Help Your Body Regain It's Optimum Dynamic Potential
I am pleased to announce that we will be re-opening on Monday the 29th of June. This decision to re-open is in line with the gradual loosening of social movement within Scotland as well as NHS Scotland starting to roll back community level services. We have also been advised by several bodies that there is a need for the return of private healthcare services to support local communities after the extended lockdown period.
Although I am excited to get back to work and help the community in Falkirk there will be some changes to how we work here at the Ochilview complementary clinic.
Unfortunately due to regulatory guidelines we will not be able to see patients face to face that are considered high risk, if you do fall into this category then we will be happy to give you advice over the phone until we are able to see you.
There will also be some changes in the clinic. All Therapists will be wearing PPE, including gloves, masks and aprons. There will also be increased time between appointments to allow for cleaning, aerating of rooms and correct donning and doffing of PPE. Lastly you will be contacted the day before with a questionnaire to fill out to make sure it is safe for us to proceed with a face to face appointment.
We will also be asking patients to work with us on a few policies to help keep everyone safe and prevent the potential spread of the virus. Firstly we ask that you try to arrive on time for your appointment and if you do arrive early to wait outside the clinic until your allotted time. We will be asking everyone to wear gloves and a face mask on arrival, if you don't happen to have any then they will be provided just inside the front door. We will also be checking people's temperature on arrival at the clinic. If you do develop any symptoms of COVID-19 including: high temperature, loss of smell/ taste or a new persistent cough prior to or within 3 days of visiting the clinic, We ask that you let us know (we will not charge any cancellations fees due to development of COVID-19 symptoms). We will be asking patients to come alone to their appointments if possible, but as always you are entitled to bring a chaperone if you wish. If you do want to bring a chaperone, they will also be required to also complete a pre-screening questionnaire before attending.
While we are following best practise models being put in place at clinics reopening their doors to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, patients should be aware that we cannot fully mitigate all risks, and we ask patients to fully consider this before coming to the clinic.
If you have any further questions about our policies please feel free to get in touch by giving us a call.
Each day in the clinic I come across a variety of issues in our patients. Some can be quite unique to that person but often different people come in with the same complaint. I have decided to write about some of these and to give a little advice as to how you can manage it yourself at home if you are unable to get help straight away.
I’m going to start with a very common complaint, neck pain. It can come in a variety of ways and in slightly different areas.
Sometimes I hear patients saying:
I slept on it funny
There was a draft
I was lifting something and I just turned it
Whatever the reason it has started (unless there is swelling or it is from an impact injury) usually the immediate treatment is the same.
Generally what happens is the muscle has gone into spasm on one side of your neck, making turning your head quite difficult. The best immediate solution in this instance is heat. Rubbing some deep heat or similar on the area or if it is near your bed time then use a hot water bottle and lie down on that will help release the muscle a little and ease the sensations. Sometimes just this treatment will be enough to loosen off the entire muscle area. If this happens then fantastic the muscle has relaxed and you can get on with your daily routine.
Just something to bear in mind though is why did this muscle go into spasm in the first place?
Often times we hold a lot of stress in our shoulders and neck area. If we happen to be very tense then our body’s cry out in sympathy to this. One way to reduce potential muscle spasms in this area is by stretching your Trapezius muscle. This can be done almost anywhere, at work or at home.
Click here to find a Youtube link showing one of the most straight forward ways of stretching your neck.
It can be done up to twice a day and held for about 30 seconds on each side. Now a little note of caution here,do not bounce your head/neck when doing this, do not force it. Simply take it to a position where you feel a stretch but do not feel any pain as there should not be any when doing this stretch. If you do feel pain, STOP, ease back, try again more gently. If there is still pain STOP COMPLETELY. If after applying heat and attempting to stretch out your neck you are still experiencing neck pain then I would also advise you to seek professional help.
Hope some of you will find this helpful.
For more information or help feel free to contact me and I will get back to you!
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