Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Back ache? Muscle Pain? Injury? How to solve these issues...

For many who suffer with muscular pain, knowing which treatment will be most effective is often confusing with so many different types to choose from.

Here is a quick guide to the most popular treatments to help you decide which would work best for your problem.

Bowen Technique

The Bowen Technique helps the body remember how to heal itself. The Bowen moves send neurological impulses to the brain resulting in immediate responses of muscle relaxation and pain reduction. Electrical impulses sent to the nervous system remind the body to regain normal movement in joints, muscles and tendons. This helps relieve muscle spasms and increase blood and lymph flow.  

The therapist uses thumbs and fingers to make rolling type moves on different muscles on the body. There are times when the therapist actually leaves the room so the body has time to make its own adjustments, which help relieve tension and reduce pain. You should see results within 2-3 treatments.

Sports Massage

This deep-tissue treatment works on the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the body using manipulation, stretching, compressions and friction techniques to remove nodules and tension from the muscle. The treatment can feel quite intense, but the therapist should work to a level that you find comfortable.  You can see results from one treatment depending on the severity of the issue.

Alexandra Technique

This technique corrects established defects of posture, particularly those related to the back when lying, sitting, standing, or walking. According to its deviser, the Australian therapist F.M. Alexander, the technique promotes relaxation and can help eliminate aches, pains, and other disorders associated with muscle tension and poor posture.

You will be taught how to recognise when your body is in a position that is un-natural and may cause postural problems, with verbal instruction and manual guidance the teacher will encourage you to release inappropriate tension during everyday activities.


Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body and treats the body as a whole holistic system that needs everything functioning smoothly together. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

Shock bald look for Sex and the City Star

She was made famous for her role as the red head in one of the most successful TV shows that also featured Minolo Blahnik’s, New York City and a lot of sex.

Now Cynthia Nixon has swapped the cosmopolitan cocktail for a razor and has shaved her head completely for her new role.

The 45-year-old is playing a cancer patient and poetry professor Vivian Bearing in the play, which opens on January 26 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Cynthia said: 'I thought it was kind of gonna be no muss-no fuss, but I have to shave it every day!

'It's got kind of a five o'clock shadow, and you don't want to go on with that,' she continued.

'I was always kind of curious to see what it would be like. I like it; I don't think I'm gonna keep it forever.'

The story-line is close to the actress’s heart as she discovered she had the disease in 2006. She had a lumpectomy and radiation - but no chemotherapy - and continues to take the drug Tamoxifen, which blocks the actions of estrogen and is used to treat and prevent some types of breast cancer.

It’s refreshing to see stars like this bare all and still look fabulous; bald is beautiful. 


Wednesday, 18 January 2012

HIS hits Hollywood

With many Hollywood celebrities still wearing toupees or undergoing botched up hair transplants they will be happy to know that there is another option, in the form of scalp pigmentation that has been introduced in the States by hair loss specialists HIS Hair.

 Actor Jeremy Piven's hair transplant scar

HIS Hair launched an LA and New York clinic in late 2011, where they have trained practitioners that perform MHT® scalp pigmentation, which might be a great solution for “Entourage” star, Jeremy Piven who has a large hair transplant scar on the back of his head, and has often been reported of wearing a toupee to cover it up.

MHT®, short for Micro Hair Technique, is a specialist scalp pigmentation treatment that creates a natural looking simulation of micro hairs on the scalp, creating the appearance of a short cropped hair style. MHT® scalp pigmentation procedure, not only disguises early signs of hair loss, camouflages male pattern baldness and receding hair lines, it also provides great coverage for scars on the scalp, many of which occur from hair transplant procedures. Hair transplants involve taking grafts containing hair follicles genetically resistant to balding and transplanting them to the bald scalp. However, the reality of hair replacement systems and hair transplants are far from perfect, despite them being the most publicised options for hair loss. Many people leave clinics with poorly finished treatments and noticeable scarring, which lowers their self esteem even further than before.

Most men are unaware of the risks associated with hair transplants and so believe that any scarring incurred is a permanent disfigurement they will have to live with, but as the pictures below show, that is not the case.

Hair transplant scarring before MHT®...

HIS Hair transplant scarring after MHT®...

HIS Hair already boasts four clinics in the UK, as well as clinics in France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.

The LA clinic is based in Suites 1 & 3, 10687 Santa Monica Boulevard, California, 90025

and the New York clinic is located on: 10th Floor, 101 5th Avenue, (Between 17th & 18th Streets), NYC, 10003 

Further clinic openings are planned in Chicago, Miami and Seattle in 2012.