A Natural Approach to Joint & Arthritis Pain Relief

T-Relief homeopathic pain reliefMany of us suffer occasionally, or even chronically, from joint pain, stiffness and osteoarthritis. Aging often brings arthritis pain, as do old injuries and new. Or it may be that you overdid it at the gym or on a hike. Even minor pain can keep us from doing the things we love, with the people we love. As our options for pain relief grow, I find my go-to homeopathic pain relievers remain T-Relief™ Arthritis Tablets and Ointment (formerly known as Zeel).

  • The T-Relief Arthritis pain relief ointment is suitable for relief of osteoarthritis pain, joint pain and stiffness when massaged into the area. It features organic oils as well as homeopathic pain relieving ingredients.
  • The T-Relief Arthritis pain relief tablets dissolve under the tongue, “reducing pain that causes lack of mobility.” It also features all natural active ingredients for relief from joint pain and stiffness.

A bonus: these products are safe for the stomach and our organs. Many of our prescription and over the counter pain relief medications can play havoc on the sensitive stomach. Being able to give our hardworking organs a break and still get pain relief can be a win-win.

As someone who actively seeks out natural pain relief options whenever possible, I can attest to their effectiveness. Ease of movement is essential to being able to demonstrate and spot our Pilates clients, so if I’ve overdone it the day before, I’ll turn to T-Relief.

In fact, I’ve offered the products at Body Fundamentals Tucson studio for over 15 years. Over the years, we’ve found that our clients swear by them, as well. A tip: Using the products in combination can effect even more immediate relief.

As always, it’s recommended that you check to be sure there are no contraindications for either prescription or over the counter medications, or the potential for allergic reaction.

If you have any questions about the retail products carried at Body Fundamentals, please feel free to ask at your next Pilates session, or give us a call at the studio: 520-299-6541.

In health,
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The Foundation of a New Life Path in Pilates and Movement

A passion for learning more, understanding more deeply, drove me. In 1996, I met Ron Fletcher, a master teacher of body contrology, a master teacher of movement and dance for over fifty years. He came to the work after his own injuries while working as a professional dancer. His unique style of incorporating modern dance technique, percussive breathing (focused breathing using sound and rhythm) with the core of Joseph Pilates’ teachings, spoke to the artist and dancer still thriving within me. Of course, I related to his healing journey and charismatic teaching style as well. It felt only natural for me to apply to his company and training program. For the next decade, my life followed an energizing, focused path of national workshops, seminars and conferences with Ron Fletcher and his master teachers.

In 1998 I opened my first Pilates studio in Denver’s Capitol Hill. With much help and physical labor from my husband Robert, we converted first an apartment and later a condo into a small, private Pilates studio. I had the pleasure during those years to work with many athletes, actors and dancers in Denver community, and loved it!

After much thought, prayer and meditation, I decided in 2000 to move home to Tucson, Arizona and open a Pilates and Movement studio here. I had been away for school, work and “life” a long time and wanted to be closer to my parents. Modeled on the amazing instruction I’d experienced, my approach was to offer customized programs and personal attention focused on the whole person. Today, my Tucson Pilates studio still offers this same environment. I’ve added Movement and Wellness seminars; small group classes from beginning level up to those suitable for instructors, and frequently present off-site workshops, as well. It has been and continues to be incredibly rewarding. I am grateful to my loyal clients, family and the Tucson community.

As for my own health, Pilates healed my back, arm and neck, but I continue to suffer from TMJ “lock jaw,” headaches and ongoing upper back pain. The TMJ specialist I work with guides me with gentle jaw exercises, an appliance and joint injections to decrease inflammation and increase range of motion. Each time we meet, I  remain hopeful about my body’s ability to heal and repair.

I share this because it’s important for us to remember that the healing journey is ongoing. It’s a test of patience, discipline and the practice of acceptance.  Staying in the present and practicing present moment awareness is a tremendous help.  I remind myself constantly that healing is not linear and that it is a process, and as I encourage others to be gentle with themselves, I try to give myself the same gift.

 

Part Four of Five of the article: “An Unexpected Cure: My Journey from Pain to the Transformative Power of Pilates” by Geneviève Nedder.

The Healing Path of Pilates

Before surgery, the physiatrist recommended  Pilates as one way to help prepare for surgery.  He recommended Amy Anderson (A Living Art Centre), who specialized in Pilates rehabilitation. I’m forever grateful to Amy for introducing me to Pilates and setting me on the path of my healing journey.

I walked into Amy’s studio, looking around the small room filled with strange balls, barrels, beds and other odd-looking equipment. We spent the first several hours together “learning to breathe” and with her gently guiding me through the practice of simply lifting and lowering my arms. Next sessions focused on turning my head slowly from side to side, more breathing and more engaging of abdominal muscles.

Within sixteen sessions and four months, I’d show up to Pilates rehab sessions without a neck or back brace. I had more feeling in my hand and fingers than in years. In a few short months, Amy helped me build mobility, have less pain and most importantly, begin to reclaim my body.

I was elated. Something other than surgery worked and I was making it happen! Re-energized and re-focused, I continued Pilates rehabilitation and moved on to Pilates conditioning for well over a year. In Boulder, I entered a pre-pilates training program at the Pilates Center (Amy Alpers and Rachel Segal), and continued to be impressed with the results and newfound body awareness.

During my year at the Pilates Center, my low back pain disappeared completely. The Pilates regimen prevented the need for surgery. I was realizing the body’s ability to heal, how to recognize and listen to its wisdom, allowing the universe of information and energy to flow. I came to believe firmly in the transformation that can come when we allow the body’s natural healing process to occur and make the time and space to truly listen to our bodies.

Part Three of Five of the article: “An Unexpected Cure: My Journey from Pain to the Transformative Power of Pilates” by Geneviève Nedder.

The Best Laid Plans: The Life-Plan Derailed

The life I’d planned out carefully now seemed unattainable. I couldn’t exercise, dance, act, direct. Some days I couldn’t even drive a car. Forced to be sedentary, depression crept in, combining with constant pain to make even part-time work an endurance contest. I was thankful just to push through a day and even more so to sleep through a night.

The accident threatened to completely derail the reason I’d moved to Denver, a directing internship with the National Theater Conservatory, an acting school at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. I’d planned to build on my undergraduate studies in acting, and directing, to use the internship as a stepping-stone to a graduate directing program. That life-plan brought me to Denver.

Determined to find pain relief and continue to pursue my dream, I tried every traditional approach, including, physical therapy three times a week, and  steroid injections from a physiatrist. I also pursued non-traditional and holistic therapies  chiropractic treatment, weekly massage therapy,  and acupuncture.  I wouldn’t be satisfied with just a magic bullet, I wanted a sense of normalcy.

Because of nerve compression from the neck injury, I had very little feeling in my  left hand and fingers, and frequent tingling and burning.  Often I couldn’t pick up so much as a glass of water  without dropping it. Many glasses and dishes were broken during those first few years of healing.

The medical recommendations were overwhelming. The neurologist: pain medication and a back surgery to relieve constant low back pain. Plus, a rib resection to alleviate nerve compression. TMJ specialists: jaw surgery on my right temporomandibular joint. The physiatrist injected steroids and encouraged continued physical therapy.

It’s almost comical now when I look back at the array of appliances and props. A neck brace to drive and really, just move around, a bite-like retainer for my TMJ, a lower back brace to help with the pain and special pillows and medications to sleep.

Finally, in the fall of 1995, I gave in and decided to take the path of surgery. The first: rib resection in hopes of decreasing neck pain and possibly regain the use of my  left hand and fingers.

Part Two from the article, “An Unexpected Cure: My Journey from Pain to the Transformative Power of Pilates” by Genevieve Nedder.

Do you live in pain? Try Traumeel

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Do you live in pain? Do you know  you don’t have to?
Traumeel is a natural and homeopathic treatment for muscle aches and pains, bruising, sprians, and joint pain.

The combination of  botanical and mineral ingredients sets Traumeel apart from other pain relievers, and assists the body in its natural healing ability.

Available in topical gel, cream, and tablets to treat your muscle and joint pain. Inquire at the Tucson studio for details!

 

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Ingredients include:

Aconitum napellus (Monkshood)- Reduces pain after injury
Arnica montana radix (Mountain arnica) – reduces bruising
Belladonna (Deadly nightshade) – Reduces pain
Bellis perennis Treats bruises
Calendula officinalis (Marigold) – Stimulates healing process
Chamomilla (Chamomile) – Soothing pain relief
Echinacea angustifolia (Narrow-leafed cone flower) – Immune support
Echinacea purpurea (Purple cone flower) – Stimulates healing process
Hamamelis virginiana (Witch hazel) – Relieves bruised soreness
Hepar sulphuris calcareum (calcium sulfide-made with oyster shells)- Stimulates injury healing
Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort) – Relieves pain
Mercurius solubilis (Hahnemann’s soluble mercury)- Reduces joint pain
Millefolium (Milfoil) – Treats minor bleeding
Symphytum officinale Comfrey) – Relieves joint pain

 

 

Tai Chi for Pain Relief!

By Guest Writer Sarkice Nedder

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Sarkice Nedder headshot.Stop the Pain! Stop the NSAIDs and the Painkillers! Practice Tai Chi for pain relief.

Tired of the constant pain in your body?

Do you wake up with your back aching, knee pain, muscle and joint pain? Do you constantly rely on painkillers or ibuprofen and other NSAIDs for relief? Are you worried about the effect it has on your kidney and liver but you just cannot get through the day without somehow minimizing the pain? This is the story of so many of us; the young, the old, the active and the inactive of us. So what can we do? There is an answer that works for many of us but it takes some initial effort on our part.

For centuries Tai Chi has been promoted as a means for longevity and health.

What most seem to ignore about Tai Chi is that it creates a natural elixir to relieve pain. Sure exercise helps relieve pain,- but that is not really all that Tai Chi is. It is different and maybe I can explain some simple differences.

It’s called internal energy “chi”. The purposeful use of moving energy throughout the body in a painstakingly slow manner has miraculous effects. Maybe the word is not miraculous but what would you call it? If I wake up after a night of pain and can barely walk, with every step actuating the agony throughout my muscles and joints and then I do something very slowly called Tai Chi and thereafter, I have no pain and feel able to live the day without those NSAIDs and pain killers what would you call it?

Now do not be fooled! Most people and many teachers of Tai Chi have no concept of what use of energy in Tai Chi means and or how it should be used. When one has learned the basic movements of Tai Chi most teachers then help the student learn to recognize the chi in their bodies and to even feel it. Unfortunately, for most Tai Chi practitioners that is as far as they get. As a practicing martial artist and teacher for 50 years I candidly can tell you that although performing Tai Chi in such a manner may have some minor positive health improvement effect it is pure nonsense. Let me be clear. Such a way to practice Tai Chi has little health benefit.

If you want to change your life forever and overcome much of your daily pain you may want to try to learn how to do a basic Tai Chi form and learn how not only to feel the chi but to move it throughout your body in a manner that reduces pain while restoring muscles and ligaments and improving joint flexibility.

There are many more sophisticated and advanced uses of energy in Tai Chi but you need not worry about those as all you need to do is to get to the point of moving energy in a purposeful manner such that it relieves the pain.

So here are the steps you can take to begin your journey to a less painful life:

1) Find a knowledgeable Tai Chi instructor and learn at least part one of the basic form. Learn the body movements very precisely. If you can learn the entire form even better. Properly taught with lessons twice a week it normally takes about six months to learn the entire basic form.

2) Learn to feel the energy in your body.

3) Learn how to move the energy throughout your body in a manner that helps eliminate the pain. Learn techniques like extending, condensing and washing chi. A competent Tai Chi teacher should be able to explain how the energy should flow within each movement.

4) Then daily practice the form very, very slowly while moving the chi in a purposeful manner.

If your dedicated it will take about a year to perfect the beginning use of the chi. I told you it would not be easy! But once learned it is simple and requires only dedication and consistency.

Please note there are many styles of Tai Chi. I prefer the Wu style and the 108 moves of its long form. I prefer it because its emphasis is on energy development and small movement.

So save your kidneys and liver. Get off those painkillers and NSAIDs.
Live longer and happier pain-free.

 

 

 

Tai Chi for pain relief Part 1

Sarkice Nedder Tai Chi at Body Fundamentals studio
 By Guest Writer Sarkice Nedder

Tired of the constant pain in your body?

” Do you wake up with your back aching, knee pain, muscle and joint pain?
Do you constantly rely on painkillers or ibuprofen and other NSAIDs for relief? Are you worried about the effect it has on your kidney and liver but you just cannot get through the day without somehow minimizing the pain? This is the story of so many of us; the young, the old, the active and the inactive of us. So what can we do? There is an answer that works for many of us but it takes some initial effort on our part.
For centuries Tai Chi has been promoted as a means for longevity and health. What most seem to ignore about Tai Chi is that it creates a natural elixir to relieve pain. Sure exercise helps relieve pain,- but that is not really all that Tai Chi is. It is different and maybe I can explain some simple differences.
It’s called internal energy “chi”.  The purposeful use of moving energy throughout the body in a painstakingly slow manner has miraculous effects. Maybe the word is not miraculous but what would you call it? If I wake up after a night of pain and can barely walk, with every step actuating the agony throughout my muscles and joints and then I do something very slowly called Tai Chi and thereafter, I have no pain and feel able to live the day without those NSAIDs and pain killers what would you call it?”
 
Tai Chi Group Classes with
 Sarkice Nedder

 Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 am

4265 N. Camino Gacela  (Catalina Foothills, Tucson)

Cost: $18 per class

Private Sessions available

To register, contact
Sarkice  directly.
(520) 577-2422

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“Live longer and happier pain-free.”
                               – Sarkice T. Nedder

Traumeel for healing.

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Heal quicker and safer with Traumeel Try heel  products as a substitute for Ibuprofen. I use traumeel gel on my back and neck in the morning before  walking or Pilates sessions.

You can also use it on a bruise to speed up your recovery time. It can be used alone or in tandem with Zeel by layering the products if you’re using a cream or gel. Don’t hesitate to ask us questions.

Traumeel(R)
“Safe, Effective, Natural Relief”

Traumeel(R) uses your body’s natural resources to reduce pain and shorten the length of your recovery for mild to moderate musculoskeletal conditions including; muscular pain, joint pain, sports injuries, and bruising. It is safe for all ages and there are no known drug interactions or side effects.

Other benefits include:

*Pain relief without side effects

*Over 60 years of worldwide therapeutic use

*Over two-dozen scientific and clinical studies conducted on Traumeel(R)

*Recommended by many physicians as safe, effective, prescription-free alternative to NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)

“Don’t mask the pain-deal with it”

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