We are very pleased to announce our newest member of our physiotherapy team. From February, we will be joined by Rebecca Hyman who specialises in the management of Women’s Health problems relating to pelvic pain, prolapse and continence issues. Rebecca will be working with us at Bodysym on a part-time basis as well as her work in this area within the NHS.
Rebecca has a particular interest in managing issues related to pelvic floor dysfunction and is passionate about improving the quality of women’s lives by empowering them to take control of these problems. She has found that a holistic, whole body approach to treating these issues can bring long-term life-changing results and restore or improve function.
Disorders that Physiotherapy can help include:
Bladder frequency or urgency
Pelvic organ prolapse
Antenatal and postnatal issues resulting from pregnancy and childbirth
Diastasis Recti (separation of abdominal muscles)
We are very pleased to be able to offer a new specialist service as it enables us to complement our Ultrasound and massage services which are aimed at promoting health and wellbeing for Women.
More information soon!!
Bodysym Dover Opening August 1st!!
Bodysym is pleased to announce that in partnership with Your Leisure that we will be opening our first new clinic this August! From August 1st we will be providing Physiotherapy, Chiropody and a range of Massage services from our new clinic situated within Dover Leisure Centre.
Our experienced staff will be providing general physiotherapy and rehabilitation of sports injuries, sports massage, a range of relaxation massages including Indian head Massage, Hot stone massage and Swedish massage and also prenatal massage to ease those late pregnancy aches and pains.
We will also be offering general HCPC registered Chiropody including general foot care and care of medical foot conditions such as the diabetic foot.
Here are some links to more information on the services, which we will be providing:
Please see our website for more details or call 01843 590067 for appointments and more information.
The Bodysym Team
There are many factors which contribute to somebody experiencing any kind of pain or injury whether it be an acute sports injury, or persistent back pain which has been present for many years.
Everybody’s scenario is different. Different pains, different jobs, different hobbies, different personalities, different lives. The variables are infinite, and all have to be considered as possible contributing factors
For everybody though, pain and sleep are integrally connected. Pain is very common in the population and even more common in people who have poor sleep, and it can become a vicious cycle. Pain affects your ability to sleep, and the lack of sleep makes the pain seem worse. In treating pain of any kind, getting a good nights sleep is the ace in the pack, it’s number one!
Sleep is the mysterious shift in consciousness that our bodies require every day. It’s vital for our health and wellbeing, and not only do we function less well when we don’t get enough quality sleep, but it can lead to long-term health problems.
We all know how awful we feel and what a slog a days work is when we have had little sleep for one night. In contrast we have all experienced the wonder of a day when we wake after a great nights sleep feeling a wonderful sense of wellbeing.
Most patients with pain sleep poorly and are tired and feel unrefreshed during daylight hours. They often feel pain more keenly at night when they have fewer distractions, and a good night’s sleep is difficult to attain. Think about how you feel through the day at work when you have slept badly. If you add an ongoing unpleasant pain into the equation, it is easy to see how that pain will be more difficult to manage and how your general quality of life is poorer for it. Now imagine the same pain if you haven’t slept well for several weeks or months. Adding this to the increase in emotional distress and anxiety that can also be caused by pain and sleep deprivation, it is easy to begin a vicious cycle of increased pain and even worse sleep.
Not sleeping well is not an option when successfully treating persistent pain and when addressing sleep problems is important to look at it in a holistic way.
Stress management at bedtime
Are you worried about the pain and what it might mean? Are you not able to run, cycle, play sport? Is the pain causing stress in your life that you are not managing well, or cannot find a solution too? Is your employer hassling you about going back to work? Are you fulfilling your perceived role in life to your own expectations? Does your mind just race away with you as soon as your head hits the pillow?
These are just a few reasons why your pain may cause you stress. As you more effectively process your stress at bedtime your sleep will definitely improve.
Good sleep hygiene (that is developing a group of strategies designed to give you a good nights sleep)
- Minimizing your caffeine intake after 12 noon.
- Don’t get into bed until you are ready to sleep
- Do something relaxing just before bed
- If you are hungry have a light snack
- Concentrate on relaxing each muscle group in your body from head to toe
- Consider breaking the cycle by changing rooms or using pillows to alter your positioning
- Don’t get worked up if you’re not sleeping. Nothing going to make the situation worse than an angry adrenaline rush!
- Ensure you take your pain medications regularly, without fail.
- Discuss with your doctor whether sleep medications would be good for you. There are many out there. They don’t suit everybody.
Remember, the benefits of sleep cannot be underestimated and sleep medications are often only needed for a short time.
As a physiotherapist managing a patient with persistent pain it’s one of my first obligations to get my patients a good night rest. Life is far more bearable and you will have more energy for the day ahead. It is also a responsibility you must take on when meeting the challenge of managing your own pain.
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Qigong is an ancient Chinese system of body and mind healing through working with energy (Qi/Chi). It combines breathing techniques, gentle body movement and focused intention to strengthen the body, to cleanse it and to support smooth flow of energy and blood circulating all around.
Qigong is known to be at least 2,500 years old, but there is evidence that indicates its roots as far back as 5,000 years ago.
The word Qigong is made up of two words; Qi is pronounced chee and means life force or vital-energy (that flows through all things in the universe). Gong is pronounced kung, means accomplishment or skill that is cultivated through practice. Thus Qigong means Cultivating Life Force. It is a system that is practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
Qigong is looked at, and indeed is being called by some as Nurturing Life (Yang Sheng). Under the term Yang Sheng comes all that contributes to physical, emotional and spiritual balance, not only within ourselves as humans but between ourselves and all that’s around us; plants, animals, nature-the whole universe.
Some people consider Tai Chi as a form of qigong. Tai Chi works as a whole-body whole-mind exercise, whereas Qigong, in parts, works more specifically on different systems or parts/organs of the body, such as the digestive system, the respiratory system, kidneys, lungs etc’. But no doubt that Tai Chi and Qigong are closely related, and most teachers of Tai Chi combine Qigong sequences into their lessons.
Qigong develops both inner and outer body awareness. Through focused attention we become aware of our body – where we are relaxed, where there is tension or discomfort, or according to Chinese medicine –where our body’s energy is imbalanced and blocked. With the help of focused intention and gentle breathing and movement we can then begin directing qi into these places and thus open the congested passages. We learn to communicate with our own body by sensing it correctly, listening to its needs and responding to them.
Qigong can contribute to the healing of our emotions as much as to our physical healing. According to Chinese medicine there is no separation between body-heart-mind, which are merely three different aspects of the human being. As such, experiencing fear, anger, sadness, frustration or jealousy can cause rigidity of body, exhaustion and pain, if unattended.
Barbara Brown, a counselor and a Qigong teacher, says: “ (when practicing Qigong) We do not need to analyse these states, but to bear witness to their presence in the body, breathing into them, bringing to them a state of balance, gentleness, and grounding “
Classes will be running On Mondays mornings
Although physiotherapy is typically used to treat athletes and those who have suffered injury from an accident, it can actually provide relief to some of the most common aches and injuries. Physical therapy has proven to be an effective form of treatment for muscle pain, joint injuries, arthritis, mobility issues and even respiratory problems, like cystic fibrosis.
Effective Pain Relief
Many athletes and fitness enthusiasts develop pain in well worn joints and muscles as they age, and these problem areas can cause recurring injuries and difficulties. However, many people who don’t participate in sports or strenuous exercise can just as easily develop these aches and pains. For example, back pain is one of the most common injuries that people suffer from at some point in their life, and it affects about 80 per cent of the UK population. Physiotherapists will recommend stretches and exercises that target problem areas and offer relief, as well as administer massaging techniques that can help relieve pain and minimise the risk of further injury.
Better Flexibility And Mobility
The human body is a remarkable machine, and it is home to thousands of networks that connect muscles, tissues and tendons. However, just like a machine with lots of moving parts, it can get rusty and worn out. Over time, movements and joints can lose their flexibility and basic movements, like crouching at the knees or bending over to pick something up, can be strenuous and difficult. Those who live a sedentary lifestyle or who spend most of their time behind a desk or steering wheel are likely to develop mobility and flexibility problems, but it can just as easily occur in healthy people who have repetitive exercise routines. Sessions of physiotherapy can help improve flexibility and identify problematic joints and sore spots. For some people, a routine of stretches and exercise that has been devised by a physiotherapist can help compliment their lifestyle and improve any problems with gait, posture and routine. Manual therapy, like massage, can greatly help as it reduces pains and promotes blood flow to injured or atrophied joints and muscles. Physiotherapists may also devise a routine of strength training for patients to help improve their current levels of health.
Many people who are recovering from injury and surgery are offered physiotherapy as a way to manage pain and help speed up their rehabilitation. Although the body is capable of healing by itself at its own pace, physiotherapists can target parts of the body that typically take longer to mend and can have long-lasting damage. Bones may heal, but muscles damaged by scar tissue can leave patients with pain and a reduced range of movement. Physiotherapy will help bring relief to pains and aches, as well as build strength in injured patients.
This post was written by a Qualified Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor.