Thursday, 17 August 2017
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PoppyBefore reading this article, close your eyes and take a few slow, deep breaths. Feel a little calmer? You’ve just tapped into your Vagus nerve.

The Vagus or ‘wandering’ nerve starts in the brainstem, just behind the ears, and travels down the neck and all through the chest and abdomen, connecting the brain with the lungs, heart, spleen, gut, kidneys and reproductive organs.

What Disorders Do Chiropractors Treat?As you may know, Doctors of Chiropractic diagnose and treat many different spinal disorders that cause musculoskeletal or nerve pain. When you make that first appointment, your chiropractor will perform a physical and neurological examination as part of the process of making an accurate diagnosis.

At Lagos Health Chiropractic, for example, we’ll check your reflexes, your muscles, your movement, your posture and your blood pressure. We’ll also go through a comprehensive health questionnaire to make sure we know as much about you as we can before we start treatment. Then we set to work to make your pain go away and give you more mobility.

What is a "Physical Therapy"?Physical Therapist David Murphy has just set up a Physical Therapy clinic in Mexilhoeira Grande, Portimao.
He has been working for 10 years in Ireland in a very busy clinic treating all Musclo-Skeletal and nerve issues, with many new and different state of the art techniques associated and required to alleviate and resolve many long and short term Muscular /Joint complaints.

PoppyLately, I’ve been thinking about stomach acid. And chances are, if you deal with heartburn, indigestion or other digestive issues, you have too.

Heartburn or ‘acid reflux’ – the burning sensation in the chest caused by stomach acid leaking into the oesophagus – can in fact be a sign of low rather than high acid production.

Are you drinking safely? A realistic guide to safe drinkingOur aim is not to spoil your fun nor to over dramatise the dangers but to be honest about alcohol and the short and long term effects.
In a commercially driven world we are surrounded by adverts encouraging drinking. There has been an increased number of different brands of Gin and Vodka in the shops recently with attractive shaped bottles with eye-catching labels and images of happy couples enjoying a drink. They never show a picture of someone vomiting in the gutter or legless by the pool because the reality is that there is a down side which goes beyond the morning hangover.
If you want to continue to enjoy those sundowners you may be interested in reading this article rather than dismissing it as yet another sermon on the evils of drink. Trust me it’s not about that. It’s about a realistic view on drinking alcohol in it’s many guises.

DepressionDepression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. Most people go through periods of feeling down, that Monday morning feeling, but when you are depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months. Unfortunately, some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health problem – it is a real illness with real symptoms and left untreated can lead to premature death.

According to Dr Tim Cantopher, a Consultant Psychiatrist in the UK, in his very readable book “Depressive illness – The Curse of the Strong”, says “depressive illness is not a psychological or emotional state, and it is not a mental illness. It is not a form of madness. It is a physical illness. It is a deficiency of two chemicals that are normally present in the brain – serotonin and noradrenaline. The chemical dopamine and the hormone melatonin are also thought to be involved.”

PoppyIt’s that smell of the Algarve we all know and love. The sweet, woody scent of the Rock Rose or Esteva bushes hangs over the hot countryside like a thick blanket from April onwards, reaching it’s heady heights around mid-summer.

Next time you pass by a Cistus plant, take a closer look. Have a feel, too. If it’s the classic Rock Rose, or Gum Cistus (Cistus ladanifer), its leaves will be sticky, and there will be pools of gum where the leaf joins the stem. This gooey nectar, called labdanum, gives the plant its delicious perfume and an array of medicinal properties.

Herbal Medicine for Female Urinary IncontinenceFemale urinary incontinence is much more common than you think. In fact, 1 in 4 women over the age of 18 experience involuntary leakage of urine – and most of these suffer in silence due to misinformation surrounding the condition.

This article attempts to set the record straight on a condition that can be emotionally and physically demanding – starting with some basic little-known facts.