"For a considerable length of time I have suffered extreme pain with complex back issues. As a very active older person I hated the interrupted sleep and the limitations this placed on my activities. Then I discovered the NovoTHOR red light treatment. From the very beginning there was a significant impact on pain levels. With fewer spasms I slept better and was more relaxed in the day. The treatment built up and has now achieved a very high level of pain relief, and greater mobility. My life has returned to near normal. The system cannot reverse serious damage, but for me it has been transformative and each time I experience increased confidence in the improvement. The experience itself is very tranquil and I find now that I move into a meditative mode during the 15 minutes - and look forward to the gradual warmth of the lasers."
I found NovoThor to be very helpful in alleviating my Chronic Fatigue pains. I felt the effect immediately after my first treatment. It was helpful to see beforehand (on the brochure) what the machine looked like. I found the NovoThor lights very bright at first but after a couple of sessions I was used to them and didn't need the sunglasses. It was helpful to have a variety of head and neck supports too. Very happy with the friendliness of all the staff and I appreciate the commitment to sanitising all equipment and handles between each patient. I have already recommended the treatment to my family!
The NovoTHOR has given me certain benefits. I can list these as follows: 1. It is a recognised treatment for the "dying" of the nerves in my legs and I believe it's helping. 2. I have problems with my neck, head and shoulders. The machine has certainly helped, as I'm no longer in the agony which used to occur. 3. I think it seems to be also helping the osteoarthritis in my hands and fingers. 4. When leaving the machine, there seems to be a general feeling of "wellbeing".
Having recently had a knee operation and wanting to throw everything at my recovery, I was extremely interested when I heard about Novothor therapy. I booked 6 sessions to start with and following my very first session, I immediately felt some improvement in my knee. It certainly eased the pain and improved my walking. After 6 sessions, I was hooked and booked another 6. I intend to continue as I aim to recover fully over the next 6 months. I guess with anything new you can be sceptical, however, I can honestly say, Novothor is continuing to help me recover. I'm also doing physio but really notice a difference after each session. I recommend anyone to give it a go!
I was made aware of the NovoTHOR therapy by my wife who set me up with a consultation with Jane, who explained the treatment to me very clearly. I suffer from inflammatory arthritis and although it has not completed eradicated the symptoms of my condition, the therapy has certainly made a noticeable difference for the better. I currently have a weekly treatment which I find works well for my condition.
My experience with NovoTHOR overall was positive. The issue with my lower back when standing has eased considerably following the second course of treatment I had. I found the whole experience very relaxing and enjoyed the 'time out' from our busy lives. The shaking in my fingers has subsided and I don't know if that is due to NovoTHOR or the course of magnesium tablets I have started to take, but this information I got from a leaflet in your treatment room, so thank you. I would say NovoTHOR certainly met my expectations and would definitely recommend everyone to try it out.
"A startling impact. I've been unable to play tennis or run following a serious knee injury twelve months ago. Three weeks after my first session of six, I've built my running up to 2 miles without any pain, and I'm back on a tennis court. Any post-exercise discomfort in the knee dissipates within an hour or two, rather than the days or weeks that I previously experienced".
I have recently completed an intensive course on deep myofascial/muscular massage for the neck, shoulder and scapular (shoulder blade) region.
Although no therapy is ever 100% successful, I have been quite pleased with the results in reducing pain and improving mobility in the shoulder so far, particularly in those of my patients where I felt that we had hit a plateau, and had ceased to make further improvements.
It is certainly not a treatment for the faint hearted; deep soft tissue work, particularly on chronically tight, painful shoulders can be uncomfortable, as fibrotic muscle is very sensitive to work on.
It is imperative that the patient feels in control of the treatment and can say if it is becoming uncomfortable or too painful for them. Even if the area is very sensitive, the treatment can be adjusted to work within a patient’s comfort zone, although some stiffness and soreness can occur for 24-48 hours after treatment – I know it did on me.
In some ways this takes me back to my student days, when I had severe back and neck pain and was treated by a local Osteopath who had studied under Ida Rolf. Rolfing, is a total body, deep soft tissue treatment, very popular in the 1970’s. It certainly cured me, and I remained out of pain for many years, although decades of Osteopathy – and Morris dancing – have finally taken their toll on my shoulders and knees! I know that, for me, deep work on tight fibrotic muscles can be very effective and long lasting.
I will be introducing NMR alongside my Neil-Asher shoulder work, as I feel these complement each other well, and will be monitoring the patients who have opted for this treatment, to see if their response bears out the NMR claims, and my own experience.
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Vitamin D is the only vitamin that the body can make for itself. It is made when the sun acts on uncovered skin – even a low SPF sun cream will prevent vitamin D production.
Vitamin D can be found in small amounts in oily fish, egg yolks and cheese, but this can only provide about 10% of your body’s requirements. To get enough vitamin D without sunshine you have to take supplements.
Since the widespread use of sun creams on children, the incidence of rickets has increased seven-fold in Warwickshire, which is why the Government Health Department has advised that all children under 5 years take vitamin D supplements to prevent rickets. Gov.UK Website
The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency in adults are sometimes vague and can include tiredness and general aches and pains. Severe vitamin D deficiency can cause osteomalacia which causes pain and weakness in your bones, especially in the spine and hips. This can cause stiffness and difficulty climbing stairs or getting up out of a chair. You may also be susceptible to frequent infections. This is why people often feel so much better in the sunshine; you can make over 10,000 IUs of vitamin D in just 15-20 minutes of unprotected summer sunshine.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a number of diseases including:
- Rickets in children
- Osteomalacia and osteoporosis in adults
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Breast cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- And many more
If you are concerned that you might be vitamin D deficient and would like to have your blood vitamin D levels tested, The Osteopathic Practice has vitamin D testing kits for £25.00
It is a simple pin-prick test and the small spots of blood are sent to the Central Hospital Birmingham to be assessed: the results are accepted by all GP practices.
Please telephone the practice on 01926 335932 if you would like a private blood testing kit. We are happy to do the test here at the practice if you would prefer, and we can post it to the hospital for you.
For more information about vitamin D, and up to date news on the latest research please visit The Vitamin D Council websiteLearn More