New Tai Chi Classes in Tynemouth and Cullercoats

Starting 21st September 2020 in Cullercoats and Tynemouth- Tai Chi for Health.

Tai Chi Tynemouth Cullercoats

Always wanted to try Tai Chi?  Joints feel achy and want an exercise that helps arthritis? 

We are delighted to be starting new daytime Tai Chi classes in Tynemouth and Cullercoats from 21st September 2020.

  • Monday mornings 9.15-10am Holy Saviours Parish Hall Manor Road Tynemouth starting 21st September – FULL
  • Thursday afternoons 1.15-2pm Cullercoats Methodist Church starting 24th September – FULL
  • Coming soon – Thursday afternoons 2.15-3pm Cullercoats Methodist Church – starting November: Email to be notified when bookings open

You will learn the Tai Chi for Arthritis programme to increase muscle strength and flexibility. It improves balance both mentally and physically and is a great form of relaxation.  For people with or without arthritis – all ages and abilities welcome.

Classes cost £5 and must be pre-booked due to Covid-19.       

Contact Jacqueline on 07726 118801 or for further information or to book a place.

Coping during Covid19

Covid-19 continues to cause chaos and uncertainty for many. Coping with uncertainty is not easy at the best of times – but the constant threat of further lock downs, schools re-closing and job insecurity is going to affect even the most resilient amongst us. There are some free courses that could help you or your loved ones coping during these challenging times.

Exercise and arthritis

Arthritis can develop into a painful and debilitation condition causing stiffness and weakness. The can affect your ability to take part in every day activities.

Naturally, many people become afraid of moving due to the pain they are likely to experience. The lack of activity leads to weaker muscles, which can lead to further loss of mobility and independence.

We recommend you gradually build up a gentle exercise programme, to help improve your strength and manage your pain. In normal circumstances, we would recommend you get advice from a Physiotherapist before you start exercising to discuss exercises appropriate for you. I don’t want you to put off exercising whilst we are social distancing, so here is a general advice from the fantastic Versus Arthritis .

Versus Arthritis produce a range of leaflets that are all underpinned by research. You can download for free a booklet: Keep moving with lots of tips and hints. There’s even a handy poster at the end. The exercises are a good start and will help many people. Heed the advice in the leaflet, and if you get pain or feel unwell, stop. If you have difficulty with any of the exercises, then seek advice from a physiotherapist.

You can find a wider selection of the leaflets published by Versus Arthritis here – click on the download button for instant, free access 🙂

Worrying your older family and friends may be at risk of falls now you can’t visit them?

As we get older, our strength and balance can deteriorate and increase our risk of falls. This can be a worrying time for family and friends, and even more so now we can no longer drop in on the way home from work to check they are ok.

As a Physiotherapist, I understand how important it is to try and prevent falls, as the consequences of a fall or broken bone can be significant when a person is frail.

Longsands Rehabilitation normally provides a falls assessment and treatment programme to people in their own homes – but with the current Covid-19 pandemic I am #stayinghome to play my part in social distancing. However I am fully aware that there are people out there who may need a comprehensive falls assessment by a qualified healthcare provider.

If you are worried about yourself, family or friends having a fall in the home, make sure you/they discuss this with a doctor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, or social care provider. In the meantime, read this fantastic booklet produced by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy with Saga and PHE for ideas how you can offer support.

I like this booklet: Get up and go as it has some good general advice and includes a simple checklist of tasks that can help reduce risk of falls. There are also a few exercises in the booklet that may be suitable to improve strength and balance. You could try them too, especially if you are stuck at home during this period of social distancing!