Monday, 23 March 2020

COVID 19 update

Following the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Friday 20 March I have been advised by my professional body to suspend any treatments that involve face-to-face contact with clients as soon as possible. 

As treatments involve direct physical contact and limiting the impact of the virus is of paramount importance, I consider it sound advice. We have now reached a time where everyone needs to take the next vital step to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

I care deeply about the wellbeing of my clients and as such will be available to contact directly through Facebook Messenger, Linkedin or the contact form on my web page. I will then call you back to offer advice on self treatment massage or exercise techniques. 

If you are in dire need of physical treatment I will consider the best course of action which may involve direct treatment if deemed absolutely necessary. 
Please do contact me as soon as you show any muscle injury signs and symptoms because the sooner you can self treat the more likely you are to have a speedy recovery.

Please stay well and continue to be compassionate to yourselves and others at this difficult time. As always, I thank you for your patience and understanding.

Nina Flint

Friday, 14 February 2020

Achilles Heel?

Following on from my Feelgood February post; I am going to look at possible reasons why your Achilles tendon may be feeling a little tender...but first let's look into what it is!


The Achilles tendon is the thick elastic tissue which joins the big calf muscles to the heel bone.  Tendons are not as elastic as the muscle itself put provide some 'give' in terms of shock and power absorption.  If put under too much stress by overuse, sudden changes in exercise intensity or lack of care and attention to stretching it can become inflamed or tear.

More often than not Achilles tendonitis can be avoided but correct training techniques and care of the calf muscles in terms of stretching.  We tend to neglect our calves as they are used daily.  I cycle to work and because it is not 'dedicated exercise training' I am as guilty as the next person in not stretching them!  As a result I got a calf strain at my Thai boxing class in the summer but it could as easily have been the Achilles!  Fortunately a combination of massage, exercise rehabilitation and stretching and I was back to class within 2 weeks but if left to heal without help it could have been a lot longer.

For more information on Achilles tendonitis take a look at my achilles fact sheet.

Monday, 10 February 2020

Feelgood February?

So we are into February now and I have started to get bookings to treat the 'New Year New You' injuries.  A lot of people start out on their new fitness, sport and healthy living regimes with enthusiasm and passion and come to a grinding halt in February as injury strikes!

Often injuries can be prevented by using appropriate equipment such as correct shoes for running and appropriate training methods such as a regime that includes rest days, warm ups, cool downs, stretching and a gradual progression.

Unfortunately, a balanced exercise program is not always followed and injury strikes so instead of a Feelgood February many experience a Flat February 😞.  

At this time of year the most common injuries I treat tend to be of the lower limb; hamstrings, knees, shins, calves and ankles.  Most can be resolved quickly if treatment is sought quickly and not ignored 😁.

Looking after yourself is the most important thing you can do so seeking treatment and advice is essential.  Most often than not a single sports massage treatment combined with stretching and exercise advice can put you back on track in no time at all.

So don't delay; book in today.
Call for an appointment with Nina at About Backs and Bones, Derby on 01332 553332

To find more information on some of the injuries mentioned then have a look through the blog archive on the right!