In Acupuncture terms, hayfever is seen as a signal that your energy is not flowing through your lymphatic system properly. Your immune system is either over reacting or your defence mechanisms are becoming inefficient. The traditional acupuncture approach to hayfever is to focus on the body’s response to an allergen, also the timing of the allergic response is a factor. Acupuncture points are used to treat the bodies response to allergens. As a result of this the immune response should become more balanced.
Come and see Teresa, the acupuncturist, here at Health in Motion and she can help prepare you for the summer!
1/4 small ripe pineapple – juiced
1/4 banana (I wanted to add more bananas)
200g natural yogurt (or soya yog)
1/2 teaspoon spirulina
Add the above to blend or nutribullet-type machine
Thai Green Smoothie – Apple, Kiwi, Spinach, Honey and Ginger.
The idea of green smoothies didn’t appeal to me until I discovered I could obscure the taste with honey and ginger. The Kiwi is a great shot of Vit C and the Spinach provides your daily intake requirement of Iron. The Spinach is an Alkali forming food, so good at neutralising over acidic stomachs, and Ginger (allegedly) helps digestion. Not forgetting “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but then so does a chronically overstretched, underfunded NHS.
Good if you feel lethargic, indigestion or acid reflux.
Its a great breakfast giving me enough energy to get through to lunch.
The flaxseed has added vitamin D which is needed during these dark gloomy months!
My favourite smoothie is kale, avocado, pineapple and blueberries. Having a healthy smoothie loaded with antioxidants and good fats is a great way to ensure a healthy dessert for after Christmas period!
I have never felt under pressure to make goals for the new year. It’s usually the “last straw” that spurs me on to make big changes in my life. However, I am going to put a stake in the ground this year and set me some objectives for 2016.
The main one will be get involved in speaking for interested groups about career change and embracing the inevitable roller coaster fuelled by passion and uncertainty. Accidentally, I have shared my story about how I transitioned from a career in Accountancy to Practitioner in Osteopathy and many people have taken inspiration from it. However, to find the time and energy to take on this extra project, I have to set a few sub goals.
Health and Fitness are at the top (as for many other people I suppose). This is something I can do with my daughter now she is of an age where we can do sporty things together. Also she is taking a keen interest in diet and gets involved in planning the menus at home. That helps with another goal – spend more quality time with the little lady – she is growing fast and is about to embark on the transition from junior to senior school (ouch).
A third sub goal has to cover personal organisation. I have a lovely team working across both clinics in Ealing and Maidenhead, so maybe now is the time to delegate more and free myself to pursue a new exciting project. Below is a account of how we helped one of our patients #Achieve2015.
“When I came to see Lola in February I had been suffering with a debilitating knee issue for a few months. I had been to see a physiotherapist and a surgeon and I was told that I should not run again. I was recommended to see Lola at that stage. After a couple of visits I started to lightly run again and within 2 months I was back doing triathlons. I think the different approach Lola took to the treatment and the open mind that she looked at my injury with meant that she was able to determine the correct treatment for me where others had misdiagnosed and written me off.”
Health in Motion Osteopaths will be hosting two more evening shopping events in Ealing on Wednesday 16th and 23rd December – open until 8pm.
To celebrate the season we will be serving mulled cider and festive treats. Also there will be a free lucky dip for all visitors. So please come and join us.
Ealing – Christmas Opening Hours
Maidenhead – Christmas Opening Hours
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
We helped Dianne, aged 50, who had been enduring progressive jaw, neck and shoulder pain for six weeks, and when atingling started in her 4th and 5th fingers, she decided to do something about it. At that time she had some work deadlines and was spending long periods sitting at a laptop. After a little chat and examination, it became apparent that nerves were being irritated by a tightening of muscles in her neck and shoulder. After two treatments to improve muscle and joint mobility along the course of the affected nerve, Dianne was very pleased to report the tingling had stopped.
While talking during treatments, it came to light that the jaw pain could be related to a molar filling implanted four years previously. After some allergy testing, Dianne discovered she had an intolerance to Nickel. Her dentist replaced the filling with a different material and the jaw irritation eased.
Dianne would have been able to manage with the low grade Nickle irritation, the deadline stress or the postural muscle strain one at a time, but not all three together. Dianne decided to have regular six-weekly treatments to keep her upper back and neck mobile. She also follows some bespoke stretch exercises and good work station advice.
What did I learn from this case?
I need to keep an open mind to the many aspects of a person and the many things that could be contributing to their pain, and also to keep on looking and listening.
In early 2015, a group of experts were invited to provide a set of guidelines to Public Health England, as a means of avoiding extended sedentary periods during work and leisure.
The basis for these recommendations was prompted by acquired amount of evidence over the past five years to show:
o Links between sedentary living and diseases such as: Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes and some cancers
o The introduction of sit-stand desk tops is believed to have had apparent benefits to weight control and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions.
o There is an increase in the amount of fat deposition around essential organs such as the heart and kidneys.
o Avoiding long periods of sitting frequent sessions of light movement improves levels of glucose and insulin.
o Risk of disease reduces significantly when activity/fitness is increased
o Compared with people who sit the least, those who sit the most have over twice the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and CV disease
o Every additional hour of sitting per day is linked to a 10% higher risk of developing CV disease
In what ways are we increasing our risk?
What can we do?
o Aim to have at least 2 hours a day of standing and light activity (light walking) during working hours. This should eventually progress to 4h/day
o Seated-base work should be regularly alternated with standing-based work
o It is important to be aware that static standing is just as harmful to your health as static sitting
o Individuals who are beginning the adaptation into the standing position may experience musculoskeletal sensations such as fatigue – sitting for a few minutes to alleviate these symptoms is recommended
Eau Carafe is ideal for storing in your fridge door and comes with one binchotan active charcoal filter. Binchotan is an active carbon made from tree branches and is renowned for its ability to soften water, add good minerals and absorb unwanted tastes and odours, such as chlorine. With every eau carafe purchased, you receive a free charcoal filter.
We also sell the charcoal filters separately and they can be used in any water bottle or carafe.
This Black & Blum Thermo Pot is a stainless steel vacuum food flask which will leave your food piping hot. This is perfect for preparing healthy soup or noodles for work or picnics. Come in store and have a look!
This is the perfect design solution for preparing and carrying your sandwiches. No more squashed soggy sandwiches!
Cetuem Myo-Gel Ice Pack contains natural camphor, menthol, spearmint oil, allantoin and pure aloe vera.
How Cetuem Myo-Gel works:
With any sprain, strain or bruise there is some bleeding into the underlying tissues. This may cause swelling, pain and delay in healing. Cetuem Myo-Gel Ice Pack treatment may be used in both the immediate treatment of soft tissue injuries and in later rehabilitation. The aim is to limit the body’s response to tissue injury. Hence Cetuem Myo-Gel Ice Pack will:
These effects all help to prevent the area from becoming stiff by reducing excess
tissue fluid that gathers as a result of injury and inflammation.
FLEXISEQ is a topically applied gel. FLEXISEQ is specially formulated to combat joint pain associated with osteoarthritis. Daily application in the morning and evening is enough to start to bring about real improvement in joint pain in as little as two days.
The amazing 66fit Duplex Rollers uniquely combine traditional self-myofascial release with trigger point massage as they are the only foam rollers available that have two sides!
This roller gives you the unique choice of two self-massage techniques which are essential for athletes or people who take part in regular exercise.
To get the best out of this roller, a FREE comprehensive instructional DVD is included!
This Abdominal & Back Trigger Point Stretcher has a contoured centre that cradles the spine ensuring maximum comfort whilst the outer surface provides deep tissue massage to the internal and external oblique back muscles whilst exercising.
Ideal for performing crunch exercises that work the upper and lower abdominal muscles, whilst massaging the trigger point areas on your lower back. This multifunctional stretcher can be used for abdominal workouts and as a back stretcher to help relieve tight muscles.
If you are running in the Ealing Half-Marathon on Sunday 27th September 2015, then let us sponsor you! If you wear one of our Health in Motion running bibs, we will give you £20.00 off your next treatment with us post-event. The Tyvek bib will be supplied with pins to secure to the back of your clothing.
Terms: All runners must collect their bib before Friday 25th September 2015 or we will not be able to sponsor you. After the event to obtain your discount, you must bring proof of taking part in the event, such as name and running time.
We also provide Sports Massages and Injury Rehab, highly recommended for pre and post event.
Why is this necessary?
The idea is to loosen the tightness within soft tissues so as to improve performance and prevent injury. A variety of techniques can be used to do this; ranging from deep tissue work, Trigger Point therapy, Muscle Energy Technique and mobilisation of joints, to specific stretching and strengthening. It is a very helpful regular addition to a training programme, particularly if you are training for an endurance event, such as a half or full marathon.
For those of you who are injured but have still signed up, fear not! Our injury rehab therapy can also be used to treat specific soft tissue injuries. You may just want to sharpen your overall biomechanics in which case our osteopaths will use the full breadth of knowledge and experience that they are able to offer! We can also take a combined approach and offer acupuncture and physiotherapy. Come in today and ask for more information!
This month we are welcoming two new members to our team:
The addition of our new members has allowed for longer opening times as listed below:
New Opening Times: 8am – 8pm Mon – Fri, 8am-2pm Saturdays