Ex­er­cise is urged to treat med­i­cal needs

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

PILLS and drugs will soon be only part of the treat­ment when you visit your GP as the Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship wants peo­ple to use ex­er­cise and other so­cial pre­scrip­tions to deal with health mat­ters.

A pre­scrip­tion of ex­er­cise in­volves GPs and prac­tice nurses link­ing peo­ple with op­por­tu­ni­ties to be phys­i­cally ac­tive and men­tally alert in their own com­mu­ni­ties.

In Oban, the ser­vice Lorn and Oban Healthy Op­tions (LOHO) does this. Prov­ing that not only does ex­er­cise ben­e­fit phys­i­cal health, it also im­proves men­tal well­be­ing, by boost­ing con­fi­dence, mo­ti­va­tion and self- es­teem.

Rec­om­mend­ing ex­er­cise is a form of so­cial pre­scrib­ing. This is the term used to de­scribe sources of prac­ti­cal sup­port. This might be the car­ers cen­tre for a new carer. It could be the vol­un­teer cen­tre for those who are lonely. And for peo­ple in debt, the Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau can help.

The Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship in Argyll and Bute is in­ter­ested in get­ting health pro­fes­sion­als to use so­cial pre­scrib­ing more.

Elaine Gar­man, pub­lic health spe­cial­ist, said: ‘ We are do­ing this be­cause it will en­sure peo­ple with prob­lems im­pact­ing on their health get the right help for these prob­lems.

‘It will also en­sure stretched GPs are able to fo­cus on what they do best – that is, treat­ing peo­ple who are ill.

‘ We all have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to look af­ter our own health but there is help around to sup­port you to do that.

‘There is a lo­cal in­for­ma­tion sys­tem for Scot­land (ALISS) which is an on­line in­dex of health and well­be­ing re­sources.

‘This will di­rect peo­ple to sup­port ser­vices, groups, classes, vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and a wide range of other re­sources.

‘Life is hard. Life is stress­ful. Things like re­la­tion­ship break­down, hous­ing prob­lems, debt or feel­ing lonely and iso­lated all con­trib­ute to that feel­ing of stress.

‘It might also be if we are a carer for a rel­a­tive or be­com­ing a new par­ent. But some­times it is lots of lit­tle things that are more dif­fi­cult to put our fin­ger on that lead to that pres­sure.

‘If you or some­one you know has a so­cial prob­lem or is liv­ing with anx­i­ety or stress, then have a look at the ALISS direc­tory to find lo­cal help at www.aliss.org.’

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