Get your feet ready for Summer NEWS

You know that Summer is around the corner when you look at your feet and panic sets in; you’ve neglected your toe nails, ignored the verrucae and hidden the hard skin – it’s time for action.

We are giving away 10 foot creams to help!

And, remember, our orthotics are not just for adults, they are not just for runners … find out how our outgrow programme can save you money on children’s orthotics.

Savings on children’s Orthotics

Orthotics can offer several benefits for children:

Correcting Gait Abnormalities: Orthotics help address irregular walking patterns, ensuring more efficient and stable movement.

Reducing Pain and Discomfort: By providing proper support and alignment, orthotics can alleviate discomfort associated with foot, ankle, or leg issues.

Improving Posture: Orthotics encourage better posture by maintaining the natural alignment of the feet and legs.

Enhancing Balance and Stability: Children with balancechallenges can benefit from orthotics, which promote stability during walking and other activities.

Improving Mobility: Orthotics assist in achieving age-appropriate motor milestones by optimizing walking patterns and movement.

Preventing Further Damage or Complications: Early intervention with orthotics can prevent long-term issues related to foot structure and function.

Remember that each child’s needs are unique, and visiting a podiatrist for a biomechanical assessment is vital to determine if orthotics would be suitable and beneficial for your child. Our Podiatrist, Patricia Avery, offers a biomechanical assessment service and is able to cast, order and fit bespoke orthotics for children and adults.

There is also an outgrow programme which is available to all children under the age of 16 so their orthotics can be replaced as their feet grow. The programme offers the following discounted rates:

  • 50% discount on a second set of outgrow orthotics within 18 months ofthe initial casting, and
  • 33% discount on the third set, or subsequent sets, of outgrow orthoticswithin 18 months of the second casting, and so on.

Note that the offer is only applicable within 18 months of the child being cast for orthotics at each stage of the process. For the discounts to apply, all outgrow orthotics must be cast prior to the child’s 16th birthday. After which, adult orthotics can be provided at the regular adult fee. For further information or to make an appointment with Patricia Avery, Podiatrist & Gait Specialist, please contact our reception team on 020 8977 3295.

Saturday foot clinic at Teddington Osteopaths

Did you know that our foot clinic team now offer Saturday appointments as well as week day appointments? Whether you need a regular check up and treatment, a biomechanical assessment, nail reconstruction, a luxurious medi pedi or a relaxing reflexology session, we are here to help. Call us on 020 8977 3295.

Wearing sandals and flip flops in the Summer can play havoc with your feet.

In the Summer feet can be prone to dryness and cracked heels, and can be easily injured in open footwear. Keep your feet healthy by:

  • Washing your feet regularly and drying them thoroughly
  • Removing hard skin on a regular basis
  • Cutting toenails across the toes not into the corners
  • Moisturising daily
  • Wearing appropriate footwear, for example, on long walks or on uneven ground. Also, in crowded areas eg at music festivals or on your busy commute.

If you have any foot problems such as in-growing toenails, fungal nails, corns, verrucae, pain, etc, see your podiatrist or foot healthcare practitioner for advice asap.

Foot Cream Giveaway

To kick start your foot care regime, we have 10 CCS foot creams to give away to the first 10 patients who mention this newsletter at their next visit. Available while stocks last.

Podiatry and Osteopathy – A match made in Heaven

With patient consent, our podiatrists and osteopaths sometimes collaborate to provide a more holistic approach to patient care, not just by addressing a specific foot condition but, if appropriate, by also taking into account the patient’s overall musculoskeletal health and how that may, or may not, be impacting their lower limb issues.

In fact, our empathetic and knowledgeable team members are dedicated to helping you find pain relief and regain or improve mobility through our range of treatments, be it osteopathy, rehabilitation, massage, acupuncture and/or podiatry. Call us on 020 8977 3295 to make an appointment.

 

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Welcome to our first Newsletter of 2024 NEWS

If you are struggling to maintain the momentum of your new year exercise and fitness programme, please don’t give up, we have some useful tips to keep you motivated. We also look at a growing exercise trend which is truly invigorating! And, remember, your brain needs a good workout too so, why not enter our brain teaser competition? You could win a 30 minute sports or deep tissue massage to help with those muscle aches. Finally, we are ruminating on the topical subject of how health care and AI can work  together!

Are you feeling the benefits of Open water swimming?

Are you bored with your current exercise routine? Open water swimming can have many health benefits and recent reports show that the number of people taking the plunge (forgive the pun!) is on the rise. It can help to:

improve heart health by increasing blood circulation
reduce anxiety and depression by releasing mood-boosting hormones and neurotransmitters, such as endorphins, noradrenaline, and dopamine
boost weight loss by stimulating metabolism and burning more calories
improve the immune system by activating white blood cells and reducing inflammation
speed up sports recovery by reducing muscle soreness and enhancing tissue repair (our favourite!)

Open water swimming can be a rewarding and exhilarating experience, but it also comes with some risks and challenges. So, if you are thinking of setting off to your local lake or to the beach, it is important to do it safely and gradually, with proper guidance and preparation. Do speak with your GP and to a qualified swimming instructor before you go. Contact Shepperton Open Water Swimming for more information and to book an induction.

Health Care and Artificial Intelligence

Much has been reported recently about artificial intelligence (AI) making jobs redundant in the future, including jobs in health care. The concerns do not stop there, some argue that AI should not be used extensively in health care claiming that AI services such as ChatGPT are dangerous because they undermine the importance of the patient interview and the human connection in clinical diagnosis and treatment. There are also warnings about privacy breaches, bias, and liability.

Whilst these are extremely valid arguments, there is no denying that AI is increasingly impacting all of our lives, including how we operate in the health care profession. The question is …. how might AI work alongside osteopathy? Well, it could have a number of benefits for patients, benefits such as:

improved diagnosis
personalized treatment
enhanced monitoring
tracking activity, posture, vital signs, etc
providing feedback and guidance

AI could help osteopaths to

analyse medical images
predict risk and progression
recommend optimal interventions

However, there is an obvious limitation, namely AI’s inability to examine a patient using palpation or to treat using techniques such as manipulation, mobilisation, and so on. Will this give osteopaths an advantage in the world of AI? If AI is unable to replicate the hands-on diagnostic and treatment approaches that we use, it is likely that osteopaths will be be around for the foreseeable. Famous last words or undeniable truth? Only time will tell!

It is Marathon Training Season

Looking to Improve your Running?

Our Head of Practice, Stuart Walker, has the following advice:

GOAL PLANNING Think about what you want to achieve as a runner, and then break it down into smaller steps. This will help you stay focused and motivated.
BUILDING MUSCLE To run faster and smoother, we need strong and powerful muscles that can propel us forward with each step. This also helps us prevent injuries by improving our running mechanics.
SPEED WORK Adding sprints to our training can make us faster and stronger. Mixing sprints with intervals can also improve our cardiovascular fitness and endurance.
FLEXIBILITY Being flexible can enhance our running performance and lower injury risk. For example, we can work on stretching our hips and strengthening our ankles.

For more information or to book an appointment with Stuart or one of our other practitioners, please contact our reception team on 020 8977 3295.

The Six Minute Mile

Have you discovered The Six Minute Mile? We are loving this ‘twice weekly email which offers ‘news, ideas, inspirational stories, and special deals for runners and fitness enthusiasts.’ Articles include:
Running & the importance of ankle strength:
One thing most doctors, practitioners and therapists in the musculoskeletal world will agree on is that ankle strength and stability are
vital in running. Check out some ankle exerciseswhich will improve your running.
Caffeine intake and training:
Caffeine may provide a feeling of energy by it can have adverse affects too. Read about how to keep caffeine habits healthy.
Happy running!

And finally …. It’s Competition Time

To enter our competition please unscramble the letters of the following word to form a part of the human body:

ERSMTUN

Email your answer to enquiry@teddingtonosteopaths.co.uk, please remember to include your name and telephone number so we can contact you if you win.

T’s & C’s – Closing date is Friday 1st March 2024, all entrants must be over 18, one entry per person, no cash alternative given, treatment subject to availability (an alternative may be offered in the event that sports massage is not available), treatment to be redeemed by the end of May 2024.

 

Season’s Greetings & News 2023 NEWS

Our Christmas & New Year Opening Hours:

Sat 23rd Dec 9 am – 1 pm
Sun 24th Dec closed
Monday 25th Dec closed
Tues 26th Dec closed
Wed 27th Dec 9 am – 3 pm
Thurs 28th Dec 9 am – 3 pm
Fri 29th Dec 9 am – 3 pm
Sat 30th Dec 9 am – 5 pm
Sun 31st Dec closed
Mon 1st Jan closed

Call us on 020 8977 3295 to make an appointment for Osteopathy, Rehabilitation, Massage, Podiatry, Acupuncture, Reflexology & Reiki.

Win a Christmas Gift

With only 23 shopping days left till Christmas, why not consider the gift of TLC? Our treatment vouchers make wonderful and thoughtful Christmas presents.

As our gift to you, when you purchase a treatment voucher between now and 22nd December, you will be automatically entered into our Christmas Draw to win a 30 minute treatment of your choice! Please ask our reception team for more details 020 8977 3295.

Great News – Additional Massage Slots

With effect from January 2024, Teddington Osteopaths – Daniel Whiley will be offering some afternoon/evening slots in addition to his morning slots. Call us on 020 8977 3295 for more information or to book an appointment with Dan.

Focus on your Wellbeing at Christmas

We all know that Christmas can be a time of over indulgence and long hours spent on the sofa. We asked our practitioners for their best pointers to help you stay well over the holiday period. Take heed ….your bones, muscles, joints and digestive system will thank you for it:

Take some light exercise each day – a walk or a Christmas party boogie can help to improve your mental as well as your physical wellbeing.
Do not sit in one position for too long. Move around, do some gentle stretches, make it a fun game for children and adults of all ages.
If you are celebrating away from home, consider taking your own pillows/other home comforts.
Do not kneel or sit on the floor to wrap presents. Sit or stand at a table which is suitable for your height.
Be mindful of your back and take care when lifting heavy objects, eg guest beds, suitcases or the15lb turkey! Remember to bend your knees.
Travel safe, do not rush, allow plenty of time to get to your destination. If you are driving, have regular breaks to stretch your legs.
If your New Year’s resolution is to get fit in 2024, make it a gradual process. Do not overdo it at first, and ask your GP and/or your osteopath for advice if embarking on a new exercise regime.

Kristina Ericsson Richards, Nutritional Therapist & Health Coach, adds:

Approach festive treats with mindfulness. Savour each bite, and enjoy without overindulging.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated. Opt for water between alcoholic beverages. Hydration is crucial for energy levels and overall wellbeing.
Create a balanced plate at festive gatherings. Fill half your plate with colourful vegetables, a quarter with lean proteins, and the rest with your favourite holiday treats.
Don’t go to a party hungry. If you do, you will be fighting a losing battle. Have a low-GL snack before you go.

Finally, to help you navigate the season, Kristina has created a free guide featuring 10 Christmas treats that are not only delicious but can also contribute to your wellbeing. Download your guide today and embrace a festive season that prioritises health without sacrificing the fun.

Thank you

In October we celebrated 21 fabulous years in Teddington. We would like to thank you all for choosing Teddington Osteopaths, for all the great reviews and for your recommendations to family, friends and colleagues. We appreciate your loyalty.

Wishing you a  very Happy & Healthy 2024

 

Christmas Gift Vouchers NEWS

Buy a treatment voucher between 1st  and 22nd December 2023 and you will be entered into our Christmas draw for a chance to win a 30 minute gift voucher so you, too, can have a treat!

Please ask at reception or call 020 8977 3295 for more details.

 

 

Change of email address NEWS

Important notice for all patients

Please note that we have a new email address. The new address differs slightly from the previous one which was enquiries@teddingtonosteopaths.co.uk.

The new address is

enquiry@teddingtonosteopaths.co.uk

We would be grateful if you could kindly update your records and start using the new address with immediate effect.

The old address will not be in use after 30th November 2023.

Thank you.

Teddington Osteopaths