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Low back pain: The world’s leading cause of disability

At Acorn Health, I strive to deliver the best chiropractic care possible for my patients in accordance with evidence-based guidelines. Recently, what is arguably THE leading medical journal The Lancet lifted an embargo on their Low Back Pain Series.

These papers reveal that low back pain is now the number one cause of all disability globally, and is medically mismanaged often against best practice guidelines.

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Leading the wellness revolution

The World Health Organisation defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” So what’s this concept of “wellness” all about? Well, wellness is basically healthiness… It’s the active process of becoming more aware of your health and making positive changes towards leading a healthier, more fulfilling life.

What is wellness?

The concept of “wellness” can often be a dirty word in healthcare circles, as it has long been associated holistic health chiropractic chiropractor nutrition nutritionist healthcare therapy rooms Emsworth Hampshire NHS healthy holistic wellnesswith antiscientific or pseudoscientific ideas… But that depends on what wellness means to you. To us, wellness is health. It’s living a healthy and fulfilling life, and taking responsibility for your own health. We’re taking ownership of the word wellness and are going to strive to clean up its reputation!

Go on then, how?

As an evidence based clinic, we rely heavily on what research tells us is effective for managing conditions or symptoms, and as such the treatment protocols that we utilise can vary quite dramatically depending on what the latest high quality research says is effective. We don’t sell long treatment plans, and you shouldn’t buy into one either- it’s impossible to know that someone will need 12 treatments to get you better when they first start seeing you- instead, a short course of treatment should be proposed and that should definitely include a review appointment where you discuss your progress and determine if you should be discharged from care.  We collect patient reported outcome measures to ensure that we do not over or under-treat our patients, and this provides us with an opportunity to identify how effective the treatment is that we’ve provided,
(P.S. We monitor how many treatments our patients receive on average- it’s just 5 appointments over a 3 month period!)

We promise you that as an ethical healthcare clinic we will never offer you ineffective, unnecessary treatment.

Why does wellness matter?

If you were lucky enough to be born in the UK, chances are you’ll have encountered the NHS once or twice. The NHS is a fantastic system for taking care of us, but it is overstretched, overburdened and not coping. When it was established in 1948, life expectancy for men was 66 years old, and for holistic health chiropractic chiropractor nutrition nutritionist healthcare therapy rooms Emsworth Hampshire NHS healthy holistic wellnesswomen, 71. Today those figures are 77.2 and 81.5. Over the past 60 years, the proportion of all deaths caused by cancer has risen, from 16.9 to 27 per cent. It took 50 years for the UK population to increase from 40 to 50
million between 1898 and 1948, but in just 24 years the population will increase by 10 million – and hit 70 million in 2029, according to the Office for National Statistics.  Simply put, there’s more of us, we’re living longer, with more diseases and more complex health needs than ever before. Our poor NHS can’t cut it.

The NHS will always be there for us when we get sick- but how about we work a little harder to stop ourselves needing it in the first place?

More and more people are recognising a need to take responsibility for their own health and are striving to lead a healthier lifestyle. This can be through small steps, such as reducing your alcohol intake, not smoking, regularly exercising or you might take it a little further, with bespoke nutritional programmes, chiropractic care to optimise performance and move well, in addition to regular care to address the stresses and strains we put our body through on a daily basis.

An holistic approach to health

Ahh, “holistic”. Another dirty word. Or is it? Philosophically, holism is described as “the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.” From a medical perspective, it’s characterised by “the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.” Doesn’t sound so bad to me- as humans we holistic health chiropractic chiropractor nutrition nutritionist healthcare therapy rooms Emsworth Hampshire NHS healthy holistic wellnessdo need to consider the person as a whole. Someone with back pain doesn’t just have back pain- they have a problem that’s preventing them from going to work (social issue), that’s causing them anxiety (psychological issue), that’s limiting their ability to walk (physical issue) and no doubt a whole host of other problems. So it would be churlish to only consider the physical issues- that’s probably not going to get them truly better, particularly for those with high anxiety levels as there’s a whole host of research that tells us they need more specific management to help with their back pain. We need to acknowledge their
needs as a whole. We need to ensure we address all these aspects in order for them to recovery.

We also need to consider the why behind their pain. For example, a smoker will report higher levels of pain perception than a non-smoker. That’s an environmental issue. So an holistic approach would aim to tackle the smoking also (not least for the hundreds of health benefits you see from being a non-smoker) and encourage you to take active steps towards leading a healthier lifestyle (there’s that wellness
definition popping up again!)

This is what we aim to provide for our patients- not just addressing the physical symptoms but ensuring that all your health needs are met.

So when we talk about taking an holistic approach to wellness, that suddenly doesn’t sound like such a bad thing, does it?

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Six back pain myths- busted!

It may or may not surprise you to find out there’s a lot of misleading information about back pain out there- more specifically, about what to do when back pain strikes and how to prevent it from recurring. This has not only over-simplified how to treat back pain but also lead to some weird and wonderful rehabilitation strategies.

Let’s bust a few of these back pain misconceptions.

1. Sit-ups will help improve your spinal health

Did you know that the average sit-up causes compression of the lower back that almost exceeds the safe limits set by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (the unified set of manual lifting recommendations based on the convergence of medical, scientific, and engineering points of view which helps determine safe work practices)

Physical fitness does have an impact on our spinal health, but it is more important that we are getting fit in the right way. Studies have shown that increasing abdominal strength through sit-ups causes stress on the discs in our back and compresses the lumbar spine- enough for researchers to conclude that sit-ups may cause problems in almost anyone.

2. “Lift with your knees, not your back”

Have you ever tried to do this? Ever tried to do it all day long? It’s almost impossible to do this every single time we go to lift something. Forget the old squat technique, instead, the way you lift should depend on what you’re lifting, where you’re moving it to, your own build, how many items you have to lift and so on.

For more information on how to lift correctly (and give your knees a break) click here.

3. Strong muscles, strong back

Feet back pain chiropractic chiropractor osteopath physiotherapy massage back pain neck pain treatment injury recovery Hampshire Emsworth Chichester SussexNot so, my friends. Muscle strength doesn’t help us predict who will or won’t get back problems, and focusing too much on strength instead of stability will be sure to cause problems. Instead, focus on muscular endurance (i.e. how long your muscles can sustain an activity for). Remember, muscles have three main properties: flexibility, strength and endurance. Any issues that results in a lack of flexibility, strength or endurance will be enough to stimulate the nerves within your muscles and start telling your brain that something’s wrong. What’s the end result of that? Pain.

4. Tight hamstrings and unequal leg lengths cause back problems.

These types of issues are often given as easy diagnoses to simplify the cause of a patients’ complaint. Don’t be fooled. Some studies have shown that in athletes with ‘tight’ hamstrings, these muscles function almost like springs, to help jump higher or run faster. It rather appears that tight hamstrings aren’t the issue, it’s how well these tight hamstrings can cope with stretching that determines whether or not you’ll have back pain. Studies have found that people with chronic back pain tend to use their hamstrings instead of their gluteal muscles to extend the hip, which can increase the amount of force on the spine during squatting- correcting this is going to be a fundamental aspect of care.

Interestingly, back pain also wasn’t found to be definitively linked with leg length discrepancies even in cases where the difference in length was 5cm!

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Not true! We see so many adults who were abruptly diagnosed with a ‘scoliosis’ after being
asked to bend forwards and touch their toes by the school nurse back in the 1970’s.  The difficulty with this is that
the tests for assessing scoliosis have a false positive rate of at least 60%, and the statistical risk of having a scoliosis that requires treatment is only 0.2%.  Why are we telling you this? Because once we’re told we have a “condition” it becomes ingrained in us. Part of who we are. So time and time again we see adults who tell us they have a “scoliosis”, and have been plagued by a lifetime of avoiding activities because of their diagnosis, when mild scoliosis (less than 30 degrees deviation) may simply be monitored and treated with exercise.

6. Knees to chest- the ultimate back stretch

Sure, it feels good, lying on the floor pulling your knees into your chest. Depending on your diagnosis, it might even be the right exercise for you, but if you’re one of the many patients I see who doesn’t cope well with forward bending, this exercise isn’t ideal. Why? Because pulling the knees to the chest gives you the perception of relief from your lower back pain (because the stretch receptors in your erector spinae muscles are stimulated) but this type of exercises causes more cumulative damage to the discs, leading to increased pain and stiffness the next day. As practitioners, we know to eliminate these type of exercises and prescribe ones appropriate for your needs- in fact this bespoke rehabilitation plan is one of the main benefits of coming to see a chiropractor.

 

So where do we go from here?

As you can see, misleading information and advice regarding back pain can lead to us performing the very movements that worsen our back pain in our attempts to get it better. Ensuring you have an accurate diagnosis, treatment plan and rehabilitation strategy is vital to recovery.No treatment plan can be truly successful without incorporating spinal rehabilitation exercises that work to remove the faulty movement patterns that cause back pain problems.  We have to work with our clients to ensure that we incorporate exercises that help you build the capacity of the muscles in your back to cope with the tasks you ask of it each day. As you can imagine, each persons’ day is different, and so your treatment plan will be too.

 

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Acorn Health receives two National Awards 2017

 

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L-R: Rhiannon Oakley (Practice Manager) Philippa Oakley (Clinical Director and Principal Director) Diana Tibble (Homeopathy and Hypnotherapy) Angela Hughes (Counselling)

We are beyond thrilled to announce we have been awarded the highly regarded Patient Partnership Quality Mark (PPQM) and Clinical Management Quality Mark (CMQM) from the Royal College of Chiropractors for the second consecutive occasion! This comes following a highly successful launch of our new premises in Palmers Road, marking the start of an exciting new period for us.

The PPQM is awarded to clinics that demonstrate excellence in meeting patient expectations in a range of areas including accessibility, cleanliness and safety and patient communication.  The CMQM is awarded to those clinics that demonstrate excellence in terms of operating within a structured and managed clinical environment. The clinics must demonstrate excellence in a range of areas including clinical audit, incident reporting and patient satisfaction.

Philippa comments “We are thrilled to have been recognised by the Royal College of Chiropractors for the second consecutive occasion. Acorn Health began trading in 2014 and expanded to new premises just last month, so we’re delighted to have achieved this recognition in a relatively short period of time. We want our patients to receive the very best care we can offer, and we’ve worked hard to ensure we meet the high standards set by the Royal College of Chiropractors and deliver on all aspects of both patient care, service and clinical excellence.”

The decision to award the Quality Marks is made by a panel of patients and public who form the Royal College of Chiropractor’s Lay Partnership Group.  In being selected to receive both Quality Marks, Acorn Health has become one of less than 50 clinics in the UK to hold both awards.  Philippa comments “It’s a huge honour to have been selected to receive both awards once again, and is a testament to the level of service provided by all of the team here that we have met these high standards of excellence.”

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Part of the clinic team from Acorn Health. L-R: Philippa Oakley, Diana Tibble, Sue Patterson, Angela Hughes

The treatments and services we provide at Acorn Health are uniquely tailored to your needs, and it is important that we work together with you to achieve whichever end goal you are seeking- be this reduced pain, improved sporting performance, or simply being able to run around with your family!

Our wonderful team of practitioners work together to support each other and you, ensuring your and your family’s healthcare needs can be met under one roof.

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We are moving to Palmers Road early 2017!

The Acorn Team are excited to announce the imminent launch of our new clinic! We have been working hard to create a multidisciplinary ‘health hub’ for you in the heart of Emsworth and are delighted to let you know we’ll be moving to our new premises at 2 Palmer’s Road in early 2017! We are going to be able to offer a range of healthcare therapies to cover all your and your family’s healthcare needs under one roof.

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Not only that, we will also be extending our opening hours to offer even more appointments at times convenient to you and will be offering workshops, open days to meet our practitioners, and we’ll be inviting health care specialists and interesting speakers for educational events and seminars so you can get the right information and best care possible.

We hope you’re as excited by this news as we are! We know you will love it, and will benefit from even more once we move to the new clinic in Palmers Road. To stay up-to-date with the latest news and developments on this exciting new project, please follow our Facebook page or sign up to our newsletter to be the first in the know. Let’s get moving!

Want to find out more about Acorn Health?

Read our frequently asked questions here.

Download our free resource on preventing posture and pain here.

Find out more about Philippa Oakley (Nee McKernan) here.

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Charity Dog Walk Success!

We’re delighted to announce that our St George’s Day Charity Dog Walk has helped raise £398.35 for local charity Hounds for Heroes.

Our principle chiropractor Philippa comments, ‘Coming from a military family, it has always been important for me to give back to the military community. The event was a great success, and we are now planning for next year’s adventures. It was fun for all the family, and we all enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Chichester Harbour accompanied by a slice of cake baked by Emsworth Cookery School and a bottle of refreshing locally sourced water from South Downs Water who both kindly sponsored the event.’

Charity dog walk Hounds for Heroes Emsworth Chiropractor ChiropracticHounds for Heroes provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and UK Emergency Services. Through this provision, Hounds for Heroes aim to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life. Allen Parton, founder of Hounds for Heroes, comments, ‘This money will assist us in our aims of placing assistance dogs with injured veterans and emergency service personnel, Acorn Health’s event and support really does send such a positive message to those serving Queen and Country that folk at home really do care about them. Every single penny received makes such a huge impact on and difference to our work. We have a great organisation, staffed by serving members of the armed forces, which in itself is fairly humbling, but we couldn’t do it without others help as well.’

 

Emsworth charity dog walk chiropractor St George donations chiropractic North street palmers road havant chichesterAllen continues, ‘It is a thrilling time for us at the Training Centre as we have just had two new recruits join Squadron 4 so the sound of puppy paws running round the centre re-enforces our aim to improve and enhance the quality of our partner’s lives.’

Emsworth’s St George’s Day weekend of events was supported by The Emsworth Business Association, Havant Borough Council, Acorn Creative Ltd, South Downs Water, and Emsworth Cookery School.

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