WHAT ARE COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES AND HOW DO THEY HELP WITH PAIN…

A Complementary therapy is one that can be used in addition to, or instead of, conventional Western medicine. BUPA explain that Complementary therapies are methods of trying to treat illnesses, and these methods fall outside of conventional medicine. Some complementary therapies, such as acupuncture and reflexology, are based on older or traditional forms of medicine. Others, such as osteopathy and chiropractic, are more recent developments. Things like herbal medicine can be seen as a very rough precursor to modern medicine; there are many medicines that have been discovered through understanding the effects of natural substances. Herbal medicines can be seen as ‘unrefined’ medications, with varying doses and sometimes with other ingredients in them.

The word ‘complementary’ refers to the fact that they may be used in addition to the conventional medicine approaches advised by medical professionals.

You can get a few treatments on the NHS via pain clinics but the waiting list is long but well worth getting on to. Some of the treatments available on the NHS are homoeopathy, herbal medicine, reflexology, acupuncture, nutrition, shiatsu massage and aromatherapy. You can also get some of these treatments from your nearest training college for a quarter of the price charged by normal salons.

You can also join some of the discount companies online that offer reductions in your area for a number of things, including include spas and beauty treatments.

Our doctors and health services are overstretched as it is, whereas most alternative practitioners have time to explore our problems in a bit more depth.

They should never be considered as a replacement for conventional medicine, but
the two can certainly go hand in hand. Any type of therapy can ease pain in specific areas but not any leave you pain free for long. They say some give you a placebo feeling but if they help just for a short time it’s worth having the treatment.

Some treatments are far from ‘new’, with documentation on aromatherapy dating back 5000 years.

With so many people now trying out complementary and natural remedies, it’s important you find out that they are fully-qualified.

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council’s register — has practitioners who meet the standards of proficiency for their field. They must also hold professional indemnity insurance, have no criminal record and agree to abide by a code of conduct.

LOOK OUT FOR SOMEONE IN PAIN THIS CHRISTMAS…

The difference between chronic and acute is just a matter of ‘time’ really. An acute attack of pain is something new that arrived and (hopefully) went. A chronic attack of pain is something that has been there for a long time, constant, like a toothache gnawing away at you come rain or shine.

If someone falls over and breaks a leg they are in immediate acute pain, and by the time they have been looked after in hospital, they usually leave with their pain in control. If someone is in chronic pain due to a toothache or back pain, there is usually nothing that you can actually ‘see’ that is causing it. Treatment for this type of pain can be a combination of things with the help of your GP and Pain clinic.

The average person will cope with some type of acute pain in their lifetime but most won’t have to suffer from chronic pain, so unless they have been in this sort of pain they have no idea what it is like.

Time and time again I get told how ‘well’ I look as if I must be making up how I am actually feeling. Many a day I’ve felt despair, rage and profound disappointment that I could not do certain jobs. My life has changed so much over the years that I can hardly believe it.

But staying positive, which I think I do, helps you through the dark days when the only people who know how much you are suffering are your loved ones. At this time of year everyone, in particular, women (sorry fellas) just don’t seem to stop so there will be many of us suffering in silence.

Soooooo, if you know someone who is in pain just remember to give them a helping hand at this busy time of year.

4 GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING BENEFT FOR CHRISTMAS AND BEYOND…

Here’s my choice of some lovely gifts I personally would love to receive for Christmas.

Grass & Co, have a CALM CBD Christmas Cracker £67.50 Beautifully packaged in a premium gift box, each Christmas Cracker delivers our best-selling CALM essentials to bring peace and tranquillity to your day. If you’re looking for a natural alternative, our CALM CBD botanicals work with your body to deliver uplifting results you can feel instantly. The most delicious flavours and calming aromatherapy scents have been specially blended to soothe your body and mind. 

CALM CBD 500mg Consumable Oil is a simple and effective way to benefit from CBD. Each drop contains a deliciously relaxing blend of CBD, Mint, Chamomile and Ashwaghandha.

CALM 250mg CBD Body Oil delivers the finest quality organic CBD Oil, Evening Primrose, Rosemary and Marula. This balancing vitamin-packed, nourishing oil gets to work soothing your body and calming your mind.

It also includes one of their exclusive Grass & Co. Sleep Masks. Made from the highest quality mulberry silk, these luxurious masks are a must-have winter sleep accessory.

PERCKO is a French Company who sell three different types of posture tops to help correct your posture and relieve back pain.

Their website states their posture tops have given 50,000+ users less back pain. Just reading their story on their website of how it all started inspires you to give this product a try.They say that you will get benefit from day one of wearing one of their posture tops.

They have three different tops to choose from, LYNE UP is for daily life, LYNE FIT is for sporting activities and LYNE PRO is ideal for manual activities or gardening.

I have the LYNE PRO back protection jacket which is very easy to put on and I felt my shoulders being pulled back into the correct alignment for my back straight away. After wearing it for just one day on top of my clothes I realised that I had been working in my office for a longer space of time without needing to walk about like I usually do. Normally after about half an hour at my desk I need to have a break and often pop a hot wheat bag across my shoulders to help with my pain. I cannot rave enough about this posture top, it definitely works for me.

Essential oils can help many with pain. They are concentrated compounds extracted from plants through steam or water distillation, or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. Essential oils are most commonly used in the practice of aromatherapy. They’re typically either inhaled or diluted and applied to the skin.

Some essential oils backed up by research for boosting energy include, peppermint, sweet orange, rosemary, spearmint mixed with rosemary oil and lemon.

Always follow the essential oil best practices as set out in Healthline and check with your GP that none of them will clash with any of your medication,

  • Always use a carrier oil when applying essential oils topically. 
  • Always do a patch test before applying to your skin.
  • Always buy 100% pure essential oils from a reputable source.
  • Never take essential oils by mouth unless told to do so by a healthcare professional. Many oils are toxic.

Source : Healthline

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  • SIX BOTTLES OF PREMIUM PURE THERAPEUTIC GRADE OILS: Potent and Cooling Peppermint helps improve concentration. Fruity, Tangy Sweet Orange can raise your spirits with one whiff. Inhale some Sweetly Floral Lavender when you need to relax. Warm, Spicy Tea Tree has always been known for being both cleansing and medicinal wonders. The Invigorating Power of Eucalyptus can be used to clear congested/stuffy noses and Earthy Lemongrass is the perfect vitalising pick-me-up. Now that’s value.
  • USE IN EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE: Add a few drops into your homemade soap and lip balm for a Calming scent. Help Soothe up burns, pain, and joint stiffness. Rub it on your skin to witness some Anti Ageing magic. Use a few drops to make your own air freshener. Perfect for massage therapy, boosting Health naturally without side effects, Improve your sleep and calming both children and adults alike. The possibilities are endless!
  • FREE BONUS! With your Essential Oils kit comes a free downloadable eBook – which gives you a detailed rundown on the many uses of essential oils, With this book as a starting point, you’ll be able launch yourself into all the different ways of using essential oil in every aspect of your life. This Essential oils Set makes the Perfect Gift to give to a loved one – for any occasion, or even “just because”. No matter who it’s received by, it’s sure to be a treasured treat.

The Creative Colouring Book for grownups. Explore your natural creativity with some stunning and exotic patterns to colour in, however and whenever you feel inspired. Doodling and colouring have long been known to enhance one’s thought processes and provide a relaxing yet highly creative way to free the mind. In this original and unique book you’ll find over 100 detailed patterns to colour, providing endless entertainment and building into a piece of work that you can truly call your own. Available from Amazon and other good book shops. £2.95

TOP SEVEN HEALTH RELATED MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS…

My top seven health magazine subscriptions, which make great Christmas gifts are :

BackCare have a magazine called Talkback which you can buy as a subscription or you can join BackCare for an annual membership and you will be sent the magazine which comes out every four months plus 12 monthly E-Newsletters.

Talkback is a full-colour glossy magazine produced quarterly which includes the following editorial content: Back product testing and the latest gadgets, Health and Exercise, Exercises and tips on preventing back pain. Patient centred approaches to treatment. Research News. BackCare Professionals Section. Readers Letters. Interview with Back Pain Celebrities.

 The Fibromyalgia Magazine deals with the areas that matter to our readers:

  • Medical Research News
  • Campaigning
  • Lobbying
  • Awareness Raising
  • Legal Advice
  • Benefits Advice
  • Worldwide news
  • News from local support groups and charities
  • Treatment Advice
  • Pharmaceutical News
  • Alternative Therapies
  • Pain Management
  • On line directory of all support groups and phone friends
  • A nationwide directory of FM resources
  • Opinion and Entertainment from our unrivalled team of columnists

Arthritis Inspire Magazine –  Inspire magazine is a quarterly members magazine for members packed with features, news, tips and information. Another Arthritis Uk Magazine is Arthritis Digest.

Arthritis Digest magazine is published six times a year and summarises the latest research in the arthritis arena making it essential reading for anyone affected by the painful condition.

Informative, upbeat and packed full of news and reviews about drugs, pain relief, superfoods, products and services, each issue has a star celebrity interview and true stories. Arthritis Digest magazine informs readers and encourages them to learn, try new ideas and explore their options.

The ME Association produce a quarterly magazine, ME Essential, required reading for any ME sufferer. Members of the ME Association receive a quarterly magazine –  ME Essential – delivered straight to their door. It features exclusive interviews, keeps them up-to-date with medical and scientific developments and includes stories about how people cope with the disease.

A magazine with lots on health is the Well Being Magazine – it has articles, reviews, health and fitness, beauty, travel, food and drink.

Natural Health Magazine, covers everything from the benefits of Tai Chi, and endless articles on Complementary Therapies. You can also get a newsletter delivered to your in box. Natural Health features nutrition, fashion, beauty, therapies and wellbeing advice. You’ll find articles on self-care, holistic medicine and how to create a healthy lifestyle within every issue of Natural Health. The go-to source for embracing your health, you’ll receive a mix of opinions to suit all lifestyles every month.

If you’re ready to embark on your alternative wellbeing journey, make sure you have a Natural Health magazine subscription to guide you along the way.

Finally Planet Mindful magazine brings you six issues a year of wonderful, friendly advice on how to slow things down, strengthen your relationships and treasure your mental health and wellbeing.  Each issue is divided into four sections: Mind, Body, Relationships and Living.6