Safe Practice Guidelines Supported by Peninsula Group Ltd
Document Template Provided by the Institute of Osteopathy
Adapting practice: YOU Massage Therapy Ltd: Infection Risk Assessment and Mitigation Record
This document provides a written record of the heightened infection control measures that this clinic has put into place to ensure the safety of all staff and patients during COVID-19.
This risk assessment and mitigation record is to be undertaken in conjunction with review of the iO’s guidance ‘Infection control and PPE’ and ‘Adapting practice guide’ available to review here.
Table 1: This is an overview of the measures we have taken that forms our policy for operating during COVID-19 and is available to all staff and patients.
Table 2: Areas assessed for risk and mitigating action taken. This records in detail the areas of potential risks we have identified and record of the mitigating actions we have taken and when.
- Table 2a – Protection for staff and patient before and when in clinic
- Table 2b – Heightened hygiene measures
Table 3: For completion to outline our PPE policy for staff in our practice
Table 4: Detail of how we will communicate to staff and patients our policies
Table 5: After our Risk Assessment, you will find our ‘Client Intake Form’ which details how each day and visitor will be recorded by our Receptionist to assure we have up to date logs and tight practices
Posterior Fascia Line
As an osteopath I find fascia fascinating by understanding its roles within the body. This helps me to look at the body with holistic glasses, allowing me to connect and join the dots of not only where the problem is but giving me a better understanding of how it could be going wrong and which areas are causing the problem.
I’ve heard so many times through friends and patients who have seen Southampton osteopaths, chiropractors and sports massage therapists, how they have presented said therapist with shoulder or neck pain and had their pelvis treated as well as the areas concerned.
After explaining what they have had done they usually say to me “it’s all connected, right?” not really having any idea how. This is probably due to the fact that us therapists like to waffle on forgetting you haven’t spent five years reading anatomy. Of course it’s correct, through connective tissue (which is fascia, bone, ligaments, tendons and muscle; bodily tissues that connect with each other – the clue is in the name), previous injuries and longstanding postures can present with pain in other areas of the body.
Joining the team at You Massage Therapy, Southampton as an Osteopath.
As a new member of the team at You Massage therapy, I was asked to write a little piece about me, so anyone interested can learn a little bit about who I am.
Why I became an Osteopath
From a very young age I have received complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) such as osteopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathic treatments for various different ailments. It was not until I was a teenager where I was playing sport seriously (rugby and rowing at national level) did I understand how effective these treatments were bringing me back from injury and keeping me playing and training in the sports I loved.
When leaving school the notion of becoming an osteopath had not even entered my head, not being the most academic student (I would always much rather be on a rugby pitch or in a rowing boat, than a classroom) I did not think it was attainable. Not really knowing what I wanted to do, I enrolled on a course at college gaining a BETEC National Diploma in rural studies so I could do what I liked doing best when not playing sport, which was working with animals. Unfortunately as I suffered with hayfever, it made finding employment in this field very hard (excuse the pun) so I fell into a career in construction.