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The Physiotherapy 4 Life Blog will give you some useful hints and tips for a healthy and happy lifestyle and keep you up to date with new findings and research.

By Helen Brandreth, May 16 2013 09:28AM

Sit up Straight! That’s what my parents used to say to me when I was younger and eating dinner. Did yours? I used to think they were simply nagging but research shows that their reasons were actually for the good of my health…

In today’s world, how many times do you walk along the street and see people looking down at their mobiles? It’s a common sight, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, so many people seem to spend their majority of their lives looking down. Whether it’s at a computer, tablet or mobile phone, the result is the same because our posture is compromised. Our head and neck inadvertently move forward and our shoulders become rounder. This also causes extra pressure on our hands and forearms. We are not saying that you need to sit up straight all day but make sure that you can and see if you can hold it for a prolonged period in every hour, or try to walk up tall when you are moving around, keeping your tummy muscles drawn in. The key to maintaing a healthy back is movement.

Recent research suggests that poor posture, like neck, back and arm pain is on the increase. Other symptoms associated with excessive use of gadgets include headaches, fatigue and blurred vision.

Spending our time hunched over doesn’t allow for correct movement of our diaphragm when we breathe, so reduced oxygen levels can cause us to feel more tired. When you want to look good, do you stand upright or slump? Remember that slumping (over a gadget) can make us look larger and it encourages lazy stomach muscles. Nobody wants those, do they?

Looking down all the time shortens the neck muscles, can increase facial sagging and accelerate wrinkles as we strain to read increasingly smaller screens.

To rescue necks and backs from the damage caused by increased gadget use, read my easy-to-follow suggestions to improve your posture:

1. Use the 30:10 rule. For every 30 minutes you sit still, get up and do something else for 10 seconds. This helps get your circulation moving and resets your muscles.

2. Never cradle a phone to your ear. This shortens muscles between the head and shoulder and can pinch the nerves, causing pain and headaches.

3. Hold your phone away. Holding it too close increases pressure to focus and leads to eye strain and headaches or dry eyes and blurred vision.

4. Remember to breathe. Apparently, when we text, we inhale less deeply and tighten our muscles. In extreme circumstances, this could lead to repetitive strain injury!

5. Buy books! Increase of reading on a heavy tablet, go back to books or buy a lighter device. If you must use a device, hold it close to your body to prevent muscle strains.

6. Re-think the size of your bag! Carrying a bag on one shoulder can cause neck and back strains. Either use a rucksack to spread the weight or use a bag with a wider strap and pack heavier items near your body.

Here are also 2 exercises for you to try! Only do these if you have no pain and you are fit and well. If you are unsure please contact your Health Professional or GP, before trying.

Try the upper back rotations above. Whilst sitting up tall, draw in your deep tummy muscles and try to get the movement from your upper back. Place your hands on the back edge of your chair, slowly turn around to look over your shoulder with your head, neck and upper back. Gradually increase the movement and try to rotate as you breathe out. Hold for a breath and then turn back as you breathe out again. Try doing 5-10 of these regularly when you are sitting.

Try the upper back extensions above. Whilst sitting up tall, place both hands behind your head. Take a big breath in and draw in your deep tummy muscles. As you breathe out arch your upper back over the top of the chair and look up to the ceiling. Hold for a breath and then return to your starting position on a breath out. Try to do 5-10 of these regularly when you are sitting.

If you would like more advice or exercises then why not book in and come and see us?!

By Helen Brandreth, Apr 29 2013 03:08PM

Did you know that physiotherapy-led rehabilitation is a clinical and cost-effective method for patients whose lives have been adversely changed not just by injury – but by illness and disease?

Whilst many people think that such services are only available at hospital-led clinics, many physiotherapy practices are able to offer the same services at a more convenient time for the patient. Some of the diseases that benefit from physiotherapy as part of the recovery programme include cancer, cardiac rehabilitation, fractures and falls, stroke and musculoskeletal disorders. Please click here to read more.

Here at P4L, our team aims to optimise client well-being by helping them integrate back into their chosen lifestyle activities - whether at home, work or leisure. Working together, we focus on the patient’s goals to design and monitor a specific, functional improvement programme.

To facilitate as speedy a recovery as possible, it is recommended that treatment begins quickly. Have you read about how quickly Andrew Marr (who recently suffered a stroke) began his physiotherapy rehabilitation? Making a guest appearance on his own Sunday morning recently, Andrew reported that visible improvements were already starting to provide obvious benefits to his recovery.

Rehabilitation can also be used to aid the management of long-term conditions, such as Parkinsons and MS.

Recently published research confirms that just 19 minutes of additional exercise a day in an acute or rehabilitation setting is all that is required to achieve improved mobility and activity levels. The ability to have physiotherapy at an external clinic can result in a shorter length of stay in hospital. After illness, that’s what most patient like to hear.

If you, or a family member, is recovering from an illness or suffering from a long-term condition, please contact us to see if we can help you.

By Helen Brandreth, Apr 26 2013 01:14PM

Having been established since 2006 we thought it would be nice to do something to help out other entrepreneurs to establish their businesses and to effectively give something back. We came across lend with Care and thought the whole idea was great!!

Established in 2007, this is a revolutionary way to help people throughout the developing world transform their future.

Set up by one of the world’s leading aid and development organisations, enables families to find their own route out of poverty.

How does it work?

Like any new, small business, the process starts with an idea. An entrepreneur in the developing world takes their business plan to a local microfinance institution (MFI) that has long-established working relationships with CARE International. Their plan could be anything from farming to dress-making.

Next, if the business plan is promising, the MFI approves the proposal and provides an initial loan. After that, the MFI actively helps the entrepreneur construct and upload their profile to Profiles from all over the world can be viewed in the ‘Entrepreneurs’ section, where YOU choose which promising business you’d like to support.

Having made your decision, you provide a loan to get the entrepreneur’s business plan off the ground. You can either make a contribution towards the total needed, in increments of £15 or more, or you can invest the full amount yourself.

Once the entrepreneur’s loan is fully funded, this money is transferred to the MFI and used to replace the initial loan already paid out. You are now funding the entrepreneur, while the MFI and CARE International continue to manage the progress of the loan to completion. Importantly, now that you have covered the loan, the MFI can move funding onto another hopeful business plan, to help another entrepreneur escape poverty.

The profiles of Entrepreneurs who have received investment are regularly updated on the website, so that you can follow their amazing progress in growing their business. How fantastic would you feel to see how their new source of income (and your loan) is transforming every aspect of their lives – paying for food, medicine and school fees, and providing a better future for the whole family?

Eventually, the entrepreneur is able to pay back the loan. You receive a credit, usually your money back in full and on time. Sometimes, as with all business ideas, things may not go to plan and you may be paid late, or not at all. In the latter case, at least you gave someone the opportunity to try and make their life better. Most lenders don’t take the money back – they make another loan, helping even more entrepreneurs develop businesses for a better future. is run by CARE International UK, one of the leading aid and development charities. Please consider becoming a “lendwithcare angel” and making a monthly donation to help them expand lendwithcare to even more countries and help more people out of poverty. In their situation, wouldn’t you hope that someone would consider doing the same for you?

Click here to read about Marouphath, who Physiotherapy 4 Life have helped to fund.

By Helen Brandreth, Mar 26 2013 09:11AM

Physiotherapy 4 Life is pleased to provide details about our new Physio Led Pilates Classes!

All classes will be held at Trafford MV Rugby Club, Finny Bank Road, Sale. M33 6LR (Off Glebelands Road). Click here for Map.

Class sizes are limited to 8 people (and there is already only limited availability, due to early bookings!)

All mats and equipment are provided. Each class is 1 hour.

Dates & Price (One term of 6 classes costs only £60):

• Monday (9.30 am) - starting 15th April until 20th May 2013

• Tuesday (6pm) - starting 16th April until 21st May 2013

• Friday (9.30am) - starting 19th April until 24th May 2013

Helen is trained by the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI). APPI’s specialised, research-based training courses have been developed for trained physiotherapists. The programme was created ten years ago to rehabilitate people with lower back pain and injury, but the main focus of APPI is improving spinal mobility and core/lower limb flexibility. The method is practical, effective and useful for everyone, not just lower back pain sufferers or people with other medical problems. All exercises will improve spinal mobility, trunk flexibility, work lower limb muscle groups, increase body awareness and improve postural awareness. Most APPI instructors are trained Physiotherapists with a medical understanding of the body, who are able to identify each client’s specific strengths and weaknesses.

For more information or to book please email Helen: [email protected]
Payment for the term to be made prior to starting the classes online: in the physiotherapy 4 life shop

By Helen Brandreth, Mar 13 2013 08:39PM

Physiotherapy 4 Life is delighted to welcome 2 therapists, Gaynor Mullin and Laura McLeod to the clinic.

Previously working independently, Gaynor is a fully qualified therapist offering:

Swedish Massage combining various hands-on techniques to break up muscle knots, as part of a full body massage.

Sports Massage stimulating blood circulation and lymph fluids to increase a range of motion. Often concentrating on a specific problem area, we’ve discovered that sore necks and shoulders are one of the ‘favourites’ (most requested)!

Aromatherapy Massage using the purest forms of organic essential oils extracted from plants and flowers. Described as having an holistic approach to client consultations, the benefits are both remedial and therapeutic.

In her spare time Gaynor, a qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher, offers several weekly local classes. Aimed at integrating mind, body and inner self, students are lead through structured sequences of postures to stretch effectively and increase their stamina in a safe environment.

Laura, is an experienced Sports Rehabilitation Therapist to our Sale clinic. Laura will be providing sessions on Thursday evenings until 7pm and on Saturdays between 10am and 1pm.

Educated locally, Laura graduated from Salford University with a 2:1 B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Sports Rehabilitation in 2007. Having developed special interest in rehabilitation techniques, Laura is currently studying a B.Sc. in Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University and will graduate in Summer 2013.

Laura gained invaluable work experience during her Sports Rehabilitation university clinical placements. She enjoyed spells at Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club, SportsMed Sports Injury Clinic in Stockport, Ormskirk District Hospital and Phit UK, part of the David Lloyd group.

As part of her Physiotherapy studies, Laura’s clinical placements have included spells at Stockport County Football Club, Bolton Hospital, Bolton One, Ormskirk District Hospital (Paediatrics and Women’s Health), Platt Bridge Health Centre and at a Community Neurology centre.

With such extensive clinical experience, we are confident that Laura will fit perfectly into the team here!

Since 2007, Laura has provided Sports Massage/Rehabilitator therapy that she will offer here at the Sale clinic. Her previous employers include Leigh Miners Rangers RLFC, a private local clinic and a well-known sports chain in Dublin.

Additionally, she is CPR trained and is a qualified Emergency First Aider.

Senior Physiotherapist Helen comments, “Gaynor & Laura are great additions to our team, listening to our clients I appreciate that people want evening and weekend appointments and so we our aiming to meet these needs! Having Laura and Gaynor means we can offer further availability with extended hours including the ever popular Saturday Morning. Laura and Gaynor share my passion about the health and psychological benefits of massage and we look forward to giving old and new clients a warm when you come in to see us!"

To book appointments with Laura or Gaynor please use our online booking system.

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