PRIVACY POLICY CHANGES – READERS

We would like to inform you that from 25th May 2018, we will be bringing our processes into line with the upcoming GDPR legislation which affects data protection. Having looked at the new rules and guidelines, we would like to let you know that we already meet the main objectives of data security, such as a consent for what we do with personal data.

As of May 2018, everyone who would like to be part of our newsletter and receive more information about our articles online and various events, news and promotional offers, is advised to opt in to this service by emailing us back or by signing it to follow our blog. If you would like to be part of this online service that we provide – sending you notifications for all blog post, offers, promotions, events and other changes, simply email us using the contact page or by using the ‘follow this blog ‘ button on the bottom side of our web page.

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In addition, we occasionally carry out research activities to improve our service and add to the knowledge base. This type of activity may be considered ‘data processing’ and you have the right to selectively withdraw consent. You can indicate to us in an email if you are happy for your anonymised information to be used in this way.

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PRIVACY POLICY CHANGES – PATIENTS

We would like to inform you that from 25th May 2018, we will be bringing our processes into line with the upcoming GDPR legislation which affects data protection. As we hold personal medical information on our patients at our premises and online on our records, we would like to assure you that we take this new data protection change extremely seriously. Having looked at the new rules and guidelines, we would like to let you know that we already meet the main objectives of data security, such as a consent for what we do with personal data and providing you with the ability to see and, if necessary, to amend the data we hold on request (but not for deletion as we have a statutory duty to maintain records).

As of May 2018, everyone who would like to be part of our newsletter and receive more information about our articles online and various events, news and promotional offers, is advised to opt in to this service by emailing us back with their desired action step as you will see below. Therefore, we would be very grateful if you let us know via email if you would like to be part of this online service that we provide to our patients. If you are not sure whether you are part of our list or not, simply email us with your final wish and we will either remove or keep you on our records.

In addition, we occasionally carry out clinical audit activities to improve our service and add to the knowledge base. Although the medical data is entirely anonymised, this type of activity may be considered ‘data processing’ and you have the right to selectively withdraw consent. You can indicate to us in an email if you are happy for your anonymised information to be used in this way.

If you are one of our patients, please reply to this blog post by sending us an email stating:

  1. a) that you are happy (or not) to receive information emails;
  2. b) that you are happy (or not) to allow your anonymised data to be used for clinical audit/ research, and;
  3. c) if there is a different preferred email address for you that we should hold on record.

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Why should we care that it is International Osteopathic Healthcare Week?

At a time when the NHS in the UK is under severe and mounting pressure created by a perfect storm of staff recruitment difficulties, finite resources and increasing patient demand (by numbers and expectation), it is worth thinking laterally to find solutions. NHS innovators are doing this, and talking about patient-centred approaches, integrated medicine and simple, yet-effective, messages about healthy nutrition, exercise and lifestyle choices. These are exactly the founding principles of Osteopathy!

We must remember that Osteopathy was founded as a system of medicine in the USA at a time when the ‘alternatives’ were very poor quality healthcare. In fact, during the influenza pandemic of 1918-1920, US osteopathic physicians obtained better results than their non-osteopathic medical colleagues (for a superb history of this, I’d urge you to read ‘The Great Influenza’ by John M. Barry). On the basis of this and other factors, Osteopathy grew in popularity and, in US hospitals and health centres today, DO’s work alongside MD’s performing surgery, prescribing medication as well as carrying out musculoskeletal treatments, and are fully integrated within the overall provision of community healthcare.

In the UK we have a much older, more conservative medical profession more resistant to the acceptance of ‘new’ and ‘foreign’ models of healthcare. The path to Osteopathy’s migration from the US to the UK was far from smooth and, after the fiasco of the 1935 House of Lords select committee hearing which killed the attempt to pass an Osteopaths Bill, it was not until 1993 that the osteopathic profession achieved statutory recognition. During this process, and because of our strong emphasis on palpation, Osteopathy was somewhat pigeonholed into being perceived as merely a form of manual therapy rather than a system of medicine involving diagnostic skills. I am regularly told ‘I didn’t know that osteopaths did that’ and patients (of a certain generation) reminisce about the days when their GP knew them well, had time to spend with them and actually touched them! It is very timely to be reminded that osteopaths have many of the competencies which could help to ease the pressure on A&E and GP services.

Recent developments, such as the acceptance of osteopaths in the NHS as ‘Allied Health Professionals’ and work to publicise and promote our role as the first point of contact for patients, should see the increasing use of osteopaths as a valuable human resource for community healthcare. Using public money for this will require an evidence-based approach. We always need more high-quality evidence to support the work that we do and, with a system that is patient-centred and not population-centred, there will be challenges to the type of metrics that are most suitable. Perhaps a move towards a more values-based approach will be the answer.

Current public health issues including obesity, dementia, and antibiotic resistance alert us to the fact that care strategies must evolve to remain effective. Around 30,000 patients are treated by Osteopaths every day and this week reminds us that highly-skilled, intelligent, caring and professional Osteopaths are on stand-by to be included in the team effort to achieve good public health.

With the above in mind, we would like to join our colleagues from the Institute of Osteopathy and the International Osteopathic Alliance to express our support for this year’s Osteopathy Week – 15th April – 22nd April. On behalf of our chief Osteopath, David Propert, we will be sharing valuable articles and tips on our Facebook page here and spreading the word at Dolphin Square.

Want to join us and learn more? Simply contact us here or speak to David here.


WHAT IS HYPNOBIRTHING?

We are pleased to share with you that our clinical hypnotherapist and homeopath – Kerry Welch has now qualified in hypnobirthing – a complete and comprehensive antenatal programme that guides and prepares a woman, her partner and the baby towards a peaceful, gentle and calm birth. It is a wonderful learning process that helps them understand how and what is happening in preparation for, during and after the birth.

The therapy addresses the psychological and physical well-being of those involved in the birth by helping the mother and her partner to be in complete control and work together with their midwife or health care provider to bring about the happy and safe arrival of their baby, however, and wherever that may be.

It includes deep relaxation, self-hypnosis, specific breathing techniques and visualisation. Mothers learn and practice at relaxing their body and mind with such ease that they control the natural chemical and hormonal balances in their body to affect the natural processes of labour and birth with ease on the day.

It covers natural birth, why interventions may be suggested, what they are and how to navigate around them unless genuinely required. The mechanics of birth and the variety of helpful equipment (such as pools etc) and how/why they would help, are also explained during this therapy.

Hypnobirthing begins as soon as the learning starts, continues to the birth and bonding of the family. Research also shows that many of the skills and practices learned will be useful and influential after the childbirth to help parents better manage their lives.

For more information, click here to contact Kerry directly.

 


TECHNOLOGICAL DEPENDENCE

Today, we have a blog post from our Osteopath and director David Propert who is sharing some useful insight from his recent experience in the clinic. Important life lessons for all of us.

‘Last week I found myself waiting for a patient to turn up for a first consultation. He had spent time face to face with our receptionist only a few days before, trying to sort out a suitable appointment slot, and now here we were and he hadn’t shown up. This was irritating but, luckily, there was someone on the waiting list who was local and could step into the slot.

When we finally managed to contact the no-show patient he explained that because he hadn’t received an electronic reminder (we normally email or text these in advance as a courtesy), he had forgotten about the appointment.

Whatever happened to self-reliance?

Today a colleague described how she had had a similar experience recently with a patient who hadn’t turned up because he “hadn’t updated his WhatsApp” so didn’t receive the reminder she had sent him via that medium.

These are just two examples of a developing trend that seems to be affecting ourselves and our patient population: Technological Dependency. This is an expression coined, originally, to describe a developing country’s dependency on outside help. Now it can be applied to the increasing rise of anxiety conditions related to a person’s separation from technology and the apparent inability for some individuals to function properly without the use of technology. There is now a specific dictionary term for this: Nomophobia (defined as ‘a state of stress caused by having no access to or being unable to use one’s mobile phone’). This is quite likely to appear in the next edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s  DSM as a distinct diagnostic entity and there are already metrics for scoring a person’s mobile phone dependence.

Many authors have written about this phenomenon (see the excellent contributions by Calmer Clinics’ Jennifer Day, as well as Dr. Elias Aboujoade’s book: ‘Virtually You: The Dangers of the E-Personality’, articles in ‘Psychology Today’, and the excellent ‘The Brain That Changes Itself’ by Dr Norman Doidge, not to mention ‘Brave New World’-type prophetic novels forecasting the rise of the machines).  They agree that it is akin to an addiction and needs to be addressed as a health concern because it affects mood and behaviour in an ultimately destructive way leading to impatience, impulsiveness, forgetfulness, and narcissism.

Another reminder of our abrogation of responsibility to technology is the ‘sat-nav effect’ whereby an individual drives the wrong way or into an inappropriate, or dangerous situation against their better judgment because the machine is telling them to. We can begin to appreciate the real problem:  our own autonomous human judgment is being trumped by technology. Confidence in human intelligence then begins to wane and the tool designed to assist us becomes the substitute brain. The idea that it frees our minds to work on more serious problems is undermined by the fact that nature really does work on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis. Our mind becomes the 3rd -World equivalent relying on 1st-World technology.

And what about issues of self-worth and how we value and respect one another? All too often it is being measured by numbers of ‘followers’ and ‘likes’. In this pseudo-reality, our true sense of self is lost to the cyber universe. Of course, technology can provide huge benefits to individuals as well as to society. Perhaps what we are witnessing is just an adaptation period as we get used to incredible technological advances beyond our immediate capabilities for putting them to good use. Our current technological revolution has been likened to the industrial revolution of the late 18th century, with the new public health problems that were produced as a result of progress.

The Turing test is a benchmark for whether or not a machine can mimic human intelligence to such a degree that it becomes indiscernible from ‘real’ human intelligence. This has provided motivation to produce ever more sophisticated computers but we forget that the linear scale of this measure of machine intelligence has two ends.  What if instead of machines becoming cleverer, human beings are becoming dumber? Smartphone – stupid person. How long before ‘AI’ becomes the gold standard and becomes simply ‘I’?

So, if you notice feeling unsettled or anxious when separated from your device or the internet, using it as a substitute for or finding it is getting in the way of social interaction. If you catch yourself switching it on by habit and at inappropriate moments, relying on it to remember, and feeling lost without it:

-Just switch it off! Try spending a whole day without it. Progress to a weekend.

-Consider practices such as mindfulness/ meditation,  for learning to be in the moment and developing the discipline of just ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’.

-Never take your phone to bed or to the bathroom!

-Exercise without technology for a change. How ironic that we have to labour in the gym or metaphorical (and literal) treadmill to replace the exercise we are no longer taking naturally as a result of labour-saving devices!

We, at Calmer Clinics, welcome you to discuss these and other issues with our excellent team of health professionals. For more information, check our website for the full list of therapies offered.


LASTING WEIGHT LOSS – CASE STUDY

In today’s blog post, we are sharing a client success story from Kate Osborne – our resident nutritional therapist.

Kate uses a programme called ‘Metabolic Balance’ for healthy weight loss. This award-winning programme was developed in Germany by doctors and dieticians and is becoming increasingly popular in the UK.

The best thing about Metabolic Balance is that it works on balancing blood sugar and reducing inflammation. Weight loss is considered a ‘side effect’ to the body finding its natural balance again. Kim is a recent example of how the programme works as you can see on the pictures below:



Kim lost 15.6 kg (2.5 stone) over a period of six months. Only 0.7kg of this loss was muscle mass. Water percentage increased from 44% to 52.7% over the duration of the programme and there was an improvement in body composition indicators.

Kim discovered a new zest for life and was ‘astounded’ by the changes in her energy and focus. The IBS type issues that had affected her whole life had disappeared by week 2 and her skin looked radiant.

Kim’s ‘metabolic age’ which is calculated using the basal metabolic rate and the muscle to fat ratio dropped from 57 on her first visit to 28 on her final visit. Amazing results and we would like to congratulate both Kate and Kim for the great work. If you or anyone you know struggles with weight loss and would like to finally use a system that works and delivers lasting results, check Kate’s profile here.


ARE YOU LIVING IN A DIFFERENT TIME ZONE?

Today’s blog post is from our NLP & Career Coach Sue Walsh who is sharing a recent experience from her holiday to Las Vegas – a seemingly ordinary trip which brought up for her useful insights that we feel are important to share with you too. Enjoy her powerful learnings below!

I recently travelled to Las Vegas for a holiday and to visit my youngest Son. We left London Gatwick at 11.30am and after a 10.5-hour flight arrived at McCarran International Airport at 2.30pm the same day. Like Dr. Who, I travelled back in time. Now I am the sort of person who struggles to sleep in a bed so I have no hope on a plane, by 9.30pm USA time I was exhausted and it took me days to adjust, my clock and mind were in a completely different time and place to the one which I was in. I was living in the future while my body was in the past. On my return journey 10 days later, the reverse was true, and I was living in the past while my body had been transported to the future.

Sadly, it occurred to me that many of us live our whole lives this way, either with one foot in the past hankering after youth, past loves, or living with regret and others many others living solely in the future; seeking new and better lives feeling than we get X, our lives will be complete, we can finally be happy.  The only moment in time we have is the one we are currently in.  Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not guaranteed, when we all know our lives can change in a heartbeat why do so many of us live in a different time zone and never really ‘feel’ or truly appreciate the present moment?

There’s a vast difference between reminiscing and remembering good times and living in the past. When we reminisce, we remember people and good times, when we live in the past we are keeping our whole focus on ‘better’ times gone by. While this can happen to us all on occasion, continuing to live in a different time zone permanently will hamper your joy of life and that of those around you.  When we are in this mode, we are lacking something in our current life and these tend to centre around our youth/health, fun, relationships, comfort, stability or acceptance.

Ask yourself these 7 key questions if you tend to ‘turn the clock back’ on a regular basis:

  • Is there one particular time period from the past that you find yourself clinging onto?
  • What positive feelings does remembering that time/s stir in you?
  • Have you felt those feelings since those past times?
  • Do you consistently have those feelings in your life now?
  • What do you not currently have in your life that you would like more of?
  • Who or what in your current life could provide or recreate that feeling?
  • What do you have in your life currently that you no longer want?

Similarly, living only for the future does also not serve us either.  We all know at least one person who will be happy when; they get that job, leave their partner, drop a dress size, have a nose job, – insert as necessary, the list is endless. According to the book ‘Top Five Regrets of the Dying’ by Bronnie Ware, number 1 is ‘I wish I’d had the courage to be true to myself’ and number 5 ‘I wish I had allowed myself to be happier’. As a coach and a human, I find that incredibly sad; whatever your religious beliefs or thoughts and hopes on reincarnation, we only get one shot at life with the body and mind we have today.   I am also not suggesting that you throw all caution to the wind and only live for the moment by putting your life savings on a 3-legged horse or drinking a bottle of vodka because tomorrow is not guaranteed.

Our lives work in the best harmony when we have a healthy balance of appreciation for the past, living in the moment and considering our future selves and happiness with the decisions we make today. Today you make your future, today you write your history, make today count because your tomorrows will be more abundant.

About the Author:

Sue Walsh is a qualified NLP Trainer, Hypnotherapist and Life Coach registered with the ANLP. She is a talented coach and therapist who can delve deep to free blockages and behaviours holding you back, freeing you to move forward and achieve your goals. If you would like her to help you answer the above questions, then check Sue’s details here.

 


Kate Osborne, Metabolic Balance Coach, MSc, BSc, DipBCNH, mBANT

”My philosophy is to use food as medicine and to help people enjoy eating as many different nutritious and energy giving foods as possible in order to bring about vibrant health from within. ”

Kate is a qualified Nutritionist having received her MSc from University of Middlesex and BSc from the University of East Anglia. She is also a qualified Metabolic Balance Coach.

Kate runs a specialist clinic in gastrointestinal health, hormone health, and weight management. She uses the Functional Medicine approach which enables investigation down past the symptoms and to the underlying imbalances which may be driving the issues.

Kate also has a background in laboratory testing and can help you further investigate your gastrointestinal and hormonal health using the most suitable private laboratory tests available.

She is available at Calmer clinics on Saturday mornings 10am-1pm and her prices are as follows:

  • Initial Consultation (1 hour session) – £90 (includes personalised nutrition programme)
  • Follow-up Consultation (30 mins) – £60
  • Metabolic Balance Programme (6 sessions, blood tests, and bespoke nutrition programme) – £695

For more information and to make an appointment, please contact her directly.

*   Telephone number: 07791 390749
*   Email: kate@kateosborne.co.uk
*   Website: http://www.citylifenutrition.co.uk/ 
*   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citylifenutrition

 What clients say:
‘I used to suffer from cold sores which would flare up regularly with usually 5-6 different sores on my mouth, I was also suffering from frequent colds, coughs, flu and my immune system were generally very low which was making my working life difficult. With Kate’s help, I made some changes to my diet, introducing more whole foods and cutting down on refined, sugary foods and ready meals. I have not had any cold sores since I changed the way that I eat and suffer from half the amount of colds that I used to. I found the consultation really interesting, I found that understanding the effect that my diet was having on my body really motivated me into action’ Dr. Gemma Cloherty  (Clinical Psychologist)
For more testimonials, click here or check her website here: http://www.citylifenutrition.co.uk/testimonials.php

Whatever Happened to Parent Intuition?

Parents today are inundated with copious amounts of professional parenting information, advice, theories and perspectives. Much of it is state of the art and comes in the form of thick research-based parenting text books, many of which, unfortunately, also often contradict each other. The consequences amongst busy, over-worked and regularly overextended parents is self-conscious, manual and google-driven, fretful to-the-point-of-beingcontrived parenting. Their children experience the parents’ overanxious, preoccupied concern, and themselves end up developing anxiety and an insecure sense of self.

Parenting intuition, both as a concept and an innate ability, has for the past few decades been undermined if not usurped by the thousands of parenting books and so-called parenting experts flooding the market. But raising a child ‘by the book’ or according to the directives of a shedload of ‘experts’ (including me!) is like trying to live a healthy life by following diet trends; fat, dairy, wheat, and coffee have all intermittently been good and then bad and then good for us, (and then of course it depends on whether we are gluten or lactose intolerant). The intention may be good, but ultimately making any significant choices in our lives by following fads can have inadvertent and unhappy consequences.

Loving, caring parents who are sincerely committed to doing the best for their children are self-consciously, and often anxiously, trying to follow advice that is not only regularly contradictory but frequently also encourages them to be alert for symptoms of a pathology or disorder. Don’t get me wrong, diagnostics has helped countless children and families handle difficult challenges and traumas. However, increasing numbers of psychologists and mental health professionals are, like me, becoming concerned about the over-diagnosis of too many children, and the ease and speed with which medication is prescribed. For the last two decades working with children, parents and teachers, I have become more and more convinced that, for the average child, seeking a diagnosis is not the answer. Nor is turning to or blaming schools, or necessarily even ‘experts’ (or the 85,000 plus parenting books published to date). The everspeeding roller-coaster ride we are on of excessive cognitive analysis and hyper advice-giving is not working – instead it is leading to analysis paralysis: we are losing touch with our innate human needs and abilities, our need to connect with each other in person and our ability to ‘tune-in’ – to each other and most importantly to ourselves and our own intuition. In my view this applies as much if not more to parents and children than any other group.

Over the years, I have seen repeatedly that meeting this need to connect and tune-in requires, not more advice but less; it requires simplification and letting go of the overemphasis on expert advice, labelling and analysis; by both parents and professionals. For parents, perhaps the hardest thing it requires is letting go of the over-use of technology and social media –whether it be turned to for answers to questions, for social connection, for texting, or to share whatever –it not only interrupts any connection flow between parent and child (one little girl told me her mother was ‘always here but never here’), but also prevents us from connecting with our own intuition and so ultimately reduces our trust in ourselves, making us more and more reliant on answers from outside.

Simplification does not require parents to spend more time with children but rather to be fully present in the time when you are with them. For ‘professionals’, simplification requires us to step back, impose less and listen more. It requires that we turn towards the parents and rather than analysis and advice, give them tools to manage their stress better so they can access and draw on their own wisdom. It requires us all to take responsibility for being more fully present with all children, and with ourselves.

Whether you reading this are a parent, grandparent, child-caregiver, or child-care professional, my experience both as a mother and parent-mentor, has taught me that you very likely have an innate intuitive wisdom that can help you raise the children in your care with considerably less anxiety and stress about ‘doing it right’ than is currently the norm. I have witnessed countless parents become empowered and confident after gaining some simple practices for how to manage their parenting-stress, learn how to reconnect with their own parenting insights and act (rather than following fads and experts) according to their parenting values. Invariably it results in children that are happier and more balanced, and a family that functions in a far more harmonious way.

About the Author

Jennifer Day specialises in emotional intelligence coaching, parenting, stress management and leadership coaching. She is the author/co-author of 6 books translated into 10 languages, and has designed and facilitated seminars and trainings for organizations, schools, parents, teachers and the general public in the US, Hawaii, the UK and Europe. Jennifer has now combined the best of all her experience and knowledge for coaching parents how to communicate and understand their children and create a thriving environment for their development. For more information, check her details here: http://wp.me/p6AdrA-2b


Elodie Poissenot – Women’s health Physiotherapist

BSc/MSc Physio, DIU pelvic floor and medical ethics

“I am passionate about women’s health and pelvic floor rehabilitation. I want to give to all women the most comfortable pre and post-natal time. “

Since she graduated, Elodie worked 4 years in France in Besançon and Lyon, in women-health-specialised offices. She then worked for three years in a London based office, still in the same fields. Pelvic floor rehab, pregnancy-related and women health, in general, are domains in which Elodie is deeply passionate about. Elodie also has important knowledge in pediatrics (neuromotor delay, orthopedic and traumatology) and a privileged contact with children.

In 2012, she graduated in Perinatology at Lyon’s University (Fr), as well as getting a Breathing Physiotherapy Diploma in SUK (Paris). Since 2012 she trains about twice a year to follow the evolution of techniques and be always up to date, to give the best care to her patients.

In 2014, she followed two pieces of training in pelvic pain in London and Paris, one Training in the ABDO-Mg (Luc Guillarme method) to prevent hyper pressure on the pelvic floor and abdominal diastasis and one K-Taping training for pre/post-partum women and also athletes.

In 2015, Elodie focused on pregnant women’s problems, birth preparation and slink carrying.

She has recently trained sportswomen with abdominal and perineal problems induced by sports practice too.

Elodie is available at Dolphin Square on Monday afternoon 2 – 6 pm. Her contact details and prices are as follows:

Email: contact@myfrenchphysio.london
Telephone: 07491 987919
Website: http://myfrenchphysio.london/   

  • 45 min – £80
  • 30 min – £60