EFT THERAPY FOR CHRONIC PAIN…

The Energy Therapy Centre

EFT Therapy is a method based on the discovery that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. It’s a ground-breaking tool for releasing emotional blocks and healing for phobias, trauma, pain and more.

Studies have shown that EFT can help to reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once that is removed, then the body can often rebalance itself, which then has a knock-on effect to accelerate healing.

Eastern health practices have been based on the fact that the energies that circulate throughout our bodies are vital to our health. Interrupting these energies can result in pain and disease. This has been their concept for over 5000 years. Therefore, it is no surprise that repairing any disruption in your energy channels can lead to symptom and pain relief.

Wikipedia describes it as a ‘form of alternative psychotherapy that purports to manipulate the body’s energy field by tapping on acupuncture points’. Some call EFT ‘a new acupuncture without the needles’ and ‘energy psychology’. Success rates for EFT are not 100% but it certainly has a high success rate for some.

The Energy Therapy Centre in London explains the concept of EFT –

Often referred to as “Psychological acupressure”, the technique works by releasing blockages within the energy system which are the source of emotional intensity and discomfort. These blockages in our energy system, in addition to challenging us emotionally, often lead to limiting beliefs and behaviours and an inability to live life harmoniously. Resulting symptoms are either emotional and/ or physical and include lack of confidence and self-esteem, feeling stuck anxious or depressed, or the emergence of compulsive and addictive behaviours. It is also now finally widely accepted that emotional disharmony is a key factor in physical symptoms and dis-ease and for this reason, these techniques are being extensively used on physical issues, including chronic illness with often astounding results. As such these techniques are being accepted more and more in medical and psychiatric circles as well as in the range of psychotherapies and healing disciplines.

An EFT treatment involves the use of fingertips rather than needles to tap on the endpoints of energy meridians that are situated just beneath the surface of the skin. The treatment is non-invasive and works on the ethos of making a change as simple and as pain-free as possible.

EFT is a common sense approach that draws its power from Eastern discoveries that have been around for over 5,000 years. In fact, Albert Einstein also told us back in the 1920’s that everything (including our bodies) is composed of energy. These ideas have been largely ignored by Western Healing Practices and as they are unveiled in our current times, a human process is reopening itself to the forgotten truth that everything is Energy and the potential that this offers us.

In the short time since it’s inception by Gary Craig in the 1990’s, EFT has provided thousands of people with relief from all manner of problems and conditions, often in startlingly quick time and after long and painful periods of searching for a cure. The diversity of successful treatments have ranged from trauma and abuse, phobias, self-sabotaging behaviour patterns, to deep-set emotional conditions of anxiety and depression, addictions, physical illness, to name but a few.

EFT is drawing attention from the broad spectrum of healing professionals; from the scientists to the spiritualists and everyone in between. It is at the heart of the rejoining of the old and new paradigms.

EFT restores awareness and trust in the natural healing abilities of our mind and body, providing ground-breaking opportunities to achieving physical and emotional well-being in a faster time frame.

Because the techniques are so simple, they can be used effectively as a self-help tool, which empowers people to actively contribute to their own healing and development process. This facilitates a much faster relief process, previously believed impossible by healthcare professionals who advocated lengthy (& often painful) hours in psychotherapeutic or medical care, often with limited results. These techniques do not discredit the medical and psychotherapeutic professions, but rather serve to contribute to a holistic healing process.

It works by working on its discovery statement that:

Our negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system

EFT works to clear such disruptions and eliminate the resulting emotional response or intensity to restore emotional harmony and offer relief from physical discomfort.

This is done by focusing on the specific problem whilst tapping with fingers on the endpoints of energy meridians. The combination of sending kinetic energy to our energy system, whilst uncovering and focusing on root causes, facilitates a “straightening out” of the energy system thereby eliminating the “short circuit” to the body’s learnt response or negative emotion.

The EFT points in a helpful chart.

 

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HOW YOUR FOOTWEAR MAY BE CAUSING YOUR BACK PAIN…

How your footwear may be causing your back pain is explained well in this article from Start Standing.

Have you ever wondered how your footwear may be affecting your body mechanics, possibly a culprit to your back pain frustrations?

You, of course, have a standing desk, exercise, take the stairs, and so on, all for a healthier, active lifestyle. But you may be proverbially shooting yourself in the foot with your footwear selection, pun specifically intended.

Each of our feet is composed of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The foot is an engineering marvel made this way for a reason: to create and control movement.

Before concrete and flattened, man-made surfaces, our feet were constantly challenged by undulating surfaces keeping them strong, healthy, and functional. In the modern world, it’s not practical to walk around barefoot nor socially accepted in most places. However, modern doesn’t have to compromise natural.

Simply stated, when we cram our feet into tight and narrow footwear, we paralyze our feet from its natural movement, altering the way we function.

Reference the pictures below. When we toe off in our walk, the foot turns into a rigid lever to propel forward (left). When we step forward and land with the other foot into heel strike, the rigid lever then turns into a shock absorber by splaying outward to dissipate force (right).

When your footwear doesn’t allow this occur naturally, those ground ‘n pound forces are transmitted up to the knees, hips, and the low back.

Take a look at the footwear comparison below.

Notice how the shoes on the left have a wider toe box whereas the shoes on the right-side of the pictures have a steep and narrow toe box. The shoes on the left side allow the foot to do its job, where the shoes on the right side are holding the little piggies back. So, what can we do about it? You’ve come to right place.

1. Walk outside

Not to mention all the health benefits of being active, walk around the Earth in your bare feet to feel the ground below you. Squeeze the sand between your toes. Spread your toes in the grass and sink them into the sod. Don’t be surprised when your feet are sore from all those little muscles in your feet waking up, having to do some work!

2. Get yourself some barefoot shoes

To be fair, there aren’t a lot of options regarding stylish “bare” footwear (and not exactly the most affordable), and fashion is always changing. However, companies like VivobarefootTrue LinkswearMerrell, and Xero Shoes are making a push for form, function, and style.

If your feet are accustomed to the cushy, cosy shod-life, it’s important to test the waters before diving in. Your feet will need some time to get used to the new environment. Also, note barefoot shoes aren’t for everyone. For some individuals, orthotics or a specific type of supportive shoe may be your best bet.

3. Exercise your feet

The best thing you can do for your feet is to use them naturally. Although as mentioned, most of us have sheltered our feet in cushy shoes. A great way to wake up your feet and train them for functional activities and sport is self-mobilization of the foot followed by foot intrinsics exercises below.

Nestle your fingertips between your toes (don’t be surprised if you struggle with this!). Then, actively pull your foot and toes up toward your knee with your foot muscles, assisting with the hand. Next, do the opposite by pointing the foot and toes away from the knee. Repeat this cycle for about 10-20 repetitions to open up the foot.

4. Take your shoes off at work

Most people can get away with popping their shoes off when sitting at their desk, so why not when standing? Unless your employer has ridiculous rules against this or you have personal hygiene issues — which is a whole other problem in itself — let your puppies breathe while standing on your SmartCells Anti-Fatigue Mat.

If you’re inclined to exercise at your desk, try this simple single-leg balance exercise to strengthen your feet in conjunction with your entire leg and core, the way the body is meant to function — as a sum of its parts!

Conclusion

Curb your back, hip, knee, or foot pain frustrations by getting back to the basics of human movement by taking a minimalist approach to your footwear.

Published April 17, 2018 by Dr R.J. Burr 

on Start Standing. org

THE BEST PILLOW POSITIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH BACK PAIN…

If you adopt the best pillow positions for people with back pain you may find this really helps your sleep. Tuck Advanced Better Sleep says Individuals who experience back pain can adjust or reposition their pillows in order to alleviate their discomfort. According to Healthline, the following methods may be suitable for different sleepers:

  • Side sleeping with a pillow between the knees. You should ensure your body makes contact with the mattress between your shoulder and buttocks. The pillow should be placed in a position where it won’t slip out; this will help the hips and pelvis align with the spine, which can reduce pain and discomfort. If a gap forms between your side and the mattress, then a smaller pillow may be used to fill that space.
  • Fetal position with both knees tucked. To achieve this position, lie down on your back and then roll onto one side with both knees bent and tucked toward your chest. Bend your upper body toward the knees; this will help expand the spine and alleviate pressure on the disks. Be sure to rotate to the other side if you begin to experience discomfort.
  • Stomach sleeping with a pillow beneath the pelvis. Although stomach sleeping can exacerbate back pain symptoms, a pillow placed under the pelvis can relieve stress on the neck and back disks. Some sleepers in this position are more comfortable without a pillow beneath their head.
  • Back sleeping with a pillow beneath the knees. Lay flat on your back and place a pillow beneath both knees. This helps straighten out the spine and alleviates pressure points between the neck and hips. If you find this is insufficient, consider placing a rolled-up towel under your lower back.

 There are six standard sizes for pillows, as well as smaller specialty sizes normally associated with specific pillow types (such as orthopedic memory foam pillows). The following table breaks down the width and length dimensions of these seven sizes, as well as suitable pillowcase measurements.

PILLOW SIZE DIMENSIONS PILLOW CASE SIZE AND DIMENSIONS NOTES
Small 20W” x 12L” Specialty sizes Normally found with orthopedic/cervical pillows (see below)
Standard 20W” x 26L” Standard (20-21W” x 30-32″L) The most common pillow size, as well as the most compact and usually the least expensive
Super Standard 20W” x 28L” Standard (20-21W” x 30-32″L) Slightly longer than the Standard, but uses Standard-size pillowcases
Queen 20W” x 30L” Standard (20-21W” x 30-32″L)

Queen (20-22W” x 30-34L”)

The second most common pillow size, and suitable for most people who toss and turn
King 20W” x 36L” King (20-21W” x 36-41″L) Good for people who toss and turn, and also makes good headrests and backrests
Euro 26W” x 26L”

24W” x 24L”

22W” x 22L”

20W” x 20L”

18W” x 18L”

16W” x 16L”

Euro (dimensions vary) The only standard pillow size that is square-shaped, and not normally used for primary sleeping pillows
Body Pillow 54W” x 20L”

48W” x 20L”

Body pillow (dimensions vary) The longest pillow size, mostly suitable for side sleepers and pregnant women

Pillow shape is also important for people with back pain. Although a wide selection of pillow shapes are available, pillows generally fall into one of these two categories:

  • Even: These pillows have an even, non-contoured surface. They may not be as suitable for sleepers with back pain, but pillows made from certain materials (such as shredded memory foam or feathers) conform beneath the head and neck for targeted pain and pressure relief.
  • Curved: Also known as cervical or orthopedic pillows, curved pillows are usually made from foam and have a contoured surface. The neck is raised with the area for the head dips down, which can provide better support for people with neck pain — but some sleepers claim that these pillows are more comfortable when they are placed upside down on the mattress.

Lastly, let’s discuss pillow loft, a term that refers to how thick a pillow is when not bearing weight. Specific loft measurements vary by model, but there are three general loft categories:

  • Low-loft: Less than three inches thick.
  • Medium-loft: Three to five inches thick.
  • High-loft: More than five inches thick.

The loft will help determine how supportive and comfortable the pillow feels, and whether it is suitable for people with back pain. However, there are several factors to take into account when selecting a pillow based on loft. These include:

Sleep position: Choosing the right pillow based on loft depends on whether the sleeper prefers the back, side, or stomach position.

  • Back-sleepers are usually most comfortable with medium-loft pillows because they find the right balance between thickness and softness.
  • Side-sleepers often prefer medium- or high-loft pillows because this position can cause large gaps to form between their head/neck and the pillow.
  • Stomach-sleepers tend to prefer low-loft pillows because higher-loft models elevate the neck too much, causing the spine to become uneven; this can lead to aches and pains throughout the body. Some stomach sleepers find that not using a pillow at all is most comfortable.

Pillow position: People who sleep with a pillow completely beneath often prefer medium-loft pillows because there is less space. For those who sleep with a pillow partially beneath their head, then a medium- or high-loft pillow may be needed to fill the larger gap.

Mattress type: Certain mattresses, such as all-foam and latex models, are designed to sink deeply beneath the sleeper’s body. A low-loft pillow may be most suitable for these mattresses because there is less space between the neck and the mattress surface. Other mattresses, such as innersprings and hybrids, are less responsive and will not sink as much. A medium- or high-loft pillow can help fill the extra space and provide more support.

Body weight: People with above-average weights (more than 230 pounds) may sink deeper into their mattress than lighter individuals, and thus prefer a low- or medium-loft pillow that won’t elevate their heads too much. People with below-average weights (less than 130 pounds) may prefer medium- or high-loft pillows because they don’t sink as much.

Head size: People with larger-than-average heads are more likely to feel comfortable on a high-loft pillow that won’t sink too deeply. Low- or medium-loft pillows may be the best option for those with small or average-size heads

Shoulder width: People with wider shoulder spans experience larger gaps between their head/neck and their pillow, and may need a higher-loft pillow to compensate for space. Those with narrower shoulders usually feel more comfortable with low- or medium-loft pillows.

It’s important to note that many pillows offer adjustable loft. The owner simply unzips the pillow cover and adds or removes the fill material to increase or decrease the loft. Adjustable-loft pillows may be the best option for people whose loft preferences tend to vary from night tonight.

Best Pillow Materials for People with Back Pain

Pillows come in a wide selection of fill materials, each with unique benefits and drawbacks for sleepers with back pain. The table below lists pros, cons, and back pain ratings for the seven most common pillow materials.

PILLOW MATERIAL DESCRIPTION PROS CONS NECK PAIN RATING
Buckwheat The pillows are filled with five to 10 pounds of buckwheat hulls, or outer shells Adjustable loft

Sleeps cool

Good support

High price

Too firm for some

Heavy and difficult to move

Good

Buckwheat pillows offer adjustable loft and sleep fairly cool, but many people with back pain find they are too firm

Down The pillows contain the soft inner plumage of ducks or geese, and may also be padded with outer feathers Adjustable loft

Lightweight

Sleeps cool

High price

Flatten easily

Too soft for some

Fair
Most down pillows are not suitable for sleepers with back pain because they are excessively soft and will lose their shape quickly
Down Alternative The pillows are filled with polyester fibers that mimic the softness of real down Adjustable loft

Lightweight

Low price

Short lifespan

Flatten easily

Too soft for some

Poor

Most sleepers with back pain do not feel comfortable on down alternative pillows because they are too soft and will become flat rather quickly

Feather Pillows are filled with outer feathers of ducks or geese (as opposed to down, or inner plumage) Adjustable loft

Lightweight

Long lifespan

High cost

Flatten easily

Very Good

Feather pillows tend to be firmer than down pillows, making them more suitable for people with back pain

Latex Pillows contain solid latex, a substance extracted from the sap of rubber trees Close conforming

Long lifespan

Retain full shape without flattening

Non-adjustable loft

High cost

Dense and heavy

Good

Latex pillows offer even support, but the loft is not adjustable

Memory Foam Pillows may contain shredded or solid pieces of memory foam, which softens when it comes into contact with body heat Close conforming

Adjustable loft if shredded

Lightweight

High cost

Sleeps hot

Very Good

Memory foam pillows conform closely and alleviate a high amount of pressure; most orthopedic pillows are made from memory foam

Polyester Pillows contain shredded polyfoam, which has a similar feel to memory foam, or interlocking polyester fibers that give the pillow a fuller shape Low cost

Adjustable loft when shredded

Short lifespan

Flattens easily

Sleeps hot

Good

Memory foam pillows provide more pain and pressure relief, but polyfoam pillows can be a low-cost alternative for people with back pain

Additionally, some pillows contain interior water chambers that can be filled or drained to adjust the loft. The chambers are usually padded with foam to make the pillow more comfortable. Many sleepers with back pain claim that water chamber pillows alleviate pain and pressure to a noticeable extent.

CHEMOTHERAPY SURVIVAL KIT CANCER CARE PARCEL…

I know that I am sure each and everyone of us knows someone who is suffering from some form of Cancer. Cancer Care Parcel is the UK’s only supplier of premium cancer gift packages targeted to the UK market. They put together thoughtful, comforting and appropriate cancer gifts.

All their gifts are thoughtfully put together by experts. They liaise with their advisory board, which consists of cancer patients and survivors and those receiving their parcels, for feedback and suggestions.

They carefully construct each box so that customers can feel secure that their gift will be welcome. Their gifts are focused on people who are affected by cancer because that is where their expertise is. They have gifts which cover all ages and all cancer stages and treatments. Profit Is Used To Support The Cancer Community.

A Cancer Care Parcel is an ideal gift, to let people with cancer know that you are thinking of them.

 

This Chemotherapy Survival Kit has useful and comforting items to help get through difficult times for £67.99

  • A cancer gift for all adults (male or female) with any cancer diagnosis undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Includes items for helping with chemotherapy side effects, pampering items for comfort and stress relief.
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What Is In The Chemotherapy Survival Kit?

For Comfort

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Bed Socks:  Bed socks are a perfect solution to cold feet that can result from many cancer therapies. They also add a bit of extra cancer comfort when convalescing or just for “me time” at home.

To Ease Side Effects

Toothbrush and Toothpaste Set:  Oral hygiene can be hard during chemo as your mouth can get sore and sensitive. If you carry a spare tooth brush and some toothpaste you will always be able to refresh when you need to.

Infographic:  A comprehensive infographic with suggestions to help cope with some of the common chemotherapy nausea side effects.

E45 Cream:  E45 Cream is clinically proven to help improve skin health. It treats and soothes the dry skin caused by cancer therapies by replacing lost moisture and forming a protective barrier. A no-nonsense cream to help with dry skin, effective and non-greasy.

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Relaxing CD: This CD is specifically designed to relax and unwind to, performed by musicians that play from the heart.

Earphones:  Spare earphones can be used with devices when relaxing.

Portable Power Bank:  It is very annoying when your phone, tablet or MP3 player runs out of battery, particularly when on hospital visits, overnight stays or convalescing. So we included this power bank, which has a unique design, is fast, light and ultra portable.

Useful Items

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