Robin Hood Half

Impact Physiotherapy have been event partners with the Robin Hood event since 2007.

We were delighted to support the event again this year, our 12th year! The physio & massage support has grown to include 3 tents and over 50 volunteers. The team at Impact continue to prioritise this as a fund raising event for the official charities and were delighted this year to invite our colleagues at The University of Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic to join us.

The new team enabled us to offer an even bigger service to the runners, alongside of course the student Physiotherapists and Sports Rehabilitation students from University of Nottingham and Sheffield Hallam University and the Sports Therapy students from The University of Derby who were keen to practice their skills under the supervision of the qualified physios.

The Physiotherapy team were available to help on race day with any pre-race injury advice, or race preparations to a relaxing post-race recovery massage and any injury assessments that were required.

 

 

Cyclone 24

We’re looking forward to supporting this event again in 2 weeks time. It was amazing to see last year the stamina & commitment & teamwork during this 24 hour endurance event. Teams of up to 6 riders aim to complete as many laps as they can during 24 hours. Phenomenal! We supported the riders with a small team of therapists and student volunteers from The University of Derby and The University of Nottingham, providing a well earned massage and chance to stretch out for 15 minutes on a comfy couch! Good luck to the riders – see you in a fortnight.

Cyclone 24

blog – final weeks of preparation

So this event might be out of your comfort zone but if you’ve ever been tempted to get on a bike and give it a go, I would highly recommend getting yourself signed up for a taster at the arena. We are so fortunate to have such a facility on our doorstep, especially as the Derby Arena is base to our Pride Park clinic. We enjoyed our track session as a team and plan to repeat it again this year.

Arena Cycling

Impact Physio 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Impact Challenge: Supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust

Delighted to be part of the team supporting Sam with his quest to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust – a charity close to his heart. A small group of us signed up to the x-runner 10k obstacle course challenge, commonly called the mud-runner! We slipped and slid around the course, getting extremely wet and muddy, so much fun we have already signed up again for next years event!

The team back at base added to the funds with a cake sale based at our Long Eaton hub, raising over £300 to add to Sam’s impressive £2000 total.

virginmoneygiving – the TCT run

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Pride Park clinic has moved into the Derby Arena

We have just closed the door at our Melbourne Court clinic ready for the move across the road into the iconic Derby Arena.

Melbourne Court was a great place to establish our now busy clinic, and we’re taking the opportunity to move into the arena enabling clients to benefit from the gym and better facilities.  We are moving between Christmas and New Year and open on Jan 2nd 2018.

Please contact us in the usual way, through email / contact form on our website / call our hub at Long Eaton where the awesome admin team coordinate our 4 clinics.

We hope you’ll enjoy the new facilities as much as we think you will. Maybe make a bit of time before / after your appointment to enjoy a coffee in reception and decide when to book a trial on the track – if you haven’t already had a spin! Free parking for up to 3 hours so if you’re not in a rush you can make the most of the facilities.

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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[vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” type=”full_width” text_align=”left”][vc_column][vc_column_text]I received a lovely email this week thanking me for making someone feel so much better.

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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National Three Peaks Challenge

So we did it!   

 

July 18/19th a team of us set off up to Ben Nevis for the start of the national 3 peaks challenge. Driven by the awesome Sara – we arrived in time for a meal before heading off up the mountain – we were fortunate enough to have clear skies – great views – and if anything slightly too hot at 25 degrees! We enjoyed a panorama at the summit and beautiful skies on the descent, arriving back at the van with a few minutes of daylight spare – total climbing time of 5 hours 40!

 

The walking team slept to Scafell while Sally kept Sara company chatting all the way – a few minor detours for road closures we arrived at Brackenclose carpark at 04:20 – 10 minutes ahead of schedule. Good news as Jo was waiting to join us – fresh legs and enthusiasm to boost the team for a sunrise ascent!

Once again created with clear skies, although a bit windier – we took the scramble route at hollow stones to mix up the walk. Once again fab views from the summit with clouds in the distance – threatening but kept away.

Unfortunately Chris had to make a slow descent struggling with a sore achilles but, the rest of the team made the most of dipping their feet in the stream as by then we had paired up with another group of firefighters doing the same challenge and timings so chris was happy descending with a fella with a sore knee!

 

 

We headed off to Snowdon 90 minutes behind the schedule so decided to enjoy the challenge rather than race for a 24 hour finish – but once again Sara made great time so while the team slept (again!) we got to Pen-y-pass at 14:20 to meet Louise – another welcome sight – clean, fresh and raring to go – although the rain was lashing and thunder rolling – luckily out of the valley by that time!

We made a 2 hour ascent which meant we got to the top of Snowdon within the 24 hours, and made a steady descent as by that time the route down was pretty much a waterfall! Wet and soggy hugs and high fives back at the carpark – the end of an awesome event.

 

 

 

We’re delighted to have raised nearly £800 for a fantastic cause. Thank-you for all your support.

Impact Physio Nat 3 peaks challenge

registered link

https://theairambulanceservice.org.uk

 

 


 

 

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.

Our Kedleston Road Clinic is Now Open

The doors officially open on Monday to welcome physio, sports injuries, massage and Pilates clients to our new clinic in the high performance unit at the sports centre at The University of Derby on Kedleston Road.

Although we have been working with Team Derby for years, we are delighted to be part of the new high performance unit in the fantastic sports centre.

Our therapists are buzzing to be part of the team at The University of Derby; Rachel who has been working with Team Derby and covering the NBL fixtures since the inaugural win in 2014. Pete an experienced physio has recently joined Impact specifically with this venture in mind. Tom, a sports therapist will also be on site working alongside Team Derby teams during BUCS fixtures and Christine, a physio with extensive Pilates experience (a polestar mentor) will be delivering individual and group Pilates sessions to compliment her treatments.

To celebrate the official opening of the new clinic, we offer a 20% discount off your first physio session, booked during December 2016. Please contact us in the usual way

call 0115 9721319 or email contact@impactphysio.co.uk