Kibworth Osteopaths and Pilates

I really hope this article finds you well.

Amazingly well

Things continue to be tough and different for many, and whether you are continuing to work from home, balancing home schooling, or like me, at work with my children at school, you are all doing amazingly well.

Newly qualified mental health first aider

Since my last article I have become a qualified mental health first aider. This is important because your mental health is as important as your physical health (in fact mental health and physical health are intertwined).

The people of Kibworth have shown a true understanding of this with the fantastic Kibworth Hugs that are going around – a Covid safe way of reaching out and showing fantastic community spirit.

A lot of my patients and Pilates clients have received a Kibworth Hug, and I can say that it has been an appreciated boost for many!

February is the month of LOVE

February has also been the month to celebrate all things LOVE and never has it been more important to value those near and dear to us. I passionately believe that any love must first begin with looking after ourselves and how we mentally and physically pay attention to our own bod- ies.

So often we ignore niggles, low-level pain and recurring aches, but we shouldn’t! These small signals are intentional – they are the way your body communicates. I am not saying these things equate to seriousness, but even subtle warning signs need a little attention and nurturing. Can you fit a few stretches into your daily routine? Can you stop for five minutes to stand out- side and breathe fresh air?

When was the last time you met with a friend for a socially distanced walk – and took a break from your desk? Equally, if there are more persistent concerns then please talk to your GP or give Kibworth Osteopaths a call and we will see if we can help.

Spring is in the air.

Thankfully change is afoot and spring is around the corner. My daffodils are definitely above ground, and with this comes a real sense of hope. Hope of new beginnings, the longer days and more sunshine. All of which are good for our bodies. Sunshine helps with the production of vit- amin D which is good for bones and muscles, for all ages.

With spring, often a renewed vigour is needed for those of you that have a garden. My top tips for gardening (which is surprisingly physical) are to ensure you warm up and stretch, take regular breaks to rehydrate and have a physical break. Please use a kneeling pad!

I am so glad to see these brighter and longer days on the horizon, which hopefully means walks after work and school and as I always say movement is medicine!

Emily Coombes, Lead Osteopath