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Crawley Pilates Classes at Head2Toe Physio

Crawley Pilates

Crawley Pilates Classes at Head2Toe Physio Crawley

Crawley Pilates Classes at Head2Toe Physio are pleased to welcome Dawn Fazackerley-King  – (DFK Coaching) to the clinic. Dawn offers group Pilates sessions in Crawley as well as 1:1 and 1:2 sessions (available on request).

 

It is never too early or late to start looking after your mind and body. Pilates is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Complete beginners are welcome.

 

 

Weekly sessions include Wednesday 6pm complete beginners and Wednesday 7pm Pilates for horse riders (mixed ability). Other sessions by arrangement. 

 

What is Pilates?

 

The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. His work with sick and injured detainees led him to believe that bad posture, inefficient breathing and modern lifestyle all contributed to poor health. He devised a series of exercises which acknowledged the link between physical and mental well being. They emphasized slow, controlled movements which aimed to improve core strength, flexibility and posture, whilst strengthening and lengthening muscles.

 

What does Pilates Help?

 

Pilates at Head2Toe Physio Crawley is thought to improve:

 

  • Posture
  • Co-ordination
  • Balance
  • Flexibility
  • Stamina
  • Muscle Strength
  • Core Strength
  • Improve Well-Being
  • Lower stress

 

Equine specific Pilates sessions

 

There are four main areas of focus in the Pilates for Horse Riders Course.

 

1. Improving posture by stretching and strengthening the shoulder girdle.

2. Improving the flexibility of the hips and lumbar spine to deepen your seat and allow you to drive impulsion from your seat without having to rely on artificial aids.

3. Strengthening the core to allow to hold yourself in a more upright position.

4. Improving your ‘dynamic balance’ required for riding through the combination of all of the above.

 

 

Pilates is also well known for preventing and rehabilitating injuries so should form part of any riders fitness program regardless of whether you enjoy hacking out or are a keen competition rider. 

 

Pilates courses are competitively priced at £48 per 6 weeks.

 

Please see www.dfkcoaching.co.uk for more information and to book, or call Dawn directly on 07899 716920. 

Sports Massage Therapist Needed at Head2Toe Physio Leatherhead

Sports massage Leatherhead

SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPIST NEEDED

 

Head2Toe Physio have a lovely bright air conditioned room at Leatherhead Leisure Centre and are looking for a motivated therapist with excellent soft tissues skills who wishes to develop their own practice.

We offer a good referral system and the Leisure Centre is a busy thriving centre with good opportunity to build your business.

 

Location:                  Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Guildford Rd, Fetcham, Leatherhead KT22 9BL

Website:                   www.head2toephyio.co.uk

Contract type:           Room rental/hourly rate

Hours required:        Part time – weekdays, evening, weekend available

Remuneration:         Room rental or per hour to be agreed.

Qualifications:          A minimum of level 4 is required ideally with 1 years post qualification                                                   experience.

Application:              Please reply by email with a covering letter or a CV to

annie.ladd@surreyactivetherapy.co.uk

 

New Head2Toe Physio Admin Job Vacancy

Head2Toe Physio admin Job Vacancy

Head2Toe Physio Admin Job Vacancy

Chartered Physiotherapists require 7-12 hours per week admin/reception support at our Dorking Clinic (Ideally Tuesday/Thursday).

Our ideal candidate should be enthusiastic, polite and with a professional manner.
Duties will include filtering phone calls and emails, booking patients, updating physio diaries, liaising with insurance companies, data input, copying and scanning, filing, assisting with marketing and much more!

Skills required include good people skills, polite telephone manner, friendly and presentable, good data entry skills, knowledge of word and outlook.

Please send us a covering letter and CV; noting key skills and experience, as well as why you want to join our team to sam@head2toephysio.co.uk. Tel: 07796364370.

Xmas Voucher Ideas – Hypnotherapy at Head2Toe Crawley

Hypnotherapy Voucher

Gift Vouchers

Looking to treat a loved one? I have just released a range of Hypnotherapy Gift Vouchers for a variety of different outcomes. If you are looking for the ultimate gift to help someone change their lives forever then contact me to purchase one of the following…

 

Hypnotherapy Relaxation Session

Ideal for those who live life in the fast lane. A one off session that leaves you feeling relaxed, calm and rejuvenated. Packed with messages to inspire creativity and build confidence…

  • Switch off your primitive mind
  • Empty your stress bucket to meet challenges with calmness
  • Price – £60
  • Number of Sessions – 1

 

Hypnotherapy Treatment Session

For those looking for long term change, hypnotherapy is an effective process that uses cutting edge solution focused techniques based upon current neuro-scientific research.

  • Focuses on your potential future, not the problems of your past –
  • One of the few therapies that dares to measure results
  • An amazing array of applications (see here for details)
  • Price – £60 per session

Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy

One of the most effective methods of giving up. Often clients report little or no cravings.

  • One of the few therapies that deals with the root triggers
  • Long term results without the long term process
  • Most smokers are back in profit within a fortnight
  • Price £150
  • Number of Sessions – 1 x 2 hour

Phobia Hypnotherapy Course

Rid yourself of that problematic, irrational fear and move forwards with confidence. Whether you have a fear of flying, spiders or needles, results can be highly effective and long lasting.

  • High success rates and, for many, life-changing results.
  • A relaxing way to deal with a phobia without coming into contact with it
  • Price – £180
  • Number of Sessions – 4

Anxiety Reduction Hypnotherapy Course

For those who suffer with stress and anxiety, lack of confidence or self esteem then this life-changing course can overhaul your outlook and help you cope so much more calmly. Any goal is achievable with absolute positive focus.

  • Retrain your brain to approach life with clarity and calmness
  • Help dramatically reduce anxiety, anger and depression
  • Learn how to set targets and achieve them
  • Price – £450, Number of Sessions – 9

Gastric Band Hypnotherapy

The ultimate weight loss program that helps change what you eat, the amount you eat and builds long term health and vitality.

  • 80% success rates (better than the actual gastric band!)
  • Sustainable weight loss minimising excess skin issues
  • An average of six times cheaper that Gastric Band Surgery
  • Course Cost – £450
  • Number of Sessions – 8

 

To purchase a Gift Voucher, contact Paul Milham on 07780 843817 or via his contact form here

 

Special Yoga Offer @ Head2Toe Crawley

Yoga special offer

Special offer on Yoga classes at Head2Toe Physio this month

Join with a friend and both enjoy half price classes all through January! Booking is essential as spaces are limited.

Our Yoga Teacher Sarah Hughes will be offering 2 classes on a Tuesday evening to suit a variety of needs and abilities. Whether you’re looking for a way to strengthen your body, calm your mind, ease your aches and pains, sleep better or just to feel more at ease in your day to day life, the benefits of a regular Yoga practice are vast and applicable to everyone. The classes will be limited to 7 per class to ensure maximum guidance and supervision.

GENTLE RESTORATIVE YOGA – Tuesday 6.30pm-7.45pm

This class is suitable for adults of all ages and abilities, especially for those new to Yoga or who are looking for a restorative or rehabilitating style of class. Incorporating breathing techniques to still the mind before moving into a gentle Vinyasa flow where the movement is in sync with the breath, this class will focus on gently stretching and strengthening the body, soothing aches and pains and ending in a meditation practice to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

POWER YOGA – Tuesday 8pm-9.15pm

This class is suitable for adults of all ages looking for a stronger Yoga practice focusing on building strength and increasing flexibility. The class will begin in stillness, utilise a variety of breathing techniques and postures to create a more dynamic style of movement and end with a meditation to clear the mind, leaving you feeling relaxed yet energised. Previous experience of Yoga is not necessary, just an able body and open mind.

ONE TO ONE SESSIONS – Available 7 days a week, AM or PM.

One to One sessions are also offered to suit a variety of needs. If you feel as though you have little time to spare and really want to get the most out of your practice, a private Yoga class is the ideal option. You may be nervous about going to a yoga class for the first time and would prefer to be introduced to Yoga in a private space or you may have an injury which prevents you from attending a class.  If you are suffering in some way (physically, emotionally or mentally) and wish to find an effective way to feel better in your body and mind, then One to One Yoga sessions could be the ideal solution for you.

 

All equipment is provided so all you need is a willingness to learn and an open mind. If you have any queries or need guidance choosing the right option for you please feel free to contact Sarah directly on sarah.beyouyoga@gmail.com

Mel Bowden’s Charity Skydive for Royal Marsden

Charity Skydive

All the team at Head2Toe want to congratulate Mel Bowden for her charity Skydive today. She actually jumped out of a plane from 15,000 feet! The Skydive was in aid of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. She joined Steve Brooks Gayton Veterinary Group in supporting a fantastic cause and together they have all raised over £10,000.

They were originally supposed to jump from 10,000 feet but that seemed a bit too easy for Mel and her co divers. They decided to go the whole hog and dive from 15,000 feet, reaching speeds of 125mph.

(Gareth and I were very relieved that Mel chose to take this one for the team)!!

If you or anyone you know would like to donate anything to the Royal Marsden through Mel’s just giving page, follow this link.

JustGiving sends your donation straight to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

 

Thank you for your support!

Xmas Massage Voucher – 10% off at Crawley Head2Toe

Xmas Massage VoucherXmas Massage Voucher 2

10% off Xmas Massage Voucher with new Head2Toe Crawley Massage therapist Rosa Bowley.

We welcome Rosa Bowley to our Crawley Massage team.

At Head2Toe Physio clinics we know that what our Physiotherapists do best is ‘Physiotherapy’. We wanted to offer our patients high quality massage to complement our Physiotherapy and set about appointing dedicated massage therapists. At Head2Toe Physio Clinic Crawley, our massage therapist is Rosa Bowley.

If you would like spoil a loved one and take advantage of our 10% off Xmas Massage Voucher, email us at admin@head2toephysio.co.uk, call 01293 535884 or contact us here.

Tennis Elbow – inject, physio or wait and see?

Tennis Elbow

How should we manage chronic Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is one of the most common upper limb injuries we see at Head2Toe Physio Clinic. Tennis elbow is really an umbrella term used to describe pain on the outside of the elbow and radiating into the forearm. The complication is that the pain could be arising from faults with various structures, including the neck, elbow joints, muscles, tendons, nerves or a combination of two or more of any or all. In the literature tennis elbow is also known by other names such as lateral epiconylitis, lateral epicondylalgia and lateral elbow tendinopathy.

Patients often describe pain on activities like gripping, lifting, twisting and its not uncommon for pain to be brought on by a spell of digging in the garden, return to tennis after a winter off or a weekend of putting together flat pack furniture!

When do we see patients?

It’s common for our Physiotherapists to see Tennis Elbow patients after a few weeks or months of pain. By the time they get to us, patients have normally rested, iced, taken some ibuprofen and possibly done some daily stretches, especially if they’ve been researching on google beforehand. The most common frustration is that after a period of rest, avoiding sports and heavy work, things start to feel better, only to return with a vengeance once they try to start again.

The questions we get asked are, What is it? Why have I got it? Why will it not go away? Should I take the steroid injection on offer from my GP? Will Physio help?

Whats the current evidence?

In a recent review piece, Bill Vincenzino (2016), outlines some of the current research findings. He notes that research seems to indicate that for short term pain relief, steroid injections work well, with 78% of patients who had a steroid injection reporting good relief at 6 weeks, compared to only 27% in those patients who are careful not to make things worse but essentially just wait and see how things will go (Bisset et al, 2006).

What’s interesting is that at 26 weeks post injection, things seem to be reversing with 45% of injection patients reporting relief compared to 83% of the wait and see group. At 1 year after injection, this had increased to 68% and 90%. This would seem to indicate that any short term gain with injection might well be followed by long term pain!

Studies comparing Physiotherapy treatment (loading exercises and manual mobilisation which the patients can repeat themselves) and injection, showed similar improvements in both groups at 6 weeks (65%) but at 1 year afterwards, the Physiotherapy group reported a 94% success rate (Vincenzino, 2003, 2007). This would seem to suggest that patients who seek Physiotherapy treatment for tennis elbow, make expect similar results in the short term as those having a steroid injection but also make much greater improvements over the longer term.

Why not do both?

To discover whether having Physiotherapy and a steroid injection would offer even better results, Coombes et al (2013) and Coombes (2009) divided patients into 4 groups. One group had a steroid injection, the second had a placebo injection (no steroid), the third combined steroid injection and Physiotherapy and the fourth combined placebo injection and Physiotherapy.

The key findings are that adding Physiotherapy made no difference to the steroid injections short term effectiveness in relieving pain, or indeed the subsequent drop in effectiveness at 26 weeks.

However, at 1 year follow up, there was 100% success in patients who had the placebo injection, compared to 93% who had just the placebo injection. There was only 84% success in the steroid injection group and this did not improve if combined with Physiotherapy.

The study would seem to back up the observation that having a steroid injection for tennis elbow whilst  bringing short term pain relief may well contribute to a longer term pain problem. In addition, patients receiving a steroid injection were much likely to suffer  a recurrence of their pain (54%) than those groups who had just Physiotherapy (8%) or took the wait and see approach (9%).

So whats the answer?

Vincenzino’s conclusion is unsurprisingly that all patients are different. What is apparent, is that steroid injections are clearly not the answer, even when combined with Physiotherapy. In those patients with less severe pain or non heavy manual jobs, the wait and see approach might be advised. Physiotherapy should focus on gradual loading programs (strengthening) and manual techniques which can reduce pain, should be taught to the patient as well.

 

If you or anyone you know is suffering from elbow pain and would like to have a physiotherapy assessment for suitability of physiotherapy treatment, contact us here.

 

Bisset L, Beller E, Jull G, Brooks P, Darnell R, Vincenzino B. Mobilisation with movement and exercise, corticosteroid injection, or wait and see for tennis elbow: randomised trial, British Medical Journal, 2006;333(7575):939

Coombes, BK, effect of corticosteroid injection, Physiotherapy, or both on clinical outcomes in patients with unilateral lateral epicondylalgia, Journal of the American Medical Association, 2013; 309(5):461

Coombes B, Bisset L, Connelly L, Brooks P, Vincenzino B. Optimising corticosteroid injection for lateral epicondylalgia with the addition of Physiotherapy: A protocol for a randomised control trial with placebo comparison, Biomed Central Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2009;10(1):76

Vincenzino B, Evidence-informed approach to managing chronic tennis elbow: injections, physiotherapy or wait it out? Intouch, 2016, 155:4-8.

 

Taekwondo Gold and Bronze for Adrian Groome

Adrian Groome Taekwondo

International Taekwondo event – Team Gold and Individual Bronze at

A huge well done to Adrian Groome who got team Gold and an individual Bronze at the British Taekwondo International Championships.

We have been privileged to work with this excellent committed young athlete through a very difficult last 6 months. Diagnosed with a nerve impingement and hip infection, he thought he would not be able to train let alone compete. With a great deal of hard work he managed to get himself to the Championships and achieve some wonderful performances. We only wonder what he could achieve if he had been able to train throughout the last 6 months!

To top it all off, Adrian has just found out he has been selected for the elite squad!

Adrian is looking for sponsorship to help with travel costs while representing Great Britain in International Taekwondo events.

If anyone would like to help this talented young man, please contact us by clicking this link and we will put you in touch.