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BPB ALERT NEWS – FOOT REST HAILED AS A REVELATION FOR EASING BACK PAIN…

According to an article in The Daily Mail an ergonomic foot rest has been hailed as a revelation for easing back pain while working from home, or anywhere else for that matter.

It has over 2,200 great reviews with customers raving on how brilliant it is. The Huanuo Foot Rest is available from Amazon at the moment with £10.50 off the RRP now at £25.49 – I’ve just ordered mine.

I have always had a small foot stool under my desk upstairs but this one is adjustable which I think would be much better and one I could use downstairs as well. It says that the Ergonomic foot rest can improve your posture and blood circulation by holding your feet and legs up, which makes you feel more comfortable. Relaxing your legs and back when you work in the office or at home, even when you are playing game. Not only can footstools correct sitting posture but also help relieve discomfort in the shoulder or intervertebral disc area.

The height can be adjusted manually in 2 different positions: 10.5 cm / 15.2 cm (connect two foot cushions with Velcro). It’s easy to find the perfect position to meet your needs. You can also move the footrest cushion under your knees or ankles when you sit on the floor or lie down. The underside with high-quality silicone can not only prevent it slipping, but it also has gentle massage function. The pillowcase can be easily removed for cleaning and reusing. The zipper is located on the side of the mat.

The filler is made of high-density memory cotton with excellent elasticity that fits into the soles of your feet and supports them at the same time. The size of the entire product is 43.2 * 28.7 * 15.2cm  

As one reviewer put on Amazon“I normally use a tilted plastic flat footrest at work.
This one is way more comfortable and doesn’t make noises all the time and fits under my home desk better. Has allowed me to get better posture, and reduced back pain in just a few days.
I’m getting one of these for my real office when I go back.

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BPB ALERT NEWS – COULD A ROBIOTIC BACKPACK REPLACE OPIOIDS TO RELIEVE BACK PAIN?..

An article in Mirage News caught my eye today. Could a robiotic ‘backpack’ replace opioids to relieve lower back pain? So, do you swallow another pill or wear something instead?

Mirage News wrote that sixteen million Americans-8 percent of the adult population-suffer persistent back pain. Many more visit their doctor for the occasional twinge. According to a 2018 study in JAMA, low back pain is one of the most common reasons given for prescribing opioids. That’s fueling the opioid crisis-and there’s little evidence the powerful painkillers even help.

Lou Awad, a Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences assistant professor of physical therapy says that the solution, might not be a pill you swallow-it might be something you wear. Awad researches and develops robotic apparel, battery-powered exosuits that make mobility and movement easier for patients who have had a stroke.

A major clinical trial has shown that the exosuit can be a safe and effective tool for the lower limb rehabilitation of survivors of stroke. Read “A Step Forward” to learn more.

“The robotic apparel consists of cables that apply mechanical forces in parallel with the underlying muscles,” Awad says. “The system is designed to be worn like a backpack, with attachments over the shoulder, around the waist, and also around the thighs. It is very unobtrusive.” When the power’s off, the wearer can move, bend, and reach without any restriction. Hit the “on” button, and the device “responds to the speed and motion of the user to adaptively help lift and hold objects,” Awad says.

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I guess I can only say one thing and that is ‘watch this space’ – amazing !

Source: Mirage News

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ALERT NEWS – HOLISTIC APPROACH TOWARDS SPINAL AILMENTS…

According to The Indian Express, a study at Lokmanya Hospital in Pune showed that ‘ a holistic approach towards spinal ailments helps to avoid surgery’. At least 35,000 patients had been treated this way over a period of 13 years and less than 10 percent of them required surgery.

They said that patients suffering from spine-related problems especially their lower back region, can avoid surgery altogether by seeking and adopting a holistic approach.

I have to agree with this as I feel sure if I had gone down that route back in the late 80’s then I don’t think I would be in the mess I am in now, especially my lower back.

Dr. Shiikrishna Joshi, a spokesperson of Lokmanya Hospital said that ‘ A common misconception is that surgery is required for the majority of spine-related ailments, especially lower back, but nothing could be further from the truth”.

A holistic approach helps to achieve great results for the majority of problems, without undergoing surgery. With COVID-19 causing many people to work from home which could lead to lower back pain, it’s important that patients know the options for treatments to help with their condition.