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THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE – A TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC PAIN…

The Bowen Technique has now joined the group of complementary therapies to be recognised by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) which provides an independent national standard of excellence.

CNHC is the only voluntary regulatory body for complementary healthcare to have official backing from the government. Its key function is to enhance public protection by setting standards for registration with CNHC.

The BOWEN technique was developed by Thomas Ambrose Bowen an osteopath from Australia in the 1960s and 1970s.

It has been called miraculous and is a soft tissue remedial therapy that involves the therapist using fingers and thumbs to move over muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia in various body parts.

The Bowen technique’s main feature is that the therapist leaves the patient to rest for a short while, allowing the body to decide what action needs to be taken in response to the moves given (sounds sooooo relaxing).

In Bowen Therapy, as well as the muscles, you work on the fascia. Fascia is an important, highly mobile, connective tissue, which runs throughout your body. It is via the fascia that we often address levels of tension and discomfort.

We purposefully move the fascia in a particular way to stimulate or relax muscle fibres in order to achieve:

  • Improved posture and flexibility
  • Pain relief
  • Improved mobility

You will also feel less stressed following a treatment, having taken time out of busy schedules to address your issues.

It’s a gentle non-invasive relaxing therapy to help free the body to its natural balance and healing. The Bowen Technique is a recognised hands-on complementary therapy, which many turn to for significant relief from troubling aches and pains and (often) to address long-standing problems.

The therapist uses only the thumbs and fingers to make gentle rolling movements over precise junctions of muscles, nerve pathways and blood and lymph circulation with periods of rest in between to allow the body to assimilate and respond to the information.

These moves send signals via the brain to the body’s soft tissues to realign and relax so that they can return to their natural, healthy state before tension or injury occurred. Pain is then released as the process of healing begins.

Increasing awareness and understanding of the role of fascia within the body have underpinned our appreciation that the body should be looked at holistically (as a whole). 

The Bowen Therapy Professional Association is an independent organisation of Bowen Therapists run by Bowen Therapists. The website is full of information on the Bowen Technique and has a list of therapists.

You can also find a great video on youtube on how the Bowen Technique can help with the pain of Fibromyalgia.

There is also a great book on the subject Bowtech – The Original Bowen Technique: Healing the body gently, Releasing pain and tension Paperback – by Manfred Zanzinger (Author), Sabine Knoll (Author)

Source: Bowen Therapy Bowen Technique Bowen Association CNHC

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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