Due to COVID-19, we took a break from break face-to-face appointments at the clinic.
This period gave me time to reflect, and I realised just how much I enjoy and value my job. It was not long before I was itching to get back to work, once it was safe to do so.
I'm now heading into my fourth full week back in the clinic, treating clients face-to-face, able to use my full range of clinical skills. I've been able to use a fully integrated physiotherapy approach, with a combination of manual therapy, medical acupuncture, advice and specific exercise programmes. It is super to be back, doing useful and meaningful work while seeing the diary filling back up with appointments.
Pelvic Health in both men and women is a topic that deserves much more attention in today's society.
If you have booked a face to face, in-clinic appointment, please read the following important COVID-19 infection control information.
Face to face, in-clinic appointments are available weekdays for those who have not been diagnosed with COVID-19, are not awaiting a test, do not have symptoms and who are not self-isolating. If you are considered high or very high risk, we recommend that you consult with your GP before attending for physiotherapy.
Please note: Clients are advised if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are awaiting a test, have a fever, cough or any cold or flu-like symptoms or are self-isolating they should please book a remote/online appointment via Mount Merrion Connect, click here.
In accordance with COVID-19 infection control and avoidance measures, we are implementing social distancing methods and strict sanitising within the clinic.
I was struck this weekend by the number of people out and about, moving, exercising, benefitting from sunlight and being sensible. The data is clear; after age, it is metabolic health which determines how likely we are to suffer COVID-19 complications. As well as regular movement and exercise, simply cutting well down on sugar and other refined carbohydrates, processed food and vegetable oils can improve your metabolic health in a matter of weeks.
After COVID-19, the next topic on everyone's lips has been the weather. As if by divine intervention, the sunshine is undoubtedly making the restrictions more manageable for most of us. It's good to see everyone now able to get out and soak up some rays.
Did you know? Sun exposure results in the release of nitric oxide, which in turn improves insulin sensitivity. Improved insulin sensitivity has many benefits, including enhanced immune cell function. A short period of unprotected sun exposure, outside peak sun hours, just long enough to obtain a light colour but not burn, is recommended by most experts.
Our role as essential healthcare service providers has not changed after the recent announcement by the government regarding the roadmap to re-opening the country.
As chartered physiotherapists working in the private sector, we are deemed primary medical as well as essential therapies according to the government list published on the 28th of March 2020, view here.
Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health is open to provide essential 'primary care including paramedical and essential physiotherapy’ in accordance with government regulations as published on the 28th of March.
Our role as essential healthcare providers is further supported by our professional body, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
We are offering physiotherapy treatment for the following:
- Emergency cases, where pain symptoms are significantly impacting on coping and quality of life.
- Acute injuries where the pain is significant and mobility are restricted; for example, a low back or knee injury.
- Exacerbation of pre-existing complex pain conditions due to COVID-19 related stress and anxiety. Examples would include tension headaches, migraines and fibromyalgia.
- Pre and post-surgical rehabilitation to restore mobility, strength and function, reducing the likelihood of prolonged disability.
If you become infected with COVID-19, you have a better chance of recovery, without developing severe complications, by improving your metabolic health [1,2]. We already know that those with underlying conditions such as type 2 diabetes are more likely to experience difficulties [3,4,5].
If you have asthma, you are among those considered to be at a higher risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is important to note that being in the ‘high-risk’ category does not mean you are more likely to catch the virus; instead, it means that you are at higher risk of serious illness if you do contract it.
It is therefore vital for asthmatics to take the necessary precautions to keep themselves safe during this time.