These appointments bring together broad traditional medical expertise with a Functional Medicine approach to enable you to get to the root cause of persistent medical issues or optimise your health.
Dr Ruth Wilde offers a thorough medical assessment and key investigations as required to deliver a holistic management plan and follow up based on the four foundations of health: sleeping well, eating well, moving well and managing stress.
Our main areas of interest are injury recovery, optimal sports performance, mental health and digestive disorders but we firmly believe that lifestyle measures can make a significant difference in almost all chronic health problems. That said, Dr Wilde's traditional medical background and experience enables her to recognise when more urgent intervention is required and to involve other healthcare professionals or refer appropriately.
After an initial enquiry and a discussion about how we could work together going forward, you will be asked to complete a detailed background history form online, which should be submitted at least 48 hours before the initial consultation. These consultations will last approximately 90 minutes although Dr Wilde may occasionally need to take longer if your circumstances are more complex; during this time you will agree on any investigations and provisional plans will be made for follow-up. Follow-up consultations last approximately 60 minutes.
Following the first appointment, you will be provided with a detailed summary report by email (usually within 7 days) including an outline management plan. Reports typically incorporate suggested changes to sleep routines, dietary approach, exercise and stress management. Supplements and medication may occasionally be advised.
Our practice nurse and nutrition coach, Sister Jo Clark is available for weekly support sessions between medical appointments, which means that you are not on your own in making some of the significant changes that might be required to achieve optimal health and well-being. She usually works with you remotely over Skype or on the telephone to provide you with suggestions for the practical implementation of your personalised plan. Dr Wilde is also available to answer any detailed clinical queries between appointments by email if required.
The number of follow-up appointments needed varies from patient to patient and depends entirely on your health concerns and goals. If you have any investigations, you will require at least one follow-up with Dr Wilde so that the results and implications may be fully explained to you.
It is important to understand that Dr Ruth Wilde will not take the place of your General Practitioner or hospital specialist. We advise that any recommendations and reports are shared with your existing healthcare providers.
Although some blood tests we do can be carried out on a finger prick sample that you can do yourself, many of the investigations and tests we use require a venous blood sample. Some of the samples require additional processing which even your GP surgery cannot provide and would normally be done when they arrived a hospital laboratory. Both Dr Wilde and Sister Clark are highly skilled in getting needles into the most difficult of veins and we have the equipment (blood centrifuge) necessary to process samples properly before they are posted to the laboratory.
We are also able to offer this as a standalone service to patients having investigations performed through other clinicians either in our main consulting room in Frome, or in patients' own homes (additional fees for travelling will apply).
A coach is someone who helps another to uncover, realise and develop their own unique strengths and skills; to guide them in putting these to the best possible use, thereby achieving balance, fulfilment and enjoyment in their lives.
"Despite my 13 years as a doctor, it wasn’t until my own injury in 2014 that I really began to understand what it meant to feel broken. I remember being brought to my knees with pain and suddenly realising that I had been made to stop for a reason!
Over the last 3 years I have been on an incredible journey of self-discovery and self-understanding that has allowed me to put the pieces back together with better and stronger glue. It has not been a straightforward or easy path and I still have days where I don’t feel I’ve got the balance quite right, but I now enjoy life and know that if something doesn’t feel right for me, I have the power to change it.
In my own personal, medical and military experience, I have met and cared for many people who have been broken in many different ways. I have tried to encourage them in finding their way ahead and have often felt that I wanted to do more to support and guide them. In my capacity as an Injury Recovery and Wellness Coach, I now feel much better placed to do just that."
Recovering from injury or illness feels like an uphill battle for most. Just as in a battle you are best prepared to fight when you are well-rested, well-fed and are free from worry; these are the foundations that underpin our recovery journeys.
After an initial session to get to understand you, your story and aspirations, Dr Wilde will use five pillars (sleep, eat, move, relate, live… well) to help you build your best foundation for recovery and ultimately a more fulfilling life. She very much looks forward to working with you!
This specialised naturopathic massage technique uses a mind and body approach to treatment and can be extremely effective for relieving the psychological and physical tension that we all carry in our own ways.
Raynor Naturopathic Massage has its roots in Ayurvedic Massage, Chinese Medicine, reflexology, Shiatsu and yoga breath work. Its main aim is to relieve a person of residual tension and return the body to its natural state of relaxation, so it is actually a form of deep relaxation massage. One of its key principles is that massage should not be performed in a routine manner, as each client has their own specific treatment needs, and it is down to the individual practitioner to assess and treat appropriately. It also concentrates on parts of the body that are often neglected by traditional massage therapists, such as the abdomen, sacrum, hips, feet, hands and head.
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