What’s filling your bucket? Why do you have symptoms?

Carol PlumridgeThoughts

Then your bucket overflows….. People come to me with problems and they not unreasonably always want to know why? How is it that picking up that piece of paper caused my back to spasm? Why when I was doing so well, things went back to square 1? I got the ‘flu and now everything hurts; I’m just not getting better. It’s … Read More

Your marvellous spine

Carol PlumridgeUseful information

Your spine (or back) is a truly wonderful thing. We have a tendency to focus on what goes wrong with it and given that 30.8 million days were lost to back problems in 2016 that’s not surprising. The spine is a flexible container for the spinal cord, its function is both protective and supportive. When you were a 17 day old embryo you were a little … Read More

Getting ready to go

Carol PlumridgeThoughts

There is a pagan festival called Imbolc which occurs in the early spring. A yoga teacher of mine likened it to sitting on a toboggan at the top of a slope, just gently moving backwards and forward. Those moments just before you commit yourself and push off down the hill. Its potential energy, think about the earth, there may not be a lot … Read More

Feeling great? Or not………

Carol PlumridgeThoughts, Useful information

  Have you ever thought why sometimes you feel great, excited and happy and suddenly it becomes anxiety, you get palpitations and cannot sleep. Or how you can flip from a low mood to a more “Zen” like state. If you look at this diagram it can help you see the mix of elements that can alter how we feel. … Read More

Heart facts for Women

Carol PlumridgeUseful information

Ok ladies here are a few facts about Women and heart disease that I think you should be aware of: Women are equally as likely to be affected by heart disease as men. 50% Women are MORE likely to be misdiagnosed than men when it comes to heart disease. 28,000 women die from a heart attack every year, that’s 77 … Read More

Digesting your life.

Carol PlumridgeThoughts

Have you every considered that you are like a compost heap? No, why would you? Well, possibly when you are sorting through the linen basket! Think back to events in your life, both happy and sad, exciting and difficult; how do you feel about them now? Have they changed the way you approach things, did you change your life completely? Have you ever had … Read More

Winter Solstice – How much is enough?

Carol PlumridgeThoughts

Today is the Winter Solstice, the least amount of daylight in the year. Ancient cultures recognised and celebrated the solstice and built monuments to it like Stonehenge, Newgrange  and Matchu Picchu. It is associated with festivals of light, Hannukah, Divali, Christians believe in the light of the world coming at Xmas. The solstice taps into the deep fear within us … Read More

Paracetamol some facts and figures.

Carol PlumridgeUseful information

Paracetamol Always check with a health care professional before taking medication. Some sobering facts about paracetamol. Paracetamol is not an anti inflammatory medication, its mode of action is unclear but it seems to have a comforting effect on people. There is very little difference in results when taking either paracetamol or anti-inflammatory drugs when you have low backache or osteoarthritis. … Read More

Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: Some facts to think about.

Carol PlumridgeUseful information

NSAID (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) Some facts for sportsmen and women. Here are some facts and figures about taking NSAID’s that you may want to consider. As with any drug treatment speak to a professional first, either a pharmacist, GP or practice nurse. 2002: NZ marathon 13% participants took NSAID’s before the race. 2002-3: 86% Italian footballers take NSAID’s … Read More

Overcoming resistance

Carol PlumridgeUseful information

What do you ignore, or pretend it isn’t happening? Both of which can be a forms of resistance. How do you feel about changes in your body, whether due to ageing, injury or sloth? How do you deal with those uncomfortable feelings? My personal favourite is eating, not very happy? Eat something, angry? Eat something, cross? Eat something. You could … Read More