Pain Lies In The Mind
September 16, 2014
A patient came to see me about a shoulder problem which we resolved within a single session. Her worry about having to cancel a long weekend in Copenhagen wasn’t realised, she went and had a good time. However, she had a fall in June this year when she had fractured several bones in her left foot and though the Consultant had confirmed that all physical structures in the foot had healed, she was still limping. So we decided to work on this. I found during the physical treatment that she was ‘guarding’ this foot, very reluctant for me to carry out any release work. I persevered and she did relent, but only slightly.
The following week she informed me that she was going on a body boarding and walking holiday to Cornwall and was a bit concerned that her mobility would be compromised by her foot. So as time was short, I suggested, in addition to the physical therapy, we also try some hypnotherapy where I used a technique called Pseudo Orientation in Time. We basically visualised her entire holiday in the future BUT without the limp. Upon her return from the holiday, she told me this had helped…but she was still limping from time to time.
Interestingly, last week she came in to say that the limp still hadn’t fully gone because someone she hadn’t met for a while commented that she was limping, whereas a regular friend commented on the lack of her limp. Confusing, I know. So I suggested we try some more hypnotherapy.
Upon her return to the office she wrote the following:
“Diksha, you are a marvel, I have just run up the stairs to my office without even thinking about it. Haven’t done that since before I hurt my foot!”
So you see, pain DOES lie in the mind and it can be released with simple re-calibration.
Diksha offers hypnotherapy appointments and if this is something she could help you with, please feel free to get in touch at email@example.com.
Dangers Of Unchecked Blood Pressure
September 2, 2014
The risks of blood pressure
High blood pressure, if left unchecked, can insidiously cause a lot of damage to vital organs such as the brain, heart, blood vessels, eyes and kidneys. If you imagine a small flexible pipe (blood vessel) through which fluid is coursing at increased pressure day in day out, it is not difficult to see the damage this could potentially cause, e.g. thickening of the walls to try and withstand this increased pressure (atherosclerosis), a bulge in the weak part (aneurysm).
The heart is a pump and again, if it has to pump hard, it will either enlarge to increase its muscles to aid it in pumping this blood, or it will fail with the effort. The brain has zillions of capillaries – increased blood pressure can lead to an aneurysm which, if it bursts, causes haemorrhage, also known as a stroke. Many elderly people experience sudden loss of consciousness or weakening on one side – this is called Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) which is a mini stroke, i.e. small vessel bursting. A similar story works for kidneys and eyes too – it all boils down to fluid at increased pressure causing damage to the infrastructure and the functioning of organs supplied.
Causes of high blood pressure are many but the two main ones which we can all control are stress and our salt intake. Recent research is pointing at yogurt as being useful in keeping blood pressure low. Check your diet, try and exercise at least 2-3 times a week for about 20mins and the chances are your blood pressure will play ball (forgive the pun….).
TIP OF THE WEEK
If you feel stiff in the morning, check to see if your mattress is providing adequate support. Here are some tips on how to buy a new mattress but the main thing is make sure you go into the shop and lie on the mattress (with your usual pillow) for at least 30mins and see how your body responds.
Diksha offers stress management appointments and if this is something she could help you with, please feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Distress Of Technology
August 19, 2014
The Distress of Technology – I have blogged about the dangers of long term mobile phone and computer use before but another article in the press last week, specially geared towards Smartphones galvanised me to reiterate the message because it is fast becoming an epidemic.
Good to see that the importance of having a reasonable work-life balance is being recognised by corporates like Daimler who have put measures in place to reduce the stresses of the workplace following you on your holiday, or assaulting you on your return from your holiday. Emails that arrive whilst you are on holiday are deleted.
However, only you can control how you spend your leisure time.
A Singaporean psychologist wanted ‘internet addiction’ to be recognised as a disorder and frankly, scenes such as these that greet me on the London Underground, lead me to believe that they are correct.
Only you can decide how you want your life to look.
If suffering with physical aches and pains, which undoubtedly will hit you with prolonged stay in unhealthy positions and repeated use of the digits of your hands, and mental stress, caused by too little down time is your idea of fun, by all means carry on. However, if you do want to reduce the risk of mental stress and physical pain, you can do so by following some simple rules:
- Limit your time on your mobile – switch it off when you go to bed and if you are worried that your elderly parent or teenage off spring may need you in the night, keep your land line by the bed
- Sit upright when using your mobile and try using both hands
- Try not to but if you must watch movies and tv programmes on your mobile or tablet, please use a holder; here is an example of a small yet sturdy one.
- Do some stretches after having spent a long time on any piece of technology
- If you use a laptop, get a laptop riser, separate keyboard and mouse – this is a good example.
Finally, whilst it may be exciting to watch how quickly young people master technology, it is also starting on dangerous habits when very young so please do be vigilant..
Figure A shows the least damaging position and Figure C the most damaging.
If you compare figure B which is how young people hold themselves whilst using the mobile phone and figure D, their awful posture when using laptops, you can see how far removed from figure A and how close they match figure C.
So what can be done? Here are a few tips:
- Limit their time on mobiles
- Encourage them to sit properly when using their mobiles, with their backs supported
- This isn’t a ‘cool’ thing to do but try and get them to place their mobiles on a holder if they must watch movies and TV programmes on their mobiles; here is an example of a small yet sturdy one
- Get them to do some stretches if they have spent a long time using their mobiles
- If they use laptops for school work, please get them a laptop riser, separate keyboard and mouse – this is a good example
My young niece and nephew love their parents’ mobiles and my niece is very efficient at pressing the correct buttons to access the games…but I do worry for them.