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6 WAYS TO HEAL YOURSELF WITH COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES YOU CAN DO AT HOME…

With a massive choice of complementary therapies available for the pain it’s difficult to find out which one suits you best but some therapies you can try yourself. Here are some ideas on some simple DIY therapy techniques to give a try.

  1. Start your day with positive visualisation. Use creative visualisation and guidance techniques to make dreams and goals come true. Visualization and guided imagery is a proven technique useful for both short and long-term pain relief. Pathways mission is to empower pain sufferers with safe and effective techniques that result in lasting pain relief. Pathways is built around a mind-body aka biopsychosocial approach to pain relief. Addressing all factors that contribute to the pain experience. The biopsychosocial approach to understanding and treating pain is widely recognised by world leading pain specialists as the most successful pain model to date.
  2. Have you ever tried thalassotherapy? Thalassotherapy is an alternative therapy that harnesses the soothing properties of the sea. The term comes from the Greek word “thalassa,” which means ocean. Thalassotherapy dates back to the 19th century, although people have bathed in the sea for its health benefits for much longer than this. There is not much research on the benefits of thalassotherapy, but a few studies indicate it may help with some conditions, such as fibromyalgia and musculoskeletal disorders. However, it is not a substitute for medical treatment. You can try this at home by using a body brush in the morning before your shower to stimulate your lymph system and flush out toxins. It can help boost your circulation and restore radiance. If this helps at all then you could get the treatment from a health spa or something similar.
  3. Mindfulness is being aware of internal thoughts, feelings, and emotions, as well as external surroundings and situations, without automatic responses such as judgment or stress. Mindfulness therapy is a type of talk therapy that focuses on learning how to be more aware and to reduce automatic responses. To try it yourself pay attention to the present moment, clear your mind of any thoughts and focus entirely on the act of resting. If your thoughts wander, gently bring them back to your rest and breath gently. Mindfulness therapy does this by incorporating awareness of thoughts, emotions, feelings, surroundings, and situations. It involves conversations with professionals that help a person develop greater awareness of their thoughts and the world around them. This increased awareness helps them avoid destructive or automatic responses or habits.
  4. It is said that yogic breathing is best learned under the guidance of a teacher, although some of the simpler techniques, such as lengthening the exhalation, can be practiced easily by one’s self. Yogic breathing has the potential to transform one’s state of mind. It is said to reduce anxiety and stress, cure insomnia, ease pain and increase concentration. On a spiritual level, it can help people to connect with their inner calm and peace, helping to still the mind, and allowing them to access greater wisdom and clarity. Taking deep breaths activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which reduces your heart rate and relaxes your muscles. Mission Meditation explains easily how to give Yogic Breathing a go on their website here.
  5. Find harmony with colour therapy. Colour therapy, also known as chromotherapy, is a form of therapy that uses colour and light to treat certain mental and physical health conditions. We can trace this form of therapy back to the ancient Egyptians. They made use of sun-filled rooms with coloured glasses for therapeutic purposes. The basis of colour therapy is that different colours evoke different responses from every individual. People find specific colours therapeutic or stimulating. Experts who believe in this theory believe that colour can positively impact us in several ways and help with a host of conditions. For instance green can be deeply soothing and relaxing while splashes of orange, yellow and red cushion add a buzzy feel and silver will lift your spirits. Find out what colours pick you up in what you are wearing or the colour of your room. A great site for advice on this therapy is Very Well Mind. The practice of colour therapy can also be traced to Indian origin. According to Indian philosophy, the seven main colours on the colour wheel enhance our body’s chakras. Colours can have a profound effect on your health and wellbeing on many levels so it makes sense to surround yourself with the right ones.
  6. Relax with crystal healing. Crystal healers believe that these powerful stones work on an energetic level to bring about healing deep within our cells. Encourage peace and relaxation by placing calming crystals around your home. Talking about crystals and healing might sound mystical, but in the world of alternative therapies, healing crystals probably top the list. The concept has been around for centuries, but only recently it has gained a mainstream resurgence. If you’re new to the concept, here’s everything you need to know about the art of crystal healing. Crystal healing channels our body’s energy levels interact with our body’s chakras and promote overall physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. They say you will experience increased feelings of tranquillity, positivity, and focus, as well as enhanced immunity and pain relief. A great website with lots on Cyrstal Healing is Think Right Me.

Source: Pathways Very Well Health Medical News Today Mission Meditation Think Right Me

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NHS CANNABIS FOR THOUSANDS IN PAINKILLER TRIAL…

When I read these headlines in today’s Daily Mail, I just wished I had been one of the thousands the NHS had picked to trial cannabis.

It will be taken daily through inhalers in the trial with 5,000 participants who are suffering from chronic pain.

The plant given through an inhaler will vaporise the drug. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) will then assess to see if cannabis should become approved as part of a treatment for millions of people in chronic pain.

Cannabis on the NHS could prevent people self-medicating and resorting to drug dealers or even ordering the drugs over the internet. Cannabis may also be safer than opioids which are the usual treatment for chronic pain sufferers.

Medicinal cannabis has been legalised in the UK since 2018 but it’s not something I have ever been offered. However, ‘whole plant’ treatments have not been approved in the UK, unlike other countries including Germany, Canada, Israel and Australia.

The NHS has said that the evidence that medical cannabis can work with certain types of pain was not yet strong enough to recommend it for pain relief. Hopefully, after the trial, things might change.

The firm running the trial (LVL Health) is hoping that the data will mean cannabis can be prescribed on the NHS.

The trial, called Canpain, is going to run for the next three years and is open to patients aged 18-85 who have been diagnosed with non-cancerous chronic pain. It is starting this month with an initial ‘feasibility study’ involving 100 patients to check for safety, with a further 5000 patients then set to be enrolled in the trial through LVL Health chronic pain clinics.

The cannabis would cost £299 a month per patient and is taken in through the inhalers all in one go which takes up to five minutes so it is not something you puff on all day. It gives the effect of inhaling the whole flower, but you are not actually smoking it and you obviously do not have all the carcinogens.

The National Institute for Health and Care Research will oversee the studies to look at the effects of the substance on epilepsy sufferers.

Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant. Native to Central and South Asia, the cannabis plant has been used as a drug for both recreational and for pain for thousands of years.

Source: Nice   NHS  LVL Health  The National Institute for Health & Care Research  Daily Mail 

 

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THE EMMETT TECHNIQUE – A COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY FOR PAIN & DISCOMFORT…

The EMMETT technique is a safe and simple muscle release therapy developed by Remedial Therapist Ross Emmett. It is used for pain and discomfort and improves movement restrictions.

Ross is a dynamic and unique practitioner. He developed the EMMETT Technique during his early years having been inspired by a diverse mix of life experiences, jobs and hobbies, including a passion for animals. He has continued to develop and evolve the technique up until the present day.

He is a qualified instructor of Therapeutic Massage since 1983 and was a senior instructor of Bowen Therapy for 8 years.

The technique Ross developed is widely recognised as a gentle, safe and simple to apply muscle release therapy based on an understanding of the body’s response to light touch.

Ross has a rare and special gift which allows him to see each client’s needs at that moment, to know what to do and to adapt accordingly, so the treatment is tailored to each individual client. This ‘Chameleon Approach’ has long been the major success in the EMMETT Technique and produces outstanding results time and time again.

Body in Balance explains the Emmett Technique which was new to the UK in 2007, this bodywork therapy is designed to offer fast relief from pain and discomfort.  Beneficial effects are commonly noticed before the end of the first treatment.

The therapist uses a combination of gentle switches and light finger pressure at specific locations to initiate to release muscle tension in many problem areas such as neck, shoulder and back. The treatment is usually performed over light clothing and generally takes between 30 and 50 minutes.

Practitioners are trained in assessment skills and how to tailor treatments precisely to their client’s individual needs.  They are also trained in assisting the client to recognise and enhance the changes achieved.  All facets of this effective and complete treatment result in the successful outcome of the work, creating lasting changes for the client.

A technique where results they say, ‘are usually immediate’.  Before leaving the clinic most clients notice dramatic changes in flexibility, balance, pain levels, ranges of movement, breathing and other functions depending upon the areas worked.

It’s non-invasive and involves no drugs, massage oils, manipulations or high-velocity thrusts. The Emmett Technique can be used alone or alongside any other bodywork therapy to enhance its performance.  For this reason, it is one of the most desirable and versatile treatments available, enhancing any therapist’s practice.

EMMETT is truly a complementary therapy. It may be applied in isolation but it also combines easily with all other bodywork and exercise specialities such as massage, chiropractic, physiotherapy, Bowen therapy, craniosacral therapy, yoga, Pilates and personal training as some typical examples. 

To find an Emmett Practitioner head to the website.

Source: The Emmett Technique, Body in Balance