Understanding acupuncture – and the ways it can help?

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A background to acupuncture

To get an understanding of acupuncture, we need to look at its background.

Its roots go back a long way. In fact, over 2000 years. It was first practiced in China. The early form was based around the concept of ‘Qi’ energy.

It stemmed from a belief that there are lines of meridians that run around the body. They believed that energy blockages create pain and disease. And that, restoring the flow of energy helped to improve health and relieve pain.

Thus, with its long history, it clearly has a very well-established tradition. However, it didn’t arrive in Europe until the 17th Century. At that time, it was popular in France and Germany. It was lesser-known in Britain.

However, it has grown in prominence over recent years in the UK. This is due to its western-scientific approach to the practice. In addition, acupuncture is becoming increasingly well researched.

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Your best New year’s resolution – and how it can help

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A New Year and a new decade

What is the best New Year’s resolution you can make? Clearly, that is a matter of debate. After all, we all have different aspirations, goals, and dreams.

However, one thing is for sure. Too many people give up or lose sight of their resolutions. Perhaps you know that feeling yourself.

Typically, we make what are called outcome goals. We want to lose a certain amount of weight or make a particular amount of money.

These can be useful. But let’s consider another option. Committing to what is known as a process goal. In other words, it is a commitment to a certain way of behaving.

Let’s take a look.

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Best New Years Resolution

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A post-Christmas detox – and how lymphatic drainage can help

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The effects of Christmas on the body

Going on a detox soon after Christmas can have plenty of rewards. Especially as we head into the New Year. However, let’s first consider what overdoing it over the Christmas period can do to the body.

The first thing is obvious. You are likely to have gained weight. Many people eat around 5000 calories or more on Christmas Day itself. But let’s be honest, the lead up to and aftermath of Christmas can lead to weight gain too.

But there is more. Take the food coma you so suffer after Christmas lunch. This actually has a name. It is called postprandial somnolence. Primarily, it occurs due to the shunting away of blood from other parts of the body. Frighteningly, this also includes diverting blood away from the brain. And this is all in an effort to aid digestion.

And then there is the increased alcohol consumption too. This can have a relatively immediate impact on blood pressure, raised cholesterol and even impact triglyceride levels. Furthermore, binge drinking on holidays or at weekends can actually lead to an irregular heartbeat. A condition that is known as arrhythmia.

So now we know what damage has been done. Let’s see about reversing it.

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Post-Christmas detox

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How to prepare a Healthy Christmas Dinner – A few things to consider

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Eating right at Christmas

A healthy Christmas dinner? Really? Is that even possible? And if so, wouldn’t it be a lot less fun?

It’s ok. We get it. Christmas is a time to relax and let your hair down. However, there are ways that you can make the food a lot healthier without compromising too much on taste.

We also appreciate there are many different types of diet out there. But in this short piece, we are going to focus on a traditional Western Christmas dinner. And look at ways that we can make it a little less indulgent.

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Understanding Massage – the difference between sports and deep tissue

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Looking beyond a feel-good massage

Understanding the difference between the various types of massage isn’t always easy. For many people, their first massage is at a hotel or spa. Above all, it’s just seen as a way to treat themselves and help to relax.

But there usually comes a time when you need the massage for something far more specific. Consequently, you’ll need to understand what makes each massage different.

Here, we look at how a sports massage and deep tissue massage differ. Many people think they are one of the same things. But they are not. There are some crucial differences.

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Back pain red flags – What things you should watch out for

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When back pain gets too much

If you suffer from back pain, there are red flags to watch out for. Signs that tell you enough is enough. The fact is, very few of us go throughout our adult life without any back pain.

According to statistics from the NHS, 8 out of 10 of us will suffer from back pain in our adult lives.

But at what point does discomfort become a real concern? What are the red flags? It will vary from person to person of course. But here are some insights that can help.

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Back Pain Red Flags

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Sports Massage Advice – What you need to know before you book

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A background to sports massage

Before we launch into advice about how you can get the best out of sports massage, let’s start with a little background.

The evolution of the practice has happened over a huge span of time.

Massage itself is a form of therapy that dates back over 3000 years. It has its origins in China. And some would argue in India and Greece too.

The advent of sports massage dates back to the early nineteenth century. This is when Per Henrik Ling first developed it to help gymnasts and fencers.

Modern sports massage grew popular around the world, especially the Soviet Union, in the later 20th Century. But it didn’t really become mainstream in the UK until the 1990s.

All this goes to demonstrate that sports massage isn’t just some marketing fad. But rather, it’s a therapy with deep roots and a long tradition.

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Sports Massage Advice

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Treating hypermobility – looking at ways that massage can help

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What is Hypermobility

Treating hypermobility is a life-long quest for many sufferers. But what is it?

It describes a situation where one (or more) joints stretch beyond their normal range.

Thankfully, many people with hypermobile joints don’t have problems. And often, they don’t require treatment. In fact, some ballet dancers and gymnasts may benefit from increased flexibility.

However, others are not so lucky. Hypermobility syndrome is often accompanied by a range of different symptoms.

These include pain and stiffness in the joints and muscles. They may also include joints that click or dislocate easily.

Fatigue and recurrent injuries such as sprains can be a problem. Not to mention, digestive problems, such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Other issues can include dizziness and fainting. And sometimes thin or stretchy skin.

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Treating hypermobility

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Lower back problems – 5 great ways to ease the pain

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Why is lower back pain so common?

Lower back problems result from a variety of factors. It isn’t possible to point to one specific cause.

Unsurprisingly, it is partly the result of us living more sedentary lifestyles. We are less active than in previous generations. And some issues are anatomical.

But lower back problems aren’t just a result of poor posture. Likewise, the fact we sit around so much more doesn’t tell the full story.

Increasingly, experts are realizing that the psychological and social aspects also play a role. You may well have experienced back pain when you were stressed out at work. Or when the kids started playing up.

Whatever the cause, one thing is clear. Stopping all forms of movement is not the answer. In fact, the complete opposite is true. In most cases, exercise and movement are a great way to counteract the problem.

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Lower Back Problems

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Relieving Migraines – We explore how osteopathy can help

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Understanding migraines

Relieving Migraines is a huge priority for sufferers. But what are migraines? And how are they different from headaches? Furthermore, what are some of the best ways to get some much-needed relief? And can osteopathy help? Let’s take a look.

Firstly, we need to understand what a migraine is. Sadly, we still don’t know the exact causes. But we do know they are believed to be linked to ad-hoc changes in the brain. More specifically, the problem is believed to be related to misfunctioning blood vessels or nerves in the brain.

Unlike normal headaches, migraines tend to affect just one side of the head. They tend to cause a throbbing sensation. And they usually leave you feeling sick or more sensitive to light.

They are often brought on by tiredness or stress. Certain people are triggered by particular types of food or drink. And it is well known that the early stages of a period can trigger problems. And sadly, this helps to explain, in part, why migraines affect more women than men.

Relieving Migraines

Relieving Migraines

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