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SEPTEMBER 1st-30th- PAIN AWARENESS MONTH…

PAIN AWARENESS MONTH – 1st – 30th September – The theme for Pain Awareness Month 2022.

The World Health Assembly (WHA) – a subsection of the World Health Organization (WHO) – has declared September Pain Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising public awareness and understanding of pain. Many organisations around the world contribute, including the U.S. Pain Foundation, the International Pain Foundation and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

During September, the U.S. Pain Foundation will be sharing 30 stories of people living with pain over 30 days, while the AMTA has posted resources to inform people of the role of massage therapy in pain management strategies. Here at Pain Concern, we will be posting regularly on social media.

Everyone can play a part during this month by using the hashtag #PainAwarenessMonth.

You can also get involved by ‘liking’/‘following’ Pain Concern on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date and share the cause.

The British Pain Society ask us to help the BPS and others raise public awareness around pain during Pain Awareness Month! IASP share some fantastic resources on their website for Pain Awareness Month which we too shall be sharing!

The BPS share with you the first in a series of posters they are releasing to raise awareness of pain. This may be the first time in a while that you have had to consciously think about pain, but for some, it is a regular problem to manage and for others it is a constant feature of life, challenging every aspect of existence. Help is available.

The British Pain Society is the oldest and largest multidisciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain within the UK. Chronic pain is suffered by over a third of the population. It is commonly distressing and commonly highly disabling. It is devastating for individuals who suffer. Many cannot work and lose their jobs.

Treatment of pain is a fundamental human right, yet sadly there is an enormous gap between the care people require and what happens in practice. We also do not know enough about the cause and treatment of pain. Our alliance of professionals works collaboratively with patients and industry partners to advance the understanding and management of pain. We strive to reduce the suffering of people enduring daily pain.

Their multidisciplinary nature is pivotal in making The British Pain Society a uniquely relevant representative body on all matters relating to pain.

The Pain Doctor website has a list of 60 Must-Read Chronic Pain Books For Those Living In Pain and writes that one of the most challenging things for people with a chronic illness of any kind is the sense of isolation. The feeling that there is no one else who is having the same experience. One way that this can be counteracted is through media. Books, movies, and television that depict characters or tell the true story of people faced with the same challenges can help.

Source: British Pain Society Pain Concern Pain Doctor

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CHOCOLATE WITH CBD IN IT TO HELP EASE PAIN…

Chocolate with CBD in it sounds like a match made in heaven to me I don’t know about you?

I researched it and found out that according, to the website Cheerful Buddha, CBD infused with dark chocolate has a high content of antioxidants in the form of flavanols and polyphenols both of which have been linked to heart health and increasing blood flow to the brain.

It wasn’t long before I found lots of information about how chocolate with CBD in it can definitely help with pain. “THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and that is what causes the feeling or sensation of getting “high. However, unlike THC, CBD is NOT psychoactive.” This feature makes CBD a very attractive option for those looking for a pain reliever, or other symptoms without having the mind-altering effects of marijuana or other pharmaceutical drugs. Not only is CBD a pain reliever, but it can also reduce anxiety and depression, alleviate cancer-related symptoms, may reduce acne, and as mentioned before is good for the heart and many other potential benefits, writes Maui Chocolate & Coffee.

It is also known for its potent antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects.

The effects of a CBD chocolate bar are very similar to any other consumption method. Of course, these will vary from person to person. Most CBD users say that chocolate edibles help them to feel relaxed and calm, and allow them to unwind from daily stress, writes Premium Jane and they can also explain how you can make it yourself.

CBD coffee is also another find which seems to be on most websites that advertise CBD chocolate. Cheerful Buddha sell it ground, beans, decaffeinated, and they offer 10% off if you sign up to their newsletter, but most offer that for your first purchase.

All of the above information has made me want to give it a try as I am a chocaholic through and through. I found such a variation on the prices from £2.90 to over £20.

Some of the sites that caught my eye were Themptation who have quite an array of CBD Chocolate including CBD Mint Chocolate (one of my favourites) 40g bar for £3.55 melt in the mouth 74% Organic dark chocolate infused with our raw CBD oil. The 40g bars are also wrapped in a 100% home compostable film wrapper.

If you are not into dark chocolate then Radek’s Chocolate have a milk chocolate bar at £2.90 for 32g. Radek’s Chocolate have combined forces with Bristol CBD to offer this delicious, (and surprisingly vegan!) velvet smooth, Cashew Milk CBD Chocolate Bar. For an extra rich and satisfying experience, we’ve blended our carefully crafted cashew cream taste with the many benefits of CBD oil in this organic, vegan chocolate bar. Each 84g Cashew Milk CBD Chocolate Bar contains 42mg of Bristol CBD’s legendary 5% whole plant CBD oil made from organically grown hemp extract. Each 32g bar contains 16mg CBD. THey also sell CBD Brownies and CBD Coffee.

The funny thing was that I was actually going online to look for some CBD Tea when a chocolate bar popped it’s head up…..

Source: Cheeful Buddha, Maui Chocolate & Coffee Premium Jane Themptation Radek’s Chocolate

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THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE – A TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC PAIN…

The Bowen Technique has now joined the group of complementary therapies to be recognised by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) which provides an independent national standard of excellence.

CNHC is the only voluntary regulatory body for complementary healthcare to have official backing from the government. Its key function is to enhance public protection by setting standards for registration with CNHC.

The BOWEN technique was developed by Thomas Ambrose Bowen an osteopath from Australia in the 1960s and 1970s.

It has been called miraculous and is a soft tissue remedial therapy that involves the therapist using fingers and thumbs to move over muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia in various body parts.

The Bowen technique’s main feature is that the therapist leaves the patient to rest for a short while, allowing the body to decide what action needs to be taken in response to the moves given (sounds sooooo relaxing).

In Bowen Therapy, as well as the muscles, you work on the fascia. Fascia is an important, highly mobile, connective tissue, which runs throughout your body. It is via the fascia that we often address levels of tension and discomfort.

We purposefully move the fascia in a particular way to stimulate or relax muscle fibres in order to achieve:

  • Improved posture and flexibility
  • Pain relief
  • Improved mobility

You will also feel less stressed following a treatment, having taken time out of busy schedules to address your issues.

It’s a gentle non-invasive relaxing therapy to help free the body to its natural balance and healing. The Bowen Technique is a recognised hands-on complementary therapy, which many turn to for significant relief from troubling aches and pains and (often) to address long-standing problems.

The therapist uses only the thumbs and fingers to make gentle rolling movements over precise junctions of muscles, nerve pathways and blood and lymph circulation with periods of rest in between to allow the body to assimilate and respond to the information.

These moves send signals via the brain to the body’s soft tissues to realign and relax so that they can return to their natural, healthy state before tension or injury occurred. Pain is then released as the process of healing begins.

Increasing awareness and understanding of the role of fascia within the body have underpinned our appreciation that the body should be looked at holistically (as a whole). 

The Bowen Therapy Professional Association is an independent organisation of Bowen Therapists run by Bowen Therapists. The website is full of information on the Bowen Technique and has a list of therapists.

You can also find a great video on youtube on how the Bowen Technique can help with the pain of Fibromyalgia.

There is also a great book on the subject Bowtech – The Original Bowen Technique: Healing the body gently, Releasing pain and tension Paperback – by Manfred Zanzinger (Author), Sabine Knoll (Author)

Source: Bowen Therapy Bowen Technique Bowen Association CNHC