Massage therapist and podiatrist wanted from April

Exciting news, we may have an opportunity for a massage therapist and a podiatrist to work with us from April! We’re hoping to move our clinic to new premises near Warwick Avenue, and would love to start working with some new therapists.

If you’re a massage therapist, it doesn’t matter what you specialise in. We would be happy to work with you if you’re interested in sports therapy or relaxation massage and everything in between.

If you’re a podiatrist, it would be a bonus if you’re interested in biomechanics, however this is certainly not a requirement. You are more than welcome to run a general foot health clinic instead.

Ideally you will bring your own list of clients and patients. However, we will of course let all our existing patients know that you are working with us. We will also leaflet the local area, and add you to our website.

We can be very flexible with the arrangement, so contact us for details: email [email protected]

Sports Injuries and How to Help Prevent Them

The Olympics has finished, and what a thrilling two weeks it has been! So what better time to talk about sports injuries?

One of the first things any sportsperson must do it learn about injury prevention, especially if they plan on taking their sport to the higher levels of competition available. Without having basic knowledge of injury prevention it increases the chance of hurting oneself or causing a relapse of recovery for previous injuries which will, in time, hold you back from improving your skill level. That’s not to say all injuries can be prevented, but being educated and putting that knowledge in place you can reduce your risk of hurting yourself.

Here are a few pointers on how you can work towards preventing injury during training:

  1. Know your sport. Think about what your sport requires you to do; running, jumping, twisting? Identify which parts of the body are more likely to suffer strain during these movements then work on strengthening them to increase support around that joint or muscle group.
  2. Start slowly. This goes for pre-season training, returning from an injury or starting a new sport. If you go too hard, or even at a pace that you used to be able to cope with before a brief period of relief from exercise, you are at higher risk of hurting yourself. So start slow and build up your strength and stamina.
  3. Listen to your body. If it hurts STOP DOING IT. I don’t mean your muscles are aching and you’re out of breath, i mean if a certain movement is causing you pain then immediately stop your routine. Pushing through the pain could make it much worse. Take a rest day and assess whether your body just needed a day off or your need to see a medical professional.
  4. If you do see a medical professional then make sure you listen to and follow their advice. Yes, i’m afraid that does mean that you may need to take a few weeks off training to recover if advised, but in the long run you are allowing your body time to get back to optimal health so that your can train efficiently. Try not to view it as a set back, training through an injury will cause you more of a set back than 2 weeks without training!
  5. When you come back to training after an injury, make sure you use rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the area that had caused you pain, this will decrease your risk of injuring the same part of your body again.

For more information on specific sports, their common injuries and ways to help prevent injury in that sport or activity then please visit the Stop Sports Injuries website where you can find more detailed information.

If you are a sportsperson, coach, parent of an athlete or spend anytime near people who exercise then make sure you read this NHS guidelines on first aid for sports injuries and treatment while at home. This can be found on the NHS website.

If you think you’ve hurt yourself playing sport or exercising then please do give us a call at Body Foundation so that we can help to treat your injury then provide you with exercise advice and rehabilitation exercises post-treatment. We’re really friendly so don’t be shy!

 

Are You Drinking Enough Water? The Benefits You Might Be Missing Out On…

There is a lot of conflicting evidence about how much water you should be drinking each day and how much is too much. According to the NHS website women should be drinking 1.6 litres and men should be drinking 2.0 litres every day. Of course this is dependent on your size and level of activity. The more active you are the more water you’ll need to replenish what you have lost!

There are so many benefits of drinking the correct amount of water and staying well hydrated. It can help to keep your skin clearer, fight wrinkles and boosts energy, among other things!

Read this article for more health benefits of drinking plenty of water every day and get some tips on how to remember to keep taking those fluids on board.

How Supportive Is Your Footwear?

As a sportswoman (and someone who has suffered with foot and ankle problems in the past) I am well aware of which shoes I should be wearing during the day while I’m working and commuting through Central London and which shoes I should avoid wearing for 8 hours straight! However an alarming number of people don’t realise that their choice of footwear is the reason they’re suffering with persistent pain in the their foot, ankle and calf. A poor choice of footwear can also affect your joints higher up, such as the knee and hip, even your back!

As you can probably see, footwear really is more important than you may think… but why?

Each person has a different arch type and ankle shape. They could be flat, medium or high arches, and each arch type needs a different level of support. To learn more about that click here.

However, the shoes I’m specifically talking about are crocs, flip flops and sandals that don’t have a strap to keep the footwear on your foot. This then means that, often without realising, your toes curl with each step to prevent the shoe from coming off as you walk! This can lead to an array of problems that can usually be solved with a change of footwear (and possibly a trip to the osteopath for good measure!).

We’re not suggesting you bin the summer shoes altogether, sometimes it’s nice to air those toes in the warm weather, but if you’re commuting half an hour to work just consider whether you’re looking after your feet the best you can. We do only get one pair, afterall!

Curious about what the experts have said? Click here to read this article for more information!

Warm Weather? Grab the Sunscreen!

If, like us, you live in the UK, then you’re no stranger to a bit of rain, which means once the sun starts to reveal itself during the summer months we’re going for that sun-kissed tan!

Over the coming months it’s important to reach for that sunscreen and apply it (repeatedly if you plan on being out for longer than and hour!)

But how knowledgeable are you about keeping yourself safe in the sun?

Some information regarding sunscreen and Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is misunderstood or outdated and it’s important that we all understand how to protect ourselves and our loved ones against the suns rays.

The staff at Patch have written a great article explaining a little bit about the sun, how sunscreen works and how often it should be applied to give us maximum coverage and counter the risks associated with exposure to the sun. Have a look here to get the facts!

If you have any questions or worries then do not hesitate to speak to us at Body Foundation Osteopaths or seeks advice from your primary healthcare practitioner. No concern is too small!

Mental Health Awareness Week: Top Tips

When we think about ‘Mental Health’ our minds may wander to old mental hospitals and sad teenagers but mental health isn’t just depression, anxiety and schizophrenia!

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (16-22 May) and now is the time to consider our own mental health and wellbeing. It’s not just about making sure we are happy and feel satisfied with our lives, it’s about making sure we are giving ourselves enough quality sleep, social interaction and exercising our brains in a positive way. These activities will helps to ensure we stay healthy and maintain optimal brain function.

Have a read of this article which provides 5 simple top tips that we can all easily incorporate into our day to day lives to set ourselves up for better mental health.

Is Lack of Sleep Affecting YOUR Health?

Sleep is one of the most important parts of your daily routine, and yet a large percentage of us are missing out on an average of 2 hours worth of much needed shut eye. Everyone is different, so although the recommended number is 8 hours, some people need a little more, others need a little less.

Did you know that pushing bedtime back a bit later could be having more of an effect on your health than you realise?

Lack of sleep has been linked to a suppressed immune system, decreased concentration levels, decreased memory ability and a more irritable mood compared with those that get a full, undisturbed nights’ sleep.

Did you also know that many of us have got into bad habits that decrease our quality of sleep?

One of the biggest culprits is bright lights. This could be a light from an electrical device in the bedroom or it could be that you watch tv or use your phone right before you settle down to sleep.

Have a look here to see a complete guide on how you can get the best quality of sleep to help you stay refreshed and alert during the day and let us know whether you notice a difference after changing your sleeping habits!

It’s Autism Awareness Month!

April is Autism Awareness Month, and April 2nd is National Autism Awareness Day! But how much do you know about this condition?

Autism is known as a spectrum condition. This means that while all people with autism share certain difficulties, the condition affects each person differently.

Autism affects the way a person communicates with and relates to other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. People with autism may also experience some form of sensory sensitivity or a lack of sensitivity – for example, to sound, touch, taste, smell, light or colour. (Source: NHS)

A video has been made to show people, and raise awareness, of how an every day activity could be experienced by someone on the Autistic Spectrum. To watch it, and see if you can make it to then end, click here.

As hard as it can be for someone with Autism, it can be equally challenging for parents and other family members. I spoke to Charlotte who has been kind enough to share her story:

“I have a 6 year old daughter, she is the light of my life and I love her just as all parents love their children.

Daisy* is funny, clever, and like any other 6 year old, but Daisy is different. She is on the Autistic spectrum. This means that life is different; she can ask for something and once she has the item she doesn’t want it. She will say ‘turn it on’ when she means turn it off and if we explain that something is already on she will continue to say ‘turn it on’ until we turn it off and then on again. Living with a child who will open and shut doors or repeat words, phrases, and instructions can be stressful.  The noises she can control are acceptable to her but if we turn on the hoover we have a complete meltdown and she will cry and shake and shout. Trying to understand this behaviour is difficult because it can have different triggers.

I work full time and try to spend as much time with her and try to help her progress with her development. Trying to get her to focus is difficult and can mean you have an activity set for her but she may only sit for a few minutes before she gets bored or her attention is taken by something else. This can be frustrating and demoralising.

Daisy is able to communicate which is fantastic as this helps with her progress and she has been able to learn other communication tools such as sign language and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) which means that if the words seem to fail her she will still be able to let me or her dad know what she is trying to say.

There have been difficult times and when I take her out this can be very difficult even visits to the doctors. Her coping mechanisms have not been developed so having her eyes tested, going to the dentist, or just to the GP can be difficult for me as her mum because she finds the environment challenging and different to cope with so will start crying and protecting herself. Taking her out to a shopping centre is even more intense for her. Usually due to other dangers that are around I go with a friend and she will push Daisy in a buggy so that she is safe and protected as she has a tendency to run off and has no understanding of traffic or stranger danger.

Life I will admit is hard but it is also so rewarding. We have our good days and bad days just with any other child but the good days are that little bit more precious as I know what the hard days are like and they can be like a dark cloud over your head. But when that sun shines it shines oh so brightly!”

 

Spread the word on Autism, it is Autism Awareness Month, after all!

(*Some names have been changed)

Let’s Talk About Family History

No, we don’t mean bring up that story about Grandma falling off her chair when you were camping back in the 90’s, we mean your medical family history. When was the last time you asked your parents about their health and their parents health? Have you ever sat down and talked about possible illness within the family?

Heart and circulatory disease kills around 155,000 people in the UK each year. Genes and family history aren’t always a factor, but they can be. Risk of cardiovascular disease and other conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol can also be passed on through genes. It’s important to be aware of whether these types of condition, amongst others, run in your family so that you are aware of whether you are at higher risk of suffering from them or not. It can help you to understand the early symptoms and make small changes to your daily life to help prevent the condition from developing or occurring early on.

For more information, have a read here.

At Body Foundation Osteopaths we take a full case history, including family history, on your first visit so that we have an understanding of you and your health as a whole. If you have a history of heart disease, or any other condition, then we want to know! By letting us know, you’re helping us to help you.

Do You Know How to Manage Your Headache?

We all suffer from headaches from time to time. Sometimes we’ve had a little too much caffeine, or haven’t had enough sleep, or maybe we’ve had to do a 10 hour shift at the office looking at a computer screen. At other times you may experience headaches persistently for no obvious reason.

With a headache, it’s very important to know what you need to do to ease the pain and when, especially as some headaches can indicate a more severe underlying condition.

FMH Women’s Health Services sponsored a free headache presentation Jan. 6 at FMH Crestwood as part of the Women’s Health Services monthly series on varied health topics of interest to women. Read the article here for more information on when to ride out the pain and when to seek medical care quickly.

If you have been experiencing headaches, no matter how often or severe, it’s always worth mentioning to your healthcare provider during an appointment so that it can be monitored and investigated.