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This issue covers :
Improving Microcirculation and Health
So what is microcirculation, you may well ask? It consists of all your small blood vessels. They are important for circulating, blood, nutrients and oxygen to your tissues.
So it follows, that if these small blood vessels are impaired, or do not function properly this will impact on tissue function and the appearance of disease. Microvascular diseases include:
So how can we increase microcirculation to these organs?
- Cut down our high levels of fat and sugar in our diet as these can decrease endothelial function by making its surface like sand paper and thus decrease blood flow.
- Use herbs which improve the function of the endothelium such as:
- Grape seed extract
- Fresh garlic
- Raw, juiced or baked beetroot. Beetroot is very high in nitrates and these greatly improve endothelial health, microcirculation and blood pressure.
- Gotu Kola
- Cucurmin( turmeric)
- Green tea
- Cocoa. You can actually eat small amounts of dark chocolate!
- Fish oils
Use the diet called ‘The 5 point dietary Plan’.
1. Boost dietary nitrate: with green leafy vegetables and beetroot as a juice, grated or in a supplement
2. Increase cocoa intake – 85% chocolate, 20g per day
3. 50-100g /day of berries such as blueberries, blackberries and strawberries
4. Eat fresh, raw crushed garlic: ½ - 1 clove/day
5. Herbs and spices: 3-4 cups /day of green tea and turmeric and ginger.
A sixth one would be onions which help to counteract the scouring of the endothelium by fats and sugars in the diet.
Below are examples of where herbs, supplements and the above diet can really help.
a) Disc injury
c) Varicose veins, restless legs
d) Kidney disease
Masage, Asthma and Breathing Pattern Issues
If you suffer from asthma the chances are you will probably hyperventilate, which may trigger an attack. Even if you are recovering from a chest infection you may be hyperventilating too.
So what is hyperventilation? This is a pattern of over breathing where you are breathing at more than 10-14 breaths a minute when resting. You are using your upper ribs to breathe with instead of your whole rib cage and the abdomen. It can be initiated and maintained by anxiety, fear, resentment or anger. And, it can cause muscular aches and pains, sweating, chest pains, palpitations and a dry mouth.
This is where massage comes in. Because, if you have these abnormal breathing patterns many of your neck, shoulder and chest muscles will be extremely tight. Round shoulders and a forward neck posture are often a pointer to abnormal breathing patterns.
So, when I do a treatment, I will now be looking at breathing patterns. I will then massage the appropriate muscles first and then help you to do abdominal breathing at the end of the treatment.