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Movement for Good Health – as important now as ever

Normally, the physiotherapy profession’s body, the South African Society of Physiotherapy, celebrates Movement for Good Health around 10 May. Because we are all stuck at home and asking ourselves, how do we keep ourselves from losing condition?


Not a problem. You can – and must – move for good health in your own home.


Formal ‘exercise’ – going to gym, canoeing, running and the like – is good, but science is telling us that regular movement, throughout the day, is, if anything, better. “Our bodies evolved to move all the time, not just in short bursts of strenuous activity,” says Rogier van Bever Donker. “Our ancestors used different muscle groups in constant activity, whether milking cows or ploughing fields or scrubbing clothes on a washboard.” The wonders of modern technology enable us to spend much of our days sitting in front of screens or operating vast machinery at the touch of a joystick or keyboard.


Being stuck at home provides you with a great opportunity to learn how to boost your NEAT, or Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis – energy expenditure that’s associated with spontaneous movement, not planned physical exercise. It is also a chance to learn how to do a bit of useful exercise when gyms and running clubs are not available.


Do not forget that exercise and movement are crucial to good health. A body which has regular exercise moving the lymph through the lymphatic system is better equipped to deal with onslaughts by pathogens. COVID-19 strikes the lungs: exercise is vital for lungs that work well and have good capacity.


“Habitual exercise improves immune regulation,” scientists wrote in a review of evidence published in May last year. Those who exercise, who move more, have a reduced risk of illness.


Even small increases in light-intensity physical activity can reduce your risk of poor health, scientists have found – if you add as little as 30 minutes a day, broken up into chunks of ten minutes or even less at a time, if you like.

And home is a great place to do this. Get creative, think of ways to move more. Some of our suggestions:

  1. Do not sit for more than 20 minutes at a time. Plan to get up – set your phone to remind you. Walk around the house briskly, outside, or inside.
  2. Or get up and loosen up your neck – turn your head from one side to the other, look down so your chin is pressed into your chest, look as far up as you can aaanndd repeat!
  3. Use your children as exercise equipment. Swing them over your head to give your arms some exercise; lie down and do push-ups with a small child on your back – a great game which will have them giggling.
  4. Put on some music and dance. Aim to use your arms, legs and pelvis in the dance, no matter how funny this looks (a good laugh is great therapy, anyway)!
  5. Find online exercise classes and work up a sweat with them.
  6. Got kitchen steps? Every time you go in and out of the kitchen door, go up and down the steps five or ten times.
  7. Work your brain (yes, brains need exercise too!) by implementing time off from screens for crossword puzzles, board games and the like.
  8. Indulge in some spring-cleaning this autumn – use muscle-power to clean windows and reduce the clothes-mountain in your cupboards. Set stuff aside to donate to communities feeling the pinch.


Celebrate Movement for Good Health Day NOW by getting your blood pumping and boosting your immunity!


Article courtesy of the South African  Society of Physiotherapy. (


WE. WILL. PREVAIL. #strongertogether

Following the presidential announcement last night, 23 March 2020, we would like to reassure you that the safety of our patients and staff is of utmost importance to us. We have immediately endorsed and implemented the WHO, SASP and RSA health authorities’ additional preventative measures last Monday, 16 March 2020.

Some important extractions from Mr Ramaphosa’s address to the nation last night …

“It is a week since we declared the coronavirus pandemic a national disaster and announced a package of extraordinary measures to combat this grave public health emergency.

Over the past week, South Africans have demonstrated their determination, their sense of purpose, their sense of community and their sense of responsibility.

We reiterate that the most effective way to prevent infection is through basic changes in individual behaviour and hygiene.

It is essential that every person in this country adheres strictly – and without exception – to the regulations that have been put in place.

The National Coronavirus Command Council has decided to enforce a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March.

The categories of people who will be exempted from this lockdown are the following: health workers in the public and private sectors, emergency personnel, those in security services – such as the police, traffic officers, military medical personnel, soldiers – and other persons necessary for our response to the pandemic.”
The South African Society of Physiotherapy is waiting for full clarity on “health workers in the public and private sectors”.
OUR SERVICES CONTINUE AS USUAL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. We also want to reassure you that we are here to help, so if you have any questions or concerns about your health or injury, do get in touch with the team. – even if we are affected by lockdown.

Last of All, THANK YOU!

We have been humbled by the messages of hope, of support, and shared positivity from our patients. We thank our team too, for their efforts to work through this unprecedented challenge.

MBW Physiotherapists COVID-19 Policy

We would like to thank you for the trust you have placed in us each time you have chosen MBW Physiotherapists over the last 35 years.

These are unprecedented times for our industry, our country and the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Covid-19 as a world pandemic and we need to do our part to help contain this strain of Corona virus.

As of Monday, 16 March 2020, we have introduced decisive measures and approaches to ensure your health and safety at all times, whilst our services continue as usual.

We would like to reassure you that the safety of our patients and staff is of utmost importance to us. For your information and peace of mind, we would like to inform you of the additional preventative measures that we currently have in place:

1. We have fully endorsed and implemented the WHO, SASP (South African Society of Physiotherapists) and RSA health authorities’ best practice guidelines for all our staff and patients:
– Adherence to strict hygiene routines, using specific and appropriate sanitisers and cleaning products, within our treatment facilities and across all equipment
– Precautionary measures are being taken when interacting with patients
– Mandatory hand washing or sanitizing before and after every consultation/treatment session
– Masks will be worn, if deemed necessary
– Sanitation stations are available throughout our practice and we encourage patients to make use of

2. Management and staff are regularly updated with all relevant information and will make continual adjustments, as needed.

3. If you have travelled, or you have been in contact with someone who has travelled, in the past 3 weeks, please contact us. Alternative arrangements can be made regarding your treatment.

4. Patients/parents of children with respiratory infections must contact the consulting room, in advance, so that the necessary precautions can be taken.

5. As you may know, there is currently a shortage of available disinfectants, cleansers, gloves and masks. Please help us, and our environment, by bringing a large towel to cover the pillows and /or exercise mats.

We see this as an opportunity to create innovative ways of containing the virus, ensuring our safety, serving our patients and maintaining the momentum of our business. May we all be safe and mindful.

Join us in regularly washing our hands and focusing on the many positives still surrounding us. Please take some time and read the attached messages.

Kind regards

MBW Physiotherapists and staff