May 2021: On the Treatment Table

April 28 2021

It’s been a long winter for all of us, there may be still a morning chill but there’s also now some warmth in the daytime sun and the green shoots of spring have finally arrived. Lots of us have received our vaccines, returned to work and are starting to (cautiously) shake off the shackles of the latest Covid lockdown. I’m really happy to say that our clinic at Hengrove Park Leisure Centre reopened on April 11th and we are now treating new and existing patients there again.

Spring is always traditionally a busy time at the Action Potential offices as many of us become more active, this year has been no exception due to Covid, highlighting the contrast between winter lockdown and us now returning to more active times. Interestingly the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) recently commissioned some research which shows how our activity behaviour has adapted during lockdown, proving that necessity really can be the mother of invention. The BCA’s research showed that a significant number of us are now spending more time looking after our physical health and wellbeing, taking part in freely accessible activities like cycling and running, as well as choosing digital fitness solutions to help to maintain our physical and mental health. They also found that these trends are likely to last beyond the lifestyle restrictions imposed due to lockdown, which is great news.

We know that injuries often occur when you make a significant change in activity, such as starting training for a Parkrun or even the London Marathon, returning to the gym, or of course digging the garden or giving your lawn its first cut of the season. So, it’s important that you set realistic goals to achieve your aim. A warmup prior to exercise is beneficial in preventing injury – think about what you are going to do and the movements it requires, progress into your chosen activity gradually and pace yourself, then cool down afterwards with some simple stretching to minimise the likelihood of post exercise soreness. If in doubt seek advice from a qualified professional or from someone with experience in your chosen activity such as a coach. This will help you achieve your aims in as safe and enjoyable way as possible.

In the meantime, I hope you continue to stay safe, 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.