Wry Neck Pain

Has this happened to YOU?

You wake up in the morning and can hardly turn your head, severe pain in your neck and perhaps shoulders and you have no idea why. You didn’t do anything differently yesterday, just woke up like this in the morning. And … it hurts!

Wry Neck happens as a result of shifting or turning the head too wry1quickly (which can happen while we’re asleep). The Menisci between the vertebrae or joint surfaces in the neck becomes trapped during the turn and the joint locks.  So why doesn’t it happen every night? It may be that you slept with a cool draft on your neck muscles (open window?) or lifted something the day before that created a small muscle spasm which was made worse while turning during the night.

Why write about this? I have clients that come to me with this condition quite often. The pain can be severe and perhaps not just in the neck, but in upper back and shoulders too. Some experience headache as well.

First step is to REST! I probably don’t need to say this because the pain is so severe it is difficult to move anyways, but remember that the muscle needs some time to heal and release the spasm.

While many therapists recommend putting ice on the area, I always recommend to work with what feels best to you. For myself, I find heat works better. So while resting be sure to have an ice or heat pack on the areas.

wry2The next and most important thing is to get yourself in for a massage as soon as possible in order to loosen the spasm. A massage to the back, neck and shoulders often brings immediate relief. Massage for wry neck is wonderful! It loosens up the muscle spasm which encourages the joint to unlock and release the menisci.  Sometimes it will take a couple of sessions to ease the spasm.

After the massage continue to “baby” your neck. Keep the area warm, soak in an Epsom salt bath and the next day, very gently, stretch the muscles in and around the area.

November’s Good for YOU Specials…Making YOU a Priority!

Are you ready?

As this month moves towards the “This I Do For Me” event happening on November 23rd, the holistically healthy specials this month are about YOU!

The massage table warmer is plugged in, the fireplace turned up and the candles are lit…and that is just setting the atmosphere for your quiet oasis at the Abbotsford clinic.

There are 2 specials this month…I encourage you to try them both! Picture

** Special 1 **
Enjoy two hours of stress busting bliss!
This pampering treat combines: ~ Relaxation Massage with immune building essential oils (or unscented if you prefer)
~ Reiki to begin and end the session with…just breathe!
~ Scalp & Face Massage with nourishing oils
(plus gst)

Picture** Special 2**
Take an hour to put your feet up by the fire, close your eyes and just receive!
A soothing treat that includes:
~ Hand and lower arm Massage
~ Lower Leg and Foot Massage
~ Nourishing and natural lotion (scented or unscented)
$ 75 (plus gst)

**November’s Specials must be booked and received between Oct.31 & Nov.23, 2014. Gift certificates or any other discounts coupons can not be used towards monthly health session specials**

The Gift of Wellbeing

Gift of health

Stress Affects our Health

What if you gave the Gift of wellbeing to yourself?

At times we are not even aware of how great the stress in your lives is so, with the Holiday Season quickly upon us it may just be one of the most important times to give attention to ourselves.  We live stressful day-to-day lives.  We have obligations on us from work, family, friends,  just to name a few. This stress has a profound effect on the body and its ability to heal and function at an optimal level.  When an individual experiences ongoing stress, it can overload the  circuits of the body, causing them to fail or be severely compromised.   Just like plugging too many appliances into an outlet and tripping a circuit breaker in your home,  now the breakers needs to be reset.  Often times the body cannot reset these blown circuits on its own, so the body then must continue to function in a less than ideal state.  This ultimately leads to degeneration, illness and pain in the body, a sign that it is simply falling behind in the healing process.  Stress-related illnesses include, but are not limited to: high blood pressure and heart rate, digestive disorders, hormone and endocrine imbalances, fatigue, infertility issues and all manner of immune system disorders.  So what is your body telling you ?

Are you aware  that 1 out of 9 people in Canada have some form of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome ?  BUT these are not all from traumatic incidences, it can also develop from our chronically stressful lives.

Self-nurturing doesn’t have to be stressful in itself , you don’t have to swallow handfuls of expensive supplements,  and it doesn’t have to take a lot of your time either.  Giving the gift to yourself of physical and emotional wellbeing, is not selfish, it will be one of the most valuable things you can give to your family and friends and even your work environment.  When you are centered and balanced,  this overflows into all areas of your life that you share with others and you may find that your  life flows easier.  Our lives will always have up’s and down’s, but what if we could face these times with a sense of peace and harmony and maintain this with natural methods, that are in tune with our bodies?  There is a way.

What is BodyTalk and How can it help ?

Good health is based on good communication among all the systems of the body.  While you quietly relax on a treatment table, fully clothed,  I the practitioner, positioned at your side, uses the your arm for Applied Kinesiology, or  neuromuscular biofeedback.  This biofeedback is used to establish a yes/no communication between practitioner and client.   We can then ask the body what organs, endocrine glands, body parts, etc need to be addressed in order to reestablish good communication and facilitate healing, thus using  the innate wisdom in our bodies.  The practitioner uses the BodyTalk Protocol Chart to establish the priorities.  Once a priority item is revealed, the practitioner asks for any additional details that are pertinent.  The BodyTalk practitioner will link these items in the sequence indicated, constructing the formula needed to reestablish optimum communication in the body/mind.  The tapping procedure is one of the most important developments in the BodyTalk System.  Tapping on the body to get it to focus on healing has been used by some indigenous holistic systems for centuries.  For BodyTalk, tapping on the head to “fix” the faulty communication and on the sternum over the heart to “store” the fix, facilitates the body’s own ability to restore and maintain its optimum balance.  This process anchors the balance.  Now the body can begin its healing process. Its that easy!

Because your body stores the changes made by the brain during the tapping process, this means that every session you have builds on the one before. Your body actually remembers the BodyTalk sessions it receives and your healing process will continue with each additional session you have.

BodyTalk’s major assets are its simplicity, safety and speed of results.  BodyTalk is non-invasive , and works effectively on humans and animals alike.

Self-nurturing, one the best gifts we can give to ourselves.  I think you owe it to yourself and in turn your family and friends will benefit and most of all your body will thank you !  Now is a great time to take charge of life and say YES to HEATH & VITALITY !

To an amazing 2013 and beyond !

I enjoy the profound connections I make with my clients, and working with them regularly offers us an opportunity to build an strong healing relationship.

I look forward to sharing the BodyTalk experience with you and for the month of December an Holiday De-stress special $25.00 off your session  !

In Health,

Tammy Nielsen, DCH RCSHom


H2H WonderWhyse Tips#2 ~ Why wait?

When is the optimal time to go for a massage or a Reiki session? and How often should you go?

Really common questions from clients…and also easy to answer…You go as soon as your body or mind has brought the idea to your awareness!

Rather than hoping that the emotional and physical pain will go away if you just ignore it, or waiting to see if it will get better on its own why not consider this line of thought; “hey, I don’t want this issue of pain or uneasiness, it doesn’t feel comfortable, it is restricting my day to day living…how can I ease my body and my mind?”

When you have injured or over-worked a muscle or a group of muscles, they need some help to relax and heal. Often, in pushing your muscles to get you back to what needs doing, you are causing further injury, and that is only going to restrict you further. That’s a pretty good reason not to wait to have it treated. If anything is restricting your day to day enjoyment of life, restricting activities that you like to do…it’s time to take care of it!

English: A hungry baby yelling and crying.After one of those just incredibly tough weeks at work, where you’ve had a rush of deadlines to meet, and you feel overwhelmed with that never-ending to do list, you can feel pretty hunched over with stress. The ears are a little closer to the shoulders, the mind won’t let you sleep as what needs doing swirls around and around in your head at night, the stress may be upsetting your stomach or at some points it can feel so overwhelming that you want to cry.I’m always curious, when clients talk about this, that they often say they were just waiting for things to calm down and get better before coming for their session. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to come in before you get to that overwhelmed breaking point and stop the stress in its tracks? If you’ve experienced a Reiki session then you know that it makes you slow down, breath deeply and upon ending, your mind comes back to the “to do” list from a completely new and refreshed perspective.

I always recommend taking care of things at the start of the problem rather than waiting. Too often emotional, mental and physical stress are ignored, put on the back burner and forgotten about until the body and mind are screaming at you so loudly that they just will not let you ignore them any further. If you take a moment to breathe and check in with your body…I’m sure it’s talking to you “clearly”!

Another questions often asked is “How often should I come for sessions?”

My goal as a natural health practitioner is to encourage and facilitate your body’s innate abilities to switch back on and keep you in a healthy state. My eventual goal is that you won’t need to come back and see me.
Sometimes that takes a few session (how long have you had the problem?) as most modalities go with the rhythm of the body and the mind and it’s healing process, which is not necessarily on our time schedule.
 After that maintenance is always a good idea. By maintenance I don’t mean allowing your body to go back to the previously injured and stressed out condition before coming back….I mean to book ahead a self-care maintenance schedule that works for you….and if you listen, your and your mind will tell you what that should be.

Are you listening?
Do you put your physical & emotional aches and pains on a waiting list?

Healthy Hand Reflexology

Hand Reflexology is a holistic alternative for those that don’t really like having their feet touched
or feel they are just too ticklish to be able to stand it.

It’s also beneficial for some specific hand problems such as tight tendons from computer keyboards and texting.

Take a moment to think about how many things your hands do in a day. From the time you get up until bedtime they are often in continuous motion. Hands and fingers spend much of the day curved inwards (towards the wrist) as we type, text, stir, hold a mug, put on makeup, brush our teeth, grip the steering wheel… How often do we take time to counterstretch our hands the other way?

We also, quite naturally, through the day, will give ourselves mini-sessions. When stressed we often flex and fist our hands (stretching the muscles and tendons) or wring our hands (stimulating those nerve endings) or perhaps put our fingertips together in prayer (massaging the nerve endings for the brain)…common and natural responses where our body just knows what to do.

Similar to the Feet, the Hands have specific reflexes that relate to the parts, glands and organs of the body.  Stimulation with specific Reflexology techniques can have similar benefits to a Foot Reflexology session. As an added bonus, a Hand Reflexology session improves circulation, range of motion and lessens joint stiffness in the fingers, hands, wrists and lower arms through stretching and relaxation techniques. There are a number of organizations who have a  Reflexologist come in to the office to work with employees, especially those in the IT field. Studies have shown that work performance is enhanced and the workplace atmosphere more harmonious.

When giving a Hand Reflexology session I encourage clients to completely relax. With the Massage Table set in a reclining position, a pillow under the head, a blanket to stay warm and another pillow supporting your arm and hand.
The entire hand is treated to Reflexology techniques…fingers, hand~front and back, and wrist. To end the session each hand receives a massage from finger tip to elbow, with lotion. Quiet music plays in the background, the lighting is soft and you can close your eyes, breathe and relax.

I currently offer both Foot or Hand Reflexology sessions OR the double whammy….having both the Feet & the Hands treated for a gift of total relaxation. The health benefits of each are amazing and I encourage you to try them.

Which forms of Reflexology have you experienced?
Do you find having the Feet or the Hands equally beneficial or do you prefer one to the other?

Healing Heel Pain with Reflexology

Plantar Fasciitis…

a pain in the bottom of the heel…and it’s becoming a more common problem for many.

What is it?

For those dealing with this condition it’s usual to experience sharp pain first thing in the morning (which may or may not improve through the day) and again in the evening after resting.

If you study the structure of the foot and it’s biomechanics it all makes sense. There is a band called the plantar fascia that runs from the ball of the foot to the heel. This band doesn’t stretch easily and when it is forced beyond it’s “elastic limits” it can tear at it’s weakest insertion point, the heel bone.

There are many sites with information about Plantar Fasciitis and what causes it…let’s explore what can be done to help heal it. (this is assuming that you have a correct diagnosis)

Natural Solutions

  • Reflexology benefits this condition because it relaxes and stretches the muscles of the foot and the calf. Through specific techniques it also increases circulation to the area…and increased circulation always brings healing oxygen and nutrients to the area, while at the same time taking away toxins.  It will likely take a few treatments to help the area to heal…you didn’t develop this condition overnight so be patient with your foot.
  • Some times what feels like Plantar Fasciitis isn’t that at all, but instead is actually referred pain caused by tightness in the calf muscle, especially the Soleus. Be sure to have your muscles assessed … if the Soleus is the cause then no amount of treatment to the plantar fascia is going to release it.
  • Any term that ends in “itis” means inflammation and Ice is a great help with reducing that. Applying an ice pack to the bottom of the foot, placing your foot on a bag of frozen peas or rolling a can of frozen juice under your foot all help to ice the area BUT remember that ice causes things to contract (like muscles) so BEFORE you get up and move around take a break from the ice and let some warmth return to the muscles.

    Reflexology Path

    Reflexology Path (Photo credit: kingcountyparks)

  • Stretching & strengthening the plantar muscles is vital. When something hurts we tend to want to keep it still but these muscles need to be worked (gently!) to begin healing. Warm them up in a foot bath (with Epsom salts to help reduce soreness) and then scrunch your toes, flex them, pick up pebbles with your toes starting with golf ball size and gradually working with smaller ones…
  • REST! The area needs to be given a break…this is when you really need to just “put your feet up”!  If you have to be up on your feet be sure that you are wearing shoes with a lot of support, especially in the arch. When walking the only part of your foot that should be moving is where the ball of the foot meets the toes.
 “Reflexology is a foot-focused therapy that I think is more than just a relaxing spa treat. It’s a health-supporting treatment. I’ve prescribed Reflexology for Plantar Fasciitis and other foot and ankle problems, with good results.”  Dr Andrew Weil

Have you experienced Reflexology?
Have you used it to help with Plantar Fasciitis?
What other natural remedies have helped you to deal with foot pain?