Thursday, 1 November 2012

Charities Supported by the Octagon Clinic

As a family clinic that treats a large number of pre and post natal women, infants and children we are delighted to be supporting two charities that benefit these groups in need.
After some research we decided on the charities Tommy’s and Indigo Touch.

Our main charity London-based Tommy’s, (after St Thomas' Hospital in Westminster, where the charity carries out much of its research), is dedicated to cutting the amount of premature births, miscarriages and still births suffered by women in the U.K. every year. Sadly U.K. figures continue to highlight the necessity of Tommy’s work, as around four thousand still born babies are born every year in Britain, with a staggering forty thousand more being born prematurely, with all the health problems premature birth often entails. 

The money that the Octagon Clinic raises for Tommy’s will go toward both cutting-edge medical research such as placental cell testing and progesterone trials as well as provision of services for  those parents going through the trauma of birth complications and fatality. The charity also works directly with women who fall into higher risk categories of pregnancy problems. Tommy’s aims to cut the number of infant deaths in halve by 2030. We are proud to be helping Tommy’s achieve this aim.

The second cause we will be supporting is Indigo Touch, a charity that works to help children, and the parents of those children, struggling from various developmental and physical disabilities. The charity offers need-assessed children the chance to receive free or heavily subsidised health treatments, ranging from osteopathy to acupuncture, from therapeutic massage and kinesiology, as well as providing nutritional support and advice.   

Since 2001 Indigo Touch has treated children with disabilities including autism and cerebral palsy and with learning difficulties such as dyslexia and ADHD. These therapeutic treatments aim to enhance the wellness of these children from improving speech and hearing, to strengthening muscle tone, easing poor digestion and boosting the child’s immune system.

The Indigo Touch also runs a very special project working with children adversely affected by the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. The charity offers visiting children from Chernobyl the full range of these complementary therapies during their stay in Haslemere, Hampshire. The opportunity of four weeks a year away, from a still contaminated part of the world, alongside the received benefits of these recuperative treatments is a project we feel glad to be a part of.

We are very happy at the clinic to be supporting Tommy’s and Indigo Touch through both our various fund-raising events, as well as by promoting awareness of these two worthy and vital causes. 

Emma Silverthorn is a receptionist at the Octagon Chiropractic Clinic

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