This weekend we can all look forward to an extended break to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. This will give us plenty of time to unwind, relax, do some of those household chores - and take part in the many celebratory barbeques and street parties.
Street parties and barbecues will be great fun but, inevitably, drinking is likely to be involved and this can lead to trips, falls and other accidents. Alcohol impairs your judgement, and also acts as a diuretic so can leave you dehydrated, causing nausea and muscle aches.
Alcohol is the biggest single cause of accidents in the home(1) with 2.7 million home accidents requiring hospital treatment each year(2). When you have been drinking, not only is the likelihood of you having an accident increased, but the seriousness of your injury is likely to be greater than when sober.
Follow this advice, and help to avoid injury this weekend (and reduce the hangover!):
2. ROSPA Home Safety Facts and Figures http://www.rospa.com/homesafety/adviceandinformation/general/facts-figures.aspx
I've just got myself a Kenwood 'Smoothie2Go' and absolutely love it! I could never really see the point of juicers or smoothie makers; why not just eat the apple and the banana, save the hassle and the washing up? However, when a friend of mine was sipping an enormous smoothie from handy mug I just had to get one. For £29.99 it has to be one of my best investments in a long time - 2 minutes to make a smoothie that keeps me going for hours!
This handy little gadget does exactly what it says on the tin. Simply put your ingredients into the plastic mug container, screw on the 'blending lid', click it onto the machine, blitz it for about a minute, take the blending lid off and screw on the leak proof lid (complete with flip top). Minimal fuss, minimal mess - and all the bits can just be bunged in the dishwasher. What's more, it comes with two mugs so you can make one for a friend.
It comes with a few recipe suggestions, but I've just messed about with different combinations. This is my favourite so far:
Let me know if you have any other recipe suggestions...
Living near an RAF base I get to see a lot of fast-jet pilots with stiff, sore necks and achey backs, the consequence of low-level sorties, 'dog-fighting', and pulling 'g'. Sadly, whilst I see a few 'mavericks', none of my patients quite resemble Tom Cruise (think long-johns, thermals, Snowdonia and rain not board-shorts, sunnies, Miramar and sun!). As patients go, the aircrew guys are perhaps some of the worst - late cancellations when a debrief over-runs, or postponing an appointment when the flying programme changes at the last minute.
However, after watching this awesome film, all is forgiven! You can't help but feel enormously proud and patriotic. Thanks guys. Fly safe :)
And, for those of you left wanting more, here's another one. Just to keep you smiling.
Three EASY Steps to Make Decisions
I'm sometimes something of a procrastinator. I dither about making decisions, particularly those bigger ones that might have a lasting effect, either at home, or at the Llangefni Chiropractic Clinic. It's something that I'm sure we all do, but I found a brilliant little snippet that I'm trying to apply to all those unmade decisions:
Ask yourself these three questions:
1. What's the best thing that could happen?
2. What's the worst thing that could happen?
3. What's the most likely thing to happen?
If you can live with the worst thing that could happen, and the most likely thing to happen will help you to achieve the things that you want, then, decision made! Go for it.
However, if the worst thing that could happen is totally unacceptable and the most likely thing to happen isn't going to help much, then again, decision made. Don't do it!
So, for instance, with respect to the recent refurbishment of the Llangefni Chiropractic Clinic.
What's the best thing that could happen? The clinic will be refurbished, quickly and on schedule, with minimal disruption, and will look amazing, be more inviting for patients and a nicer place to work in.
What's the worst thing that could happen? The work will take ages and ages and maybe cause the clinic to be uninhabitable, in which case I'd have to find alternative premises.
What's the most likely thing to happen? The work will over-run a little, be noisy, dusty and disruptive but we'll cope with it, and in the long run the clinic will benefit from the facelift.
Whilst I wasn't actually the one that had to make the decision about the building work, I did ask myself these questions regularly over the past five months when I felt I couldn't put up with any more noise and dust! I'm pleased to report that the building work is now nearly finished, and the Llangefni Chiropractic Clinic is looking an awful lot better...
Sick of Back Pain?
Ever pulled a sicky? Wonder how many other people do? According to a recent study published by the Office of National Statistics it's quite a lot of us:
3 ways to get fit in 15 minutes!
A patient of mine, nearing the end of her treatment and rehabilitation phase, asked what was the quickest and easiest way to get fit. I suggested running. Personally I find it time and cost effective. No expensive gym membership, pricey equipment or time wasted getting there - I can dash home, sling on my trainers (it's worth investing in a decent pair) and can complete a 5 mile run, do some toning exercises, stretch out, shower and change inside an hour. Ok, so I've been doing it for a bit - but an article I read the other day in Runner's World magazine (June 2012 edition) sang the praises of squeezing in even 15 minutes of exercise every other day.
The article highlighted how just 15 minutes of exercise can be beneficial:
Here are a few easy ways to get started, even if you've never run before:
Obviously, running isn't for everyone, and sometimes our bodies limit what we can do. However, you can easily substitute intervals of fast walking/steady walking for the run/walk intervals, and will still see great results. Take it gently to start with, don't get too puffed out (you should still be able to talk!) and listen to any niggles that your body might have. If in doubt - just ask! I'm only a phone-call away...
This video has to be one of the most inspirational things I've seen in a long time. It just goes to show what amazing things we can do - given a lot of hard work, focus, motivation and dedication.
A veteran paratrooper, crippled with back and knee pain has been told that he'll never walk freely again. Then, with time, effort and a lot of hard work, he manages to turn things around... Click here to see this amazing transformation.
Being a keen, (though somewhat weather dependent!) runner, I was grateful of the opportunity to spend a few minutes chatting with the members of Cybi Stryders yesterday evening.
The Cybi Stryders are a friendly, Anglesey running club. Based in Holyhead, they meet twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays. The mid-week meet is for a short 5-6 mile run, usually in Menai Bridge, Holyhead, Bodedern or Llangefni and they go for a longer run on Sunday mornings - Newborough Forest, The Stacks, Rhoscolyn and sometimes even Snowdonia. The club is made up of a friendly bunch of people with mixed ability - slow plodders to faster, more elite competitive runners. Some go along just for the opportunity to go running with a few, like-minded people, whereas others use the club in order to help them train for specific events (some of them are running the Anglesey Half Marathon next weekend).
I went along just to say hello, and also to do a bit of promotion work for the Llangefni Chiropractic Clinic. Most people are well aware that chiropractors treat backs and necks, but there seems to be less understanding that most of us treat all sorts of problems with the other joints around the body. This includes common 'running' problems like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, 'runner's knee' and problems with the iliotibial band. Often these specific ailments are related to 'biomechanical' issues elsewhere in the body - problems with the mechanics and movement of the pelvis or low back can upset the way that the hips, knees, ankles and foot function (remember the song 'the knee bone's connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone's connected to the hip bone...'!?). We chiropractors are trained to treat the whole 'chain' of events in addition to the specific, localised problem and are also able to give the essential rehabilitative advice that will help to speed recovery and prevent future injury.
I enjoyed meeting the club members, and feel motivated to perhaps go along and join in with some of the runs. I'm always grateful of the opportunity to 'spread the word' about chiropractic, although as one of the members quite rightly pointed out, hopefully none of them will be needing to come along and see me in the clinic!
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