The Helpful Clinic works with individuals to develop an understanding of feelings, both emotional and physical. We specialise in working with conditions like ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, IBS, Chronic pain and Neurological pain to name a few. The key is to understand what is going on, identify underlying contributing factors, addressing them and develop strategies and interventions that not only assist in reducing or resolving the symptoms but also help develop the skill base that helps buttress continued improved health and wellbeing.
Due to the multi-systemic nature of these conditions and the complexity involved, we referred to these symptoms as Sherlock Symptoms. Medically they are grouped under the heading Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) or Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS).
The focus is always to support each person’s health in the way that tailored to their individual needs and takes into account what they have found helpful in the past.
The first step is to assess the range of symptoms, how they cluster together, what key systems in your body are affected, what stage of illness or recovery you are at and then design your programme with clearly defined interventions, steps and stages. You will receive support through all the stages until you have reached the level of health, strength and stamina that works for you.
The Helpful Clinic actively seeks to work with other clinicians, practitioners and medics involved in your care to ensure that you are getting the best support and help possible. This is done through patient review meetings and information sharing. All collaboration is transparent and when the patient feels it’s in their best interest.
The Helpful Clinic works in close collaboration with The London Nutrition Clinic as often patients benefit from expert nutritional therapy support. This could be with regards to nutritional information and advice but also in terms of testing for specific functions e.g. adrenal and mitochondrial function and then the related protocols. By working collaboratively both clinics ensure that patients are being supported in an integrated and mutually constructive at every stage.
The science behind the clinical framework
The Helpful approach is aligned with Functional Medicine. The cornerstone of Functional Medicine is that it focuses on developing functional and robust Health and Wellbeing by focusing on body systems, root cause and what’s driving symptoms rather treating a symptom or illness in isolation. The Helpful approach is predicated on Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), the body’s Stress response, often referred to as the Fight / Flight and Freeze response, the understanding of Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA-axis) and its role and impact on health and wellbeing. The Helpful Clinic draws on literature about Medically Unexplained Symptoms and Health and Emotional Literacy.
The Helpful approach actively challenges the popularisation of Positive Psychology that has created a cultural hierarchy of emotions, making some emotional and physical feelings good and others bad. The contribution of the proponents of Positive Psychology has done much to further our understanding of our psychology and how the neurological wiring of the brain works and indeed the Helpful approach draws significantly on this research. However, there is a consequence to this growing branch of psychology: people are shunning or avoiding a whole range of physical and emotional feelings like pain and fear. This leads to a loss to the individual of the function of these physical and emotional feelings that then reduces, impairs or inhibits health and performance.
The Helpful Clinic is undertaking research into the importance of having a First Aid Kit for Feelings, both emotional and physical, to underpin and support patients embarking on a journey to better health.