Online physio for the perception of pain
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
– Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio
Physiotherapy and wellbeing go hand in hand. As the NHS Heroes become more and more under fire, it is worth going private to keep your vessel in order. And your mind.
Available nationwide is https://www.ascenti.co.uk/
The perception of pain has never been more relevant. As we struggle to leave the house or even just get off the sofa, our muscles are seizing up. But the good news is there is plenty you can do from the comfort of your own home. Even your own sofa.
Physiotherapy is as much about a battle with your mind as it is aiding your injury. I once endured seven months sleeping with frozen peas and spending the day with a glove known as the torture device. It’s okay though. The doctors told me I’d be in it for two years. Lol.
As we all become reliant on technology, it makes sense that videos aid your recovery. You can know get expert advice from online physios such as Ascenti.
I’ve struggled in isolation. Sometimes, I wake up and am not sure if I can walk to the bathroom. The muscles feel tight and my brain feels negative.
Alison Day, Clinical Development Lead at Ascenti, has some great advice. She also offers virtual 30 minute appointments right now. I’ve started doing exercise in bed and on the sofa, morning and night.
She advised me to stay mobile – and also sort out my video software so I could have physio while in lockdown.
She says: “Having qualified in 1997 from University of Wales College of Medicine with a first in Physiotherapy, I spent 15 years developing Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy expertise. This developed into a passion for teaching and education which led me to spend 4 years as a Lecturer In Physiotherapy for one of the top Universities in the UK. My current role is supporting clinical and professional Physiotherapy development, as Clinical Development Lead, through a clinical development package including an online curriculum as well as face to face support to over 250 Physiotherapists nationally who work for Ascenti.”
So the exercise is helping not only the muscles get full of blood of also pump the metabolism to get rid of any bugs.
The key things you need to know are so simple you may feel silly for not doing them before.
Staying motivated – make exercise part of your routine. Morning and night.
Best of all, walking is free. Just a daily stroll to get the paper gets your body working and your spirits lifted. Particularly in the sunshine.
After that, do some simple stretches. A lot of yoga involves lying on the floor. Could be a carpet, sofa or double bed or even a chair. Search chair yoga exercises on Pinterest, they are suitable for all ages. When things click, add ice.
I’m suffering from a sore neck due to lots of keyboard warrior work in the past three months. But falling asleep on an ice bag and then waking up and stretching really work.
Pain also magnifies depression so be sure to reach out. Friends and families may be distracted right now but give them time and in the meantime, there are professionals at the end of the phone day and night.
I would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
You don’t have to be perfect with your diet but have at least three ‘clean’ days a week. I love hot water and lemon when I wake up, smoothies and salads, then lots of grilled chicken and vegetables. Snacks include mini Babybels, yoghurts with muesli and blueberries, strawberries and dark chocolate.
Find a physio near you now: https://www.ascenti.co.uk/find-physio
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