I went over my 4 Keys (see my book) healthy living questions to which he scored green in food/ water/ supplements and fitness. He scored amber in lifestyle – he was working a little too much. Family life had been fraught with problems until recently, and on the whole, he loved his work. He just couldn’t quite get his life/ work balance right. His mind was amber and at times red, as he found teaching at university stressful, and he also found it difficult to switch off. I intuitively sensed some deeper issues, and it made sense that keeping fit calmed his mind.
“I haven’t injured myself or upped my workouts or done anything to cause these pains; they’ve just crept up on me. My pain is deep and aching, not sharp, and I haven’t done anything to cause it,” he stated, at a loss as to why this was happening to him.
This made me decide to explore his physical body for chronic [neuropathic] pain and to explore the deeper spinal muscles and relevant joints and ligaments. It seemed wise to leave the alternative discipline of shamanic reiki till later. This aspect of healing needs a deeper level of understanding and trust between practitioner and patient.
I could feel that his lower back was tighter on one side This could have been disc irritation, or it could have been his biomechanics; the way he sits and walks, and either a fixed or habitual posture. Telltale signs of collagen lines at the base of his neck and back suggested a thinning of the underlying discs. His buttock was acutely tender. His hamstring was slightly more tense, with sensitivity being increased again over the division of the sciatic nerve at the back of the knee, tight bands in his calf muscles, and a moving tenderness where his ankle flexors wove around his ankle.
This was all pointing to neuropathic changes to his L5 nerve root at the base of his spine. That means the sensitivity of the nerve root due to poor posture or ageing disc, as well as mild peripheral nerve changes, causing small contractures down the limb and his ache.
This type of problem is insidious, and is often a normal part of ageing-related to postural issues, causing disc narrowing, called spondylosis, and subtle changes to nerves, from very mild to severe neuropathy.
The symptoms can be anything from mild stiffness to pins and needles, numbness and various degrees of sharp burning and aching pains, often made worse on exercising.
Edwin needed a combination of treatments and skills to help resolve his problems. Over two treatments I gave him GunnIMS to relieve the deep-seated muscle problems at the base of his neck and back, plus acupuncture, laser, joint mobilisations and deep oscillation. I also used NLP and subtle mind mapping to get his head in the right place.
Ideally, I would have gone on to add shamanic reiki to heal issues in his auric body, balance his chakras, and use key acupuncture points in his fascial plane. However, after two treatments he was physically pain-free and elected to get on with his life.
Humans have a built-in primitive and automatic defence mechanism, which today we refer to as our ‘fight or flight’ response.
For a prehistoric man, the majority of his time would have been spent in a high-stress state, constantly monitoring for danger, such as when a sabre-toothed tiger eyed him up for lunch. His systems would have had precious little time to calm down and let his body heal and his long-term health would have suffered as a consequence.
His response to being hunted would have been an instant release of a whole cascade of chemical changes in the body, raising breathing rate, blood pressure, blood sugar and heart rate. Non-urgent functions, like the immune system, would have been shut down and the conscious brain switched off. All that mattered was to maximise the speed of decision making and the ability of the body to fight the tiger or escape. Once the threat was removed, his body would have quickly returned to normal operation. All this would have happened very quickly.
Although we don’t have to face tigers now, our systems react exactly the same way to any perceived threat and these threats can be a lot longer lasting, which is not healthy for us. Being stuck in a traffic jam, or having a difficult work situation, will be very stressful and trigger our fight or flight response, with the same cascade of chemical changes and the same preferential control of internal systems. Clearly, it’s not good to have prolonged periods in this state, where for instance, our immune systems are shut down.
Another natural response can be a feeling of anxiety or fear. When in fight or flight mode we lose our ability for rational thought and our memories are blurred. That’s why we are unable to clearly remember what happened in accidents.
When in a real threatening situation, the surge of chemicals will be consumed by the physical reaction, which is important to help the body get back to normal as quickly as possible. However, if your perceived threat is while you are inactive, like sitting on your sofa watching bad news after bad news on TV, then the chemicals are not properly metabolised, which eventually can lead to a dangerous build-up of ‘stress hormones’. There’s a lot of evidence that any accumulation can cause problems, such as high blood pressure and increased susceptibility to a number of chronic conditions. Hence why we all hear stress can be a killer.
Our fight or flight response is built in. We cannot eliminate it. But there are steps we can take to reduce our stress environment and to develop ways to control stress. Meditation and mindfulness are techniques which you can learn from us. Our HeartMath technology is a wonderful and yet simple tool to help teach you how to lower your stress.
Much is common sense. It should be no surprise that it is incredibly important to have a good supporting social network of real friends. In fact, latest research has shown that it is the most important factor in life expectancy.
Take some time to think about what causes you stress.
Your job, your relationships, your physical environment. And don’t underestimate the stressful impact that constantly watching, or reading, bad news has on you.
Physical exercise is highly beneficial because it helps reduce the build-up of toxic stress hormones and gets you to a healthier, calmer state.
The Shamanic Art of Healing the Soul
The Siberian definition of the word shaman is “someone who sees in the dark with his or her heart.” This is a loving expression of service. The shaman is dedicated to the cause of helping alleviate suffering in the world.
We have doctors, nurses and physiotherapists who specialize in everything imaginable except for the soul in our Western culture. To me, this care of the soul is the missing link in healing and must be cared for first. Fortunately, this ageless medicine is just beginning to be understood in our Western culture. More and more people are seeking healers not mechanics. Shamanism is an ancient healing art, dating back at least 40,000 years and was used by most indigenous cultures in the world.
The Shamanic belief is that a human being is first and foremost a soul having a human experience, not the other way around. The belief is, if the soul is cared for properly, or after trauma is healed through the process of soul retrieval, other healings can then manifest in the mental, emotional, and physical bodies of that patient.
I find time and again when a physical problem such as back pain will not resolve there is a deeper soul issue.
Shamanic Reiki is a gentle healing method which emphasizes that all experiences affect your soul and that all healing comes through the soul. It combines the best of gentle westernised Reiki with shamanic teachings. In shamanic cultures, the care of the soul is the most important aspect of healing. People need to be genuinely loved, worthy and connected to a higher power. Once trauma and abuse occurs the soul needs to be cradled.
This healing concept considers that all things are energy. In a typical healing, the shaman moves out destructive energy and replaces with healing divine energy. The theory behind soul retrieval is that there is soul loss when an individual experiences powerful or traumatic situations. Through some sort of trauma, a person loses part of himself as a survival mechanism to withstand the emotion and pain. In shamanic terms, this process is called “soul loss.” In modern psychology, it is called “disassociation.” Psychology does not ask where the lost part goes and how you get it back. Soul retrieval is an ancient energy treatment that finds the lost pieces and puts them back into place, through the heart and head, thereby restoring the soul.
After treatment, you regain more energy and rekindle vital qualities such as, feeling loved and valued, important and needed. You become more vibrant and feel whole again. Converting illness to wellness is like finding the missing part of a jigsaw and putting it back in the right place.
Both modern and soul medicine is a wonderful combination.
If you are interested in experiencing this approach call the clinic. 01889881488
Deep Oscillation Integrated Use
I have introduced to this again recently whilst presenting at the AACP conferences in 2016 and 17.
Just after this event, in part due to too much talking, bronchitis hit me big time and I was amazed at the effect of this technology on my lungs; I could breathe afterwards and slept much better.
It is so easy to use especially for those skilled in massage, the results include pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects, the reduction of swelling [oedema], the acceleration of wound healing and can be used straight after an injury.
I love the ability to wear the technology as gloves thus giving a deep connection between therapist and patient. With some sensitive [neuropathic] painful conditions strong hands-on massage can just make the pain worse, however, this soothing treatment helps. It’s a lovely way to also combine with stress relieving shamanic reiki to kick-start the immune system. Furthermore, it’s great to be able to ease fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, swollen painful muscles to name a few, whilst manipulating the joints and acupuncture needles at the same time.
I came across three good pieces of research on this, though there are a lot more out there: Jahr et al., 2008, Aliyev, 2009, and Aliyev, 2012.Much more on our website www.painreliefclinic.co.uk
From an early age, Nicky has shown a keen interest in healing and helping others. During her teens, experiencing her mother’s suffering, set her off on a quest to resolve this.
Then started a 25-year program of studying alternative medicine, and studying, teaching and presenting this internationally.
She is the founder of 3 health companies and still treats 4 days a week embracing wholistic physiotherapy, IMS pain relief, shamanic reiki healthy living.
In her first book ’the 4 keys to Health’ she shared her extensive knowledge of how the public could improve their health through lifestyle changes. This goes into more depth in the Human Garage Trilogy.
Nicky is a thrice award winner; 2017 pain clinic of the UK award, two were personally awarded for excellence in patient care, unrelenting commitment and her outstanding cutting-edge approach to treating, and presented internationally at seminars, radio and writing about health.
It’s best to explain this with the help of an analogy. When you buy a brand new car, it comes with a warranty. There’s a reason for this. The manufacturer is basically guaranteeing, that provided you look after your car as specified, you are going to be very unlucky if anything goes wrong under the warranty period. Once past this honeymoon period, you know that you must carry out regular preventative maintenance at set intervals, in order to continue with many more miles of trouble-free motoring.
Eventually, you will get to that time when things start to wear out and go wrong. Some parts will corrode, weaken and eventually fail. How fast your car gets to the junkyard depends very much on how well you looked after it and the difference can be many years.
Just as with a car, how many problems you will have and how long your body will last depends very much on how well it is maintained and that’s where we can help you.
Nicky has devoted her life to finding better knowledge on how to help people get better results from their treatment and to live a longer, healthier life. In her books she developed the concept of a Human Garage and also the importance of overall health, or Wellness, which she defined in her 4 Keys model.
She has built a powerful team of highly experienced therapists and together they offer you the expertise of looking not only at the problems caused by a recent injury or of a longer term chronic condition, but also look at your health keys to get even better long-term results.
Wellness encompasses all of you, your fuel (diet & nutrition), your servicing ( exercise & fitness), how hard you press your right foot (stress) and your environment (lifestyle). The intent of Wellness is to achieve better long-term health.
If you feel you have Wellness factors that are impacting your ability to heal or want to find out more about living a longer healthier life, then we can help.
Energy Balls Recipe
- 100g (1/2 cup) almonds or cashews
- 200g (1 cup) dates (medjool dates can be used without soaking, deglet
- noor dates should be soaked in hot water for 2-3 minutes first)
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 ½ tbsp nut butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Pulse the almonds/cashews in the food processor until they are nicely crushed.
- Add the dates and coconut oil and pulse until it’s fully mixed
- Add the nut butter and cacao and then mix again in the food processor.
- Take a tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. Continue doing this until the mixture has finished.
- Place the rolled balls into the freezer for around 1 hour, then remove and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
You can substitute desiccated coconut or sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or linseeds for some of the nuts if preferred.
Recipe kindly supplied by Katharine Kerr
This Valentines why not consider a beautiful sterling silver pendant necklace for your loved one, not only is it unique to the Nicky Snazell Clinic's it also as you might expect is contains stones with powerful properties to provide a beautifully unique and highly desirable real silver neckless.
There are four important stones in the healing jewelry the details for this are on this page:
4 Stones; Turquoise [blue/green] is perhaps the oldest stone in man's history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. Turquoise is the crystal healing master stones. Its protective strong, healing powers can benefit the whole body, with special strengths in healing ailments of the immune, respiratory, waste and skeletal systems
Amber [orange] is fossilized tree resin, a powerful healer, painkiller & de stressed.It absorbs pain and negative energy, to alleviate stress. Amber clears depression, stimulates intellect & promotes self-confidence & creative self-expression. It encourages wise patient decision-making, & a balance of spontaneity. Amber kills pain & disease, healing and renewing the nervous system and balancing the right and left parts of the brain. It also gives psychic protection & cleanses the environment.
Charoite [purple] Dragons Stone of Transformation.Gives deep powerful spiritual healing to the physical & emotional body, Heart & Crown Chakras. Charoite has the power to transmute illness into wellness. It's effective in easing both body & mind, aches & pains, fear & frustration, & helps speed up the healing process. It's been known to relieve symptoms of ARTHRITIS & provide quick relief from headaches & migraines & exhaustion. [Again helps BP]
Malachite [green] crystal, known as a stone of transformation, it is excellent for strong healing, both physical & emotional wounds. Flows through heart chakra [also helping blood pressure] & giving you a new sense of change, vitality, and spiritual renewal.
If you are interested in the healing properties of stones and their benefits to spiritual health, then please speak to Nicky next time you she her.
The link to buy these gorgeous necklaces
Osteoporosis is a silent disease of bone thinning that many people suffer from with no awareness until the bones start breaki
ng or crumbling, most often at the spine, hips and wrists. The pain associated with this condition can be very severe and
effectively destroy any quality of life.
The statistics for osteoporosis don’t make happy reading, particularly for post menopausal women. Typical bone density loss is around 0.5% to 1% per year, but for post menopausal women can rise to 4% per year. Hence women are 4 times more likely than men to suffer osteoporosis. One in two women and one five men over 50 will suffer a bone fracture due to osteoporosis. In the UK there are around 3 million sufferers.
Waiting for a bone to break before you sit up and think about the terrible consequences of osteoporosis doesn’t make a lot of sense and with a 50% chance of suffering, women in particular should start thinking as early as possible about prevention measures.
Trials have shown that our MRT technology can increase bone density by as much as 10% in one course of treatment and thus an annual treatment could more than offset the bone density loss even for post menopausal women.
Other treatments we can offer which will help include acupuncture for pain relief, physiotherapy with exercise prescription including weight bearing exercises and nutritional advice.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) pain is any pain caused from the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments or muscles. This may include things such as a sprained knee/ankle, arthritis in a joint, tennis/golfers elbow, pulled muscles and many other conditions.
When you come into our clinic you can be assessed by a Physiotherapist or a Sports Therapist. Depending on the area of the pain, the assessment can look at your posture, range of movement, strength and special tests that can assess stability, proprioception and joint integrity. These findings will help your therapist to develop a working hypothesis, which they will use in consultation with yourself to direct them to the most appropriate treatment for your condition.
There are many treatments on offer at the clinic for those with MSK problems. Some of the treatments offered in-house include:
Soft tissue work/massage- Massage can be used to increase the mobility in stiff arthritic joints or break down scar tissue after muscle strains or operations. It is commonly used to reduce muscle tone, tightness or spasms and decrease the stress placed on bones/joints whilst promoting relaxation.
Acupuncture– This traditional Chinese technique is used in clinic to treat lots of conditions such as headaches/migraines, neck, back, shoulder and other joint pains. Acupuncture will be discussed in more detail in another newsletter.
Electrotherapy – We are lucky here to have access to a wide variety of electrotherapy modalities including Robotic Spinal Manipulation, Shockwave, Ultrasound, Deep Oscillation, Shortwave, and Laser.
Joint mobilisations/manipulations can be used to increase a range of movement in joints and decrease pain.
Individual exercise programmes- We are able to tailor personalised exercise programmes for your injury /condition that may include strengthening, stretching and mobilising work.
Next month we will look at Wellness