Awards recognise the contribution of therapists working in pain management and palliative care

Complementary Therapy Awards

Sponsored by the FHT, the Complementary Therapy Awards aim to acknowledge the success, innovation and best practice of complementary therapists. Whether you help clients manage a chronic condition, illness, or support general wellbeing, award organisers Chamberlain Dunn would like to hear from you.

In this blog post we take a look at two of this year’s categories, the Award for Palliative Care and the Award for Pain Management, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Palliative care: improving the quality of life

Complementary therapies can improve quality of life, sleep and pain management in those receiving palliative and end of life care. Some therapists will also show the patient’s close friend or relative some gentle techniques, so that they can have a productive and comforting role to play at this crucial time, which can otherwise leave them feeling helpless.

The award for palliative care is about showcasing how therapies are helping people receiving palliative or end of life care, as well as their families and carers. Entries for this category so far include therapies such as reflexology, reiki, massage, aromatherapy, Bowen and story massage.

So whether you are an individual practitioner or working as part of a bigger team, please feel free to enter. Or you might be someone who has experience of how complementary therapies have helped a friend or family member and want to help the practitioner get recognition for their work.

Pain: offering relief and support

Pain has a huge impact on every aspect of a person’s daily life and also on the lives of those around them. People living with pain will undoubtedly experience fear, frustration, loneliness and isolation at some point, this on top of living and coping with pain. Pain management is one of the most under-funded services in the NHS and yet is one of the most common, debilitating and potentially life-changing conditions.

Across the UK complementary therapies are offering relief and support for sufferers, whether that is in pain management, injury prevention or rehabilitation. Chamberlain Dunn is seeking applications from therapists who are helping to improve pain perception and pain management. Entries for this category include therapists successfully offering osteopathy, remedial and sports massage, myofascial therapy and reflexology.

Deadlines

FHT members will receive free entry if they apply before 31 July. Before submitting your entry please contact Chamberlain Dunn at rachael@chamberdunn.co.uk or 0208 33 44 500 for a ‘discount code’ to enter at the checkout.

Any entries after the above date will cost £45 each and need to be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 3 September.

Find out more or enter the awards

Radio interview – Jennifer Young and Dr Michael Dixon featured on Yes To Life Show

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As the headline sponsor of Chamberlain Dunn’s Complementary Therapy Awards, the FHT has been invited to put forward industry experts to promote the health benefits of complementary therapy on UK Health Radio.

This Sunday, tune in and hear FHT accredited course provider, Jennifer Young, being interviewed by Robin Daly on UK Health Radio’s ‘Yes To Life Show’. Founder of Beauty Despite Cancer, Jennifer talks to Robin about developing a range of natural skincare products for people affected by cancer, setting up an appearance and wellbeing clinic based in a major London hospital, and developing specialist training for therapists.

As part of the same show, Robin also talks to Dr Michael Dixon, GP and Chair of the College of Medicine, who is a strong advocate of preventative medicine, healthy living and integrated health care. Among other topics, they discuss Dr Dixon’s unique practice in Devon, social prescribing, and why complementary therapies are important to the health service. As Dr Dixon tells Robin in the interview, ‘In the future, as we start to expand our view of what local health involves and who needs to be included in that, I think complementary medicine will become a major influence – not only in terms of individual treatment, but also in terms of improving local health within our communities’.

The interview will be aired at 2am on Sunday 15 July on UK Health Radio – but don’t worry if you’ll be tucked up in bed! The interview will be repeated throughout the week at different times each day and then made available on demand, on Robin Daly’s webpage

Enjoy listening and please share this news item with others who support integrated healthcare!

Hear more from Jennifer and Dr Dixon at FHT’s Annual Conference in November

We’re delighted to announce that Jennifer and Dr Dixon will also be speaking at our FHT Conference: Supporting the Integrated Healthcare Agenda at The King’s Fund, London, this November. More details will be announced soon in International Therapist and on our website and blog, so watch this space…

Radio interview – reflexology and pain management

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As the headline sponsor of Chamberlain Dunn’s Complementary Therapy Awards, the FHT has been invited to put forward industry experts to promote the health benefits of complementary therapy on UK Health Radio.

This week, tune in and hear FHT Excellence Award Winner (2014), Dr Carol Samuel, FFHT, talk to Dr Vijay Murthy about the potential role of reflexology in pain management on his popular radio show, Unlock Your Health.

As part of her PhD, Carol carried out research into the effects of reflexology on pain. The results of her exploratory study, published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, indicated that reflexology increased acute pain threshold and tolerance.

The interview will be aired at 2am this Wednesday on UK Health Radio – but don’t worry if you’ll be tucked up in bed! The interview will be repeated throughout the week at different times each day and then made available on demand, on Dr Vijay Murphy’s webpage

Enjoy listening and please share this news item with fellow therapists and reflexology fans!

Radio interview and short video promote the FHT and new Complementary Therapy Awards

As well as running our own 2018 FHT Excellence Awards, this year we are delighted to be supporting the new Complementary Therapy Awards, organised by Chamberlain Dunn.

As platinum sponsor of these awards, the FHT is working closely with their media partner, UK Health Radio, to provide expert guests to talk about the many benefits of complementary therapy.

In the first of these radio interviews, Janey Lee Grace interviews FHT President Paul Battersby about what complementary therapies have to offer, if they are safe, what to look for when choosing a therapist, and more.

In addition, the FHT has produced a short video, explaining how supporting the new Complementary Therapy Awards will not only help to demonstrate best practice, but also highlight the important role therapists can play in creating a more sustainable healthcare system.

Listen to Paul Battersby’s interview with Janey Lee Grace >>

Enter the FHT’s Excellence Awards and Complementary Therapy Awards >>

Inspiration, education and relaxation at the 2018 FHT Training Congress

Thank you to all members and speakers who joined us at the 2018 FHT Training Congress. You all made the event a huge success.

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Our Training Congress took place alongside the Holistic Health show, on Sunday 20 and Monday 21 May at the NEC in Birmingham. We packed the schedule with experts on a wide range of topics, from marketing to massage, with hundreds of delegates enjoying 23 talks by leading therapy and business experts across both days. We had lots of people snapping up the few remaining tickets on the day, and even had to turn some away.

Topics included social media marketing, stretching your clients, mindfulness, being with terminally ill clients, Ayurvedic kansa wand face massage, postural analysis, aromatherapy skincare, laughter yoga, crystals for stress and anxiety and lots more.

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We also had a stand within the main Holistic Health Show and were delighted to meet many existing and new FHT members.

Free goodie bags loaded with great materials and show offers were available at both the stand and Training Congress.

What you had to say about the 2018 FHT Training Congress…

We have received fantastic feedback from members at this year’s event. Read a few comments below:

  • ‘Great seminars today, with Ruth Duncan, John Gibbons, Seán Collins and Nic Wood.’
  • ‘Spent all day yesterday at the FHT Training Congress at the NEC in Birmingham attending talks about “advanced techniques to treat chronic pain” with Jing Massage, “Postural Analysis” with James Earls and “Stretching your clients” with Jane Johnson. Always interesting and great to get tips on new techniques.’
  • ‘Very good visit and talks.’
  • ‘It’s all been fantastic.’
  • ‘It’s the main time in the year where I really get to relax.’

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Help us to plan future education events…

If you attended the training congress and are yet to provide us feedback about the talks you attended, please email your comments to education@fht.org.uk writing ‘Training Congress’ in the subject box.

 

COPA Series 2018

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COPA logoEurope’s leading event for rehab professionals will take place at the ExCeL on 9 and 10 May 2018, when more than 6,000 practice owners, practitioners and experts will converge on London to discover everything they need to improve their business.

With COPA having a reputation for partnering with some of the most innovative and influential businesses in the world of rehab, the addition of FHT to next year’s roster is another major step towards making COPA 2018 the biggest and best yet.

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FASCIA AND PAIN

What is fascia’s role in pain? Fascia is involved in force transmission, lubrication, and cellular communication. It protects, connects and separates of all other structures and therefore must play a role in dysfunction and pain. This lecture will discuss what happens when fascia becomes injured and how it compounds body dysfunction. Scar tissue and adhesions will also be discussed including their contribution to structural imbalances, physiological distress and ultimately pain.

Jonathan Hobbs: Speaking at COPA Practice Growth

ACUPUNCTURE FOR MYOFASCIAL PAIN

This seminar outlines the neurophysiological mechanisms of acupuncture and dry needling at peripheral, spinal and supraspinal levels. The session will introduce clinicians to the anatomical and physiological approach to western medical acupuncture and dry needling and their utilisation in the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction. It discusses the clinically reasoned approach to the use of acupuncture and dry needling based on the relationship between the body’s mechanistic response to needling and pathophysiology.

As the largest and leading professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland, FHT will be one of 200 forward-thinking organisations exhibiting at stand 2230 across the five shows that make up the COPA Series – Chiro Expo, Physio Expo, Osteo Expo, Podiatry Expo, and the Prosthetics & Orthotics Expo.

What’s more, as a platform for rehab practice owners to build on their professional knowledge as well as discover the rehab equipment of tomorrow, COPA 2018 will house 90 CPD-accredited seminars by industry experts from across the globe.

And with visitors also having access to a whole host of educational workshops, interactive product demos, and unlimited networking opportunities with like-minded rehab professionals; practice owners will be spoilt for choice with ways to take their practice to the next level.

Click here for your free ticket to COPA 2018 – which will also get you into the neighbouring Elite Sports Performance & Rehabilitation Expo

FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Barbara Scott

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Barbara Scott is the founder of Seren Natural Fertility, Reproflexology™ Training  and Chair of The Association of Reproductive Reflexologists.  She is the author of ‘Reflexology for Fertility’ (Watkins Books 2016), and was awarded Complementary Therapist of the Year 2017 by the FHT.  She speaks regularly at The Fertility Show in London and Manchester and on specialist panels as an expert and voice for Reproductive Reflexology as a form of support and integrative medicine for couples who are trying to conceive.

Learn more about reflexology for fertility in a feature Barbara wrote for International Therapist, which you can read here.

Where to find Barbara at the FHT Training Congress:

Reproflexology as an integrative approach to fertility
Room 1, 
Sunday 20 May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Reproflexology™ is an integrative approach to using reflexology to support fertility and underlying reproductive conditions for both men and women.  The integrative approach allows us to understand what the issues may be, measure outcomes and monitor progress.  This provides an evidence based approach to fertility, using reflexology as the main form of treatment.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show on their website here.

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health