I think that every newsletter that we’ve written over the past 2 years has referred to uncertain or strange times and that’s never truer than now. Whilst signs of Spring are with us, we are still in the midst of Covid, the costs of living are increasing and the news from Ukraine is bleak. Writing a business newsletter in the midst of this seems a little incongruous but it’s in times like this that it’s even more important that we take good care of ourselves.
Health and Wellbeing
It’s for that reason that this month we’ve been focusing on health and well being in clinic with patients and with our blogs.
Both Adam W and Emily have blogs on simple steps that you can take to improve your health and wellbeing. Adam’s blog focuses on physical health whilst Emily’s takes a look at mental and social wellbeing.
Our Sports Massage therapist, Leigh, has written a piece on why and how to get started with exercise. Ideal reading if you really don’t know where to begin!
As the weather has begun heating up, we’ve also taken a quick look at the importance of drinking water and how to easily make sure you get enough.
Aside from this, in our Sports Massage Clinic, we’re seeing those in training for the upcoming marathons come in for help with their training whether it’s improving performance or fixing niggles. Leigh’s a running coach so can help with some quality advice whilst tending to those tight muscles! We’ve put together some packages of treatments for those in training to get you to the start line and over the finish line. More details here.
Reviews and recommendations
A new section to the newsletter. In clinic, we often recommend things that might interest patients or be useful. From devices such as massage balls to healthy recipes that we’ve enjoyed, the list of things recommended over the years would be pretty lengthy! And often, the recommendations come the other way with you recommending things to us. So, we thought we’d start sharing this info around!
Something we’d not come across before was a neck hammock. With neck problems, we’ll often spend time tractioning the neck to decompress it and stretch the muscles. We thought it was difficult to do this at home until we discovered this little device. It’s relatively inexpensive, easy to use and can really help get some respite from neck discomfort! We ordering these in for clinic but, in the meantime, Google shopping links here
Next month, we’ll be focusing on back pain on the website. As an introduction to the month, here’s our top 5 tips to help manage low back pain which we’ll cover in more detail in our forthcoming blogs
Walk. It’s what our spines are designed for and, frankly, we don’t do enough. No need to hit 10,000 steps per day but aim for a daily walk of at least 20 minutes
Knee hugs, twisting from side to side, arching back, circling the pelvis: these are some stretches that can help mobilise your spine and stretch the muscles out.
A strong back rarely gets injured! Many exercises can help strengthen your back muscles. Body weight squats are a great starting point and can be done while the kettle boils. Standing from sitting repeatedly is also a great strengthening exercise.
Slow, deep breaths are a great way of calming the nervous system, reducing pain signals and destressing!
The deep phases of sleep are when you recover most physically so maximise your chances of getting enough of this. Avoid caffeine after lunch, get some morning light and switch off devices an hour before bed.
So, whilst the future is a little uncertain, it’s a good time to focus on yourself as this is the one thing that you have some control over. We hope you all have an enjoyable Easter break. Enjoy the time off, enjoy some fresh air and, hopefully, some sun!