Pain Free

MPS – A needless or needleless therapy?

Is a dolphin better than a Ibuprophen?  >  Chronic pain wears down the very soul. The resulting depression is the catalyst for many cries for help to acupuncturists, Tonic’s hypnotherapists and so many other complementary therapists offering a range of pain reduction treatments. So maybe we should welcome a technique claiming to be more effective […]

If you rest you rust

‘Come on inner peace – I don’t have all day‘ > We are all in a rush and yet finding time to chill is important. Thankfully many of us have discovered our own path to inner calm, such as meditation to sooth the brain and exercises for bodily relaxation, but what about the Feldenkrais Method with […]

Therapy to put colour in your cheeks

If you are off-colour you may be feeling blue >  Tonic has always admitted that a face-to-face consultation is better than therapy-by-phone. But needs must in a fast moving society where time is at a premium. A lot can be learnt from a voice, but so much more can be learnt from reading a face. […]

Prepare for spermageddon

When you feel worthless, remember you were once the quickest sperm We don’t want to worry you, but the human race is dying out. Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that male sperm counts had fallen by almost 60% in 40 years. In fact, across the world sperm counts are falling so fast […]

If it sounds good – it is good

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation  >  Silence is indeed golden, but in our helter skelter world it is a commodity in short supply.  Worst of all are those sounds that drive us crazy and there is in fact a scientific reason why we recoil from unpleasant noises. There is an interaction […]

Jury out on fascia therapy

‘Myofascial release cures chronic pain’ – says who?  > Media hype would have you believe that fascia therapy is a cure-all treatment for chronic pain. It is not.  For the uninitiated, fascia* are the webs of fibrous connective tissue so beloved by chiropractors. Myofascial Release (MFR), to give this variant therapy its pseudo-medical name, claims […]

Join the social medicine revolution

Lifestyle medicine will change the way we think about health >  Tonic predicts that social medicine will be the hip therapy phrase in 2018. The concept is hardly new but it is grabbing the media’s attention, not so much as a way of solving our ills, but as a way of reducing the pressure on the […]

Back pain is just youth leaving the body

Everything you do comes back to you  >  If your friends are a pain in the neck you could be uncomfortably nearer the truth than you imagine. That is if you suspend credibility for a moment and accept that your back pain is caused by subconscious thought-patterns and the difficulties of modern life. Welcome to […]

Complementary therapy gains respect

Supplementing mainstream healthcare  >  Well-regulated and professional complementary healthcare therapies can offer benefits both to patients and health professionals. This is the view of the CNHC’s chief executive writing in the current edition of the New Statesman. The following is an extract from that report …. ‘This month the Royal Society for Public Health will […]

Awareness through movement

Learn to walk on air to happiness >  Risking our readers thinking Tonic has a foot fetish, we want to talk about your feet again. This is because a caller criticised our last Posting about foot therapy for not mentioning the Feldenkrais Method. With a mantra that ‘standing is harder than walking’, with this therapy […]