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RJ Health & Wellbeing
Health Coaching in Chester

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Health Coaching in Chester

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RJ Health and Wellbeing is a Health Coaching and Lifestyle Medicine Practice offering Health Coaching in Chester, easily accessible from Wirral, North Wales, Northwich, and surrounding locations.

In addition to training in Medicine and subsequent NHS hospital medicine experience, I have been a qualified Complementary Therapist for almost ten years. I am a firm believer in the therapeutic potential of Integrative Medicine - the use of complementary therapies and lifestyle medicine alongside traditional medical treatment.


Complementary Healthcare and Lifestyle Medicine

Complementary healthcare describes a collection of healthcare approaches that fall beyond the scope of conventional medicine but that can be used alongside conventional medical care. The term tends to be used interchangeably with Complementary Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and Complementary Therapies.

Complementary Medicine Practitioners include Reflexologists, Acupuncturists, Nutritional Therapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Herbal Medicine Practitioners.

According to a survey of 223 UK Complementary Medicine organisations, published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine, the conditions for which CAM is most commonly sought include:

  • Stress / anxiety
  • Headaches / migraine
  • Back pain
  • Insomnia
  • Musculoskeletal problems

Lifestyle Medicine describes an approach to healthcare that aims to prevent the onset of lifestyle-related chronic conditions, such as Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. It is a vital approach to healthcare in the modern world, as lifestyle related chronic conditions are now the leading causes of death globally.

Lifestyle Medicine Practitioners and associates include doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, nutritionists and health coaches.


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How can Lifestyle Medicine help me?

Today’s highly driven and fast-changing climate leaves many of us subject to the physiological effects of stress and poor lifestyle habits. We have more choice than ever before, yet do not always make the right choices when it comes to maintenance of our own health and wellbeing. We lead busy lives that leave little time for the recognition of slowly developing illness, be it physical or psychological.

Conditions such as stress, anxiety, chronic fatigue, insomnia, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain, and nonspecific digestive problems, are likely to have multiple root causes, which conventional medicine alone may not always fully address.

The risks of developing chronic conditions such as Cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes have been shown to be increased by numerous modifiable factors, all of which can be greatly improved through lifestyle medicine approaches.

"The part can never be well unless the whole is well"

-Plato

The use of complementary alongside conventional healthcare allows you the time and attention necessary to fully understand and address the root cause of your problems.

Lifestyle approaches to medicine aim to empower you with the knowledge and confidence you need to optimise the management of any ongoing conditions, to prevent future problems, to nurture yourself physically and psychologically, and to maintain your long term health and wellbeing.


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How can a Health Coach help me?

Health Coaches blend health education with health promotion, using a diverse range of interventions, all with the common aim of helping people to improve their own health and wellbeing. They use a combination of motivational interviewing, education, ongoing patient assessment and support, in order to assist patients/ clients in developing and reaching their own personalised health and wellness goals. Key roles include:

  • Undertaking health & wellbeing assessments
  • Providing education about nutrition, exercise, and stress management
  • Helping patients navigate the healthcare system
  • Offering ongoing emotional & practical support
  • Providing continuity of care
Health Coaching, alongside usual Medical treatment, may help in the management of numerous chronic conditions. It may also help with stress management, and has been associated with the following:
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  • Improved physical and mental health status
  • Increased physical activity
  • Better weight management
  • Reduced tobacco use
  • Reduced alcohol intake
  • Increased fruit and vegetable intake
  • Increased exercise levels
  • Increased self confidence in managing health
  • Increased motivation

"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity"

-World Health Organisation


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Locations

I am primarily based in Chester, situated within easy reach of Wirral, North Wales, Northwich and surrounding areas.

For those for whom travel is difficult but still wish to see a Health Coach, I offer occasional home visits to Wirral, Northwich, North Wales and surrounding areas. I also offer Skype / Telephone Health Coaching.


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*Lifestyle medicine approaches can be used alongside conventional medicine in disease management or prevention, but do not seek to diagnose or cure. Always seek Medical advice first for any newly presenting health problems.


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