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Alternative Ways to Alleviate Cystitis

It’s estimated that one or two women out of every five in the UK will get cystitis at some point in their life*, but it’s much less common in men and children.

Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder and usually caused by a bacterial infection, although it sometimes happens when the bladder is irritated or damaged for another reason. It’s a common type of urinary tract infection and in mild cases it will usually clear within a few days. However, some people experience episodes of cystitis frequently and may need regular or long-term treatment.

*Source: COB Foundation

What is interstitial cystitis?

This is a long-term condition and it’s estimated that 400,000 people in UK have interstitial cystitis – 90% are females and 10% are males**.

Interstitial cystitis is a poorly understood bladder condition that causes long-term intense pelvic pain and problems with urination. The condition tends to first affect people in their 30s and 40s. It can have a significant impact on your lifestyle, work, emotional health and relationships, but a number of different treatments can be tried to help relieve the symptoms.

**Source: COB Foundation

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Treatments that could ease cystitis

Acupuncture

If you suffer from persistent pain acupuncture could help ease the symptoms you may have with interstitial cystitis. It may reduce inflammation and help with repeated bacterial cystitis and acute disorders of the bladder.

It has been used in China for thousands of years to restore and maintain good health. It takes a holistic approach to health and regards illness as a sign that the body is out of balance. So, the choice of acupuncture points will be specific to each patient’s needs. Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system resulting in biochemical changes that activate the body’s natural healing abilities.

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Aromatherapy

This form of therapy can help relax the body with gentle massaging while the essential oils are absorbed into the skin, an essential combination in easing cystitis symptoms.

A combination of essential oils are usually used including tea tree oil, which is said to reduce inflammation, so in-turn easing pain. Citrus oil such as lemon can also be used and acts as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory to help relieve the burning sensation of the condition.

Bowen Therapy

The Bowen Technique is a hands-on gentle healing therapy that is said to relieve all kinds of pain.

It’s not massage, the therapist uses their thumbs and fingers to gently move muscles and tissues and then in between each set of moves they pause and take a break. The Bowen Technique is said to help the body remember how to heal itself by sending messages to the brain resulting in muscle relaxation and pain reduction. A therapist will use appropriate pressure for the individual allowing our bodies a much-needed break.

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Reflexology

Reflexology aims to encourage healing and relieve stress and tension by applying pressure to, and massaging, certain areas of the feet, hands and ears. It is also used to improve general health and wellbeing.

It’s based on the principle that certain areas of the feet are linked to other areas of the body through the nervous system. A reflexologist will apply pressure to certain areas with the aim of stimulating energy flow and sending signals around the body – targeting areas of tension and pain.

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