When I was younger, my family and I spent a lot of time in the Lake District visiting, well more family, out walking on the fells and round the lake / waters of that beautiful part of the world. As we walked we obviously passed others on our route and with our cousins we always played a very simple game.
When we met someone coming the opposite direction we always said hello.
If they said hello back, they (or we) were safe – they were just your everyday humans.
If they didn’t reply, they weren’t just rude, they were evil witches and warlocks.
I’m happy to report that usually we met more of the former than the latter and this post is not meant to offend the good witches and warlocks out there, it was just a game after all.
Ever since, whenever out walking or running, I try to say hello when passing people out on the paths and trails. Granted I live in the country and not a big city, so probably don’t pass as many people as others will. It is, I think, better to smile and say hello than to put your head down and rush by.
During this period of lockdown and the accompanying sunny weather, it has been great to see so many people getting out running. It seems that there’s more than ever, but this maybe because they previously ran at the gym (which is now closed) or on their lunch break at work (which they can no longer go to). Similarly, all the families out on their one walk out of the house that they can take a day.
All I hope, in these worrying and uncertain times, is that you stay safe, follow the advice regarding social distancing and of course – don’t be an evil witch or warlock, say hello to people you meet along the way.
Given the tough new measures announced this evening by the Prime Minister, I thought it would be a good time to update you regarding the clinic. Following advice from The Society of Sports Therapists and organisations, such as NHS England and The World Health Organisation, we closed the clinics last week for face-to-face appointments. We are “socially isolating” with our families and will continue to do so until the advice changes.
Online assessments are here!
We have been successfully trialling and are ready to implement online assessments for the foreseeable time, whilst the restrictions to our lives are in place. These will be in the form of video calls (Zoom, FaceTime, Skype) and arranged directly through the therapist. As such, I have turned off online bookings so that we can fit assessments at times that are more convenient to you, rather than the usual set clinic times. Your safety is our priority and therefore there are some considerations that we need to make for online appointments to be as safe and effective as possible:
The usual comprehensive injury history and health screening will still take place as part of your assessment.
If you have a more complicated medical history, which can effect our ability to perform a full assessment via a video call, we will reserve the right no to continue with the assessment and advice service.
Current Patients – If you have recently seen one of our therapists, you can continue your care with online appointments to update the therapist on your progress and for the therapist to advise you on changes to your rehabilitation programme.
New Assessments – If you are new to Ed Pratt Sports Therapy we would still love to be able to help you and can offer some general advice regarding your injury and suitable rehabilitation exercises.
This is not the same as a face to face assessment and only more general advice will be given. This is because we will be unable to perform some of the physical tests and assessments that would normally form part of an assessment.
What do you need for online assessments?
Internet / WiFi Connection – as mentioned above either Zoom, Skype, FaceTime will work fine.
Space to move – just because it’s not face-to-face does not mean that you can’t be active and demonstrate the movements / activities that reproduce your symptoms. This goes for us too, we will demonstrate the exercises and movements that we would like you to perform.
Appropriate Clothing – just like a clinic session you will need to move about and your therapist will need to see the injured area.
So what now?
The next few weeks are undoubtedly going to be tough for the vast majority of us, but it is important to remain optimistic, support each other in any way we can and keep in touch with loved ones and friends. Keep active (bet you didn’t know I was going to say that!) by walking, running, taking part in home HIIT classes (of which there are many). According to the new measures, we can leave the house / garden once a day for exercise and it’s important that we take advantage of this opportunity whilst it lasts, whilst still being socially responsible. If you need help or advice with how you can do this, working with your injury, then we are here to help.
How to get in touch
If an online assessment is something that you feel would be beneficial you can get in touch with either Ed (initial consultations & follow-up sessions) or Tom (follow-up sessions with current patients only) on the details below (or via the contacts page):
Ed – firstname.lastname@example.org, 07837276444 Tom – email@example.com, 07534124848
We will then arrange a time that is suitable for you and see what we can do to help.
Most importantly, stay safe, stay at home and stay active!