MASSAGE GIFT VOUCHERS £35! A perfect gift idea available here at the clinic! From relaxing massage to intensive sports massage, massage therapy produces a whole heap of benefits from relaxation and wellbeing through to injury prevention and treatment. Gift vouchers are £35 and you can buy them from us by popping into the clinic or by phoning 01452309372.
In the exciting build up to Christmas, lots of us will be spending more time than usual in the kitchen! If this sounds like you then take a look at this recent BCA article:
It’s the heart of every home, but have you considered the potential for damaging your back in the kitchen? Bending and stretching from cupboard to cupboard, lifting utensils and heavy equipment, standing for sustained periods of time preparing food and even washing the dishes – the tasks we undertake daily could be putting us at risk of back pain if attempted with the wrong posture.
Tim Hutchful, British Chiropractic Association (BCA) chiropractor, comments: “It is surprising how much time we spend in the kitchen doing physically arduous tasks that put pressure on our joints and muscles. Even making small changes to your usual routine and thinking more about the movements you make could have a significant difference on your body, leaving you fit, healthy and comfortable enough to enjoy the best part of your kitchen – eating the food you have prepared.”
Make your way safely around the kitchen and maintain optimum posture with the following advice from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA):
Unloading the shopping
· Make the most of home deliveries – they will come to you and save you the stress and strain!
· A weight held at arm’s length can have the effect of being up to five times heavier. Always carry heavy tins or boxes close to the body. Don’t lift and twist when putting the shopping away and be sure to face the direction of the cupboard or fridge
· Store frequently used items between elbow and shoulder height to avoid regularly over stretching your back. Pull-out storage cupboards lessen the need to stretch or strain even more
Cooking up a storm
· When preparing food, make sure the counter top is the correct level for your height. You want to avoid stooping if it is too low or reaching up if it is too high. Preparing food on a deep wooden chopping board can help achieve the correct level
· Lifting heavy pots, pans or utensils can strain your back muscles. Always face the direction in which you want to carry the weight, lift using a relaxed, straight back, make sure your legs are at least hips’ width apart and lift with bent knees
· When reaching into cupboards for ingredients, avoid bending from the waist as it will increase stress on your lower back. Never keep the knees straight, as this could lead to over-stretching and cause damage to your back
Doing the dishes
· Standing up straight whilst washing the dishes, rather than slumped over the sink, could make all the difference to back pain. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and don’t over stretch. If you need to, rest one foot on a stool to make sure you are comfortably positioned over the sink. Raise the washing-up bowl by placing a second upturned washing up bowl underneath it
· Got a dishwasher? Remember to bend your knees and keep your back straight when loading and unloading the lower shelf
The new Complete Sleeprrr Fully Adjustable Orthopaedic Pillow is getting fabulous feedback from patients!
It has removable inserts so that you can adjust it’s shape and height depending on your postural needs and it has “noodles” for you to adjust it’s softness too.
If you haven’t yet found a pillow that you’re happy with then try for yourself and experience a much more comfortable and improved nights’ sleep!
We are currently offering 20 minute massage ‘taster’ sessions for free! Massage can enhance the healing and repair of damaged soft tissues. Injured muscles and ligaments develop scar tissue – massage increases blood flow and breaks down fibrous ‘nodules’ or ‘knots’, promoting a sense of wellbeing and helping with relaxation, sports conditioning, muscle pain, back pain, joint stiffness, joint mobility, joint sprains, recovery from injury, nerve pain, lymphatic drainage, energy levels, muscle spasm/tension and circulation. Swedish Massage, Sports Massage and Indian Head Massage are all available at this clinic. To meet Tracey and sample massage therapy call 01452 309372 today.
Our fully qualified Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist, Tracey Morris, is currently making on-site visits to local sports teams and clubs to give talks on Massage Therapy!
If you are a member or a manager of a sports, athletic, gym or dance group of any level or age group, with an interest in injury prevention for your members, please get in touch with us to arrange your visit.
Phone 01452 309372 or email email@example.com
What a perfect idea for birthday presents, thank you presents, or even – dare I say it – Christmas presents!!! Swedish body massage, specific sports or remedial massage, or Indian Head massage, who wouldn’t want one??? You can’t go wrong.
You can buy a massage gift voucher over the phone or by popping in when you pass by. Drop us an email with your number and we’ll call you back!
Simon Rose, Neil Barrett and Paul Dodd completed their 103 mile Cotswold Way Challenge in 3 days – not the original planned 4 – but just 3 days! Well done lads that was one big achievement and very impressive. Almost as impressive as the whopping £1600+ that we have so far raised in sponsorship money for the Bristol Children’s Hospital and the total is still steadily rising. So, we would like to say a very big thank you to all of our patients, friends and family who have sponsored Simon, Neil and Paul, for helping us to raise such a huge amount. It will make a difference, thank you.
Research from The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) in March 2011 found that 51% of the population were suffering from some form of back pain. As the nation goes back to work after the summer break, the steady increase in office/desk based working could be adding to the problem.
Previous research also found that a third of office workers make no adjustments to either seating or computer equipment when switching desks.
There were two other problem areas – sitting too long without a break and carrying heavy computer bags to work.
Tim Hutchful from British Chiropractic Association says: “Whether at work or at home, computers have begun to dominate our lives, yet what we don’t realise is that they in fact have the ability to damage our health. Back pain is becoming quite common and our working lives could be contributing to this. By taking time to adjust your chair and by taking regular breaks can help protect your spine and prevent the onslaught of back pain”.
To help protect your backs at work, the BCA offers some useful tips for us to keep in mind at the start of each working week:
– Make time to check your bag/briefcase each day for items you won’t need. Additional weight in your bag is extra weight that your shoulders and back have to bear.
– Use a rucksack design work bag/laptop case, carry it on both shoulders and adjust the straps so that the bag is held close to your back.
– Take the time to adjust your chair when you start working at a new location.
– Your seat should be adjusted so that your feet are flat on the ground, your hips slightly higher than your knees and your eyes level with the centre of the computer screen.
– Relax when sitting into your chair, making sure you have your bottom against the seat back and your shoulder blades are touching the back rest of the chair. Arms should be flat and your elbows level with the desk or table you are using. Use a seat with arm rests.
– Take regular breaks. Never sit at the computer for more than 40 minutes; less if possible. When you take a break, walk around and stretch a little.
Source: BCA website 30/08/2011
Chiropractor Simon Rose and his son Edward are pictured in the Gloucester Citizen and the Cheltenham Echo today, Friday 2nd September, with a great article about Simon’s sponsored walk for Bristol Children’s Hospital. See www.justgiving.com/leah-rose to find out more or buy your copy of the local paper!
The Gloucester Citizen and possibly the Cheltenham Echo too, will be featuring an artice about Simon’s sponsored walk over the next few days hopefully. He is raising money for Bristol Children’s Hospital by walking the entire Cotswold Way with friends Neil Barrett and Paul Dodd starting on 8th September. Please show him your support by visiting www.justgiving.com/leah-rose and sponsoring him a pound or two!! :)