Tanya Newman & Associates Osteopathy

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By Chislehurst Osteo, Feb 28 2021 08:56PM

It is a pleasure to announce that Chislehurst Osteopathy was able to reopen from Monday June 22nd. There have, of course be changes to the way in which the practice will operate as a result of the continuing risk from Covid-19.

For the foreseeable future, appointments will need to be made by telephone but patients will need to speak to the osteopath before they are booked in to confirm that a face to face appointment is appropriate. Please continue to ring the office number (02084681000) and the receptionist will take your contact details and your call will be returned.

We have undertaken a risk assessment to mitigate the risks of transmission of Covid-19 in line with guidelines from The Institute of Osteopathy (https://www.iosteopathy.org/covid-19/adapting-your-practice/) and guidance from the General Osteopathic Council.

There will be extra hygiene measures in the treatment room and we suggest that you arrive as close to your appointment time as possible and wait in your car for your osteopath to phone you to tell you the room is ready.

We suggest that wherever possible you use toilet facilities at home before attending as the toilets in the Centre are shared with all other offices and we wish to limit cross-contamination. The toilets are of course still available for use if necessary.

We request that for the foreseeable future patients and any chaperones accompanying them wear a mask for the duration of the appointment. Cloth masks are acceptable for this. If you do not have a mask you can purchase one for £2 on arrival.

Practitioners will be wearing PPE in the form of gloves, mask, and apron and cleaning and aerating the room between patients. As the window will be open during appointments to aid ventilation you may wish to wear clothing like leggings and a loose T-shirt or shorts and T-shirt.

We request that wherever possible patients pay by card and as the charge for follow-up appointments is £43, under the new £45 limit, tapping should be possible. We ask also that you bring as few items with you to your appointment as possible (phone, payment card, a small handbag only please)

You will also be asked to read and sign a consent form prior to your appointment which will be emailed to you at the time of making a booking.

We look forward to seeing those of you who are needing to attend the practice and hope that you will understand the changes made and please be patient if further adaptations are required if the situation changes.

If you have any questions about these changes please feel free to contact us either by email ([email protected]) or phone 020 8468 1000.

Many thanks and best wishes to everyone to continue to stay safe and healthy.

By Chislehurst Osteo, Nov 22 2015 01:01PM

It is that time of year when the garden is covered with the beautiful colours of the fallen leaves. However within a few days we all know we have to go out into the garden and start to clear them up so that the ground is not too slippery and to hopefully put into containers to create leaf mulch for later benefit to your plot.

The job of raking and picking up the leaves can leave your back aching so I thought it would be good to offer a few tips to protect yourself when you are doing these jobs.

When raking make sure that you move your feet as you rake. We tend to stand still and twist from the hips and our low backs which puts a lot of strain through this area. If we place our feet one slightly in front of the other and rock from foot to foot this reduces the pressure on our low backs.

Make sure that your rake has a long enough handle that you are not leaning down too much as the position of being half bent leaves our backs vulnerable.

If some leaves are stubborn and won’t move easily be careful about putting too much pressure through the rake to try to move them as this is another opportunity for strain. Try changing the angle from which you are raking – moving your feet again!

When you need to pick up the leaves bend your knees – and have a low basket or bag to collect them which is very close to you so that there is no reaching for the container. If need be have a chair or a stool near to you to help you back up after you have finished.

Take regular breaks – if there are lots of leaves don’t try to do them all in one session as a short break mid-way through the job may well reduce the aching when you are done.

If your back aches afterwards try some warmth on it – maybe a hot water bottle or a hot wheat bag or even a hot bath, but do keep moving regularly and if you have been taught stretches for your back do them after you have done your work in the garden.

If you really hurt yourself seek some treatment – don’t leave it thinking “It will get better” as this is not always the case!

Happy Gardening