Kutz Hair Design in Aylesbury Caters for Children and Adults with Autism

Kutz Hair Design in Aylesbury Caters for Children and Adults with Autism

The year marks the true start of a new decade, and yet 2012′s fashion trends are all about revival. True, there is a unique undertone of a modernist style appearing, but take some of the most iconic styles of the 20th century, infuse them with quality, and you’ll find the basis for the dominant styles of 2012.

 

KUTZ

Our hairdresser creates the perfect style to compliment your features and as the customer you will leave with a new image and be thrilled to visit us again.

We use the best of products to create and maintain a professional look, and we are always delighted to assist with any enquiries our clients may have.

 Experience with children and adults with autism.

 

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Aylesbury

Buckinghamshire

HP19 9LY

Telephone: 01296 338500

 

 

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How Exercise Eases Anxiety

How Exercise Eases Anxiety

Studies show that exercise can help manage anxiety. Learn about the best choices to reduce your stress levels.

Anxiety can be overwhelming and cause many physical and emotional side effects. When you can’t stop worrying, you can’t sleep and you may even feel sick to your stomach. While an anxiety disorder should be monitored and treated by a qualified professional, exercise can be part of an effective treatment plan to help manage your anxiety symptoms.

Exercise and Anxiety: What the Research Says
“Exercise won’t cure anxiety or depression, but the physical and psychological benefits can improve the symptoms,” explains Sally R. Connolly, LCSW, a therapist at the Couples Clinic of Louisville in Kentucky. “Research shows that at least 30 minutes of exercise three to five days a week can significantly make a difference.” Some studies have suggested that regular exercise can help alleviate anxiety as much as medications, and the anxiety-relieving effects of exercise may last longer than those of drugs.

Exercise and Anxiety: Who Benefits
While everyone can reap psychological benefits from exercise, research suggests that people who may see the biggest improvements in anxiety symptoms are those who:

  • Exercise consistently for at least several weeks
  • Are not already physically active
  • Have severe anxiety
  • Do aerobic exercise, such as jogging, swimming, or dancing

Exercise has also been shown to be effective in managing symptoms of depression, which frequently affects people with anxiety disorders.

Exercise and Anxiety: How Exercise Helps
“Anxiety is usually linked to an increased heart rate,” notes Connolly. “Exercise can be very helpful with calming people’s heart rate.”

During exercise, your heart rate shoots up, but over time, as your fitness level improves, your heart begins to work more efficiently. As a result, your resting heart rate between exercise sessions eventually becomes slower. Improved heart and lung function due to regular aerobic activity are often associated with a greater sense of overall well-being, which can help offset feelings of anxiety.

Even short bursts of exercise — just 10 to 15 minutes at a time — can improve your fitness and your mood. Connolly recommends that her patients get a total of 30 minutes of exercise a day, which can be broken into 10-minute blocks if necessary, between six and seven days a week.

Exercise can even help prevent anxiety disorders from beginning in the first place. One study showed that regular exercisers were at a 25 percent reduced risk of depression and anxiety disorders over a five-year period. Not surprisingly, exercise has also been found to improve mental clarity and concentration, both of which may be negatively affected by anxiety. Chemicals released in the brain during exercise may help improve the ability to focus and deal with stressful situations, thereby lessening the risk of anxiety and depression.

Exercise and Anxiety: Anti-Anxiety Workouts
Any exercise can help diminish anxiety, but Connolly says aerobic exercise that really gets your heart rate up will be the most beneficial. Some good aerobic exercises that can help manage anxiety are:

  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Running
  • Brisk walking
  • Tennis
  • Dancing

“Dancing is a great exercise, and it has a lot of other side benefits. And it’s great when you dance with other people,” notes Connolly, since socializing can also boost your mood.

Though not aerobic, yoga can help offset anxiety symptoms. Yoga combines physical movement with meditation and deep breathing to help calm the mind and alleviate worry.

While weight training and other strengthening exercises are important for your overall health, they don’t seem to offer as much anxiety relief as activities that get your heart rate going.

We all know that exercise is good for the body, and now research shows that it’s also good for the mind. In addition to managing your anxiety with a doctor’s help, exercise is a powerful tool you can use to enhance your physical and mental health.

The NHS and Continuing Care – An Introduction

The NHS and Continuing Care – An Introduction

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The vast majority of people
with an autistic spectrum disorder, or indeed any other life-long disorder, who
have a high level of support need obtain the services they need via their local
authority. Often this means that the person in receipt of services may have to
make a contribution towards service costs out of their benefits and savings.  Whilst this is what we have come to expect,
it is worth remembering that in the early 1980’s approximately half the people
in receipt of services from the NHS were long term patients. These days the NHS
doesn’t do long term care and this “care gap” has been mostly filled by social
services.

This raises the question: is
the above change in support provision is more than just an interesting
historical fact? The answer is yes because service provision by the NHS is on
the whole free of charge. So can a service user simply ask the NHS to do the
job social services is currently doing? The answer is possibly yes. So what are
the circumstances when this can be done?

In the case of R v North and East Devon Health Authority ex
p Coughlan
the Court of Appeal considered this matter and ruled that is was
when a persons health care needs became so significant the entirety of their
care needs became the responsibility of the NHS. Key to this decision was the
meaning of s 21(8) National Assistance
Act 1948
which essentially says that where a service could be provided by
social services or the NHS, it should be provided by the NHS.

So where do people with non
physical disabilities stand when it comes to NHS Continuing Care? As far as the
NHS is concerned, illness includes a ‘mental disorder’ hence anyone with
autism, dementia etc are as much the responsibility of the NHS as local
authorities are. In recognition of this, the NHS has produced the Decision
Support Tool for NHS Continuing Healthcare which can be found on the Department
of Health’s website though should be said that this document has been the
subject of criticism.

Anyone wishing to pursue the
possibility of NHS Continuing Healthcare may wish to look at the following
cases:

a)    Ombudsman Case No: E.62/93-94 – NHS
criticised for placing too much reliance on specialist care as a reason for
withdrawing support.

b)   Ombudsman Case E.420/00-01 – Comprehensive
criticism of the NHS for failing to properly assess a woman’s eligibility for
NHS-funded continuing

c)    Ombudsman Case E.22/02-03 “the Pointon
Case”
– Care of lady with dementia at home not material to
continuing health care.

d)  
T & Ors, R (on the application of) v
London Borough of Haringey [2005] EWHC 2235
– Care
of a gentleman at home with long term health condition should be provided by
the NHS.

To conclude, the possibility
of continuing care by the NHS should be considered by anyone involved with
supporting someone with a physical or mental disorder who has long term care
needs.


Sean Kennedy 

Legal Advisor for Anna Kennedy Online