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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

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IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT THE BEST AROMATHERAPY OILS FOR XMAS TO HELP YOU SLEEP…

It’s Sleep Sunday and this week I thought I would write a little bit about the several types of OILS that can help you sleep. Neom Organics have a vast range and explain why each one can help you get a good night’s sleep.

Neom Organic who sells several sleep products says that 42% of you are sleeping less well. This is what they found out from a poll of over 2,000 of you, and we all know that sleeping well does wonders for so many things, including helping to boost your mood and stay energised throughout the day. Sprinkle the feel good this Christmas.

Whether it’s the darker nights, or the stress of the lockdown (or the anxiety of going back to ‘normal’) that’s causing sleep to elude you, Neom Organic can help. They have seven oils they think will help you sleep.

Lavender – Using lavender within an essential oil blend means that you can ensure those all-important calming aromas are released.

Chamomile – Chamomile is another essential oil that releases scents and fragrances associated with relaxation and sleep.

Ylang, Ylang – With a decidedly delicious sweet and florally scent, ylang ylang is often used to help relieve symptoms of stress and feelings of anxiousness to help you get a better night’s sleep.

Cedarwood – It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is associated with helping support better sleep through its sedative qualities.

Patchouli – Patchouli’s natural properties have been linked with an increase in the production of certain neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine (some say the happy hormones). What’s interesting about these neurotransmitters is that they are known to ease anxiety and stress so the use of the oil may well help you to have a continuous night’s sleep.

Jasmine – It has an association with reducing irritability, making it a great solution to help relax the mind and body before sleep.

Basil – A new one to me but Studies have shown that basil soothes mental fatigue, whilst also relieving stress. It’s ideal at bedtime, as it supports the wind-down process and allows the body to release tension too.

Neom says that the simplicity of combining the calming aromas of an essential oil with a relaxing routine at bedtime may well have a profound effect on how quickly you fall asleep and the quality of your sleep throughout the night. It may be that for you, a blend of multiple oils is the most effective.

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The NEOM Wellbeing Pod is a leader when it comes to electric oil diffusers and features a low energy LED light and a timer.

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THE UP’S AND DOWN’S OF TAKING LOTS OF MEDICATION FOR PAIN…

I’m sure many of my readers like myself happily take pills if they help with the pain but of course none of them come without side effects and addiction.

Some easy mistakes you can make with your medications could actually be quite life threatening.

After reading an article about a man who died through taking too many paracetamol tablets, it made me really think about the amount of drugs I am currently taking.

Apparently he suffered from bad sciatica and was warned he was using too much paracetamol but as he thought the ones prescribed by his GP were too strong, he just carried on taking the paracetamol.

His brother said that he would have a drink every night with two paracetamol and then take another two later.

The post-mortem examination found a high level of paracetamol in the man’s blood and damage to his liver. The cause of death was liver failure due to paracetamol overdose.

Of course with paracetamol readily available from a number of shops, I’m sure a lot of people do not realise just how many they are allowed to take.

Many people take over the counter pain killers like paracetamol without even reading the dosage on the box. So instead of maybe taking one four times a day, they take double that. And at the same time they may also take the prescription drugs that they have been given by their GP.

Unless your GP has approved the over the counter pain killers then do not take them until you have either read all the instructions on the back or spoken to your GP.

BUPA wrote in their article about over the counter painkillers that if you have mild-to-moderate pain, start by taking a non-opiate painkiller (such as paracetamol) or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (such as ibuprofen). Take it regularly and up to the largest recommended amount. If that doesn’t work and you still have pain, try a weak opiate medicine such as codeine. If that doesn’t work, talk to your pharmacist or GP.

You can buy over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers in several different forms, including:

  • tablets, caplets (longer tablets that are rounded at each end that may be easier to swallow) or capsules that you swallow
  • a powder or tablet to dissolve in water
  • a liquid or syrup
  • suppositories – soft, shaped tablets that you put into your anus
  • gels or sprays that you rub into your skin
  • patches that you put on your skin

You can buy OTC painkillers from a pharmacy, supermarket or other shops without a prescription from your GP. You can only buy packs of 16 tablets of paracetamol from a shop or supermarket. If you buy paracetamol from a pharmacist, you can buy a pack of 32 tablets or capsules. Shops and pharmacies can’t sell you any more than a total of 100 tablets or capsules in one go. This is to help prevent people from overdosing or accidentally taking too many.

They also point out that any medicine can be dangerous if you take too much of it. If you take too much paracetamol, it can cause serious liver damage, which can be life-threatening. Sometimes, there are no symptoms until a day or so afterwards. Taking too many NSAIDs can make you feel or be sick or cause hearing problems such as tinnitus. Taking too much aspirin can cause you to hyperventilate (breathe abnormally quickly) as well as hearing problems, and you may sweat a lot.

It’s getting a balance with your pain killers that is important. I weaned myself off the opioids I was on and felt so much better for it but recently my pain has been so bad that I have needed the odd one. I was shocked at how different I felt while taking them and it certainly made me think twice before taking too many of them.

The NHS website points out that the type of medicines that you need to treat your pain depend on what type of pain you have. They say that for pain associated with inflammation, such as back pain or headaches, paracetamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers work best.

If the pain is caused by sensitive or damaged nerves, as is the case with shingles or sciatica, it’s usually treated with tablets that change the way the central nervous system works.

The aim of taking medication is to improve your quality of life. All painkillers have potential side effects, so you need to weigh up the advantages of taking them against the disadvantages. The NHS website has a list of pain medications and the type of side effects you can experience with some of them.