Traffic light approach to health, what do I mean ?Traffic Light Approach to Health
At my clinic, I always ask my patients to fill in a questionnaire about their
current health, and their answers are incredibly useful in letting me see
where they need to improve their mindset, their nutrition, their fitness and
their lifestyle. I call it the traffic light approach to health because we analyse
these areas by saying whether the patient is green (good), amber (room for
improvement) or red (poor). These are your fitness keys, and they will tell
you where you need to improve. With this in mind, I have developed four
questionnaires – one for each key – and have placed them in the appendix
of this book. If you want to get the most out of this book, I urge you to
complete the questionnaire at the start of each chapter, and again after
you’ve absorbed the knowledge and implemented some of my suggested
changes into your life. Soon, you should start to see your traffic light scores
changing from red or amber to green on all counts. When this happens, you
are likely to be at your optimal health for your age, which means you’ll be
giving yourself the best possible chance if a disease or injury should occur.
So, to those therapists and doctors who want to go beyond their specific
training and look at the synergy of everything they know in order to create
their own map, here is mine.
If you don’t want to commit to a new, healthy you, then now is probably a
good time to leave my blogs. If, however, you desire to work towards a healthy, fit,
pain-free body, here we go. It’s time to take your health into your own hands
and get rid of all the pain that has been holding you back
The 4 keys to health, what is it about? A question that now rings in my ears most days from those that as yet have not read my book.This book is life transforming if you take in the advice and act on it.My dear friend who had always said she would love a book dedicated to her, died yesterday with the book in her room knowing the healing work we started, so many years ago will go on, in this and future books and talks.Rest in peace June.
Everyday I bump into people telling me their life story and how the 4 keys to health has changed the way they think about life and empowered them to make the changes they needed to.This warms my heart, and today it was suggested I regularly blogged about it.
Here is an exert from my book describing what it is about.
I have spent my life searching for ways to treat pain, and I have travelled
all over the world, meeting and learning from countless specialists and
professionals during this quest of mine. Now, I want to pour all of that
knowledge and all of my experience into this book, so that my methods can
become your methods, and so that you can conquer your pain, allowing
you to have a long, happy life. It sounds relatively simple, doesn’t it? Well, it
may be simpler than you think.
This book will discuss healing through an understanding of how neuroscience
works, and I believe that this holds the keys to wellness, mental excellence,
physical fitness, prosperity, relationship skills, society contribution and
having a purpose to live – not to mention, of course, keeping out of pain. I
like to imagine all of these things as breaking down into four main sections:
the four keys of health, featuring mindset, nutrition and hydration, fitness,
and lifestyle. You will be able to read about each of these four keys in the
following chapters, and you can learn about the fifth key – how to deal with
individual health problems – in my next book, The Human Garage. This
will talk about what is lovingly nicknamed the ‘clinic of last resort’ by my
Drawing from both modern medical technology and ancient healing
wisdom, this book will guide you through your health journey, giving you
the knowledge and the tools you need to create the best lifestyle for you. Say
goodbye to pain and say hello to a fitter, healthier, happier you.
With the busy lifestyle we all lead these days, it’s just another big stress if we can’t do the activities we want at the speed we need to without pain because of a sports injury.
I experienced this earlier in the year, rushing in the gym and my knee swelled up so badly I could hardly walk. The pain was immense.
I knew what I had to do; ice and elevate, reduce weight bearing activities, move muscles and stretch only within pain tolerance. Then change my fitness activities to reduce loading on the knee, while preserving as much general fitness as possible. Eat anti inflammatory foods i.e. up my raw veggies and supplements intake and yet…..
My mind was jumping thru hoops. I imagined I had severe arthritis… in my mind I was on the operating table having surgery again …… my mind had gone into overdrive, telling me my fitness days were over. Having had previous surgery for a torn cartilage I was concerned.
I attempted to self diagnose by bending my knee around in various positions and prodding it vigorously, but this only fuelled my imagination. Common sense took over and being fortunate to have an orthopaedic surgeon on site, I got my knee looked at and scanned.
This proved to my unhelpful conscious mind that there was no terrible injury and my subconscious kicked in to step up the healing rate. This experience reminded me of the importance of peace of mind with sports injury and gave me a nudge to include this in my series of articles.
I believe a fast diagnosis and rehab plan is imperative to a fast recovery and return to sport.
We give free advice via our website and we are soon to launch a major upgrade which will guide you through an explanation of different injuries. So use us and get rapid feedback through blogging as well.
Anyway I went onto have MBST treatment to repair and regenerate the damaged cartilage, and with a tailor made fitness program by my team, I was up and going, pain free in a matter of days.
Mentally the relief was immense. I knew exactly how hard to push my knee and could enjoy a structured return to everything.
You see with sporting injuries fear of the unknown causes more problems than its worth. Fear of not being able to play at your best any more, fear of letting the team down, fear of letting the community down.
The pleasures of sport go beyond exercising our muscles, joints, heart and digestive system. Most importantly it enhances our community spirit. Hence our latest venture with Stafford Hockey and Cricket Club as the chosen Sports Injury specialists, to boost injury prevention, recovery and moral. It’s nice to share happy successful news in the local community and help put our local town on the map for sporting excellence in the coming years.
If you need help with a sports injury, then call my team on 01889 881488 or visit www.nickysnazell.com
We march into joint problems with innocent ignorance. A poor diet full of processed sugar, excess fat, caffeine and alcohol, leading to obesity, compounded by poor posture and footwear. These dark winter days we rarely get the correct amount of exercise to protect our joints, putting our bodies through repeated stresses and strains with weak muscles. On top of this it is difficult to keep a positive mindset with such negative world news.
No wonder arthritis creeps in.
My patients often ask if they have arthritis and what type. They often think that fibromyalgia is a form of arthritis.
Broadly speaking there are two kinds; osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis(RA). An examination by your physiotherapist or GP with xrays and bloods, should determine which it is.
OA, the most common type, is wear and tear in the smooth cartilage protecting the bones in joints, which eventually leads to bone erosion, bone spurs and unsightly bony end thickening. The joint juice, the synovial fluid, swells and becomes inflamed and sticky. The attacked bone haemorrages precious calcium. By 50 years old 8 out of 10 of us have OA and by 60, 9 out of 10. Left untreated, OA can have a massive negative impact on quality of life and eventually need surgery. When bone is very fragile, it becomes osteoporotic and breaks easily. By the age of 70, 1 in 3 ladies suffer this.
Clearly, for everyone, it is well worth investing time to prevent the worst. I have mild OA in my right knee following surgery and if I follow the plan enclosed, I keep the symptoms at bay.
RA is totally different to OA, whereby the malfunctioning of the immune system is self destructive to joints and muscles. It is linked to genetic makeup and believed to be triggered by a viral attack.
I am frequently asked about Fibromyalgia, but this is not arthritic or inflammatory. The symptoms of fatigue, sleepless nights and muscle pain are believed to be a malfunction of the mitochondria energy processing system in the cell.
Exercise regulary every 48 hours, include gentle exercise like Tai Chi or Yoga when you are feeling sore and stressed up, and try to exercise outside to get your daily sunshine, vital for vitamin D.
Consult a nutritionalist to check for food allergies and consider a liver function test. Many natural products support the liver, milk thistle, artichoke and dandelion.
Increase fruit and vegetable intake, especially raw. Best for arthritis are; carrots, green peppers, watercress, tomatoes, beetroot, berries, grapes, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts and kale.
Eat less red meat, dairy, sugar laden and deep fryed food, drink less alcohol and caffeinated drinks.
Increase water, ionised if possible.
Consider supplementing, check with a nutritionalist. I take high quality antioxidants, minerals and Omega 3 & 6 every day. Calcium, magnesium and phosphorus are very important for arthritis.
For fibromyalgia, 5 HTP can help sleep, try malic acid with magnesium for pain and to boost ATP energy cycle, manganese and coenzyme Q10.
Check your blood sugar level. Vitamins C,E, manganese and chromium can help with this.
Menopause can increase the problems with arthritis and fragile bones. Mineral uptake can be poorer, vitamin D low in winter, hormone levels of oestrogen and progesterone and parathyroid can be out of kilter. There are great self help books out there, and your GP can advise you on your hormones and bone density.
If pain worsens on walking, consider a biomechanical check for your footwear.
For preventive treatment ask us about on the revolutionary German MBST technology that repairs and regrows cartilage and bone cells for osteoarthritic and osteoporotic sufferers.
For Fibromyalgia: the above plus Gunn IMS dry needling.
For Osteoporosis: MBST
If you would like help, please contact Nicky Snazell Clinic, 01889 881488.
The most important motorbike race of the year to Japanese manufacturers is the Suzuka 8 hour race in Japan. Winning this race is especially important to Honda.
The winners this year were Leon Haslam and Michael Van Der Mark, both of whom recently came to Nicky Snazell’s Pain Relief Clinic for treatment. Michael was able to attend for more sessions of treatment than Leon, and Michaels rapid recovery following a crash at Monza has been commented on by the TV media. Michael broke four bones in his foot and on returning to Holland was advised that all that he could do was rest for 8 weeks.
Fortunately Leon knew of our clinic and he got Michael to fly over for treatment with us and he walking pain free after just 3 treatments and then racing at Donington the following weekend.
There is a good chance that Michael would not have been able to race at Suzuka without our breakthrough technology helping him.
Leon & Michael won the race for Honda with their riding skills, and just a little help from us.
NEW – LATEST GENERATION MBST
We are very pleased to announce that in late March we will be taking delivery of the next generation of MBST technology for treating Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis. The improvements will provide the opportunity to treat larger areas of the body, which will in turn provide a cost saving to you.
MBST Treatment For Osteoarthritis
Although MBST treats both osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, it is osteoarthritis sufferers that will get most benefit. Why? The sad fact is that over 30% of the population suffers the serious consequences of osteoarthritis and that many of them don’t even know that treatment is available. As a result they just put up with the pain and loss of ability to carry out normal daily activity and live an ever more painful and disabling life. To make matters worse, the population is rapidly ageing and so the percentage suffering osteoarthritis is going to increase dramatically.At present there are only four MBST centres investing in the UK to promote this innovative technology. When we take delivery of the latest generation machine, it will be only the second in the UK. So in broad terms, very few of the UK population have even seen or heard of MBST and do not have easy access to this state of the art solution to osteoarthritis.
For the many who have not even heard of MBST, it is difficult to be confident it works. MBST was developed in Germany in the 1990’s and they initially only focused on the German and Austrian market, but in that time have already treated over 150,000 patients. The good news is that because so many patients have been treated, this gave the opportunity to gather a lot of data. As a result an independent ten year study of over 4,500 patients, who suffered knee, hip, ankle or low back osteoarthritis, and were treated in Germany and Austria from 2000 to 2010, has been completed. This has just been published in early 2013 and results are conclusive:
“Following treatment with MBST, patients with osteoarthritis of all four types experienced a distinct improvement in their ability in function parameters. Overall, the 10 years of a one year survey with multicentre data gathered on the effect of MBST treatments on patients verifiably proved its efficacy amongst patients with osteoarthritis” (translated to English terminology)
In summary the conclusions repeat over and over again:
- pain reduction
- frequency of pain reduction
- improved ability to carry out normal daily activity
NEW – MBST AMBASSADORS CLUB
Once you have had your first MBST seven hour treatment, you will know the benefits it has given you, including less pain, more mobility and freedom to get on with life. Your friends and family will see the difference and will want to know how this happened. Inevitably you will also know of other people who could gain the same benefits as you have.
When you first have MBST, you will be advised of the need for annual top ups, which for osteoarthritis is three hours (you can these more frequently if you wish). Our proposal to you is that if you can recommend just three people every year, who have never tried MBST before, to come along for an assessment and who then go on to try a full seven hour treatment, then we will pay for your annual top up, so to you it will be free.
MBST – FREE FOR LIFE
That’s right, for just three successful referrals a year, you get to keep the benefits of MBST free for life.
The new technology automatically offers a price reduction as it can treat a larger area. The recommended price for this seven hour treatment is £700, i.e. no more than our pain specialist rate, so for very expensive new technology, it is an exceptionally competitive price, especially when you realise that there are no non surgical alternatives, except drugs. We, however, want to provide this fantastic treatment with an introductory 15% discount at just £595.
But we want to go one stage further than that to really celebrate the launch of the latest technology. We have decided to have a LAUNCH SPECIAL OFFER WITH A MASSIVE 30% DISCOUNT. This will be for strictly limited numbers and will be on a first come, first served basis.
LAUNCH SPECIAL OFFER JUST £495
For the first ten patients who book a seven hour treatment, we are offering a massive 30% discount. After that we will revert to the 15% discounted price of just £595. Now start thinking about all those people you know, who unnecessarily suffer osteoarthritis and not only tell them about MBST, tell them it just got better and that they can get it at a 30% discount.
We just made it a whole lot easier for you to get your next annual top up free!
Should you decide that being an ambassador is not for you, then of course that is your choice. The need for an annual top up, however, remains and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on our launch benefits.
We will be offering the annual top of three hours at a 15% discounted price of just £255, and again we will offer the first ten patients an incredible 30% off at just £210.
We have seen so many good results from MBST, people who have been able to do things they couldn’t do for years, people who were scared of surgery and found that they no longer needed it and people who were so happy just to be able to do normal things again. If it were not for this we would not be investing in the next generation technology.
We hope to see you soon to discuss what MBST can do for you.
Arthritis (also referred to as inflammatory joint pain) CAN be prevented with a few simple changes to your lifestyle. Information on what food you should eat and exercises you should do to help prevent getting the worst arthritis symptoms and if you do suffer arthritis, what treatments are available.