With so many oils to choose from it’s difficult to know which ones are best for your problems, but if you get them right they can have a fantastic effect on your pain and relaxation.
Lavender is the most famous essential oil for pain relief and relaxation is lavender. It’s also good for your cardiovascular and digestive systems, lowers blood pressure, and helps relieve insomnia.
For relaxation try vanilla. Place a few drops of vanilla extract onto a handkerchief and carry it with you throughout the day. It helps fight infections, reduces inflammation, helps respiratory problems, and can work as an antioxidant.
To help you recharge try peppermint, jasmine, citrus. These scents make you feel more awake. Apparently, even though these scents are pleasant, they act as mild irritants and the effect is similar to that of smelling salts.
Sprinkle a few drops of the essential oil of your choice in a candle diffuser, or dilute two drops in 1 tsp. of avocado or almond oil, then rub it onto the back of your hand.
For pain relief try Green apple. The smell of green apples can reduce the severity and duration of migraine headaches and may have a similar effect on joint pain.
Another way for pain relief is to eat a green apple for a snack or bathe with green apple bath salts.
This week on ‘It’s Sleep Sunday’, I thought I would write on the reflexology points that can help you get to sleep.
Healthline has a list of 5 Pressure Points for sleep.
1. The spirit gate point is located at the crease on your outer wrist, below your pinkie finger.
- Feel for the small, hollow space in this area and apply gentle pressure in a circular or up-and-down movement.
- Continue for two to three minutes.
- Hold the left side of the point with gentle pressure for a few seconds, and then hold the right side.
- Repeat on the same area of your other wrist.
Stimulating this pressure point is associated with quieting your mind, which can help you fall asleep.
2. The three yin intersection point is located on your inner leg, just above your ankle.
- Locate the highest point on your ankle.
- Count four finger widths up your leg, above your ankle.
- Apply deep pressure slightly behind your biggest lower-leg bone (tibia), massaging with circular or up-and-down motions for four to five seconds.
In addition to helping with insomnia, simulating this pressure point can also help with pelvic disorders and menstrual cramps.
Don’t use this pressure point if you’re pregnant, as it’s also associated with inducing labour.
3. The bubbling spring point is located on the sole of your foot. It’s the small depression that appears just above the middle of your foot when you curl your toes inward.
- Lie on your back with your knees bent so you can reach your feet with your hands.
- Take one foot in your hand and curl your toes.
- Feel for the depression on the sole of your foot.
- Apply firm pressure and massage this point for a few minutes using a circular or up-and-down motion.
Stimulating this pressure point is believed to ground your energy and induce sleep.
4. The inner frontier gate point is found on your inner forearm between two tendons.
- Turn your hands over so that your palms are facing up.
- Take one hand and count three finger widths down from your wrist crease.
- Apply a steady downward pressure between the two tendons in this location.
- Use a circular or up-and-down motion to massage the area for four to five seconds.
In addition to helping you sleep, the inner frontier gate point is associated with soothing nausea, stomach pain, and headaches.
5. The wind pool point is located on the back of your neck. You can find it by feeling for the mastoid bone behind your ears and following the groove around to where your neck muscles attach to the skull.
- Clasp your hands together and gently open your palms with your fingers interlocked to create a cup shape with your hands.
- Use your thumbs to apply a deep and firm pressure toward your skull, using circular or up-and-down movements to massage this area for four to five seconds.
- Breathe deeply as you massage the area.
Stimulating this pressure point may help to reduce respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, which often interrupt sleep. It’s also associated with reducing stress and calming the mind.
Tension and stress can cause headaches as your neck and shoulder muscles tighten up.
One technique that was invented in the 1920’s and 1930’s is called progressive muscle relaxation. Simply clench your hands as hard as possible for ten seconds then release. You’ll instantly feel relaxed, and your arms and shoulders will loosen as a result, which should then send the headache away. Do it three times an hour while you have your headache.
Hand Reflexology using acupressure points to relieve a headache – Pressure point LI-4, also called Hegu, is located between the base of your thumb and index finger. Doing acupressure on this point to relieve pain and headaches. Using your right thumb and index finger, find the space on your left hand between the base of your left thumb and index finger. Press down on this point for 5 minutes. Move your thumb in a circle while applying pressure. Be firm, but don’t press so hard that it hurts. Repeat the process on your right hand. You can do acupressure several times a day, or as often as needed for your symptoms to go away. Source: mskcc.org
You can try the Pericardium 6 (P6) point. You’ll find it a few inches below your wrist crease between the two tendons. Gently massage this point for one minute on both hands.
If you experience migraines, foot reflexology may be able to relieve your pain and prevent future headaches. A massage therapist typically applies pressure to the inside of your big toe and second toe providing relief to your temporal lobes if you have a headache. They may also target your little toes as well as the top of the large toes near the nail bed, which can provide pain relief for the face and sinuses. Source: Emergetulsa
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The term nerve root block is one that many people find quite daunting and it sounds a very dramatic procedure.
However, it is a very safe and routine procedure to help manage/diagnose chronic pain conditions which are associated with nerve roots.
The injection is like many others I have written on and is first a local anaesthetic that is injected along with a steroid.
Because there is a local anaesthetic in the injection, the nerve will immediately be numbed. This then acts as a confirmation that the pain is actually being caused by a specific nerve and it will provide the patient with pain relief.
The steroid is also used to try and reduce inflammation that often occurs in the area near the nerve root and the discs in your back. Reducing this inflammation can actually provide relatively long term relief from pain, because the pain itself can be caused simply by this inflammation.
The thoracic spine known as the middle back starts below the cervical or neck spine at around the level of the shoulders. It continues down to the first level of the low back or lumbar spine. There are twelve vertebrae, numbered T1-T12 top to bottom, and it is these vertebrae that make up the thoracic… via […]