New Year Intentions

2019 – what plans / aspirations do you have? Have you made any resolutions?  How are you getting on?

I recently read on Twitter a post about having intentions instead of resolutions which I liked as a concept,  it allows us to let things slide but allows us to re-start simply without beating ourselves up. Its a great opportunity at the beginning of a new year to have grand ambitions to achieve what we consider to be important. But already challenges and curve balls can have an effect on the best laid plans. The idea of aiming towards our goals but accepting that the path might be difficult and at times impossible to achieve enables us to embrace the uncontrollable and continue to aim high.

Recovery from injury is typically unpredictable and challenging, it can be disappointing when things take longer than expected or a back pain recurs when you think its gone away, but with good intentions, embracing that these things sometimes happen and aiming for the end stage can allow us to absorb the bumps as oppose to giving up.

I’m always blown away when I meet clients from years ago who say they still do the exercises I encouraged them to do when they came for treatment, in one case this was almost 20 years ago! However, full respect – the concept of continuing with exercises / general fitness / use it or lose it is laudable. I encourage everyone to think of fitness / exercise as a way of life, contributing to health and well being. So taking the long term view and considering being healthy as a goal seems the sensible approach.

So my intentions this year are to stay healthy; aiming to walk / do a 7-minute challenge as a minimum every day (for January is my first short-term goal) but with the overall aim of well-being. Might seem simple, but hopefully a few more of the Impact-challenges will be embedded throughout the year too – already we have a team entered in the 10k obstacle course and plans to have a bigger group enjoy the Yorkshire 3 peaks again.

If you have any goals that you need advice / support with then please let us know, we’d be delighted to be part of your health and wellbeing journey. Here’s to a happy healthy 2019.

Healthy happy lifestyles

We’re all getting ready for Christmas and hopefully looking forward to some time off to spend some quality time away from our daily routines. It’s at this time of year too that we often look to consider what 2018 might bring us and what we might like to change.

We all want to try and live a happy healthy life and the role of exercise is key. However, with busy lifestyles work can often get in the way and if we are involved in repetitive or sedentary job roles this may be detrimental both physically or mentally.

Many people spend a large proportion of their time at work. It’s common to feel too busy doing your job to take the time to consider how it impacts on your health.

Office workers particularly spend hours sitting still and carrying out repetitive tasks. The human body isn’t designed for this; we’re supposed to be moving around, so all this time spent at a desk needs to be well managed and regular breaks to maintain activity are advised. Often long periods of inactivity can lead to general back ache and/or neck and shoulder pain.

Other problems include feeling pressurised, anxious and low in mood. These types of conditions are experienced by most adults from time to time. If identified early and managed well, they should not result in time off from work.

There are several steps you can take to ensure you incorporate enough physical activity into your day to help you stay fit and healthy for work. These include:

  • Getting some fresh air every day
  • Doing easy exercises every couple of hours
  • Taking micro breaks
  • Simple stretches to keep mobile
  • Ensuring your work station is comfortable

Source: http://www.csp.org.uk/publications/fit-work 

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas time, a special thanks goes out to all those who will be working continuing to look after us either through health services or safety. The whole Impact Team wishes you a Happy 2018!

Pain….. why does it hurt so much?

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What did I do?  IMO – not very much…. I just asked some questions and then explained what I thought might be going on and what I thought might be a good idea to try.

To put things into context – I received a call from someone we have worked with in the past. They described back pain which came on after doing a lot of something they don’t normally do, we chatted for a bit, I made a few suggestions and said goodbye.  12 hours later, here’s a small cut and paste from their email…

Thanks so much for the chat this morning.  You are a wonder worker.  Already your advice has made a big improvement for me.  Thank you. 

Why? Well that’s the thing – the pain that was being experienced is a combination of lots of things. In this case, my impression is that doing something that they hadn’t done before, quite a lot of it, meant that they were feeling places that they hadn’t felt for a while. The resultant sensation wasn’t nice, which was then made a huge amount worse by worry, anxiety and fear. Worry about why it was so painful, anxiety that they won’t be able to do something special in a few weeks time and fear that there is something seriously wrong. This had been going on for about a week and things weren’t getting better.

Pain is complicated. Hopefully this story illustrates that for such a quick turn around of the severity of pain and improvement in symptoms that this was brought around by how the problem was interpreted and dealt with. In this case having the confidence that it was OK to keep moving and try some very simple exercises combined with reasoning that nothing was seriously wrong meant that the problem had reduced significantly.  Sometimes it helps to reason what might have caused the problem, what was aggravating and easing it and what might help to improve things.

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Understanding pain

Here’s a few video’s from experts in the field explains the complexity of pain.

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Why do we hurt? 

Do we actually experience pain, or is it merely illusion?

In this TEDx talk, Lorimer Moseley explores these questions, and position the pain that we feel as our bodies’ way of protecting us from damaging tissues further.

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Understanding Pain: Brainman chooses

An animated video on managing pain.

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Our fears and beliefs about pain 

Jack describes to Prof Peter O’Sullivan about how he had chronic back pain.

He was told he had a back of a 70 year old, he needed fusion surgery and couldn’t play sport .

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If you’re worried about pain or a problem that’s stopping you getting on with what you want / need to do then get in touch. Book an assessment and we’ll thoroughly assess you to determine what you can do about it.

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Please get in contact if you have any questions.
0115 9721319 / enquiries@impactphysio.co.uk

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Pilates @ ImpactPhysio

Here at Impact we like to do things differently – our Pilates instructors have huge amounts of experience and spend time planning and adapting our classes and 1:1 sessions for you. Here’s a clip of some of the stuff we get up to;

Pilates

If you would like to join us then contact us 0115 9721319 / enquiries@impactphysio.co.uk

Classes are at our Long Eaton and Kedleston Road (University of Derby) clinics – open to all

 

We have recently added the oov to our equipment classes – great for challenging the core and spine.

Surfing 2016

Another fabulous time spent in Croyde – a huge thanks to Lyndon and his team, what a challenge teaching a bunch of folk to surf the waves……

We all enjoyed a weekend of good food, wine, waves and company. Already looking forward to next year!

Thanks Sara – who currently rehabbing an ACL repair decided to do some action photography and risk being a target!

 

 

 

Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon 2016

We are delighted to be official race partners again for the 9th year running – no pun intended!

We will be based in the massage tent again on race day for pre and post event massage and available to assess any injuries. We are also supporting the corporate and elite runners. Once again – none of this would be possible without the support from The University of Nottingham and Sheffield Hallam Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation students who are helping us raise funds for the race charities.

We are also offering the change to win a free post event massage – follow us on twitter @ImpactPhysio and tweet us with your number. The winner will be chosen the day after the race.

 

Don’t forget to call us pre race day if you have any niggles that are concerning you

0115 9721319

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Yoga taster sessions

On Monday 12th September and Thursday 15th September we have two taster classes open. If you want to try out our yoga, with a class size of up to 6 students then please contact us

0115 9721319 / contact@impactphysio.co.uk

We have classes running each week:

Mondays 08:30 : drop the children off at school then take some time for yourself, avoid the traffic…

Thursdays 12:15 : lunchtimes, start the un-wind for the weekend early…

and Friday 16:30 and 18:00 : early evening, a great weekend starter

 

Welcome Christine – our new Pilates Instructor

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Christine has recently joined the Impact team as a Pilates Instructor. She brings a huge amount of experience from Asia and the US as a Physical Therapist and Polestar Pilates Mentor. We are excited to be working with her. Christine is currently working solely as a Pilates Instructor in the UK as she awaits transfer of her registration to enable her to practice as a Physiotherapist.

Christine will be covering occasional classes at Long Eaton over the summer period as well as being available for individual sessions. She is also offering a summer schedule of classes at The University of Derby. Please contact us for more details.

enquiries@impactphysio.co.uk / 0115 9721319

 

Thank-you

We have received some lovely comments recently #feeling proud – so thought I’d share a few…

“After weeks of an increasingly painful and debilitating left knee, I was at the stage of convincing myself that a total knee replacement was the only solution! An assessment at Impact Physio prescribed a very well explained and visually clear exercise regime, which I followed religiously every day. Six weeks later I am walking pain free and ‘normally’. Impact Physio provided the professional expertise and encouragement I needed. Thank-you.” Mary Williams

I really like this one! One of the most rewarding parts of our job is making a difference – its not magic – sometimes its something simple – and not making it out to be anything it isn’t – this was a simple case of strengthening making a huge difference – all we did here was assess what the problem was and then address it.  Simple. With great results.

Another lovely thank-you – again, we didn’t have to do much here – but the specific small changes have made a huge difference;

I have suffered with a niggling and sometimes exceptionally painful lower back and neck for years but just thought it was ‘one of those things’ I had to endure. On speaking with Rachel Royer I decided to request an appointment. After just 2 sessions and armed with simple exercises it has made a world of difference already! Why didn’t I go earlier? My lower back is stronger with a less pronounced curve and I can use my neck without suffering excruciating stabbing pains. Amazing! At IP they have excellent expertise, professionalism and courtesy, plus their plain speaking makes it clear instantly what the issue is and how to address it – ideal.
I have also had Craniosacral sessions with Chris and I come away feeling peaceful, empowered, with improved movement and increased self-esteem. My headaches have gone and I am positive it is having a beneficial effect on my digestion.
I can’t recommend the team enough. Many thanks all.” Viv Smith

 

CRY

Thanks to Ellie & Sarina for their hard work during their clinical placement with us from The University of Nottingham.  A total of 19 massages raised £286. Thank-you for those who took part and were so generous. We had some lovely feedback – one of which was “fantastic massage thanks – as good as a fully qualified professional!”