‘Tap’ into the deep-rooted cause of chronic pain and stress for relief
Why are you in pain?
This answer may surprise you.
Have you ever developed pain or a symptom and had extensive tests run through traditional medical practices, only to find out there wasn’t a reason or explanation given?
One solution has been offered by the “Emotional Freedom Technique” which advocates an easy-to-learn procedure called “Tapping.”
Tapping, mirrored after the acupuncture model, was developed by a psychiatrist back in the 1980s. It is practiced throughout the globe and endorsed by many well-known traditional medical practitioners, as well as spiritual leaders and celebrities.
It has been described as “a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology that works to physically alter the brain, energy system and body at the same time.” The beauty of it being that one does not have to “believe” in it in order for it to work. Under this procedure you use your own finger tips to tap on certain spots of your hand, head, face, collar bone and under arm, while speaking verbiage of the event or memory that evokes an uncomfortable emotional response. Tapping combined with the appropriate verbiage deactivates the amygdala, the part of our brain that is responsible for the stress response.
Once the emotion connected to the event is “neutralized” the body releases the need to be in pain. We believe that the body has an innate ability to heal itself given the proper tools and that pain is a symptom of underlying, unprocessed emotions. It is the body’s way of getting our attention that something needs to be addressed and that our subconscious mind knows the real reason why we are in pain.
With the proper guidance, significant results can be achieved quickly after just a couple of visits. This is a tool that can be shared easily with family and friends and considered to be a life altering skill that can be used for many other life challenges.\
About the Author
Rosemarie K. Lanchester is a Certified Hypnosis Consultant with the National Guild of Hypnotists of Merrimack, NH.
She completed the course curriculum back in 1996 and took the complete course material again in 2009 when she started her business, Everything You Wish For. She is, and has been, an active member and staunch supporter of the South Shore Women’s Business Network since 1996, and served on their Board of Directors for a three year term starting in 2000.
Her mission is to provide hope and empowerment to people of all walks of life. Helping her clients achieve their personal and professional goals, easily and safely. Visit her website for more information: http://www.everythingyouwishfor.com
About Carol Corio
Integrated Health Therapies Editor
Carol Corio has been studying integrated health therapies for more than 25 years with certifications in aromatherapy, polarity therapy, RYSE, Reiki, and Integrated Energy Therapy (EIT) sharing her long- time passion for integrating the benefits of therapeutic aromatherapy with those served by Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care, and independent, private, non-profit, Medicare certified CHAP accredited, family centered, dedicated team of professionals providing excellent care services on the South Shore since 1979.
Therapeutic Aromatherapy in Dementia and Memory Care
One of the biggest challenges in senior care today is trying to find the balance between quality of life and physical safety for people with dementia/Alzheimer’s while keeping the need for pharmacological interventions at a minimum.
“In memory care, many folks develop more anxiety as their dementia progresses, which can lead to dangerous behavior and constant feelings of distress. Even with all of the environmental, social and emotional therapeutic interventions we use in the habilitation therapy setting, medication is often necessary for preserving the quality of life for the individual.” reports Joanna Copp, Compass program Director, Cornerstone at Canton (Canton, MA), “At the same time, finding the right balance of pharmacological intervention for someone with dementia and anxiety can take time and can bring unwanted side effects such as lethargy, increasing risk for falls.”
According to Maureen Bradley, L.P.N. C.P.D, Director Royal Innovation – Alzheimer’s Care Program , Royal Health Group, directors and administrators of senior health facilities are always on the lookout for non-pharmacological methods to deal with common Alzheimer’s behavior, especially with pending changes to regulations in the next few years to implement non-pharmacological interventions.
In patient populations particularly vulnerable to side-effects of psychotropic medications such as the elderly, aromatherapy may offer an alternative option.
“It’s so refreshing to have a resource that truly embraces a non-pharmacological approach. I feel aromatherapy can improve our resident’s physical and emotional wellbeing and that is what we strive to do!” commented Sarah Turcotte, Resident Engagement Director at Bridges by EPOCH at Westwood (Westwood, MA), who was instrumental in introducing this innovative and scientifically based product to Carol Corio, CSA, Community Relations Liaison, Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care (W. Bridgewater, MA).
A special educational event was organized by Carol Corio, who has a long-time passion for integrating the benefits of aromatherapy with the seniors she serves and she invited Beekley Medical (Bristol, CT) to co-sponsor the event. It was an opportunity to share more about how the use of certain therapeutic essentials oils can help calm and relax residents with behavioral outbursts, sun downing, and even help with sleep.
The event was hosted by Ron Morganelli, Executive Director at Active Day of Norwell (Norwell, MA) on Oct. 19, 2016 and was well attended by the directors of Alzheimer’s programs and memory care units at assisted living, skilled nursing, and adult day care centers on the South Shore.
Carol Corio gave a short introduction about the differences between synthetic aromas and therapeutic, plant-based aromatherapy practices. Melissa Vibberts and Laura Smith of Beekley Medical spoke extensively to the group about the science and research that led to the development of Elequil aromatabs®, an aromatherapy product designed originally to help relax and calm anxious patients undergoing MRI exams, and how it came to be used in all areas of healthcare, including memory care.
Several studies have found aromatherapy to be an efficacious non-pharmacological therapy.
Aromatherapy, or the use of plant oils, has been around thousands of years, in fact it is referenced many times in the bible. Although it had been considered for many years as a placebo or “folk medicine,” Melissa and Laura were able to tell the group how scientists have been studying the effects of aromatherapy on different patient populations and more documented studies of effectiveness are becoming available to support the effects.
Many memory care professionals feel that aromatherapy can help improve their residents’ physical and emotional well-being.
A survey conducted by Beekley Medical to memory care facilities across the country found that 73% were very interested in aromatherapy as a non-pharmacological, holistic approach for improving quality of life for the following reasons: (1) to use as part of the sensory environment, (2) to reduce agitation to improve patient safety (lowering violent outburst, falls, wandering), (3) to help relax and encourage sleep.
Although the attendees at this event were familiar with aromatherapy, many were there to learn how to implement an aromatherapy program using Elequil aromatabs® as an alternate therapy for their residents.
Unlike diffusers that disperse essential oils into the air, Elequil is a more personal product that can be worn on clothing so that the benefits of the aromatherapy stay with the resident wherever they go, throughout the day. Because it’s unique delivery system as a self-contained product, it requires no mixing of oils and contains only 100% pure essential oils, free of pesticides and synthetics. When offered to residents, families are pleased that the communities are looking for ways to comfort their loved ones as an alternative to antipsychotics.
Wanjiku DePina C.D.P., Special Care Residence Manager, Wingate Residences at Silver Lake in Kingston (Kingston, MA) thought that “Elequil® has a real potential as a non-pharmacological treatment for decreasing anxiety in individuals who have dementia – particularly for residents in special care neighborhoods who sundown. It is user friendly and easy to administer. Benefits may outweigh the costs – especially if you consider the cost of a resident calling 911 because they cannot find their family (which happens more than you would think) and subsequently being transported to the ER and going through unnecessary tests.”
“If we can avoid medication changes and the risks that entails, I would absolutely explore the natural therapeutic benefits of Elequil® for any of my residents,” added Joanna Copp. “This is an alternative to traditional treatments that could very much alter the way that we approach whole-person care for individuals living with Dementia.”
To learn more about Elequil aromatabs® visit www.elequil.com or call 1-844-ELEQUI
Mary Lang is Senior Marketing Communications Manager at Beekley Medical.
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About this Column
Each month, Carol Corio will be presenting a column on Integrated Health Therapy. In consultation with other experts and professionals in the field, this column is designed to bring you the latest news and advances happening in alternative medicine as an integrative approach to healing.
About Carol Corio
Carol has been studying integrated health therapies for over 25 years with certifications in aromatherapy, polarity therapy, RYSE, Reiki, and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) sharing her long-time passion for integrating the benefits of therapeutic aromatherapy with those served by Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care, one of the first hospices in Massachusetts, an independent, private, non-profit, Medicare certified, CHAP-accredited, family centered, dedicated team of professionals providing excellent care services on the South Shore since 1979. For information, call 781-341-4145, visit http://www.oldcolonyhospice.com or email Carol at email@example.com