March 2021: On the Treatment Table

March 04 2021

Having hope is good for your health

GOOD day Kingswood, here’s hoping you are well and coping as the pandemic continues to keep us at home or work, with only occasional trips out to get essentials. Despite living with these limitations there are some good local news stories out there. In particular, the success of the Covid vaccination at Kingswood Health Centre, just last week they provided their 10,000th first vaccine dose, which is an amazing achievement and a credit to the dedication and hard work of all the staff.

Hope is sometimes understandably in short supply during difficult times like the Covid pandemic, but it’s vitally important as having hope and being optimistic can lead to a happier healthier life. It also has a fundamental effect on our physical wellbeing. Research shows that optimistic people live longer, in better health and have a reduced risk of developing chronic disease, like heart disease.  

At Action Potential we see the link between musculoskeletal disorders and mental health every day as we help our patients deal with their aches and pains. The theory we use for this link is called the biopsychosocial model, it was first recognised in the 1970s and combines bio (physical), psycho (psychological) and social (economic, environmental and cultural) factors to help explain and understand a person’s medical condition and wellbeing. Looking at the ‘bigger picture’, not just the symptoms or pain, often helps us and our patients understand and manage their presenting problems more effectively.  

Here are some tips for maintaining a positive outlook, which may well help dealing some of the difficulties associated with the Covid pandemic:

Take Some Control – hope has been described as ‘the belief that the future will be better than the present, along with the belief that you have the power to make it so’, thinking about what you can control rather than what you can’t can help.

Find Good News – look for good news stories and positive outcomes from the pandemic like the vaccine, or more quality time spent with your family and avoid negative media if you can!

Practice Gratitude – regularly practicing kindness and expressing gratitude can increase your happiness and optimism, look at the good rather than the bad things that happen in your day.

Blame Bad Luck - optimistic people tend to believe that negative events are temporary and blame them on causes outside themselves while pessimists point to permanent causes created by themselves.

Look Forward to Better Times – planning safe activities that could be achieved once Covid is under control can give you something to look forward to, after all the pandemic won’t keep us from seeing the people we love or from our favourite hobbies and activities forever.

In the meantime, I hope you continue to stay safe in Lockdown, take care of yourselves, your family and friends and keep exercising to stay well physically and mentally. If you need any further advice or treatment, then the team at Action Potential will be happy to help. You can call us on 0117 961 2060, find us on Facebook or email enquiries@actionpotential.org.uk to book. We provide chiropractic, physiotherapy, foot health treatments and Pilates at Kingswood Health Centre.