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25 REASONS TO CHECK OUT BACK PAIN BLOG NEWS FOR FEBRUARY…

The sun is shining and the sky is blue, it’s a beautiful spring day today and we managed a nice walk in the pleasant warm sunshine. When we got back I sat outside with a cup of tea and tried to think of some interesting post I could write about on my blog. With my blog being mainly about pain and how to tackle it, it makes it quite hard to write something uplifting.

“Getting your readers interested in the first paragraph”, they say, is the key to the reader wanting to read more. So, I took a quick look through all my posts this month and initially I was quite surprised at how many I had written, 25 in total. My posts covered a selection of different subjects from pain relief through acupoints to Walking and the British obsession with the weather.

I looked at my stats to see if readers favored any particular post more than another but surprisingly my stats are pretty much the same on a daily basis. I looked at other sites that are similar to mine and I noticed that some wrote newsletters. I used to write newsletters quite a few years ago now but these were handmade news letters with a pretty bow on as they were for a ladies over 50’s group that I used to run. Of course, that took time and a lot of it and I know my back would not appreciate that sort of work any more. But it gave me an idea on writing a post at the end of every month on the posts that I had written that month (are you still with me?). So, without further adieu I will write on 24 reasons you should check out Back Pain Blog UK.

A few of my posts on Back Pain Blog were focused around acupoints and the benefits of different types of treatments you can have to help for your pain.

1. Teach Yourself Hand Reflexology is the perfect post on this type of treatment. followed by an article on

2. Auricular Therapy which is another type of treatment using acupoints only in your ears this time.

3. Acupuncture Another Natural Approach to Pain explains all about Acupuncture and the benefits you can get from this type of therapy.

4. Trigger Point Therapy is for acute and chronic pain and acupuncture and something you could perform on yourself in your own home, so it’s well worth reading this article.

5. Myofascial Release Therapy and Myofascial Pain

6. I also wrote about A Day in the Life of Ravi-Jaipaul founder of Yoke Wellness and a truly inspirational guy who overcame some awful injuries after a cycling accident and then set up Yoke Wellness.

7. I was gifted his mats and wrote a review on them as they are amazing acupressure mats and could not be happier with the outcome.

8. My awareness days this month were raising the awareness of Raynauds Disease, and

9. Tittinus Awareness week, check out my article here.

10. Other news in February included my personal trip and outcome from my first Covid-19 jab.

11. Plus an article I wrote on Covid-19 and Fibromyalgia, and

12. Pain Medication and Covid-19.

Some other interesting health related news are –

13. How to tell the Difference between x rays and scans.

14. Eight ways to create movement and energy into you day and

16. Bake Yourself Calm – I love baking and find it does calm me down and feel fulfilled when the cake is cooked and ready to hand out, and my family love it when they get a text from me saying I would be dropping off my bakes.

My regular Sleep Sunday slot in February covered –

17. Natural Sleep Aids and

18. How much Children and Teenagers Sleep

19. Simple Walking can vastly Improve Your Health and Wellbeing, but I think we all know this anyway, it’s just motivating ourselves to make it a regular occurrence.

This month I wrote a few articles covering pain with –

20. What is good and bad pain and how should we deal with it,

21. Depression and Back Pain, and

22. Low Back Pain – Is it a Slipped Disc.

A few fun articles included promoting-

23. International Send a Card to a Friend Day, m

23.My post on the website The Bad Back Company of my Day in the Life of a Back Pain Sufferer series and 24. Why It’s not to late to make your New Year Resolutions.

25. Finally, my article on Walking and the British Obsession with the Weather which was reposted onto another blog so someone must have liked it.

I hope you have enjoyed my lowdown on subjects covered this month. I am always happy to receive any suggestions so please let me know if you have any.

Happiness is … looking forward to something.

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TEACH YOURSELF HAND REFLEXOLOGY TO HELP EASE SOME OF YOUR PAIN…

With us all cooped up inside at the moment it makes it an ideal time to learn a new skill and hand reflexology could not be easier to learn. There are a number of online courses which you could take and then start practicing it on yourself. It is a well known fact that acupoints can be stimulated to help alleviate pain.

What is hand reflexology and hope can it help with pain?

The earliest evidence of Reflexology comes from China, circa 2700 BCE. which gives you the impression of how long this has been around and is still being used for pain relief.

Most people know ‘reflexology’ as something that is done to your feet but hand reflexology is definitely another technique that is becoming just as popular.

Hand reflexology certainly provides some benefits compared to foot reflexology. The obvious example is that our hands are far more easy accessible compared to our feet, which makes hand reflexology the most usable self-help tool for both adults and children.

Hand and foot reflexology has actually been used as part of medical care since as far back as the ancient Egyptian and classic Chinese times. The basic assumption used by the reflexologist is that each organ, gland and part of the body is reflected in both the hands and the feet. Stimulation of the so-called ‘reflex points’ promotes relaxation, improves circulation and encourages the body to heal itself. This explains why hand reflexologists sometimes use the axiom: “Health is at your fingertips!”

Hand reflexology is also brilliant as a relief from the new stresses technology has placed on our hands.

The reflex is stimulated by direct pressure to the particular point. On the palm and wrist there are some 45 reflex points, and on the back of the hand 28 reflex points, that represent a particular organ, region, or function of the body. Combinations of reflex points are used in Reflex therapies. The main benefits to reflexology are that it unblocks energy channels and have a relaxing effect.

Since hand reflexology is performed by applying pressure from fingers and thumbs on reflex points on the hands, the practice can provide an easy, cost-effective and safe way to treat ailments.

Reflexologists believe that the hands are considered to have electrical properties. The right hand palm being positive and the left hand palm negative. The right hand also has a reinforcing, stimulating effect while the left has a calming, sedative effect. The back of each hand is opposite to the palm, so the right is negative and the left positive. This is important when using reflexology as if the object is to revitalise the body and restore energy flow, then the right hand will have the best effect. The left hand, with its calming effect is best used for pain.

The FHT wrote “To say that this year has been challenging is of course an understatement. Unable to carry out face to face treatments we have all had to utilise our skills in other ways, writes Amanda Vickers, MFHT. Amanda Vickers, MFHT, has been a reflexologist for over 20 years in private practice. For just over a year, Amanda has been working as a complementary therapist for the NHS for the Mustard Tree Macmillan Cancer Support Centre at Derriford Hospital, in Plymouth, Devon. 

William Fitzgerald developed the ‘zone theory’ after finding that he could induce numbness and reduce certain symptoms in the body by simply applying pressure to specific points on the hands and mouth.

The zones are throughout the body with the head having five zones on each side. All the zones lie in each finger and thumb and the theory is that energy travels through the zones and these have an energy connection to all organs, muscles, blood supplies, nerve cells and different tissue types. Disturbances in any of your body will affect these zones so by applying pressure on your hands and feet to these zones it will stimulate the flow of of energy back through your body to the area that needs it.

If, after reading all the details above about reflexology interests you then look through these online courses to help you decide if it is something you would like to learn. Always check with your GP first if it is something he/she is happy for you to try.

To give you an idea of what the courses include here are a couple of examples.

Udemy have a Fully Accredited Professional Hand Reflexology Course which is £16.99 and you will learn –

  • About Hand Reflexology
  • Nail & Hand Disorders
  • Reflexology Points
  • Techniques For Hand Reflexology
  • The Hand Reflexology Session
  • When Not To Use Hand Reflexology
  • And much more!

Reed also have one which is a Hand Reflexology Training Course and is £14 (was £249!) and covers –

The Hand Reflexology Training course follows an advanced curriculum that breaks down the topics in 3 easy to understand modules.

These modules will help you understand all the aspects of reflexology. You can study at your own pace and you will have complete 24/7 access to the course. The course is accessible via any modern device that has an internet connection.

Key Topics to Be Covered In This Hand Reflexology Training

  • An introduction to Thai Reflexology Massage
  • A step-by-step guide to the self-treatment process
  • Advanced techniques for treating musculoskeletal conditions
  • Using acupressure techniques to enhance your treatment
  • A step-by-step guide to treating neck and back pain

There are lots an lots of diploma hand reflexology courses but these are expensive and will take a lot of your time to study for them but should you decide to learn further it is all available online.

A few other sites to check out are Digital Defynd – they have lots of free online courses. Use Nature is another good site for free courses, even Buy A Gift have a Reflexology Course for just £19 but that is for Reflexology as a whole which will include Hand Reflexology.

You could, of course, buy a book to read up on it first and like courses there are many available like this Hand Reflexology & Acupressure by Chen Feisong & Gai Guozhong for £11.99 available on Amazon. Through illustrations and easy-to-understand language, readers can learn a variety of useful pressure points, how to properly utilize them and daily care that can be done to address certain health concerns.