Any type of pain is …a pain!
But we need to remember that pain is our body’s way of telling something isn’t right. By listening to our body and addressing the cause, we can create a plan to manage or combat or manage pain efficiently and effectively.
A Naturopathic approach to managing pain may include applying a combination of herbs, nutritional and lifestyle strategies to reduce inflammation and improve the strength, structure and function of the underlying tissues and systems of the body that are being affected. Not only do we need to take into account the physical factors involved, but also how the condition can affect emotionally and mentally; as well as how it affects our ability to move, work and play. One study on back pain followed 100 people over a course of four years. The study reported that participants who scored low on the psychological tests were three times more likely to experience back pain by the end of the four years.
There are 3 top herbal remedies I use for reducing pain in my patients….
In recent years Acupuncture has become more well known as an option for labour induction if a pregnancy has gone over its ‘due date’. I often see women in the very late stages of pregnancy who are worried about being coerced into a medical induction should they go over 40 weeks. Depending on your circumstances there is good evidence to suggest that Acupuncture can help to promote the onset of labour. It is not as well-known as a safe, gentle and effective treatment option for a number of common pregnancy related problems.
Perhaps this is because we have a culture of telling women that the ailments we experience in pregnancy are just a part of the process that we have to ‘put up with’. Or it may be that due to the natural instinct of protecting our growing baby women are unsure of what interventions they can have that are safe. A natural and understandable reluctance to take medication means that many women suffer with an assortment of health challenges un-necessarily. [read more....…]
Many professional and Olympic athletes include Sports Massage in their training programme to keep their performance level high. It helps strengthen and tone your muscles and get you ready to perform at your best. It also reduces the risk of injury. On their website, the Australian Sports Commission recommends Sports Massage as a physiological and psychological strategy for recovery.
However, Sports Massage is not just for top athletes but also for amateur athletes, those who do physical work and even people who take their dog out for a walk. [read more....…]
Until I came to Australia, ‘massage’ meant ‘Shiatsu’ to me. In Japan, the majority of massage done is Shiatsu.
Shiatsu is a Japanese style massage, which means “finger pressure”. The Shiatsu therapists apply pressure using not only fingers and thumbs, but also the palm of the hand and elbows. Some even use their knees and feet. Pressure is applied in a continuous rhythmic sequence following meridian lines (energy lines) as used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Shiatsu is mainly used for reducing muscle stiffness and works well with many chronic conditions. There are several research papers on the effects of Shiatsu. The Shiatsu Society UK has published a few of these papers on their website. In general, Shiatsu works on:
- Lower back ache
- Digestive disorders
- Tight shoulders
- Arthritis pain
- Joint pain