Mentally

Seal of approval for NHS natural health care

NHS Natural Heathcare for cancer patients  > Faced with ever increasing financial constraints, the NHS has sounded the death knell on unproven homeopathic treatments.  It thus may come as a surprise that it is still investing in natural health remedies. What is believed to be the first NHS Natural Health School has opened its doors […]

Body clock linked to mood disorders

Listen to the tick-tock of your body clock  >   Disruption to your body’s internal clock may be putting you at an increased risk of mood disorders. It has been known for decades that a clock ticks in nearly every cell of the body, changing how the tissues work in a daily rhythm. But only now […]

One man’s daydreaming is another man’s day

‘I try to daydream but my mind keeps wandering!‘  > So joked one of our clients who was seeking help with his lack of concentration. At times we have all felt mentally somewhere else and, as long as we are not doing something safety critical, it is both a pleasant experience and a useful coping […]

Doctors recommend CAM treatments

Studies into complementary therapies  >  Three healthcare studies have caught the eyes of Tonic therapists this week. The first is that researchers in Germany surveyed 582 paediatric doctors and found that 99% had recommended Complementary and Alternative medicines (CAM ) for children. In general, the doctors agreed they associated these treatments with a lower risk […]

A gut reaction to hypnosis

April is IBS Awareness month > Irritable Bowel Syndrome is indeed a serious condition, but to grab an entire month rather than having the usual Awareness Day seems a tad greedy, as the multitude of other illnesses will have to be squeezed into the remaining eleven! IBS is one of the most common digestive conditions […]

RNT & RNT and RNT again!

‘Worry & rumination are the enemies to living in the present moment‘  >  The medical world is bedevilled by acronyms, the purpose of which is to add mystique or respectability to obscure treatments. Complementary therapies are as guilty as the rest, with the latest contender being RNT. Until now this stood for Reactive Neuromuscular Training […]

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. […]

Snuggly blankets – what is there not to like?

Weight on your body is a weight off your mind  >  ‘Weighted blankets help sensory seeking patients calm their bodies in preparation for sleep, or can be used in sensory rooms, classrooms or simply as a way of chilling out at home. This is achieved because the extra weight relieves stress and anxiety, helping to […]

Learn to wait – things will fall into place

Good things come to those who wait (even buses!)  >  We were criticised that our previous Posting about bus stop therapy, failed to mention the meditation bus being trialled in New York. Sorry. There are a 1000 + Postings on this Blog and until now not one has mentioned the value of bus therapy – […]

Warning- don’t stress your immune cells

The proof – stress causes physical illness >  A study has identified how stress damages the cells that protect our bodies against infection diseases, resulting in physical illness. The researchers have established how stress affects the defence chemicals that fight off bacteria or viruses, thus amplifying inflammatory and allergic reactions such as irritable bowel syndrome, asthma […]