Pain in the head, pain in the joints, pain from injury, pain in the ar**...maybe we need to talk about the last one in a separate blog!
Why do we have pain? What is the purpose?
It's not just annoying or inconvenient. Pain is our bodies way of bringing awareness to certain areas so we can nurture them and protect them. Pain is important but our response to it can either help or hinder it.
15yrs ago I was unglamourously knocked off my bike (the pedal type) by a great big bus in London. Sadly not a double decker! The pain was intense and my understanding very low. A friend of my mother's suggested I 'embrace the pain and enjoy it'! Back then it was all a little to 50 Shades for me but I get it now!
I'm not suggesting that excruciating pain is 'OK' or that we should all 'shut up and put up'. Not at all! There are ways of dealing with pain in a physical and mental level that don't involve conventional pain killers. Conventional pain killers have a place but right alongside other modalities that allow us to cope with the pain. The less conventional pain killers we need to take the better! Seminars on chronic pain management often refer to meditation and mental strategies to cope with the pain as it is well understood that pain killers come with a host of unwanted side effects and can seriously effect other organs (usually liver and kidneys).
While the ultimate goal may seemingly be to alleviate the pain maybe we need to re-think that and consider 'How can we better cope with the pain as we heal?'.
Pain is a massive area in Homeopathy. There are literally thousands of remedies indicated for all types of pain in all types of places...chronic pain must be dealt with by a trained Homeopath. If you want results with chronic pain make an appointment!
Homeopathy may help with the physical pain as well as your ability to cope with it. Once the mind is settled we can cope with pain a lot better.
Here's a few acute remedies I ALWAYS have in the house! This is a taste of what is available. There are so many more...
Arnica: for bumps and bruises this is my go to. It may also address the shock of the fall. Often these injuries lead the victim to pushing help away saying 'I'm fine, there's nothing wrong.'
Chamomilla: the bomb for teething pain! Grumpy kids that can't be pleased (or grumpy pre-menstrual women).
Cantharis: for the pain of minor burns (including sunburn) this may be just what you need.
Rhus tox: may be what that rolled ankle needs if you find they are stiff in the morning and better for a bit of gentle movement. Another cranky remedy. Pain makes us crotchety!
Belladonna: had a day at the beach and now have a thumping headache? Belladonna to the rescue! And a big glass of water! You won't be up for company and you'll be a little glassy eyed. Any movement of the bed will have you snapping at the person responsible and yelling for the blinds to be closed.
The remedies listed above are traditionally used in Homeopathic medicine to support the body to move through the symptoms listed next to them. Please see your doctor if the pain persists or becomes worse.
,As with Homeopathy this is a modality that works on both the body and mind. Physical relief combined with the action on your nervous system means relief!
The small but meaningful movements over the muscle, fascia, tendons and ligaments bring the mind's awareness to those areas. In turn, it is able to set about working on that area to bring it as close as possible to its factory setting.
As the Bowen brings the body down out of 'fight or flight' and into 'rest and repair' mode the body benefits physically and mentally. The mind quiets and true healing begins.
Ahhhhh...you didn't see that coming did you?
Good nutrition is the corner stone of everything! Pop as many pills as you like but if you aren't feeding your body the right foods you are working against it.
Awesome foods to eat:
oily fish: Excellent anti-inflammatory food! Wonderful for the joints as well. Full of Omega 3. You can't go wrong.
pepitas and linseeds: great source of plant based omega 3 which are anti-inflammatory
walnuts: more omega 3's
avocado: packed full of good fats to keep inflammation at bay.
lots of fresh veg: load up on fresh fruit and veg. Fantastic anti-oxidants that means less inflammation meaning less pain.
The basic inflammatory foods are:
Sugar: get rid of sugar and watch the pain ebb. This is a big one so pay attention! Sugar contributes to systemic inflammation in the body. Get rid of it and see what happens.
Coffee:Sorry, This needs to go. Yes I get it...it's your only vice...you only have 1 or 2 cups a day but that is enough to contribute to the pain.
Alcohol: Yes, yes. As for coffee. Not much is too much. Skip it and you may not need the coffee. Also contains sugar.
Gluten: Who'd I lose? Bread, pasta, sauce thickeners etc are all contributing to inflammation which = pain so ditch it and feel the benefits. Combined with sugar this stuff is addictive.
Dairy: You can do this! No coffee means no milk in it. Pop some seeds in your salad instead of cheese. The decrease in pain is worth it!
Disclaimer: Homeopathy is a traditional medicine.The TGA considers Homeopathy a low risk medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Information given here is in no way intended to take the place of advice from your chosen healthcare professional or specialist. Any examples given from the authors life do not indicate that the remedy in question will work for everyone in every instance. They are used solely to illustrate the use the medicine in a practical situation.
Always seek medical advice in emergencies.
Bet you thought I'd gone mad...or had a really bad day...I promise neither is the case! I'm totally sane (self diagnosed of course) and I"m having a great day back in the arms of my family.
I've spent the last week in the city of Brisbane with a bunch of other wonderful people doing prac for nutrition- almost there! It's called an intensive and for good reason! The people were fantastic but the atmosphere intense. All of us strangers in the beginning, on a learning curve that was vertical, pushed so far out of our comfort zones they weren't even on the horizon anymore.
Add being away from loved ones and our regular routines, diets and beds and stress levels rose and rose...what depletes faster than a bottle of red at a priests convention? Magnesium! What helps with stress? Magnesium!
Dare I add that coffee and alcohol also deplete magnesium? And yes, after a dry January I had a couple of beers and a few coffees...
After a late flight and an early morning to cuddle my wee babes I was really starting to feel like some comfort food! I've pretty much kicked the sugar but a bit of dark chocolate is still the ultimate comfort food for me. But instead of reaching for a commercial block I'd prefer to have a treat that's nutrient dense. I'm not kidding myself that this is super, amazingly good for me like a big plate of salad and a piece of fish but it's got a lot more goodness in it than a pre-wrapped block. In fact, I'd say it packs quite a punch!
Let's start with the raw cocao which is a great source of dietary magnesium (as well as a host of other minerals) along with the almonds. Coconut oil is a bit of an indulgence but the fat means a small piece is uber satisfying! The nuts are awesome protein that, again, are satisfying and will keep you feeling full for a while as well as adding good fat to the diet to help with stress in general. A small amount of raw honey is a great alternative to sugar that supports the immune system. Small amounts though! Don't forget it's still sugar. Sprinkle over cocao nibs for more magnesium and an extra chocolately treat. Add a few goji berries and away you go!
I've adapted this from The Merry Maker Sisters who I admire greatly! They have some fantastic recipes that lean toward Paleo but aren't pedantic about. Go wild!
1/2 cup of extra virgin coconut butter/oil
1/3 cup raw cocoa
1/4 cup natural peanut butter (any nut butter will be great)
1 tbs-1/4 cup of honey according to taste
1tsp of vanilla extract (optional)
a handful of raw almonds (feel free to use activated if you have them)
a few goji berries
some cocao nibs
Pop the oil, cocao, nut butter, honey and vanilla in the food processor and blitz until well combined.
Pour it all into a tin lined with baking paper or glad wrap.
The larger the base the thinner the chocolate. I use an ordinary round cake tin about 22cm diameter.
Then liberally sprinkle the rest of the ingredients over the top and stick it into the freezer to set!
Pop the kettle on, cut or break into chunks, sit back and enjoy with your favourite (non caffeinated) cuppa!
Osiecki, H. (2010). The nutrient bible (1st ed.). Eagle Farm, Qld.: Bio Concepts Publishing.
I've been un-characteristically physically active the last few months! And I'm loving it! What started as a walk has progressed to a 3km run a couple of times a week, at least one 2km swim, a couple of rounds of the red arrow (Cairns locals will feel my pain) and now...drum roll...please I'm also following Betty Rocker's 15min a day for 30day challenge.
I was doing pretty well on my own I have to say but thought I had plateaued. The same routine day in day out...so when someone says that I could make a big change in 15min a day I bought in hook line and sinker! I know this is sounding like a big plug for Betty but very seriously she rocks! I'm a week down and I can already feel the difference. Boy can I feel the difference. I had no idea my core was completely (and utterly) unused and ignored...It's making up for lost time let me tell you.
After day 2 I was in so much pain I couldn't roll over in bed. Oh my aching abdominals! Not a good thing. So my wonderful partner says 'Have you taken a homeopathic for it?'. Cue hysterical laughter from me 'taken a homeopathic....what do you think? I'm a homeopath of course I haven't taken anything!' Oh healer heal thyself! So I hauled my painful muscles out of bed to find what I needed.
Generally speaking if your muscles are a bit achy after a workout or heavy manual work ARNICA will do just fine but in this case I had a deep (oh so very deep) ache right through my core muscles. I'd also treated myself to a stint under the fan to cool down right after. Not my finest decision! Deep muscle damage especially combined with a cool breeze is an indication to use BELLIS PERENNIS. Homeopathically prepared from the common daisy it is also known as the gardeners remedy. When you think of a gardener and all the digging and heavy lifting then just as they start to down tools a lovely cool breeze hits and voila the perfect ingredients for a Bellis Perennis muscle ache.
Ten minutes later I went to roll over again...no crys of pain this time just a twinge that passed quickly and I slept the rest of the night in peace. Thanks little daisy!
To all the others that find their physical limits by bashing up hard against them look at Arnica but if it is deeper muscle damage that was created from a cool breeze (also think fan or air con) then Bellis could be your remedy!
If you're looking to purchase either of these remedies or book an appointment please contact me
Let the sun shine on your day!
**Homeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined but your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies.
Often Bowen Therapy is thought about when we injure our muscles, tendons and ligaments but what about an injured nervous system? A nervous system that has pumped adrenalin for so long it is now fatigued? What about that? What can Bowen do for that?
LOTS! There is a lot Bowen can do for the nervous system!
Why treat my nervous system?
While Bowen works on soft tissue, fascia, tendons and ligaments it also works on the autonomic nervous system. 'Auto' meaning it automatically controls 80% of the daily processes our body does without us consciously having to tell it to. Check out the list!
The nervous system has 2 states. Sympathetic, otherwise known as fight and flight, and parasympathetic, aka rest and repair. It is in rest and repair that all our repair work takes places. It allows food to be digested, cells to divided and rebuild and healing to occur. In theory we should spend most of our day in this state! In practice, in this day and age....we spend more time in flight or fight than is fair to our bodies!
Bowen is the reminder your body needs to turn off, relax and get that repair work done! Look after your nervous system and watch as your health falls into place.
What can Bowen do?
During a Bowen treatment your therapist is able to address the whole body. By doing this the nervous system is relaxed. While it's soft tissue, connective tissue and fascia that the moves are made over the nerves are also activated. The brain gets the message that tension is being held here and there and seeks to release it.
When your therapist hears a tummy rumble or a little snore they get very excited! Why? Because they are doing their job! They have successfully brought your nervous system into rest and repair and it is here that the healing begins.
Clients often report a deep sleep the night after a Bowen treatment. Many people drift into sleep on the table, some snore (not always quietly). Almost all report a deep sense of relaxation and peacefulness as they slide off the table.
So...stressed and overwhelmed? Come in for a Bowen and get back to rest and repair!