Migraine Awareness Week 4th to 10th September 2016

Migraine Awareness WeekDid you know that migraine affects 1 in 7 people.  That’s over 8 million people in the UK. If you are a sufferer then you will know how debilitating this disorder is. It’s not just a bad headache.  I started suffering from migraines at the age of 13 and I know first hand how migraines can negatively impact your working and social life.

Migraine is a complex neurological disorder and working out what triggers them is very difficult – often there is no known cause.

There are a range of treatments on offer from medication, including preventative medicines, then there is botox, also there are various supplements which may help, and there are hands on treatments such as Bowen Technique and Acupuncture.  Everyone is different and what works for you might not work for someone else.  Here is a link to the Migraine Trust website listing details on different treatments available.For me personally I couldn’t find a food trigger but I know that stress is a major factor.  As well as having a monthly Bowen treatment from a colleague, I started taking Magnesium about 18 months ago and I find this works amazingly well for me.  Studies show that people who suffer from migraine may have low brain magnesium during attacks and may suffer from magnesium deficiency.  It certainly worked for me and is definitely worth looking into.  This link gives you the full story. Be aware though that magnesium can interact with other drugs so refer to your GP if you have concerns.  The same link tells you about Feverfew, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin B2, and others.

Bowen Technique can help to bring relief to migraine sufferers.  Here is a super video created by my colleague, Jane Robbins, interviewing a client who suffered from migraines explaining her experiences and how Bowen helped her.  Certainly many of my clients have found Bowen to help them.  Also do check out the Bowen Therapists Professional Association website for testimonials.

 

Finally, The Migraine Trust is a UK based charity promoting research into migraine. If you would like to make a donation to the Migraine Trust you can do so by following this link.

If you would like to talk to me about Bowen for migraines then do contact me.

Thanks for reading,
Sue Sig

Bowen Therapy and Chronic Pain

Bowen Therapy and Chronic Pain

According to current estimations, it is reported that 14 million people are living with chronic pain in England alone.  Bowen and Chronic PainOne in four of these people say that their pain stops them from carrying out their usual activities such as work for at least 14 days in the previous three months.  Chronic pain is hugely debilitating and can cause depression.

Factors that can cause chronic pain include the way we live our lives in modern times, often sitting for long periods of time at a desk in a posture poor position, with our bodies not moving as they were meant to.

When you are suffering from chronic pain you may feel desperate and think that there is nothing that can help.  There are many complementary therapies that you can try, chiropractic, osteopathy, acupuncture, massage – but have you heard of Bowen Technique?  Bowen Technique or Bowen Therapy offers a gentle yet effective treatment for many long standing issues.  I specialise in a type of Bowen called NST (Neurostructural Integration Technique) which is an advanced form of Bowen and Spinal therapy.   It is a soft tissue treatment which incorporates a series of  rolling movements in very specific areas.  Clients suffering from back pain, neck pain, problems with TMJ (jaw), headaches, sporting injuries, chronic fatigue and emotional depression have found this therapy helpful.  It is also supremely relaxing.

The best way to find out what a treatment is like is to try one for yourself.  I have clinics in Northampton, Milton Keynes and Daventry and if you would like to book a treatment please click here to find out more.

Thanks for reading

Sue

How To Deal With Stress – 4 Easy Ways

How To Deal With Stress.

How To Deal With Stress – 4 Easy Ways

As much as we enjoy the emerging flowers and longer (slightly warmer) days during April, it is the time of year when we realise that time is going too quickly and there is a lot to do and plan. Maybe that’s why April is Stress Awareness Month; to remind us to take care of ourselves, and not let stress go unchecked. Here are 4 easy ways to deal with stress:

Meditation

Meditation does not have to be about sitting cross-legged, chanting, and reaching enlightenment. It can simply be about creating a moment of stillness in your mind as a way to become more relaxed. Just one minute, 60 seconds of meditation, can dramatically improve your mood, your productivity and the quality of your day.

Exercise

It can be difficult to make time for exercise when you are up to your eyes, and you are feeling stressed. But that’s when it becomes even more important. Exercise can relieve the physical symptoms of stress like fatigue, pain, and moodiness. If you can’t make time for daily workout, try to fit a 5-10 minute walk outside into some part of your day. A little goes a long way when you need it.  If you want to get healthy but hate the thought of a noisy fast-paced gym, and do have time for a regular class, you can do no better than visit The Body IQ Studio in Wolverton, Milton Keynes, to check out their classes.

Giggle and hum

Both laughter and music can lower the blood pressure. In fact, this study showed that 3 months of laughter or music therapy resulted in the same drop in blood pressure that could be achieved with a low-salt diet, losing 10 pounds, or taking a blood-pressure-lowering medication. So put the funny videos on or start singing along to the radio.

Bowen Technique and Aromatherapy Massage

Regular treatments can improve sleep, relieve headaches, reduce muscle pain, and improve moods. Plus, these therapies make you feel good. Read about Bowen Technique’s effects on stress and about how Holistic Aromatherapy Massage helps relieve stress.

When you feel good, you play more, work more efficiently, and take better care of the people you love. Schedule a treatment now to prepare for a busy (and fun) spring!

Commit to taking care of yourself this spring!   You may be surprised with the results.

Thanks for reading my ideas on how to deal with stress.  Remember to sign up to my monthly newsletter to be the first to receive special offers.

Sue


 

Some Unexpected Benefits of Drinking Water

Benefits of Drinking WaterHow Much Do You Drink:  If you have been for a treatment with me, you will know that I will ask you during the consultation how much water you drink daily.  I will often also test this with a simple kineseology test.  The majority of people answer honestly that they do not drink enough.  Most people say apologetically that they drink plenty of tea/coffee/herbal tea/juice/squash but not water. So that’s okay, isn’t it? Most people say they don’t like drinking water, it’s bland, it’s boring.

Let me give you some benefits of drinking water which may not be what you expect.  Also, to help you, at the end is a calculator to work out how much you as an individual should be drinking.

Benefits of drinking waterWater at a Cellular Level:  Our bodies contain something like 70 to 100 trillion cells.  By the time you have read this short blog, 50 million of your cells will have died and will have been replaced by new cells.  This is amazing isn’t it?  Some of these cells come to the end of their life naturally and some are lost through wear and tear and the remainder self-destruct.  Every single cell in our body is carefully controlled so that we have just the right amount of each type of cell.  Cells in the stomach are replaced every 2-9 days. Cells in the skin 10-30 days.

Common sense tells us that if we have healthy cells then we have a healthy body.  So how do we ensure we have healthy cells?  Basically a healthy cell is one where the nutrients can get in easily and the toxins eliminate easily.  How do we make sure that happens?  Adequate hydration – benefits of drinking water.

Think about all the food and drink we put into our bodies.  The cells in your body are working hard to eliminate the waste.  If we are constantly dehydrated then the cells can’t elimiate the toxins and the waste, and they can’t take in new nutrients.  Everything becomes sluggish.  Every detoxification process in the body including breathing, urinating, sweating, defecating require water.  If our body stagnates through lack of fluid then the toxins become stored in places in our body – away from major organs.

Our bodies are something like 70 percent water.  Babies are about 80 to 90 percent water and elderly people are only 50 to 60 percent water.

Benefits of Drinking WaterWater and Back Pain:  Clients presenting with back pain may be able to help themselves just by drinking more water.  Yes you read that correctly.

Water plays a massive role in the health of your back and spine.  Your back ache could be because of a lack of hydration.  How?  Between your vertebrae lie disks, the outer part is tough and designed to take25% of our weight, while the inner substance is primarily water and takes 75% of our weight.  All day long as we sit and stand gravity pushes us down, water is squeezed out of those disks.  When we go to bed the disks slowly rehydrate.  This system works fine so long as we do our part – supplying adequate water levels.  What happens when we don’t?  There isn’t enough fluid to fully rehydrate the inner disk, meaning that the whole disk becomes compromised.  The inner disk fails and the outer ring has to take more weight.  You then feel pain, there can be swelling.  If we ignore this and carry on more damage occurs, hernated disks and ruptures.  One of the benefits of drinking water is preventing needless back pain.

This shows that the simplest and most effective way to reduce your back pain is simply to increase your daily intake of water.  Don’t wait until you are thirsty, by the time you are thirsty you are already dehydrated.

Symptoms of Dehydration:

  • Dark coloured urine
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Confusion and irritability
  • Poor concentration – brain fog
  • Dry mouth
  • Tiredness and lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Cramp
  • Backache

Water Consumption Calculator:

I have provided a link which takes you to an external site called h4initiative.com.  You will need your height in cms and your weight in kgs (so if you still think in imperial measurements like me then you might want to go to Google to convert your weight and height first and make a note of it before clicking on the calculator).  According to this I should be drinking 1.9 litres a day so I need to up my intake too.   CLICK HERE FOR CALCULATOR.

If you would like to read more, please take a look at this excellent blog by Health Ambition.

I hope this article gives a bit of insight into why I am always asking about your water intake!

Thanks for reading.

Sue

 

Bowen Technique and Arthritis

Bowen Technique and ArthritisTomorrow, 12th October, is World Arthritis Day. This day was first observed 19 years ago by Arthritis Rheumatism Internation and it is now held worldwide with the aim to get awareness of this condition known about.  It is important that sufferers and carers know where to find help.

To find out what is happening and find out more information visit the World Arthritis Day website.   There is a knowledgebase of helpful details.

Arthritis can be so painful and debilitating as anyone who suffers will tell you.  Mostly you think of it as something that starts as you get older, but it can start at any age.  GP’s spend a lot of their time seeing patients with arthritic pain and are often prescribed with anti inflammatory drugs.

Bowen therapy has been found to help with the symptoms of arthritis and offers a more holistic approach.  Bowen can also help with low mood, and this can be something that goes hand in hand with arthritis.  It is such a gentle approach, and relaxes the whole body.  When we have pain in one area of our body, we tend to over-compensate by using other parts of our body, for instance if we are suffering from pain in our left knee, we will tend to favour our right side to try to relieve the pain.  In doing so we then cause an un-natural stress in our bodies, which then causes issues in other areas.

The way Bowen can help is by relaxing the fascia and thus relieving tension in the surrounding tissues allowing the body to return to a balanced state.  Bowen is a tool to help manage the pain of arthritis along with a good diet, gentle exercise, and treatment from your GP.

Because the Bowen moves are gentle and effective it is very suitable for people of all ages. No forceful manipulation is carried out.  If people are unable to lay on the therapy couch, treatments can be done sitting, and can be carried out through light clothing.

Generally after a Bowen treatment clients tell me that their whole body feels much looser, and that they feel extremely relaxed.  It is not unusual for people to even fall asleep during a treatment.

Bowen treats the whole body, so we are not treating the arthritis, but we are treating you, and you may well be surprised by the benefits that you feel from this amazing therapy.

Give Bowen a try, book an appointment today and find out how every body is better with Bowen.  Clinics in Daventry, Milton Keynes and Northampton.

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Bowen Technique in Northampton

I was born in Northamptonshire and a regular outing when I was a child was a bus ride to Northampton with Mum. Mum and Dad never learned to drive so it was buses everywhere. I was always terrified because as soon as Mum sat in a bus she fell asleep, and I was always thinking we would miss our stop, but we never did. It scarred me for life, as I hate bus travel now! I would love to include a picture of a bus but they just don’t make them like that anymore.

Bowen Technique in NorthamptonDoc Martens
Mum worked in a shoe factory which made Doc Martens shoes and boots. I always wanted a pair of Doc Martens with daisies painted on them, and I still haven’t fulfilled that dream. I might go shopping in a minute. Not sure how a Bowen Therapist in Doc Martens would look – pretty good I should think?

Kinky Boots?
So when you think of Northampton the thing you might think about is shoes and boots, (wasn’t the film Kinky Boots based in Northampton?), and Northampton Saints, and the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival to name but a few. Also my son has just moved into a flat in Northampton, and I have just started at Therapies At Wootton Fields, my new clinic. So much going on in Northampton! Well in my life anyway.

Bowen Technique in NorthamptonStaying Upright
So, high heels, very lovely to look at, not always so easy to walk in, especially when you are already 5’9” like me, so I am probably safer in a pair of Doc Martens to be perfectly honest. Did you know that 1 in 10 women wear high heels at least 3 days a week? However, a third have fallen while wearing them. Many women suffer permanent problems due to wearing heels for a prolonged period of time. It doesn’t just hurt your feet, it damages your back.

So here’s a few of the issues which your heels might be causing you:

Bowen Technique in NorthamptonOn Your Tippy Toes
Because your toes are constantly bent into an unnatural position, a range of ailments can ensue such as ingrowing toenails and damaged leg tendons. You can also develop bunions (I have personal experience of this.) You can cause nerve damage and can end up with knee and hip problems and your body tries to compensate by balancing your posture. Then you may get lower back pain, sciatica and may develop plantar fasciitis. The muscles in your calf may shorten and then when you take off your shoes you notice pain.  Just to mention a few things.

Lets Cheer You Up Again
Well that was all a bit depressing. So what can I do? I love my heels I hear you saying….
Okay so here’s the thing. You can do some things to help:

  1. Save the heels for the days when you know you aren’t standing and walking around too much.
  2. Get some heels which are a bit lower and have more room for your toes.
  3. Alternate what you wear, day by day, and maybe during the day, so take a pair to swop, and when you know you have to walk have a comfortable pair handy.
  4. Buy some nice soft insoles. Check your foot arch too, to see that you have enough support.
  5. Be sure that you have bought the right size shoes, often one foot is bigger than the other so you need to accommodate the biggest foot, yes I know it sounds obvious but we have all done it.
  6. Stretch your feet and legs every day.
  7. Bowen Technique in Northampton
    Last but not least. Get some Bowen.  If you are already in pain, come for a Bowen treatment. People suffering from a wide range of problems including plantar fasciitis, sciatic and knee problems have benefitted and obtained relief from Bowen treatments. Of course we don’t just deal with feet and legs, we deal with the whole body.

Sue

PS This blog was aimed at females, sorry guys, (unless you are wearing heels of course), but remember, men can have Bowen too.