Happy birthday to us! This month (May 2015) we are celebrating our first year in business, and what a year it has been!
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.
Tennis elbow is a condition that causes pain around the outside of the elbow, but doesn’t just affect tennis players. It’s clinically known as lateral epicondylitis, and often occurs as a result of strenuous, repetitive overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm. Tennis elbow is a common condition- It’s estimated that as many as one in three people have tennis elbow at any given time!
Stress and repetitive strain of the muscles and tendons can cause tiny micro-tears to develop around the site where these structures attach on to the elbow (the lateral epicondyle). This leads to pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Your pain may get worse when you:
grip something, for example holding a pen or shaking someone’s hand
twist your forearm, for example turning a door handle
use your keyboard or mouse
fully lengthen (extend) or bend your arm
Did you know? Most mild cases of tennis elbow are self-limiting, meaning they will gradually get better with rest and self-help treatments. However, if your symptoms don’t improve after a couple of weeks, it is worth seeing a healthcare professional.
Professional treatment generally focusses on reducing your pain and symptoms, and helping to speed your recovery. Massage and manipulation of the joints around the elbow can help reduce pain and stiffness, and improve the range of motion in the joint.
Self-Help Top Tips:
Use a cold compress (such as an ice pack or frozen peas) and apply this over the painful elbow regularly to help soothe and settle the inflammation and ease your pain.
Painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as paracetamol and ibuprofen) may help reduce pain and inflammation.
If your tennis elbow is caused by an activity that involves placing repeated strain on your elbow joint, such as tennis, changing your technique may alleviate the problem.
Follow this link to see some exercises which may be helpful.
Any questions, queries or comments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world.
So whether you are looking to get fitter and start a new exercise regime…
…are looking out for your families health….
…Or, suffering from musculoskeletal condition including back, neck and joint pain: Make health care a priority in 2015 and contact your local health care professional for advise.
We have recently been awarded two National Awards- The highly regarded Patient Partnership Quality Mark (PPQM) and Clinical Management Quality Mark (CMQM) from the Royal College of Chiropractors. In being selected to receive both awards, we have become one of less than 50 clinics in the UK to hold both awards!
Philippa comments, ‘I set up Acorn Health with one aim in mind- to provide top-quality care to the residents of Emsworth and the surrounding areas, and so we are thrilled to have been recognised by the Royal College of Chiropractors so soon, having opened just last year. We have had a great first year and the support and enthusiasm we have had from the community in Emsworth has been truly amazing.”
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 “It’s a huge honour to have been selected to receive both awards, and is a testament to the level of service provided by all of the team here. Emsworth is such a fantastic, motivated community and it’s wonderful working 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 children!
Philippa has a special interest in chronic pain management, and is also a member of the Royal College of Chiropractor’s specialist Pain Faculty. Based at 2 Palmer’s Road in Emsworth, the team offer specialist musculoskeletal care for people of all ages and cover a wide range of conditions in addition to offering a range of healthcare therapies from a team of experienced practitioners. Not only do they offer on-site care but they also frequently give talks and workshops to groups within the Emsworth community, helping us all maintain a healthy lifestyle, and provide treatment, support, and advice to ensure we all know what steps to take should a problem occur!