Tinnitus awareness week starts today
The NHS describes tinnitus as “the name for hearing noises that aren’t caused by an outside source”. That all sounds very straightforward but the reality of the condition can be anything but.
According to the British Tinnitus Association, 10% of us will experience persistent tinnitus and what that means for the individual is hugely varied. Noises can be constant, undulating, in one ear or both ears or even the middle of the head. The pitch, tone and volume can vary greatly. In fact, listening to the clients I have seen who have lived with persistent tinnitus, the only real constant seems to be the knowledge that it will be ever changing. Their descriptions include “car engine”, “whirring”, “bubbling”, “drilling”, “full blast with a bass boost” “whooshing” and “driving me mad”.
The causes of tinnitus are not always clear and have varied with every client I have seen. Some know it started after a problem with their ears, some link it to a stressful event and some to a head injury and no doubt many are baffled as to why.
The first bit of advice the NHS offers for people trying to manage their tinnitus is to try to relax. This is also borne out with my clients who have all said their tinnitus worsens if they are stressed and calms when they feel relaxed.
This is where complementary therapy can help. Both Bowen Therapy and Reflexology help the body relax in a deep way. What I mean by that is the Central Nervous System itself relaxes and all the clients I have helped with tinnitus have noticed the volume gets turned down during and post therapy session.
If raised stress levels are playing a part in either the cause or the ongoing distress from tinnitus, then using techniques to help combat stress can be hugely beneficial for tinnitus sufferers. The British Tinnitus Association website has lots of useful tips for coping with tinnitus and, like the NHS, includes relaxation as a key part of management. If you think that Bowen Therapy or Reflexology can help you with that, then I would be honoured to hear from you.
Before I go, I’d like to share with you a testimonial I received at the end of last year from a client who had been living with an ever constant tinnitus for over 8 years. He came to see me with a whole raft of head and jaw concerns and wrote the following after just 4 sessions spread over 2 months.
What brought you to bowen: “Tinnitus, sinusitis and jaw ache”
What did it prevent you from doing: “Relaxing, breathing & general feeling of wellbeing”
Have you been able to resume: “Yes”
Testimonial: “My tinnitus has significantly reduced to the level whereby its either very quiet or I no longer notice it. I’m now able to breathe easier which is allowing me to feel calmer and able to concentrate. I no longer feel the aching sensation around the jaw and eye and it’s encouraged me to find ways to relax.” CH, Burley-in-Wharfedale