Posted on 20th December 2017 by Fiona
Take a look at the winners of our celebratory 1 year giveaway! If you’re one of the lucky winners, pop into the clinic and collect your voucher for your prize!
Take a look at the winners of our celebratory 1 year giveaway! If you’re one of the lucky winners, pop into the clinic and collect your voucher for your prize!
Today we celebrate 1 year in your new clinic space in Chandlers Ford!
Here’s what our team has to say about what they love about working in this new space! (Sometimes it’s the little things that have the most meaning too.)
goPhysio – Helping local people live a healthy, active, positive life, pain and injury free. A health and wellbeing clinic providing physiotherapy, sports therapy, sports massage, clinical Pilates and rehabilitation in the heart of Chandlers Ford.
We’ve got our team together and are sharing our top tips for you this festive season. To help keep you healthy and happy in the build up to Christmas.
Sports Massage Therapist, Cameron, kicks off with a little joke (we’ll let you watch that to find out what it is!!)
Fiona – a Physio by training, Fiona now focuses her time co-ordinating ‘behind the scenes’ at goPhysio. Fiona’s top tip is to try not to be tempted to do all your Christmas shopping online. Getting out into towns or Christmas markets can help build some great activity into your day, you’d be amazed at the number of steps you can clock up. Carrying bags, loading parcels in and out of the car and house are all fantastic strength building activities too!
Physio Hugo, reminds us to think about your core when you’re lifting (especially those supersize bars of Toblerone!). Sometimes over Christmas we have to lift heavy or awkward items that our body isn’t used to doing (Christmas trees or big gifts), so activating those tummy muscles can help support your back a little when doing these sorts of activities.
Sports Therapist, Francesca, advises us to stay hydrated (with water!) – something many people overlook. Lot’s of sips throughout the day is the best way. Our team like these bottles from Hydratem8 that remind you to drink plenty and regularly (a great Christmas gift too).
Physio Kim has a great tip, that whilst you’re standing around over the festive period, be it in queues, cooking, washing up, at carol services……..try some balance exercises. Simply standing on one leg is a great way to build up your balance and make use of standing time. You could also do simple heel raises (going up onto you’re tip toes) on both or one leg, to strengthen your calf muscles, or little knee bend squats to work your leg muscles.
Our Clinical Director, Paul, advises you to put yourself first. We can be so busy at this time of year that we overlook our own needs. As Paul says, we get so many panicked phone calls at the last minute with people wanting help with pain or an injury urgently. If you have an ongoing niggle or injury and want to get it sorted before Christmas, then give us a call. Equally, many people find themselves with extra time off over the Christmas period, so this is an excellent opportunity to invest in yourself and see one of our Physio’s, Sports Therapists or Massage Practitioners to see how they might be able to help you.
Physio Roz advises to make sure you don’t skip your sleep! Sleep is so important to health and wellbeing. The festive season often brings with it much socialising and late nights, so if you’ve got a night in, make the most of it and recharge your batteries by getting an early night!
And finally, Sports Therapist Tom recommends that if you’re sitting for extended, lengthy periods of time – be it in the car travelling to see people or lounging on the sofa, look after your posture. You can use a cushion, towel or specialist lumbar roll to provide some extra support in your lower back if you need it. Even better still, try not to stay in one position for too long, change position regularly, get up and move about and get out in the crisp winter air for a walk.
All of us at goPhysio wish you a very happy and healthy Christmas. If you need our help over this time, we’ll be open apart from the bank holidays or you can make a booking online here.
On the 19th December, it’ll be a year since we opened the doors to our new Physiotherapy, Health & Wellbeing Clinic in Chandlers Ford. What a year it’s been!
We dreamed for so long of having a space designed around our years of experience, knowing exactly what we needed to support people to recover from and prevent pains and injuries, helping people live a healthy, active, positive life, pain and injury free. The clinic has certainly provided this space and some.
You have 2 ways to enter into our raffle with the chance to WIN one of the following Vouchers:
First Way – If you’re on Facebook, all YOU need to do is:
1. LIKE our goPhysio Facebook page
2. LIKE the giveaway post
3. SHARE the giveaway post
4. COMMENT on the post – telling us why you’d love one of these vouchers or tag someone you think does!
You’ll need to do all 4 things to be entered into our raffle.
Alternative Way – If you’re not on Facebook, you can also enter by leaving us a Google Review here. Just click on ‘Write a Review‘ on the right box, towards the bottom of the box, and leave us a review about your experiences at goPhysio. All reviews submitted by midnight on 18th December will be entered into the raffle.
5 LUCKY winners will be drawn on our 1 year anniversary, Tuesday 19th December and announced over on Facebook! The winners will need to come into the clinic to collect their voucher.
Fiona’s top tip earlier in the week was to try and get out and do some Christmas shopping rather than be tempted to do to do it all online. Christmas shopping can be a great way of getting some activity into your week, but it can also be quite physically demanding. This weekend is surely set to be a busy one for Christmas shopping, so here’s a few pointers to help you get the most of it!
Take a back pack – this is a great way of carrying shopping without straining your neck, shoulders and arms. It spreads the loads easily and keeps your hands free for extras!
Wear good footwear – you can really rack up the steps when you’re out shopping, plus you’ll potentially have lots of standing round in queues and carrying extra weight. Wear something comfortable and supportive, that is cushioned for some shock absorbency. Also, given the icy weather we’ve woken up to, something non-slip is a great idea.
Break up your day – takes lots of breaks to give yourself a bit of a rest. Take a few minutes to have a seat, check off your shopping list and plan the rest of your day. A great excuse for a lovely coffee too!
Do it in small chunks – if you can, plan a few smaller shopping trips rather than one huge spree. Breaking it up will take less of a toll on your physically (and mentally!). It’s also nice variety to go to different towns or shopping centres.
Keep well hydrated – particularly important if you’re in and out of warm shops, inside and outside. Carry a bottle of water with you and sip it regularly throughout the day, as well as making regular refreshment stops to recharge.
Spread the load across smaller bags – in addition to a backpack, take a few smaller bags so that you can carry your shopping evenly. Try and think symmetry so you carry even loads on each side.
Go with someone to share the load – this is really helpful to share carrying the bags and also a nice social way to shop!
Order bigger, bulkier items online – if you’ve seen something big in store, think about ordering it online so you don’t have to struggle with carrying it. Some shops also offer a collection service too, so you can pick it up after you have finished your shopping.
Our team have put together their top gift ideas for the Christmas season. If you’re looking for gift inspiration, take a look at what the team suggest!
Physio, Kim, recommends the omni massage roller as a perfect Christmas gift. This is one of our best sellers. This massage roller has a comfortable grip and is so easy to use. It reduces stress and fatigue on fingers, hands and elbows, whilst being used to ease away aches, pains or strains. It can be used directly over clothing or on bare skin and even with massage oil. Available in a range of colours, this perfect Christmas gift is just £17.99.
Cameron, our Sports Massage Therapist, thinks a gift voucher is a perfect Christmas gift. These can be bought for any amount – perfect for a sports massage, small group Pilates, Pilates course or even a physiotherapy assessment for someone who has an ongoing niggle they should really get sorted! It’s a great way to inspire someone to invest in their health and wellbeing.
Special Offer – throughout December, if you purchase a gift voucher for any of our services (minimum purchase £40) you will a receive a free 30 minute sports massage to be used in December! (Please quote ‘MASSAGEVOUCHER’ to claim your offer.)
Roz’s top Christmas Gift is the MB1 massage ball. Another great way to ease aches, pains and areas of tension, the MB1 is a fab portable alternative to a foam roller. It’s light weight, so brilliant to pop in your bag, and really durable. Perfect for any sports person to take to events or to kept home if you need to work off some tension. The MB1 ball is £13.99 and we also stock a larger MB5 ball for those bigger muscle areas.
Hugo recommends one of our reusable heat packs. These come in a range of sizes, designed for different parts of the body. You pop them in the microwave and they give off a gentle heating effect. Great for necks and backs that tend to stiffen up. The shoulder heat pack is £24.99, neck £17.99 and body wrap £17.99.
Sports Therapist Tom’s top gift choice is one of our trigger point grid rollers. We have carefully selected the best foam rollers we could find (many won’t last and don’t provide the best results). The Trigger Point Grid Rollers are brilliant – an essential for anyone who runs, exercises or takes part in sports. The grid roller comes in green, black, orange and pink and costs £39.99.
Special Offer – throughout December, purchase any massage grid roller and get a free space in one of our foam roller workshops (starting 2018). (Please quote ‘FREEFOAM’ to register for your free workshop.)
Francesca, one of our Sports Therapists & Pilates Instructors recommends the special Pilates socks. Available in black, turquoise & white, they have a special grip sole, and really help in Pilates classes. So if you have a Pilates lover on your gift list – this is a great idea! Just £9.99.
Our Clinical Director Paul, recommends custom made orthotics as a gift. They come in at £350 but are well worth the investment if a loved one suffers from long term or recurrent injures, aches or pains or a longstanding condition such as arthritis. You are welcome to book in a free orthotics consultation, just to see whether orthotics are the right way to go, before committing to a purchase.
If you’d like to purchase any of the gifts suggested above or discuss any alternatives with our team, please pop into our Chandlers Ford clinic any time!
The annual Back Care Awareness Week, run by BackCare, the UK’s leading charity for those impacted by back or neck pain, is to take place between 2 and 6 October. The theme this year is Back Pain in Education.
Back pain is one of the top common causes of absence from work throughout the country. It costs the UK economy around £15 billion every year as over four million working days are lost as a result of the condition. Furthermore, about 80% of the UK population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.
BackCare decided it was important to run a campaign targeted at children and young people as many of the back and neck pain problems experienced by adults are due to them not looking after their backs during childhood and teenage years.
Dr Brian Hammond, the Chair of BackCare said: “Early teaching of children and young people of the importance of taking care of their backs is bound to have a positive effect on the health of their backs as adults.”
He added: “There are simple things children and young people can do, such as sitting properly and not for too long, exercising regularly, stretching and lifting correctly. They also need to know how to carry their school books and equipment in a way that does not harm their back or neck.”
However, leading Physiotherapists and the latest research will tend to disagree with some of the points raised in this campaign. Although we agree that education and empowering people with understanding and knowledge of taking care of their bodies from a young age is crucial, implying that they can damage their spines by doing normal, everyday tasks like carrying a school bag, is a myth. These messages can lead to an unnecessary fear, which can then progress into adulthood.
Research is suggesting that there isn’t a ‘perfect posture’ or ‘best way to carry a bag’. So implying that young children can ‘harm’ their back or neck in these ways isn’t a positive message to put across.
This image sums up perfectly how children should be caring for their backs – not focusing on correct postures or harmful habits – moving regularly!
There are obviously times and instances when children do develop back or neck pain. This can be caused by sustained postures (often technology related) and a lack of exercise of general movement. In these cases, specific education and increasing their awareness is a key part of helping them overcome any pain they are experiencing. Postural education may be a part of this.
It’s great that BackCare are are raising awareness of back issues in this campaign, but let’s keep the messages positive and not install a fear into young people that their backs might not be fit for the job!
We had a fantastic day on Saturday, as we welcomed so many people through our doors to experience many of the different services we have on offer here at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford, meet our team and find out more about our lifesaving defibrillator.
Visitors on the day took part in Pilates classes, our Active Backs classes for people who want to gain confidence again exercising with back pain, Positive Steps classes for the later years of life and Yoga with Marianne.
Linda, a local community first responder, kindly offered some basic CPR training and dispelled many myths about using a public access defibrillator.
It was wonderful meeting so many local people. Thank you for your support!
There’s loads going on this weekend, although getting back into normal routine now the holidays have ended may have you feeling you just want to relax on the sofa!
Tomorrow is Southampton General Hospital’s Annual Open Day, always a fascinating event and in fact, attending this every year as a youngster was one of the things that inspired me to become a Physiotherapist. We wrote a short blog about last year’s event here.
We also have The Romsey Show this Saturday in Romsey, Hampshire. ‘Where town and country meet’, a lovely chance to get on your feet, take a browse around. You can really rack up the steps on days like this. So, particularly if you’re not used to being on your feet all day and if the ground is uneven or wet and slippy from the intermittent rain we’ve been having, make sure you wear appropriate footwear and take plenty of breaks.
On Sunday, Hampshire see’s the fantastic New Forest Marathon events. There are 7 race options for 2017; Full Marathon, Advertiser and Times Half Marathon, New Forest Health & Leisure 10k , ExxonMobil 5k, Junior 1k and 200m Race, SES Autoparts Team Challenge, Nordic Walk and Woodland Walk. So, even if running isn’t your thing, there is a challenge that may suit you whatever your age. Nearly all the New Forest Marathon Events are fully booked now, but entries for next year will open on September 10th.
Simply Health are aiming to get #MillionsMoving by launching their ‘Great Run Day’ on Sunday. This kicks off with the Great North Run on Sunday. Although this may be a bit further afield, they’re in the area in continuing their Great Run Series in October for the Great South Run, which I know many local runners are signed up for.
If you are taking part in the New Forest Marathon, have the Great South Run or Winchester Half Marathon coming up or any other running event, why not come in for a professional Sports Massage. A great adjunct to your training programme to help with recovery between runs or a perfect treat after an event to help ease post race soreness. We have appointments 6 days a week, including every evening and you can even book online!
Whatever your plans for the weekend,