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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.

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TOP FIVE HEALTH MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR CHRISTMAS…

Buying a health subscription for someone who is suffering can be a lovely Christmas gift. It was my friends birthday recently and she has just been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia so I bought her the Fibromyalgia Magazine as a gift, she was thrilled and thanked me for thinking of her. The best thing is that not only can someone benefit from the magazine but also the charity benefits from you buying the subscription so it’s a win-win situation 🙂

There are also some great over the counter magazines you can buy subscriptions for as well. I asked for Natural Health Magazine for my birthday present during lockdown. I love it and look forward to a new one coming through the letter box every month. It covers lots on complimentary therapies and holistic living which I am very interested in as well as natural remedies, healthy eating, beauty and lots more.

https://www.naturalhealthmagazine.co.uk/

Happiful Magazine which you can get free as an e magazine or delivered through your door for £59.99 12 issues offer at the moment. Happiful Magazine want to create a healthier, happier, more sustainable society. Their aim is to provide informative, inspiring and topical stories about mental health and wellbeing. They want to break the stigma of mental health in our society, and to shine a light on the positivity and support that should be available for everyone, no matter their situation.

https://happiful.com/

BackCare have a magazine called Talkback is a full-colour glossy magazine produced quarterly which includes the following editorial content:

  • Back product testing and the latest gadgets
  • Health and Excercise
  • Exercises and tips on preventing back pain
  • Patient centred approaches to treatment
  • Research News
  • BackCare Professionals Section
  • Readers Letters
  • Interview with Back Pain Celebrities

If you join BackCare you get sent the magazine every four months or you can buy a subscription,

https://backcare.org.uk/news/talkback-spring-2020-edition/

The Fibromyalgia Magazine deals with the areas that matter to our readers:

  • Medical Research News
  • Campaigning
  • Lobbying
  • Awareness Raising
  • Legal Advice
  • Benefits Advice
  • Worldwide news
  • News from local support groups and charities
  • Treatment Advice
  • Pharmaceutical News
  • Alternative Therapies
  • Pain Management
  • On line directory of all support groups and phone friends
  • A nationwide directory of FM resources
  • Opinion and Entertainment from our unrivalled team of columnists

 

Arthritis Inspire Magazine –  Inspire magazine is a quarterly members magazine for members packed with features, news, tips and information.

https://www.versusarthritis.org/newsletter/inspire-magazine/

Another Arthritis Uk Magazine is Arthritis Digest

Arthritis Digest magazine is published six times a year and summarises the latest research in the arthritis arena making it essential reading for anyone affected by the painful condition.

Informative, upbeat and packed full of news and reviews about drugs, pain relief, superfoods, products and services, each issue has a star celebrity interview and true stories.

Arthritis Digest magazine informs readers and encourages them to learn, try new ideas and explore their options.

https://arthritisdigest.co.uk/subscribe/

The ME Association produce a quarterly magazine, ME Essential, required reading for any ME sufferer. Members of the ME Association receive a quarterly magazine – ME Essential – delivered

straight to their door. It features exclusive interviews, keeps them up-to-date with medical and scientific developments and includes stories about how people cope with the disease.

https://meassociation.org.uk/2020/11/me-essential-magazine-the-christmas-supplement-will-be-with-members-very-soon/

Finally, a magazine with lots on health is the Well Being Magazine – it has articles, reviews, health and fitness, beauty, travel, food and drink.

https://wellbeingmagazine.com/

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BACK PAIN AWARENESS WEEK (OCT 5-9)TOP 10 SELF-HELP TIPS FOR FIBROMYALGIA & BACK PAIN SUFFERERS IN LOCKDOWN…

To mark Back Pain Awareness Week, leading UK back-pain-prevention expert and Health Ergonomist Nichola Adams offers practical advice on coping with the growing challenges of working from home for a further six months.

 

Advice on slouching: a Work Station Assessment by Nichola Adams    

Leading UK back-pain-prevention expert and health ergonomist Nichola Adams’s workload has risen sharply during Covid lockdown.


And statistics show the numbers of us suffering from back pain are also growing, especially now that lockdown is extending for another six months.

To mark national Back Care Awareness Week (October 5-9), Nichola, a Technical Member of The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, has compiled her ‘Top 10 Self-Help Tips for Back Pain and Fibromyalgia Sufferers’.


Combining the Greek words ‘ergon’ (meaning ‘work’) and ‘nomoi’ (meaning ‘natural laws’), Ergonomics is the science of making products and tasks comfortable and efficient for human use.


“Health Ergonomics is a multidisciplinary science. It combines biomechanics (how our bodies move), anthropometrics (our measurements) and psychology to enable us to design products and services that best match people’s physical, as well as mental, capabilities,” explains Nichola.


“Ergonomics recognises that we are all individuals and that there will be many external influences that affect our recovery. This includes the environment as well as social factors that affect, for instance, our attitudes towards our back pain, our stress levels and other influencing factors that can influence our levels of back pain.” 

TIP 1 -Keep moving: When you do, blood flows more easily and brings nutrients and oxygen to your tissues and muscles. When sitting at your computer, standing breaks are vital. Take one every 30-60 minutes. Just standing up and siting back down will provide a beneficial boost. Take your laptop to a higher surface like a kitchen work-top or chest of drawers, then stand a while. Own a patio or garden? Work outside. Fresh air blows away brain cobwebs.
TIP 2 -Eat well, stay hydrated: Keeping the body stocked with immune-boosting, antioxidant-rich foods is key. Antioxidant foods are also anti-inflammatory. Enjoy dark fruit and leafy vegetables. Magnesium-rich foods are also good for reducing mental and physical stress. Check your vitamin D levels with a home testing kit. Keep hydrated, aiming for 7-8 glasses a day. It’s all too easy, when we’re working hard, to forget to drink enough water.
TIP 3 – Sit up straight: While moving regularly is key, sitting upright will also help reduce the load on your spine. Don’t sofa-slouch! If you only have your sofa to work from, mimic a good set-up. Build a supportive back using cushions (deep sofas cause slouching). Pop a cushion under your laptop to protect yourself against its heat and raise it up. Try an adjustable laptop holder that’s made for sofa or bed use.
TIP 4 -Care about your chair: Sit on a chair whenever possible. If it’s a dining chair, not an office one, always try to ensure your lower-back curve is supported as this is particularly good for easing tension build-up on sensitive backs. You can use a cushion or rolled-up towel for extra support. Better still, buy an inflatable lumbar support cushion for your lower-back curve. Ask your employer if they’ll offer you budget for a chair with a lumbar support and adjustable seat height and armrests. Always sit with your arms level with the top of the desk as this will help you avoid flicking up your wrists or hunching your shoulders to type.
TIP 5 -Get your screen height right: If you’re using a laptop, make sure you can either dock it onto a larger screen that’s at eye height, or raise the laptop onto some books. Alternatively, try using a laptop holder so that you aren’t slouching or looking down to read the screen as this will load unwelcome pressure onto your neck, shoulders and back. Then use a separate keyboard and mouse.

TIP 6 -Mind the gap: When using a keyboard and mouse, keep these close to the front of your desk so that you don’t find yourself in a position where there’s a gap and you’re needing to extend your arms forward when typing. Failure to do this can quickly bring on shoulder and neck tensions as our arms are surprisingly heavy when extended forward. Keep your wrists relaxed and straight in order to reduce pressure building up.
TIP 7 -Stay positive: Maintaining a positive frame of mind is more important than many people realise. And your brain has a far bigger say in your body’s ability to feel pain than you might imagine. If we’re stressed and worried, our body naturally tenses up. The brain then goes on alert for pain. Despite the distractions of the pandemic, try to take time out for yourself and just relax. (Bonus mini-tip: A magnesium hot bath can also work wonders for the brain and body.)
TIP 8 -And …… breathe: Slowing down your breathing can impact your cortisol levels. This brings down your stress levels and keep the oxygen flowing through the body. Try this exercise I can recommend: Step 1: Breathe in for a count of five. Step 2: Pause for a count of four. Step 3: Breathe out for eight beats. Step 4: Then pause for four. Step 5: Repeat. Get used to the maths and you’ll notice the difference straightaway.
TIP 9 -Exercise gently: With no office commute, exercising daily becomes essential. Try a morning stroll, jog or cycle as morning light helps with your circadian rhythm (helping our sleep/wake cycles) and vitamin D levels. Maybe treat yourself to a visit to your local park or a coffee, to encourage yourself to get out. By venturing out in the mornings, before work gets busy, we’re more likely to stick to the routine. Try stretching exercises, too, like yoga or Pilates.
TIP 10 -Remember, you’re worth it!: Focus on yourself and ring-fence extra time to keep in tune with what gives your life meaning and purpose. Remembering to take regular breaks at home isn’t easy, so use technology to set yourself automatic reminders on your mobile. When working from home, find ways to support your body so your muscles relax. Everyone’s an individual and ergonomists like me can conduct assessments remotely if you need bespoke advice.

Source: Alec Lom – 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 one of the UK’s leading back-pain experts and the Founder of Inspired Ergonomics (http://www.inspiredergonomics.com/)