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Change of Phone Numbers

We are currently going through some changes at Physio at Yours & our land line number is currently out of action… Please either email, phone or text & we will get back to you as soon as possible Apologies for any inconvenience caused!

We have formed a new working relationship with…. AMD Care AMD is a new care organisation that specialises in care of the elderly, dementia, end of life and companionship. They offer a sit in service which allows for you or your family member to have the security that you are being cared for in your own home alongside attending any appointment. AMD Care offers the security of being by your side. as an organisation they pride themselves on the quality of service they provide, they are caring, compassionate and kind. The company was founded by two registered nurses who train and work alongside very experienced care staff to ensure that they help you achieve your goals. Areas covered: West Essex including Dunmow, Bishops Stortford and Harlow Website: www.amdcare.co.uk Phone: 01279909775 or 077827962511 Email: customerservice@amdcare.co.uk Address: 1 The Courtyard, High Laver, Ongar / Harlow, CM5...

HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND

HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND Check out a beautifully written blog that one of our patients wrote about the psychological benefits of exercise… if you find yourself in a similar situation please do not hesitate to contact us.   Healthy body, healthy mind We’ve all heard the phrase and most likely dismissed it as nothing more than a cliche. But studiesare mounting that show the direct benefits of exercise on mental health. Whilst the benefits of exercise on physical health are obvious to most of us, the benefits on mental health go almost unrecognised. Firstly, there are the short-term chemical repercussions experienced by the body after exercise. Let’s start with endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters – chemicals that pass signals through your body. They act as your body’s own private narcotic, responsible for pleasure and lifting your mood. Endorphins reward you and encourage you to go after that good thing again. This means that not only does exercise make you happy, it encourages you to exercise more and chase those fuzzy feelings! Exercise may also lead to increased levels of norepinephrine – a chemical linked to the body’s response to stress. Norepinephrine is similar to adrenaline and plays a role in a person’s mood and ability to concentrate. Conditions such as ADHD and depression have been linked to low levels of norepinephrine. So, frequent exercise could lead to increased concentration levels. The psychological benefits of exercise can also be felt on a long-term basis. For example, regular workouts might help people prone to anxiety become less likely to panic. Exercise and panic produce similar physical reactions such as heavy perspiration and increased heart rate. Regular exercise can act almost like exposure treatment; by regularly experiencing these physical reactions in a positive environment, anxiety sufferers...

You are NEVER “too old”

For an older person a fall can be a terrible, life changing experience. Sometimes the trauma and fear of having a fall can be enough to stop people from walking ever again. Sometimes it begins with them not having the confidence to go outdoors any more – but this can create a downward spiral as they then get lonely sitting in doors, their mood deteriorates, they move less and gradually get weaker and more at risk of falling. Sometimes they break a bone when they fall and don’t get strong enough afterwards – you quite often see a patient after having a broken hip walk with a limp. This is called a ‘trendelenburg’ gait pattern and happens because the muscles around the hip are weak – with specific training you can change this. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy created a fantastic poster on “Frailty and Falls” which outlines some worrying figures regarding the impact that falls can have. For example: 1 in 3 people aged over 65 will fall every year equating to more than 3 million falls per year. The rate increases to nearly 1 in 2 for community dwelling adults over 80 Half of people who fall will fall again in the next 12 months 10-25% of fallers will sustain a serious injury Injury due to falls is leading cause of mortality in people aged over 75 in UK Recurrent falls are associated with increased mortality, increased hospitalisation and higher rates of long term care. This brilliant poster also describes some of the evidence that demonstrates the benefits that physiotherapy can have when working with people that...

Here is a beautifully written explanation of the psychological benefits of exercise. Steven was one of our patients that we helped to recover when he hurt his neck; being able to identify his problem and quickly fix it meant that he did not need to stop exercising for long- which enabled him to get back in the gym and benefit from all  the positive benefits of exercising!

Please take a  moment to have a read & if you find yourself in a similar situation please do not hesitate to get in touch…

https://stevenedwards1982.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/healthy-body-healthy-mind/

 

HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND

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Healthy body, healthy mind

We’ve all heard the phrase and most likely dismissed it as nothing more than a cliche. But studiesare mounting that show the direct benefits of exercise on mental health. Whilst the benefits of exercise on physical health are obvious to most of us, the benefits on mental health go almost unrecognised.
Firstly, there are the short-term chemical repercussions experienced by the body after exercise. Let’s start with endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters – chemicals that pass signals through your body. They act as your body’s own private narcotic, responsible for pleasure and lifting your mood. Endorphins reward you and encourage you to go after that good thing again. This means that not only does exercise make you happy, it encourages you to exercise more and chase those fuzzy feelings!
Exercise may also lead to increased levels of norepinephrine – a chemical linked to the body’s response to stressNorepinephrine is similar to adrenaline and plays a role in a person’s mood and ability to concentrateConditions such as ADHD and depression have been linked to low levels of norepinephrine. So, frequent exercise could lead to increased concentration levels.
The psychological benefits of exercise can also be felt on a long-term basis. For example, regular workouts might help people prone to anxiety become less likely to panicExercise and panic produce similar physical reactions such as heavy perspiration and increased heart rateRegular exercise can act almost like exposure treatment; by regularly experiencing these physical reactions in a positive environment, anxiety sufferers are able to associate the symptoms with safety instead of danger.
A good workout can also boost your brain and memory. Regular exercise can create new brain cells and boost levels of the brain-derived protein BDNF (which is believed to be linked to decision making and learning)It also increases cell production in the hippocampus – the part of the brain responsible for memory.
Finally, exercise is great for generating a feeling of accomplishment and boosting self-esteem. Following a workout program provides clear, measurable goals that you can work towards and achieve. More obvious results can be found right before your eyes. Combining exercise and a healthy diet can produce visible physical results, whether you’re chasing a six pack or simply want to shift a little weight for health reasons.
Whilst working out can improve your physical health, it’s important to remember that as with anything in life, moderation is key. Over exercise can lead to injury, pain and time out from the gym, none of which are good for your mood! Your mental wellbeing can also have an impact on your body. I know from experience that at times of stress, areas of tension start appearing in my body. In particular, my neck seizes up as I allow the tension in my mind to spread.
When these signs of stress and injury start to appear, its wise to take a step back, look at the long term and take a break. It’s also beneficial to enlist the help of a physiotherapist to speed your recovery and get you back to exercise. For me, Hannah Jackson at Physio At Yours was my saviour from neck pain. She identified my problem immediately and helped my recovery with a routine of deep tissue massage (yep, on my neck, no pain no gain!) and stretching. I found myself back in the gym far quicker than had I tried to go it alone.
Exercise is a valuable tool for your physical and mental health, so why not use it?