HAND REFLEXOLOGY AS A TREATMENT FOR PAINFUL FIBROMYALGIA POINTS…

The earliest evidence of Reflexology comes from China, circa 2700 BCE. The reflex is stimulated by direct pressure to a 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. 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. Stimulation of the so-called “reflex” points promotes relaxation, improves circulation and encourages the body to heal itself.

While reflexology hand mapping feels best (and may be more effective) when done by someone else, it is possible to work on oneself. Try having a go yourself by pinching the finger tips and thumb of your right hand. The pressure applied to each finger should be firm, but make sure it is not painful. A few seconds for each single finger tip will be sufficient. Now do the same with the other hand, but always check with your GP first if you are on any medication.

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.

This is a perfect antidote to backache caused by sitting at a computer for too long.
The reflex is stimulated by direct pressure to the particular point. There are a number of online sites that show you how to apply hand reflexology from WikiHow to AOR Hand Reflexology Explorer where you can move the cursor to view the hand reflexology points and what they correspond to.


There are online courses you could take but always remember to check with your GP first before trying it yourself.

KINESIOLOGY – A TREATMENT TO AID MUSCLES FUNCTION PROPERLY…

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. Kinesiology is gaining momentum and I could find a number of therapists in my area but I have not tried this personally.


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.

The Kinesiology Federation say it is a A bespoke treatment that’s as unique as you are.

As any qualified Kinesiology Federation member would tell you there is no such thing as a “typical” kinesiology session. The content of each session depends on the client’s needs at that time. Everyone is different. For example, even the same client may have different needs after an argument with her boyfriend than when she has over indulged food wise for a few days.

By treating each client as the unique individual they are, Kinesiology Federation members are better able to help you, the client, achieve a sense of health and wellbeing. Using a range of techniques the kinesiologist can then guide you to understand what kind of changes would best support your physical, emotional and mental health. This means that kinesiology can be seen as the therapeutic equivalent of buying couture clothes.”

And kinesiology is not just for people who are feeling below par. It can help you perform better at work, in sport and in other areas of your life by working with a kinesiologist to identify what factors in your life you could do with more (or less) of.

There is a very good infographic on Pinterest on the do’s and dont’s of using Kinesio Tape. Kinesio Tape are strips of bright coloured tape on arms, legs and torsos. Some athletes believe it has therapeutic effects. The tape was invented by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in the 1970’s. A U.K. website for this tape says it can help reduce inflammation, relax muscles, enhance performance, and help rehabilitation as well as supporting the muscles.

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LACKING IN VITAMIN D – IS THAT CAUSING BACK PAIN AND/OR FIBROMYALGIA?…

After meeting my new Pain Team last week I was sent for a blood test to check my Vitamin D levels.

Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency include –

Getting sick and infected often

Fatigue and Tiredness

Bone and Back Pain

Depression

Impaired Wound Healing

Bone Loss

Hair Loss

Muscle Pain

Any Fibromyalgia or Back Pain sufferer will pick up on some of these symptoms and I know people say you should never read into these things but if you have the symptoms you can’t help but look into it.

Today I received a call from my GP to say I am Vitamin D deficient and I have been put on a strong course of Vitamin D only available from your GP for one month.

According to Biomed Central “Vitamin D is a pleiotropic hormone with a critical role in modulating several inflammatory and pain pathways in addition to calcium homeostasis. Observational studies suggest an association between vitamin D deficiency and chronic pain, most promisingly in fibromyalgia “.

On one NHS website they explain why Vitamin D is vital for health?


Vitamin D is needed by the body for both physical and mental health, but is best known for making sure bones are strong and grow properly. Vitamin D is needed all through life and even before birth. Pregnant and breastfeeding women need to have enough vitamin D so that developing and growing babies form healthy bones. Vitamin D is also essential for calcium to enter the body and strengthen bones.
Recently, it has been found that not having enough vitamin D is also related to other physical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, heart disease and certain cancers. The development or worsening of mental health conditions, such as depression, low mood and schizophrenia, may also be related to inadequate levels of vitamin D.

Where is vitamin D found?
Sunlight
Vitamin D is made in the skin by the action of sunlight. This is the best natural source of vitamin D. In northern countries, such as the UK, sunlight is only bright enough to make useful amounts of vitamin D from April to October and between 11am to 3pm. Sunscreen and clothing blocks out sunlight, so vitamin D cannot be made in the skin. Being out in the sun without sunscreen is associated with skin cancer, however sunbathing for about 10-15 minutes without sunscreen is considered safe for most adults. You should aim to get out of doors everyday. Sun beds and tanning salons are not recommended.
Some medication used in mental health can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, therefore discuss safe sunbathing with your doctor or pharmacist.


Food sources
Vitamin D can be found in some foods, but is usually only present in small amounts, so dietary sources are unlikely to provide enough.
Some vitamin D can be found in oily fish (such as kippers, sardines, mackerel, trout and salmon), meat and eggs. A few foods have vitamin D added to them, such as some margarine and low fat spreads, some breakfast cereals, powdered milks, dairy and soya products.


So Vitamin D is really important to our health and well being and I just have to wonder that had I not moved to a new GP and Pain Clinic who are looking at my chronic pain in a completely different light if it would ever have been spotted that I am deficient in it. Have you had your vitamin D levels checked?

I am also now waiting for an appointment for a bone density cytometry appointment. Not sure what that is as again I’ve never had one done before, have you?

REVIEW ON THE BEST HEAT PAD FOR NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN…

I have written before on heat pads for pain as I prefer heat to cold especially for the neck and shoulder.

My sister came to stay with me recently and unfortunately woke up one morning with really bad Neuralgia. She could hardly move her neck and she was sure the pain was coming from a nasty shoulder injury she has.

I immediately popped my neck and shoulder cushion from Pain Relief Cushions in the microwave and kept repeating the heat throughout the day. It wasn’t long before she could feel the benefit from the heat and the neck pain started to ease.

Like myself, I am sure other Fibromyalgia sufferers suffer from intermittent bouts of neck pain ( fibrocitis back in the day) which suddenly arrives for no reason whatsoever.

You can have the cushions filled with or without lavender and they have a five star rating on the Pain Relief Cushions website. The Soothing Shoulder Wheat Cushion is ideally suited to ease pain in the neck, shoulders and higher back areas. Perfectly weighted so that it stays in place, allowing the user to fully relax, whilst absorbing the scent of Lavender. This wheat bag measures Approx. 12.5″ x 8.5″.

They cost £21.99 but they have an offer on at the moment of 10% off the long cushion only via their e-store Current price £18.90 plus UK P&P £3.99 for one cushion 2 £5.99 p&p. This offer will be available until the end of March.