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.
According to NPHET, all patients must wear face masks to their physiotherapy appointments; this is for your safety and ours. Patient's are reminded by text and email before each appointment to please bring a mask.
We have a limited number of masks available at the clinic for emergency use which will be provided at an extra cost of 5 euro per mask. We would urge you to please bring your own mask as our supply is limited and replacements are challenging to obtain.
All healthcare workers have to wear full PPE for your safety, so please don't be alarmed when you arrive and we greet you in our 'space' gear. Its starts to feel quite normal after a while and feedback from our patients is that the presence of PPE is very reassuring.
Welcome back Katie Farrell
We were delighted to welcome our Senior Physiotherapist Katie Farrell back to the clinic last week. After completing the return to work safety protocol, Katie got straight back into the swing of clinical physiotherapy with an online appointment via Mount Merrion Connect as well as looking after three new In-Clinic patients.
Katie has a particular interest in sports and activity-related injuries which seem to be quite prevalent at the moment with so many fitness enthusiasts taking up new forms of exercise. Exercise is so vital for immune as well as mental health at this time, so any injuries should be treated quickly, and a plan put in place to ensure they don't happen again.
Our podiatric range of summer Strive sandals are available for purchase. We treated several walking-related tendon and joint injuries last week which could be prevented with more supportive footwear which helps control a tendency for the foot to over-pronate (roll in) when walking. The Strive sandals and shoes not only provide this support as well as cushioning but also look stylish...not what you would expect from a medical device!
Trees Road Local business news
Ada and Jay at Cafe' Divino (next door) are providing a takeaway coffee service Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 am-2 pm, so why not grab a cuppa after your appointment.
For those whose hair may need some attention, super stylist Richard Redden, is providing homecare colour packs. Please give Richard a call on 01-2884851.
Tony at The Lawnmower Shop is helping to keep the lawns of Mount Merrion trimmed and in good shape. Tony is available from 9 am - 4 pm Monday to Saturday, please call ahead on 01-2884934 to make arrangements. Sales online: www.lawnmowers-plus.ie
And for those who are tired of cooking and would like to create a restaurant experience at home, Mairead and her team at The Food Shop are cooking up delicious dishes & desserts. Mairead is open Monday to Saturday, 9 am - 2 pm.
Des & team at Lalor Estate Agents have been receiving many enquires from people wishing to buy a home in Mount Merrion and are looking forward to seeing their valued clients again. They are available at www.LRE.ie or call 087-2565680.
Finally, to say thank you to all of you who have been so supportive and encouraging since resuming in-clinic physiotherapy appointments. As essential healthcare professionals, we have strict infection control procedures in place, so those who need physiotherapy can benefit from treatment in a safe environment. It has been great to talk to many of you, to share experiences and feel like we are helping restore some normality.
In good health,
Lorraine & Simon