February 2022 Newsletter 4: Are you as old as your Spine?

There is a Chinese proverb ‘You are as old as your spine’, so look after yours and your clients with our Back Health Course!

Learn to Understand and Help People with Back Issues

Understand the essentials of Back Health Care. This course is an ideal professional development for anyone who is supporting somebody with back health problems or for someone who has back problems.

In this course you will discover the anatomy of the back, as well as the many holistic approaches applied to back care and helping manage back issues and back pain, that hinder our ability to carry out simple daily activities.

Back pain may result from mechanical issues or from poor posture.  Occasionally this can be a symptom of something completely different.

As we start to consider all aspects of back pain, it is important to remember that the person with the back pain probably already knows some of the causes of their pain.  However, they may not be aware of how specific activities could be contributing to continuing pain.  While at the same time, other activities, exercises, treatment forms or medications could combine to alleviate the pain and treat the underlying causes.

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Why Study This Course?
If you have an interest in back care this course is ideal for you.  The course is not only applicable to people working in mainstream and complementary health care, but also, to those involved with fitness and wellbeing.

In addition, the course is also relevant to workplace health and safety, to sporting and fitness professionals, counselling, coaching professionals, and more.

Benefits Of This Course
Can be used  for:

  • Professional development purposes
  • Foundation to further study.
  • Valuable to individuals with back pain or back health issues
  • Broaden your knowledge and understanding of this subject.

Organisation tips to keep you Happy and Productive During Lockdown

The Pomodoro Technique

This tried and tested method is a great time management strategy that can prevent burnout and improve focus. The basic idea is that you divide your time into 25 minutes of focused activity with 5 minutes for rest. This stops your brain from fogging up and keeps you on track with your current project. I use this app to help track all my projects and use it to manage my time. If you would like a more detailed guide on this subject, check out this guide.

A cut up tomato from which the Pomodoro Technique gets it's name

The Pomodoro Technique is named after the timer that Francesco Cirillo used to record his sessions. It’s strange how these names come about!

Keep your spaces separate

We’re now confined to a much smaller space to work in than before. We used to use the office for working, the gym for exercise and our bed for sleeping. Now our homes act as all three and more! To be in the right mindset for work, we need to create a conducive environment to work in. Educational Youtuber CGP Grey gives an incredible guide to organising your spaces; I would thoroughly recommend it.

Use colour to your advantage

Our brains are very reactive to different colours. You can capitalise on this by using different colours for various tasks and purposes. I change the colour of my pens each week so that I can tell when I have written my notes. The key is finding something that works for you. For example, different coloured folders for various work projects or sticky notes for different types of tasks. It lets your brain create shortcuts that are useful for getting it into a productive mindset.

A series of colourful crayons are lined up on paper

Closing thoughts

There are countless productivity guides out there, and not all solutions work for everyone. However, don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone. I wasn’t sold on the Pomodoro technique, but after trying it, I got so much more work done. Now is the perfect time to experiment and most importantly work out what works best for you.

Have you Tried Aromatherapy?

Many of us are finding additional ways of looking after ourselves. For example, have you considered that aromatherapy is a good option for self-care and therapy? Of course, we know that we should seek advice from our doctors for medical problems, but there are many ways to increase our sense of wellbeing and positive mental health on a regular basis, and raise our levels of contentment.

Aromatherapy involves the practice of using essential oils for therapeutic benefit. These essential oils are basically plant extracts. They have been processed by steaming or pressing some elements of a plant (flowers, bark, leaves or fruit) to harness the compounds that produce fragrance.

Essential oils can be inhaled or absorbed by the skin. A massage therapist might add some drops of wintergreen to base oil to help relax tight muscles. A skincare company may add lavender oil to bath gel to create a soothing bath-soak. So, any helpful effects are likely to come from the smell or absorption of the oils. They also work positively on your mind and spirit.

When inhaled, the scent molecules in essential oils move from the olfactory nerves of the nose directly to the brain and impact the emotional centre of the brain.

Aromatherapy massage is a well-known way of using essential oils because it works in several ways at the same time. Your skin absorbs essential oils and you also breathe them in. Plus… you experience the physical therapy of the massage itself.

Historically, essential oils have been used therapeutically for over 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Essential oils were also commonly used for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes.

More recently, René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist, discovered the healing properties of lavender oil when he applied it to a burn on his hand. He then started to analyse the chemical properties of essential oils and how they were used to treat burns, skin infections, gangrene, and wounds in soldiers during World War I. In 1928, Gattefossé founded the science of aromatherapy. By the 1950s massage therapists, beauticians, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, and other health care providers began using aromatherapy.

Some essential oils are considered to: have the following beneficial effects:

  • an anti-inflammatory effect that may help with arthritis and muscular pain
  • fighting off infection
  • reduction of sleeping problems and lessening of anxiety

There are many essential oils, all with unique fragrances and chemical content. Which essential oils are best depends on what symptoms you are l experiencing and looking to ease — or which fragrances you like best.

Some of the most popular essential oils include the following:

  • Lavender: Many people find the lavender scent soothing and relaxing. It is often used to help reduce stress and anxiety and it is thought to promote good sleep.
  • Tea tree: This oil has antibacterial properties and is used to help wound healing. It is often used for the treatment of acne, athlete’s foot and insect bites.
  • Peppermint:  Peppermint essential oil can help relieve digestive problems when taken in an enteric-coated capsule (from a trusted health supplement provider). It can also help to relieve tension headaches when applied topically.
  • Lemon oil: The citrus scent of lemon oil is considered to be a mood enhancer.

It is considered to be one of the most enjoyable and acceptable therapies enjoyed internationally, and provided it is used wisely, it is perfectly safe.

While never being a substitute for medical care, it can help a person – with some wide-ranging benefits. Many people enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy alongside more traditional medical treatments. Aromatherapy is often given in a nurturing, relaxing and enjoyable environment, and this can be a contrast to standard medical treatments that are necessary.

Aromatherapy is used in a wide range of settings — from health spas to hospitals and hospices — to treat a variety of conditions. In general, it seems to relieve pain, improve mood, and promote a sense of wellbeing.

ADL provides an in-depth course in Aromatherapy. Why not start a new hobby – or even a career in this exciting field?

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