Winter is finally upon us, and the forecast of snow has people either excited or dreading it. The one thing that I see with a big change in weather is the reduction in people’s activity levels and the correlation with an increase in their back and neck pain.
People often report it’s due to the cold weather – there is some research to suggest it’s the change in barometric pressure that is related to reported pain, but many times it may be that we have sat at the desk or snuggled up on the lounge to watch an extra episode or 2 on Netflix!! – the combination of an increase in static activity and less exercise is often the real culprit.
So go on, get your winter woollies on and if there is a break in the weather, a quick walk or
even a session of some body-weighted exercises can be good; Think lunges, squats and even maybe some pushups.
June has been a busy month, with Jess Harris (Exercise Physiologist) starting with us and helping with Kristen’s load as she is winding down before her 2nd bub is due. Welcome Jess, it is great to have you on board. And we wish Kristen all the best, we are looking forward to meeting the new addition!
Richard, our Chiro is having some time off travelling around the Kimberly’s we are all a little jealous and we look forward to the regular updates. Don’t forget our Physios are very highly trained in treating necks and backs, so don’t let all your hard work go to waste while Richard is away. We hope he has a fab trip and look forward to his return.
A couple weeks ago Mali, Adam, Perri and myself undertook a tour of Clarence Coal mine. It was a great way to gain insight into the work many of our clients undertake and the demands of the job. Thanks to all the people at Clarence and Mitch for the tour. We even had a trial of the Virtual Reality training program. This is a fabulous program that helps train Miners in identifying hazards and ways to minimise the risks! We want everyone to be safe and this is a great initiative. (We may have also had a go on the unrelated “walk the plank” and “nightmare” programs – crazy how real it feels!! – and provided a bit of entertainment for all the people watching )
Click here for our hilarious VR experience
In exciting news, I’ve made the finalist list for Rural and Regional Excellence in Allied Health and in the Australian Physiotherapy of the year awards. It’s a bit of a shock, but I couldn’t have done this without the awesome support from my Tablelands Team and Family. It’s so great that our initiatives to get rural people Active, Healthy and Positive is gaining momentum. We always endeavour to enable our people to get back to doing what they love.
As we continue to grow and service more of the local community, we are again on the lookout for our next fabulous Physiotherapist and other allied health professionals; So if you know of someone who would be great fit for our team send them our way!
Our Tablelands Physio Family are our best source to find awesome people to join us, as you know how we work, our culture and generalised fun and craziness. We thank you in advance for all your help!!.
Don’t forget if you are having trouble getting out and about to do the things you love and playing your best sport, we have many health professionals from different areas to help you achieve your health goals.
Stay warm and keep moving!
Director, Tablelands Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy