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How you can make use of the time self-isolating or working from home to improve your aches & pai

The current corona virus outbreak has forced a lot of us to remain locked up indoors – either in self-isolation or working from home. This means that some of us now have loads more time on our hands and it can be hard to know how to use all that extra time wisely. One thing you might consider if you’ve been complaining of aches and pains recently is to start doing some exercise. Physios can sometimes see people who are unable to improve their symptoms to the full potential because they’ve struggled to find good time during the week to follow a prescribed exercise plan.

The most difficult thing about these exercises can sometimes just be doing them. Busy and hectic lives can mean that people struggle to fit exercise around work, family and social pressures (stressors that can contribute to the problem in the first place).

When people DO manage to follow their programme they often feel the difference in their strength, movement and function within weeks. Exercise plays a major role in how your body moves and feels and is also included in the treatment of a variety of conditions such as neck pain & headaches, back pain, joint pain & arthritis, ankle sprains, tendon problems, and so on…

If you are finding yourself with more spare time on your hands, this could be a great time to get into some good habits by starting to do some exercise which is aimed at improving your symptoms. These are often things that you can do within the comfort of your own home (or room if you’re self-isolating like me) that can really impact what you can and can’t do with your body.

Some people consider exercise to be a risk, something that might actually cause harm but this is often far from the truth - especially when the exercises have been prescribed by someone whose job it is to understand the body and pain. So I’ve decided to fill some of my time by designing a personalised exercise programme (as well as other advice) for a few people each day until I return to work properly.

I’m setting up telephone/e-mail/video call consultations with anyone interested in receiving some help with their aches & pains and this will all be free of charge. After going through some questions to understand your problem & screen so that I know it is safe for you to exercise – I’ll explain and e-mail you some exercise that I’ll believe will help your specific symptoms, as well as give you advice about other ways to improve your pain.

All you need to do is send an e-mail to with your name and a brief description about what you would like some help with and I’ll get back to you to set up a time for better chat.

I’ll be helping you with some good advice and exercise for your problems, you’ll be helping me with some human contact whilst I continue on in self-isolation. Everybody wins!

I look forward to hearing from you,


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