Non-Surgical Treatments: My Opinion


I’ve written a lot recently about self-care, about making yourself feel good by doing things you like and by taking care of your body inside and out. I take a fairly holistic approach to skincare and so on however there are other ways that people may benefit from the advances of science with the end result being that they feel better about themselves, are more confident and enjoy raised self-esteem.

Do I advocate for mindfulness and organic skincare, absolutely! Do I think that when it comes to making yourself feel like you are being the best version of yourself (inside and out) your efforts should involve organic broccoli smoothies or nothing at all? Not a jot! We are living in wonderfully modern times and one of the benefits of such a time is that we may take advantage of the technological and scientific advances that come our way.

Do I mean plastic surgery? Not necessarily although I believe that provided such things are done properly, with both physical and mental health benefits and potential risk factors considered, that there may be real benefits for some people. Look at non-surgical treatments such as laser hair removal for example. Women with PCOS, men with excess hair that they dislike, anyone who is not happy with their appearance may reap the benefits of laser hair removal. Once these treatments were seen as new and perhaps over the top, now they are commonplace and recognised for the positive benefits they offer.

CoolSculpting, a non-surgical method of fat removal is becoming increasingly popular. Fat freezing London based treatments are cleared by the FDA, don’t require needles or surgery or recovery periods and fat cells that are treated are gone for good. This is another example of how the advances in technology and in science may serve us as a kind of self-care tool. It’s worth looking at the link above to the Pulse Light Clinic in London who undertake fat freezing treatments to find out more about how it works. You might be surprised!

Some would argue that this kind of treatment is too much, or that men and women should simply accept the way their bodies look and love themselves for themselves. It is entirely possible that people with such opinions may not understand what low self-esteem feels like. I haven’t undertaken CoolSculpting or any such treatments but I’m a never say never gal. If used responsibly, and of course these treatments and clinics are heavily regulated, they most definitely may help people feel happier, healthier, be more confident and so on.

If a holistic-nut like myself who hasn’t worn make-up since she was 17 years old and who calls leaving the house looking vaguely symmetrical a win thinks that alternative treatments may be hugely beneficial, it’s possible that many others feel the same.

What are your thoughts?

*If you want to talk to someone about non-surgical treatments feel free to get in touch with the Pulse Light Clinic directly who would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Their contact details are:

1st Floor, Peek House,
20 Eastcheap, London
Contact us 0207 523 5158

How To Manage Your Pain And Still Enjoy Life

pain, pain management, chronic pain

One of the most exhausting things that we can deal with in life (trust me), is pain. Pain comes in all different shapes and sizes and can really begin to affect your life. It’s consuming and may even restrict the things that you do, meaning you have to alter your life.  Sadly sometimes there isn’t a magic cure that can just make everything go away, so instead, you have to learn how to manage the issue without letting it affect you.

This is something that I am very familiar with.  I have ongoing pain for a number of issues. I’m very grateful to the NHS for their help with management and working towards dealing with the issues but in the meantime, I’m finding ways to manage the pain myself.

If I could offer one piece of advice it would be that you need to know that it’s ok to admit that you’re in physical pain.  There’s no room for the stiff upper lip when it comes to such things. Make sure that you speak to your GP/healthcare provider and make sure that your mental health is being helped too. Ongoing physical pain can and does have a knock-on effect on your mental outlook and may cause or contribute to additional issues.

Here are a couple of examples that you can explore until you find something that works for you.

Organic Remedies

There are remedies out there that are completely organic, and come from natural plants and herbs, like turmeric and kava. You can even find 100% full extract cannabis oil that you simply drop underneath your tongue and keep it there for around three minutes, as that way it enters your bloodstream almost immediately, taking effect right away. This then essentially relaxes your muscles and relieves any pain you’re feeling. It has even been shown to help individuals that suffer from Parkinson’s, as it reduces shaking – if not stopping it completely by calming down the nervous system altogether.

I am all for organic and holistic treatments but firmly believe that they should be used alongside medical help and/or with your doctor/specialist’s approval, not as an alternative to proper medical aid.

Deep Breathing for Pain Relief

This may sound rather silly, especially if you know the level of pain that you suffer with, but it’s still worth a try. This isn’t just slowly breathing in and out, it’s more than that – a form of meditation if you will. It all comes down to the power of your mind, and how you can control your body by focusing your energy on one source, like breathing. Find somewhere quiet, relax your mind, close your eyes if this helps, and listen to the sound of your breathing. Shut everything out that’s around you and feel your chest rising and falling. You may want to play some light music in the background that’s calming for you. You can even light a candle and focus on that, as well as some incense to create a spa-like environment for you. Mindfulness and meditation go hand in hand (I have a mindfulness diploma and meditate). It’s worth looking up.

Physical Activity

Bear with me on this one. Whether physical activity can benefit you will depend on your individual circumstances. I, for example, may benefit from specialist pilates, geared toward those with issues rather than wanting to do pilates for exercise alone. I am on a waiting list for such pilates sessions and hopefully they will help! Don’t overdo it and remember to speak to your healthcare team before starting any new exercise if you are a long-term pain sufferer.

If you do suffer from chronic pain I hope you find ways to manage it as well as possible.

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