A Better You – Osteopathy Clinic Newsletter January 2018

It’s that time of year again when everyone is setting out New Year’s Resolutions and unfortunately it won’t be long until a majority of people start breaking them. There are many reasons why New Year Resolutions don’t stick- they may be unrealistic, there is a lack of self-discipline or life gets “too busy”. Our New Year resolution is all about you and what we can do to make 2018 a healthy and pain-free year for you. Our goal is not only to maintain but also to improve the high standard of care you’ve experienced with us.

As part of our resolution, we are going to teach you how to live a healthy, pain-free life. Your success is ours, and we are committed to your health and well-being.

In many cases there is more than one factor contributing to your pain, especially if it is recurrent or has been there for a long time. Often getting rid of your pain is the easy part. Stopping it from coming back is the real challenge. We provide you with lasting freedom from pain, so your treatment program will include specific techniques and exercises that correct the underlying cause of your problems, not just give you temporary relief.

2018 Tips

 

  • A physical fitness and injury assessment evaluation is the best thing you can do to keep yourself healthy and pain-free in 2018.
  • Tailored exercise programs so that you can keep working on your recovery between your sessions. These may include stretches, strengthening and core stability, and are especially important in minimising the risk of your problems returning in the future.
  • We will discuss any important lifestyle factors such as desk postures and exercise activities that may need to be adjusted to help you recover.
  • When lifting objects, use the correct technique (as instructed by your osteopath) so that you can protect your back.
  • When exercising, monitor your technique, breathing pattern, and range of motion during each repetition.
  • Maintain an upright posture and practice postural awareness exercises at regular intervals throughout the day.
  • Make it a habit to stretch at regular intervals while at work. The New You Your Osteopath will teach you how to perform an exercise with the correct technique, breathing pattern, and range of motion. We will always answer your questions and help you exercise in a safe, progressive manner. Don’t hesitate to contact us to ask for help with finding a routine that will work for you.Now it’s your turn to make 2018 a healthy and pain-free year!

 

Stretch of the Month

Warm Up

Whether you are a novice or an expert in exercising, it is essential to warm up and stretch before you exercise.

Warming up is necessary as it helps to prepare your body for exercises by increasing your heart rate and improving blood circulation. It even prepares you mentally for your workout.

  • Stand upright and march in place 20 to 30 times. Move your arms up and down in conjunction with your leg movements. Do not tighten your fists.
  • Next, march forward and backward 20 to 30 times.
  • Do this for 60 seconds.

 

 

Towards Wellness

New Year, Healthier You

 

New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain.

Stop Making Excuses & Learn How to Be Healthy

Get-in-shape goals tend to fizzle as early as the third week of January, per recent data based on Facebook searches. Yet some keep at it. What’s their secret? People who are successful are more likely to view fitness as a permanent lifestyle change, not an activity they can give up once they reach a number on the scale.

Raise the stakes Research shows that anticipating rewards may help you be more devoted to your goal. Sure, it’s a bribe of sorts, but experiment with promising yourself a mani-pedi after a week of true commitment, or a new gym outfit after two. Or put a penalty on the table: Promise to go TV-less for a week if you don’t follow through.

Take a time-out daily Vow to disconnect at least once a day. Close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths in your office, or crank up a soothing playlist on your commute.