Do you want to be fitter and healthier?

Do you want to be fitter and healthier?

Many people resolve to exercise more as a way to improve their health. If you are one of them:

  • did you get yourself checked out before you started?
  • did you have a plan or just go all out with new found enthusiasm? 
  • have you struggled to form new habits?

Before going on a long car journey, you would check your tyre pressure and oil, wouldn’t you? So how about treating your body in the same way? If you come and see us before you embark on a new exercise regime we can help you sort out any injuries which are “waiting to happen” before you start and advise you on the best kind of exercise for you and how to build up your fitness. We can also help you with strategies to help you form habits and stick to your new plan.

We like to get you better and keep you better. You might benefit from an MOT (maintenance osteopathic treatment) from time to time to prevent any muscle imbalances from building up. Patients report experiencing other benefits of MOT, such as:

  • improved posture
  • better sleep
  • greater flexibility

We can also advise you on appropriate exercises to prepare you for your chosen sport and keep you injury free.

If you do get injured, prompt treatment is quicker and cheaper and will get you back to your activities sooner. As a rule of thumb, if it hasn’t gone away on its own in a week, then it probably won’t!

Don’t just take our word for it, Jane from Wimborne says,

“I got significant pain relief and was back to normal in a few sessions.”

Book in for an MOT or sort out any existing injuries so you can enjoy improved health by calling Wimborne Osteopathic Clinic on 01202 888439 to make an appointment or book online.

Cloudy with a Chance of Pain

Cloudy with a Chance of Pain

How many times have you said, either to yourself or someone else, that the weather is about to change because you can feel it in your bones? This is the time of year when patients often tell us they feel more arthritic aches and pains due to the cold and damp weather and  this has been backed up by a study published in 2019 – “Cloudy with a Chance of Pain”.

People often assume that longer term pain due to an underlying condition, such as arthritis, is something they have to live with, but that just isn’t the case. With appropriate treatment you can continue with, or even return to, your usual activities and enjoy better health.

Whilst hands on treatment can help you with the symptoms of arthritis, movement and exercise are vitally important to managing arthritis. We can advise you on which exercises and activities will suit you and together we can work on a plan to keep you mobile.

We can also advise you on dietary changes to try and suggest supplements based on the latest research. Did you know that potatoes, aubergines and citrus fruits can make arthritic symptoms worse for some patients? There are many supplements that claim to help. With our years of experience and because we keep up to date with the latest research, we can suggest the right ones for you and even get them delivered to your door.

Don’t just take our word for it! Amanda from Downton, who has arthritis in her neck, says she received,

“Pain relief with an explanation of what the problem is, a variety of treatment and improved mobility leading to a better quality of life.”

Get relief from your aches and pains, as well as advice on how to prevent them returning, by calling Wimborne Osteopathic Clinic on 01202 888439 or book online.

Do you have a spare room full of unused exercise equipment?

Do you have a spare room full of unused exercise equipment?

How many times have you resolved to exercise only for all your good intentions to have fallen by the wayside within a few weeks. Do you have a spare room or garage full of unused exercise equipment? If you have back pain, exercise is crucial to easing your pain and preventing future problems, so you will get very tangible rewards for your efforts.

It takes time to establish new habits and change is not easy. We love to set ourselves up to fail so start by setting realistic targets (ie ones that feel too easy) to increase your chances of success.

We would love to help you make exercise a part of your life so here are some tips to help you exercise regularly.

Getting Started

One of the most difficult things about exercise is getting started. It is all too easy to come up with excuses to put off exercise until another day, but your back will thank you if you just do it. Here are a few tips to get you going:

  • Find something you enjoy – if you don’t like getting your hair wet, then don’t go swimming! It sounds obvious, but you are much more likely to stick with it if you find it fun. What brings you joy?
  • Start slowly. If you are not used to exercise, then build up very gradually. If you overdo it, you may get injured or just find it too hard and give up. Ask yourself how likely (out of 10) it is that you will be able to achieve this week’s goal – if the answer is less than 7/10, then set an easier goal.
  • Make the most of modern technology. There are lots of apps available to coach you through. If you fancy running, then use the NHS Couch to 5K app – lots of our patients have had great success with it. Alternatively, you could use the social media site Strava to race your friends over bike or running routes – even when they are not with you.

Sticking with it

  • Find what works for YOU. You will find it much easier to stick to your exercise regime if it fits with your lifestyle. If you need external motivation, work out with a friend or join a class. If you are not a morning person, don’t plan to exercise before work at 6 a.m.
  • Set yourself goals and write them down. There are no right or wrong exercise goals, but yours might include:
    • To lose weight – set a realistic target and aim for it with mini-targets along the way.
    • To be able to do activities comfortably that you have given up because of your back pain, such as gardening, golf or playing with your grandchildren.
  • Allow for setbacks – things won’t always go to plan and that’s ok – try to think of any upsets as “a bend in the road, not the end of the road”.
  • Enter a fun run or a charity bike ride – knowing you have entered an event and that people have sponsored you can be a really powerful motivator.
  • Why not put a bit of “tech” on your Christmas or birthday list? – A GPS watch to log the miles or a pedometer to count your steps and calories burned. These gizmos can really help you to keep track of your progress.

To get the most benefit from all your hard work, you need to exercise regularly – at least 30 minutes, 3 to 4 times per week but you don’t have to start there. Remember anything is better than nothing and I have yet to meet anyone who hasn’t felt better after going for a walk!

Please call us on 01202 888439 or book online if you would like an “MOT” before you start your new regime or if you would like us to help you set goals, devise a plan and keep you on track.

PS – no product endorsements intended, links are simply for illustrative purposes. Other gadgets, apps and websites are available!