18 Oct 2017

BY: Sunny Jaspal

Acupuncture / Conditions

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Acupuncture, Miscarriage & Fertility
Acupuncture, Miscarriage & Fertility
Kate’s Story

Kate came to acupuncture treatment following a miscarriage at 6 weeks. Kate wanted help with fertility. She felt that there was something wrong with her, having miscarried. In fact, miscarriage rates from week 5 to week 20 range from 11–22%, the higher proportion taking place within the first trimester.

Causes

Many women like Kate are unaware of these statistics, and often blame themselves following a miscarriage. This is made worse as most women will never find out the cause, as it is still not fully understood. A large proportion of miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities. In addition, anatomical issues with the womb or cervix, hormonal issues such as polycystic ovaries syndrome (PCOS), age, certain long-term medical conditions, infections, medications and food poising can all contribute. Other risk factors, which can be controlled and can help with prevention, are obesity, smoking, drug misuse, more than 200mg of caffeine daily and alcohol. However it is important to remember that the cause of miscarriage it is very unlikely to be something you have done.

Periods following a miscarriage

Following a miscarriage you may find that your period is longer and heavier than usual. Every woman is different, and while for some it may only take 4-6 weeks for periods to return to normal, for some women it can take months. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) acupuncture looks at signs and symptoms of menstruation to diagnose imbalances and can help to regulate the menstrual cycle. Your acupuncturist can rebalance your body through an acupuncture point prescription, as well as home care and diet advice from a TCM perspective. Once the body has had time to heal, fertility comes back into the spotlight. During this time your acupuncturist will teach you how to chart your menstrual cycle, so that you can track ovulation and increase your chances of becoming pregnant. The information from charting will not only help you to feel more in touch with your body, it will help your acupuncturist to diagnose and track your progress.

Acupuncture helps fertility

Trying again
How long should you wait after a miscarriage to conceive?

Whilst it is generally advised to wait until you next period before trying again, TCM advice suggests waiting at least 3 months in order to rebalance and strengthen the body. At this time we can begin to work closely with your cycle to create the optimal conditions for pregnancy to occur. Fertility acupuncture treatment happens throughout your monthly cycle, with each treatment being different from the last to keep up with the changing phases of your cycle. In the follicular phase, the first half of your cycle, the focus is on building the body’s energy and a healthy endometrial lining. In the luteal phase of your cycle, or the part after ovulation, the emphasis is on creating an optimal environment for the embryo to implant into the uterine lining.

Pregnancy and emotions

Kate came for regular weekly treatments and became pregnant after 3 months of treatment. Whilst Kate was happy to be pregnant, she also felt very anxious after her first experience. Because acupuncture is safe during pregnancy we have been able to treat Kate’s anxiety so that she feels she is coping much better.


Have you been affected by miscarriage? Would you like more information about miscarriage, acupuncture and fertility? Contact Sunny to find out more:

Tel: 07582 684 756
Email: hello@sunnyjaspal.com
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Clinics in: West Norwood, South London . Letchworth, Hertfordshire . Hertford, Hertfordshire.

BY: Sunny Jaspal

Offers / Reflexology

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World Reflexology Week – 20% Off Reflexology!*

20% off for World Reflexology Week in 2015.

Ever wondered what reflexology is and how it could benefit you? Now is the time to find out with 20% off all first appointments until the 31st of October 2015!*

Reflexology works much like acupuncture to clear blockages and return the body to balance. You may experience your own individual benefits from reflexology. The ability to reduce stress and improve wellbeing can have a dramatic effect on our lives. On the whole we know that reflexology is good for:

  • Relaxation
  • Wellbeing
  • Sleep
  • Mood
  • Tension

Want to find out more or book an appointment?
Contact Sunny on 07582 684 756 or hello@sunnyjaspal.com.

Appointments available in:
South London – West Norwood
Hertfordshire – Letchworth Garden City or Hertford

*Offer valid until 31st October 2015. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

BY: Sunny Jaspal

Conditions / Massge

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Massage for neck pain, shoulder pain and back pain

Back, neck and shoulder pain are often caused by sitting for long periods with an incorrect posture.One of the most common complaints patients come to see me for is back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain. In fact more sick days are taken due to back, neck and shoulder pain that any other ailment. So why do so many of us suffer with these conditions and what can we do to manage and prevent them?

Many of the patients I see are office workers, often sitting for long hours and working with computers. Poor posture, an unsuitable work station and working without breaks is a recipe for back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain. This type of injury is often classed as a repetitive strain injury and may also include the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow. These problems may arise in any situation (not just at a desk) where incorrect posture is maintained.

Back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain can also be caused by stress. Stress makes us feel tense, so in turn we tense our bodies, which leads to pain.

Do you want to be pain free? Then follow these easy tips:

Correct posture can prevent pain.

  • Maintain correct and relaxed posture when working at your computer:

Ensure the top of your screen is at eye level so you head is in a neutral position. If you work at a laptop then consider using a laptop riser.

Elbows should have a 90 degree bend so that the tops of your arms are relaxed by your side, with your keyboard and mouse within easy and comfortable reach. Laptop users consider using an external keyboard.

Feet should be flat on the floor (use a footrest if they do not reach) and knees and hips should have a 90 degree bend.

Sit upright in a relaxed posture, using cushions to support your lower back if needed.

  • Take regular breaks – use this as an excuse to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Manage stress by creating a calm working environment.

How can massage help?

Massage works by relieving tension in the many layers of the body’s soft tissues by using specialist massage techniques. What is needed here is more than just a ‘relaxation’ massage, however the relaxation should still be included and is important for managing emotional stress. This combination of relaxing the body and mind makes massage the perfect treatment for management of neck pain, shoulder pain and back pain!

 

Do you have a question or comment? For more information please visit www.sunnyjaspal.com or call Sunny today on 07582 682 746, hello@sunnyjaspal.com.

References
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/office-ergonomics/art-20046169
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Repetitive-strain-injury/Pages/Symptoms.aspx
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/workplacehealth/Pages/howtositcorrectly.aspx

BY: Sunny Jaspal

Conditions / Reflexology

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Fertility, Pregnancy & Postnatal Reflexology

Fertility, Pregnancy & Postnatal Reflexology

Reflexology for fertility, pregnancy and postnatal.

Helping you throughout your journey

A wonderfully relaxing treatment which helps to balance the body for optimum fertility, adjust to changes throughout pregnancy, and restores calm during the postnatal period.

The following is a rough guide to reflexology throughout this journey. Please note that conditions listed are not exhaustive and reflexology does not claim to ‘fix’ however it may be beneficial in aiding some conditions.

Fertility

Reflexology aims to bring the body into a state of balance, therefore maximising chances of conception. Trying to conceive can be a stressful experience if fertility problems are present. Problems may range from stress to lifestyle to physical health problems. Reflexology is a wonderful tool for fertility, relieving stress and creating relaxation, helping your body to function at its optimum. Reflexology can support you and your partner.

Potential problems: stress, lifestyle, low sperm count, abnormal sperm structure or movement, ovulatory problems, hormonal imbalance, damage to fallopian tubes, structural problems.

 

First trimester (weeks 1 to 12)

Reflexology is indicated mainly for stress relief and relaxation. Increased hormone levels can make you feel out of sorts and treatments aim to rebalance the emotions. Very light and gentle reflexology with plenty of massage ensures a safe treatment.

Potential problems: abdominal pain, anaemia, anxiety, breathlessness, constipation, cystitis, depression, dizziness, fatigue, forgetfulness, heartburn, nausea, pelvic pain, thrush, vomiting.

 

Second trimester (weeks 13 to 27)

As your baby begins to grow bigger your uterus rises above your pelvis. Relaxation of the mind stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. This means relaxation occurs in fascia, ligaments, tendons and muscles, and allows your body to respond to the new requirements for space with ease. It also means better digestion, blood flow and waste removal.

Potential problems:  back pain, fibroids, headaches, migraines, herpes, hip pain, frequent illness, insomnia, leg cramps, low-lying placenta, nose bleeds, obstetric cholestasis, pruritus, restless leg syndrome, sacroiliac pain, sciatica.

 

The third trimester (weeks 28 to 40)

As your baby continues to grow your uterus pushes against your diaphragm. Your body keeps up with baby by increasing breast size and widening the back. During this period, as well as dealing with any problems, reflexology prepares the body for birth by relaxing the pelvic muscles to prepare for pregnancy.

Potential problems: back pain, breach presentation, coccyx pain, gestational diabetes, haemorrhoids, oedema (swollen ankles), overdue baby, pre-eclampsia, pubic pain, restless leg syndrome, symphysis pubis diastasis, varicose veins

 

Postnatal

Postnatal Reflexology is designed to help new mothers adjust and heal after birth. In particular it’s useful for restoring sleep patterns, helping milk let-down, restoring the uterus to normal size and calming both mother and baby. Babies are welcome into treatments where you can feed and relax together.

 

Fertility/Pregnancy/Postnatal Packages

Regular treatments are encouraged, especially throughout pregnancy. These can take the form of 30 min sessions every week or 1 hour every 2 weeks.


Treatments available in:

West Norwood, London | Letchworth and Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire
07582 684 756
hello@sunnyjaspal.com
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BY: Sunny Jaspal

Aromatherapy / Massge / Reflexology

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Aromatherapy: what’s all the fuss about?

How do the use of Aromatherapy oils enhance Massage and Reflexology treatments?

Aromatherapy Massage can be booked in Letchworth, Hertford and West Norwood.
Aromatherapy adds another beneficial layer to Massage and Reflexology treatments.

The use of aromatherapy oils at a first glance is perceived as a luxury. However, many would agree that aromatherapy adds a beneficial layer to treatments.

The use of plants for medicine is an ancient tradition. Aromatherapy employs techniques such inhalation and massage. Both of these routes of administration are safe if used in the correct quantities.

Inhalation affects the limbic system, the part of central nervous system which deals with memory and emotion.

Massage treatment (including reflexology) allows the oils to be absorbed into the blood stream, and the massage itself affects the nervous system. Relaxation or stimulation of the nervous system depends upon which aromatherapy oils and massage techniques are used.

The goal of the Aromatherapist is to assess each client and create a bespoke blend. By looking at the properties of essential oils we can create blends for specific conditions for each individual.

Research into the field of Aromatherapy is somewhat scarce, however studies do exist. For example, a systematic review of Lavender oil for poor sleep suggested lavender was of benefit[1]. A more recent study showed a positive link between Lavender and stress reduction[2]. With regards to massage and aromatherapy used together, a study found improvements in knee pain when a blend of orange and ginger were used[3].

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For further reading try:
Encyclopedia of Essential Oils – Julia Lawless
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy – Salvatore Battaglia

 


[1] Fismer, K. L., & Pilkington, K. (2012). Lavender and sleep: A systematic review of the evidence. European Journal of Integrative Medicine4(4), e436-e447.

[2] Kim, S., Kim, H. J., Yeo, J. S., Hong, S. J., Lee, J. M., & Jeon, Y. (2011). The effect of lavender oil on stress, bispectral index values, and needle insertion pain in volunteers. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,17(9), 823-826.

[3] Yip, Y. B., & Tam, A. C. Y. (2008). An experimental study on the effectiveness of massage with aromatic ginger and orange essential oil for moderate-to-severe knee pain among the elderly in Hong Kong. Complementary therapies in medicine16(3), 131-138.

BY: Sunny Jaspal

Conditions / Reflexology

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SAD: Fighting the Winter Blues

Natural ways to cope with the winter blues.

Reflexology may help with SAD or seasonal affective disorder.

As Autumn closes in and grey skies prevail, it seems appropriate to focus on light and how this affects our mood and health. We’ve all heard of the term ‘the winter blues’ but how many of us understand what this means?

There are many factors contributing to what is termed ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ by the medical community, a condition whereby an individual experiences depression in the colder winter months of the year.

Firstly, lack of bright light means that the production of melatonin and serotonin are limited, these are produced when light hits the retinas in our eyes, which then sends a signal to the brain. Serotonin is our feel good chemical and melatonin regulates our sleep rhythms. Therefore a lack of these chemicals will lead to low mood and problems with wakefulness.

Vitamin D deficiency can also lead to problems during the colder months, with vitamin D being absent through the sun’s ray between the months of October to March, when they are not of the necessary wavelength to produce Vitamin D upon contact with our skin.  An overwhelming 25% of the population are thought to be Vitamin D deficient, and recent studies are showing just how many systems in our body this can affect.

All of this poor lighting can leave you feeling depressed, stressed, anxious, lacking in energy and generally not your usual self. So what can you do to beat the blues? Below is list of suggestions that may help you feel brighter over this cold season…

Book appointments in Letchworth, Hertford or West Norwood.

  • Light therapy – Using a light box lamp is a good way to ensure you’re receiving enough light for melatonin and serotonin production. They come in many shapes and sizes, and you’ll need to ensure you find one from a reputable seller. I recommend Lumie light boxes which are certified by the Medical Devices Directive and can be found at www.lumie.com. Watch out for the cheaper imitations that aren’t bright enough to produce the desired effect.
  • Vitamin D supplementation – During the months of October to March when we don’t receive Vitamin D from the sun it’s a good idea to supplement, especially if you are deficient. I would recommend seeing your GP and having your Vitamin D levels check, and then thinking about supplementation with a good natural product. Try the Natural Food Store of Norwich for sound advice and quality supplements.
  • Reflexology can be helpful for managing conditions such as low mood and stress. Many of San’s clients come for treatment due to these very problems and find reflexology helps them to cope and feel better. Regular treatment is recommended to get you back on track. San offers Reflexology in Norwich at the Complementary Health Care Clinic, located in the heart of Norwich city centre.

    If you want more information on reflexology or any of the information above contact Sunny on 07582 684 756 or email hello@sunnyjaspal.com