Aches & Pains

Back(ache) To Work Week: Mouse Shoulder, stress, tension and reduced productivity – and a solution!

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Backache To Work Week: Painful shoulder 

Are your staff coming to work dosed up on opioids or other pain-killers, just to be able to get through a day in the office without being in too much physical pain?  Are they too afraid to take time off to get the cause of their pain addressed?  If either of these scenarios are likely to be the case, then not only will there be an issue with staff morale and hence staff turnover, but the productivity is going to be much lower then it would be with a happy, healthy workforce. 

Back and joint pain is the second biggest cause of absence from work after common colds and viruses, particularly amongst 50-64 year olds, with the next highest category off work due to mental health reasons, namely ‘stress’.

According to an article in HR Review, “an estimated three million people taking long-term sick leave or say they are unable to work due to back pain according to research from Nuffield Health, with a further 6 million people suffering ‘in silence\ that could be easily treated or avoided altogether.  Although the government celebrates the statistics of fewer people than ever before being off work due to sick leave, a new phenomenon has emerged called ‘presenteeism’ – attending work when ill and ended people are far more likely to turn up to work sick than to take time off work when they are actually well.

Sir Cary Cooper, a professor at Manchester Business School, said presenteeism was the major factor. “Sickness absence is low because presenteeism is high. Given the aftermath of the recession and with Brexit looming people are frightened to be off ill, so they show ‘face time’ when ill or feeling low or job dissatisfied. They do not want high levels of absenteeism on their HR record, which they feel will make them vulnerable.”

Presenteeim does not work for employees or employers.  For that reason, I have introduced corporate packages for foresighted employers who want to support heir staff to stay healthy or to recover quickly if they become ill or who are in physical pain.

The vast majority of people who use a computer will experience some degree of pain or discomfort in the shoulder they use to control the mouse.  When people come for acupuncture to relieve the pain, I often find that the entire upper back, neck and shoulders are tense and there is even a knock-on effect on the breathing because the back muscles are so tight the the rib cage cannot move freely!  This means that they are not fully oxygenating their brains and will have more of a propensity to be muzzy-headed and cloudy in their thinking and judgement. 

Acupuncture, electro-acupuncture and cupping has long been known to be an excellent treatment for pain, but what isless well-known is the AcuDep repost into acupuncture and the treatment of depression. (MacPherson et al 2014 ) in which acupuncture was found to be at least as effective as anti-depressant in the treatment of depression.  

With the frightening statistics of pain-killer abuse and the opioid crisis and increasing awareness of the effects of stress the Welsh Government as introduced the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2014 that covers several areas including health.

“In the Well-being of Future Generations Act, this goal {healthier Wales} is defined as “A society in which people’s physical and mental well-being is maximised and in which choices and behaviours that benefit future health are understood.” 

If you would like to know more about Barefoot Medicine Corporate packages to help your staff cope with either physical pain such as backache or mental and emotional pain such as stress, then , please contact Simone Buehner on +44 7715 239 999.

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Acupuncture for Migraine

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Come to Barefoot Medicine for acupuncture for migraine
Acupuncture for Migraine

Migraines can be very different from one person to another, but whether they are hormonal, stress-related or have no obvious trigger, acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional therapy are very likely to make a big improvement. You could also consider doing one of our home-testing saliva analysis profiles to measure your hormone levels and find out whether that is the cause of your migraines, as there are natural supplements that we can offer to rebalance your system. 

Conventional western medicine can alleviate some symptoms for some people, but for many the side-effects are as bad as or worse than the migraine itself so many people turn to acupuncture to help.  Sadly, it is often as a last resort, but in my experience everyone I have treated for migraine, cluster headaches or standard headaches has said that they wish they had come sooner or known about acupuncture before.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine and 5-element acupuncture we look at the body in a totally different way to how it is seen in the West and treatments are tailored to the individual. While there are certain acupuncture points that will commonly be used, the point prescription will vary  because we believe that each person has a root ‘weakness’ in their constitution that will give a tendency towards certain ailments.  If we can get to the root cause of your health problems, then the body has a way of righting itself. 

The acupuncture treatment itself is very relaxing. The initial consultation should be done at a time when you do not have the pain as it takes a good 90-minutes to do a thorough consultation and the first treatment.  If you are in pain when you arrive in clinic, then that will be treated as a priority, but you would be advised to come back for the thorough consultation so that an accurate diagnosis can be made for you personally and a treatment strategy can be put together with the goal of alleviating your migraines altogether, or at the very least of reducing the pain and the frequency.  It also gives you an option for those times when you feel a migraine coming on and you can book in for an appointment at the early stages before it develops.

In Chinese Medicine, nutrition is at the heart of all healthcare and as Simone is not only a fully qualified and experienced acupuncturist, but she is also a practitioner of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chinese dietary therapy and western nutritional therapy, so your treatment will also include dietary advice and recommendations for you to follow at home.

It is hard to say how many treatments would be necessary as everyone responds differently, but you should start to notice an improvement right from your very first treatment.

If you would like to book an appointment, please use the tab at the top of the page.

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