Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Monday, 28 September 2020

The New Normal

It has been nearly a month back at work now and we are all adapting to 'the new normal' and to changing guidelines regarding PPE and best practice.

Those of you that have visited for treatment during this time have found that some of the 'frills' have been removed from treatment rooms and communual areas.  It is very much a 'no frills' approach in order to keep us all safe.

Whilst appointment times and prices have remained the same; actual treatment times are a little shorter to allow for more enhanced cleaning processes but the more we do these the more efficient we become and the less time it takes.  You will notice staff wearing face masks throughout your visit and during your treatment I will be wearing an additional face shield, nitrile gloves and plastic apron; all of which are replaced for the following treatment. 

In return I ask that all clients wear a face mask and sanitise their hands when entering the clinic in order to protect yourselves and others.  We will also take your temperature when you enter as an enhanced precaution, as we do to ourselves.

Treatment is still very much the same and processes have been adapted where necessary for the benefit of the treatment.  Those of you who have visited have been pleased with the new procedures and happy with the treatment, particularly after going so long without.  For those of you that may still be concerned about coming for treatment then please feel free to call the clinic on 01332 553332 or contact me on my mobile or through facebook or linkedin to discuss your concerns. Please don't put up with your pain; at the very least please seek advice.  We are here to help.

Friday, 28 August 2020


Just to let you all know that I shall be returning to work from Monday 7th September 2020....YAY!

At present I shall be taking bookings for the clinic at About Backs and Bones in Allestree, Derby only on Mondays and Wednesdays between 09:45 and 14:45.
Please call the clinic on 01332 553332 or contact me on my mobile or through facebook or linkedin to book an appointment.
I would encourage you to book a full length treatment as I have to allow time for cleaning and note taking. As such appointments will be slightly shorter than usual until I get into a routine!
Myself and the clinic have carried out a full risk assessment and adhere to COVID-19 guidelines produced by the government and the FHT.

Please DO NOT book an appointment if you.....

  • have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19
  • are clinically extremely vulnerable and shielding
  • anyone in your household has COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19
  • you have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • you have been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace Service and told to self isolate.
I will...
  • Check that I am in good health before you arrive for treatment.

  • Wash my hands or use hand sanitiser before treatment.

  • Follow guidelines on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • Disinfect non-porous materials, e.g. massage couch and equipment.

  • Wash porous materials e.g. pillowcases, sheets and towels.

  • Replace couch roll and other disposable materials.

  • Ventilate the treatment room and reception area.

  • Change my tunic/top/apron if needed.

  • Maintain social distancing before and after the treatment.

You will be asked to...

Prior to your treatment:

  • Contact your therapist and re-schedule if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or if any person in your household is self-isolating.

At your treatment:

  • Bring a bottle of water for your refreshment.

  • Arrive at the agreed time; not early and ensure social distancing before and after the treatment.

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser upon arrival.

  • Wear a face mask unless you are exempt.

  • Pay by card or other cashless method, where possible.



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.

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!