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Are you fed up with hayfever?


Welcome to the June edition of The Heeler Centre Newsletter.

Can you believe we’re halfway through the year, already? And what a busy six months it’s been – both for us at the clinic, and for you, our wonderful clients.
 
We love hearing your news. Whether it’s a quick chat with one of our Reception team when you arrive at the clinic, with one of our therapists during a treatment, or even with other clients as you wait for your appointment, we’re pleased to have fostered an atmosphere where you’re comfortable to talk.
 
And we hope to have made that just a little bit easier this month. We’ve now implemented the advice of the UK Health Security Agency, so there’s no longer a need to wear masks and face coverings in healthcare settings such as ours.
 
Of course, if you would prefer to wear a mask and would like your therapist to wear one too, just ask – it’s no problem. Likewise, some of our team may still wear face coverings and at their discretion may require clients to wear them as well. We’re keen to ensure everyone feels as at ease as possible, so do reach out to our Reception team if there’s anything we can do to help.
 
With help in mind, we really do have a ‘newsy’ Newsletter for you this month, with updates aplenty – as well as our top tips on how to deal with the ever-increasing pollen count.
 
Enjoy June!

TEAM NEWS – HELLOS AND GOODBYES

 
Say ‘hello’ to John – our new physiotherapist!

We’re pleased to introduce you to John Turnbull – he’s the newest member of The Heeler Centre team and will be onsite each Tuesday.
 
John graduated from the University of Southampton in 1996 and is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, as well as being registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. He specialises in musculoskeletal medicine and has worked with British Swimming, British Gymnastics, British Diving and the British Olympic Association treating elite athletes in training and competition. 

In other news, it's a boy!
 
Our wonderful osteopath Lee Lewis and his partner Danielle welcomed baby James to the family in April. Isn’t he gorgeous? Lee is back at work now and always happy to share baby photos, so give yourself an extra treat when you see him and ask for a peep at beautiful baby James!

Have we got news for you? Yes! More!

Continuing the baby theme, another member of our osteo team, Sujin is now on maternity leave. We know, there must be something in the water! She’ll be back later this year, but until then, Lee and Nik are on hand to treat her clients.
 
Paul is back in the UK and diary is open Wednesdays and Fridays! 

The man himself, our founder, has arrived home on British shores and is available twice a week to see osteopathy clients. He’s missed you all, so call in and catch up soon!
 
Carrie Anderson qualifies in lymphatic and oncology massage

We’re delighted to announce that Carrie, our well-loved massage therapist has added to the range of techniques and skills she shares with clients. As well as leaning upon Easton techniques to harmonise and relax the body, Myofascial Therapy to restore mobility in the fascia to soften rigid connective tissue and Trigger Point Therapy to relieve points of tenderness in the muscles, she is now fully trained in lymphatic and oncology massage. If you’d like to hear more, give us a call and Carrie will be pleased to explain how she can help.

Tips on how to deal with the high pollen count

 
The tiredness, itchy eyes, runny nose, and seasonal sneezes are well and truly back. And this year, you may have come to the sad conclusion that for some reason, your hay fever is worse than ever before. You’re not alone. Social media is ablaze with sniffly sufferers bemoaning the start of summer.
 
But why? Well, from May to July, grass pollen is at its peak. And that affects 80% of people with hay fever. Couple that with a slow start to the summer (by which we mean torrents of rain) damping down the ever-increasing count, followed by several intense sunny spells, and you have yourself a recipe for hay fever so perfect, it could bag a place on MasterChef.
 
Thankfully, you can ease your pollen allergy symptoms by following a few simple steps recommended by the NHS.

  • Rub Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
  • Shower and change your clothes after you’ve been outside to wash pollen off
  • Stay indoors whenever possible
  • Keep windows and doors closed
  • Vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
And if all else fails, crack open the cetirizine, fexofenadine, or loratadine; names you’re no doubt familiar with if the summer sniffles have plagued you previously. They’re widely available from most supermarkets and pharmacies, and will treat your symptoms quickly.
 
But you could also consider:
  • Barrier balms
  • Local honey
  • Eye drops
  • Nasal sprays
  • A diet enriched with vitamin C (a natural antihistamine)
  • Avoiding dairy (and therefore dodging catarrh)
  • Homeopathy

 
Julie Placket, our resident homeopath says: “This time of year is always tricky for clients. Many visit because the over-the-counter medicines they’ve been reliant upon for years are no longer working. Hayfever can be incredibly debilitating, but homeopathy can help.”

You can book an appointment with Julie via the blue button below.

Wishing you a jolly June, free from Hayfever!

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