Osteopathy: The Migraine Solution

Written by Administrator on Tuesday, May 15 2012

Headaches are a common complaint we all share. Thankfully for many of us they are short-lived but for some people head pain can be chronic and debilitating. The majority of headaches are caused by prolonged muscle tightness, stress-related tension, sinus pressure and/or improper posture. Osteopathy is an excellent adjunct to treatment that can provide relief in all of these areas. Prolonged muscle tightness in the neck and shoulder areas causes the joints, muscles and nerves to compress, leading to pain. Movement of fluids through the blood and lymphatic system can also become restricted. Poor circulation then affects oxygen delivery to the brain and prevents waste product removal, creating a cycle of pain and discomfort. Osteopathy is a gentle and non-invasive alternative and complementary therapy that allows the body to function correctly. Using manual techniques to highlight areas of tension and blockages, an osteopath relieves constriction so the body can use its own natural ability to overcome illness or disease which in turn eases pain. With treatment, muscle spasms relax, allowing better movement and drainage of body fluids. Osteopathy helps migraine sufferers to find relief from their pain and restores function and mobility to help with natural healing.

Testimonial:

"I have been suffering with migraines off and on for years, lately they have been a lot more intense and frequent. I was at the end of my rope. I had tried massage, chiropractic and of course, pain medication. A friend that had suffered from TMJ and headaches raved about Osteopathy and Dr. Rishi. The very first treatment he helped identify my triggers and treat my neck and shoulders. After only three treatments I am symptom-free and I feel immensely better! I can't even believe it!  Thank you so much, Dr. Rishi." - Sandra

To book an appointment with Rishi Angras please call 416.579.9105 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

The Stress Test

Written by Natalie Shay on Tuesday, April 24 2012

How does one know if they are actually stressed in a society where having our foot on the gas pedal all the time?

Many people do not even realized they are stressed as it becomes their “norm” . It is time to look at lifestyle and see if you are more stressed then you realize. Here are a few questions to ask yourself.

1) Do you find there are not enough hours in the workday to do everything you need to do?
2) Do you feel impatient with the speed that events take place?
3) Do you ever feel anger and resentment at nothing in particular or a feeling that something is missing, but I don't know what the something is.
4) Do you feel you frequently have a slight guilty feeling if you relax and do nothing, even if it is for short periods of time?
5) Do you find you may seem to be listening to other people's conversation but you actually are preoccupied with your own thoughts?

If you find you answered Yes to any of these feel free to email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a free short questionnaire to see how stressed you truly are.

There are hundreds of techniques to help you work on stress levels without having to change your lifestyle drastically. You do not need to meditate or do yoga to see these results. The key is making small habit changes over a longer period of time.

Natalie Shay
Psychotherapist, Life Coach and Stress Management Counselor
Phone: 416-726-5631 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Progressive Relaxation

Last week we went over Abdominal Counting Breathing. This week, let’s take a look at Progressive Relaxation. This is another way to relax the body and is helpful to do with a CD. One that I found worked well is by Eli Bay (elibay.com).
This type of breathing is easier to do in your home, but could also work at the office once you get the hang of it. The benefit of this exercise is that is reduces your heart rate, blood pressure, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, depression and fatigue – just to name a few. It is also often recommended as an alternative to an anxiety pill.


You will want to wear loose clothing and make sure you are lying down in a quiet area (or if at work, sitting in a comfortable chair). Start with you hands: First, clench your fists and tighten. Hold this for 5-7 seconds, notice the tension and then relax it completely. Then move to your elbow and do the same, bend your elbow, tighten and then release. Next, move up to your shoulders: Pull them up to your ears, hold and release. You can continue this with every part of your body. The focus on the body helps you to concentrate. For further information about this or to book either a 30 minute stress consultation or life coaching session please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Natalie Shay is a National Stress Management Coach and Career Counsellor. She has experience working with hundreds of large Canadian Organizations. Natalie has helped her clients improve their life and learn how to be happy in their career by learning and implementing new stress coping skills.

 

Breathing Exercises & Stress


We have all heard that breathing exercises are helpful in reducing stress, but most people do not know how to do it and why it is so beneficial. Over the next three weeks, I will share with you some different types of breathing/ mediation exercise that I use with my clients.
Breathing exercises are beneficial in that they help you to find new techniques in coping with stressful situations. They also lower your heart rate and get your mind out of the fight or flight response.
Breathing exercises also balance the hemispheres of the brain. Brain waves move at different rates. When we are learning and in deep concentration we are using Beta Waves (this is using 14-21 cycles a second). When we are using Alpha waves (using 7-14 cycles a second) we are in a mediation/relaxation state. Theta waves (Using 4-7 cycles a second) are used when we are sleeping, while Delta Waves (using ½ -4 cycles a second) are when we are in deep sleep. The different types of breathing exercises will help you learn to maintain the Alpha state, which helps our body and brain relax. Below, I have given some examples of different types of ways to get into the Alpha State.


The first type of breathing we will focus on is Abdominal Counting Breathing. This can be helpful in any situation. Many of my clients use it at work to deal with a stressful situation because it is easy to do at their desks: Put your hands on your stomach with your fingers touching and take a breath through your nose and start off inhaling to the count of three and then exhale to the count of three. You can work your counting breath up to 7 seconds. This will slow your mind and your heart rate. You will notice your hands separating slightly on the exhale and coming back together in the inhale. Repeating this exercise ten times will help you become more grounded.


A useful tool is the Emwave Personal Stress Reliever. This portable device can help slow your breathing. It does so by monitoring your heart and helping you to be aware of your stress levels (heathmath.com). For further information about this or book a 30 minute stress consultation please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Natalie Shay is a National Stress Management Coach and Career Counsellor. She has experience working with hundreds of large Canadian Organizations. Natalie has helped her clients improve their life and learn how to be happy in their career by learning and implementing new stress coping skills.

 

Stress, Tension and Tummy Troubles


Over the years, clients have come to see me for stress management and to treat their physical symptoms. Common physical symptoms include; high blood pressure, weight gain, headaches and stomach issue like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). The symptoms of IBS can be debilitating. Some of these symptoms include; bloating, depression, anxiety, abdominal pain, and difficulty having bowel movements. Many people do not realize that IBS can drastically be reduced with stress reduction techniques. My clients have experienced less cramping and less pain after implementing these new techniques into their lives. IBS goes hand in hand with stress, anxiety disorders and depression.

A few basic and helpful skills that can help reduce symptoms include; learning breathing techniques, effective confrontational skills and effective eating habits. A very simple way to start incorporating breathing techniques into your life is to do 10 deep breaths 3 times a day. The key to effective breathing is to breath using your diaphragm and inhale with a 5 second count, then exhale with a 5 second count . Another method of managing stress is to start looking at how much you internalize your feelings. If you find that you do not express yourself when something bothers you, it may be helpful to start changing this pattern.

Changing the way you express your feelings can be done simply by implementing something called the WIN formula. This stands for WHEN (you did this) I (felt this) and NEED ( you to this). For example, let’s say you had plans with a friend and they cancelled on you at the last minute. If you were non-confrontational you would tell your friend that it is not a problem. This results in them holding all the frustration and anger inside. Instead of approaching the situation like this, a positive approach to this would be to call the friend up and say: "When you cancelled on me I was really upset that you did not give me more notice and I would really appreciate that in the future you could let me know ahead of time". People who do not confront tend to not realize how much this can impact their IBS, but time and time again I see the difference it makes.

Eating is another area that can affect this, emotional eating is a big trigger. Writing down your feelings before you emotionally eat is a great way to start learning to decipher when you are emotional eating and when you are truly hungry.


Natalie Shay is a National Stress Management Coach and Career Counsellor. She has experience working with hundreds of large Canadian Organizations. Natalie has helped her clients improve their life and learn how to be happy in their career by learning and implementing new stress coping skills. Call 416.579.9105 to arrange a complimentary 30 minute stress health assessment. Available for a limited time only.


 

 


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