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Looking to make your therapy business more eco-friendly? We look at a few suggestions that could help to protect the planet and show your clients that you care (Article first published in International Therapist, Issue 128, Spring 2019): fht.org.uk/green-salon

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Discussing pain perception at an FHT local group

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During our previous meeting, we had a fascinating talk on rethinking pain by Lin Leong, a neurophysiotherapist and yoga teacher, writes Hereford group coordinator Carina Stinchcombe.

Lin gave us an overview of the mechanisms active in persistent pain. As our collective understanding of pain perception develops, it seems that tissue damage, misalignment or degradation are not sufficient explanations in the treatment of persistent pain. Applying the biopsychosocial model to understanding pain, we considered strategies beyond tissue release and remedial action, to support clients with persistent pain.

In practice, it can be confusing for a bodyworker to apply a biopsychosocial model to their treatments. A helpful shift is to emphasise the value of validating a client’s experience, using empowering language and creating a safe environment where a client needs to relearn a pain habit. We can also sometimes help a client to identify factors that may increase pain perception, for instance, fear avoidance, leading to habitual and unhelpful movement strategies, tiredness, loneliness, stressful work conditions, anxiety and depression. Many people won’t have made these connections for themselves, so we can use our own treatments and referral networks to help clients access strategies to help with the reduction of pain.

Because translating this theory into practice is so multifaceted, we couldn’t cover applications in much depth, so we plan to have another session later in the year.

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We hope you enjoyed this article, which was first published in the Summer 2019 issue of International Therapist!

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Complementary therapy gaining popularity in England

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The article below was first published in International Therapist issue 129 (Summer 2019)

Complementary therapy use in England has grown by 4% between 2005 and 2015, according to a national survey (sharp et al, 2018).

Ipsos MORI asked 4,862 adults in England about their complementary therapy use over the past 12 months, with 766 saying they had seen a practitioner during that time. This means 16% of respondents had treatments in 2015, up from 12% in 2005.

Those interviewed visited practitioners for therapies including massage, acupuncture, yoga, reflexology and mindfulness. They most commonly sought treatments to help with musculoskeletal conditions (68%), particularly back pain (38%). The second most popular reason was support with a mental health condition (12%), including for stress, anxiety or depression (7%) and sleep problems, tiredness or fatigue (4%). Around 11% had therapies to support general wellbeing and prevent ill health.

However, because therapies are predominantly self-funded, access is unequal, with wealthier people far more likely to get the support they need compared with people on a low income. More than two-thirds (67%) of complementary therapy users either pay for their treatments or have them paid for by friends and family, while 17% are referred by their GP and 4% by another health professional. Those who were referred by a GP or healthcare professional usually had treatments funded by the NHS and were more often than not unemployed, with lower socioeconomic status. Almost 40% felt that increased NHS funding and GP referrals and/or endorsement would increase their complementary therapy use.

Those in the south of England were almost twice as likely to have treatments as people living in the Midlands or the north of England. This could again relate to wealth, as the average person living in the south is more likely to have the disposable income to pay for treatments than those further north.

Just over one-fifth of respondents (22%) claimed they would not be willing to pay for a therapy treatment.

Read more about the survey at fht.org.uk/IT-129-research-Sharp

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Join today and enjoy more articles like this in our online reading room and quarterly membership magazine, International Therapist. As a member, you can access lots of other benefits, too, such as tailor-made insurance policies and a listing on our Accredited Register of complementary therapists, independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (eligibility criteria apply). Click here to learn more about the benefits of being an FHT member

 

Complementary therapies are beneficial to people with advanced cancer

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The article below was first published in International Therapist issue 129 (Summer 2019)

Aromatherapy, reflexology and massage can all benefit clients with advanced cancer, according to a review published in Palliative Medicine.

Searching medical databases, a team of researchers found five qualitative studies evaluating the therapeutic needs of people in palliative care with advanced cancer, which provide evidence of the benefits of therapies.

They examined three ‘analytical themes’: the patient experience during the therapy (enhanced wellbeing and escapism), beyond the complementary therapy session (lasting benefits and overall evaluation), and the delivery of complementary therapy in palliative care (value of therapist and delivery of the complementary therapy).

The results showed that people with advanced cancer experienced benefits from aromatherapy, reflexology and massage, including enhanced wellbeing, respite and escapism from their disease.

Access the review abstract at fht.org.uk/IT-129-cancer-therapies

Not yet an FHT member?

Join today and enjoy more articles like this in our online reading room and quarterly membership magazine, International Therapist. As a member, you can access lots of other benefits, too, such as tailor-made insurance policies and a listing on our Accredited Register of complementary therapists, independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (eligibility criteria apply). Click here to learn more about the benefits of being an FHT member

International Therapist Issue 129 (Summer 2019)

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This issue includes articles on the following:

  • Aromatic memories, by Peter Mackereth, Ann Carter and Paula Maycock;
  • Tennis injuries and prevention strategies, by Lance Doggart and Sarah Catlow;
  • The effects of sleep on the skin, by FHT;
  • A mindful approach to the menopause, by Clarissa Kristjansson;
  • Home-made cleaning products, using essential oils, by Sharon Lovett;
  • Chapman’s Reflexes and techniques for tight muscles, by Paula Nutting;
  • Exercises for protecting the hands and wrists, by Ross Clifford; and
  • A look ahead at the 2019 FHT Conference.

Plus an essential oil profile on sweet fennel; the latest FHT local group news; a day in the life of Sal Hanvey, a complementary therapist and magazine writer; the latest research; expert advice; medical A-Z; an interview with Georgia Barnes, Business Development Manager for Health and Beauty at Soil Association Certification; a look at the 2019 FHT Training Congress; public affairs and lots more…

Don’t miss the opportunity to win a WaveStone Therapies Relaxing Balm in our members’ competition and a £20 John Lewis & Partners gift card and FHT scented therapy room candle in the latest spiral quiz.

Landing from Thursday 18 July. You can also login to read this issue (from Thursday 18 July) and past issues online at fht.org.uk/membersarea

Making International Therapist more environmentally friendly

As many of you are aware, FHT’s membership magazine, International Therapist, is produced by printers that have FSC® chain of custody certification to ensure that materials used are tracked from well-managed forests to the consumer. They also use efficient processes to reduce the consumption of energy and water, and inks that are vegetable-based. And while the poly wrap your magazine currently arrives in can be recycled at many of the larger supermarkets, we appreciate that the idea is to avoid using plastic wherever possible.

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Environmentally-friendly wrapper

For some time, we’ve been looking into more environmentally friendly ways to distribute International Therapist to our members and we are delighted to now use a biodegradable wrap that is made from potato starch. The wrapper contains no plasticisers or toxins and as a result, it is 100% biodegradable… under the right conditions.

In order for the potato starch wrapper to break down effectively, it needs to be disposed in either a home composting bin or, where accepted by local authorities, in food waste recycling or green bins. As far as we are aware, placing the wrapper into a standard waste bin will drastically hinder its ability to biodegrade. So, in order for this greener alternative to poly wrap to be truly environmentally friendly, we need your support at the end of the chain!

Please talk to us…

The potato starch wrapper is opaque/milky in colour rather than completely see-through and is now used for every copy of International Therapist that we send out to our members. Please get in touch and let us know that your magazine has arrived safely and any feedback that you have. We’d also like to know if it is easy for you to dispose of the wrapper, either in a home compost bin or in your food recycling or green bin. Please email us at communications@fht.org.uk

We ♥ our planet

In the spring issue of International Therapist, our Green Salon article focused on how you can make your therapy business more eco-friendly but, what about the FHT? How are we working to protect the planet?

Thanks to Sir David Attenborough’s BBC documentaries and climate activist Greta Thunberg, the public is much more aware of the devastating effects material consumption is having on our planet. We too are embracing the principles of sustainability here at the FHT…

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We source your membership magazine, International Therapist, and your welcome pack from printers that have FSC ® chain of custody certification to ensure that materials are tracked from well-managed forests to the consumer. They also use efficient processes to reduce the consumption of energy and water, inks are vegetable-based and cartridges are recycled. In addition, your membership cards are made with SICOECO, which is fully degradable. SICOECO has the same technical properties, physical characteristics and printability like other PVC films but fully degrades when left in organic compost.

Following a successful trial run, we’re also pleased to be sending out all copies of International Therapist in a biodegradable wrapper, which is 100% compostable, from Autumn 2019. Please dispose of the magazine wrapper in your home compost heap, or in food or garden waste bins where accepted by local authorities (do not place in plastic recycling).

This is a start but there is much more to do. For example, using email rather than post, wherever possible, and making our building and processes more sustainable with green energy tariffs and plastic-free packaging.

We’re pleased to be making a more conscious effort to protect the planet.

To find out how you can get involved, read our Green Salon article here