Relaxation: Restore Your Bladder and Kidney Meridians, Strengthen Immunity, and Boost Your Vitality!

Relaxation: Restore Your Bladder and Kidney Meridians, Strengthen Immunity, and Boost Your Vitality!

In this video, we explore how restoring our kidney and bladder meridian energies can help impact your overall physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

And we cover 3 things:

✅  Is rest or exertion more important for physical and mental improvement?

✅  Find out how this can help reduce stress and tension in your body

✅  And can it also impact your creative thinking, problem solving ability?

 

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We tend to think we only get stronger when we exert ourselves, and push ourselves to the limit. But actually, exertion is only the stimulus. Exertion and rest are both necessary for improvement. But really, it’s when we rest that we get stronger physically and mentally.

 

Under pressure, our best thinking is turned off

Just like our body shuts down to digest, to repair, or to fight an infection. Whenever we feel like we’re being threatened, our mind shuts down too. It’s creative thinking and problem solving skills are turned off.

 

When we’re under pressure, stressed, anxious and tense, our mind can’t do its best thinking. You see, our brain needs time to sort things out, to make sense of things and to understand. Our brain does this by building new neural connections.

 

If you think about it, that actually makes sense. If you’re in the jungle, being chased by a tiger, if you stop to analyse your options, you’ll more likely get caught and eaten. So your brain tries to help you out. It narrows your options. You can either fight, fly, or freeze. These options have served us well [for] over centuries.

 

But tigers are not so common anymore. They’re not really threatening for most of us these days. Our problems are more complex, and we need to access our critical thinking and more creative solutions to solve these problems.

 

Hello and welcome. I’m Sarah Gowans, massage and craniosacral therapist from BlossomingMe, and the Healthy Learning Lounge. Here, we are a sanctuary where you can come and tap in, to nurture your journey to health, wellbeing, and a positive mindset. To clear the stresses stopping you from living your most fulfilling life.

 

Today, I’m going to share with you how taking a few minutes each day to relax and rejuvenate can support your brain’s ability to build these neural connections and pathways to empower your creative thinking.  This requires time, and rest is when our body and mind gets this time.

 

Face life’s challenges with confidence and determination

Further, in traditional Chinese medicine, TCM, the kidney meridian, which is associated with fear, and the bladder meridian, linked to courage and determination, are in their strong point of the year. When your bladder and kidney meridians are balanced through relaxation, you’re better equipped to face life’s challenges with confidence.

 

Your cortisol and other stress hormone levels may be reduced, calming your nervous system, fostering a sense of safety and security, and also lowering your stress levels. This can help you to regulate your emotions of fear and anxiety more easily. It can lead to increased confidence, assertiveness, and resilience, and boost your ability to move forward with determination and courage.

 

Enhancing your inner wisdom with the Kidney Meridian. The kidney meridian is also linked to the essence of our being, to our inner wisdom.  Relaxation and meditation practices can enable us to create a quiet space for this introspection. and deep reflection.

 

Enhancing your inner wisdom and decision making abilities

Relaxation can also activate our parasympathetic nervous system. So using relaxation to balance our kidney and bladder meridians can also help to reduce our stress and anxiety levels.  It may calm our mind and enhance our mental clarity, allowing us to tap into these deeper levels of self awareness and inner wisdom, fostering a deeper understanding of ourselves, as well as the world around us, and enhancing our decision making. This internal strength also helps us face physical and emotional challenges with greater ease. Making us more adaptable to change, more resilient, and less prone to anxiety and fear.

And finally, These lower our stress hormones may also decrease inflammation and pain levels in our body.

 

In summary

So, I hope you can see that ]taking a few minutes to relax can take the pressure off and open up a whole array of ideas and solutions for us. It may be something as simple as deep breathing, and that can keep tension from building up in our body. It can give us more energy. When we’re more relaxed, we’re more efficient and more able to deal with problems more easily.

 

In summary, relaxation and the activation of our parasympathetic nervous system can help us align with, and the balance and flow of chi through our bladder and kidney meridians. Fostering our physical health our emotional balance, enhancing our inner wisdom, and cultivating the courage needed to navigate life’s challenges. It can assist us to lower our lower back pain and strengthen our immune function, ensuring our body stays healthy, and vibrant even in these cooler months.

So thank you for joining me today. I hope today’s video was helpful for you.

And if you did like it, please like it and share it. And join us next time when we look at other ways to support and nurture your body to health and well being and a positive mindset.  

From my heart to yours, Namaste.

The love and light in me honours the love and light in you. 

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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Relaxation Revolution: The Secret to Alleviating Lower Back Pain and Enhancing Your Well-being

Relaxation Revolution: The Secret to Alleviating Lower Back Pain and Enhancing Your Well-being

Is your lower back pain impacting your focus at work, or your fun time with your kids and your family?

In this video, we explore the secret power of relaxation. How it can impact your lower back, and overall wellbeing.

And we cover 3 things:

✅  Why is relaxation such a powerful tool?

✅  How relaxation can support your body’s ability to heal

✅  5 ways that relaxation may help you relieve your lower back pain and stiffness

 

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 Hi there. Have you been suffering from lower back pain? Maybe it’s impacting your focus at work, or your enjoyment of your kids and your family.

Hello and welcome. I’m Sarah Gowans, massage and craniosacral therapist at Blossoming Me, and the Healthy Learning Lounge.  Here, we are a sanctuary, where you can come and tap in and nurture, where you can come tap in and nurture your journey to health, well being and a positive mindset. To clear the stresses, stopping you from living your full, from living your most fulfilling life.

Today, I want to discuss with you how relaxation can support your body’s healing and reduce your lower back pain. Relaxation activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes rest and repair in our body. This system counteracts our fight-flight-freeze mode from our daily microstresses and traumas.

Here are five ways relaxation can enhance your body’s healing abilities:

 

1. Relaxation Activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System:

Activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, through relaxation, can lower our heart rate and reduce blood pressure. Reducing the workload on our heart, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, and allowing our bodies to focus on healing, repairing, and growing, rather than being in a constant state of alert. Giving our body space to restore itself from the muscle pain and tension in our lower back.

 

2. Enhanced Gut Health and Digestion

Enhanced digestive activity supports nutrient absorption and our gut health.  Activating our parasympathetic nervous system promotes digestive activities, so activation through relaxation can help our body more efficiently process and utilise nutrients needed for repair and growth, as well as to eliminate the waste. Potentially easing digestive issues like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS, as well as others. Less pain in our gut may also reduce our lower back pain.

 

3. Resistance to Infections and Boosts Healing of Injuries, Aches and Pains

Activating our parasympathetic nervous system through relaxation can boost our immune system’s functionality by reducing stress hormone levels such as cortisol, which can suppress our immune function when it’s elevated. Enhancing our body’s ability to fight off infections and facilitating its healing of wounds and injuries, crucial for maintaining our overall health and for clearing our aches and pains, particularly through our lower back, of course.

 

4. Improved Sleep, Better Mood, and Faster Healing

As well as assisting in the regulation of stress hormones, our parasympathetic nervous system also helps regulate hormone production of hormones like serotonin and melatonin. These hormones contribute to our sense of well being. They improve our mood and support our deep, restorative sleep. All of which are essential to our body’s natural healing processes, including sorting out our lower back pain and stiffness, as well as our overall well being.

 

5. Enhanced Tissue Repair

The activation of our parasympathetic nervous system fosters our ability to repair tissues and grow new cells. Relaxation then, can enhance processes such as protein synthesis and cell regeneration, which are vital for healing wounds, repairing muscle damage, and maintaining cellular health. Particularly, of course, in restoring our lower back health.

I hope you can see now that activating our parasympathetic nervous system through relaxation can be beneficial to our body’s ability to heal, repair, and reduce pain.  And specifically important, of course, for our lower back pain.

So thank you for joining me today. I hope today’s video was helpful for you. And if you did like it, please like it, 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.

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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.
Back to Balance: Clearing Lower Back Pain by Balancing Your Kidney Meridian

Back to Balance: Clearing Lower Back Pain by Balancing Your Kidney Meridian

In this video, we explore how the Kidney and Bladder Meridians can impact your lower back, and overall wellbeing.

In the video, we cover 3 things, that may help you relieve your lower back pain and stiffness.

✅  What is chi, or energy flow, in Traditional Chinese Medicine?

✅  Why is it important, for our lower back health?

✅  Three ways that chi flow through our Kidney channel is at risk, compromising our lower back health.

 

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 Is stuck energy in your kidney meridian channel causing your lower back pain?

Hello and welcome. I’m Sarah Gowans from Blossoming Me and the Healthy Learning Lounge. Here we’re a sanctuary where you can come and tap in to nurture your journey to health, well being, and a positive mindset,  to clear the stresses stopping you from living your most fulfilling life. 

Today we’ll discuss how your lower back pain might be due to stuck Chi or energy in your kidney meridian channel. Chi, or energy flow, is one of the key principles of traditional Chinese medicine, TCM. This is important because often, where there is free flow, there is no pain. And where there is no free flow in energy, there is plenty of pain.  And this could be causing your lower back pain.

 

What Is Chi?

Chi is energy, you see.  And it can be described as electromagnetic current, as ether, as our life force or vital force.  It travels throughout our entire body, through meridians, or channels, to reach every part of our body. 

The kidney meridian channel is one of those channels and it governs the lower back. So when the chi flow in your kidney meridian channel is stuck, it’s like a traffic jam of sorts. And your lower back might be struggling and in pain as a result. 

 

Three Ways Stuck Kidney Chi Can Increase Our Risk of Lower Back Pain:

The high stress, and high impact lifestyle that most of us lead, can lower our kidney meridian energy, increasing the chance of stuck chi flow and lower back pain. Three main ways that this happens are wind, cold, and dampness, all common in our winter months.  Warmth, especially around your kidney and your lower back area, can improve circulation, reducing cold, reducing stiffness from the cold, and easing your pain. 

 

Two:

This can weaken our chi, or our immune system, leaving us more susceptible to cold and flu viruses, and other invaders.  

 

Three:

Number three.  Stagnant chi, due to too much energy, like when we’re overexerted or exhausted from too much activity or we’ve suffered a trauma. So these can be things like repetitive actions, lifting things, repetitive strains, and similar sorts of sprains.  

That’s too much energy. Then there can be too little energy.  Several things can cause this. So, poor diet, insufficient rest, especially when that happens together with too much work, and we’re just overloaded, overwhelmed,  and that can often happen in our busy lives. So too much activity, or overwork, excessive sex, overuse of drugs, chronic illness, hereditary weaknesses, and excess of emotions, particularly fear and anxiety, and general aging, as our chi naturally declines. 

This can create slow or sluggish flow throughout the channel and sometimes a drop in energy as well.

 

In conclusion:

So, supporting your kidney and its partner, the bladder meridian, during winter can enhance your physical and emotional well being and help ease your lower back pain and stiffness.

Thank you for watching today. I hope today’s video was helpful for you.

If you did like it, please like and share it, and join us next time when we look at other ways to support and nurture your body to health and well being and a positive mindset.

From my heart to yours, Namaste.

The love and light in me honours the love and light in you.

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.
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

 

Foot, ankle and knee pain can affect everything from getting up in the morning to taking stairs to everyday home activities and more. But are you after quick relief or that sweet relief that actually lasts?

Hi, I’m Alexis Weidland, osteopath and co founder of BlossomingMe and Healthy Learning Lounge. Today, I’m sharing a few tips to help you to achieve relief from aching joints. Relief that supports healing rather than just masking symptoms.

In previous videos, I’ve been discussing the importance of correct diagnosis and of receiving holistic physical treatment that can target the root cause of your issues, improve the way that your whole body works together, and to support your body’s natural healing processes. Today, I’d like to discuss a couple of recommendations to allow you to find that sweet relief for your foot, ankle, and knee pain. as fast as possible.

So first, here are some basics.

Tips to help you feel better fast

Identify and Get Help

  1. It’s great to identify any
    • activities,
    • shoes, and
    • previous injuries that you can think of that may be involved in your situation. And
  2. seek help from a health professional sooner rather than later.
    • You can give it a few days to even a week, but if it hasn’t improved, then waiting longer will only make your body create more compensations in order to function as normally as possible. And the longer that this happens, the more tissues become involved, dysfunctional, painful, making treatment and resolution of your pain harder and take longer.
    • Continuing with a handful of physical treatments, whatever treatment plan your health professional recommends, to assist your body to heal and to deal with any strains that have increased pressure or tension on those tissues.

Avoid Irritating the Painful Tissues

Outside of physical treatment, we want to make sure not to overstress our irritated tissues. That is:

  • to allow rest and time for recovery. And
  • if performing regular activities or doing exercises, make sure not to push too hard or too fast so as to avoid any further injury and irritation.
  • Perform just a few stretches that might assist those joints to increase their mobility and circulation too.
    • Ensure that you’re being very gentle with these, not to add too much stretch or pressure to any area, especially the area that’s in pain.
  • Perform just a few strengthening exercises as well to help to reactivate muscles.
    • Make sure that you perform them slowly, gently, and with correct posture.
    • This ensures that you can activate the correct muscles in the correct way to reduce any risk of further injury.
    • And make sure only to perform just a few repetitions and avoid adding any weights, at least at this initial stage.
  • Next, you can gently massage the area yourself, preferably after you’ve warmed the area up first.
  • You can also have a 15 minute bath using about a cup of Epsom salts to assist circulation, muscle relaxation, and nervous system relaxation.
    • And if you have an injury or arthritis flare up where there’s actually a lot of inflammation present, then make sure to keep the bath only a bit warm, not hot.
  • You can use cold packs and heat packs.
    • If there’s muscle tension but minimal inflammation, then heat is great to increase circulation and relaxation.
    • But if there’s active inflammation, then either use a cold pack or alternate using a cold pack and a heat pack in order to flush the area with fresh blood, clearing inflammatory metabolites and increasing nutrients to the area.
  • At the same time as doing your icing or heating, aim to relax and maybe even have that area raised.
  • If there is active inflammation, gentle compression of that area can be useful.

Now that the generalizations are out of the way, here are six simple techniques that you can use.

Gently Increase Mobility 

Foot and ankle joint mobility.

So first of all, we want to sit with your foot on your knee if at all comfortable, and of course you can use a chair. Now, what we’re wanting to do is get movement between as many of the joints of your foot as possible.

Movement between the toes

So you want to get the two, the big toe and then toe next to it and just, just move them across each other. And then we want to come towards the two toes after that and just keep going down.

Ability of the Foot to Roll Inward and Outward

It’s really good if you can get movement into the joints here and here. So we can grab hold and just move them around one direction and the other direction. And again, specifically with the big toe. one direction and the other direction.

Toes Mobility

You can move your toes forwards and backwards.

You can even stretch between your toes with your fingers squishing between, and from that position you can also get movement happening.

Heel Mobility (avoiding compression)

It’s also great to try and get movement into your heel bone, so moving just up and down. You can get them around and around.

Muscles and Fascia Relaxation

Now from this position, you can also gently massage your foot.

And you can stretch the toes if you’d like to. Sometimes that will create a crack in some of those toe joints. And that’s fine, but we’re aiming, not specifically aiming to do that, and we want to make sure it doesn’t cause pain.

Knee Mobility

And then to get into the knees, we want to do some knee joint mobilisation.

Small “Joint Play” Rotation needed for knee movements

So you can sit on a low stool, or you can do it on the floor. Feet out, and stretch down. And turn it inwards and stretch up. Foot out, stretch down. Foot in, stretch up.

And make sure to go the other direction as well. In, down, out, back up.

And what this does is just gets an increase in movement of the knee in that rotation and a tiny bit of compression through that heel.

Knee Flexion and Rotation

And finally we want to do some standing knee rotations. So, I will stand and you won’t see my face for a moment.

  • So what we’re doing is placing our hands at our knees so we can feel them on the outside as well.
  • We’re gently bending a little bit, and then we’re rotating around. Three times one direction, three times the other direction.

Now I don’t know if you can hear it, but my knees have cracked a few times. If your knees are cracking, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just getting a movement of those joints, things lubricating and coming back into a better position.

And sometimes your kneecap will actually click a little bit and then find its safer, happier place. Once it’s in that better place, you’ll be able to move more comfortably and there’ll be a little bit less pain as a general rule.  

Why Seek Assistance & Do these Exercises?

By taking swift action, you can reduce the risk of worsening any injury. You can also support your body’s natural healing processes, reducing pain faster, and optimize complete healing and re-strengthening. This will improve mobility outcomes, speed return to work and loved activities, and reduce risk of re-injury.

Final Tips

  • Begin with small, manageable steps. Just adding one or two actions that will take you just a few minutes every day.
  • Wear appropriate footwear,
  • Avoid painful activities, and
  • Keep gently active.
  • And on top of that, seek treatment from your health professional.

Consistency and realistic goals are key in maintaining motivation and achieving long term success. But sweet relief really is within your reach.

Take action now to start feeling better fast and to reclaim your life from pain!

Want Personalised Assistance?

  • Book our special 20 minute happy feet assessment now using the link below or
  • download the Ultimate Happy Foot Guide, link also below. So that’s it for now. I really hope you found it useful. Please remember to leave any comments in the comment section. Like, share and subscribe.

In health, till next time.

Bye for now.

Book appointment here

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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.