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Event: First aid course for baby & child

As part of our community initiative, we organised a British Red Cross Paediatric First Aid Course held on 5th October 2015 at the Emsworth Community Centre.
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In 2012, over 3,000 babies in the UK died before their first birthday and over 2,000 children died between the ages of 1-19. The most common cause of death was injury. Recent estimates suggest that 21% of child deaths involved ‘modifiable factors’- in other words, something could possibly hav
e been done to prevent the death.

We were trained by Maggie from the British Red Cross, and covered lots of personal learning objectives which included everything from “What do I do if my child has swallowed something dangerous?” to “How do I handle a nosebleed?!”

Other key learning topics included:

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– Choking baby and child
– Unconscious breathing baby and child
– Unconscious not breathing baby and child (CPR)
– Fever and febrile seizures
– Head injury
– Burns
– Severe allergic reactio
– Bleeding heavily
– Asthma attack
– Meningitis
– Broken bones, strains and sprains

As you can see from the photos, we learnt how to perform CPR on babies and young children, how to tie a sling, and basic first aid techniques such as putting someone into the recovery position. The hands-on learning is invaluable as it gives you the confidence to perform the techniques- would you know how to do this in an emergency?

First aid red cross CPR health emergency accident injury child children baby babies education Hampshire Emsworth osteopathy physiotherapy healthcare chiropracticWe hope to organise a series of these events, to be the first to find out about upcoming course dates please subscribe to our newsletter below.


To see more photos of what we got up to on the course, view the album here.

Why healthy eating matters to chiropractors

Healthy eating.  Is it as hard to do as it sounds?  We recently attended the EAT! Healthy event as part of Emsworth’s British Food Fortnight.  The day featured a range of different exhibitors from the local area who all came together to promote the role of healthy eating and how this can have a positive change to our lifestyles.  It was a fascinating day and even us exhibitors got to sample some lovely healthy treats (sweet potato chocolate brownies, anyone?!)

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produced some fantastic resources for visitors which you can download here, providing information on inflammatory foods, osteoporosis and vitamin D, magnesium and obesity.

Chiropractic is an holistic healthcare profession meaning we look at the person as a whole, including psychological, social, emotional, and physical elements that can impact on pain, and healthy eating can have a huge impact on pain and recovery from injuries.  We ensure that we identify and address any impact the diet may be having on our patients complaint, as we know there is no better way to rejuvenate your health than by eating more nutritiously. In fact, even a few simple changes in your diet and lifestyle can have a positive impact on your health-and can also prevent a variety of health problems in the future.

To find out more, why not Chiropractic nutrition health eat lifestlyle diet nutrition Emsworth Hampshire osteopathy chiropractic physiotherapy weight loss overweight nutrition healthy eating cleanread about how nutritional therapy and chiropractic go hand in hand.  If you think poor diet and nutrition is having an impact on your pain or injury recovery, don’t hesitate to contact us to ask about our bespoke dietary reports that we can produce for our patients.

 

 

5 Ways your foam roller could be more effective

Using your foam roller the right way could improve not only your flexibility, but athletic recovery and relaxation. Utilise the foam roller in the right way with controlled movements, with a neutral spine and normal breathing. Read on to discover 5 ways your foam roller could be more effective.

1. Keep breathing

Breathing activates the sympathetic nervous system. Not breathing at a normal rate sends a message to your brain that there is a threat to your body. Your body reacts by increasing heart rate and blood pressure as well as causing muscles to tighten and constrict — the exact opposite of what we want to happen.

While rolling, breathe in for five seconds and out for five seconds approximately. By focusing on your exhalation, you activate the parasympathetic nervous that activates the body’s healing mechanism.

2. Rolling the IT band firmly but not too aggressively 

The iliotibial band (ITB) is a fibrous tendon that runs up the outside of your thigh. Often it becomes inflamed after walking, running or hiking downhill. It contains many sensitive nerve structures and does not respond well to heavy, prolonged rolling.

The ITB reacts better to a few quick rolls, with body weight partially supported by your arms and other leg. The fleshy, muscular part of the ITB called the tensor fasciae latae (TFL, which runs up to the front of the hip) can often give you better results, along with rolling the quads, hamstrings and calf muscles.

3. Never roll your lower back

The body contains many joints, each of which has a specific job to do. The lower back is generally designed to be a strong core from which other body movements can take place. There is no need to roll the lower back, as true stiffness is rarely the problem. More commonly the hips and upper back are tight, which then leads to compression through the lumbar spine.

4. Neutral Spine

Foam rolling involves lots of different positions. Body awareness and good core stability are important to ensure you don’t injure yourself. In general, try and maintain a neutral spinal zone.

5. Controlled movements

Slow, focused rolling is better for big muscles like the quads, hamstring and calves. Pay attention to your body and if you come across any particularly tight areas you can hold the pressure there for up to 30 seconds, as the muscle slowly releases. If the muscle doesn’t release or you feel any unusual symptoms like pins and needles, it may mean you are compressing a nerve.

Please consult with your health care professional for further advice. If you are interested in purchasing a foam roller, please visit our shop for recommended products. 

Injury for runners workshop

We hosted our injury for runners workshop todayknee acorn health
at The Run Company in Chichester.
We covered kinesiology taping techniques for common injuries for runners, and how the sport tape gives you the confidence to perform at your best.

The uses and benefits of kinesiology tape are overwhelming! At Acorn Health, we have utilised it for issues such as sports injury, post-operative rehabilitation, severe bruising and to help ease postural strains when pregnant.

Whether you’re training for your first marathon, getting ready for your next game, reaching a personal fitness goal, or just trying to get through the day, you already know that nothing slows you down faster than pain and injury.

Sport England has reported the number of people running on a regular basis has risen by more than a third since 2005. In over 10 years, running has become a favourite sport for many people but what should you do when pain and problems strike?  The most common running injuries are the focus of our workshops – join us on 19th August in Emsworth for the next injuries for runners workshop or visit our Facebook page for similar events. Just for fun – find out what type of runner you are by clicking here.Acorn Health leaflets irun

Please visit our resources page for guides on training for running events and more.

If you are unsure how chiropractic can help you please contact us on 01243 379693 or email acorn@acornhealth.org.uk.

Find out how we utilise kinesiology tape for pregnancy.

Focus on: Men’s Health

Next week marks National Men’s Health week from the 15th -21st June 2015 and this year focuses on healthy living.Bike Ride Health Acorn health

There are a variety of focuses for mens health this year, primarily on the difficulties of healthy living that are currently challenging men today. These cover a range of points, including looking after relationships and wellbeing, smoking, drinking, fitness, weight and the NHS health check.

Get your MAN-MOT or woMAN-MOT today.

It is widely thought that men, compared to women, are less likely to lead a healthy lifestyle, leading to and creating a higher risk of serious diseases such as cancer,  heart disease and strokes. The mens health manifesto challenges men and healthcare providers on these issues.

ONE MAN IN FIVE DIES BEFORE THE AGE OF 65 – TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THAT. (Mens Health Forum, UK 2015)

Swimming mens health hampshireIt is important (for anyone) to seek professional advice before embarking on a new healthy regime, diet or fitness routine to prevent new injury or old injuries flaring up.  Seek advice on nutrition to ensure you are eating enough to keep you going and don’t overlook the role this will have in motivating you to maintain this exciting new fitness routine you have chosen to take up (everyone loves “cheat” day!). Our advice is to start slow, and give yourself manageable goals. The best way to achieve this is to make small changes to your everyday routine that will make huge impacts to your current lifestyle.  For example, swap out one unhealthy element of your meal, for a healthier version- why not try sweet potato instead of regular chips!

When making changes to your activity levels, it is important to wear sensible shoes and suitable clothing to make sure you feel comfortable (you don’t have to spend mega bucks, just make sure your clothing is activity-appropriate) – and drink more water! First off – make achievable goals such as – walk ten minutes around the block after every meal, and then build on these goals by increasing the time or distance. Make changes with friends, colleagues or with the entire family to help keep you motivated. Buy, hire or borrow a bike! Borrow a friends dog! Go swimming (Don’t borrow swimming trunks or bikinis though!) Join a fitness class or go salsa dancing and meet some new people!

If you do acquire a new injury, apply an ice pack on the affected area wrapped in a tea-towel to help reduce swelling and inflammation; in return this helps quicken the healing process. You can also take paracetamol to reduce the pain and swelling. If an old injury has flared up, please consult a health care professional. The best advice we can give for injuries is injury prevention!

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Listening to your body and reading the signs can significantly reduce the risk of serious illness and disease as you are more likely to visit a health care professional who is trained to recognise symptoms and can refer you for appropriate treatment. It is important when starting a new regime that you keep motivated so it is even more important to prevent injury. As a chiropractor, we explain to our patient
s that just like brushing your teeth is good dental hygeine, adding simple stretches into your daily routine is good “spinal hygiene!” Keeping flexible and mobile will significantly reduce the risk of injury (or tooth decay in the case of dental hygiene). In turn, daily stretches will also improve your posture, increase your mobility, strength, balance, coordination and general wellbeing. If you are getting the entire family involved in this new fitness regime, then we highly recommend parents teaching the younger generation to take care of their backs through simple exercises.  Ever heard of a spine transplant? Neither have we! We only have one spine, with limited possibilities of repairing or replacing it – so take care of the one you have. Above all, prevention is better than cure, especially in the case of back pain. As part of the care we give our patients, we have specially adapted resources to help manage and/or prevent back pain or injury. We’ve got your back!

As part of men’s health week – Why not get a Man-MOT or woMAN-MOT today with your award-winning Emsworth Chiropractor Philippa Oakley. Phone the clinic on 01243 379693 to book your appointment today. If you are unsure whether chiropractic can help you please call or email our principal chiropractor Philippa Oakley on philippa@acornhealth.org.uk.

 


Happy 1st Birthday Acorn Health

Happy birthday to us! This month (May 2015) we are celebrating our first year in business, and what a year it has been!

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Thank you to everyone who has supported us including Acorn Creative, Hampshire Health, Innovations Fitness, The Emsworth Business Association, The Emsworth Residents Association and many more!

We have had a truly incredible year, the highlight of which was obtaining two national awards from the Royal College of Chiropractors.  This was a truly wonderful moment and recognised our committment to effective, evidence-based healthcare which is centred around our patients’ needs.

We have loved meeting so many wonderful new faces who have welcomed us in to your community in Emsworth, and are looking forward to meeting many more of you in year two!

To celebrate, we have put together a video of the highlights from our first year which we hope you will enjoy – and here’s to the future.

 


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