Thursday, 11 June 2020

Back to Work Update

With industries starting to go back to work; what does it hold for us?
Current guidance remains the same: Video consultation only for massage therapy and for exercise therapy 1 to 1 in open space with a 2m distance between.
So what does that mean for me?
Well; I am happy as always to take telephone and video calls, email and social media chat questions.  I will give advice and self help exercises where possible.
Unfortunately I do not perceive myself returning to work in practice until September at the earliest.  I have a husband working full time and 2 children not able to return to school so they have become my priority.
I am sure that many of you are in similar situations.
Be assured that I am there for you and please do not hesitate to contact me via whichever means you feel more comfortable with should you need help and advice.
Stay safe and sane.
Nina

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.