GROUP THERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF #FIBROMYALGIA AND CHRONIC #PAIN…

Group Therapy for the treatment of #fibromyalgia and chronic #pain.

You read something new every day on treatments for #fibromyalgia and chronic #pain, but now they are saying that group therapy can help pain sufferers. A trial published in the Lancet, revealed that after only six sessions of group therapy, it showed patients still found improvements a year later.

All patients who took part in the study were given advice about remaining active, avoiding bed rest and taking pain medication, and felt more positive about being able to deal with their pain and less fearful about their situation. The study, led by Professor Sarah Lamb at the University of Warwick, found: “Compared with advice alone, advice plus cognitive behavioural intervention was associated with significant benefits in nearly all outcomes. This trial shows that a bespoke cognitive behavioural intervention package, Best, is effective in managing subacute and chronic low-back pain in primary care.”

The treatment also compared favourably with other ways of combating back #pain, such as acupuncture and teaching correct posture. Dr Laxmaiah Manchikanti, from the Pain Management Centre of Paducah, in Kentucky in the US, said the study “showed rather impressive results”. The book ‘The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy’ by Irvin Yalom and Molyn Leszcz is a great book to help you understand what is behind group therapy. It presents the most recent developments in the field, drawing on nearly a decade of new research as well as the writers’ clinical wisdom and expertise. Hailed by Jerome Frank as “the best book that exists on the subject,” Irvin D. Yalom’s The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy has been the standard text in the field for decades.

In this completely revised and updated fifth edition, Dr. Yalom and his collaborator Dr. Molyn Leszcz expand the book to include the most recent developments in the field, drawing on nearly a decade of new research as well as their broad clinical wisdom and expertise. New topics include online therapy, specialized groups, ethnocultural diversity, trauma and managed care.

The charity MIND also has lots of details on group therapy treatments.

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DO THE DISCS IN YOUR SPINE ‘SLIP’ ?…

Do the discs in your #spine ‘slip’?.

The spinal disc acts as a strong elastic pivot for each joint segment of the #spine, providing stability and allowing a relatively wide range of motion in all directions in the lower back and neck. When a disc starts to lose its strength and pliability, however, it can cause a range of painful and potentially debilitating symptoms.

There are 24 moveable vertebrae on your #spine which are separated from one another by your discs.

Each disc consists of a soft inner part surrounded by a fibrous coating. Sometimes the coating gets torn which allows the softer material to bulge out. The pain when the softer material bulges out can be excruciating and this condition is commonly known as ‘a slipped disc‘.

However, discs are tightly attached to the vertebrae and cannot physically ‘slip’ in any way. The actual medical name for this is a ‘spinal disc herniation’.

This type of back problem can settle down after a few days and you may never have the problem again. But some people suffer from this happening on a regular basis which could result in needing an operation to fuse the discs together to stop the bugle.

Degenerative Disc Disease which can be part of the ageing process in which the discs in the #spine start to dry out, thereby losing some of their flexibility and shock absorption. As part of this process, the inner portion of the disc shrinks, providing less cushioning between the bony vertebrae in the #spine, and the outer part of the disc can suffer small tears, all of which can cause pain.

MICKEL THERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF CFS, ME, FIBROMYALGIA AND MS…

Mickel Therapy was developed in the UK by a medical doctor, Dr David Mickel, for the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ME, Fibromyalgia, MS, anxiety, depression, IBS and some types of back pain. Mickel Therapy is a one-to-one talking session between two people, the therapist and yourself. He has two books on Amazon which he has written on the subject but they are expensive from £25

Mickel Therapy works by listening to and interpreting symptoms
rather than by trying to eradicate them

– Dr David Mickel

It involves no medication, dietary change, supplements or psychotherapy of any sort. Treatments are a series of one hour sessions, during which you will learn why your symptoms are there and, crucially, how to work with them to regain your health.

The treatment can also be administered by email, telephone/webcam or a combination of both. Mickel Therapy believes that a part of the brain (Hypothalamus) which is responsible for keeping your systems in balance, is working too fast, and that’s why people suffering feel overwhelming tiredness, as well as a number of other symptoms.

It is the role of the therapist to help you to see why you have symptoms and gives you easy to follow tools that help prove for yourself how you can, in fact, rid yourself of the symptoms. The therapy works in between your sessions with the therapist, with your own participation.

The actual notion of a talking therapy to help you free you of a hugely debilitating physical condition can sound a bit far-fetched, but the reported success rate apparently speaks for itself. On the main website it states that ‘to date, over 2000 people have successfully applied the tools and techniques of Mickel Therapy for CFS, ME, Fibromyalgia and other conditions’. A list of Mickel Therapy UK Practitioners is available on the Mickel Therapy Website. 

Intuitive Health UK explain Mickel Therapy as –

  • It is a talking therapy
  • It views you as a whole person, not just the symptoms or the part of you that is ill
  • It teaches you why you have become ill
  • It teaches you to understand why you have the symptom that you do
  • It is empowering, as it teaches you how to act to heal yourself and stop the symptoms

they also say it is NOT –

  • It is not psychotherapy
  • It is not Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • It is not a special diet
  • It does not involve expensive supplements
  • It does not involve medication
  • It does not involve physical contact

 

 

 

#FIGHT INFLAMMATION WITH FOODS THAT HEAL…

#Fight inflammation with foods that heal by checking out this infographic from #cottercrunch on Pinterest.

The list includes walnuts, avocado, pineapple, leafy greens, ginger, salmon, flax and chia seeds, broccoli and carrots, bone broth and collagen, spirulina, turmeric, cherries and berries, coconut oil, cabbage, green tea and matcha powder.

Spirulina is an organism that grows in both fresh and salt water. It is a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium, which is often referred to as blue-green algae.

Just like plants, cyanobacteria can produce energy out of sunlight, via the process called photosynthesis. Spirulina was consumed by the Aztecs back in the day, but became popular again when NASA proposed that it could be grown in space and used by astronauts.

A standard daily dose of spirulina is 1-3 grams, but doses of up to 10 grams per day have been used effectively.

A great book/cookbook which is available on Amazon but only available on Kindle is Everything you need to know about Spirulina, The World’s Highest Protein Food explained with delicious recipes included (Spirulina Cookbook Book 1) by Tina Quick. Tina Quick has been vegan since age 19. She loves cooking healthy, delicious vegan food and teaching others how to eat a healthy plant based diet. Also included are dozens of amazing spirulina recipes for better health. This superfood is extremely versatile and can be used in smoothies, drinks, salads, soups, and much more!

 

There is a great cookery book on bone broth by James Wayne, Bone Broth: Bone Broth Diet Cookbook, on Amazon which says

This short guide is more than a diet plan. It covers everything you need to know to unlock the amazing health benefits of bone broth.

You also get:

  • A brief guide to cooking and storing bone broths
  • A three-week meal plan including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Basic bone broth recipes that can be customized to suit any taste
  • Instructions for making energy and health-boosting broths
  • A wide selection of delicious main courses
  • Remedies for everyday maladies including allergies, coughs, fevers and more
  • Expert tricks for finding the right ingredients
  • Cooking tips for getting the best flavour and texture
  • A guide to using bone broth to detoxify, protect joints, boost your immune system

Another great cookery book about using super seeds in your cooking is Super Seeds: The Complete Guide to Cooking with Power-Packed Chia, Quinoa, Flax, Hemp, and Amaranth (Superfood) by Kim Lutz available on Amazon. 

Five super seeds covered in one super volume! Chia, hemp, flax, quinoa, and amaranth are tiny powerhouses that deliver whopping amounts of protein, essential fatty acids and great taste in every serving. Perfect for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets, they each get to take a star turn in these 75 mouthwatering recipes. Convenient and versatile, the seeds work wonderfully in everything from muffins and breads to salads, soups, and desserts. Super Seeds is a must-have for anyone interested in eating healthily and deliciously.

 

SEPTEMBER #PAIN AWARENESS MONTH…

The first Pain Awareness Month was held in 2001 and since then the event has gone from strength to strength – Around 75 million Americans are suffering pain and it’s time to do something about it.  Awareness will be raised by the American Pain Foundation Action Network to this huge problem so that politicians are focused on the need for new research and treatments. The month also ties in with National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week.  More suffers will have the chance to voice their pain via blogging and virtual conferences. The key to raising awareness is to get involved. There are many things that you can do to help promote Pain Awareness Month. Talk with Friends & Family: Let them know that September is Pain Awareness Month. “Like” the ACPA on Facebook. Encourage your friends to do the same. Everyone who lives with chronic pain—or cares about someone who does—is different. But at the same time, we all have common interests. It is a kind of community and deserves to have their voices heard. Partners for Understanding Pain represents a comprehensive network of resources and knowledge about issues in pain management. Pain Awareness Toolkits provide information for working collaboratively with healthcare professionals, consumer and professional organizations, journalists, community leaders, and elected officials to ensure that those who suffer from pain have access to appropriate and effective pain therapies. At the moment it is based around the website American Chronic Pain Association and not in the UK but that doesn’t mean UK sufferers cannot help to promote Pain Awareness Month.