New Year, Fresh Start

Barry Harpur Principal Osteopath Kinesis Clinic
Barry Harpury
Principal Osteopath
Date Posted
January 12, 2017
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It’s official – the festive session is over. The Christmas decorations are back in the loft and if like me, you’re probably feeling like you’ve well and truly over indulged on just about everything.

For some people, January can be a tricky time of year. It marks a feeling of anti-climax following all the festivities. The days are cold, wet and short and the end of the month, seems a long way off.

However, it doesn’t need to be all doom and gloom. Its the beginning of a new year, so how about a fresh start? We put together 8 handy tips to help you feel better, brighter and make a positive start to 2017…

1. Eat Well

When we’re feeling down, we’re often drawn to sugar and junk food and we eat too little or too much. You can improve how you feel by eating a good, varied diet with things like nuts, fruit and veg, dairy, fish, pulses and grains.

Vitamin D is a great mood-boaster. Our skin manufactures vitamin D through exposure to sunlight, so during the dark winter months, we probably aren’t getting our recommended daily dose. Luckily, we can top up our intake by including a few specific foods in our diet. Fortified breakfast cereals and dairy, eggs and fish such as sardines, herrings and salmon are all good sources. Plus, along with improving your mood, topping up on vitamin D can help strengthen the immune system and keep bones and teeth healthy.

Regular intake of Omega-3 is good for the heart and also good for the mind – low levels of omega-3 in the body are thought to contribute to low moods, with increased doses even found to potentially help treat some types of depression. Give your motivation a boost by ensuring you’re getting enough of this great fatty acid. Sources include oily fish, walnuts, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, soya, rapeseed and flaxseed oil and dark, green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale.

What we put in our bodies really does makes a difference to what we get out of it.

2. Long-standings aches and pains

If you suffer from a niggling ache or pain, it’s time to get it looked at. Don’t put it off, book an appointment to see the relevant person who can detect what the cause is, get it treated and most importantly, help you to prevent it from reoccurring. Don’t let a long-standing issue with your body define what you want to achieve this year.

3. Exercise

One of the best ways to fight depression and improve well-being and mood is regular exercise. This is because when we exercise we release the happy hormone serotonin, which is thought to affect our mood and social behaviour, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory and function.

The good news is that exercise doesn’t have to mean going to a gym and getting hot and sweaty. A brisk walk is perfect and gives you daylight, which also boosts your Vitamin D levels. If you’re anything like me, you may not fancy exercising in this cold weather, but believe me, you’ll feel much better afterwards.

4. Do Something New

Every year is different. How will you make this one different and one to truly remember, rather than waiting for it to happen to you? Why not throw some ideas around till you find one thing you’d love to achieve, do or learn. It might be learning a new language, learning to cook, or just getting round to reading that book you’ve always fancied reading. Work out what steps you need to take to make it happen. Make a plan and start with the first step.

5. Time for relaxation, reflection and a positive mind

The beginning of a New Year can be the perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf and look to the year ahead with fresh optimism. Take this month to focus on yourself. Take time out and enjoy doing things that make you happy and feel calm. Reflect on what you want most for yourself for the year ahead.

It can be difficult to feel positive in cold, grey January, but smiling can help lift moods and spread positivity to others. Starting the morning with a smile and a stretch, can set the day off on a positive note and help bring a little happiness to the New Year.

6. Sleep Well

Having a good night’ sleep is guaranteed to make you feel better about most things. Establishing a regular pattern of seven to eight hours per night and keeping bedtime and waking times consistent will help recharge the batteries.

7. Set Realistic Goals
Setting achievable goals for yourself is a great way to feel motivated and driven. Remind yourself of your goals and make sure they’re realistic, as this will only help you keep up the good work – to the end of January and beyond.

8. De-clutter!

We’ve all heard the saying “a clear space, a clear mind”, and as much as we dread starting, there’s no denying the satisfaction you get when the task is done. Dedicate some time this month, to giving your home a good clear out and get rid of anything you’ve been hoarding. Give your wardrobe a early spring clean too. Pop some bits on eBay or do a good deed and donate to the local charity shop.

Most importantly, enjoy the new year and look on it as a fresh start and a new beginning.

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Jason treated a debilitating back injury that had left me in pain for more than a year. Prior to this, I had seen every specialist going and nothing seemed to be working, I had almost given up hope that it would ever get better. I am so glad that I came here on recommendation, as I am now almost completely pain free and can manage any twinges at home with the exercises provided.Jason was very well informed and knowledgeable, able to explain everything very clearly and talked me through treatment and what to expect every step of the way. He used a mixture of laser therapy, dry needling and manipulation and sent follow up exercises, amending my treatment plan as time went on - a completely tailored service that was adapted to my personal recovery. I felt in completely safe hands and couldn’t believe that finally, after such a long time I was seeing progress.If you’re considering seeking treatment and have tried lots of different avenues to no avail, I highly recommend giving this a try, I’m so glad that I did. The difference it has made to my day to day life is unbelievable, and I’m extremely grateful!
Five years ago I had spinal surgery following a fracture. Whilst relatively successful giving a better range of movement initially, by year three years post op intense pain had returned. I could not walk very far and only with the support of a cane.On recommendation, I booked an appointment with Barry Harpur at Kinesis Clinic in October 2023. The scar from my spinal operation is approximately eight inches long and was, in Barry's word's, like concrete. No wonder I couldn't move much.Under his care and more recently Zaneta Kwiecien, things have much improved. Zaneta has a special interest in scar tissue and has worked hard on mine, additionally giving me exercises to improve my core and general mobility and introduced me to acupuncture which I believe has been beneficial.My mobility has much improved and the scar tissue itself has improved so much that it no longer restricts my ability to bend. I only wish I had attended the clinic sooner.Today I spent four hours walking around RHS Wisley Gardens, without once resorting to the support of my cane. It is difficult to express how this feels and how grateful I am to the Kinesis Team for getting me this far in improving both my physical and mental health. I have had a particular walking goal for the last three years, and I know that this year I will achieve it.I would encourage anyone with scar tissue that has an adverse affect on health and mobility to consider a consultation at Kinesis Clinic
Response from the owner: Thank you for your glowing review Chris. It's very humbling to hear how dramatically life has improved since your treatment. We are delighted to have played a part in your scar tissue recovery journey and glad your mobilty has improved as a result.
I injured myself weightlifting and my backpain was waking me up and preventing sleep. Jason was fantastic, very professional, calm and great at explaining everything he was doing and why, which made me feel very comfortable and literally 'in safe hands'. He not only manipulated the injured area but also used a laser therapy which felt amazing. He kept the exercises I needed to do at home simple, and sent a video for future reference. Having had an awful experience of another osteopath who literally sat behind his desk, lectured me and did nothing re actually treating my injury beyond a few at home exercises, Jason and Kinesis were brilliant. The pain gradually got better and now I simply come in for a top up if anything tweaks.I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Six years ago I fell out of a raft whilst white water rafting, bouncing over some rocks I cracked some vertebrae.The following year having fallen again I started to have severe pains in my hip and leg making it painful to walk.Over the next years I tried all sorts of treatment, painkillers, injections and manipulation. Nothing seemed to work and I was beginning to give up.In October last year a friend suggested I try once again with a practice in Guildford called Kinesis Clinic.I made an appointment for an initial assessment and met Miss Zaneta Kwiecien. Having been assured that something could be done to lesson the pain I booked for treatment to begin.I could not believe it but after just a few sessions I began to feel an improvement. Now months on I walk my dogs for a hour or more a day with only a little discomfort and some days NO pain.The mixture of laser, aquapuncture, manipulation and most important designed exercises has changed my life.Many, many thanksRobin Gardner
Response from the owner: Thanks for your kind review Robin - glad Zaneta has managed to help your back pain in such a significant way.
I came to Zaneta with severe lower back pain and symptoms of sciatica. She was able to quickly diagnose the root cause as weakness stemming from pregnancy and labour. The treatments provided significant relief from the pain and she has been equipping me with functional exercises to improve strength and ensure that it doesn't flare up again. I've been amazed by the results so far, Zaneta has been fantastic.
Response from the owner: Hi Hannah, Thanks for leaving a review. So glad that Zaneta was able to provide such relief from your sciatica after pregnancy. It can be so debilitating - hope to see you in clinic again soon!
I cannot recommend the Kinesis Clinic highly enough. Earlier this year I came to Barry on the recommendation of my son for muscle pain in different areas of my body. To date he has worked a miracle and seem to be relatively pain free. Throughout this process I have tried other practitioners and none compare with Barry and his in depth knowledge. One of the most impressive things is the knowledge of his individual patients and the attention he gives you. I must also add that Lucy on reception is a real asset and is always willing to help in any way for the benefit of the clients.
Response from the owner: Hi Maureen. Glad that Barry was able to assist you on your journey back to health. It's been a pleasure getting to know you and thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review.
There's simply no one better than Kinesis. If you're looking for an osteopath, you've found the answer! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Response from the owner: Thanks Marc - really appreciate the 5* review! Merry Christmas to you and the family!
I had been in pain for 7 years and thought that was what life had to be like, and then I found Barry! He worked out immediately what my issue was (a long list of people had failed!!) and in one session reduced my pain significantly. Over 4 sessions he has made significant progress on my hip and shown me what the plan is going forward. Finding Barry literally changed my life and I couldn't be more grateful to him.
Response from the owner: Thanks Ellie - glad we could help you in such a powerful way.
I went to see Barry for rehab after fracturing my spine. He’s an excellent Osteopath, taking time to understand the issues, and provide the right treatment and a tailored home exercise program. His YouTube exercise videos are also very helpful to follow. My mobility and strength improved significantly as well as much less discomfort. Thank you Barry!
I had a reoccurring shoulder dislocation injury due to playing various contact sports and after numerous operations my shoulder was weak, the muscles trembled as I tried to strengthen it. After struggling with it for over 10yrs I went to see Zaneta in the clinic. The main problem for me was the trembling and shaking as I tried to exercise and lack of flexibility. Zaneta used some instrument (big stainless-steel spoon in my non-medical world) to breakdown the scar tissue. After a few weeks my shoulder was unrecognisable. I can now exercise without the shaking, meaning I can strengthen it. Interestingly, I now have a greater range of movement than my ‘good’ shoulder.
Response from the owner: Thanks Richard - Glad that you are match fit again!
Ms Zaneta helped me a lot, especially when my back was falling apart after pregnancy! Huge thanks!
Gareth has provided to me a fantastic and very personal service regarding my shoulder and lower back problems. I would thoroughly recommend him – well done
I can't praise Jason highly enough, I've been seeing him for a few months and he's helped me so much, he's much more than my osteo, he's also a counsellor, business coach and all round great listener.Whenever I leave our session I feel better inside and out.
Response from the owner: Thanks Susan - Jason is a very popular and valued member of our team. Hope to see you again soon.
Cannot rate Barry and the clinic higher, I have met everyone there and they are all professional but very friendly. They have been great at fitting me in, supporting me and making me feel like a valued customer. Have recommended to a number of friends that have had the same experience.
I am so grateful to the whole team at Kinesis Clinic for all of the treatment I have had with them over the past 2.5 years following an accident. For the past year, Barry has helped me to heal my neck, and the dizziness associated with the injury. I feel that he really cares about his patients' recovery, and has so much wisdom to share. He has helped me to see how my mind and emotions also play a role in recovering, and this has prompted me to change patterns in my life that were worsening my symptoms. His approach to treatment has been gentle, but very effective. I can't recommend Kinesis Clinic enough. Thank you :)
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