Your Journey to Healing and Recovery

Your Journey to Healing and Recovery

It’s not a one-off event

Like success or anything else worthwhile, healing takes time. Many people think of the ability of our bodies to heal, for example back or knee pain, or an injury like a pulled hamstring muscle, as a one-off event. Others imagine this recovery takes place in a similar time frame to healing a broken bone (about 6 weeks). In reality, healing issues and injuries, such as these, usually involving soft tissues, like muscles and tendons, will begin to heal within this timeframe. However, they will rarely complete the healing and recovery process that quickly. In this blog, I will discuss how healing works and why healing takes time.

Many of our clients initially arrive at our clinic, in a great deal of pain and discomfort. As you can imagine, our first focus is to improve comfort and mobility. Then we focus on supporting and strengthening the body. This allows the changes to consolidate and build. Enabling this new posture or way of being to hold for longer and longer periods. Ultimately, this leads to improved health, strength, resilience, energy, and vitality. Unfortunately, this doesn’t all happen in one visit, it takes time. Often it will take many visits, as well as time for their body to assimilate these changes.

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During your body’s healing and recovery from an issue or injury, there are three clinical stages: Inflammation, Proliferative and Remodeling.

Inflammation

Inflammation is the first stage, and often our first sign that something is wrong and our body needs help. Actually, it’s part of the healing process itself. Our body’s early response to the injured tissues. Inflammation creates swelling and redness, due to the influx of supplies and reinforcements (particularly red and white blood cells), which the body directs specifically to the affected area. This launches the beginning of the process of healing and repairing the tissues, and can last up to 4 days.

 

Proliferation

The Proliferation stage begins about 3 days into the process, overlapping with the end of the Inflammation stage. In this stage, the tissues, for example, the muscles or tendons, are being rebuilt. As this happens, the tissues can contract, feeling tight, restricted, and often painful.

Remodelling

Remodelling is the last stage and can last 6 months to a year, after injury. This is the stage of re-educating our body, helping it regain its original strength and conditioning. It involves our body adapting to these re-educational changes and finally assimilating them. When done well, it can even enhance and improve the state of our body, from where we initially began. This is due to what we learn and change in that process of re-education. For instance, in the process, we can learn better habits of lifting, exercising, movement, and posture. So, if you improve your habits, you may find that after you’ve “recovered” from your injury, your body is actually stronger, more proficient and more resilient. You may even have more energy than before the issue or injury.

Journey to healing and recovery

Are healing bumps normal?

Healing rarely happens smoothly nor in an exact straight line, it’s not linear. Healing is a process. One that naturally goes up and down. The old saying of “two steps forwards and one step backward” can sometimes be how it feels. Sometimes things can feel worse before they start to feel better. Sometimes it can feel like you’re going backwards, when in reality, your body is working with and assimilating the changes it’s being led and encouraged to take. Unfortunately, this can be a common response during healing and even to treatment. So yes, there can be bumps in healing. It’s normal for the process to be a bumpy one.

If this is how your body responds, it can feel tight, uncomfortable, or even painful. We’re sorry to hear you’re suffering. If this sounds like what is happening for you, heat will usually be your friend. Consider a warm shower, an Epsom Salt bath, foot bath, or heat pack, to soothe and relax your muscles. If you have any questions or concerns, please call your practitioner, and they can help you understand what might be happening specifically in your body. We help you understand what your journey to healing and recovery might look like, we want you to feel better ASAP.

Healing is like a spiral

I have often heard clients and practitioner friends describe that healing is like “a series of hills or mountains to climb”. Especially when they get frustrated, it’s not progressing in the straight line they expected. My favourite image or shape to describe the healing process is a spiral. Looping around, coming back to a similar place. For instance, when we feel pain, discomfort, or tightness recur. But in fact, the process has actually moved forward. It has improved and gone to the next level, loosening muscles or releasing tension in places. But the body has gone as far as it can at this moment and hit the next point of resistance. That is the pain, discomfort, or tightness that we feel. With some more help, from you or your therapist, you can also move through this, to your next level of healing and recovery. Reaching an even higher level of strength, resilience, and energy.

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Healing is the new high

Through this up-and-down journey of healing and recovery, we observe that our clients are so focused on how they feel in the here and now, that they forget the more intense, constant pain, discomfort or tightness they suffered at the beginning. This is a normal and natural part of the healing and recovery process. But it reminds me, as a practitioner, to help my clients reflect back on how far they have come. To celebrate their wins at each step, no matter how small they sometimes seem. Feeling more positive about the healing process can empower, enhance and even increase the speed of healing, because we are then supporting rather than resisting it. Focusing positively on each milestone can make the journey of healing feel like a fabulous high.

Imagine for a moment what you would do if you could clear your pain sufficiently and improve your movement? 

During this strange and crazy time,  YOU are still our highest priority!

We can still treat you in person with Osteopathic and Massage services at our Turramurra clinic during COVID-19 lockdown.

So come in, feel nurtured as we provide you with the treatment and tools so you can feel brilliant again.

 

Where are you at in your journey to healing and recovery?

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Sweet Relief from Joint Pain

Sweet Relief from Joint Pain

Life with persisitent knee, ankle or foot pain, really is a downer! If you’d like to find sweet relief from joint pain. One that is as fast as possible and because it supports the deepest, root causes, aids natural healing and boosts your body’s alround ability to function. One that lasts longer too, because it isn’t just a quick fix and it doesn’t just hide symptoms. Then you’re in the right place!

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Sweet Relief from Joint Pain:

Feel Better, FASTER

 

Imagine, waking up every day. Without that nagging lower leg pain that stops you in your tracks today. We’re diving into. Foot ankle and knee pain. Something that affects so many of us reducing our everyday activities. Joy. Our work productivity. If you’ve been struggling. With discomfort and want to reclaim your mobility.

You’re in the right place. Hi, I’m Alexis osteopath. Co-founder of BlossomingMe and Healthy Learning Lounge. In this video, we’ll explore the common causes of discomfort, focusing on posture and poor biomechanics. And how this lends itself to a holistic treatment approach. And I’ll share some simple tips to help you to feel better. So let’s get started. Foot ankle and knee pain can stem from various sources, including injuries, overuse, mechanical problems and rarely, more s inister medical causes. So correct. Diagnosis is important. However, today we’ll be discussing biomechanical causes.

Causes or Ways to Name (Diagnoses)

The tissues involved in the pain that you suffer becomes the way that we tend to label and diagnose things. For instance, foot pain might be caused by plantar fasciitis, bunions, Morton’s neuroma. Achilles tendonopathys and stress fractures. Ankle pain, often results from strains, fractures, arthritis. With repetitive stress and improper movements being significant contributing factors. Knee pain. Can be due to torn ligaments and meniscus. Tendonitis bursitis patellofemoral pain syndrome, patella tracking issues, kneecap dislocations, iliotibial band syndrome and various forms of arthritis.

Causes

But what is the underlying cause of many of these conditions?

Poor Posture

Poor posture is a significant contributor to foot, ankle and knee pain. Where your posture is off. It can lead to misalignment causing extra stress on all of your joints.

And this misalignment can affect your entire body from your feet, all the way up to your head. So how can poor posture cause pain?

Joint Misalignment

So poor posture causes the joints to be misaligned. Leading to an uneven distribution of weight and pressure through the joints. These extra stresses on the joints can then result in pain, discomfort and increased wear and tear.

Muscle imbalance. Incorrect posture often leads to muscle imbalances where some muscles will overwork while others will be weakened.

And over time, this imbalance can cause strains in the muscles as well as altered strain within the joints. And this affects our mobility and our comfort.

Reduced Shock Absorption

So good posture helps our body to be able to absorb shocks effectively. Poor posture disrupts this balance leading to increase impact on our joints and resulting in pain.

Muscle Tension

As well as from postural issues, muscle tension is often caused by prolonged postures, such as sitting or repetitive movements such as poor lifting techniques and regular heavy lifting. These can pull in our joints and lead to pain. Here’s how muscle tension can affect our joints. It can restrict blood flow. Tense muscles will restrict the blood leading to reduced oxygen and nourishment to those muscles and joints.

And this can increase stiffness. and pain. Muscle fatigue. When the muscles are constantly being tensed, they become fatigued quickly and Fatigued muscles are unable to support our joints leading to increased joint, stress and pain, as well as pain within the tired muscles themselves.

Trigger Points

Muscle tension can create trigger points, which are tight areas within a muscle that can cause pain itself. And in other parts of the body, For example, tension in the calf muscle can lead to pain that flows down the ankle and foot.

Repetitive Movements

Repetitive movements or overuse such as running or standing for long periods can also contribute to discomfort. It can cause microtrauma with repetitive movements the muscles and joints over time. may rub up against each other causing inflammation and pain and eventually potentially significant issues. Overuse injuries where we’re engaging repetitive activities without adequate rest can lead to overuse injuries, such as tendonitis and even stress fractures. And these. injuries often result in chronic pain and discomfort.

Then there’s joint wear and tear continuous repetitive movements. can accelerate the wear and tear on joints.

And this leads to conditions such as arthritis, causing significant pain and limited mobility.

Looking deeper still.

There were three main causes for foot ankle and knee pain.

The ones that are not due to traumatic injuries and sinister causes they all relate to mechanical nature of our body movements.

Unlocking Comfort Using A Holistic Approach to Treatment

So to deal with the underlying causes of essentially any of the common causes of foot, ankle, and knee pains, we need to look at how every part of our body is working together.

We need to. Look at how it stands and walks and regular habitual positions and movements that we do. So that’s static and dynamic posture.

At BlossomingMe, we believe in a holistic and multi-pronged treatment approach. This means looking at our whole body. Not just the symptoms. Our goal is to remove strains increase circulation and allow our body to heal naturally.

Then we focus on strengthening to prevent future injuries.

Why a Holistic Approach?

Interconnected Nature of the Body

To highlight how one seemingly unconnected part of our body affects many others. Let’s look quickly at the foot and specifically the big toe.

In many people, we often find a significantly shorter first metatarsal and this seemingly insignificant finding does actually significantly affect foot function and the way that our walking pattern occurs. So the tension placed on the joints will move all the way up the body. To shorten first toe will twist and drop so that the foot can reach the ground so we can tow off effectively. This will propel us forward, but this constant twisting over time will cause a tension on the plantar fascia and stretching resulting that flattened foot over a long period of time. Or our body will try to react to this and reinforce that movement with a lot of muscle tension. So your toe will stretch. , laterally and down, to be able to reach the ground.

And this causes:
  • Increased pressure here at the base of the big toe, creating a bunion.
  • And this pressure can increase tension between the first and second toe irritating the nerve, which can lead to a neuroma.
  • That increased stretch on the plantar fascia and the twisting down causes repetitive movement and this can affect the Achilles tendon.

So this repetitive movement causes the whole foot to twist. And that can cause the heel to also twist, which then means that the Achilles tendon is being slid oddly (strained, rubbing over bone and pulling bone). So this repetitive movement can create the Achilles tendonitis. It can also create the plantar fasciitis and that pulling on the plantar fascia can also affect where the plantar fascia connects into the heel bone – causing a heel spur. Or where the Achilles tendon connects into the heel bone -causing a heel spur.

The drop in the foot can cause the torsion in the knee. Causing the ankle to drop, the knee to come inwards and also the hip to come in. So this internal twist onto your hips then pulls your pelvis forward, extending your lower back, increasing that lordosis in your lower back, which puts more pressure on your lower back. Pulling your stomach muscles out and also tightening your hip flexors.

So, can you see how this is all interconnected?

If we release the hip flexors, for example, but we haven’t altered how the hip and knee and ankle and foot all function, then the hip flexors have no choice, but to tighten back up again, When you can improve the strains in the joints and the associated ligaments, this allows the muscles to then relax. There is no longer a feeling that they need to be tight in order to keep those joints safe, which is their job. As well, optimizes the muscle positioning and therefore their ability to function more effectively and more comfortably.

When treatment feels like it is a uphill battle

Have you ever felt like you do all the exercises and you do the stretches that you’ve been told to do, but the muscles, they just don’t seem to relax? Your mobility is still restricted. And performing these dang exercises is not just annoying, but painful that foam roller it doesn’t get more comfortable.

  • This is because those muscles, they are needed to protect our joints and avoiding more serious injury. So these muscles will not let go, at least not for long until they feel that it is safe.

You may have experienced. Going to a therapist and walking out with relief, increased mobility and muscles that just aren’t so tight and uncomfortable. But within a day or so everything is back to the way it was.

  • In this situation it’s because the muscles were essentially forced to relax. But the reason that we’re tight, the twists and the strains on the body. … making them work so hard to compensate. That’s still there. So as soon as the muscles relax, they begin to resume, re-tightening back up so that they can perform that job to keep those joints safe. Better that you’re in pain rather than flat on your back… unable to move at all.

So to help the function and comfort of your joints, what can you do at home?

  1. Footwear
    • So one thing would be making sure you were correct footwear. Poor fitting shoes, pointed toes, narrow shoes, high heels. They all negatively affect the way that your foot functions. And actually alters your posture and the strains going all the way through your body
  2. Improve Circulation
    • Simple things that you can do at home. To increase circulation like
      • gently moving the area,
      • using a heat pack.
        • As long as there isn’t active acute inflammation- from an actual injury, or a flare up of arthritis.
      • rubbing A magnesium type cream into the area can help circulation moving and to support the muscles and joints to relax as much as possible.
      • an Epsom salt bath, or even foot bath. can also support circulation in that area and aid, relaxation of the muscles and the nervous system.
      • stretching and exercises.
  3. Stretching
    • Why – Some, simple tips here. Gently exercising is important.
      • It helps to increase the range of movement on your joints, especially when they are troubled.
      • However, the aim of stretching isn’t to force your joints to move more, or to allow your muscles to relax. It’s actually more about
        • getting the circulation moving.
        • lubricating the joints.
        • stopping the muscles from actually spasming.
    • How – So when you’re stretching, it’s important to focus on the way that you perform the stretch.We want to focus on:
      • good posture,
        • ensuring that the muscles or joints are actually in their correct position. To both ensure that the stretch is safe and effective. So when you’re working with correct posture, this allows you to be working with the correct area. Performing the stretch incorrectly may make you feel like you can do the stretch further. But it’s more likely that you’re using incorrect muscles or you’re making the stretch more likely to cause damage or at least be ineffective. So if it’s adding that under your extra pressure on the air already sensitive joints, it might increase risk. Or discomfort. Or make you flare up after.
      • Not over stretching or repeating too many times.
        • So we also only want to go as far as we possibly can comfortably in that stretch. We want to be able to feel it, but we don’t want pain or straining. If you do, then you can actually damage those muscles just with little micro tears again. And it irritates the muscles. So that they get concerned that they’re not protecting the joint. And so they’ll recoil harder. Essentially making those muscles tighter again. After you’ve done the stretch. And restricting joint movement further.
        • You may want to perform your stretch just a few times and only holding for five or 10 seconds. This is important when you have a really tight muscle and joint issues, because you want to make sure that your joint is kept safe.
        • And you want to make sure that the muscles will respond, not react. In that protective spasm or worse. So that when you overstretch them, you, cause micro-tears more inflammation and more pain as well as increased restriction. So if you hold. For too long. Or perform too many repetitions. You’re likely to increase the risk of how much the muscle gets damaged. Another important note for stretching. Is it’s better to do maybe five minutes every day. Then say an hour a week. This gentle more constant approach allows our body to respond slowly. In a safe way as it feels ready.
        • A longer, less frequent stretching session for about an hour or so might make you more likely to push too hard or too fast, ending up creating the opposite outcome. Imagine a 1% improvement every day or even every week. Without any adverse reactions as compared to a 10% improvement every now and then that then is followed on by. Five or more percent reduction. Due to pain. And that reaction.
        • So it may feel slower to improve when we’re doing a small amount every day, but instead we’re progressing slowly forward without taking the one step forward. And that two step back. Personalized care. Is key to addressing specific issues effectively. It’s not as simple as giving you stretches and exercises. To release tight muscles and to to strengthen weaker ones. We need to allow space, so the tight ones to let go. And for the weak ones to be able to actually activate. If we don’t allow them to activate first, then we cannot strengthen them. They won’t switch on during the exercises anyway.
  4. Taking the strain out of your body helps your body to be able to regain control. (not done at home)

Personalised Treatment

And it is a main way that we can ensure that the treatment plan is targeted and specific to you.

We also need to consider your specific concerns, your lifestyle, your goals. To optimize your ability to change and to heal. Using stress management techniques, mindset tools, healing, herbs, and nutritional advice. On top of the hands-on treatment and personalized exercise and stretching prescriptions. By focusing on your unique needs, we can create a treatment plan that leads to better outcomes and functional ability.

Effectively, reducing pain levels. And overall improving your health.

Achieving comfort and mobility is possible with the right approach. So take that first step towards a pain-free life today. Thank you so much for watching. And if you found it useful, please like comment and share. And don’t forget to subscribe, to stay up to date with tips and tools. To assist you to create outrageous health that actually lasts. Naturally. And lastly for personalized advice. Please make a booking. With the appointment. Button below. And to learn more. Download our Ultimate Happy Foot Guide.

And as always in health bye for now.

So Now What?

If you feel that you are chronically stress, always tired or notice that you are regularly in a wired/hectic state even though you are exhausted. Especially if you notice that your patience is not as it used to be, you find it hard to make decisions, you notice any digestive symptoms … OR you are wanting to help to KEEP yourself healthy… and deal with things before you become as I have just described. Then taking a few extra minutes to read my e-guide Why We Rush: a quickguide to burnout, adrenal fatigue and rushing women’s syndrome. This could give you new insight into what is happening inside you, why its happening and get you on the path to improving your health, comfort and ENERGY.

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.

Holistic Healing

Holistic Healing

Do you suffer sore, aching, painful feet, ankles or knees? Understanding how a well rounded, holistic healing approach can help is important when searching for a more permenant solution to your pain.

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Holistic Healing:

Effective Relief for Foot, Ankle & Knee Pain

Do you struggle to take steps with ease? Is walking an activity that you can no longer enjoy? Do you suffer stiff, sore and inflamed heels, bunions or plantar fasciitis?  Joint and foot health is essential to enjoying an active and happy and pain free life. Hi, I’m Alexis Weidland, co founder of BlossomingMe and Healthy Learning Lounge.

In this video, I’ll explain the role of the joints of the foot in common conditions.  and why physical treatment is essential in helping you to walk comfortably again.  Holistic healing offers a comprehensive path to pain relief and improved health. By addressing the whole body rather than just its symptoms, you can achieve effective, long lasting foot, ankle, and knee pain. Here’s how.

What Is Holistic Treatment?

  • Holistic treatment treats the whole person and the root cause that sets up the symptoms or the syndrome.  
  • Each treatment is planned and spec specific to the individual based on your areas of issues, your goals, activities you wish to achieve and start doing again. 
  • Holistic healing involves taking control of your health by doing prescribed exercises and homework, asking questions, and understanding the process ahead. 
    • It is important to be open to guidance and to understand that your actions or inactions are your responsibility.  
    • Asking questions help you to understand the process and decide if this approach is actually right for you.  
    • Commit fully to the process for best results. A half hearted approach will not yield those results desired.

At BlossomingMe

A comprehensive method then promotes physical health and overall well being.  At Blossoming Me, we treat the whole person, no matter where the pain is actually presenting. We support muscle activation and relaxation, aid in reducing inflammation, supporting circulation, reducing nerve irritation, and creating more space in the compressed joints, optimising mobility and comfort. 

 

Dealing with Foot Complaints

When we treat the foot, we work with conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bunions, and even neuromas, And it’s important to look at how the foot is actually functioning.  

Conventional treatment

Conventional treatment, uh, looks at, for example, how the big toe might be positioned badly and maybe surgical straightening procedures.

Conservative treatment

Or a more conservative treatment approach might use orthotics to stop your foot from rolling and moving too much.  

Potential Issues with these Approaches…

The difficulty with these situations is that it doesn’t take into account the body’s functioning and the reason that it’s functioning that way. 

 

Surgical Options

Surgery is sometimes required, but it should be a last resort. 

Surgery affects the way that our body can compensate from then onwards, so that if the initial reason isn’t actually being dealt with, then we have a reduced ability of our body to then cope and compensate further, and this can cause further complications later. 

 

Conventional Orthotics

Hard moulded orthotics,  they are aimed at stopping our foot from rolling too much. This is because the roll of the foot is what is causing a pull or a compression or an irritation of the affected tissues. 

 

From a Whole Body Perspective

Foot Functions

Base of Support

However, the difficulty here is that the foot is actually our base of support. It is essential to our body’s ability to understand where we actually are in space, proprioception, so that you have optimal balance and reflexes,  making it less likely for you to roll your ankle or to trip over. 

Shock Absorber

But it’s also your body’s natural shock absorber. And if your foot is unable to perform this task, then the pressure created with each step, and even more when running,  is not spread and reduced across the foot, and thus it will travel upwards.  This leads to complications likely not until years down the track in either your knees, your hips, or your back.

 

What About Actually Treating the FOOT?

Another common issue with the more conservative approaches is that rarely do practitioners actually treat the foot joints and, and the ligaments and the muscles.  But by improving the mobility between all of those little joints in the foot and reducing the strain and compression in the ligaments and areas around the joints, we free up space for our body’s ability to be able to improve itself.

 

Why?
  • This increases mobility, circulation, and space, allowing healing to occur and inflammation to reduce. both improving pain, often very quickly.  
  • It also allows our body to respond effectively to stretches and strengthening that is then required to assist our body to be able to maintain this improved mobility. 

By altering the tension and strain in the foot and increasing the range of mobility of all of the foot joints, we improve your body’s own ability to alter its movement to be able to compensate better for walking on different terrains, and we reduce the pull and or compression affecting the irritated tissues.

 

The Benefit?

All this allows you to 

  • walk more comfortably and 
  • to walk in an improved gait pattern, 
    • positively affecting your whole posture and 
    • the resilience or endurance of all your tissues so that you can stand or hike for longer, more comfortably. 
What Else Do You Need To Do?
  • Exercises specific to you and your specific body strains, 
  • good nutrition, and 
  • potentially supplements 

to support the healing of the joints is also essential to having comfortable, mobile, happy joints. 

So to get started

  • Firstly you need to identify your body’s needs. Consulting with a professional can help with this to get personalised advice and creating a tailored plan.  
  • Incorporating small changes
    •  such as adjusting one or two things in your diet or
    •  adding one or two exercises. 
    • Possibly even adding some mindfulness. 
  • Gradually increasing these changes as you become more comfortable. 
    • Tracking your progress and 
    • making adjustments as needed to ensure continued improvement and long term success.

So that you can manage pain, maintain gains and improve your overall health

Holistic treatment offers this comprehensive path to pain relief and improved health overall.  It’s also important to 

  • access and use resources and support from your health practitioners to
    •  maintain progress and
    •  address any issues that might arise. 

Continuous support from these health professionals can be vital to speeding up your recovery.  This could include regular check ups, access to educational material and personalised advice. 

  • Resources might be provided online with
    •  communities, 
    • support groups, 
    • health apps,

and these all provide encouragement and motivation, helping you to stay connected with a support network, ensuring that you have guidance and the support that you need to prioritise your health.  

Conclusion

I hope you can see how treating specific joints of the foot assists your body to move and walk better, more easily, and with less pain. 

 

And that while there are many forms of treatment, working with these joints is actually essential to a more comprehensive treatment plan, and it could really speed up your results, as well as improve your likelihood for maintaining comfort. 

Prioritizing your health is a journey, and I truly believe that it’s worth taking. With support and simple foundational steps you can achieve mobility, comfort, and enjoy every moment of your life.  

 

Learn more about foot pain and its causes in my new Ultimate Happy Foot Guide. The link will be below. 

 

So that’s all for now. 

I hope you found it useful. If you know someone who might benefit from this information, please share it.

 

Remember to type any questions or comments in the comments section, and please like and subscribe. 

 

And as always, in health. 

Bye for now.

So Now What?

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.

Prioritizing Health

Prioritizing Health

Are you waking up tired, stiff, and sore? Learn the importance of prioritizing your health. And how, by making conscious choices to the foundations of your health and integrate these healthy habits into your daily routine. You can achieve a joyful, purposeful life. Improving your health and your joy as well as creating a life with pain-free joints.

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Prioritizing Health:

Simple Steps Towards Pain Free Joints

 

Do you struggle to take steps with ease? Do you find yourself preoccupied trying to determine actually what you can manage this day? Joint health is essential for enjoying an active and pain free life. Hi, I’m Alexis Weidland, osteopath, co founder of BlossomingMe and Healthy Learning Lounge. In this video, I’ll share practical steps that you can use to help to prioritize your health so that you can enjoy every moment.

Why Prioritize Your Joint Health?

Making health a priority gives you the best chance to prevent future problems, enhance your overall well being. By focusing on joint health, you can optimise your mobility, your function and your pain levels, so that you can stay fit, healthy and active, and enjoy and engage in your life, your way. Many of us know that the way to look and feel our best and stay healthy as long as possible is through regular exercise, balanced nutrition, hydration, proper rest, a positive, grateful attitude.

What Do You Mean My “Prioritizing Health”?

Prioritizing your health involves making conscious choices that benefit your health and in particular your joints. They can reduce your risk of long term issues and improve your overall physical condition, allowing you to live your life more comfortably and actively.

The Joy of Pain Free Movement

Living without pain improves your quality of life, allowing you to engage in the activities that you love without limitations. A pain free life enables you to participate fully in activities that you enjoy, from spending time with loved ones to pursuing hobbies and your interests. Improved mobility and reduced pain can also lead to better mental health, as physical discomfort is often linked to stress and anxiety.

Prioritizing your health, especially that of your joints, contributes to your overall well being and your general happiness. When you live without pain, every aspect of your life will improve. You can enjoy your favorite activities without discomfort, which boosts your mood, your overall mental health, and your happiness, mobility and ability to perform activities and function are reliant on good joint health. Making your joints an essential part of health so that you can have a healthy, joyful, purpose filled life.

Simple steps in a wide variety of areas promotes your health in a more comprehensive way.

Things like maintaining good posture, regular exercise, a balanced diet, hydration, rest, reducing your stress levels, and mindset all contribute to our joint health. So let’s dive a little deeper into each of these.

Maintaining proper posture.

Ensuring your posture is correct reduces your body’s stress on your joints. Good posture means aligning your ears, your shoulders, your hips in a good line. When you stand or sit, keeping your back straight, your shoulders relaxed and avoiding slouching.

Regularly checking and correcting your posture can prevent chronic joint pain.

Regular exercise.

Activities that strengthen your muscles and provide flexibility and support, they support your joints. Yoga and Pilates improve flexibility and balance, while weight training will strengthen muscles that support joints.

We want to aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week.

Balanced diet.

Eating a diet rich in nutrients helps to reduce our inflammation and support our overall health.

  • Focus on consuming a great variety of fruits and vegetables, quality proteins, wild, free range or organic where possible, and healthy fats.
  • Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids like salmon and even flaxseed can help to reduce our joint inflammation.
  • It is important while discussing diet to note that avoiding foods that are inflammatory for you may assist your joint pain reduction.
  • Good digestive function is important to allow nutrient availability for our health and our healing and to reduce inflammation.
  • Ensuring that our microbes are balanced and functioning is also important for many things, including reducing our inflammation.
    • And did you know that bad bacteria have been found in the gut and the joint of people with arthritis? So it’s actually in their synovial joint fluids.
  • Adding anti inflammatory herbs and supplements may also assist your healing and pain levels.

Hydration

Proper hydration is essential for maintaining our joint health. Water helps to keep the cartilage in our joints hydrated and soft, and it also flushes out toxins that contribute to inflammation and joint pain.

Enough Rest/Sleep

Sleep is vital for overall health, including joint health. During regenerates tissue. And that includes those of our joints.

So we want to aim for 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep each night to support those natural healing processes.

Managing stress

Chronic stress can lead to inflammation and muscle tension, both exacerbating our pain levels. Higher stress levels also reduces our ability to cope with things, so our pain will feel more scary and everything becomes more aggravated and painful.

Incorporating stress management techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises or spending time in nature also are great ways to help reduce our stress levels. Positive belief and mindset. Maintaining a positive mindset and believing that our body is actually able to heal and that your specific situation has the potential to improve can make a significant difference.

Visualizing a pain free, active lifestyle and setting achievable goals is useful to help you get better. And as often as possible, becoming aware of the things that do work well for you, activities that you can perform. This mindset can motivate you to stay consistent with your health routines and help you to see those small improvements.

Seeking a mentor and guidance

Having a mentor or health professional to help guide you through your journey. Provide support and accountability as well as to helping you to stay focused and positive. They can offer personalized advice, monitor your progress and make necessary adjustments with you for your plan.

This guidance can help you to feel confident, stay motivated and keep on track with your health journey. And it helps you to know that you aren’t alone in this.

Integrating these Healthful Actions

But even when you know what to do, it can be difficult to integrate these steps, as simple as they may be, into your life. Incorporating these healthy habits into your daily routine ensures long term benefits and sustained health and joint health.

So, here are a few practical tips.

Always start slow

Begin with small, manageable changes. Start with just one change, for example. Maybe taking a 10 minute walk daily. Maybe having an extra glass of water. And then, in a week or two, just add one more change

Create sustainable habits

So, focusing on making changes that you can maintain for the long term.

Instead of overhauling your entire diet, start by adding just some more vegetables with each meal. Gradually incorporate more healthy foods and reduce processed items.

Set realistic goals

Setting achievable goals to keep yourself motivated, track your progress and celebrate small wins. This could be as simple as improving your posture or completing your weekly exercise goal.

Use reminders

In your phone to help you to remember when to stretch or take breaks and to move around during the day.

Using health apps and health trackers can help you to maintain, stay on track and monitor your progress.

Incorporate healthy snacks

Keep healthy snacks like fruits, nuts, yoghurt handy to keep your blood sugar levels stable, reduce cravings and avoid unhealthy eating.

And this also helps to maintain a balanced diet without feeling deprived.

Consistency is key

Habits form faster when we practice them often. Once they become a habit, they’re easier to continue for long term, which assists your ability to create positive health changes. to create the desire that you’re after.

Improving your habits by say 1 percent each week or fortnight or even month will slowly create a massive change. Whereas creating one big change, but not being able to keep up with it will give you a rollercoaster effect and won’t get you as far in the longterm. Provide frustration and not create the positive change you’re after.

By making small, consistent changes to your daily routine, you can create lasting habits that will then support your joint health and health in general. These habits then become a part of your lifestyle, leading to significant improvements in your overall health and joint function.

And then there’s resources and support.

Access to resources and support from health professionals can help to maintain your progress and address any issues that might arise along the way. Continuous support from these health professionals is vital in maintaining your progress and addressing any issues. This support can include regular check ins, access to educational material, personalised advice.

Resources such as online communities, support groups and even health apps can help to keep you encouraged and motivated. They can give you support and help you to start to prioritise your health. Staying connected with any of your support networks ensures that you receive the guidance, encouragement and sense of community that you need.

Conclusion

Prioritizing your health is a journey and it’s worth taking. These steps can help you to achieve a pain free life and enjoy every moment. Listen, I hope you found this information useful and informative. Was there something that set off a light bulb moment for you? If so, I’d really love to hear it, so please share that in the comments.

Please remember to subscribe, to like and to comment, and please share if it’s useful for someone else as well. And if you’d like personalised support, to head yourself in the right direction for your health goals and any specific joint issues that you might be suffering, book online for an appointment.

We even have a free 15 minute strategy session to discuss what might work for you. So that’s all for now, and as always in health, bye for now.

So Now What?

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.

Unlocking Comfort

Unlocking Comfort

If you suffer from the frustration, lack of mobility or pain of lower leg pain. Unlocking comfort contributors is key. Once we are able to identify simple steps to improve our body’s healing ability, reduce inflammation and support correct mobility our pain reduces. And we can say goodbye to foot, ankle and even knee pain for good.

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Unlocking Comfort:

Say Goodbye to Foot, Ankle & Knee Pain!

 

Imagine, waking up every day. Without that nagging lower leg pain that stops you in your tracks today. We’re diving into. Foot ankle and knee pain. Something that affects so many of us reducing our everyday activities. Joy. Our work productivity. If you’ve been struggling. With discomfort and want to reclaim your mobility.

You’re in the right place. Hi, I’m Alexis osteopath. Co-founder of BlossomingMe and Healthy Learning Lounge. In this video, we’ll explore the common causes of discomfort, focusing on posture and poor biomechanics. And how this lends itself to a holistic treatment approach. And I’ll share some simple tips to help you to feel better. So let’s get started. Foot ankle and knee pain can stem from various sources, including injuries, overuse, mechanical problems and rarely, more s inister medical causes. So correct. Diagnosis is important. However, today we’ll be discussing biomechanical causes.

Causes or Ways to Name (Diagnoses)

The tissues involved in the pain that you suffer becomes the way that we tend to label and diagnose things. For instance, foot pain might be caused by plantar fasciitis, bunions, Morton’s neuroma. Achilles tendonopathys and stress fractures. Ankle pain, often results from strains, fractures, arthritis. With repetitive stress and improper movements being significant contributing factors. Knee pain. Can be due to torn ligaments and meniscus. Tendonitis bursitis patellofemoral pain syndrome, patella tracking issues, kneecap dislocations, iliotibial band syndrome and various forms of arthritis.

Causes

But what is the underlying cause of many of these conditions?

Poor Posture

Poor posture is a significant contributor to foot, ankle and knee pain. Where your posture is off. It can lead to misalignment causing extra stress on all of your joints.

And this misalignment can affect your entire body from your feet, all the way up to your head. So how can poor posture cause pain?

Joint Misalignment

So poor posture causes the joints to be misaligned. Leading to an uneven distribution of weight and pressure through the joints. These extra stresses on the joints can then result in pain, discomfort and increased wear and tear.

Muscle imbalance. Incorrect posture often leads to muscle imbalances where some muscles will overwork while others will be weakened.

And over time, this imbalance can cause strains in the muscles as well as altered strain within the joints. And this affects our mobility and our comfort.

Reduced Shock Absorption

So good posture helps our body to be able to absorb shocks effectively. Poor posture disrupts this balance leading to increase impact on our joints and resulting in pain.

Muscle Tension

As well as from postural issues, muscle tension is often caused by prolonged postures, such as sitting or repetitive movements such as poor lifting techniques and regular heavy lifting. These can pull in our joints and lead to pain. Here’s how muscle tension can affect our joints. It can restrict blood flow. Tense muscles will restrict the blood leading to reduced oxygen and nourishment to those muscles and joints.

And this can increase stiffness. and pain. Muscle fatigue. When the muscles are constantly being tensed, they become fatigued quickly and Fatigued muscles are unable to support our joints leading to increased joint, stress and pain, as well as pain within the tired muscles themselves.

Trigger Points

Muscle tension can create trigger points, which are tight areas within a muscle that can cause pain itself. And in other parts of the body, For example, tension in the calf muscle can lead to pain that flows down the ankle and foot.

Repetitive Movements

Repetitive movements or overuse such as running or standing for long periods can also contribute to discomfort. It can cause microtrauma with repetitive movements the muscles and joints over time. may rub up against each other causing inflammation and pain and eventually potentially significant issues. Overuse injuries where we’re engaging repetitive activities without adequate rest can lead to overuse injuries, such as tendonitis and even stress fractures. And these. injuries often result in chronic pain and discomfort.

Then there’s joint wear and tear continuous repetitive movements. can accelerate the wear and tear on joints.

And this leads to conditions such as arthritis, causing significant pain and limited mobility.

Looking deeper still.

There were three main causes for foot ankle and knee pain.

The ones that are not due to traumatic injuries and sinister causes they all relate to mechanical nature of our body movements.

Unlocking Comfort Using A Holistic Approach to Treatment

So to deal with the underlying causes of essentially any of the common causes of foot, ankle, and knee pains, we need to look at how every part of our body is working together.

We need to. Look at how it stands and walks and regular habitual positions and movements that we do. So that’s static and dynamic posture.

At BlossomingMe, we believe in a holistic and multi-pronged treatment approach. This means looking at our whole body. Not just the symptoms. Our goal is to remove strains increase circulation and allow our body to heal naturally.

Then we focus on strengthening to prevent future injuries.

Why a Holistic Approach?

Interconnected Nature of the Body

To highlight how one seemingly unconnected part of our body affects many others. Let’s look quickly at the foot and specifically the big toe.

In many people, we often find a significantly shorter first metatarsal and this seemingly insignificant finding does actually significantly affect foot function and the way that our walking pattern occurs. So the tension placed on the joints will move all the way up the body. To shorten first toe will twist and drop so that the foot can reach the ground so we can tow off effectively. This will propel us forward, but this constant twisting over time will cause a tension on the plantar fascia and stretching resulting that flattened foot over a long period of time. Or our body will try to react to this and reinforce that movement with a lot of muscle tension. So your toe will stretch. , laterally and down, to be able to reach the ground.

And this causes:
  • Increased pressure here at the base of the big toe, creating a bunion.
  • And this pressure can increase tension between the first and second toe irritating the nerve, which can lead to a neuroma.
  • That increased stretch on the plantar fascia and the twisting down causes repetitive movement and this can affect the Achilles tendon.

So this repetitive movement causes the whole foot to twist. And that can cause the heel to also twist, which then means that the Achilles tendon is being slid oddly (strained, rubbing over bone and pulling bone). So this repetitive movement can create the Achilles tendonitis. It can also create the plantar fasciitis and that pulling on the plantar fascia can also affect where the plantar fascia connects into the heel bone – causing a heel spur. Or where the Achilles tendon connects into the heel bone -causing a heel spur.

The drop in the foot can cause the torsion in the knee. Causing the ankle to drop, the knee to come inwards and also the hip to come in. So this internal twist onto your hips then pulls your pelvis forward, extending your lower back, increasing that lordosis in your lower back, which puts more pressure on your lower back. Pulling your stomach muscles out and also tightening your hip flexors.

So, can you see how this is all interconnected?

If we release the hip flexors, for example, but we haven’t altered how the hip and knee and ankle and foot all function, then the hip flexors have no choice, but to tighten back up again, When you can improve the strains in the joints and the associated ligaments, this allows the muscles to then relax. There is no longer a feeling that they need to be tight in order to keep those joints safe, which is their job. As well, optimizes the muscle positioning and therefore their ability to function more effectively and more comfortably.

When treatment feels like it is a uphill battle

Have you ever felt like you do all the exercises and you do the stretches that you’ve been told to do, but the muscles, they just don’t seem to relax? Your mobility is still restricted. And performing these dang exercises is not just annoying, but painful that foam roller it doesn’t get more comfortable.

  • This is because those muscles, they are needed to protect our joints and avoiding more serious injury. So these muscles will not let go, at least not for long until they feel that it is safe.

You may have experienced. Going to a therapist and walking out with relief, increased mobility and muscles that just aren’t so tight and uncomfortable. But within a day or so everything is back to the way it was.

  • In this situation it’s because the muscles were essentially forced to relax. But the reason that we’re tight, the twists and the strains on the body. … making them work so hard to compensate. That’s still there. So as soon as the muscles relax, they begin to resume, re-tightening back up so that they can perform that job to keep those joints safe. Better that you’re in pain rather than flat on your back… unable to move at all.

So to help the function and comfort of your joints, what can you do at home?

  1. Footwear
    • So one thing would be making sure you were correct footwear. Poor fitting shoes, pointed toes, narrow shoes, high heels. They all negatively affect the way that your foot functions. And actually alters your posture and the strains going all the way through your body
  2. Improve Circulation
    • Simple things that you can do at home. To increase circulation like
      • gently moving the area,
      • using a heat pack.
        • As long as there isn’t active acute inflammation- from an actual injury, or a flare up of arthritis.
      • rubbing A magnesium type cream into the area can help circulation moving and to support the muscles and joints to relax as much as possible.
      • an Epsom salt bath, or even foot bath. can also support circulation in that area and aid, relaxation of the muscles and the nervous system.
      • stretching and exercises.
  3. Stretching
    • Why – Some, simple tips here. Gently exercising is important.
      • It helps to increase the range of movement on your joints, especially when they are troubled.
      • However, the aim of stretching isn’t to force your joints to move more, or to allow your muscles to relax. It’s actually more about
        • getting the circulation moving.
        • lubricating the joints.
        • stopping the muscles from actually spasming.
    • How – So when you’re stretching, it’s important to focus on the way that you perform the stretch.We want to focus on:
      • good posture,
        • ensuring that the muscles or joints are actually in their correct position. To both ensure that the stretch is safe and effective. So when you’re working with correct posture, this allows you to be working with the correct area. Performing the stretch incorrectly may make you feel like you can do the stretch further. But it’s more likely that you’re using incorrect muscles or you’re making the stretch more likely to cause damage or at least be ineffective. So if it’s adding that under your extra pressure on the air already sensitive joints, it might increase risk. Or discomfort. Or make you flare up after.
      • Not over stretching or repeating too many times.
        • So we also only want to go as far as we possibly can comfortably in that stretch. We want to be able to feel it, but we don’t want pain or straining. If you do, then you can actually damage those muscles just with little micro tears again. And it irritates the muscles. So that they get concerned that they’re not protecting the joint. And so they’ll recoil harder. Essentially making those muscles tighter again. After you’ve done the stretch. And restricting joint movement further.
        • You may want to perform your stretch just a few times and only holding for five or 10 seconds. This is important when you have a really tight muscle and joint issues, because you want to make sure that your joint is kept safe.
        • And you want to make sure that the muscles will respond, not react. In that protective spasm or worse. So that when you overstretch them, you, cause micro-tears more inflammation and more pain as well as increased restriction. So if you hold. For too long. Or perform too many repetitions. You’re likely to increase the risk of how much the muscle gets damaged. Another important note for stretching. Is it’s better to do maybe five minutes every day. Then say an hour a week. This gentle more constant approach allows our body to respond slowly. In a safe way as it feels ready.
        • A longer, less frequent stretching session for about an hour or so might make you more likely to push too hard or too fast, ending up creating the opposite outcome. Imagine a 1% improvement every day or even every week. Without any adverse reactions as compared to a 10% improvement every now and then that then is followed on by. Five or more percent reduction. Due to pain. And that reaction.
        • So it may feel slower to improve when we’re doing a small amount every day, but instead we’re progressing slowly forward without taking the one step forward. And that two step back. Personalized care. Is key to addressing specific issues effectively. It’s not as simple as giving you stretches and exercises. To release tight muscles and to to strengthen weaker ones. We need to allow space, so the tight ones to let go. And for the weak ones to be able to actually activate. If we don’t allow them to activate first, then we cannot strengthen them. They won’t switch on during the exercises anyway.
  4. Taking the strain out of your body helps your body to be able to regain control. (not done at home)

Personalised Treatment

And it is a main way that we can ensure that the treatment plan is targeted and specific to you.

We also need to consider your specific concerns, your lifestyle, your goals. To optimize your ability to change and to heal. Using stress management techniques, mindset tools, healing, herbs, and nutritional advice. On top of the hands-on treatment and personalized exercise and stretching prescriptions. By focusing on your unique needs, we can create a treatment plan that leads to better outcomes and functional ability.

Effectively, reducing pain levels. And overall improving your health.

Achieving comfort and mobility is possible with the right approach. So take that first step towards a pain-free life today. Thank you so much for watching. And if you found it useful, please like comment and share. And don’t forget to subscribe, to stay up to date with tips and tools. To assist you to create outrageous health that actually lasts. Naturally. And lastly for personalized advice. Please make a booking. With the appointment. Button below. And to learn more. Download our Ultimate Happy Foot Guide.

And as always in health bye for now.

So Now What?

If you feel that you are chronically stress, always tired or notice that you are regularly in a wired/hectic state even though you are exhausted. Especially if you notice that your patience is not as it used to be, you find it hard to make decisions, you notice any digestive symptoms … OR you are wanting to help to KEEP yourself healthy… and deal with things before you become as I have just described. Then taking a few extra minutes to read my e-guide Why We Rush: a quickguide to burnout, adrenal fatigue and rushing women’s syndrome. This could give you new insight into what is happening inside you, why its happening and get you on the path to improving your health, comfort and ENERGY.

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.

Flow with the Seasons: Ease Physical and Emotional Pain with Autumn and Winter Meridian Channels

Flow with the Seasons: Ease Physical and Emotional Pain with Autumn and Winter Meridian Channels

In this video, we explore how trauma can be trapped in the body and the role of the nervous system in this process.

✅  Delve into Traditional Chinese Medicine, focusing on meridian channels related to autumn and winter.

✅  See how the lung and large intestine channels associated with autumn, and bladder and kidney channels connected to winter, can aid in cultivating inner strength, courage, and wisdom; and ease you physical and emotional pain.

✅  Get a detailed guide on meridian brushing techniques for two of these channels, to restore balance and support the parasympathetic nervous response. To close the trauma loop and support emotional and physical healing.

 

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Hi there and welcome. We’ve been talking about trauma and what happens when it gets stuck in your body, how the nervous system is part of that process. And today I wanted to talk to you about the acupressure points and meridian channels that traditional Chinese medicine are also related to the seasons. At the moment in Australia, like all of the Southern Hemisphere, we’re approaching the end of autumn and then the beginning obviously of winter.  These months are beautiful in terms of releasing unneeded energies, things that we no longer need, as well as the beauty of our spirit within. 

Foster Inner Strength and Character to Complete the Nervous System Loop and Release Trauma From Your Body:

Why? Because in traditional Chinese medicine, autumn is the time of the metal element and the lung and large intestine meridian channels. The lung in particular is all about our spirit and when these meridian channels are strong and vibrant and full of energy, we have a strong spirit and we have plenty of composure.  Winter, which we are obviously approaching, it’s the time of the element of water and the meridian channels of bladder and kidney. Now when bladder and kidney meridian channels are flowing well, when their energy is vibrant and dynamic, then we have courage within. And wisdom, our inner wisdom or our intuition, is also strong, very closely related to our spirit and composure.

What better way to foster inner strength and character and enable our bodies to complete that cycle that we’ve been speaking about for the nervous system? Bring it back to composure, bring it back to centeredness, bring it back to that parasympathetic nervous system response. 

That way we can close that circuit, which enables our body to deal with effectively the trauma. It’s not about getting rid of the trauma, but it is about closing that loop so that we can come back to ourselves, come back to our own centre, come back to our composure and courage and inner wisdom.

In contrast, when the kidney and bladder energies get stuck and they aren’t flowing either, similar to our nervous system loop, then our bodies can respond with fear and anxiety. Depression and fear and anxiety are both commonly experienced when we are suffering trauma.  Where our nervous system loop is not closed, where our nervous system loop is stuck open, and we haven’t reached the resolution where we are back in our parasympathetic response.

Simply by tuning into and supporting our lung and large intestine channels as well as our kidney and bladder meridian channels We can help our bodies come back to our parasympathetic response to complete and close that nervous system loop.

Large Intestine and Bladder Meridian Brushing:

A couple of weeks ago, I ran through some meridian brushing with you. We did the lung and the large intestine.  To clear and release these energies that we no longer need. That will make space automatically, creating a vacuum where we can bring in the energies that we do desire.

The easiest way to release the energy is to focus on the outside of the body. So that will be the large intestine meridian channel in autumn, and the bladder in winter. So let me go through those with you, and I will also leave a link to a diagram in the description box below.

Large intestine, that then starting at the corner of the nose, going across the top lip, down the neck, through the shoulder, through the top of the elbow, right through that,  between the bone and the elbow crease, the outside of the elbow, down the outside of the wrist, and to the outside of the pointer finger. Coming to your nail bed and out there. So that’s the Large Intestine Meridian Channel. 

The Bladder Meridian Channel, that starts in the corner, the inside corner of your eyes, comes up over your forehead, over the back of your head, down the back of your neck. Bring your arms around to collect from the shoulder blade and come straight down the spine. Come straight down your bottom, straight down the back of your thigh to your knee. At the knee come out a little bit to the edge of the knee. Come straight down from your knee to the back of your ankle bone and out the side of your little toe. And I will, as I said, these two meridian channels I’ll leave a link to these diagrams in the description box below. Focusing on releasing these will create the space so that you can bring in your composure, your spirit, your courage, and your inner wisdom. bringing you back to a sense of centeredness, completion, and space for healing your body. I hope you found value in the video today and if you did, please like and share it.

Check out the diagrams for a clearer picture, and join us next time here at Blossoming Me and the Healthy Learning Lounge for more support to nurture your body your health and well being and your positive mindset. 

From my heart to yours, Namaste.

Sarah xx

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

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**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for professional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.
Understanding Trauma: A Deeper Dive

Understanding Trauma: A Deeper Dive

Trauma is much more common and every day, than many of us would like to think.

In this blog, I cover 3 things:

✅   What is this trauma all about and why are so many people talking about it?

✅  What happens when our nervous system gets stuck, because of trauma?

✅  Why is it so impactful, in so many different aspects of our health?

 

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Hi and welcome. I’m Sarah Gowans, massage and craniosacral therapist at BlossomingMe and the Healthy Learning Lounge. Today I’m wanting to talk to you a little bit deeper about trauma.

What is this trauma all about and why are so many people talking about it? What can you do about it and why is it so impactful, in so many different aspects of our health?

Trauma is much more common and every day, than many of us would like to think. 

The easiest way to explain Trauma is with a picture of the Sahara Desert, where you might find an Impala, beautifully surrounded by its whole community. It’s relaxed, it’s eating grass it’s totally fine.

At some point it hears a noise and so its ears prick up, lifting its head. It’s come out of the rest and digest phase, into an alert phase. If danger then is spotted, found, seen, heard; then that will turn into flight from the impala and its whole congregation. As they fly, as they run away from the lion that is chasing them.

The Incompleted Cycle:

If they are successful, the impalas will all manage to escape the lion and they will go back to eating their grass. In that rest and digest phase. 

They have completed that loop. The fast heartbeating, the shallow breathing, all of the blood and everything going into their muscles to get them out of there, is now calming down. Slowly they are breathing more deeply. They are coming out of their sympathetic fight, flight response, into the parasympathetic response of the nervous system, which grounds them. That’s where we are resting, where we are digesting, and where our body is able to repair. So that is also where our healing goes on.

But, unlike the Impala who is naturally going back to the rest and digest phase, many of us get stuck in that step of flight. Where we don’t feel that we have completely run away from the lion. Where that lion is still possibly around, and we’re in that heightened, hypervigilant, alert phase. The loop is open, it does not complete. It does not go all the way around to the rest and digest phase. It doesn’t actually reach there, so we get stuck in this fight, flight, or freeze mode.

When We Are Stuck In Fight, Flight, Freeze Mode:

When we are stuck in this fight, flight, freeze mode, our thinking can get stuck, and we get stuck on beliefs that are not necessarily useful. We can get stuck in emotions, like really deep sadness, like anxiety, or really deep fear. Where we can’t move through. Moving through feels impossible. We are hypervigilant, so we are stuck in that. Because we are looking for possible threats all the time, not only are we unable to heal, because we are not yet back in the rest and digest phase. Our immune system is both constantly on and looking for things. But it is also impaired. It is on, but it is not on well, it is not fully functional. So it’s looking all the time, but it isn’t necessarily finding what it’s looking for. Or it’s overcompensating, and finding things that it shouldn’t be looking for. and that is where we can fall into issues like autoimmune diseases.

And because we are on all the time, alert, and looking for threats, our body posture can be tight. Our muscles rigid, our whole muscular skeletal system is not flexible, not able to move easily. And that can lead to aches and pains, headaches, migraines, and other physiological symptoms.

This is where the power of relaxation, in order to heal, comes to the fore. Where we’re able to help our body, not just our mind, but help our body; where that trauma is stored.

So I hope this story of the Impala and the lion helps to illustrate for you how this cycle [of] trauma can be impacting your life.

I hope today’s video is impactful and helpful for you. If you did like today’s video, please like, and share it, and join us next time, when we look at other ways to support and nurture you and your body to health, and well-being, and a positive mindset.

From my heart to yours, namaste.

Sarah xx

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

Hungry for more?

Check out our other blogs; send us a question, so we can create content that YOU want to know about… and if you’d like to delve into some of our other topics and talks that may be of interest to you, click here for our recent talks and blogs.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for professional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.
Release Shoulder Tension and Unblock Energy Flow in Your Lung and Large Intestine Meridians

Release Shoulder Tension and Unblock Energy Flow in Your Lung and Large Intestine Meridians

Are you been suffering from sore thumbs, elbow or shoulder issues? Cold or flu symptoms like a tight chest, nasal congestion, a heavy head, or even insomnia? Maybe you’ve been struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety? 

In this video, I cover 3 things:

✅  Ailments that commonly show up when your Lung or Large Intestine meridian channel energies get stuck.

✅  What can you tap into during autumn, that can help you release these?

✅  One thing you can do to help clear these ailments

 

Rather read the blog?

Here it is…

In the season of autumn, where in Traditional Chinese Medicine the lung meridian channel, as well as the large intestine meridian channel, can be both vulnerable. Meaning that we are prone to certain issues that can come up. But also, they can be very helpful to deal with said issues. 

So issues that can come up,that are connected to the lung meridian channel, are things like sore thumbs, weak arm muscles, droopy shoulders, even a heavy head. This can leave you feeling depressed, and give you the sense of hopelessness. 

If your lung meridian channel is actually excessive, rather than deficient, that can leave you with a tight chest, or nasal congestion, even, insomnia. It can even result for you in things like anxiety or an obsession with minor details, small details, so you come across like a micromanager. With a large intestine meridian channel, that can show up as things like confused thinking, or poor judgment. It can even show up as constipation. 

3 common postures that can lead to pain and dysfunction

Hi and welcome I’m Sarah Gowans massage and cranio-sacral therapist at BlossomingMe, and The Healthy Learning Lounge. Here we are a sanctuary where you can come to nurture your health and well-being, and a positive mindset. To help you clear the stresses stopping you from living your most fulfilling life.

The Strength of Autumn and the Meridian Channels Lung and Large Intestine is Letting Go

Welcome. Today I wanted to talk with you about the season of autumn, and how it can help us to clear issues like shoulder and arm issues, like nasal and chest congestion issues. The season of autumn, is a great time for letting go. This is one of the strengths of the meridian channels of lung and large intestine. When these meridian channel energies get stuck, they can often show up not just as these physical ailments, that I talked about a moment ago; emotions like sadness really deep sadness and grief.

Autumn being their season of strength, and the action that they are most effective at is releasing and letting go. So that makes autum a really great time to let go of anything that you no longer need. Anything that you are ready to, or your body is ready to, let go of. 

Different Ways You Can Release And Let Go:

There are a couple of different ways that you can focus this energy of release and letting go. One is to declutter your home. You often think of this as spring cleaning, but actually the season of autumn can make this process much easier, more flowing. By tapping into the natural strengths of the season of autumn, this can make this process much easier; both physically decluttering as well as from your heart, to to let go of things. Whether that’s a space in in your house, a whole room or even a small drawer. If you want to go hell for leather, do your whole house. You can release these items, and help save the planet, put them through an OP shop of some description. Donating them to somebody who can use them, or reuse them. 

Another thing you can do, is nourish your body with warming foods. Things like steaming hot soups. Anything to really nourish and warm your body. You can also do a meridian brush.

Meridian Brush of the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians:

So your lung meridian channel starts just above your armpit. From the front of your chest, go around the armpit, down the inside of your arm, inside of the thumb side of the elbow. All the way through that fleshy part of your thumb, and out the other side of your thumb. 

For the large intestine, on the out outside of the arm. Start at the pointer finger on the outside. Coming up that same side of the elbow, but on the outside of the arm. This time going around the back of the shoulder, up the side of the neck, across that corner of your mouth. Top of the lip to the corner of your nose on the other side. 

Whichever way you would like to help your body release this autumn, remember to do it with gratitude and love. Feel it warming your heart, your whole body, and your soul.

So I hope you found this video helpful. And if you liked it, please like and share it, and join us next time, when we talk more about trauma and about how we can support and nurture your body to health and well-being. 

From my heart to yours, Namaste.

Sarah xx

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

Hungry for more?

Check out our other blogs; send us a question, so we can create content that YOU want to know about… and if you’d like to delve into some of our other topics and talks that may be of interest to you, click here for our recent talks and blogs.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for professional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.
3 Common Postures That Could Be Causing Your Migraine

3 Common Postures That Could Be Causing Your Migraine

Are you been suffering from neck or upper back pain? Or frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, or carpal tunnel syndrome?

This video can help you understand where it may be coming from.

In this video, I cover 3 things:

✅ 3 Common Postures that could be causing these issues.

✅ How they can cause them

✅ Why your body may be in these postures, in the first place

 

Rather read the blog?

Here it is…

Hi there. 

Have you been suffering breathing issues or respiratory issues? Maybe you’ve had headaches or migraines. Even a frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, or carpal tunnel syndrome, [or] emotions like depression, anxiety and even more. 

If you’ve been suffering issues like these recently, you’re just the person I want to speak to. 

Did you know that what may have started out as psychological body armor, protecting ourselves against the outside world, maybe causing your pain, and dysfunction in your body? 

Hi, I’m Sarah Gowans massage and cranio-sacral therapist at BlossomingMe, and the Healthy Learning Lounge. Here we’re a sanctuary where you can come to nurture your journey to health and well-being and a positive mindset. To clear stresses that might be stopping you from living your most fulfilling life. 

Today I want to share with you three common posture misalignments that might indicate that you have trauma stuck in your body unresolved and sitting in your nervous system, causing problems like these.

As I was saying, we often create for ourselves a perceived physical barrier, to protect us against the outside world. Against threats and things that can make us vulnerable. This can actually makes us feel more protected and in control. So It’s a useful thing. It’s a really clever thing, that our body is doing, in order to protect and defend us. But these same postural adaptations can actually cause postural misalignments in our body. And they can contribute to our musculosceletal pain and dysfunction.

 

The three misalignments I want to talk to you about today are: 

Forward head posture, where we’re leaning forward, like so you can see that in this position the neck is pulling my shoulders up, as well as my head is leaning really forward. 

Elevated shoulders. Where they’re sitting up against your ears. As my husband would call them, earrings, we’re wearing shoulder earrings. And this often happens when we get really stressed.

And the third one is kyphosis that’s just a technical name for rounded upper back. You often see it in older women, that have been leaning forward for so long that it’s an ingrained habitual posture. 

 

The three misalignments I want to talk to you about today are: 

Forward head posture, where we’re leaning forward, like so you can see that in this position the neck is pulling my shoulders up, as well as my head is leaning really forward. 

Elevated shoulders. Where they’re sitting up against your ears. As my husband would call them, earrings, we’re wearing shoulder earrings. And this often happens when we get really stressed.

And the third one is kyphosis that’s just a technical name for rounded upper back. You often see it in older women, that have been leaning forward for so long that it’s an ingrained habitual posture. 

 

3 common postures that can lead to pain and dysfunction

Forward Head Posture:

The forward head position is really typical when you have small trauma, and constant tension and stress going through your body. We tend to lean forward concentrating, particularly into computer screens and things like that. It pulls the shoulders forward, as I mentioned, and it can come about, or cause, a sense of overwhelm. It can come about when you’re hypervigilant, looking everywhere for threats, we’re constantly on guard. Our body is protecting us all the time. This can contribute to neck pain and stiffness. Where you can’t turn your head well.

 

Elevated Shoulders:

The elevated shoulders, where we’re carrying our stress and tension in the shoulders, can get into that hunchy sort of position. We’re walking around like this. Again it’s an attempt by the body to shield us from perceived threats, This shoulder position can lead to pain in the shoulders, as you can imagine, and restricted motion. Because the shoulders,get up high, now we’re trying to move the arm, and it’s not in its right position. So it has a restricted range of motion, range of movement.

 

Kyphosis: Exaggerated, Forward Rounding, Upper Back:

With the kyphosis that upper rounded back, where we’re leaning really forward. Shoulders forward, everything is leaning forward. It often comes about with chronic, so over a long period of time, chronic stress, chronic emotional tension. Tthat can cause this kyphotic posture. It’s a protective mechanism again. Particularly where the body is trying to shield and protect our heart and lungs. Our vital organs within our chest. And this as you would imagine can cause neck pain, upper back pain, shoulder discomfort, shoulder restriction, as well. And it can collapse our chest, that can cause breathing and respiratory disorders.

 

All 3 Postures Can:

By putting our rib cage out of position, and tightening the muscles between our ribs, this can create restricted movement within the rib cage. That affects our collar bone, our shoulder blades as well as the ribs themselves. And by putting everything out of alignment or into a misalignment everything is not where it’s supposed to be. Which can create a physical issue, when you’re trying to move your arms, your head. Your breathing, can all be compromised, because your spine [and] your rib cage is not where it’s meant to be. 

So not only are the muscles tight and sore, but it can lead to other problems such as frozen shoulder, elbow issues like tennis or golf elbow, even wrist issues like carpal tunnel syndrome. Especially when you’re in those positions for a length of time. 

When the chest is compromised as well, that can impair your breathing. [If] the rib cage is almost crushed, that stops it from being able to expand when you take a deep breath in, or contract effectively. The natural mechanics of breathing are interrupted. The tension in the big muscle for breathing, the diaphragm muscle, is less effective. And it just makes breathing really hard work. This restricted air intake can lower your oxygen levels, and also promotes really shallow breathing. You often see that with people who are anxious. Their breathing is really shallow.

The trick is, shallow, rapid breathing can also bring on anxiety. It’s a two-way street. This can lead then, to fatigue because you’re not getting enough oxygen in the system as well as other breathing and respiratory disorders; and emotions like depression, like high stress and anxiety, and more. When we’re in these postures for a length of time these problems can become habitual.

So you can see that there’s a whole lot of things, all connected into our upper body posture, and these three particular posture on misalignments: the head forward, the shoulders elevated, and the hunched or the kyphosis position.

I hope you enjoyed today today’s video, and found it useful. If you did, please like it and share it. And join us next time when I talk about the season of autumn, which we have here in Australia at the moment, and how it can help us reduce issues like these for our body. 

I look forward to seeing you then. 

From my heart to yours.

Namaste

Sarah xx

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

Hungry for more?

Check out our other blogs; send us a question, so we can create content that YOU want to know about… and if you’d like to delve into some of our other topics and talks that may be of interest to you, click here for our recent talks and blogs.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for professional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.
Beyond Stress

Beyond Stress

We all know that long term stress is bad for us. But beyond stress, there are other factors that can wreak havoc in your body. In combination with trauma and/or stress, these hidden culprits creating devastating symptoms associated with and contributing to, burnout and other fatigue based conditions.

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Here it is…

Life Today

In our modern world stress has become an ubiquitous part of life but what if I told you that there were hidden culprits lurking beneath the surface beyond the realm of stress that could be contributing to your burnout.

Possible Hidden Causes of Burnout…

  • Your gut microbiome is a bustling community of bacteria, yeasts, and even parasites that play a crucial role in your overall health. But when this delicate balance is disrupted it can wreak havoc on your body.
  • Digestive issues and gut imbalances can lead to inflammation; nutrient malabsorption; and a compromised immune system, all of which can contribute to abdominal discomfort; food sensitivities; fatigue; brain fog; vagus nerve disfunction. And overall ending in Burnout.
  • But it’s not just your gut that can throw off your balance. Viruses, bacteria, parasites, and even mold-  can invade your body. Triggering this cascade of – inflammatory responses; digestive alterations; immune overreactions – all sending your body into a tail spin.
  • Post viral dysfunction in particular, can linger long after the initial infection has passed due to our immune system flipping into a dysfunctional state. And our mitochondria and inflammation levels become affected, leading to persistent symptoms such as – fatigue; muscle aches; and cognitive impairment.
  • An exposure to mold can sensitize your immune system, damage your mitochondria, damage and inflame your gut, and activate your Mast cells. Creating histamine issues which might show up as – allergies; reddening skin; inflammation; food intolerances; fatigue, and more.
  • And let’s not forget about the mitochondria themselves, the tiny little powerhouses within each of your cells, responsible for energy production. When these cellular engines malfunction, it can leave you feeling drained and depleted. Mitochondrial dysfunction can impair your body’s ability to generate energy; & heat and cool itself effectively, leading to feelings of fatigue and exhaustion which are the hallmarks of burnout. These small, essential tiny organs, of each cell are damaged by – toxins in our body; antibiotics; and by pesticides.

Ok, Not What

So we if you suffer from burnout; adrenal fatigue; chronic fatigue; fibromyalgia; rushing; or even just persistent tiredness –  You are NOT alone and it’s really important to understand that there is so much that you can do.

  • It’s important to give consideration to your life, your goals, and your values
  • it’s important to find time to -rest, rejuvenate, connect with friends/ family/ and yourself /and things that you that bring you JOY
  • it’s it’s important to ask for help when you need it and create boundaries so as to help to not spread you too thin
  • it’s important to eat well; and move; and boost a healthy mindset and
  • it’s important to look deeper into your gut function; your microbiome; your mitochondrial health; your vagus nerve; and parasympathetic system; and deal with any even small infections that may be lurking sort of hidden and stuck inside making things difficult using a thorough

With a multifaceted approach it is possible to find your way back from this combination of fatigue based syndromes to health and vitality; joy and energy.

If you’d like to learn more about rushing and these fatigue syndromes how they can be caused and what you can do about it – download my new e-guide (below) “Why We Rush: the Syndrome of a Modern Lifestyle”

So that’s it for today

Did you have a big takeaway or a special AHA moment or realize that there was something in there that’s a bit like you ? I’d love to hear, so pop them in the chat.

Thank you so much for watching, I hope you really enjoyed it. Please like, comment, and share!

and as always, in health, bye for now

So Now What?

If you feel that you are chronically stress, always tired or notice that you are regularly in a wired/hectic state even though you are exhausted. Especially if you notice that your patience is not as it used to be, you find it hard to make decisions, you notice any digestive symptoms … OR you are wanting to help to KEEP yourself healthy… and deal with things before you become as I have just described. Then taking a few extra minutes to read my e-guide Why We Rush: a quickguide to burnout, adrenal fatigue and rushing women’s syndrome. This could give you new insight into what is happening inside you, why its happening and get you on the path to improving your health, comfort and ENERGY. 

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.

Chronically Wired and Tired

Chronically Wired and Tired

When we are chronically stressed, we find ourselves chronically tired, but in a hectic and wired state. This chronic overstimulation of the nervous system and of our adrenal glands can cause a devastating impact on our mind and body

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Here it is…

The World Today

In our fast-paced world chronic stress has become an unavoidable part of daily life, but what if I told you that our bodies are not equipped to handle this constant barrage of stresses?

When we experience stress, our nervous system goes into overdrive. Triggering a Cascade of physiological responses designed to help us to survive in a threatening situation.

Disrelgulation of the Nervous System

Chronic stress can lead to disregulation of our autonomic nervous system, resulting in prolonged activation of the sympathetic “fight-fright-flight” response and suppression of our parasympathetic “rest-digest-and-heal” response. Over time these changes in the nervous system can become maladaptive. Leading to a state of chronic arousal; hypervigilance; and this, even in the absence of real threats!

This maladaptation can have far reaching effects on our physical and mental health. Leading to devastating changes in our digestion; and our mitochondrial function. Causing: reduced energy production, and a feeling of exhaustion; digestive discomfort; and worse it also reduces our immune system. Leaving us open to infections and an increased risk of long-term post viral issues, as our bodies are unable to fully combat these illnesses. This all then can lead to a sense of deep bone tiredness, fatigue; an inability to cope – inability to deal with exertion from just everyday exercises and activities; an inability to concentrate; feeling useless and helpless; feeling depressed or anxious; multiple food sensitivities; skin irritation; and so much more. In other words – creating a state of chronic and devastating burnout also known as adrenal fatigue and not dissimilar with chronic fatigue which is really in the family of illnesses but different as it is caused by a postviral syndrome.

What is Rushing?

A simple term that explains the cause of these group of conditions – of a constant to-do list, of juggling too many things –  is rushing

This constant state of rushing that we have in the developed world and have become accustomed to, is increasing our risk of developing conditions such as:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • cardiovascular disease
  • neurodegenerative diseases and autoimmune diseases.

But there is hope!

Hope?

By understanding how our brain responds to stress, we can learn to support and regulate our nervous system. Reducing our perception of dangers the brain perceives – the Danger Response that we would constantly encounter.

  • Mind Body techniques such as
    • meditation,
    • deep breathing,
    • exercise such as yoga, and
    • progressive muscle relaxation.

Can all help to activate our parasympathetic nervous system. Promoting our relaxation and reducing our stress levels.

  • Mindset techniques that we (can learn to) use, uh, in triggering situations can help us to stay calm and maintain our parasympathetic response. So that we can be in control and respond appropriately.
  • Specific ways of exercising and of eating, can help our systems to
    • balance blood sugars,
    • build muscle,
    • nourish our cells, and
    • support energy production,
    • as well as tissue healing.
  • Identifying our
    • needs and our values, as well as
    • creating boundaries,
    • learning to say no sometimes,
    • asking for help when we need it, and
    • giving ourselves regular rejuvenation time.

These can all assist us to feel strong, and confident, in control, and able to succeed – in our own way.

So What Now?

If you recognize yourself in any of the above, know that you are not alone and that there is so much that you can actually do about it!

If you’d like to understand more about how rushing is affecting you and what you can do about that – download my e-guide (below).

So that’s it for today. What was your biggest takeaway? Was there something that made you think – that’s me, or hmm, that’s interesting!? I’d love to hear – so pop them in the chat!

Thank you so much for watching I hope you really enjoyed it and please like, share, comment. Everything that you that you do to support us is so greatly appreciated!

and as always, in health, bye for now!

So Now What?

If you feel that you are chronically stress, always tired or notice that you are regularly in a wired/hectic state even though you are exhausted. Especially if you notice that your patience is not as it used to be, you find it hard to make decisions, you notice any digestive symptoms … OR you are wanting to help to KEEP yourself healthy… and deal with things before you become as I have just described. Then taking a few extra minutes to read my e-guide Why We Rush: a quickguide to burnout, adrenal fatigue and rushing women’s syndrome. This could give you new insight into what is happening inside you, why its happening and get you on the path to improving your health, comfort and ENERGY. 

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.