We have now marked the one year anniversary of the heart-breaking but necessary decision to temporarily shut the Clinic. Like all of you, the decisions we were having to make were done with utter disbelief and shock. And so from the 23rd of March 2020 the Corona-coaster began!

Once we got our heads around PPE, social distancing, staggered appointment times, disinfecting absolutely everything… the list goes on. We were fortunate enough to re-open fairly quickly and have steadily been getting used to the “new normal” ever since.

This month we’re definitely feeling more positive with the success of the vaccine roll-out, a few bright sunny days, and the possibility that summer may see a significant lifting of restrictions. The entire team is in good spirits and we hope this is reflected in this newsletter.

We have included our regular Covid19 update to keep you informed of how we are keeping the practice (and in turn, you and the team,) safe. We also have a feature on preparing for a return to sport as lock-down eases. But best of all…

Tom’s Back!

Tom Cree, who has been shielding for the past year, will be returning to work from Monday 29th March. He will be working Monday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm until 6pm. Welcome back Tom!

Meanwhile Elise and Alison are settling in nicely to life at the practice having both joined us over the past 6 months and it’s the same old same old for me and Lenka.

Jab’s a Good’un

Pardon the pun, but “needles” to say we’re chuffed that all of our staff have now had their first jab with minimal side effects!

We continue to follow strict Covid-19 safety protocols and have recently been provided with lateral flow testing kits for daily testing of all staff.

For a reminder of our practice safety measures follow the link below.


Return to Sports

I’m sure many of you will be looking forward to a return to sport, whether that be the gym or golf course from the 29th March, or swimming pools from the 17th May.

Whenever this might be, following any period of rest or altered training, there brings an added risk of injury.

The body doesn’t respond well to rapid changes in training frequency (how often) or training intensity (how much/how hard).

Getting back to normal training and a return to the gym, brings about change and as a result, an added risk of injury.

To help you bridge this gap and avoid injury here are 3 top tips to help you get back into a normal exercise routine, whilst avoiding injury!

#1 Do Similar Exercises

To give yourself the best chance to transition back into your normal sport or exercise without any issues, try to include movements that are similar to those that you aim to do upon your return.

Depending on what ‘normal’ training is for you this will differ.

Say you play golf…

If all you’ve been doing during lock-down is walking and some sit ups then your body is going to be in for a shock when you make that first swing with the golf club. At the very least practice your swing in the garden before you’re back on the course in a week or two’s time!

#2 Make It Work For You

Working and exercising from home can be pretty tough.

Getting out of the house might serve as a great break for you, both physically and mentally.

If your enthusiasm for exercise is waning, then just try do what works for you!

Keeping your mood high is as important as ever right now, so maybe think about taking your training outdoors, or adding in a different form of exercise, like a different walking route, as part of your weekly routine.

#3 Fix Up Any Aches And Pains

If you are struggling with any niggles right now, the likelihood is that these might get worse when you attempt to return to your sport.

The last thing you want to happen is to be injured as soon as you start!

If you are struggling with anything right now, it might be the best time to get fixed up.

Think of it like a service for your car, keeping your car (or yourself) in the best shape possible, ready and raring to go!

What our Osteopaths have been treating:

Our changing lifestyle of working from home (poor desk set-up), too much gardening, increase of exercise, generalised stress, anxiety and a lack of sleep means that we are seeing a lot of:

  • Lower back pain and sciatica

  • Headaches

  • Neck and shoulder pain

  • Plantar fasciitis

We can help with all of these symptoms.

Stay Safe!

We are here to help as best we can, so, if you can’t come to the practice, please call with any questions and for advice. We are aware that there are those of you that are still in pain and are unable to access our services as you are currently self-isolating. Just talking over symptoms, a potential diagnosis and advice can help ease pain and worry.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the practice on: 01423 561566. We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.

Best wishes

Chris and everyone at the Harrogate Osteopathic Clinic

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