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and Insomnia: Some Coping Skills
As each person's
migraine is different and treated differently, so are the coping
techniques for relaxation and sleeping. Some migrainers have success
with the non-medication techniques, others need medication to provide
relief, and still others need a combination of medications and
non-medication techniques. Coping skills and relaxation
techniques can range from the very simple to the very complex.
Say Music Therapy
Can Help The Sick
If you've ever come home from a bad
day at work and popped your favorite CD into the stereo to feel
better, you've practiced a form of music therapy.
Music makes people relax, energizes
them, decreases depression, reduces pain and even helps babies gain
weight, according to a recent presentation to the American Psychiatric
Association's meeting in Philadelphia.
Technique for Acute Back Pain
He first suffered an acute back problem about the age of 30.
This was subsequently diagnosed as a herniated disc.
Conventional therapy never seemed to keep this at bay for very long
and he lived with a constant dull ache for many years, sometimes with
sharp pain first in in the morning and regular bouts of acute back
pain and sciatica.
Things came to a head several years ago when he slipped coming out
of a hotel and felt his back twist as he fell. The pain
persisted for the following two years and gradually wore off in the
last month of so. During that time he felt suicidal and was
impossible to live with, partly because he spent most of the time
lying on the floor with an ice pack on his back.
During that time he tried traction, lumbar puncture with cortisone,
physiotherapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, heavy duty prescription
painkillers and painkilling injections. While some of these were
effective in dulling the pain, nothing had the slightest effect when
the pain was acute.
Finally, his back went into acute spasms. An acquaintance
recommended that he try the Bowen Technique. He arrived at the
therapists office barely able to walk, with his back muscles in
spasm. He freely admits that he was very skeptical after all the
things he had tried over the years.
However, as he lay on the table after the Bowen practitioner
administered a few very light touches, he distinctly felt the pain
starting to move down the side of his back and the back of his leg.
He was able to walk to the bus stop and take a bus home, although
he dreaded getting up to catch the bus to go to work the next
morning. He awoke to find that the muscle spasm had entirely
disappeared, and over the following week the pain became less and
Three Bowen sessions seemed to take care of the problem for
good. He continues to return on a regular basis for maintenance
treatments. He still finds it hard to believe that he suffered
so badly and for so long that the Bowen technique was able to cure so
- Simple Relief Through Movement
Relief Through Movement
"While the idea of exercise
may be laughable to most fibromyalgia patients, especially during
periods of flare-up, there are solutions to be found through simple
movements. In her new book, Fibromyalgia – Simple Relief Through
Movement, author Stacie Bigelow, helps to explain why movement is
important, what movements can be performed and how they will help the
One of the main qualities of this
book is that Bigelow is a Fibromyalgia patient herself, which helps
the reader to feel reassured that she knows exactly what she is
talking about. This is not some self-confessed exercise junkie, urging
FM patients to ‘just do it’. Bigelow brings compassion, empathy
and expert knowledge to the subject, in a very readable
Technique and Neck Pain
She suffered a neck injury at work
which resulted in a very sharp pain in his left shoulder blade.
She visited an osteopath who unfortunately made her much worse,
trapping a nerve in her neck, which affected her hand and restricted
her neck movement.
also had physiotherapy and traction, neither of which made her any
better. Then one day her neck locked. She went to a
chiropractor who freed the neck, but aggravated the trapped
nerve. After this, her back got very tight and she struggled to
get around in general.
finally decided to try Bowen. She found the technique very
relaxing. It wasn't until she left the practitioner's office that
she realized she was walking freely again. she was able to move around
as she did before the accident, and the pain in her neck and shoulders
She was okay
for about five days, and then the stiffness and pain returned, but not
as bad as before. After her second Bowen session she was out of
pain again. This time she was okay longer.
the treatments had a beneficial and cumulative affect. She now gets
a Bowen "tune-up" about once a month, and she's back to about
95 percent of how she was before my accident and able to enjoy her life
Pain By Color Could Help Kids
A British Columbia toddler who used
a system of colors to identify the degree of pain she felt before she
died of a brain tumor may help doctors assess how much medication
Several hospitals in Canada and the United States are planning to look
at how "Amanda's rainbow" can help kids communicate their
level of pain to medical staff.
Pain Relief - VIDEO REVIEW
Technique is a breakthrough method from Australia, which has been
hailed as an effective tool in the release of tension and the relief
of pain. It ha been endorsed by both allopathic and
alternative medicine. It is taught step-by-step in this
training video by Gerri Shapiro, a master practitioner and health
"It is hard to believe that such gentle, non-invasive touch can
produce such dramatic results." Reportedly, the results
video is simple, clear and easy to use, teaching the basic moves
with modifications. We follow an actual session in process as
Gerri demonstrates every aspect of the method. You have all
you need to begin to work on family and friends. No previous
- Kennedy Hassett, MA,