Monday, 16 December 2013

Homeopathic Winter Warmer

‘Tis the season to be jolly – unfortunately some of us get a little bit too jolly a bit too often during the festive season!!

Our poor livers have to cope with an excess of alcohol, sugar& fats. However by taking a good Milk Thistle herbal supplement daily for the next few weeks we can minimise any damage. For those nights where you really overdo it a few doses of Nux Vomica 30c every 2 hours will set you up again!

As the winter cold sets in we are surrounded by people spluttering,sneezing & coughing and a dose of the cold or flu seems inevitable. At the first signs of feeling run down take Aconite 30 every 2 hours and this might just hold it at bay! If however the shivers & aches set in take Gelsemium 30 every 2 hours. For bad nasal congestion take Kali Bich30 every 2 hours. Drink lots of fluids and take extra Vitamin C & Zinc.

SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is something that can be felt in these dark winter months. We can however trick our bodies into thinking we are getting more sunshine than is available. Light boxes and a natural light waking alarm can both be very helpful. Vitamin D as a supplement can be taken daily & is now made in a convenient spray form. Homeopathic remedies can also help with specific emotional issues.

Have a very wonderful Xmas and a Happy Hogmany!

Laura x

Laura Kenyon is availble for consulation at the Octagon Chiropractic Clinic every Thursday 11 am till 5.30 pm. For more on Laura and Homeopathy in general see our Q and A with Laura here.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Exercise of the month - Inner thigh stretch

This is a great stretch to add to your stretching sequence after a workout. If these inner thigh (adductor) muscles get tight you may feel some tenderness around the medial knee or groin area.

Getting into a good start position is important with all stretches - have both legs straight and wide apart with your toes pointing forwards. Bend one leg forward at the knee (you are stretching the leg that stays straight), as you bend this knee you will go sideways towards the bent leg - as you do this keep your body facing forward and don’t let your pelvis twist around.

You will feel this stretch on the inside of your leg from just above your knee and upwards to your groin.

Always stretch after any physical activity as this helps keeps the muscles lengthened and supple after a workout.

Hazel Dillon is a Chiropractor at The Octagon Chiropractic Clinic