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

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

 

10 causes of neck pain and how to deal with it

Bowen Technique Daventry, Bowen Technique Milton Keynes, Bowen Technique Northampton, Choosewellbeing, Neck PainToday we are looking at causes of neck pain.  When you think that an average head weighs around 15 pounds and has the ability to move in such a complex way, it is no wonder that neck pain is so common. Most people suffer from neck pain at one time or another and it can be extremely debilitating.

Usually the area is feeling very sore and stiff, and there will be difficulty in moving the head in the normal way. You may also have shoulder pain accompanying the discomfort in the neck, and sometimes a headache. When you want to turn around you find that you have to move your body in order to do so.

Often neck pain will go away by itself after a few days but if you have neck pain that does not go away after a week then help may be required. Here we look at some common causes of neck pain and then at how to deal with it and when to visit your GP.

First of all here is a super video explaining about neck pain neck sprain and strain video

Causes of Neck Pain:

  • Whiplash – this is a very common neck injury which occurs usually during a car accident. It is caused when the head is forcefully moved backwards and/or forwards too rapidly and uncontrolled, and outside of the normal range of movement. This overstretches the muscles and ligaments in the neck and the resulting discomfort is caused when the muscles contract. It is a very painful condition and medical attention should be sought after any traumatic injury.
  • Muscle Strain – this can happen when you have been carrying out an activity which is unusual for you. For instance starting gym and doing sit ups.    If you ever talk on the telephone and hold the phone between your ear and your neck, this can cause muscle strain.
  • Osteoarthritis – conditions such as osteoarthritis cause gradual and progressive deterioration of the spine. The movement of the neck is restricted by the body creating bone spurs which then causes pain.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease – this causes damage to the discs in the spinal column and eventually causes a bulging disc or a herniated disc which causes pain.
  • Posture – sitting all day at a computer with the head pushed forward, texting and checking mobile devices frequently, not moving around and changing your position, being overweight, weak abdominal muscles, lack of exercise; these are all factors which contribute to neck pain as well as many other issues.
  • Your Job – people such as hairdressers can really suffer from neck pain due to the way they have to stand and hold their hands and arms for lengthy periods of time.
  • Jaw Problems – when there is a misalignment and derangement of the temporomandibular joint this can cause referred pain in the neck.
  • Emotional factors – the neck is very indicative of emotional problems such as stress, nervous tension, and anxiety.
  • Meningitis – if you have a stiff neck and also have a temperature, and a headache, this could point to meningitis or other infections. It is advisable to seek medical attention.
  • Torticollis – neck pain and pinched nerve. This happens when the muscle on one side of the neck goes into spasm. Usually you wake with this condition, and the head will be tilted to one side. Often this is due to your pillows being too low or too high, or sleeping on your stomach with your head on one side.

Treatment:

  • If neck pain is accompanied by a temperature then seek medical advice as a matter of urgency. If you suffer a trauma to the neck such as whiplash seek medical attention.
  • Seek the help of a Bowen Therapist, Chiropractor or Osteopath.
  • Book a massage treatment.
  • Look at the underlying causes – is it your posture? Are you stressed? Are there emotional factors? Is it your sleeping position? Have you been carrying out a new activity?
  • Gentle exercise.  I have included some links below to help you. skull-778073_1920

Video:  Exercises for pinched nerve and neck pain

Video:  Exercises for neck pain

Video: Exercises for torticollis

Bowen Technique and Neck Pain:

Bowen technique has been shown to be an effective and gentle treatment for neck and shoulder pain.  Out of 271 clients treated by Bowen Therapists, 86% showed a partial to full recovery after a series of just three treatments.  See link for full report.

Choosewellbeing:

I offer Bowen Technique treatments for neck pain as well as Aromatherapy Massage treatments.  I have clinics in Daventry, Northampton and Milton Keynes.  Call me today to see how I can help relieve your neck pain.

Thanks for reading

Choosewellbeing

 

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.

www.choosewellbeing.co.uk

 

 

 

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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.

Using computers and back ache

Using computers and back acheFor many years I worked in offices and ended up sitting for far too long at a computer screen. Here I am right this second doing the same thing, and as I think about it I automatically straighten my back and become aware of my posture.

I was reading an article on Facebook the other day about exactly this subject, and I shared it at the time. Here is the link, and it really does not make for cheery reading (sorry about that!) I know myself that I end up with blurry eyes, and a stiff back and painful neck. It is my body rebelling – but how often do I listen?

Things have Using computers and back achechanged so much over the last century; we weren’t built to be sitting all day. Years ago it was normal to spend our waking hours mostly on our feet but now the average office worker sits at their desk up to 9 hours a day. Then when we get home we sit on the couch with a sigh of relief.

The thing is, we don’t always have a lot of choice, do we, because of our Using computers and back achejob? In one place I worked there was one guy who had a standing desk, have you heard of those? I had never seen one before. I asked why and was told he suffered from back problems. I can’t see that happening with the majority of office workers, he was a director so I guess he could have whatever he liked. I wonder what it would be like to stand up whilst working in an office – has anyone tried it?

I read an article earlier where a guy recommended standing their desk higher by using the waste-bin and piles of books. Can you imagine the Health and Safety guys would have a field day, and you would get some real funny looks from your colleagues! Maybe not quite such a practical idea, but definitely inventive.

So, on a positive note here are some of my suggestions.

• The top of your computer screen should be level with your eyes so you should only need to look downwards about 10 degrees. It is any lower then you end up tilting your head in a downward direction and then you may experience back and neck pain. Alternatively if the screen is too high, you can get dry eyes. (I am now looking at my screen, it’s a laptop, and it is too low – need to adjust!)

• Go for a walk at lunchtimes and break times. I know it rains a lot in the UK. Take a brolly, Using computers and back achemake sure you have a rain proof jacket; you will honestly feel better for even just a ten minute walk.

• Park the car at the furthest space away from the office door that you can!

• Set an alarm on your phone for 30 minutes and focus and work really hard for that time, and then take a five minute walk around the office, to the bathroom, to the water fountain, anything. It saves you getting burnt out so you will be more productive. Repeat!

Here’s a nice 10 minute You Tube video with some simple exercises you can do while sitting at your desk.  There are lots of other little videos out there too, not all great, some better than others.

• If you live in the Milton Keynes, Northampton or Daventry area, why not book a relaxing Bowen Therapy session or Aromatherapy massage with me.

I hope you have found this useful. Any comments? Things you have tried? Looking forward to your feedback.

Sue