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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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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.”

Save a life

As of October 2014, you are no longer required to display your tax disc in your car. Why not put your holder to good use today and you may save a life.

The Acorn Health emergency tax disc can hold vital information that an emergency first responder can use to save your life in a accident. Please note all personal details are kept hidden to passersby while in the car tax disc holder.

Download, print and fill out the below pdf to start benefitting. This is a free document that anyone can utilise so please share our link.

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Back pain in children

Do you have back pain? Do you remember when it started? A lot of our patients don’t, it’s just “crept on over the years”, which often means that it is mistaken as an “older person’s problem”.  Unfortunately, back pain is something that is becoming more of a problem in younger generations (one study of 34,076 participants found that over 50% first experienced back pain before the age of 20!)

So why is back pain affecting young people? Let’s divert slightly and talk about teeth for a minute- most babies cut their first tooth at around 6 months old.  This is when parents then bring out the baby toothpaste and start encouraging healthy dental hygiene habits.  Babies can start to roll from the age of 4 months, and gradually progress through important developmental milestones, but when do we start promoting healthy spine habits in our children?  Unfortunately, we don’t.  It’s an area that has, and continues to be, overlooked.  Our aim is to promote healthy postural habits in children of all ages to help them grow “from little acorns to mighty oaks” and avoid having back, neck and postural pain.

Source: telegraph.co.uk
Source: telegraph.co.uk

You can help us do this, by continuing to promote healthy habits in your children as they grow up and start going to school.  A recent study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood analysed 1403 children, and found that 61.4% of these children had backpacks that weighed in excess of 10% of the child’s bodyweight!  Those carrying the heaviest backpacks and a 50% higher risk of back pain, and girls had a higher risk of back pain in comparison to boys.

What can I do to help?

  • Babies:  Minimise the amount of time spent in baby equipment.  Yes, it’s easier to pop munchkin into a baby carrier so you have your hands free, but babies often spend their time being transferred from bouncer to car seat to baby swing back to car seat, and get very little time to develop the new motor skills that come from being able to wriggle around, practice, and experience using their arms and legs!  Occasional use is fine, but just be aware that every minute that little one is in baby equipment, is a minute of lost experience, so try to give them as much wriggle time as possible!
Source: blog.corewalking.com
Source: blog.corewalking.com
  • School aged children: Check your children’s rucksacks when they get in from school- remove any books that don’t need to be there.  (A good opportunity to also remove the toys, twigs, sweetie wrappers, stones or anything else that has been “acquired” by kiddo throughout the school day!) Also, don’t underestimate the importance of good footwear. Children are forever running around and supportive, soft-soled shoes with a good grip will make it easier for your little one to carry a school bag and avoid strains or sprains from poorly-fitting footwear.
  • Teenagers: Encourage regular breaks.  Yes, schoolwork is important, but taking a break every 30 minutes will help to stop postural pains and stresses from creeping on.  Ensure their desks are set up suitably- if you’d like some advice about workstation ergonomics and correct setup, let us know!
Source: gettyimages.com
Source: gettyimages.com

 Remember- if your child continues to report back pain, it is important to consult a medical professional for appropriate advice.  If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

If you have any further questions you’d like to ask, please feel free to get in touch by calling 01243 379693 or book your appointment today.


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PPQM Award

We are excited to announce Acorn Health in Emsworth has been awarded the highly regarded Patient Partnership Quality Mark (PPQM) from the Royal College of Chiropractors which recognise excellence in terms of meeting patient expectations. This award is a great contribution to the Emsworth health care community as less than 150 clinics in the whole of the UK hold a PPQM.

Philippa Oakley, principal Chiropractor adds, ‘We are thrilled to have been recognised as one of them in just over 6 months from opening and we are looking forward to going up to London to collect the award in January! As part of the mark, we are required to demonstrate that we meet patient expectations in a wide range of areas including; accessibility, communication with our patients, privacy, patient aftercare and record keeping.’

For more information about the Quality Marks, visit the Royal College of Chiropractors website here.

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