We are pleased to announce we now offer one to one pilates with a qualified instructor on a Friday afternoon between 3pm and 8pm. We held our first sessions on Friday 12th July and had a great response to our offer of half hour sessions for just £10. We are all looking forward to our private lessons from Kat after the great reports from her first clients yesterday. Pop in and see us for some information or just call down on a Friday between 3pm and 8pm to meet Kat and see what she can do for you. Hurry and book your slot as our offer of £10 per taster session only lasts until Sept. Please go to the Pilates page for more information or call Tracey or Nikki on 01763 878087 We look forward to taking your call.
Louise was very pleased to hand over a cheque for £313 to Helen Loughran from Freman College. Thank you to everyone who came along and had treatments on the day and to all that supported us. The Sports Hall will benefit not only the students at Freman but the whole community and we are very pleased that here at attend2health we were able to lend a hand with the funding.
This Week is Chiropractic Awareness Week and here at Attend2health we are encouraging parents to straighten out their approach to back care. Consumer research shows that 84 % of people in the South East have suffered from back / neck pain at some point in their lives – 64% of those being parents. The research, commissioned by British Chiropractic Association, also shows that over half of those parents say their back or neck pain has prevented them from lifting or carrying their child.
Some parents said their back or neck pain has prevented them from carrying their child’s car seat or carry basket and lots of parents say it can prevent them from playing with their child.
Attend2healthoffers the following advice on how parents can look after their children whilst maintaining a healthy back:
Carrying your baby or toddler – Carry your baby as close as possible to your centre of gravity, select a carrier that ‘criss crosses’ at the back. As your baby grows to toddler stage encourage them to do as much as possible for themselves, such as climbing into car seats etc. This will save your back lots of stress.
Chinese doctors believe that our bodies are composed of the opposing forces of Yin and Yang that need to work in harmony for us to achieve health and vitality
Reflexology has been around for thousands of years, it’s a manual therapy focusing on the feet and has recently enjoyed a surge in popularity as a modern holistic therapy to relieve pain and stress.
Reflexologists believe that different areas on your feet and hands correspond to other parts of your body and that massaging them can have positive effects on your body as a whole.
For 3,000 years Chinese practitioners have used reflexology to re-balance Qi (the life force flowing through energy channels) to treat a number of conditions. It can work alongside conventional Western medical medicine to promote healing and improve wellbeing and vitality.
What does it involve?
On your initial consultation, your reflexologist may ask you about your medical history, health issues, lifestyle and diet.
They will then apply painless pressure to your feet using their thumb and forefinger to identify which areas of your body aren’t functioning properly
If you are particularly ticklish your hands may be used instead!
How does it work?
Reflexology is based on the Chinese principle that certain areas on the soles of your feet or hands contain millions of nerve endings which correspond to other areas of your body.
It is believed that reflexology stimulates the body into healing itself by improving circulation, reducing stress, pain and restoring natural balance.
What can it help with?
If you are lacking energy or feeling sluggish reflexology can restore balance and help your body to heal itself.
It can boost sluggish circulation and is useful for treating stress, anxiety, back pain, migraine, poor digestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), respiratory problems, asthma, headache, bladder problems, menopausal symptoms and period pain.
It’s a great way to zone out and enjoy a relaxing massage. Patients are left feeling relaxed and refreshed.
So if you’d like to get your Yin and Your Yang back together in perfect Harmony Give us a call or pop in to book an appointment with Estelle and find out for yourself what Reflexology can do for you!
Let it snow, let it rain, let it freeze. Yep, January’s being as unkind to us as ever, with temperatures at -1c looking almost warm compared to some of the barrages we’ve been getting.
We’ve already fallen over once on the ice, and we want to make sure you don’t do the same thing – it’s not big, it’s not clever, and it leaves bruises!
Tim Hutchful, from the British Chiropractic Association, is here with our Top Of The Tips chart rundown for what to do when the pavements are more slippery than a greased eel.
At number 5, it’s that old favourite: Keep Your Wits
– Try to avoid alcohol. Not only will you be more prone to feeling the adverse effects of the cold (because alcohol causes loss of body heat) but it may also cause you to take risks that you wouldn’t normally do and, of course, make you more unsteady on your feet. Keep topped up with warm drinks to keep your temperature up.
And coming in at number 4: Falling Gracefully
– If you do fall, try and curl up and ‘roll’ with the fall and stay relaxed, this will minimise any jarring to your body. Whilst it may be an automatic reaction, try to avoid putting your hands out to save you – this may cause wrist injuries.
At number 3, we’ve got: Be Prepared
– There are things you can do to prepare yourself for better balance. Standing on one leg, as an exercise, is a great way to help improve your balance.
– When you are out and about, keeping your hands out of your pockets (use gloves) so that you can use your arms for better balance is a great idea too.
– Watch out for parts of the pavement that may have been in shadow or under trees, where there is more likely be black ice, but make sure you pay attention to what is ahead too!
Settling for the number 2 spot, it’s: Top Gear
– Clothing should be warm and allow you to move freely. Anything that impedes you from walking ‘normally’ could make you more prone to falling over or lead to you walking in an unnatural way.
Which means that for a second year, taking the Winter #1 slot, it’s Best foot forward:
– Make sure you wear shoes with chunky treads, solid soles and avoid shoes with no ankle supports. It’s yes to sturdy work boots and a no-no to ballet flats. Wellies are tricky to take off and can jar your back. Lace up sturdy shoes, warm socks and common sense are the order of the day. Ladies, I know you might be going for a night out, but you won’t look pretty if you show up with a twisted ankle because of your heels!
Follow these tips, and by March you should be ready to spring into better weather!
Are you interested in helping your family with their posture as the new year dawns? Between heavy schoolbags, perennial teenage slouching and our own reliance on smartphones and laptops, people of all ages can do with some pointers on how to correct their posture – saving us from lives filled with bad posture and neck and back pain.
Luckily, we have a solution: Peter Brierley, our Alexander Technique instructor, is now offering Family Workshops in his dedicated treatment space in Ware. For a family of four, we offer a Saturday morning filled with advice, techniques and hands-on treatment to strengthen your posture.
For prices, availability, or just to ask us a little more about the sessions, drop us a line on 01763 87 80 87, or email us at email@example.com
Since our last post, the final tally has come in, and we raised £463 for Jake’s Journey! We are overwhelmed with the generosity of the community, and want to say a big thank you once again to all of you who booked in for treatments, tweeted about our fundraiser or just donated because!
Here’s a photo of Jake being presented the cheque by Louise and all our therapists who donated their time to the cause.
Now, we’re not sure if we’ve mentioned it recently, but we had plans this weekend…
We’ve just completed a fundraising day at Attend2Health to celebrate our fifth birthday, where we were raising money for Jake’s Journey, a trust fund for a local teenager with a brain tumour. We offered half-price treatments with our head chiropractor, osteopath and physiotherapist, and thanks to the generosity of the local community managed to raise over £450 for this great cause.
We’d like to thank each and every one of you who came down for a treatment, a cupcake, or just to say “hi!” for helping to make the day such a great success – we couldn’t do this kind of thing without your support and we love being able to give back to the community whenever we can.
Now, onto the photos!