There is a book entitled The Secret Life of Plants by Tomkins and Bird that tells of many inspired giants of science who listened to plants and learned what they taught them. These scientists were reverent, patient, humble and articulate, but they were willing to share their findings for the benefit for all of us. The great botanist George Washington Carver was one such who coined the phrase “Ask the plants”. His horticultural genius led eventually to studying and applying essential oils for therapeutic purposes. These eminent scientists, as we wish to do, shared their knowledge.
Back Pain Knowledge
The secret life of Plants
There is a book entitled The Secret Life of Plants by Tomkins and Bird that tells of many inspired giants of science who listened to plants and learned what they taught them. These scientists were reverent, patient, humble and articulate, but they were willing to share their findings for the benefit for all of us. The great botanist George Washington Carver was one such who coined the phrase “Ask the plants”. His horticultural genius led eventually to studying essential oils and explaining their many uses. These eminent scientists, as we wish to do, shared their knowledge.
At our clinic
In the late 1990’s and before we started working at our clinic in Glasgow, we travelled to Australia to learn an ancient way of treating the body (a physical hands-on therapy) brought to the world by the late Tom Bowen. At that time, there were very few therapists in the UK. We were number 101 to be qualified, but the phenomenal growth and popularity of the technique is reflected by the fact that by 2009 there were over 26,000 practitioners in over 30 countries worldwide.
We were fascinated by this therapy and convinced by all that we saw, but we wanted to understand more about how the human body works and attended college to learn everything about human anatomy and physiology, then continued our education with other eminent (hands-on) practitioners around the world. Armed with these skills and this knowledge, our clinic in Glasgow opened in 2000. We continued successfully to work there treating all sorts of musculoskeletal problems for most of 20 years, and in doing so, gained considerable experience and increased our knowledge.
Physical therapy works by placing the fingers in very precise positions on muscles that may be trapped and using a simple technique to release them. We needed to know where every muscle was in the body, its origin and insertion and what its exact function was, and while this was an arduous task in the beginning for us, we have simplified it, and are now in a position where we can and are willing to explain the more easily understood aspects, the knowledge that we are happy to share with you.
What you do is to first place the fingers on your skin (we will explain where). Skin is made up of sheets of connective tissue called fascia, and the outermost layers that you touch and feel and see. There are several tissue layers under this and indeed within the whole body. Microscopically they attach, stabilise, impart strength and encapsulate (keep-separate) every muscle within us – and they enclose different organs. In all, its a terrifically interesting, microscopic system within every one of us humans beings that only a fraction of us know about – or begin to understand; but it all starts with the skin’s uppermost layer at the top – and this ‘in very simple terms’ is what we would like to teach you to understand how to manipulate for your own benefit. But it does help if the skin is moisturised first.
Back Pain Knowledge is a massage balm, a moisturiser that is easily absorbed by the skin, and which may allow relief to skin that is dry and tight.
What causes back pain? About 60% of every human-being consists of water. Thus, our skeleton floats in the water of our bodies. Bones are just our coat-hangers. Attached to muscles, they will go where they put them and thus if a muscle or tendon below ribs, or between shoulder blades (if you spend too much time on your computer) or just above the right or left hip, or indeed anywhere in the back are in spasm through injury or overwork, then the underlying fibres will shrink, causing the muscle to pull the skeleton out of line.
Nerves that travel through, or near to a muscle become trapped and this then switches on a feed-back loop system from muscle to brain that can stay that way, for a very long time. This is a complex system that would take far too much time to explain here, but there are many scientific papers that you can explore on-line and in other journals that are written about them, so let’s just accept that it exists.
Where can I find more about this hands-on stuff? What we want to do is to explain how you, yourself may relieve some of the complexities of back pain by using your own fingers. We are here to answer your questions – they are all relevant. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us by freephone on 0800 023 6252. Briefly explain your problem and we will reply with the best advice that we can offer, such that you too armed with this new knowledge can use your own hands-in therapy to help yourself. It’s as simple as that.
DO NOT: apply near eyes, or on mucus membranes. Not suitable for children. Apply generally two to three times daily – or as often as necessary.
Always: patch test first if in any doubt about allergies. Apply a drop to the crease on the inside of the left elbow and leave six hours.
Ingredients: Aqua/Soft Scottish Water, Vitus Vinifera (Grapeseed oil) Passiflora Edulus (Passion flower seed oil), Glycerin (palm-free, vegetable derived), Glycine (natural amino acid), Sorbitan Oleate (from 100% bio-based coconut and corn), Glyceral Stearate, Citric acid, Guar gum, Xanthan gum, (all food-grade), Sodium Alginate (from seaweed), Preservatives that are ECOCERT and COSMOS approved + a blend of plant-based, therapeutic essential oils that are the active ingredients.
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