As the NHS report ‘rationing’ hernia operations due to policy updates I can’t help but wonder if even half of these potential surgical patients have been recommended non-invasive treatments such as yoga, pilates, or hypopressives before considering the going under the knife.

Hypopressives is fantastic for posture, back pain and general wellbeing but also has proven results with prolapse, pelvic floor dysfunction, hernia prevention, incontinence and diastasis amongst other core and pelvic floor problems.

Help us spread the word of non-invasive treatments for back pain, hernias, prolapse and more by sharing stories like this. The more we share about alternative methods the less burden on the already stretched NHS resources and less invasive surgical procedures our family and friends will go under. You can try hypopressives for yourself with Philippa Oakley DC MChiro, a qualified Doctor of Chiropractic and certified Hypopressive trainer.

Hypopressives is a core and pelvic floor training method used in Spain, Spanish speaking countries, France and across some of Europe as a method for post natal recovery, but can benefit anyone who suffers from poor pelvic floor control. It works on a system of breathing and posture work to reset the core and gain stability in this area.

Hypopressives can help not only post natal healing, its applications are wide and varied. Clients consult us for a range of issues, including:

– Stress incontinence ( leaking when you exercise, cough or laugh)
– Back pain
– Hernias
– Urge incontinence
– Pelvic organ prolapse
– Sexual function
– Poor posture
– Muscle pain
– Headaches
– Stress

Philippa is hosting a group session on Monday 30th July at 2pm-4pm where you can try hypopressives yourself. Please call reception on 01243 379693 to secure your place @ £40pp.

Read more about hypopressives here:

Fish oil is useless!

A few of you have asked us for our thoughts on the “fish oil is useless” research published by Cochrane today.

As always with the media, there are a couple of important factors here which haven’t been appropriately reported:

1) Omega 3 studies generally fall down on a number of hurdles such as:
– Insufficient dosage
– Comparing plant-based and fish-based omega 3 as an equivalent product.
– Using olive oil or other similar substitutes as a placebo/control substance
– Lack of clarity regarding the quality of the oil used. The majority of fish oils available on supermarket shelves are rancid.
No indication is given as to the type or quality of fish oil supplement provided in this trial.

2) This study looks at heart risks. Not ALL risks. And not ALL heart risks either. The majority of the studies included in this trial were on people who had pre-existing cardiovascular disease which therefore means the results cannot be applied to the wider population. Previous observational cohort studies which were not included in this trial suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death.

Our thoughts?
Omega 3 remains an essential part of our diet, and there is evidence that indicates it can benefit brain function after a stroke, immune function, eye health, those with malabsorption conditions who cannot get adequate intake of omega-3 from their diet, and of course it is essential for a developing foetus. A supplement will never be as effective as a whole food and it should be emphasised that this research does NOT state we should change our dietary intake of fish oils (2-3 portions of oily fish per week continues to be recommended.)

Ultimately, you can’t supplement your way out of a bad diet, so a healthy, balanced diet, regular exercise, not consuming alcohol to excess and not smoking is the only way to truly protect yourself from heart disease.

We recommend supplements from vegan friendly company Cytoplan who have kindly created these infographics on omega3 and krill oil supplements. If you’re a patient of ours you can order these yourself online using our practitioner code or directly from us in clinic.

Food Intolerance vs Food Allergies

Food allergies are rare, affecting around 2% of the adult population. Food intolerances are much more common!

Symptoms of food intolerances range and may include headaches, migraines, stomach pain, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, acne, eczema, tiredness, lethargy, coughing or hives.

Current advice for those with suspected food intolerances is simply to try an “elimination diet”. This trial-and-error approach can be time consuming and frustrating, and is unlikely to result in an accurate self-diagnosis. As food intolerance symptoms can take several hours to appear, it is difficult to identify which ingredient has caused the symptoms as you may have consumed another meal by the time the symptoms arise.

Elimination diets are also restrictive and may mean you do not have a balanced diet required for optimum health.

We have a range of food intolerance tests available, which can test against 100, 150, or 200 different food ingredients, there are specific tests available for those who suffer with Irritable Bowel syndrome or who would like some Ideal Weight Support. To find out more, please click the link here.

Food Intolerance Test appointments can be booked online via

Please advise us which type of test you would like to receive when booking your appointment.



As Pride month draws to a close, we’re taking a moment to say thank you to those who support our business.

The LGBTQ+ community make up such a valued part of our business, and we are proudly owned and run by wife and wife duo Rhiannon & Philippa.

In more than half of the world’s countries, LGBTQ+ people aren’t protected against workplace discrimination.

Same-sex relationships are still criminalised in more than 70 nations.

50% of LGBT students in the US and in the UK continue to suffer severe bullying at school. As a result, up to a third decide to drop out.

An Out Now Global LBGT 2020 Study suggests that the UK economy could save around £678m a year if businesses ensure that their policies encourage LGBT people to be themselves.

As you can see, we have come a long way but still have a long way to go, and we will proudly continue to support our community.

It is wonderful to work in an environment where we can be ourselves and feel supported by those around us. Thank you to everyone who has, and continues to support our business.

Happy Pride, everyone.

The Lancet Research Paper: Update

Time after time the research shows that chiropractic care should be the first-line intervention for low back pain. “Chiropractors are well placed to provide evidence-based non-pharmacological care for their patients with low back pain, including advice about physical activity, applying judicious manual therapy, education that supports self-management, and a graded return to normal activities and exercise.”

It’s time to move away from surgery, scans and strong painkillers and instead focus on what works.

This is why it is so important to us that we are an evidence-based chiropractic clinic, delivering care that is supported by a growing body of high-quality research. That means you know the care you’re receiving is of the highest standard and is what’s recommended and proven effective for your condition.

What The Chiropractic Research Council Say

“If you haven’t caught up with the Lancet Low Back Pain Series, this article, published today in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, provides a succinct summary of how much of a global problem low back pain is, how poorly it is currently being managed by healthcare systems around the world, and what needs to be done about it.

The authors suggest ways in which the chiropractic profession might be able to help alleviate this burden:

“…The main message of these papers support an evidence-based chiropractic approach as a reasonable first line approach for patients with low back pain…

…Chiropractors are well placed to provide evidence-based non-pharmacological care for their patients with low back pain, including advice about physical activity, applying judicious manual therapy, education that supports self-management, and a graded return to normal activities and exercise…”

The authors also highlight the challenges and limitations that face us as a profession; potential barriers that may hinder us from potentiating this opportunity to help alleviate the global burden of low back pain.”

Low back pain: a major global problem for which the chiropractic profession needs to take more care. Read the paper here.

Couples Coaching

Have you ever started a diet, only to be foiled by your other half or best friend reaching for the chocolates? Perhaps you’ve tried to start running but your running buddy lost motivation.

We’re delighted to announce a new service in response to popular demand: Couples coaching sessions, designed for two people to benefit from life coaching. These dynamic, focussed sessions help you both assess and adapt your habits in the present and get your priorities straight so you can achieve the results you want in the future. It’s all about getting you to work effectively as a team!

Bring your friend, bring your partner, bring your parent- Working with your coach Rhiannon will keep you focused as you establish clear goals to work towards. You’ll have your coach and your coaching buddy to keep you accountable on your parth to succcess.

Each session is 1 hour and you will leave equipped with clear targets that you can comfortably achieve together between each session. Find out more and book online here.

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Opening Times

Monday 08:30 – 19:00
Tuesday 09:00 – 19:00
Wednesday 09:00 – 19:00
Thursday 09:00 – 19:00
Friday 08:30 – 19:00
Saturday 09:00 – 12:00

Acorn Health © 2018

Website Created by WebHolism