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Helping Young People during Lockdown

Posted on 11th May 2020 by

We are entering week 8 of lockdown, meaning week 8 of home schooling, kids not getting out with their friends, no formal social or sporting activities or hobbies.

How are you coping? Are the kids running you ragged? Has healthy eating and exercise gone out the window completely?

Fear not, we have a few handy ideas to kick start motivations once again!

It can be hard for our bodies and routines to adjust to such a change like the current global pandemic. It’s important, especially for younger members of the family, to introduce a new routine into daily life to keep stress levels low and energy levels high. You may be facing an increased number of stressors and tensions may be riding particularly high. In spite of this, it’s helpful for family units to come together to work through their problems. Try to be mindful of how others are feeling and to be more forgiving if they need to explode, cry or simply hide away.

When we’re feeling down, we often turn to sugary foods to help give us an energy boost. However, this can have a negative effect as the sugar rush may not last long and could potentially crash lower than we were before. Its good to look for energy in carbohydrates, especially complex carbs, such as sweet potato, wholegrain breads, lentils, parsnips or butternut squash. They have a slower release to help keep energy levels higher for longer.

One way to get younger family members eating the right foods is to include them in meal planning and preparation. They’ll have a sense of achievement and is a nice break from any home schooling also. Or, you could class it as a Food Tech class… two birds with one stone.

London Sport has an exhaustive list of ways to get kids up and active at home. Current Government advice is daily exercise to help the public get fresh air during lockdown, but we don’t always want to exercise. Their list gives you extensive areas of other ways to keep fit and healthy from the comfort of your own home; whether its alongside The Nations PE teacher, Joe Wicks, or Sport Englands campaign with Disney to create fun dance routines. 

We’re often bombarded by negative messages or thoughts from tabloids and social media, so its important to look for ways to keep spirits high from all the technology we have at our disposal. Zoom quizzes have been very popular in recent weeks, and are a great way to catch up with friends of family. You can also find a whole host of online games and entertainment which loved ones can participate in with you across the internet. They’ll introduce enjoyment and pleasure back to this ‘new normal’ and give younger people another element to a daily routine.

Here’s some great ideas:

Weird & wonderful ways to get through lockdown

Free online, boredom-busting resources!

Don’t forget yourself too!

But, lockdown isn’t always about looking after others before yourself. You still need to make time for you. Listen to a podcast, read a book, enjoy the sun; make time for yourself to relax and reflect on the current situation. Self care is so important in order to look after others. Some of the our favourite podcasts are:

Happy Place – Fearne Cotton

Food for Thought – Rhiannon Lambert

Run Pod – Jenni Falconer

That Peter Crouch Podcast – BBC Sounds

Give me Strength – Alice Living

Castaway – Laura Whitmore

When thinking about your current situation it’s helpful to:

  1. Acknowledge and accept that this is how things are at the moment (this is your new ‘normal’ and you can’t push it away or make it disappear). Think about what’s in your control and what is outside of your control.
  2. Find a way to allow yourself to feel all the things that this new normal brings up (it’s OK to feel cross, frustrated, sad, angry and any other associated emotion).
  3. Find ways to do your best within the situation (are there any positives for example, are you getting to do anything which you wouldn’t normally be able to do?).
  4. Stay in the moment rather than regretting the past or worrying about the future. We will be thinking more about this process in the next Step.

Hopefully, we’ll be able to find a sense of normality soon be connect with loved ones properly. There are of course, further online guides on how to cope during lockdown. Support wesbites such as Mind, Family Lives and Young Minds are charities that offer support, knowledge and advice so if you are struggling, please speak to someone. 



goPhysio Online Shop

Posted on 20th April 2020 by

We’ve pulled together a carefully selected list of products that can help you with your rehab, recovery, Pilates and exercises at home. Take a look at the items and click on the links to be taken through to the individual products that your Clinician has recommended.

PAIN RELIEF


COLD TREATMENTS


FOOT SUPPORTS


EXERCISE AND PILATES EQUIPMENT


MASSAGE


POSTURAL PRODUCTS


BRACES AND SUPPORTS


TAPING AND STRAPPING



COVID-19 The Steps We’re Taking at goPhysio

Posted on 11th March 2020 by

We are all very aware of the impact that Coronavirus is having on our communities and the way in which we are going about our daily lives and making plans. It’s obviously a time of some uncertainty. However, please rest assured, we are following the latest official advice very carefully. 

We wanted to reassure you that goPhysio are implementing measures in relation to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 as part of our duty of care to all our visitors and team. 

Following official advice, goPhysio is continuing to operate as normal.

We have put in place the following extra precautions: 

  • Hand sanitisers are available throughout the clinic. We encourage you to use this on entering and leaving the clinic. 
  • Hand washing facilities are also available. 
  • All equipment and high contact areas are being cleaned on a regular basis throughout the day with a clinical grade cleaner. 

Please can we ask of you that:

  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, shortness of breath) that you do not attend the clinic and follow official advice. 
  • If you have been in contact with anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have travelled from any of the target areas, again, please follow official advice. 
  • As usual, if you are unwell in any other way, we ask that you look after yourself at home, to help minimise risk of any other illnesses. 
  • Please provide as much notice as possible if you are unable to attend your appointment by calling us on 023 8025 3317.
  • If you attend our Pilates classes, please can you take extra time to wipe down the Pilates blocks and mats after every class with our clinical grade wipes. 
  • Feel free to bring your own mats, cushions or towels to cover the blocks and mats in Pilates if you would prefer. 

We are also putting in place a contingency plan should the situation change. 

If you have any questions or concerns and would like to discuss these with us, please email mail@gophysiotherapy.co.uk or pilates@gophysiotherapy.co.uk for Pilates related concerns.


World Book Day, Our Team’s best books!

Posted on 2nd March 2020 by

We’re all quite avid readers here at goPhysio, often sharing our favourite reads, key messages and top tips from the books we’ve read. As the annual World Book Day arrives, some of our team share their favourite health & wellbeing themed books.

Jade from our Patient Services Team recommends The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.

I’ve been practising the miracle morning for nearly 4 years now. I find starting my day this way makes it much more productive.

Jade

The basis of The Miracle Morning includes:

  • Silence
  • Affirmations
  • Visualisation
  • Exercise
  • Reading
  • Scribing

Highly recommend!


Our Business Administrator, Katie, has 2 recommendations.

The Fitness Chef: Eat What You Like and Lose Weight Forever

No cheats, no stress healthy eating book that has an insight into all the ‘fad’ diets, detox teas, fasting methods. Not just recipes but information on food myths, macronutrients and exercise tips.

And something a bit more tongue and cheek….Keep F*cking Going

Not so much a book, but a journal to keep on track of anything health and fitness related. A realistic and current motivational tool to help you reach a target. Keeping healthy and fit can be hard and frustration is normal, hence the title!


Our Non-Clinical Director, Fiona, also has 2 book recommendations.

Her first is The 4 Pillar Plan by Dr Chatterjee. This book gives a wonderful overview of some really simple and easy to follow steps, split into 4 key pillars, to help improve every aspect of your life.

Her favourite book of all time is The Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse. Gorgeous illustrious, packed with inspiration, comfort and joy throughout, with messages which everyone can relate to.

Roz also picked The Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse. Roz said,

I love it because you can just pick it up and open it at any page, even if you have only got a few minutes, and read something that will make you instantly smile to yourself and feel happy.  In just a few words and with some beautiful sketches Charlie Mackesy manages to get across some very key messages that we can all relate to in some way.

Roz, Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor

Our Clinical Director, Paul, has chosen The Fear Bubble: Harness Fear and Live Without Limits, by Ant Middleton.

A great read to help harness one’s inner strength and banish any self limiting thoughts or behaviours and start living your best life from today – really useful mental strength tips that have helped with my marathon training!

Paul, Clinical Director

What’s your favourite read?

#WorldBookDay



Patient Satisfaction Survey Results – January 2020

Posted on 30th January 2020 by

At the beginning of this month, for an entire week, we set out to survey as many of our patients coming through our doors as possible.

As a business, it is crucially important that we are doing a great job and asking the people who visit us at goPhysio and are using our services, is the best way to find out whether we’re actually doing what we set out to do! Gaining your feedback helps us to further improve and develop our services, so we can continue to offer the best possible care.

We randomly surveyed almost 100 visitors to the clinic that week and have spent time analysing the feedback we were given. We are delighted to be able to share the results of this survey with you.

Why did you choose goPhysio?

When asked why goPhysio was chosen over any other local healthcare provider, the top 2 answers given were personal recommendation and reputation. We couldn’t ask for more. We work incredibly hard to provide the best possible care and are proud of the reputation we have built up over the years. When people are recommending us to their friends and family, this speaks volumes. We know there’s lots of choice out there when you’re in pain or have an injury, so having so many recommendations is testament to what we are doing. Many people also commented that they’d seen us before and were returning for a new problem.

Another reason that came up frequently, was ease, availability and speed offing able to book an appointment. Having to wait for appointments is a huge frustration and so many people commented that it was easy to make an appointment with us, they could be seen quickly without having to wait and they could book online, making it all even easier!

What do we do really well?

We wanted to know what aspects of our service we were doing really well. The key theme coming through was that we make people feel welcome and at ease, we treat people respectfully and people feel confident we can help them. We certainly aim to be all these things. We know it can be a daunting, worrying and frustrating time when you’re injured or in pain. So by offering a welcoming, friendly and warm environment in which you can come and get help, we can ease some of these feelings.

Being listened to was something that so many people appreciated. We don’t rush through our appointments, we really take the time to listen to you as an individual and therefore we can tailor your treatment and recovery programme to you and your lifestyle.

Here’s a few testimonials from the survey

Excellent service, thanks for looking after me!

First rate service. Roz and I work well together on my shoulder problem.

Everyone at goPhysio has always been extremely professional but friendly and welcoming (particularly Beverley!)

Roz has really helped and is obviously very experienced and knowledgeable.

I’m very happy with my experience with goPhysio, very accommodating

goPhysio provides an amazing service

98% of respondents are completely satisfied with the service they received. 

Jose is very pleasant and professional, quickly puts me at ease and is thorough

I have always been very happy with the services at goPhysio. Everyone I have dealt with has been very friendly. 

100% of respondents said they would return to goPhysio for future care if needed.

Francesca is brilliant. Very caring and lovely. Receptionists always friendly. 

You’re a lovely bunch! 

You provide an excellent service all round! 

Final Thoughts

We were so delighted with the results of the survey. Day to day, we regularly receive positive feedback, but receiving such a high volume of consistently, positive comments, was really very humbling. We genuinely care and invest so much into everything that happens at goPhysio. Nothing happens by chance, it’s all very carefully thought about. So, it’s great to know it’s working.

Obviously, we also gained some valuable insight into areas that can be improved – this is just as important, if not more so, than hearing the positive experiences. Anything that we identify as an area to work on, change and improve to make what we offer even better, is always welcomed! So, we are continually working ‘behind the scenes’ to further develop and enhance our services, so we can continue to help and support you!


Top 3 Pilates Standing Exercises

Posted on 1st April 2019 by

This month, Physio and Pilates Instructor, Chris, has chosen his top 3 Pilates exercises you can do in standing.

Our mat based classes (as the name suggests!), involve a range of mat exercises in sitting, lying on your back or side. However, Pilates exercises done in standing are very important too. Doing these exercises will engage and work different sets of muscles.

#1 Arm Openings Level 1

  1. Start in a natural standing position.
  2. Lift your arms forwards to shoulder height, shoulder width apart, palms facing inwards.
  3. Level 1:
    • Inhale, rotate the thoracic spine, head and neck to the right, keeping the pelvis still. Let your right arm follow the movement of the spine while reaching forwards with your left arm.
    • Exhale, rotate your body back to the midline, allowing your arm to follow the movement to resume the starting position.
    • Repeat up to ten times alternating sides.

#2 Foot Series

  1.  Starting position in a natural standing position. Centre engaged.
  2. Inhale to prepare.
  3. Exhale, bend your hips and knees 45 degrees.
  4. Inhale, peel the heels off the floor, keeping the hips and knees bent.
  5. Exhale, straighten your hips and knees, keeping the heels lifted.
  6. Inhale, lower the heels to return to the starting position.
  7. Repeat up to ten times and then reverse the direction of movement.
  8. Watch points:
    • Keep your back in a neutral position, so don’t bend forwards or backwards from the spine.
    • Aim to rise and lower largely on the vertical plane only. No shifting of the center of gravity.
    • Try and keep your big toe on the floor.
    • Control the lowering phase slowly.
    • Avoid locking your knees.

#3 Side Leg Lift Level 1

  1. Starting position – Right lunge. Left leg extended to the side, with the tip of the big toe resting on the floor. Trunk hinged forwards from the hips at around 45 degrees. Hands on waist. Centre engaged.
  2. Inhale to prepare.
  3. Exhale, reach your left toes away and then lift your left leg horizontally up from the hip, keeping the pelvis stable. Hold.
  4. Inhale, reach and lower the leg to the floor.
  5. Repeat up to ten times and then repeat on the opposite side.

Read More 

We have lot’s of informative and educational Pilates articles over on our blog, which you can find here

If you’re interested in finding out more about joining our specialist Clinical Pilates classes at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford, take a look at the details of what we offer, our timetable of over 20 classes a week and more information about getting started with Pilates.


Easter Giveaway Competition!

Posted on 28th March 2018 by

We’ve got an Easter Giveaway! Foam Roller Workshop

We’re giving away 2 free places on one of our foam roller workshops!

To be in with a chance of winning a place for you and a friend all you need to do is:

  • Head on over to our Facebook page, like the page and then tag a friend who you’d like to join you in the foam roller workshop on the giveaway post.

OR

  • Head on over to twitter and tweet a friend in the comments section of the pinned Easter Giveaway post.

OR

  • Head on over to Instagram and tag a friend in the comments section of the Easter Giveaway post.

We’ll be randomly selecting a winner next week. Both you and your nominated friend will win a space in your chosen foam roller workshop.


T&Cs

  1. The promoter is: goPhysio Ltd.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of goPhysio and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are outlined above.
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  7. Closing date for entry will be 2nd April 2018. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  9. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  10. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  11. The prizes are outlined above.
  12. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  13. Winners will be chosen at random from all entries received and verified by Promoter.
  14. The winners will be notified on Social Media (Facebook or Twitter) and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  15. The prize can be collected from goPhysio’s clinic.
  16. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  17. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  18. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].
  19. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  20. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network.
  21. goPhysio shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.
  22. goPhysio also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.

 

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Easing Post Run Soreness

Posted on 18th March 2018 by

You’ve done it, you’ve got off the couch and finished that run! Whether it’s a gentle recreational run, a 10k or a full marathon, post run soreness can be part of the journey. It’s just your muscles adapting to the additional demands placed upon them, which is good!

You can read more about post exercise pain here.

There are some tried and tested steps you can take, that help to ease post run soreness. Here’s a few from our Sports Therapist, Tom.

  1. Rest

It may seem obvious but resting from physical exertion will allow sore muscles time to rebuild. However, there is a big difference between complete rest and active recovery. Complete rest can result in decreased range of motion and prolonged soreness. Active recovery is defined by a light workout comprising of lower intensity and volume which facilitates the removal of waste products and restores normal resting length of muscles. For example, a runner with sore legs may opt for 30 minutes on a static bike at a steady pace.

  1. Sports Massage

Muscle soreness following a run can be effectively eased with sports massage. The massage techniques used will decrease exercise-induced inflammation, improve blood flow and reduce muscle tightness. Sports massage can also have an effect on the nervous system by down-regulating it to allow the muscles to relax. Manual therapy techniques can stimulate the lymphatic system which helps drain swelling and by-products of exercise out of the damaged muscles. Increased blood flow to these areas will bring new nutrient-rich blood to facilitate the repair phase following intense exercise. You can book your sports massage online here.

  1. Self-Myofascial Release

Performed using tools such as foam rollers, trigger point balls, massage sticks, etc. Similar to massage, this technique allows you to self-treat by targeting the muscles that need it most. You will be able to ease inflammation, improve blood flow and restore the normal resting length of muscles. Read more about foam rolling here. If you want to learn more, why not come along to one of our monthly foam rolling practical workshops.

  1. Food & Hydration

You can utilise a few simple nutrition strategies to restore homeostasis and facilitate muscle repair. Eat high-glycemic fruits and starchy vegetables following exercise to replenish glycogen stores in muscles. Antioxidants present in these foods can also aid tissue repair and recovery. Eating foods high in protein (such as eggs) can enhance energy production and stimulate protein synthesis, which repairs damaged muscles from intense training. Fish oils (omega 3) also contain anti-inflammatory properties which will help ease post-race soreness.

A reduction in hydration of only 2 percent is enough to have detrimental effects on maximal strength and athletic performance due to a drop in blood plasma volume. This limits the amount of nutrients and energy received by the working muscles. Drink frequently throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated and reduce the risk of delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS).

  1. Sleep

Make sure you get between 7-8hours of sleep each night. Sleep is important as it not only restores brain function and alertness, but it also regulates growth hormone release and protein synthesis. Your muscles do all their repair work whilst you sleep, so getting enough shut-eye is crucial when training. During the restorative phase of sleep your blood pressure drops, breathing slows and blood flows to the muscles and soft tissue that need repair.

  1. Compression

Specific garments can be worn during and after intense exercise to reduce the amount of residual inflammation in working tissues. We know that muscles are damaged when we exercise, this damage causes inflammation which can also irritate nerve endings and result in prolonged pain/soreness. The idea behind compression is to limit the space available for soft tissues to swell with inflammation, thus reducing pain levels. Compression with movement will also facilitate the removal of waste products and inflammation out of working/damaged tissues.

  1. Heat

It is well established that heat can be a great pain-reliever. Applying heat to sore muscles can encourage a relaxation effect. The warmth will also vasodilate blood vessels allowing for nutrient-rich blood to be brought to the area that needs repair.

  1. Stretching

You may be surprised to hear that stretching isn’t as effective at easing muscle soreness as you may have thought. Think about it this way; the most traumatic form of muscle contraction is an eccentric one. This occurs when you contract a muscle over a period of time whilst it is lengthening, for example the lowering phase of a bicep curl. This muscle has been damaged (on a microscopic level) by a lengthening-based exercise. You are then attempting to ease that soreness by stretching the muscle, which is only lengthening it further. Also noteworthy is the role of the central nervous system, which uses pain as a protective signalling mechanism to prevent the same movement from occurring again. Stretching a painful area is likely to produce a larger nervous system response resulting in increased pain levels.

A review published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2011 concludes that stretching does not ease soreness following exercise.

Herbert RD, de Noronha M, Kamper SJ. Stretching to prevent or reduce muscle soreness after exercise. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD004577. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004577.pub3.

  1. Ice

A golden rule to follow when considering ice vs heat for different situations is this; ice for acute, traumatic injuries to be used predominantly for pain relief and not much else. Heat is to be used for chronic, dull, achy pain such as joint stiffness or muscle tightness.

When applying ice to an injured area it can cause blood vessels to constrict, limiting blood flow to the area. We need a good blood supply for muscles to regenerate and repair. Ice also causes muscles to tighten which seems to be the opposite effect when searching for muscles relaxation and relief of soreness. A systematic review and meta-analysis of 36 articles published in 2015 suggests that ice (cryotherapy) provides little or no significant effect in the treatment of exercise-induced muscle soreness.

Hohenauer E, Taeymans J, Baeyens J-P, Clarys P, Clijsen R (2015) The Effect of Post-Exercise Cryotherapy on Recovery Characteristics: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0139028. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0139028

If your soreness doesn’t ease after a few days or you are in pain as you think you may have picked up an injury, do get it checked out. The sooner you get an expert diagnosis of what’s going on and a specific recovery plan, the less time you’ll have off running!


Win A 30 Minute Sports Massage Today!

Posted on 18th December 2016 by

Sports Massage Chandlers FordIt’s finally almost here. Tomorrow we are opening the doors to the new clinic and studio, ready to welcome you and help you live a healthy, active, positive life, free of pain and injury. For our last giveaway, you can win a 30 minute sports massage. Just like and share this post!

We can’t wait to see you in our new clinic.