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GIFTED YOKE WELLNESS ACUPRESSURE MAT TO EASE BACK PAIN, FIBROMYALGIA, HEADACHES AND HELP WITH INSOMNIA…

I was sent this EcoYoke Acupressure Mat & Pillow from Yoke Wellness. I wrote about founders Ravi & Sabina earlier in the week A Day in the Life of Ravi after Ravi overcame some traumatic injuries following a cycling accident.

When the mat and pillow arrived it was quite obvious straight away that a lot of love and care had been taken in designing and putting together this set. It was beautifully wrapped and all arrived in its own Tote bag making it very portable.

It was designed on the premise that ‘Self Care us Soul Care’ and is made of 100% bio degradable packaging. It has eco friendly coconut fiber filling and the mat has 7000 ergonomic spikes for activating tension release and to help you unwind and release any body tension.

It’s natural, drug free and a holistic self care package that will not only ease your pain but have you feeling more charged up for the day. They suggest only 10 minutes a day is all it takes which is perfect for me to use when I go for my afternoon rest.

You can stand on it for energising power, sit on it during relaxation ( I am sitting on the pillow right now) or lie on it to feel a full body release. You will then soon feel muscle tension melt away, and is a great product for headaches, stiff neck, back pain, fibromyalgia and insomnia. So, a real all rounder.

It’s an easy way for you to take charge of your own healing journey by practicing the ancient healing of acupressure, in a modern way, in just a few minutes. This month I have covered lots and lots on the different types of acupressure treatments for pain but this has to be the easiest way to do it in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.

I had my first try at it yesterday afternoon and could feel tingling in places I have never felt before and was soon falling asleep. I could tell straight away that I have many blogged channels and that I will be using the mat on a daily basis.

For people suffering from insomnia this has to be worth a try as it certainly relaxed me in seconds. It comes with a self explanatory leaflet inside which makes you feel you are a very special person to receive this Eco Yoke Acupressure Mat & Pillow. It explains what to expect when you use your mat and how things change in seconds and then minutes into using it. It does exactly what it says on the leaflet and I was quite shocked when it does give a feeling of warmth after 1-3 minutes. It does say that bare skin is best but I was a bit apprehensive about that but I am not saying I won’t try it that way in the future as I can tell this will be well used.

On the Yoke Wellness Blog it said that The Daily Mirror wrote ” Best Acupressure Mats for Soothing Pain Relief” and you can see from over 147 four star reviews about the product that many other people agree with this statement.

Yoke Wellness will also donate 1% of their profits from the product to charity Water UK, to provide fresh clean drinking water to those who do not have it. And if you subscribe to CALM their carefully created newsletter for all things wellness then you get 10% off your first purchase.

The Pure Calm YokeMat – Eco Acupressure Mat & Pillow Bundle is available from Yoke Wellness website for £57.99

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AURICULAR THERAPY FOR ACUTE AND CHRONIC PAIN…

Auricular therapy as a treatment for pain is a method of healing by stimulating different acupressure points on the surface of the outer ear.

Auriculotherapy, also known as auricular therapy or ear acupuncture, is a technique which had its origin in Lyon, France. Auricular therapy incorporates the fundamentals of modern medical science based on neurophysiology and neurology, and concepts of traditional acupuncture.

Auricular therapy is based on the idea that the entire body is represented on the auricle – meaning the outer portion of the ear and so the entire body can be effectively treated by applying stimulation on the surface of the ear. Each area of the ear, according to auricular therapy, is related to a different anatomical portion of the body. 

In auricular acupuncture, the ear is seen as a micro system of the body. Auricular therapists believe that there are over 200 points on the ear that are connected to a particular organ, tissue or part of the body. So, if something is out of sync, its corresponding point on the ear may be sensitive or tender to touch and pressure, or a mark, spot or lump can be visible. Stimulation of the ear is then carried out by means of acupuncture needles, minute electric currents or a laser beam.

An auricular acupuncture session involves placing 5 or 6 small, sterile, disposable needles in each ear. The needles are placed in acupoints corresponding to the area to be treated, so they may place a needle in the neck point if you were suffering from pain in that area. It is claimed that the therapy can be helpful for various chronic conditions including rheumatism and arthritis.

This procedure is entirely pain free, and allows the patient to remain relaxed and comfortable. You may feel a tiny sensation in the ear where the point is being treated. This is usually for a second or two and then the sensation goes away. If it feels slightly uncomfortable we can decrease the intensity to where you do not feel it. Most of the time this isn’t necessary as the treatment is tolerable.

The actual practice of manipulating needles in the ear to cure diseases is not a new therapy, but a very ancient one. It has been used for many hundreds of years in some Eastern and Mediterranean countries and in China and is also now becoming popular in the UK.

The treatment duration varies according to the disease and its seriousness. Although auricular therapy is an effective treatment method, it is not advisable for all. To be specific, patients with pacemakers, pregnant women, and patients undergoing homeopathic treatments are not advised auricular therapy. Auricular therapy and acupuncture are free from side effects, particularly auricular therapy, which makes use of electrical stimulation.

Auriculotherapy is good for acute painful problems alleviating pain almost immediately or within 24 to 48 hours. Auriculotherapy is good for chronic degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and other chronic painful conditions.

Other conditions include diseases and dysfunctions of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary and cardiovascular systems. Auriculotherapy is very effective for treating addictions. In fact, Auriculotherapy has a seventy five to eighty percent success rate treating patients for smoking or nicotine addiction. There are currently more than 150 indications for the application of Auriculotherapy.

Healthline wrote that people use auricular acupuncture to tackle a range of health concerns including:

  • chronic pain, especially low back pain.
  • migraine.
  • anxiety.
  • insomnia.
  • cancer pain and chemotherapy side effects.
  • weight loss.
  • substance use disorder.
  • depression.
  • digestive issues.
  • allergies

You can find therapists for this treatment on the FHT website.

A good book on the therapy is The Beginner’s Guide to Auricular Therapy: Application of Ear Seeds, by P.Sze 

There is also a great YouTube Video on the therapy.

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HOW CAN OSTEOPATHY & KINESIOLOGY HELP WITH PAIN?…

Firstly, what is Osteopathy ? Osteopathy is an alternative medical technique that uses manipulation and massage to help distressed muscles and joints to help them work smoothly.

Treatment can improve many parts of the body by restoring normal movement in areas that have become dysfunctional. This can then allow the tissue to nourish, replenish and repair in a more natural way.

The treatment first began in 1892 when a Dr. Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917) an American farmer, inventor and doctor, opened the first school of osteopathic medicine in the USA.

He looked for alternatives to medical treatments in his day which he felt were ineffective as well as harmful.

His new philosophy of medicine was based on the teachings of Hippocrates. The therapy aims to pinpoint and treat any problems that are of a mechanical nature. Our body’s frame consists of the skeleton, muscles, joints and ligaments and all movements or activities such as running, swimming, eating, speaking and walking depend on it.

Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints. It is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.

When you first see an osteopath he or she will need to know the complete history of any problems you have , how they first occurred and what eases or aggravate matters so a diary kept over a week or more before your visit would be a great help. An award winning Website run by an Osteopath called The Bad Back Company can provide you with the very best help with back and joint pain and has a large online shop for all your needs.

Secondly, what is Kinesiology? 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.

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.

So, which treatment is best for chronic pain? Well, when I search online it basically says that Kinesiology is a multi prong approach to pain management whereas an Osteopath generally treats acute conditions. Certainly over 30 years ago when my back first started going wrong I would regularly visit an Osteopath then as it became more chronic I visited a Chiropractor but I can honestly say that back then I had not even heard of Kinesiology.

Not Just Backs write that Research shows that manual therapy such as osteopathy can relieve pain, increase flexibility and improve quality of life for people with osteoarthritis. This is reflected in NHS guidelines which recommend manual therapy (stretching and manipulation), alongside exercise, weight loss and pain meds to manage symptoms.

Balance Wellness writes that Kinesiology uses the theory of muscle testing to discover the underlying causes contributing to health issues – be it physical, nutritional or emotional. The body clearly communicates to the practitioner what is needed. So, it’s not just a one off treatment but looks at nutritional recommendations, structural work, energy reflexes and emotional coaching to guide you back to your full health potential.

Personally, I think all alternative and complimentary therapies are worth a try to help with acute or chronic pain. What suits one might not suit another. What worked at first might stop working second time around but with some many alternative and complementary therapies available now, it has to be worth giving some a try.