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WORLD REFLEXOLOGY WEEK 19th-25th SEPTEMBER 2022…

WORLD REFLEXOLOGY WEEK – 19th – 25th September – World Reflexology Week takes place every year in the last full week in September.  It is about promoting reflexology and raising awareness of reflexology among the public on a global level.  At the AoR they always have members across the UK who run events offering taster sessions of reflexology; either for free or for a small donation.

The main benefits of reflexology are that it unblocks energy channels and has a relaxing effect. It can also stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms and help with pain relief.

Records dating back as far as 2,700BC show that ancient Eastern Chinese Cultures practised massage to heal a number of ailments. Egyptian tombs have also been discovered to have images of figures being massaged. It is also well known that Julius Caesar underwent daily massages to treat nerve pain.

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 applying pressure on your hands and feet to these zones it will stimulate the flow of energy back through your body to the area that needs it.

The neck which is highly prone to tension could respond well to reflexology. To work on your neck reflex cup one thumb in the other hand so that it is resting between your index and middle fingers. Use your working thumb to walk along the bone of the thumb from the first to the second joint. Make seven small steps along the bones, to represent the seven vertebrae in the neck.

Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary health therapy that can be effective in promoting deep relaxation and wellbeing; reducing stress in people’s lives can be key in optimising good health and building resilience. It is a touch therapy that is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body and reflexologists work these points and areas.

However reflexology is viewed, there can be no doubt that what it does provide is a period of time for relaxation where the client has one-to-one attention and supportive touch in an empathetic listening environment. Reflexology can be used safely alongside standard healthcare to promote better health for their clients.

Love Reflexology writes some ways you can share what reflexology is and how it can support your clients including:

  • Hosting taster treatments;
  • Giving a talk to a local group (this could be online or in-person);
  • Writing a blog;
  • Contacting a local radio station to talk about reflexology;
  • Sharing information on your social media pages.

There has never been a better time to promote reflexology as more people are seeking out ways to boost their well-being following the challenging two years everyone has lived through.

Pub Med wrote that data collected showed pain intensity scores were reduced by reflexology, and this decrease improved progressively in the first and sixth weeks of the intervention, indicating a cumulative dose effect. The results of the study implied that the inclusion of reflexology in the routine care of patients with fibromyalgia could provide nurses with an effective practice for reducing pain intensity in these patients.

Source: AOR Back Pain Blog UK Love Reflexology Pub Med

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BLOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH AND WORLD LYMPHOMA DAY -15th SEPTEMBER 2022…

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and as lymphoma is the most common form of blood cancer we aim to raise awareness of the symptoms and of the vital support we offer anyone affected.

What is Lymphoma? Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer.

Lymphoma develops when white blood cells called lymphocytes grow out of control. Lymphocytes are part of your immune system, which help to fight infection. Lymphocytes travel around your body in the lymphatic system carrying a fluid called lymph. The lymph fluid passes through glands (lymph nodes), which are spread throughout your body. For this reason, lymphoma might also be referred to as a cancer of the immune system. 

Lymphoma, leukaemia and myeloma are all types of blood cancer (also known as ‘haematological’ cancers). Although there are similarities between some types of lymphoma and leukaemia, most types develop differently. They also behave differently and are treated differently.

Every 27 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with lymphoma. You can help us make a difference this September. Be part of our 27 in 27 campaign during Blood Cancer Awareness Month to raise vital funds and awareness so they can keep providing emotional support and trusted information to anyone affected. Raise £27 in 27 days. The Lymphoma Action website has lots of ideas on how to raise £27 in 27 days.

You could also join in with the step out for lymphoma and get sponsored to walk 270,000 steps during the month of September!

Join Lymphoma Action’s dedicated Facebook group to connect with others taking on the challenge and raise funds quickly and easily.

WORLD LYMPHOMA DAY – 15th September – World Lymphoma Awareness Day is held on 15 September every year around the world. Since its launch in 2004, it has been a day dedicated to raising awareness of lymphomas, and cancers of the lymphatic system. 

In 2022, they are calling for improvements when it comes to diagnosing, treating and tracking lymphomas:

  • We Can’t Wait any longer to address the ways the pandemic has affected people living with lymphomas. This includes delayed access to treatment and care, hesitancy in seeking medical care, delays in diagnoses and an increased mental health burden to people living with lymphoma and caregivers.
  • We Can’t Wait any longer to track lymphoma subtypes. When we track subtypes, locally and globally, we will understand the actual disease prevalence and outcomes and improve patient care and research.

Lymphoma is the UK’s fifth most common cancer but is not well known and the signs and symptoms are often overlooked. 

On World Lymphoma Awareness Day help raise lymphoma awareness and vital funds by going purple! Get your family, friends and work colleagues involved and turn the world around you purple #PurpleForLymphoma

Source: Lymphoma Action Lymphoma Coalition Back Pain Blog UK

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EUROPEAN MOBILITY AWARENESS WEEK 16th-22nd SEPTEMBER 2022…

EUROPEAN MOBILITY AWARENESS WEEK – 16th – 22rd  September – is the European Commission’s flagship awareness-raising campaign on sustainable urban mobility. It encourages behavioural change in favour of active mobility, public transport and other clean, intelligent transport solutions. The annual theme for 2022 is ‘Better connections. Find out more about this year’s theme, here

With more towns and cities joining each year, the campaign continues to drive Europe, and beyond, toward sustainable urban mobility. Explore past campaigns, mobility actions and news via our website and learn how your community can participate!

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is the European Commission’s annual flagship awareness-raising campaign on sustainable urban mobility. It promotes behavioural change in favour of active mobility, public transport, and other clean, intelligent transport solutions.

The event culminates in the popular Car-Free Day. Local authorities are encouraged to use the main week to try out innovative planning measures, promote new infrastructure and technologies, measure air quality, and get feedback from the public.

With more towns and cities joining every year, and with its huge media appeal, the campaign is widely recognised as a driving force towards sustainable urban mobility in Europe and beyond.

The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2022 annual theme ‘Better connections’ seeks to highlight and foster synergies between people and places that are offering their expertise, creativity and dedication to raising awareness about sustainable mobility and promoting behavioural change in favour of active mobility, in addition to reaching out and making connections between existing groups and new audiences. 

The five pillars of ‘Better connections’ are:

  • People
  • Places
  • Packages
  • Planning & Policy

Source: Eltis Mobility Week Back Pain Blog UK