Pain Free

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 […]

First deep brain surgery using hypnosis

Hypnosis used to manage pain during brain surgery  > Surgeons have completed the world’s first deep brain surgery using hypnosis instead of an anaesthetic to control the patient’s pain. Doctors carried out the deep brain stimulation procedure to cure the 73-year-old patient’s severe trembling hands. In the six-hour operation, the brain regions which are responsible […]

Cancer – let your faith be bigger than your fear

She believed she could so she did  >  There is nothing new in the idea that that what we think and feel can affect our well-being. To quote Winston Churchill, ‘Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference’.  This is why mind-body therapies, such as relaxation, meditation and visualisation are being used more […]

You are not a hypochondriac – you really are ill

‘Your sickness is all in your mind’  > Your doctor may think you are a hypochondriac but it is unlikely that you will be given such a blunt diagnosis. The problem is that if there is no obvious physical cause for your symptoms, trying to get a diagnosis or effective treatment can be a nightmare. The […]

Just relax and accept the crazy

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it  >  In this crazy world there is never a shortage of health advice in the Media – the only problem is that most is conflicting. Whether coffee and red wine are good or bad for you is a question of which day you […]