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Paediatric Flat Foot

Lower limb injuries are the most common area of pain in children and 90% of these cases are associated with the foot. Flat feet (also called Pes Planus) have a bad reputation nowadays and we are often presented with children and their concerned parents seeking advice regarding their children’s feet and any implications this may have for future issues. This stigma largely came about from a study done on military personnel where a large number of soldiers were medically discharged due to foot pain (associated with their flat feet), which was then found to be resolved by the use of arch support orthotics. However, what this study did not consider was all the soldiers who had flat feet but did

I became a Dietitian because of Type 2 Diabetes

My dad was diagnosed with diabetes when I was in high school, for years he controlled his blood glucose with healthy eating and daily walks. I love and admire my dad and he is a big part of the reason why I became a dietitian. I wanted to help people deal with this subtle yet widespread metabolic condition. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), 17.3% of the UAE population between the ages of 20 and 79 suffer from type 2 diabetes, in 2017, placing the country with the 2nd Being diagnosed with diabetes can be surprising, frustrating, and even depressing. Being told that you have a health issue is never easy. Are you suffering from diabetes? Did your doctor explain to you wh

How's your posture?

Prolonged poor posture results in a build up of pressure on muscles, which have to work extra hard to compensate for the malalignment. When in correct posture, the spinal bones help to create an efficient system. However, when the alignment is lost, due to poor posture, the muscles come under increasing strain. This is when you can develop those nasty aches and pains. It is interesting to note that for every inch that the head moves forward on the shoulders, the weight of the head increases by at least 10 pounds. Which means that if the weight of the head is 12 pounds, and if the head is tilted past the shoulders by about 3 inches, then it puts about 42 pounds of pressure on the cervical nec

10 Strategies for Eating in Buffets

When is the last time you went to a brunch, buffet style lunch or gathering? How did you feel afterwards? Do you remember what you ate? As research shows that increased variety affects how much we eat, here are a few strategies to stay in your comfort zone and true to your health goals. 1. How hungry will you be when you get there? We all know that going grocery shopping when we are starving is not the best idea. Same goes for events and gatherings. Try to eat a healthy snack before the event and plan to be slightly hungry. On the scale below, 4 to 6 is where we make the best choices about quality and quantity. 2. Find a friend to do this with. Could you identify a friend that will attend th

Rehabilitation Pilates with our Physiotherapists

Rehabilitation Pilates with our Physiotherapists Pilates is well known for its overall benefits of adding strength, length and agility. However, few people know about the added benefit of rehabilitation pilates. When returning to exercise after a period of time off; having the correct alignment, activation of the stabilizing muscles and an efficient core is a great way to prevent injury and help with overall strengthening. Rehabilitation pilates is a great way to tick all these boxes. Many injuries what we treat at Perfect Balance are caused by muscular imbalances. Many things can cause these imbalances for example; the way we sit, the way we walk, the way we move, the way we exercise. Imbal

How’s your digestion ? Who’s In Charge?

My dad loves to tell jokes and stories. He used to tell me this story…. “One day the different parts of the body were having an argument to see which should be in charge. The brain said, “I do all the thinking so I’m the most important and I should be in charge.” The eyes said, “I see everything and let the rest of you know where we are, so I’m the most important and I should be in charge.” The hands said, “Without me we wouldn’t be able to pick anything up or move anything. So I’m the most important and I should be in charge.” The stomach said, “I turn the food we eat into energy for the rest of you. Without me, we’d starve. So I’m the most important and I should be in charge.” The legs sai