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  • Nikki Robinson 9:10 pm on April 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: emotions, fight or flight, , how to relax, Myofacial Release, overwhelm, , , relaxation, stress   

    Calm in the chaos 

    Stress has always been a part of human existence and modern life is no different. The causes of stress and how we manage it are, however, distinctly contrasting. We can face stressful events at work, for example work overload, redundancy and retirement. Family life throws more stress at us, such as being a carer, having a baby, moving house, becoming ill, getting divorced, losing someone we love and having financial issues. While we can’t change what is causing you stress we, at Holisticare, can help your body manage the effects better.

    How our symptoms of stress manifest themselves is unique to every individual but commonly there is a combination of emotional, mental and physical symptoms. Emotionally you may feel agitated, moody, overwhelmed or out of control. You may find relaxing difficult or feel bad about yourself and rely more on negative habits such as drinking too much or using drugs or cigarettes. Mentally it might be harder for you to make decisions, you worry constantly with your thoughts racing and you may slip into depression and anxiety. Physically your body will be shouting at you to take notice with headaches, low energy, aches, pains and tense muscles, possibly with diarrhoea, constipation or nausea, excess sweating, clenching jaw and grinding teeth and the frightening chest pain and rapid heartbeat of a panic attack.

    There is something which can help though. Myofascial Release treatment can help alleviate all these symptoms by gently loosening up the tension. The psoas is an extremely important muscle in the body. It is the only muscle which connects the top half of your body to the bottom – the spine to the legs. It’s important for posture and movement and is known as the “fight or flight muscle” sunsetbecause when you are under stress it contracts and tightens setting your body ready to tackle the perceived threat.

    While some stress can be positive and helps to keep you alert and ready to avoid danger it becomes negative when you face continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between the challenges. The psoas, and other parts of your body, store up this tension and you get the symptoms listed above.

    Our therapists can gently work through the layers and layers of fascial restriction created by constant stress, allowing your body to release and relax, to loosen and feel lighter in a warm, safe and comfortable environment.

    Let Holisticare be your oasis of calm in the chaos of daily life. Book an appointment and allow us to help you soften and unwind, reducing the effects of stress and letting your body know you’re listening.

    Call 01279 718331 and visit our website http://www.holisticare.co.uk

     
  • Nikki Robinson 11:52 am on March 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Myofacial Release, , world poetry day   

    World Poetry Day 

    To celebrate World Poetry Day, on Tuesday 21st March, we have decided to blog in rhyme, this time!

    If your head needs a bed
    And your neck is a wreck,
    If your shoulders are boulders,
    And your arms feel harmed,

    If your chest’s not its best,
    And your back makes a crack,
    If your pelvis shuns Elvis,
    And your behind is unkind,

    If your thigh makes you cry,
    And your knees start to freeze,
    If your shins make you wince,
    And your calf’s not a laugh,

    If your ankles rankle,
    And your feet need a treat,
    Have no fear and don’t shed a tear,
    You know where people really do care.

    Let Damian help your cranium,
    Our Nicola won’t tickle ya,
    See Sally, don’t you dally,
    Or Nikki , it’s not tricky.

    If you need us you know where to find us
    And don’t forget to check our reminders!
    We know we’re not Shakespeare
    But Holisticare is here !

    Some reminders:
    • Our Pregnancy Open Evening is on Wednesday 29 March, 6.30-8.30pm. No need to book, just drop in.
    • Our Mother’s Day Offer begins on 18th March. If you book and pay for a treatment for your mum you will get £25 off her treatment PLUS £10 off your next treatment too. Quote MOD17 when booking
    • We are open on Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 9pm and on Saturdays from 9am-3pm
    • If you recommend someone to us and they become a new patient we will give you £10 off your next treatment as a thank you.

     
  • Nikki Robinson 12:37 pm on February 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Myofacial Release, valentines   

    How to love someone on Valentine’s Day 

    free-valentines-vector4Valentine’s Day is just for couples, right? No, wrong! Here at Holisticare we believe that everyone can show somebody some love on Valentine’s Day.

    Love is defined as a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection. It can be shown by friendship, appreciation, respect, tenderness, cherishing, enjoyment, involvement and high regard.

    Let’s begin with you. Love yourself first and treat your body to some Myofascial Release treatment to put yourself in a great physical and mental position to be able to share that love and support others. If you’re already there why not show someone else you love them with a Valentine gift that does more than pamper the outside of the body?

    A manicure or a facial might make you look better but what will really make you feel loved inside and out? Myofascial Release of course! The word “Valentine” derives from the Latin “valens” which means “strong, vigorous, healthy” and Myofascial Release treatment at Holisticare is the perfect solution to improve strength, vigour and health and is a caring answer to how to love someone on Valentine’s Day.

    Choose between three great options: a regular hour of MFR treatment; a Free Yourself course of 6 group classes to learn relaxation and visualisation techniques to work with the mind and body to relieve pain, reduce anxiety and improve general wellbeing; and our Intensive Treatment Programme which comprises 15 hours of Myofascial Release Treatment over the course of 5 or 6 days focused on your individual needs and goals, including at least one multi-therapist treatment and self-help instruction allowing you to build on the progress made during treatment.

    However you spend this Valentine’s Day look after your fascia and it will look after you.

    Call us on 01279 718331 and show yourself and others some love.

     
  • Nikki Robinson 5:54 pm on January 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Mrs R’s Knee Replacement Journey – day 10 

    PURPLE_2LINEMrs R’s Knee Replacement Journey

    Mrs R had her left knee replaced 24 days ago. She is receiving at least 1 hour of Myofascial Release treatment every day at Holisticare for the next couple of weeks.

    This is a record of her journey in her own words:

    Day after Mrs R’s ninth treatment:

    Mrs R's knee comparison

    Mrs R’s knee comparison

    “Good night’s sleep, no pain killers. Did walk outside – took about 20 minutes. No pain at all whilst walking, when I got back calf was a bit tight.

    Did a step-up exercise to try and bend my knee normally and not get up steps with a stiff leg. Took painkillers after the exercise as knee was a little sore.

    Another treatment from Nikki, which has released the tightness in my calf. Knee is very mobile since the treatment and now no pain.”

    Please come back to tomorrow to see how Mrs R is progressing with her Myofascial Release treatment.

    Call us on 01279 718331 to book your treatment.

    We are open  Monday to Saturday, and till late on Tuesdays.

     
  • Nikki Robinson 3:31 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Mrs R’s Knee Replacement Journey – day 8 

    PURPLE_2LINEMrs R’s Knee Replacement Journey

    Mrs R had her left knee replaced 22 days ago. She is receiving at least 1 hour of Myofascial Release treatment every day at Holisticare for the next couple of weeks.

    This is a record of her journey in her own words:

    Day after Mrs R’s seventh treatment:

    “My knee feels much less swollen than it was. Nikki did the back of my thigh and this has made my knee much more supple on the top left side, the inner knee is not so painful either. The knee just feels tight across the front by the kneecap.

    Not too bad a night’s sleep but needed 2 paracetamol at 3am. Doing exercises daily. Went for another walk today, still on 2 crutches outside but only walking stick indoors.

    I feel I am making good progress and I am very lucky to be getting this treatment as the NHS Physio does not want to see me till 15th Jan. I think I might be healed by then!

     

    Please come back to tomorrow to see how Mrs R is progressing with her Myofascial Release treatment.

    Call us on 01279 718331 to book your treatment.

    We are open  Monday to Saturday, and till late on Tuesdays.

     
  • Nikki Robinson 4:50 pm on January 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Mrs R’s Knee Replacement Journey – day 7 

    PURPLE_2LINEMrs R’s Knee Replacement Journey

    Mrs R had her left knee replaced 21 days ago. She is receiving at least 1 hour of Myofascial Release treatment every day at Holisticare for the next couple of weeks.

    This is a record of her journey in her own words:

    Day after Mrs R’s sixth treatment:

    “Bad night, knee quite painful 4-5/10. Slept from 10.30-12 then awake on and off till 3am, took 2 paracetamol and slept till 7am, then another 2 hours.

    Went for a walk outside today (first time) on both crutches. No discomfort at all whilst walking. Did exercises 3 times today and will be having a treatment from Nikki.

    I must say that the benefits of the treatment far outweigh the discomfort.”

    What is a knee replacement?

    Total knee replacement

    Total knee replacement

    If your knee is badly damaged by  arthritis, a joint replacement may be recommended.

    The damaged bone ends are removed and replaced by an artificial joint. The longest part of the recovery is restoring the joint mobility and muscle strength. Myofascial Release helps with this by speeding healing, reducing pain, swelling and inflammation, and preventing scar tissue from binding in the wrong place.

    Please come back to tomorrow to see how Mrs R is progressing with her Myofascial Release treatment.

    Call us on 01279 718331 to book your treatment.

    We are open  Monday to Saturday, and till late on Tuesdays.

     
  • Nikki Robinson 9:20 pm on January 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Mrs R’s Knee Replacement Journey – day 6 

    PURPLE_2LINEMrs R’s Knee Replacement Journey

    Mrs R had her left knee replaced 20 days ago. She is receiving at least 1 hour of Myofascial Release treatment every day at Holisticare for the next couple of weeks.

    This is a record of her journey in her own words:

    Day after Mrs R’s fifth treatment:

    “Had a great night’s sleep with no agitation in thigh after Sally’s treatment. No painkillers during the night. Doing more sets of exercises during the day. Another treatment from Sally again.

    Thrilled to say I am on 1 walking stick inside, but still a bit nervous of outside, as pavements are wet and a bit slippy.

    Feeling a bit more of a ‘normal’ person today, leg more flexible and I feel much more mobile.

    Feeling sorry for the people who cannot get this treatment!”

    The video below shows Mrs R receiving some Myofascial Release treatment from Sally.

     

    Please come back to tomorrow to see how Mrs R is progressing with her Myofascial Release treatment.

    Call us on 01279 718331 to book your treatment.

    We are open  Monday to Saturday, and till late on Tuesdays.

     
  • Nikki Robinson 7:23 pm on January 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Mrs R’s Knee Replacement Journey – day 4 

    PURPLE_2LINEMrs R’s Knee Replacement Journey

    Mrs R had her left knee replaced 18 days ago. She is receiving at least 1 hour of Myofascial Release treatment every day at Holisticare for the next couple of weeks.

    This is a record of her journey in her own words:

    Day after Mrs R’s third treatment:

    “After treatment felt quite sore and stiff, needed 2 paracetamol before bed. Whilst having treatment I actually felt the muscle relax – it was like a stinging sensation at the side of my knee, but it was not painful, just uncomfortable for a short time.

    Knee bend after 4 treatments

    Knee bend after 4 treatments

    Slept well till 3am then after about 1 hour went off to sleep till 8am. During the day I’ve been pain free and much more mobile on a day to day basis. My calf muscle hasn’t been twitching today.

    I think my appetite is also better than any time since the operation. I think I am getting better at not wanting to rush the ‘getting better’. I know it will take time so I’m happy doing a couple of normal things and not worrying about the things I cannot do yet.”

    Please come back to tomorrow to see how Mrs R is progressing with her Myofascial Release treatment.

    Call us on 01279 718331 to book your treatment.

    We are open  Monday to Saturday, and till late on Tuesdays.

     
  • Nikki Robinson 5:30 pm on October 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    How Scary is your Skeleton? 

    PURPLE_2LINEHow Scary is Your Skeleton?

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    skeleton

     

    Everything that happens to us from the time we are conceived is recorded in our bodies. That may be physical or emotional stress, accidents, operations, injuries … the list is endless. Therefore there is always a reason for the symptoms that we feel and the problems that we live with.

    This doesn’t at all mean that we are to blame for the illnesses that we suffer from, but it does mean that by treating problems as they occur, we can prevent them causing ongoing issues in the future.

    Our bodies are very good at compensating and we become adept at coping – this is sometimes unavoidable as we have to carry on with our lives, and often caring for others takes priority over thinking about ourselves. But the longer we carry on ignoring the tension and pain building up in our bodies, the harder it is to release it.

    Spine

    Spine

    We often feel that the problem is with our bones and joints; they start to feel stiff if we stay in one position for too long, they ache when we have done too much and they swell up at the end of a long day. However, our bones and the joints that they form are completely dependent on our myofascia (connective tissue) holding them in the correct position.

    Our myofascia forms a continuous web of connective tissue throughout our whole body and it is this that records all the stresses and strains that we go through. As everything is connected to everything else (yes, the song was right), trauma or changes to one part affects the rest and puts it under strain. It is this strain that over time causes tension, particularly on our joints, and can result in a susceptibility to injury, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis and other itis’s that give us joint pain, swelling and inflammation.

     

    So, if your skeleton feels that it is holding on to traumas from your past, maybe now is the time to let it go.

     

     

     

     

     
  • Nikki Robinson 8:42 pm on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Myofacial Release, Nikki Robinson,   

    My first blog! 

    Have you ever heard of Myofascial Release?

    I first came across it 9 years ago, when I was looking for  course to update my skills as a Physiotherapist. I had left the NHS to have my family and was going to set up in private practice from home.

    That course was literally life-changing! Within the first few minutes, I knew that I had found what was missing from my training. Here was a technique that allowed me to work with my patients, instead of doing things ‘to’ them. It was based on scientific facts and research, but wasn’t prescriptive.

    I began to use what I learnt straight away, and started to get amazing results almost immediately. I was hooked!

    Since then, I have been on many more courses, both in the UK and America, where I trained with John Barnes. He is the Physiotherapist that developed the branch of Myofascial Release that we specialise in. He is an inspirational teacher and is still pushing to understand more about the fascia, as technology progresses to allow us to see what is happening under our skin.

    After working from home for a few years, I took on my first Myofascial Release Therapist and we moved into purpose-built premises 3 years ago. There are now 4 of us at Holisticare, all specialising in this great treatment.

    We learn from our patients every day, and are constantly amazed by what can be achieved by gently unravelling the restrictions that cause so many problems. We are also humbled by our patients who have been through so much and allow us to share their journey.

    I hope that this Blog will increase awareness of Myofascial Release and that if you haven’t already, you will find a therapist near you and experience it for yourself.

    Nikki Robinson MCSP

    http://www.holisticare.co.uk

     

     
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