January 2020 Newsletter

Despite being cold, dark months, January and February are a time of new beginnings and good intentions, so why not start 2020 on a positive note and focus on your health and wellbeing?

Diet and exercise are obvious starting points and, even if January pay day has taken an eternity to arrive, here are some free or low cost activities to help you reach your health goals:

Parkrun – Walk – Dance – Cycle – Take the stairs – Skip – Exercise apps – Spring clean – Hoola hoop – Swim – YoutubeYoga

Whether you decide to do so by visiting your GP, your osteopath or other manual therapist, also take the plunge and address any injuries or issues that may be preventing you from having an active, healthy lifestyle.

Please consult your GP if you have any concerns or underlying health conditions before embarking on a new exercise programme.

Walk this Way

We asked Trish Lucas, Podiatrist, to tell us about the benefits of orthotic insoles.

“Orthotics are insoles placed in a shoe to provide support. The way we walk can cause pain or structural damage and insoles can be used to correct gait. They can also provide pain relief following an injury or from general foot problems eg to help to maintain normal bone positioning in the ankles and feet.

As well as improving athletic performance, they are often helpful for people who stand or walk for long periods of time as they can reduce muscular fatigue by improving the performance of the foot muscles

Finally, customisable orthotics are generally much more beneficial than ‘off the peg’ insoles and can be adapted to provide optimal comfort. They may feel a little strange at first but the benefits far outweigh this minor hurdle and patients often get used to them quite quickly”.

Ski and Snowboarding Tips from Ruth Ann Head, Sports Massage Therapist. 

Having worked for two seasons as a sports therapist in the French Alps, Ruth has treated her fair share of skiers and instructors at all levels as well as locals and tourists.

She was involved in preparing competitors for races as well as treating general injuries. We asked her for some little nuggets of wisdom for our ski/snowboarding patients:

  • If you have had any previous injuries, make sure that you acquaint yourself with the local manual therapist at your ski resort.
  • If you have had an ACL injury, it may be worth wearing a neoprene knee support or ask your manual therapist for some tape.
  • Wear a helmet for skiing as well as for snowboarding – think safety!
  • When snowboarding always wear wrist guards to prevent wrist injuries (possibly the most common snowboarding injury).
  • Stick to the trail, if you are on a red or black run, don’t go off piste unless you have a guide and the right equipment.
  • Wrap up with layers, great to take them off with a vin chaud half way down the slope, but always good to put them back on once you have cooled down.
  • Finally, and as basic as it sounds, don’t jump off the ski lift till you reach the station!

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

We are delighted to welcome Alex Murray, acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Alex is joining us with almost 20 years of experience in the public health sector, private practice and academia.

Acupuncture can help to treat a variety of conditions such as chronic pain and pain resulting from injuries or trauma, including sports injuries.

Alex tends to practise as a ‘generalist’, for example, also helping in the management of the more common digestive, dermatological, auto-immune, mood, respiratory, as well as musculoskeletal disorders. He has also developed a professional speciality in treating issues associated with women’s reproductive health and in treating children.

His approach to treatment is a holistic one, often combining acupuncture with additional interventions such as herbal medicine, massage, dietary therapy and exercise in order to achieve the maximum therapeutic benefit according to the specific needs of the individual. Alex is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) & the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM).

If you would like to speak with any of our practitioners or to make an appointment please call us 020 8977 3295.


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