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Crystals are decorative, fascinating gemstones and come in all shapes and sizes. They have magical powers and properties. They generate, store, regulate, transmit and transform energy. It is a holistic therapy that has been used throughout ancient times for physical healing. So, if you were deficient in a specific type of energy you were given a specific stone to wear.

Everything in the universe is made up of some sort of energy. The chair you sit on, the cup you drink out of. When a person’s mind or body is in disharmony through unsettled thoughts or disease, a crystal placed on or near the person is supposed to transform the person to a state of balance and harmony.

By putting out good vibes they harmonize the atmosphere and transmit good energy. Energy means that they can be used for certain tasks, such as directing healing energy to a specific point that may have a blockage.

While you wear your crystal as jewellery or in a pouch, the crystal vibrations work continuously on your imbalances. They say it is important to keep the crystal on you all the time (24hrs a day) for at least 21 days in order for the cleansing process to be initiated.

It can take up to three to four months or longer to harmonise your body and if you carry on wearing the stones or crystals after that period, they say you will achieve continuous stability.

Some people claim that crystals promote the flow of good energy and help rid your body and mind of negative energy for physical and emotional benefits. However, it’s important to know that there’s almost no scientific evidence to support the use of crystals.

Healthline writes that healing crystals for health include –

  • Clear quartz: a clear crystal considered a master healer and believed to support the entire energetic system
  • Jasper: a nurturing stone said to provide support during times of stress
  • Obsidian: believed to help process emotions and experiences and aid in letting go
  • Amethyst: used for healing, purifying, and enhancing willpower
  • Bloodstone: said to improve circulation and provide support to blood-related issues

The Therapy Directory explains Crystal healing is an energy-based system. This means it is based on the belief that we are all made up of different energies and that when this becomes stagnant, unbalanced, or blocked, it can cause illness. The premise is that crystals help unblock, balance, and direct energy where it is most needed, gently supporting the body to heal in a therapeutic way.

There is also a very good book on this type of healing called ‘The Modern Guide to Crystal Healing: Includes over 400 crystals to transform your life’ by Philip Permutt’

In this comprehensive guide, best-selling author and crystal expert Philip Permutt reveals the amazing ability of crystals to heal and energise, with details of over 400 crystals and how they can help a huge range of common ailments and enhance every part of your life.

With crystal remedies for more than 250 common ailments and a directory of over 400 crystals, as well as detailed explanations of the most effective healing methods, this book is the ultimate guide to healing with crystals. By drawing on the unique qualities of crystals, you can balance the energy fields around your body and home to bring wellbeing and gain health benefits. Crystals can help soothe emotional problems such as anxiety, mood swings and shyness, as well as physical symptoms such as migraines and allergies. Illustrated with colour photographs, and supplemented with exercises to try, The Modern Guide to Crystal Healing is the ultimate practical reference from a highly respected healer and teacher.

They can make a lovely gift – The Essential Healing Crystal Sets Gemstones is a complete Charka Healing Crystal kit for you to immediately get the most from you healing crystal and balance your chakras. Healing crystals set includes a set of irregular 7 chakra stones, a white crystal pendant, a string of 7 chakra bracelets, and a love pink crystal.Size: pendant: 3~6cm, stone: 12~20mm, love: 30*10mm, adjustable bracelet.

Source: The Therapy Directory Amazon Healthline

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Osteopenia is when your bones are weaker than normal and your bone density is lower than the average adult, but not so far gone that they break easily, which is the hallmark of osteoporosis. Your bones are usually at their densest when you’re about 30. Osteopenia, if it happens at all, usually occurs after age 50. The exact age depends on how strong your bones are when you’re young. If they’re hardy, you may never get osteopenia. If your bones aren’t naturally dense, you may get it earlier. Aging is the most common risk factor for osteopenia.

I wrote an article Osteopenia and Back Pain in April last year.

Osteopenia is considered a chronic condition, but it affects everyone differently. While some people with osteopenia may struggle to complete daily tasks without experiencing intense back pain or injuring a bone, other people don’t even realize they have this condition.

Osteopenia is a condition in which a person’s bone density levels are lower than normal, increasing their risk of spinal fractures and other injuries.

Sinicropispine writes – People are more likely to develop osteopenia as they age. When the body ages, it begins to lose bone density. Nothing can completely halt this process. However, there are certain risk factors that can increase a person’s likelihood of developing osteopenia or osteoarthritis, including:

  • Smoking & Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Lack of calcium in the diet
  • Not getting enough exercise

Osteopenia can make a person more vulnerable to certain spinal conditions and injuries. Bone loss can greatly increase a patient’s risk of spinal vertebrae fractures.

Typically, most patients don’t even realize they have osteopenia until they sustain an injury (i.e. spinal fracture) that may indicate the condition. Bone density scans are recommended for patients between the ages of 65 and 70. If you have a family history of osteoporosis, you should get a density scan at age 60 or earlier.

I have suffered from chronic back pain for over 20 years and I was diagnosed with Osteopenia three years ago and had another DXA bone scan in January for which I am waiting for the results. I have never smoked so I didn’t need to stop that but I was given daily calcium tablets to take.

You can take action to prevent osteopenia. The right exercise and food choices may help keep your bones strong. If you have osteopenia, ask your doctor how to improve and prevent worsening so you can avoid osteoporosis.

Source: Sinicropispine

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According to EurikAlert in a recent study from University Hospitals (UH) Connor Whole Health, researchers found that patients who have recurrent or ongoing pain after lumbar spine surgery may seek out a therapy called spinal manipulation, which targets the joints of the spine. The study, published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, found that those providing spinal manipulation for these patients typically use gentle techniques.

There is little evidence for its use in patients with previous low back surgery.

Spinal manipulation is a type of manual therapy (i.e., hands-on treatment) directed to the spinal joints, and can involve a variety of techniques. It combines moving and jolting joints, massage, exercise, and physical therapy. It’s designed to relieve pressure on joints, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function. It’s often used to treat back, neck, shoulder, and headache pain.

Chiroprators use this treatment for numerous problems of the spine. I saw a chiropractor many times and for many years until it was obvious that surgery was the only option but many a time I would go in crooked and come out straight. They also use it to treat other disorders too, such as menstrual pain and sinus problems.

Chiropractors are not the only health care providers who utilize spinal manipulation for back pain treatment. Many osteopathic physicians will provide a variety of types of spinal adjustments, such as the spinal manipulation and mobilization described in this article. Occasionally, other types of health care professionals, such as physical therapists or physiatrists, will be trained in providing spinal manipulation as well.

Source: Eurekalert Spine Health