A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE DEVELOPMENT OF THE THERMAFLX GARMENT FOR BACK PAIN…

Ross Lorberbaum a long time back pain sufferer, like myself, contacted me about his launch to “Kickstarter”, to raise funds for a full body hot and cold therapy garment they have developed. Here are the full details on how the ThermaFLX garment can help you.


ThermaFLX brings you the ability to take full advantage of hot and cold therapy anytime and anywhere. ThermaFLX Hot & Cold Garments allow the user mobility, ease of application, and evenly distributed hot or cold therapy to any combination of major muscle groups. Our compression fit garments bring a unique and much needed solution to applying hot and cold therapy.

Whether you have an upper or lower body injury, stiffness, muscle pain, aching, back problems, or muscle spasms; ThermaFLX was designed with you in mind!

When you head over to their page there is a video on how to use the ThermaFLX to get the full benefit of the garment.

ThermaFLX Hot & Cold Packs bring the best of both worlds, offering you access to the full benefit of either hot, cold, or contrast therapy. Our packs were made with a focus on quality, longevity, and ability to maintain the proper temperature to meet the demands of your therapy.

Use our all-in-one packs for heat applications by throwing them in the microwave, or for cold applications by throwing them in the freezer. There’s no need to have different packs for different situations. ThermaFLX packs can handle them all!

Our team knows what it means to have no way to apply hot & cold therapy on the go. We’ve all been stuck on the couch laying on an ice pack for what seems like eternity. We couldn’t help but think there had to be a better way to apply hot & cold therapy.  

We set out to start developing ThermaFLX products well over a year ago as a small side project. It quickly turned into a full-blown passionfor our team. We’ve been through countless product design iterations to ensure we bring our customers the quality and functionality they deserve. Mediocre is not something we were willing to accept. The more individuals we connected with, the more we felt a sense of duty to bring these products to the market.

Check out the ThermaFLX story on “Kickstarter” to maybe help them and you kick start their journey to pain relief for many with the ThermaFLX garment.

EXPERT’S 10 TIPS FOR BUSINESSES & WORKERS TO TRANSITION OUT OF LOCKDOWN AS SOME OFFICES REOPEN…

Employers: Consider ditching ‘hot-desking’ trend as Coronavirus deep-cleaning priorities kick in
 
Employees: Get ready for ‘the new normal’ – desk-working back-to-back (not face-to-face)  
 
Home workers: Avoid awkward makeshift workstations like ironing boards, top back expert warns
 
All workers: Become accustomed to ‘blended working’, part-time office, part-time at home 
Homeworkers are risking back pain, migraines, sciatica and RSI by creating makeshift workstations from domestic appliances like ironing boards, sofa armrests and rickety garden furniture.
That’s the finding of one of the country’s leading health ergonomists and back-injury-prevention experts, who has conducted hundreds of home workstation assessments since lockdown began on March 23.
Nichola Adams normally tours top British companies’ offices around the country advising them on how they can minimise the risk of back injury in the workforce. Her top ten tips are –
FOR EMPLOYERS 
1 TIP ONE: CONSIDER DITCHING ‘HOT-DESKING’ It’s going to be essential when we return to the office to implement a new ‘single-desk-per-day’ regime, and to clean work surfaces, like desks, chairs, monitors, keyboards and mice, at the end of every individual worker’s shift. So, this does sound a death knell for the widespread cost-saving practice of ‘hot-desking’. If workers are nervous about continuing to hot-desk, you’ll need to respect their concerns.
 
2 TIP TWO: DOWNSIZE TO LOWER CAPACITY Because of the continuing rules on social distancing, companies with, say, 100 staff, will now only have capacity for 20-40 employees in the office at any one time. Businesses should plan ahead for this lower capacity. The need to radically reduce the amount of people in the office has already prompted many companies to rotate staff by day or by the week, to widen the spread between teams. A mix of homeworking and office shifts looks likely for the foreseeable future.
3 TIP THREE: GET BUSY SCREENING & CLEANING Screens or barriers may be needed around desks. Pods or self-contained units for workers will have partitions on all sides of the desk to stop the virus spreading when we cough and breathe. Covid-19 lingers longest on plastic, so the more porous your partition fabric, the more the virus is absorbed, meaning there’s less likelihood of transference. Workstations should be cleansed after every shift, also chairs, tables, monitors and office break-out furniture as the virus lands on many surfaces. If used, reception sofas should be cleaned after each arriving guest.
 
4 TIP FOUR: INCREASE SUPPORT FOR YOUR WORKFORCE A new Institute for Employment Studies (IES) survey of 500 homeworkers, found 75% said their employer had not carried out a health and safety risk assessment of their homeworking arrangements in lockdown. People are confused, need help, guidance and want to feel safe. Good advice is scarce. I recommend employers host health and wellbeing workshops, support employees’ mental health, and conduct fresh office ergonomic workstation assessments, which they’re legally obliged to if workstations move. Some staff may feel keen to return to the office, others nervous. Talk to individuals about their concerns.
5 TIP FIVE: DOUBLE EMPLOYEE ALLOWANCES Musculoskeletal issues like back pain and injuries, and neck and upper-limb problems, cost UK plc nearly 7 million working days a year. Part of the problem of homeworking is few people have the right equipment to work comfortably in the long term. In lockdown, many companies are offering homeworkers an allowance (average budget from £150) to buy work furniture. But with rough costs, (chair £100-£150), (table £60-£90), (keyboard £40), (mouse £20) adding up to £300, employers should double their allowance. Also, offer advice on what equipment to buy, or consider sending their office equipment home.
 
FOR EMPLOYEES 
1 TIP ONE: BEWARE ‘MAKESHIFT’ SET-UPS AT HOME The IES survey found, on average, a 50% increase in back-pain issues in lockdown. It’s crucial to seek advice on how to create your homeworking set-up correctly, warns Inspired Ergonomics Founder Nichola Adams. “I’ve seen makeshift workstations using ironing boards, drinks cabinets, coffee tables, bar stools, sofa armrests and old fold-up garden chairs and tables. Around 5% of people are slouching on beds. You can get away with it short-term but for longer-term homeworking, use tables and office chairs,” advises Nichola. “Adjust furniture to support a healthy posture. If there’s space, stick to tables and office chairs. Simple changes can have a huge impact.”
2 TIP TWO: THINK TOILET SEAT! Research on germs by UK ergonomics firm BakkerElkhuizen shows there are 45,670 more bacteria on an average computer mouse than there are on the average toilet seat; 20,598 more on a keyboard than on a loo seat. Returning to your office, take your keyboard and mouse with you so any germs are your own. Leaving work, wipe clean to avoid taking office germs home. Positioning equipment incorrectly can cause shoulder and neck strains, headaches and migraines.
 
3 TIP THREE: SWAP HANDBAGS FOR BACKPACKS Mrs Thatcher famously clobbered politicians with her handbag, but now heavy handbags can cause neck and shoulder injuries to women who haven’t been used to carrying them in lockdown. Out-of-condition muscles mean, to avoid injury, it’s wiser to distribute the weight of your belongings evenly using a backpack, preferably with adjustable, padded straps. As many of us may be avoiding public transport, backpacks are also ideal when cycling or walking to work.
4 TIP FOUR: WATCH YOUR BACK Government guidelines recommend that office workers should no longer be sitting face-to-face at their desks. Instead, employees social distancing correctly are being encouraged to sit back-to-back or side-by-side, and six feet apart. This may mean desks moving position, so a fresh ergonomic workstation assessment is recommended.
5 TIP FIVE: MAKE A STAND With companies reducing their capacity and allowing fewer employees in the office at any one time, work rooms will be less full. Provided you follow social-distancing guidelines, this new environment allows you to stand up and walk around more often, along the guided route. Take regular screen breaks, stand up and move about to help improve blood circulation, ease muscle tension build-up and prevent injury. Do this at home, too.
Nichola Adams, who has conducted hundreds of assessments remotely during lockdown, says: “A lot of businesses and employees with whom I’ve consulted now believe they may be going back to work in September or next January.
“There’s fear of a second wave and many employers are being very cautious about the health and welfare of their workforce in the office. Some tell me they’re worried they may be sued if an employee falls ill.
“With many of us facing up to another six months at home, there’s now a lot of confusion about what people should be doing, especially as there are still so many unknowns ahead.
“Homeworkers are struggling. One lady in her 20s, who works for a London law firm, was using her ironing board as a laptop desk and a rickety fold-up garden chair to sit on.
“The ironing board was too high, giving her severe neck and shoulder problems. The garden chair had a gap at the gap, so without support, she got lower-back pain – all compounded by her moving less than she normally would in the office.
“Others use dining tables that are too high, or their beds, slouching and craning their necks. One lady used her sofa arm as a mouse mat. People think they know how to set up a workstation correctly, but they need professional support and advice.”
Leading UK osteopath Gavin Burt, whose north London practice Backs & Beyond has just re-opened, said patients whose employers had arranged for their office chairs to be transported home were reporting the least back pain.
“I wasn’t expecting such a high number of patients telling me this,” he said, “but it seems that the small adaptation of having a proper office chair at home, even if only used at the dining table, has helped workers substantially reduce the amount of both neck and shoulder, and back pain that they have been suffering from since the beginning of the lockdown.”
Nichola Adams, MSc Health Ergonomics, Tech CIEHF (Technical Member of The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors), Reg Member ACPOHE (The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics), is the Founder of Inspired Ergonomics (inspiredergonomics.com) and one of the UK’s leading back-pain experts, advising companies on how to minimise the risk of back pain in the workplace.

SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP AND THE RIGHT SLEEPING POSITIONS…

The Healthy Education Coach talks about how random sleeping positions can take different effects on everyone. Therefore, it can affect our health positively and negatively.

This is why you should know, what is the perfect sleeping position for your health issues. There are sleeping positions that impact numerous aspects such as back pain, sinus problems, high blood pressure.

Their infographic shows how to sleep if you have sinus problems, heartburn, neck pain, shoulder pain, high blood pressure, pms discomfort and pain, headaches, digestive problems or back pain.

SEVEN REASONS WHY PLANTS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH…

1. They purify the air, plants help air circulation which can prevent the spread of viruses.

2. They boost your energy. The positioning of a pot plant or two can boost your focus and studies have shown that workers are more productive when their office is filled with greenery.

3. They will help you sleep. Placed around your bedroom, house plants can be a very useful aid to a better nights sleep.

4. They can ease stress. Being so close to nature has been shown to lower stress levels. We talk to our plants in the hope they will grow better. They say that interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress.

5. They will make you happy, Yeh ! they do make me happy even though I am far from green fingered. I get a real buzz if one I’m looking after grows well. Apparently it’s this “nurturing” of your plants and the joy of plants doing well that will make you feel happy.

6. They help to improve mental health. Researchers in the U.K. found that people who live around nature feel much happier than those that don’t. If you are in a flat and not near the countryside then plants in your home will help you feel less boxed I’m and have a sense of peace around them.

7. They add more humidity to the home as plants release almost all of the water they take in. This is great as the water will help to improve your air quality and health. You don’t need to use a humidifier as the plants does it all for you.

There are lots of books or online sites that can help you with what type of plant to buy for your home. One I recently bought was The Kew Gardener’s Guide to Growing House Plants: The Art and Science to grow your own house plants, Kew Experts, Kay Maguire

The perfect book for the house plant gardener! Are your house plants forlorn and do they need more knowledgeable attention? With the expertise of Kew experts, discover which plants are delicate and which indestructible, whether these are cacti, succulents, air plants or those famous for their flowers, foliage, fragrance and even air freshening.
Learn how to nurture your house plants and cultivate an oasis of calm using the advice and projects in this pretty guide to 70 of the best. Here you’ll find plants for all tastes, all rooms, cold and warm temperatures, all light levels and every skill set. Find the right home for your plants and the right plants for your home.
This beautifully illustrated guide mixes exquisite botanical prints with 12 step-by-step photographed projects that show how to create and display the trendiest and lushest arrangements today. Author Kay Maguire goes back to the basics of choosing, potting, feeding and care, then looks further at pruning and propagating in order to make more plants.
The perfect book is for new and experienced stay-at-home gardeners wanting to improve their outlook, freshen their air and cultivate a little bit of calm.

Source – nbcnews.com , ecowatch.com & Mail on Sunday.

WHY YOGA COULD KEEP YOUR NIGGLES AT BAY…

It doesn’t matter whether you have had a chronic backache for decades or whether you have recently suffered an acute back injury, yoga can play a vital role in getting you back to full fitness. Yoga was once the realm of dreadlocked hippies, chanting oms while being surrounded by sweet-smelling incense sticks.

Nowadays, yoga is seen as a viable treatment for all sorts of aches, pains and physical ailments. Alongside its mental health benefits, doctors are choosing to prescribe yoga rather than painkillers to help people recover from injuries and manage pain. Take a look at how yoga could keep your niggles at bay.

Mental Health


Our mental health can have a massive impact on our physical well being. Feeling anxious and stressed can lead to physical tension which can result in more injuries and pain. This can mean a vicious cycle ensues as you are keen to recover quickly from an injury, but you are anxious about it at the same time. By dipping your toes in the yoga water, you can enjoy a new exercise that will endeavour to improve your mental well being, making you feel less worried and stressed. With yoga, you will learn all sorts of breathing exercises alongside physical postures. This can ease tension within your body and mind, resulting in fewer niggles and aches. This can be a great form of pain management rather than reaching for the pills.

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Muscle Tone


If you have suffered an acute injury at the gym, you might be more into spin classes and HIIT workouts than the slower pace of yoga. However, yoga can be used within an exercise plan to help you recover more swiftly from injury. Coupled with natural supplements, yoga can be part of an anti-inflammatory attack on your injury. Supplements like CBD can boost your immune response. So, what is CBD good for? Coupled with yoga, it can increase the anti-inflammatory response in your body, relieving your pain and enhancing muscle recovery. Yoga, strengthening your core and improving muscle tone, will enable your body to remain flexible and active without causing further damage to any injuries.

Chronic Pain

If you are suffering from a chronic niggle that has no definitive diagnosis, you can feel depressed thinking that you have to live with this ache forever. Yoga can help treat chronic injuries by not getting rid of them altogether, but by helping you manage the pain more effectively. Arthritis and fibromyalgia sufferers have credited yoga with helping them to become more active and live a more fulfilling life as their pain is reduced. This has a knock-on effect on their mood, meaning they are more optimistic and positive about their future. Improving flexibility, strengthening muscle groups and maintaining a stable mood are key facets of yoga that can keep your niggles at bay.

Being a yoga buff will require a commitment to taking classes. However, by following a beginners’ yoga plan, you can enjoy a more pain-free existence.

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