To Ice or Not To Ice

That is the question.

Often people ask for advice as to whether they should use ice after injury of not. At schools, pupils are educated on the RICE principle – Rest Ice Compression Elevation – but what should you really be doing.


When to use ice?

Apply ice for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours within the first 48-72 hours following the [soft-tissue] injury

– NICE Guidelines 2016

Why use it?

  • Ice can alleviate pain
  • It also reduces swelling

When to be cautious?

If you suffer from a peripheral vascular disease or Raynauds it would be best to seek advice as to whether you should use ice as a treatment for your injury.

You should also take precautions to avoid frostbite, such as wrapping the ice-pack in a tea towel. Also avoid applying ice to an open wound.

Going Green

On January 6th 2020, Leeds City Council will be introducing the Clean Air Zone which, although directly related to commercial vehicles coming in and out of the city, has led us to think about how clean we are as a small business.

It is hard to avoid the desperate need to live ethically in a world threatened by climate change and so we thought we should share with you how we try to do our bit.

If you have visited our clinic, you may have noticed the couch roll we use for each patient. Each of these couch rolls, and in fact each of our hand towels, are made from recycled paper. Once used they are recycled to be given yet another lease of life. We are very particular about where our waste goes and by everything separate we can ensure that nothing ends up in landfill that could otherwise be repurposed or recycled.

Electricity is something that we need in the modern world to be able to run a business smoothly and effectively but electricity is also a major contributor to the increase in greenhouse gases which in turn are leading to global warming. But, without electricity, we wouldn’t be able to get much done in the clinic, especially being a basement building where we don’t get much natural light. We know that our demand for electricity can’t be avoided and so we have found an energy provider that sources 100% of its energy from renewable sources (such as solar power, wind power, biomass & landfill gas and hydropower). By providing natural soaps which are effective at low temperatures we can further reduce our energy consummation as we can achieve the same level of cleanliness without having to heat our water to high temperatures. All our uniforms are washed at low temperatures with eco-friendly soaps. This means that we can lower our carbon footprint.

With being in the centre of Leeds, it gives us many options of travel into work, with some of us opting to cycle into the city centre, park and ride using the local buses and take the train into Leeds station.

Some of these products and changes we have made are more expensive than the standard but we believe that they are a better option for us. They help us to do better for our climate without drastically changing the way in which we go about our daily tasks. As we become more aware of swaps that we can make, we reduce our landfill pile more and more.

Can you suggest any more ways we can lower our carbon footprint?

PwC Ride the Nation

With the Tour de France coming to an end I thought there would be no better time than to reflect on  PwC Ride the Nation (#PwCRtN), PwC’s charity cycle event with which Mike, Sarah and John helped out.

Starting in Birmingham, a team of just five riders attempted to cover a distance of around 2,000 miles in just 28 days, joined by colleagues from offices across the country who took part in daily sportifs or local rides and activities. PwC have run this event in previous years and gained the support of over 700 employees, either saddling up, or helping in other fundraising activities. So far, this event has helped raise over £300,000 for all the PwC Foundation Charities.

Mike prepping for the riders arrival

As the riders made their journey from Thirsk to Manchester, they made a pit stop in Leeds, home to Leeds Physio Clinic, where Sarah, John and Mike were armed with massage beds and lotion ready to spring some life into tired legs. It was amazing to see how enthusiastic each of the riders were as they pulled into Leeds, especially once they were told a massage awaited them. As they departed, their smiles strong and ever present.

Here at Leeds Physio, we commend the strength and resilience of those who took part in this event. The weather was horrendous, with all hopes for a sunny June lost. The task they had to complete was not the easiest, but they put their heads down and pedalled their

John refreshing some tired legs

hearts out to support these fantastic charities.

Well done once again, and thank you PwC Leeds for letting us be part of such a wonderful and beneficial event. We hope that our hands-on treatments and our words of wisdom and encouragement helped you all continue your journey cross-country.

If you have an event you’d like us to help out with get in touch with us either by phone or by email to discuss this firther.

-Leeds Physio Team

 

 

Summer Holiday Activities for Kids

School’s out for summer!

It can be hard finding things to do with the kids during the summer holidays (six weeks is a long time), especially activities that don’t involve watching telly or playing on the PlayStation. To help you out heres a list of things you can do in Leeds, as well as some clubs that leave a bit of free time for yourself.

Geo-caching, The World’s Biggest treasure Hunt – Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online. Download the app and explore your surroundings. It’s fun, free and it gets the kids moving.

Tennis for Kids Course – If your child has been inspired by the talent of young Coco Gauff in Wimbledon this month, maybe a taster in tennis could lead them towards a future in professional tennis. These courses are available all over Leeds (Chapel Allerton, Pudsey, Roundhay park, Dartmouth Park and Shadwell) and some of them are free!!

Escape Hunt – Exercising the mind is just as important as the brain so head to an escape room on a gloomy day and keep them entertained.

Jungle Rumble Mini Golf – Maybe your son/daughter was impressed by the talent shown at The Open earlier this month and want to work on getting a swing like Rory McIlroy.

Complete the Leeds Treasure Hunt Trail  – The trail is around 2 miles long and takes about 2 hours to complete, with clues designed with kids in mind it ensures fun for all the family. The trail is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs and is available to do all year round.

Embrace your inner primate and hit the wallThe Climbing Lab  and The Big Depot are just two of the many child-friendly climbing walls Leeds has to offer so grab some active wear and get climbing.

– Jump Around at one of Leeds’ 3 Trampoline Parks. Jump Inc. Oxygen Freejumping and JumpArena.

– Give Sailing a try – Head to Yeadon Tarn and get involved with the activities that Leeds Sailing and Activity centre run throughout the holidays.