Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Stressed police may be mental health risk

Policemen and women are more likely to experience psychological trouble, according to research by the University of Buffalo.

The study shows that officers are more likely to suffer long-term mental and physical consequences due to the daily stress of their work.

The study, which considered the wellbeing of Buffalo Police Department members over a five-year period, found strong links between the stress of police activity and sleeplessness, suicide and obesity in later life.

Dr Almuth McDowall, a Chartered Psychologist said: "This US research resonates with our own research here in the UK. The police has been having a bad press lately, but people forget that officers and staff do a demanding and often difficult job day in day out.

"An example is PC Ian Dibell who sacrificed his own life to deal with an incident a few days ago. The job can be inherently dangerous, and cut backs in numbers have meant that demands on individuals have increased.

"Frontline officers are particularly at risk for stress and burnout, but also at risk for work-family conflict. The welfare of the Police must remain a key concern as the effects of the spending review take hold.”

The Bowen Technique is a natural, drug-free, non-invasive, complementary therapy that can help stress and sleeping problems.

Rather than 'making' the body change, Bowen 'asks' the body to recognise the ailment and make the changes it requires.

During the 30-60 minute treatment, the Bowen practitioner makes small, rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for that individual.

No hard-tissue manipulation or force is needed or used.
Between each set of moves, the body is allowed to rest for a few minutes, to allow it to absorb the information it has received and initiate the healing process.

Bowen is known for its soothing qualities for physical complaints; however it is an extremely relaxing experience that can have many emotional benefits too.

One client said: “I heartily recommend the Bowen Technique to anyone who wants to remember how it feels to wake up refreshed; looking forward to the new day knowing you can deal with whatever it may bring.”

Read more testimonials from people who used Bowen for insomnia and grief here.

If you are interested in how Bowen Therapy can help you visit the website to find a Bowen therapist near you or call 0844 561 7173.

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