HAND REFLEXOLOGY AS A TREATMENT FOR PAINFUL FIBROMYALGIA POINTS…

The earliest evidence of Reflexology comes from China, circa 2700 BCE. The reflex is stimulated by direct pressure to a particular point. On the palm and wrist there are some 45 reflex points, and on the back of the hand 28 reflex points, that represent a particular organ, region, or function of the body.

Combinations of reflex points are used in Reflex therapies. Since hand reflexology is performed by applying pressure from fingers and thumbs on reflex points on the hands, the practice can provide an easy, cost-effective and safe way to treat ailments. Stimulation of the so-called “reflex” points promotes relaxation, improves circulation and encourages the body to heal itself.

While reflexology hand mapping feels best (and may be more effective) when done by someone else, it is possible to work on oneself. Try having a go yourself by pinching the finger tips and thumb of your right hand. The pressure applied to each finger should be firm, but make sure it is not painful. A few seconds for each single finger tip will be sufficient. Now do the same with the other hand, but always check with your GP first if you are on any medication.

Reflexologists believe that the hands are considered to have electrical properties. The right hand palm being positive and the left hand palm negative. The right hand also has a reinforcing, stimulating effect while the left has a calming, sedative effect. The back of each hand is opposite to the palm, so the right is negative and the left positive. This is important when using reflexology as if the object is to revitalise the body and restore energy flow, then the right hand will have the best effect. The left hand, with its calming effect is best used for pain.

This is a perfect antidote to backache caused by sitting at a computer for too long.
The reflex is stimulated by direct pressure to the particular point. There are a number of online sites that show you how to apply hand reflexology from WikiHow to AOR Hand Reflexology Explorer where you can move the cursor to view the hand reflexology points and what they correspond to.


There are online courses you could take but always remember to check with your GP first before trying it yourself.

UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF BACK PAIN IN YOUR LIFE…

Suffering from chronic or even just acute back pain can be a very challenging ordeal. Only a fellow back pain sufferer can truly understand just how debilitating and depressing the condition can be.

Your quality of life suffers when you’re in pain all the time. Most people not suffering from this condition just can’t seem to understand the devastating effects of this condition. It often seems like the patient is exaggerating or ‘weak’… when in reality, the pain can last for months or even years.

The mental and emotional toll
The first step to coping with this condition is to understand how it can impact your life. Depending on the severity of the pain, besides just medication and physiotherapy, you may also wish to speak to a counselor or a professional. The emotional and mental toll that back pain takes can leave you feeling stressed and depressed. You just might need someone to speak to.

Everything gets harder
When even a slightest jolt makes you groan in pain, you must come to terms with the fact that your mobility may be limited. You may have to walk slower, move more carefully, and tasks that were a breeze before may be of a Herculean nature now.
Carrying a bag of groceries may leave you in agony. Even simple actions like getting up from a chair or reaching for the TV remote may send spasms of pain shooting up your spine. You must be careful of everything.

When your activities are severely restricted, you may find yourself becoming more dependent on others. This may make you feel like you’re imposing and your sense of self-worth decreases. Let your close family and friends know that you may need help occasionally. My family are my back up team and can tell just by my voice if I’m having a bad day.

As difficult as it may seem, now more than ever, you need a positive attitude and the grim determination to persevere and beat the pain.

Fear
This is nothing to be ashamed of. Almost all adults fear pain. It’s just the extent that varies. You may experience fear and not just of pain but also your general wellbeing.

On the other hand, you may fear going out or engaging in other activities just in case you worsen the pain. The advice here is to use common sense. If the activity is a visit to the beach or a walk by the park, go ahead. The fresh air and change of scenery will do you good. I always say this is the hardest thing to deal with as more often than not the bell doesn’t ring until I’ve walked to far and then I have the walk back.

Fearing everything will just make you stay indoors and your life could become monotonous and sedentary. This will actually worsen the situation. Activity will improve your blood circulation and keep your muscles stronger and reduce your back pain.

Social life
Your social life may suffer because of your pain. You’d rather stay indoors than go out and have fun. It’s difficult to have fun when you’re in pain.

The pain could make the entire activity a chore. You’ll need to be open and speak to your partner about it. Do not withdraw and get angry or disappointed, instead pace your social life so you can enjoy going out.

Your career
The hard truth is that you may have to quit your job if it’s one that has a lot of manual labour. If you work at a desk, your workstation may need to be adapted to suit your condition. Working from home is another option if this is possible.

At the end of the day, just know that you’re not alone in this. It may seem like a small consolation, but the fact that there are millions of people with chronic back pain doing the best they can to lead ‘normal’ lives should inspire you to stay strong.

Keep finding ways to improve your condition and get better. Even if all it takes is a positive attitude, that itself will reduce your mental stress and make you feel better.

Blogging has helped me over the last ten years. I’ve made lots of amazing friends on here who are always around to listen if I’m having a bad day and the support groups are brilliant.

KINESIOLOGY – A TREATMENT TO AID MUSCLES FUNCTION PROPERLY…

Kinesiology is a treatment which concentrates on getting your muscles to function correctly. It is believed that each muscles is connected to a specific part of your body. The word ‘Kinesiology’ is derived from the Greek word ‘kinesis’, which means ‘motion’. It originated in 1964 and was developed by an American chiropractor called George Goodheart. He found that when he was treating patients for severe pain in the leg, that by massaging a particular muscle the pain seemed to ease. However this did not seem to work on all muscles.


An osteopath in the 1900’s a Dr. Chapman pointed out that there were certain ‘pressure points’ in the body which were connected to your muscles, and if these were massaged correctly the lymph would be able to flow freely throughout the body.


In the 1930’s it was also claimed that there were similar pressure points which were on the skull which, by putting a light pressure on them, the flow of blood to their related organs would be assisted.


A Kinesiologist will examine a patient and try to discover whether they are lacking in energy as well as any other problems which could relate to their symptoms. If they find blockages then they can treat the disorder by stimulating the flow of lymph and blood my massaging the pressure points.


Nowadays there are a number of therapies (acupuncture, osteopathy, myofascial release massage) that use pressure points to ease pain in the muscles. Kinesiology is gaining momentum and I could find a number of therapists in my area but I have not tried this personally.


After treatment by massage of the pressure points the patient would experience some tenderness for a couple of days as the toxins in the tissue dissipate gradually. However, there should be an overall feeling of an improvement in your health and in particular the areas that were treated.

The Kinesiology Federation say it is a A bespoke treatment that’s as unique as you are.

As any qualified Kinesiology Federation member would tell you there is no such thing as a “typical” kinesiology session. The content of each session depends on the client’s needs at that time. Everyone is different. For example, even the same client may have different needs after an argument with her boyfriend than when she has over indulged food wise for a few days.

By treating each client as the unique individual they are, Kinesiology Federation members are better able to help you, the client, achieve a sense of health and wellbeing. Using a range of techniques the kinesiologist can then guide you to understand what kind of changes would best support your physical, emotional and mental health. This means that kinesiology can be seen as the therapeutic equivalent of buying couture clothes.”

And kinesiology is not just for people who are feeling below par. It can help you perform better at work, in sport and in other areas of your life by working with a kinesiologist to identify what factors in your life you could do with more (or less) of.

There is a very good infographic on Pinterest on the do’s and dont’s of using Kinesio Tape. Kinesio Tape are strips of bright coloured tape on arms, legs and torsos. Some athletes believe it has therapeutic effects. The tape was invented by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in the 1970’s. A U.K. website for this tape says it can help reduce inflammation, relax muscles, enhance performance, and help rehabilitation as well as supporting the muscles.

REVERSE THERAPY AS A TREATMENT FOR ME/CFS/ AND FIBROMYALGIA

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Reverse therapy is a new body-mind healing process that has taken the UK by storm.

It’s is a simple, educational, therapy that teaches people how to work with, and understand, the Body’s need to produce symptoms in certain illnesses. Once awareness has been achieved, then you should be in a position to take appropriate action and remove the need for symptoms.

‘Although it has many imitators it is still the leading-edge solution for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Pain conditions and stress-related illnesses.’, says Dr. John Eaton who developed the therapy.

‘In the early days’, he said ‘we used the approach to help people with Anxiety, Panic, Stress and Depression. Then we discovered that Reverse Therapy is also a powerful solution for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and many other non-specific illnesses such as eczema, psoriasis and auto-immune disease. Since that time we have gone on to experiment with and extend our treatment strategies and we are proud of the fact that Reverse Therapy is now a complete alternative to therapy’.

To return to a health-sustaining lifestyle also has a number of books available to buy on the technique.

From the very first session, Reverse Therapy is said to put you very firmly on the recovery path.
They teach you:
To understand the real cause of the symptoms
To raise awareness for situations which trigger symptoms
To make links between their unresolved emotions and an increase in symptoms
To use Mindfulness and stay in Awareness in the Present Moment as much as possible
To stay out of negative mental states
To develop positive mental states
To be more assertive
To be more active

Two great books on the subject are Reverse Therapy bu Dr John Eaton and his other book ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia: The Reverse Therapy Approach.

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