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Gentle Yoga – An Ideal Solution for Lower Back Pain

Do You Have Chronic Back Pain? Chances are, you have suffered from a spot of back pain at some point in your life. In most people, it will heal of it’s own accord. Once the body gets moving again, the muscles relax, release and recover. However, in a growing proportion of the population, back pain can hang around or re-occur, so that the condition becomes chronic. Release Yourself From the Vicious Circle Chronic lower back pain creates a vicious circle in which movement is limited due to pain and restriction. When we (unconsciously or consciously) prevent an area of the body from moving we lessen the blood flow and lymphatic drainage to that place. As a consequence, the area becomes tight and stiff and this can contribute to...

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Yoga for Bendy People – Hypermobility and Yoga

The Trouble with Bendy Joints“The trouble with you Julia is that you’re knock kneed, bow legged and flat footed.” Sixteen years ago, this was the blunt conclusion of Jeanette Thomson, a highly experienced osteopath. When I told a student osteopath friend, he said: "it's impossible to be both knock kneed and bow-legged." However, Jeanette was spot on. Hypermobile people can go too far in the range of motion of their joints. This means hypermobile knees can turn both in and out and even extend backwards further than is usual. In fact, I didn’t (as yet) have any pain in my knees. That's another story! Yet, my neck had seized up entirely, partly due to the stress of completing my university dissertation. Looseness in my joints and...

Yoga for Hay Fever

Yoga for Hay Fever and other health techniques to help relieve seasonal allergic rhinitis What is Hay Fever? Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is hugely irritating. Commonly known symptoms of this seasonal allergy are: frequent bouts of sneezing and itchy eyes eyes and nose. Less often mentioned are the symptoms of mild anxiety and tension, coupled with a lack of energy and low mood. Itchiness and irritation are also a problem. Anti-histamine medicines can help relieve some symptoms, but can make people feel tired. These medicines currently treat the symptoms of the condition rather than the root cause. What Causes Hay Fever? Theories vary, but current research is showing that hay fever is related to gut health. Without going into too much detail, certain foods and medicines (pesticide-laden food in particular) cause the...

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