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Beat Exam Stress & Strain

It’s exam time again, with thousands of young people revising and cramming in order to pass those all-important school exams. Whether you have a young family member working towards common entrance, or older children taking GCSE or ‘A’ levels, it can be a stressful time for the whole family.

We often see teenagers and children with ‘tension’ type problems across their shoulder girdle, upper back and necks at this time of year. Some of our patients will come in with headaches and migraines, that have often been exacerbated by studying for long periods of time at a computer or worse, slumped on their beds with a lap top on their knees.

Carrying school bags of heavy books can result in low back and shoulder problems and added to the levels of general anxiety patients often find themselves distressed and uncomfortable at the very time they need to be functioning well. All this in conjunction with growth spurts and hormones. It’s a lot for any young person to have to to deal with!

student exam stress and exhaustion

Here at Cedar Hall Clinics we are happy to treat students of all ages. We are aware that teenagers are not often forthcoming when they are not feeling on top form and they often find it difficult to explain that they are a bit ‘up tight’ both emotionally and physically. Gentle osteopathic treatment can often help to relieve some of the mechanical stresses and strains associated with long hours of study and we are also able to offer advice about the best ways to position computers and laptops to reduce postural strain.

We have male and female osteopaths so each patient has a choice of practitioners. The only requirement is that any patient under 16 years old is accompanied by an adult.

A free assessment is a popular choice if you really don’t know what’s causing your pain or discomfort – it gives students, parents & practitioners a chance to find out what’s going on & discuss treatment options. Why not give it a try?

In the meantime good luck with those exams from all of us at Cedar Hall Clinics.

With thanks to our osteopath Lorraine for this blog

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Workplace Stress – A Pain in the Neck?

IS YOUR WORKPLACE GOOD FOR YOUR BODY?
Work stresses out the mind – but what about the body? Did you ever stop to think about your work environment and the effects it has on the structure and function of your body?

Common complaints such as back and neck pain, eye strain, headache pain or general stress and tension can be directly or indirectly affected by our office environment. The office is a minefield for bad body habits. The way we sit in our chair, the length of time we stare at our computer or the interminable hours we work all affect our body in different ways.

DE-STRESS YOUR BODY AT YOUR DESK!

POSTURE:  Correct posture will relieve pressure on the lower back, improve your breathing and increase the blood circulation through the back, lower back and legs.Your head should be in an upright position when viewing documents on your computer screen.

Breathe with your diaphragm when sitting or standing.

Keep your shoulders relaxed and your elbows close to your sides when working.

Don’t slouch in your chair or slump your shoulders.

SUPPORT:   A comfortable supportive chair will take pressure away from the lower back and make it easier to sit in front of the computer or at your desk.

Ensure your back is adequately supported.

Your hips should be as far back in the chair as possible so that your back is touching your chair back.

YOUR COMPUTER:  Continual tasks in front of your computer can cause eye strain, headaches, neck pain and put pressure on the shoulders.

The keyboard height and slope should be both easy to adjust.

The mouse should be within close reach and at the same level as the keyboard.
You should hold the mouse lightly with all fingers and click gently. Move the mouse with your entire arm instead of just your wrist.

Your shoulders should be relaxed when keying or using the mouse.

Your documents should be positioned on a stand placed between the monitor and keyboard

TAKE REGULAR BREAKS:  Take a break and get the blood flowing through the body. Get up from your desk and stretch out your back, neck, shoulders and legs

Get up from your desk and walk around the office, e.g. take a 15 minute break, get a glass of water or go to the toilet.

Get out of the office in your lunch hour, try going for a walk or even a swim.

And dream……………………!!!!!!

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2012 in Conditions & Treatments

 

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Reflexology – not such a Ticklish Therapy!

Touching the feet; we hardly ever do it, in fact some people manage to put on their socks and shoes without really coming into contact with their feet at all.There they are hidden away inside our shoes, taking all the weight of our bodies day after day, trying to keep us balanced and stable with very little thought, at least not until they start to hurt. Yet foot massage is thought to go as far back as 2330BC and has certainly been used by the ancient American Indian tribes who believed that massaging the feet was essential to physical, mental and spiritual balance.

Reflexology in its current form was brought toBritainin 1966 and uses specific massage techniques on the feet which are used as anatomical maps to treat the whole body. Reflexology activates the healing powers of the body and works on the principle that energy zones run throughout the body. Working on specific areas of the feet will have an effect on corresponding areas of the body within that energy zone. Dr William Fitzgerald and his colleague Dr Edwin Bowers used a dramatic demonstration to prove this theory by sticking a pin into a volunteers face after first anesthetising the area by applying pressure to a corresponding reflex point in the hand. The feet however are more sensitive than the hands and have proved to be more effective for treatment.

Reflexology works by balancing the body and bringing about a state of homeostasis (which is the state in which our body is at its most efficient and healthy). Stress cannot be avoided, we live with it and in it every single day, both good and bad forms of stress. When we don’t handle stress well the body’s immune system starts to suffer and we become prone to illness, disease and infection. Reflexology can help to reduce stress by generating a deep and tranquil state of relaxation and can be more beneficial and restorative than a full night of restless sleep.

Reflexology can revitalize energy levels and create a special sense of wellbeing.When we are in stress the body becomes tense which tightens up the cardiovascular system causing a restriction of blood flow and making circulation sluggish. This in turn means that vital nutrients and oxygen are prevented from getting to the tissues and organs. By reducing stress, reflexology allows the blood to flow naturally.

Every part of the body is controlled by messages sent along nerve pathways. Thesepathways are both living tissue and electrical channels and can become impinged or polluted by many factors such as stress, illness or muscle tension. When nerve function is impeded the body processes operate less effectively.By working on the feet reflexology stimulates more than 7000 nerves, which encourages the opening, clearing and unblocking of the nerve pathways allowing the body to operate at optimum levels.

Reflexology is a non intrusive treatment as only the feet need to be exposed.The treatment can also be carried out with the receiver in a seated position rather than laying on a couch and is therefore suitable for people of all ages including those with disabilities or mobility difficulties.

Reflexology treatments have been found to be particularly helpful in the treatment of

· Headaches/migraines                    

· Allergies

· Hormonal imbalances

· Recovering cancer patients

· Stress…………and much more.

TESTIMONIAL

Reflexology was recommended to me by the nursing team that monitors the condition that I suffer from called ‘Secondary Lymph oedema’. This condition, which results in the swelling of limbs, caused by excess lymph fluid is incurable, uncomfortable and distressing. I was told, however, that it can respond to treatments such as reflexology which has been known to alleviate symptoms and bring relief to the affected limbs. Having enjoyed six lovely long sessions with Angela I have found that not only is there a slight but welcome reduction in the swelling of the affected limbs, I leave the session feeling wonderfully relaxed and thoroughly pampered. It is also nice to know that something which feels so self-indulgent is actually doing me good.

Karen.Basildon.

 

 

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