Yey! It's time for us all to kick back, relax and unwind. Time to catch up with friends and family, eat ourselves silly, wear the Christmas jumper and watch a few films on the telly.
Please be careful - watch your back lifting the enormous turkey out of the oven or over-stretching to put the fairy on top of the tree. Leaning over the table wrapping up all presents is a killer for your low back, as is too much time slumped on the sofa, weighed down by the tin of Quality Streets. Do your back a favour and leave the remote control the other side of the room so you have to get up to change channel. I promise you your back will thank you for it!
If this windy weather ever lets up, head out for a bit of a walk - it'll get the circulation going, loosen up the stiff joints and will help to work off that second helping of Christmas pudding... It's great for clearing the head and getting away when the kids (or grown ups) are getting scratchy from Too Much Christmas! Or, if the weather doesn't let up, embark on a gentle game of Twister...
It's been a busy year at the Llangefni Chiropractic Clinic - and I'd just like to say a very big (and very public!) thank you to all the brilliant receptionists - I really couldn't do without them. A BIG thank you too to all my patients - without you there wouldn't be a clinic! As you can see, the clinic Christmas tree is looking suitably festive with all the presents we've received from very generous patients - thank you!
So, Happy Christmas to you all, and have a peaceful but fun New Year!
A government-backed initiative being run by the charity Age UK aims to make us more aware of malnutrition amongst our elderly population. With nearly 1 million over 65's suffering from malnutrition, and 93% of these living within the community, it's something to remember whilst we're all creating havoc and making merry this festive season...
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Malnutrition in the elderly is more common than people imagine and can lead to all sorts of problems - slow recovery from illnesses, poor uptake and absorption of medication making it less effective, and reduced bone density, for example.
It's often down to the fact that older people aren't able to prepare a meal, or simply can't face eating alone again. So, this year, spread some of the seasonal goodwill and make up a doggy bag for an elderly neighbour. Better still, invite them over to share in the festive cheer...
Christmas time gives us all the opportunity to unwind, relax and catch-up with friends and family. Here at the Llangefni Chiropractic Clinic it's no different, although we've still got another week or so in clinic before we 'break up', and it's bound to be busy with everyone trying to come in and get sorted out this side of the festive period!
However, last week we were all able to get together and had an excellent evening out at local restaurant, Nant-yr-Odyn. It was a chance for us all to have a proper chat, away from the ringing phone and the hubbub of clinic, and to find out what we're all going to be up to over the Christmas break. So often, we barely say hello to each other, let alone have a proper conversation - once the first patient comes in the day just seems to whizz by!
It was also a chance for me to say a very big 'thank you' to all the reception staff. Without them, the clinic really wouldn't function. It has been said on many an occasion that a receptionist can make or break a clinic - they're the ones that speak to potential patients on the phone, and the first person that a patient meets on arriving at the clinic - and these first impressions last! They're also the ones that sit and chat with people when I'm running late, or have to deal with disgruntled patients who can't get an appointment when they want - and they have to put up with me on a busy day! So, it really was a pleasure to be able to express my gratitude to them.
And what about the previous lot?...
Carwyn is a Minister, working in and around Bala, but is also doing hospital chaplaincy between here and Wrexham. He's back and forth all the time, visiting his family here on Anglesey, as well as attending to his parishioners. He pops into clinic every now and then and keeps us entertained with tales of auditioning donkeys for the upcoming Nativity Play.
Evie is a teacher; she has taught English and Geography to at A level standard for several years, but has now specialised further and is working in a school specifically for children with learning difficulties and special needs. She got engaged earlier this year and is planning her wedding for sometime next year, blissfully happy in a little cottage nestled in the Welsh Borders.
Ceri has left Anglesey too; she married Steve, a soldier in the Royal Welsh, in July of this year and has moved with him (and the Regiment) to Wiltshire. She's adapting to life as an Army wife, but is hoping to continue her career in Law, or perhaps Social Work.
Sharon (sorry, no picture!) still helps out in clinic every now and then, but is taking a bit of time to focus on the non-stop project of her house renovation, and is concentrating on becoming a fully qualified Kennel Club trainer.
Hannah still helps out in clinic too, but is now working full-time as a fully qualified care assistant for adults with learning disabilities. She also teaches dance and drama, and helps out with the Rainbows. She's applied to University and hopes to be resuming her studies next autumn.
Olivia is enjoying time at home with her two little rascals - no doubt they're running riot at this time of year, awaiting the arrival of Father Christmas and his reindeer...
I really couldn't function in the Llangefni Chiropractic Clinic without my brilliant receptionists. They're the friendly face that greets people, the reassuring voice on the end of the phone and the competent professional that keep things running smoothly. The loyalty, commitment and friendship that they demonstrate both to the clinic, and to me, is second to none - and for that, I really can't thank them enough! I'm sure you'll share this sentiment...
Eich Ceiropractydd yng Nghlinig Ceiropracteg Llangefnii