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On Your Feet Britain

On 24 April 2015 the British Heart Foundation are challenging the nation to get On Your Feet Britain. This is what the charity says:

Take part in the first-ever national day when workers across Britain will sit less and move more. We are working with Get Britain Standing to challenge workers around the UK to take a stand against heart disease.

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Moving more makes a difference
Sedentary behaviour, that is, sitting or lying down with low energy expenditure, has been associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as obesity and weight gain. Participating in physical activity can reduce this risk.

We now spend longer periods sitting than ever before. In 2012, over 50% of men and women in England reported spending five hours or more per work day sitting or standing.

“Get up offa that thing”
The On Your Feet Britain Challenge dares you to take James Brown at his word and convert ‘sitting time’ to ‘standing time’. Reducing the amount of sitting you do in a day is easier than you think.

Why not try:

Standing during phone calls
Standing and taking a break from your computer every 30 minutes
Having standing or walking meetings
Eating your lunch away from your desk
Walking to your colleague’s desk instead of phoning or emailing them
Standing at the back of the room during presentations

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Friday 24th April is your chance to get the ball rolling and encourage your employees to take a stand – team up with colleagues and see how much activity you can clock up in day.

World Health Day

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…

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…are looking out for your families health….

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…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.

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To find out more about the WHO organisation, please click this link.

If you are in pain and need help, please book an appointment online or call us on 01243 379693.

Guest Blog: Calcium and Osteoporosis

Is Calcium supplementation alone always the answer in Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a multi-factoral disorder and nutrition is only one factor contributing to its development and progression.  Calcium supplementation is usually suggested yet we routinely exceed our dietary intake of calcium and therefore we shouldn’t be deficient on the modern diet.

Turning our attention to the nutrients that aid calcium’s absorption and retention, namely vitamin D and magnesium therefore seems more necessary as well as considering other lifestyle factors that could be depleting calcium stores.

Most of us are deficient in Vitamin D so having your levels checked with a GP is a good place to start when you are considering bone health.  The body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium from your diet and it also maintains serum calcium and phosphate concentrations which enables bone mineralization.  If you don’t have enough vitamin D, calcium cannot be absorbed from the diet and the body will take it from its stores in the skeleton.  This process weakens existing bones and prevents the formation of strong, new ones.  Vitamin D is found in oily fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel (no more than 2 portions a week) as well as fortified foods.  Sunshine is also needed to synthesise vitamin D through the skin and just 10 minutes a day on your face and hands can be enough to increase your stores over the Summer (although please take precautions if you need to). Once you have had a test to determine your levels your GP can also recommend a vitamin D supplement to raise your levels.

The Role of Magnesium

Magnesium works with vitamin D to control calcium levels.  Magnesium is calcium’s pair in nature and it is the dietary ratio of these two minerals which ensures calcium absorption and retention.  If too much calcium is taken in the diet it suppresses the absorption of magnesium which results in calcium deficiency!  This ratio is exaggerated in the modern diet when tends to be high in calcium and low in magnesium rich foods.  For example in fish, there is 8mg of calcium and 26mg of magnesium whereas in milk there is 116mg of calcium but 12mg of magnesium – whilst milk contains more calcium it will be poorly absorbed due to the lack of magnesium.  Magnesium is another mineral that we are usually low in as the levels in our soil are depleted and most magnesium is found in the outer coating of grains which is removed during refining.  In addition, calcium is usually added to wheat which upsets the ratio again.  Start increasing your intake of magnesium rich foods by eating legumes, nuts and wholegrains so that the calcium you are eating can actually be absorbed!   Magnesium supplements are usually poorly absorbed but there are companies that make magnesium flakes that you can put in the bath (not Epsom salts) which are not only great for aching muscles but your body only absorbs what it needs from a more natural form.

Other factors to consider are sugar, high salt consumption, high protein intake, tea, coffee and alcohol which can wash away dietary magnesium so you must also consider these factors if you want to improve your bone health.  For your information, too little protein in your diet can be associated with poor recovery from osteoporotic fractures so make sure you include good quality protein at every meal.

What else can I do to help?

Resistance exercise (weights), in conjunction with the above dietary measures, can also have a beneficial effect on bone health as it increases bone density and reduces fractures.  These types of exercise works by putting tension on your muscles,  which puts pressure on your bones, which respond by creating fresh, new bone.  If you encounter pain or problems whilst exercising, be sure to let your chiropractor know so we can review your exercises and technique.
I hope this article has shown that whilst calcium has its place in managing osteoporosis and bone health, other factors are also necessary and should therefore also be considered once osteoporosis has been diagnosed but more importantly for its prevention.

This information is supplied by Registered Nutritional Therapist Nicola Russell from the Way to Eat, Midhurst.

To visit Nicola’s website, please follow the link here: The Way To Eat

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Acorn Health takes home two National Awards

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!

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Our new 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!

 

 

Waterlooville Rotary Club

Acorn Health talk to the Waterloovile Rotary Club

We would like to say a huge thank you to the Waterlooville Rotary Club for inviting Acorn Health’s principle Chiropractor Philippa Oakley to speak to the group after a delicious meal prepared by the Crookhorn Golf Club.

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We started with some myth busters, and put a few back pain myths to bed, then ‘Señor Spine’ came out to show off his ribs and spinal sections. The group were very interested in learning more about acute and recurring injuries and how to prevent or ‘help yourself’ before your chiropractic appointment. If you want to learn more about this yourself please take the time to read our other blogs.

Many of the Rotarians were part of an keep-fit or exercise group, which we all agreed help keep up motivation, weight management and minimise the impact of general aches and pains from key areas.

At the end of the talk, we had an inspirational vote of thanks (and won a bottle of wine in the raffle!) Overall a hugely successful event, where we hope to be invited again soon.

To find out more about Acorn Health and see more images from this event please visit our Facebook page by clicking here.

If your organisation or group would like Philippa to speak at your event, please contact us by emailing acorn@acornhealth.org.uk.

 

Patient Testimonials

We’ve received this incredible testimonial from one of our patients. It means the world to us to receive such positive feedback and hear how well our patients are doing.

“I first visited a chiropractor on the recommendation of my GP having experienced a variety of critical issues with my spine over the preceding decades. As a normally fit and very active individual recurring injury began to have a significant affect on my professional and domestic life. I have been retired due to having Crohn’s disease but I also had a number of complications which made life very difficult indeed and it was during the worst of this phase that my GP recommended I see a chiropractor.

My chiropractor Philippa has provided me with the highest level of confidential care from the outset. Philippa had fully acquainted herself with my case prior to our first meeting and this helped to establish a lasting bond of trust and confidence in her treatments. Due to my medical history, Philippa continues to explore and research her field in her efforts to find new solutions to the unique and and complicated symptoms we may exhibit, which I know is time consuming yet her willingness to give of her own time so freely is a testament to her commitment to patient care.

A particular feature of chiropractic treatment is that the whole person is considered. Treatments do not continue endlessly and changes and improvements in your health are always acknowledged and embraced. In short, as a patient, your needs are individually addressed and you do not pay for any unnecessary care. As soon as you are “on your feet” your chiropractor will not expect to see you again unless you have a recurrence of injury. Additionally your chiropractor will provide you with small exercise regimes to enable you to apply immediate relief from any onset of symptoms from your injury/illness. These are excellent interventions that are tailored to your needs and keep you on a healthy track.

My relationship with my chiropractor is one of absolute trust. If any issue arises then I know that I can contact or attend my clinic without fear of delay. My chiropractor Philippa knows me, knows how my body works and takes a huge interest in me as her patient. I couldn’t be better supported by any other medical practice anywhere.”