I’ve received another nomination for an award for my new Facebook Support Group
Since the awards inception in 2011, the WEGO Health Awards have proven to be one of the best ways to connect the healthcare industry with top patient influencers. It is the only awards program that recognizes Patient Leaders across all condition areas and platforms, with over 4,000 nominations in 2018 alone!
Thank you for nominating me for this Carole Sian.
With a number of different types of massage available from a physiotherapist to a beauty consultant, and from deep tissue massage to aromatherapy massage, choosing the right one for you is important and sometimes a bit baffling.
This is a list of FOUR of the most used massage treatment for pain and relaxation.
- Ayurvedic Massage they say is for when you are running on empty. There are different types of ayurvedic massage but if you’re feeling tired and out of sync then this is the one for you. Your body is massaged with warm herbal oils which they choose according to your Ayurvedic body type (107 Marma energy points). They then press these points but only gently and they are massaged in an anticlockwise or clockwise direction in order to detoxify and nourish your body. They say it is generally a relaxing experience and you can expect to come away feeling energised. To look for practitioners in your area head to the Ayurvedic Professional Association website.
- A Deep Tissue Massage they say is for when you are carrying serious tension and pain. A deep tissue massage helps to release chronic tension and pain. The therapist will give you a full-body massage ( or less if you prefer that) and they will go deep down to release muscle fibres and pain. They use aromatherapy oils like Lavender for pain and Rosemary for stiff joints. The touch is quite firm (you know you’re having the massage) and the strokes are slow, with deep finger pressure to help loosen the muscles and get your circulation moving around. This type of massage is excellent for low back pain, migraines, anxiety and jet lag. Head down to the Neals Yard Remedies website to find a local practitioner.
- An Aromatherapy Massage they say is for the anxious and stressed. They use oils like a deep tissue massage but a good therapist can make you feel a million dollars. It is a wonderful massage to unwind and let go of your tension which can then also help with the pain. Their consultation will have questions on your lifestyle as they say this helps them to choose the right essential oils. Oils such as Frankincense, Patchouli and Vetiver encourage rest and relaxation. The strokes from an aromatherapy massage are from light to deep depending or where you carry your stress and you should leave feeling a sense of deep relaxation. I couldn’t agree more, this is my favourite of all massages. To find your local therapist head to the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapist.
- A Lymphatic Drainage Massage they say is for when you have joint pain and inflammation. It is used to detox the lymph nodes to allow the body to flush it all out. It can help with joint swelling, arthritis, migraine, fluid retention, digestive issues, fatigue, immunity and much more. This massage starts with the lymph nodes in the neck and the junctions of the large lymph channels found on both sides of the body. The massage is a gentle rhythmic pumping technique which stimulates the lymphatic vessels which carry substances vital to the defence of the body and removes waste products. It is deeply relaxing and can leave you feeling tired at first but then you will feel much better. It has been known to help with improved immunity problems, better sleep, headaches and anxiety. To find your local therapist head to the Manual Lymphatic Drainage UK website.
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.
When you first see an Osteopath, (they were my first port of call when my back went wrong ) he or she will need to know the complete history of any problems you have, how they first occurred and what eases or aggravates matters, so a diary kept over a week or more before your visit would be a great help.
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.
Osteopaths believe their treatments allow the body to heal itself. In my younger years I had a great Osteopath. I would go in and see him bent to one side and I would leave him straight. He kept me off the operating table for a number of years.
Tim Everett owner of The Bad Back Company approached me at a health event recently and asked me if I would be interested in writing a regular post on his Specialist Blog about ‘A Day in the life of a Back Pain Sufferer‘.
Of course I said I’d be delighted to write for him. This is the link to my first introductory post which will lead onto my regular slot which I hope some of my readers will enjoy.
Tim is a practicing osteopath for over 20 years, and he recognised products that can assist with pain relief and injury recovery. He has a team of specialists whom he works closely with to ensure they have a large range of products for different conditions on his website, The Bad Back Company.
If you practice mindful breathing even just for a few minutes, this can help ease some of your pain.
The book, Every Breath You Take: How To Breath Your Way To A Mindful Life by Rose Elliot’s has all the techniques to help you practice the way to breath better.
Rose will help you observe and open your awareness to your breathing with 16 accessible mindful breathing exercises like how to sit quietly with your spine straight and your eyes closed. How to sit quietly, concentrating on one mindful breath after another. Feel peace and strength that this brings abc realise that, in this moment, all is well.
The Buddhist Centre explains that the simple discipline of concentration brings us back to the present moment and all the richness of experience that it contains. It is a way to develop mindfulness, the faculty of alert and sensitive awareness.