What is Chronic Illness
Chronic illnesses are long-lasting health conditions that do not respond to medical treatment or medication for 3 months and requiring ongoing medical attention and clinical management. Examples of such conditions include heart disease, stroke, hypertension, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes. According to the World Health Organisation, they are the most common health conditions amongst adults. They account for 60% of all deaths worldwide; with a growing population of aged persons in many societies, chronic illnesses are likely to increase globally.
People with long-term conditions now account for about 50 per cent of all GP appointments, 64 per cent of all outpatient appointments and over 70 per cent of all inpatient bed days (2). Treatment and care for people with long-term conditions is estimated to take up around £7 in every £10 of total health and social care expenditure (1). “The increasing prevalence of long-term conditions is the biggest challenge facing the NHS now and, in the future” Miles Ayling, Director of Innovation and Service Improvement - Department of Health (1)
Why is living with chronic illness difficult?
The burden and demands of chronic illness is a significant driver of health costs. It can disrupt the lives of affected persons and their family members, friends, and caregivers. Living with a chronic disease can impair the quality of life of affected individuals, commonly associated with frequent hospital visits, pain, absenteeism from work and other activities, changes in personal and professional relationships, long-term disability, and emotional and mental stress. Many individuals struggle with taking their drugs as prescribed and coping with taking multiple prescribed medication, which is quite common amongst people with chronic illnesses and where side effects are more common, especially in ageing individuals.
Failure to adhere to treatment plans, unhealthy lifestyle choices and not addressing all aspects of health and well-being, such as stress, sleep and environmental elements, can often limit affected individuals from obtaining optimum health outcomes. Poor adherence is also accompanied by anxiety, feeling like you have lost control, a further complication of the illness and drug resistance or complications and increased amount of medication prescribed.
1. Department of Health (2012). Report. Long-term conditions compendium of Information: 3rd edition
Why holistic health & biofield therapy?
With many chronic illnesses we experience symptoms such as pain, fatigue, anxiety, brain-fog, depression, and elevated stress hormone levels. These have all been shown to respond well to long-term Holistic lifestyle changes and Biofield therapies such as Reiki. This combination help you cope and manage your illness more effectively, improve your overall health, wellness, and quality of life. They support the body’s organs and systems whilst taking long-term medication, promotes self-healing and in maintaining the recovery process.
Read more about its pain-relieving benefits below
The holistic health approach brings different aspects of a persons’ physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health together. Holistic health helps you towards making any lifestyle changes both in the short and long term. Some of the lifestyle aspects include nutrition, exercise, sleep, anxiety. This aims to maximize one’s overall health and wellness potential and resilience towards life’s challenges. Together with Biofield therapies, it strengthens the immune system to prevent further deterioration and resistance to disease and infections.
It has been shown that electrically based biofields are able to play a role in the restoration of damaged tissues, and can be used for cell development, repair, and regeneration too. Reiki, a Biofield therapy, has been examined by 66 clinical studies which resulted in strong evidence supporting pain reduction in chronically ill patients.
The combination of Holistic health and Biofield therapy can support you in a range of areas including...
Targeting through Neuroplasticity (Re-wiring the Brain), nutrition and exercise help maximize control of pain symptoms. In addition, numerous studies have shown evidence that Reiki helps to reduce pain, which includes tension, stiffness associated with chronic illness.
Fatigue is a common symptom for those suffering with chronic illness. Improved nutrition, sleep pattern, reducing stress and anxiety all contribute to reducing fatigue to help you manage your life better each day
There has been shown to be a direct link between mental health (Mood) and diet. Improved lifestyle changes with Biofield therapies has been linked to better mental health in patients.
Digestion & Gut:
Many chronic illnesses and long-term medication use can cause digestive issues. Biofield system can target this directly and work towards rebalancing the long-term effects of medication.
Biofield therapy improves coherence within the body's biofield system so that the corresponding physical, mental, and emotional aspects of the body also become more aligned and balanced, emphasized with Holistic lifestyle changes.
Stress & Anxiety:
A study in Health and Medicine (Dec 2017) showed a strong link in reducing psychological stress and chronic pain. A holistic approach to detoxing your external and internal environment together with Biofield therapies such as Reiki, you can overcome stress and anxiety.