The body is a temple

But do we worship at it?

You would think most of us would, yet so many of us don’t.  We often eat poorly, drink the wrong amounts of the wrong things, don’t exercise enough, and don’t pay sufficient attention to our lifestyles.  And all of these contribute to a poorer quality of life, stress, and can lead to more serious health problems.

When it come to our actual bodies, it’s commonly the case that we only pay particular attention after an accident or injury.  Even if we do exercise, unless we are taking things seriously we probably don’t think too much about recovery and rest and the benefits of stretching – perhaps thinking that only elite athletes need to worry about “that sort of thing”.

The point is, of course we should worship – or if that feels too strong a word, at least take very good care.  After all, our bodies are the vehicles that take us through the journey of life – and the better we look after the vehicle, the longer it will last … and the better the ride!

What can I do to look after my body better?

As mentioned above, there are plenty of ways: diet, exercise, lifestyle being three broad themes.  If we delve a little deeper we’ll see that there are some very particular ways we can look after our bodies physically, that complement these themes perfectly:

  • pilates
  • physiotherapy
  • massage therapies
  • osteopathy

Let’s take a brief look at each in turn.

Pilates

Pilates was developed in the early 20th Century by Joseph Pilates, a German son of a gymnast and a naturopath.  He believed that mental and physical health are very closely related, and studied forms of exercise from all around the world, including yoga.

In his 1945 book Return to life Through Contrology, Pilates suggested that his method centred on the art of “controlled movements”, and was more of a work-out than a therapy, designed to improve flexibility, build strength, develop control and boost endurance.

See what NHS Choices has to say about pilates here, and then click here to find out more about the different types of pilates class that we offer in our London Physiotherapy Clinic.

Physiotherapy

Most people will have heard  of – and many will have had – physiotherapy, so we won’t go into too much of an explanation.  Essentially, it can help to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.  It takes a holistic approach, that involves the patient directly in their own care.

Click here to learn more about how our Clinic can help and what our physiotherapists can treat.

Massage therapies

We’re all familiar with relaxing massages to soothe away the stresses of the day and unwind in a comfortable environment.  While such massages can be excellent in their own right, there are several other types that can deliver more tangible benefits.

Click here to read about the different massage therapies that we provide, and how they can help you.

Osteopathy

This is a way of detecting, treating and preventing some health problems by manipulating muscles and joints.  It is often used for helping with back pain, although it can be used to help with pain in other parts of the body too.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends this form of treatment for persistent lower back pain in particular, and everyone practising osteopathy in the UK needs to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

You can find out about our different treatments by clicking here.

Next time

We’ve given you an introduction to our studio and the different treatments that we provide.  In future articles we’ll be going into more detail, starting with physiotherapy.

If you would like more general information on who we are and what we do, please click the link below:

London Physiotherapy Clinic