body and the effects are undeniable…

Finally and most importantly, don’t forget to check your primary health with your GP before taking any diet/food regimen.

 

To see more about this topic at Energya please click on the link below:

http://www.energyanaturalfacelift.com/2012/03/much-ado-about-paleo-doctor-fatemeh-phd-explains-the-paleo-diet/

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29 Feb 2012

Our Recommended Product

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Good evening,

One thing I didn’t notice when I started to recommend products to my site’s visitors was that the Amazon that I’ve chosen is the “American” one and obviously their currency is “$$”. I will try to get linked to the “UK” one within the next few days and start our range of recommendations for you. Bear with me please……., I’m doing them bit by bit.

Thanks

Fatemeh

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28 Feb 2012

Recommended Products

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Hello there,

I’m so excited about all the little changes that we are going to have on my website, slowly but surely. One of the extras on my website from now on would be the “recommended products” section. These will be the products that I will look at from a physiotherapy point of view to make sure they are worth having. Please have a look at my first ever recommendation and bear with me as I’m going to give you at least one recommendation a day, so make sure you visit my blog on a daily basis to browse through the products that are going to give you some pain relief and comfort.

Thank you

Fatemeh

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03 Aug 2011

Reduce the risk of Sciatica

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Well, I know I’ve said this before, but poor posture is one of the biggest causes of any back problem.

Being overweight can be an issue as well so, healthy eating and exercise is important.

Stress has a surprisingly negative effect on the lower back, which is exactly where the Sciatic Nerve is at its most vulnerable.

During day to day activities, remain mindful of lifting things that are too heavy, be careful not to twist, strain or bend in awkward ways. When seated or walking, don’t slouch as this alters the curve of your back, therefore moving your vertebrae closer to your Sciatic Nerve.

These are all things you’ve heard me say before… and they are things that every other expert will say too. So listen to us.

The main thing to remember is that treatment of an existing back pain is much, much harder to live with than avoiding it in the first place.

It’s so important to me that this preventative ’way of life’ is learnt and adhered to by as many people as possible - it means that I’ll ultimately be out of a job of course… but I would honestly love nothing more than to eradicate back pain.

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