We live in interesting times.
For one of the first times in history most people in the West have their basic needs met for food, shelter and warmth.
It fascinates me then that in these circumstances as a population we are getting ‘sicker’: the big 3 killer diseases are on the rise: cancer, heart disease and diabetes – despite the knowledge that these conditions can be largely influenced by lifestyle.
Anti-depressant use is on the rise, it’s costing us more and yet more people report being depressed.
Moreover, some of the nations (including the UK) that spend the most on their health care systems do not have a population that is the most healthy.
Perhaps most disturbingly is that more and more of us are losing people we care about way too young.
Personally I go further and see the cost of us not being at our best as equally upsetting.
A recent interesting article in the Independent quoted NHS doctors and physiotherapists as saying:
“ We need to treat...
The word posture is like some sort of electric shock that jolts people into an upright position!
I use this in my health talks to my and the audience’s amusement, and to prove a point: we all innately seem to know that ‘good posture’ or upright posture’ is better than ‘bad or slumped posture’.
Posture really is a world unto itself. Meaning:
· Upright posture helps us make better impressions
· ‘Humped’ upper backs can lead to more disease and reduce the ability to recover from diseases
· Poor posture is linked with low confidence, doubting oneself and not speaking up
We could go on.
A great social psychologist called Amy Cuddy found that ‘power posing’ can not only change how others see us, buy also how we see ourselves.
Essentially, our posture is where our inner world, meets the outer world.
My experience has...
Ok this title is a mouthful.
Pain is a simple feedback tool that means STOP, PAY ATTENTION and CHANGE. A bit like when we place our hand on something too hot… ow… look at hand… move it very quickly…
Sometimes we get aches and pains as a regular and normal part of life. If we sleep on our arm, or workout or do something unusually taxing with our body. It can get sore and heal, usually quite quickly (hours to days).
When we keep getting the same ache or pain over a matter of months or years, there is typically a pattern at play. We are doing something with our nervous system, our body and our life that does not work the way we’d like. When this happens, we need to stop what we’re doing, pay attention and decide what needs to be changed.
It might be the ache in our neck that comes and goes for no reason, or the niggling back pain that we never seem to fully resolve. You get the idea, it’s that ache or niggle that seems to recur in the same...
Hi, I’m Krishan Ramyead, the founder and director of Thrive Chiropractic. As you can probably hear in this video I am slightly nasally and congested, and I thought this would be the perfect time, since I am experiencing them, to talk about symptoms, what they really mean and how they can really improve our health and wellbeing.
Now, our current trend, or our current healthcare model says that when we have a symptom success is- let’s treat the symptom, reduce it, eliminate it or get rid of it so that you can go back to life as normal. Now, if that symptom is a heart attack, then that approach is lifesaving. If that symptom is something where you are in a life or death state then it makes complete sense. Reduce the symptom, let your body get back to a state where it can recover so that you can live. When it comes to quality of life, when it comes to headaches, neck pains, back pains, arm pains, colds, just not quite feeling right, feeling like something...
Recently I had a strange experience. Out of literally nowhere I felt anxious. It was as if a switch had been flipped and anxiety had been turned on.
This for me is very unusual.
Knowing what I know, I decided to ‘go towards’ this feeling – to let myself feel it rather than do something that made me feel better e.g. eating sweets, drinking coffee or watching something entertaining. (welcome to my old hit list :o) ).
The way I went towards it was to:
1. Admit that I was feeling anxious rather than drive myself into being busy
2. See where in my body the epicentre of the sensation was.
3. Put my hands on that area, breathe into and verbally acknowledge “sometimes I feel anxious”. more on that technique is this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOnWLglPcHk&list=PLc9HWg7wvCYt7KgTCBPuz-6Mv03LEapTA&index=12&t=146s
What really amazed me about this experience is that firstly I calmed down – A LOT. I literally went from feeling shaky,...