Happy New Year! January is the month of new resolutions, health kicks, and plans for the year ahead. The current national lockdown may have poured water over some of the usual January plans, but we want to help you ensure that the year ahead is as healthy and happy as it can be. We’re not here to tell you to start training for a marathon or make any wild New Year’s resolutions, but we do believe that good maintenance will help you start the year with vitality, energy, and resilience, ready for whatever 2021 brings.
As primary healthcare providers, we firmly believe in good maintenance when it comes to your physical health. Think of it this way: you wouldn’t go more than a year without taking your car for it’s MOT, and getting it serviced - but it’s easy to go years without a check-in and tune-up for your body, unless something goes seriously wrong. We’re driving through difficult terrain right now, and it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. Here’s why a regular check-in with your Osteopath or Physiotherapist is so important.
Health is more important than ever
Whether you’re working from home, working on the frontlines as a key worker, or looking after children or parents, you’ll probably have felt the effects of lockdown on your body. During lockdown we do much less of the stuff that keeps our bodies in working order - walking, moving around, our favourite exercises or activities - and much more of the things that cause harm, like sitting for long periods of time or using computers in a way that’s not friendly to our spine. A check-up with your Osteopath or Physiotherapist can help you asses your work-from-home setup, work on injuries or joint issues that you’re dealing with, and generally keep everything in working order.
Prevention is better than cure
Whether we’re talking about cars, looking after your teeth, or your musculoskeletal health, prevention is always better than cure. Waiting until something goes wrong will always cost you more recovery time, money, or inconvenience in the long run. If you keep your body in good health, you’re much less likely to run into injuries or other health problems that will stop you from living your life the way you want to.
Osteopathy and Physiotherapy are for everyone - not just people dealing with injuries
We often come across the misconception that Osteopathy and Physiotherapy are just for people who are dealing with injuries or pain. While we do treat lots of patients for those reasons, we are here for everybody, and every body. Think of the way you feel after a great yoga class, or a swim in the sea: we’re here to help you find your healthiest, most vital self. Our clinicians can look at the way your muscles and bones work together, help you work on your posture, or provide a tailored fitness plan incorporating strength, conditioning and movement coaching. We can also help with digestive issues, circulation problems, old injuries, general aches and pains, postural issues, and headaches.
A healthy body promotes resilience
Resilience is your ability to bounce back when you’re faced with challenges, and it’s an important quality when navigating a difficult year. There are lots of things you can do to promote resilience: getting enough sleep, staying connected with family and friends, and making sure your physical health is in good condition. If you’re feeling energetic, comfortable, and free from pain, you’ll feel much for able to deal with any stressful situations and unexpected changes that come along this year.
Taking the time to listen to your body is important
When you’re busy and stressed, it can be hard to carve out time to look after yourself - but making sure you ‘put your own mask on first’ is really important. Here at Guy Gold’s, we treat our patients as a whole individual, rather than just looking at conditions. The aim of what we do is to support you in living a full, healthy, happy life, so we’ll take the time to talk to you about any concerns you have before we get started, and we’ll work with you to put together a treatment plan that supports your overall health and wellbeing.
A note on COVID
As in the previous national lockdowns, healthcare providers can continue to operate under COVID-secure measures and people can leave home to seek care for their health as needed. Of course, as osteopaths, we need to maintain our public health responsibilities and continue to be highly vigilant in our infection control measures.
With the NHS under extreme pressure, healthcare providers continue to play an important role to support the health of our community – doing so as safely as possible, for our patients and our staff.
We are open for face-to-face and online appointments during lockdown and we would be delighted to welcome you to the clinic. You can book an appointment through our website on our booking page. We follow a strict safeguarding policy to protect our patients and staff during the coronavirus pandemic, including clinicians donning full PPE and spacing appointments to enable thorough sanitisation and aeration of clinic spaces.
If you’ve got questions about Osteopathy or Physiotherapy, have a look at our FAQ.