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In our Summer newsletter Helen highlighted the work being done within the Bowen community to relieve symptoms of long COVID. It generated an extraordinary response including feedback from a London doctor, herself suffering from this debilitating condition.
She told us: "I have long COVID with a huge range of symptoms including migraine and limb pain. I have found that relaxing in a bath with Bexters especially the bath crystals, is effective at reducing and even sometimes completely alleviating the pain in my limbs. I would definitely recommend this simple remedy.
"I also find Bowtech Ease very helpful at reducing migraine pain which helps me relax.," she added.
There is no doubt the growing number of people reporting persistent side-effects after having COVID, with several of Helen's clients presenting with symptoms from breathlessness and extreme fatigue to nausea, difficulty sleeping and aching limbs, as experienced by Dr Themistocleous.
While estimates vary, one report by Imperial College London suggests one in five people affected by the virus continue to suffer side effects with noticeable impact on quality of life. The concept of 'long COVID' is now seen as an issue of real concern for longer term health.
Research is accelerating with Government funding and various organisations working together to identify and understand this condition to devise treatments and provide 'joined up' support.
Helen is keeping her own detailed records and please get in touch if you or someone you know, is suffering long COVID and whether they have benefited from Bowen or some other complementary therapy.
Information and advice can be found from Covid:aid a national charity set up to offer a safe space for sufferers and their families.
Some of Helen's clients have complained their feet seem to have 'spread' during the pandemic after wearing casual footwear during lockdown without the support offered by boots and shoes.
Now they back to wearing their usual full shoe, many have become more aware of painful #bunions
While buying wider fitting shoes, boots and trainers may help, you can also try our multi award-winning Ayurvedic aromatherapy oil #BowtechEase developed specifically to relieve troublesome bunions.
Described by one happy user as her 'magic potion' this natural oil is safe, effective and has even been shown to reduce calcification of painful joints over the long term. For maximum benefit use in association with a course of #reflexology to improve mobility around the big toe joint.