KINESIOLOGY – A TREATMENT TO AID MUSCLES FUNCTION PROPERLY…

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. Kinesiology is gaining momentum and I could find a number of therapists in my area but I have not tried this personally.


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.

The Kinesiology Federation say it is a A bespoke treatment that’s as unique as you are.

As any qualified Kinesiology Federation member would tell you there is no such thing as a “typical” kinesiology session. The content of each session depends on the client’s needs at that time. Everyone is different. For example, even the same client may have different needs after an argument with her boyfriend than when she has over indulged food wise for a few days.

By treating each client as the unique individual they are, Kinesiology Federation members are better able to help you, the client, achieve a sense of health and wellbeing. Using a range of techniques the kinesiologist can then guide you to understand what kind of changes would best support your physical, emotional and mental health. This means that kinesiology can be seen as the therapeutic equivalent of buying couture clothes.”

And kinesiology is not just for people who are feeling below par. It can help you perform better at work, in sport and in other areas of your life by working with a kinesiologist to identify what factors in your life you could do with more (or less) of.

There is a very good infographic on Pinterest on the do’s and dont’s of using Kinesio Tape. Kinesio Tape are strips of bright coloured tape on arms, legs and torsos. Some athletes believe it has therapeutic effects. The tape was invented by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in the 1970’s. A U.K. website for this tape says it can help reduce inflammation, relax muscles, enhance performance, and help rehabilitation as well as supporting the muscles.

REVIEW ON THE BELDRAY DOUBLE SIDED SPRAY MOP…

For anyone who suffers from back pain keeping your wooden floors clean can be quite daunting but using the Beldray Double Sided Spray Mop makes it as easy as pie.

With two different sides to the mop, with varying textures, it can tackle most problems on the floor. However, its unique function is the spray canister it features just above the main head of the mop.

Simply fill it with cleaning liquid and spray the floor while you brush and mop, giving your floors a glimmering shine, all without the hassle of using a mop and bucket.

The microfibre mop head picks up and locks in dirt, holding onto it rather than pushing it around the floor. It has a reusable and replaceable microfibre cloth head although it’s easy to clean I just popped mine in the washing machine with some towels.

Features:

  • Seamless Switch Between Faces
  • Clean Floors and Windows
  • Spray Function Makes Cleaning Easy

It’s available at a number of places but the best prices are from B&M for £14.99 or Matalan for £15. I cannot praise this enough, it just makes it quick and simple.

 

AURICULAR THERAPY AS A TREATMENT FOR PAIN…

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Auricular therapy as a treatment for pain is a method of healing by stimulating different acupressure points on the surface of the outer ear. These areas are pricked with small, sterile, disposable needles in order to help many complaints.

In auricular acupuncture, the ear is seen as a micro system of the body. Auricular therapists believe that there are over 200 points on the ear that are connected to a particular organ, tissue or part of the body. So, if something is out of sync, its corresponding point on the ear may be sensitive or tender to touch and pressure, or a mark, spot or lump can be visible. Stimulation of the ear is then carried out by means of acupuncture needles, minute electric currents or a laser beam.

An auricular acupuncture session involves placing 5 or 6 small, sterile, disposable needles in each ear. The needles are placed in acupoints corresponding to the area to be treated, so they may place a needle in the neck point if you were suffering from pain in that area. It is claimed that the therapy can be helpful for various chronic conditions including rheumatism and arthritis.

The actual practice of manipulating needles in the ear to cure diseases is not a new therapy, but a very ancient one. It has been used for many hundreds of years in some Eastern and Mediterranean countries and in China and is also now becoming popular in the UK.

An interesting post on the Back, Neck Pain Centre website has some FAQ from interested customers and two questions I thought said it all – Does Auriculotherapy hurt?
For most, the procedure is painless. You may feel a tiny sensation in the ear where the point is being treated. This is usually for a second or two and then the sensation goes away. If it feels slightly uncomfortable we can decrease the intensity to where you do not feel it. Most of the time this isn’t necessary as the treatment is tolerable.

What conditions does Auriculotherapy help? – Auriculotherapy is good for acute painful problems alleviating pain almost immediately or within 24 to 48 hours. Auriculotherapy is good for chronic degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and other chronic painful conditions. Other conditions include diseases and dysfunctions of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary and cardiovascular systems. Auriculotherapy is very effective for treating addictions. In fact, Auriculotherapy has a seventy five to eighty percent success rate treating patients for smoking or nicotine addiction. There are currently more than 150 indications for the application of Auriculotherapy. Just ask Dr. Peck if Auriculotherapy is right for you.

A good book on the therapy is The Beginner’s Guide to Auricular Therapy: Application of Ear Seeds, by P.Sze There is also a great YouTube Video on the therapy.

ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY, A NEW WAY TO COPE WITH PAIN…

Pain is a natural experience in life but chronic pain is completely different. Long term pain can be one of the most difficult things to adjust to when living with the condition.

Acceptance and commitment therapy – spreading the idea that a lot of happiness is about learning to live alongside painful emotions rather than getting rid of them

ACT is different from the usual CBT which is used for chronic pain as it focuses on moving towards a vital life, rather than on pain managment. in ACT, the thought is accepted as a thought, e.g. “I am having the thought that this boat is going to sink”, and then defused using a variety of techniques, which may include mindfulness, metaphors and language.

It emphasis observing thoughts and feelings as they are without trying to change them and behaving in ways consistent with goals and life directions,.

It aims to help people create a rich and meaningful life while accepting the negativity that inevitbly comes with it.

In an article in Pain Matters they talk about how the workplace can too often be a challenging place for people in pain.

A quarter of those living with chronic pain will go onto lose their jobs. The workplace can be a challenge for anyone managing pain with 50 per cent of those with rheumatoid arthritis leaving work within a year. Hazel Muir explains to Pain Matters the importance of knowing your rights and being able to explain about your pain to employers and colleagues. Pop along to Pain Matters to read Hazel Muir’s full transcript on this matter.

 

 

 

 

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