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Firstly, what is Osteopathy ? Osteopathy is an alternative medical technique that uses manipulation and massage to help distressed muscles and joints to help them work smoothly.

Treatment can improve many parts of the body by restoring normal movement in areas that have become dysfunctional. This can then allow the tissue to nourish, replenish and repair in a more natural way.

The treatment first began in 1892 when a Dr. Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917) an American farmer, inventor and doctor, opened the first school of osteopathic medicine in the USA.

He looked for alternatives to medical treatments in his day which he felt were ineffective as well as harmful.

His new philosophy of medicine was based on the teachings of Hippocrates. The therapy aims to pinpoint and treat any problems that are of a mechanical nature. Our body’s frame consists of the skeleton, muscles, joints and ligaments and all movements or activities such as running, swimming, eating, speaking and walking depend on it.

Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints. It is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.

When you first see an osteopath he or she will need to know the complete history of any problems you have , how they first occurred and what eases or aggravate matters so a diary kept over a week or more before your visit would be a great help. An award winning Website run by an Osteopath called The Bad Back Company can provide you with the very best help with back and joint pain and has a large online shop for all your needs.

Secondly, what is Kinesiology? 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.

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.

So, which treatment is best for chronic pain? Well, when I search online it basically says that Kinesiology is a multi prong approach to pain management whereas an Osteopath generally treats acute conditions. Certainly over 30 years ago when my back first started going wrong I would regularly visit an Osteopath then as it became more chronic I visited a Chiropractor but I can honestly say that back then I had not even heard of Kinesiology.

Not Just Backs write that Research shows that manual therapy such as osteopathy can relieve pain, increase flexibility and improve quality of life for people with osteoarthritis. This is reflected in NHS guidelines which recommend manual therapy (stretching and manipulation), alongside exercise, weight loss and pain meds to manage symptoms.

Balance Wellness writes that Kinesiology uses the theory of muscle testing to discover the underlying causes contributing to health issues – be it physical, nutritional or emotional. The body clearly communicates to the practitioner what is needed. So, it’s not just a one off treatment but looks at nutritional recommendations, structural work, energy reflexes and emotional coaching to guide you back to your full health potential.

Personally, I think all alternative and complimentary therapies are worth a try to help with acute or chronic pain. What suits one might not suit another. What worked at first might stop working second time around but with some many alternative and complementary therapies available now, it has to be worth giving some a try.

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A study in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people who wore a lavender patch with 55ul or microliters of lavender essential oil reported better sleep compare to those who did not have the patch. The sleep patches from Bodytox, £23 for 14 patches.

  • Absorbs the body’s excrements
  • More restful night’s sleep
  • Promote health and well being
  • Aromatherapy with lavender may improve sleep quality
  • Also promote relaxation and lift mood

Another new way to help you sleep is the Tisserand Lavender Warming Body Wrap.

Feel soothed & relaxed with the Tisserand Lavender scented body wrap made with Flaxseed, fragranced with 100% natural pure Lavender Essential Oil.

Developed to warm tired muscles, relax the mind and ease tension. For extra comfort, this body wrap is comprised of three evenly weighted sections to easily mould to the body.

Simply heat your body wrap in the microwave to release the soothing aroma of Lavender and soothe the body and mind before you go to bed. Finish with a spray of Lavender on your pillow and enjoy a peaceful nights sleep. At £13.10 it would also make a great Christmas gift.

In aromatherapy, the lavender essential oil is highly regarded for its soothing and balancing effects. When used at bedtime, lavender helps to calm the mind and promote sleep.

It’s also used to soothe aches and pains and skin problems and as an insect repellent.

It lends a delicate flavour to casseroles, scones, roast lamb, and even ice-cream. It is a tonic to the cardiovascular and digestive system, it can lower blood pressure and can help to thin the blood due to the presence of coumarins.

Looking through the Internet brought me some brilliant websites which has some good products to help you sleep including slumber gel, which you apply to your temples and pulse points for only £7.95

Clear your head and be present in the moment with their mindful pulse point roller balls made with 100% natural pure essential oils. BREATHE DEEP blend of Orange, Petitgrain & Coriander gives your mind a break when it’s time to stop. MIND CLEAR blend of Peppermint, Lavender & Lemon allows you to declutter your mind & find clarity. REAL CALM blend of Lavender, Bergamot & Patchouli helps you to take time out & feel serene. Available from Amazon and other retailers – I keep mine in the drawer by my bed for if I am having a difficult night. £13

Take a warm bath with Lavender oils. Sprinkle a few drops of the essential oil of your choice in a candle diffuser, or dilute two drops in 1 tsp. of avocado or almond oil, then rub it onto the back of your hand.

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There are some lovely self-care boxes available on the internet which would lighten up anyone’s day especially now during these hard times. You could make one yourself or buy one. I have found some that start from £11. Some are subscriptions if you choose to do that, but you can also send a one-off box. You do not need to wait until Christmas to send one as it would make a lovely surprise for someone not expecting anything to drop through the letter box.

I don’t know about you but I get quite excited at the sound of something large coming through the letter box and although I have never received one of these boxes I do get my regular magazines that I have signed up to and some have some freebies in them or extra reading which makes them even heavier.

It is a fight between me and my husband as to who gets to the front door the quickest. The funny thing is that nine times out of ten the only envelopes for my husband are bills.

Here is my choice of some lovely self-care boxes.

A mini spa in a box which will contain the following – 1 jasmine scented tea light, 1 organic detox Pukka teabag, White chocolate jazzles (50g) 2 handmade heart bath bombs, Body moisturiser pouch and Bath salts in test tube all delivered with your own personalised message. All for £11 from Peace & Willow on Etsy.

  • A Hug in a Box Self Care Ladies Package which will contain the following – This box contains a variety of products to help aid relaxation – although each box may vary, but as you can see from the picture it includes lots like tea, chocolate, candle, sweets, hand cream and Vaseline. All for £19.95 from Dougie and Jarvis on Etsy.
  • The Mindful Box which was curated to bring tranquility in these chaotic times and inspired by the owner of LA DI DA Sweet Treats own journey with COVID 19, Sangita hopes it will encourage Brits to focus on self-care this winter. For every box sold 10% will be donated to their mental health partner charity, SANE. It contains organic aromatherapy oils to calming wax candle melts and delicious coated Oreos and delivered with your own message. It costs £25 from La Di Da Sweet Treats.
  • The Mindful Gifting Company make Mindful Gift Subscription Boxes but you can also buy as a one off like this lovely one. All their boxes are hand packed, with anything from 5-7 items. With a range of hand selected products, you will enjoy new things to do. A variety of products which they think will distract your mind and give you that much needed head space as well as indulgent beauty treatments to encourage self-care and nurturing of the body inside and out for £25
  • A pamper hug in a box which contains RoseMini Bath Hearts, Rose and Ylang Bath Salts,
    The Tub – Paraben Free Soap, A Little Pocket Hug, A Wish Bracelet and a Dairy Milk Chocolate Bar. All for just £13.50 with personalised message from Moomin Monkie at Etsy.