As I’m sure most of us pet owners know, a pet can be a great comfort to you at the best of times. The picture below is of my lovely toy poodle who lived until the ripe old age of 15 but we lost her a few years ago. I still miss her today.

Various studies have now shown some remarkable health benefits of owning an animal. It’s what they call the ‘wonderful, wide-ranging biochemical and physiological effects pets can have on those suffering from chronic pain and fibromyalgia’.

Smaller dogs in particular have been of benefit to fibro sufferers who cannot get our much. Through their unconditional love, dogs can encourage you to be a little more active, feel more secure, and help your mood.

Pet therapy is used in some hospitals and care homes; just the simple act of petting a dog can have a calming effect on people and have a knock on effect with lowering stress levels and anxiety.

Pets as Therapy is a national therapy founded in 1983, which provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, care homes and special needs schools.

If you have a dog who is good with people then they can become part of a PAT Team, they must have been with their owner for at least 6 months, be over 9 months of age and be able to pass the temperament assessment. All pets must be fully vaccinated. 

Unfortunately, they cannot support you if you wish to have your dog at the workplace with you as they do not have the assessment process or the insurance to cover this. If you would like to become a volunteer with your dog and would be able to visit within their guidelines then check out the Pet As Therapy website.

There’s a lovely article on The Power of Pets on a site called Holisitic On Line  which is well worth reading.


Due to the sedentary lifestyle, the spine of the modern man is suffering enormous pressure. Almost every one of us has some back problems. Quite simply, a human spine is not made for sitting most of the time.

When they invented the chair, people created a trigger for many health problems. Like any other civilization achievement, chairs make our lives easier, but they also create additional troubles due to too much time spent sitting and too little physical activity.

Walking doesn’t take much effort; how it can be beneficial for your spinal cord, check below:


Even when we are physically active at home, at work, or training, we often do it in the wrong way. That is why back pain occurs. Even worse, we suffer the effects of pressure on the nerves from the spine. Often, we are not aware that the cause of many health conditions can be the spine.


 Chiropractic is an alternative counterpart to conventional treatment. This method has been medically recognized as an additional aid in the treatment of spinal disorders. Its focus is on the spine, vertebrae, and nerve tissues around them. These nerves are in charge of the extremities and functioning of most organs; any of the disorders related to the spine can cause pain and discomfort in other body parts.

One of the most well-known techniques used to restore the correlation between vertebrae and nerves is Cox flexion distraction. Trained therapists use specialized tables for manipulating the spine. By gentle up-down and side-by-side flexion, these passive movements in the lumbar area are solving misalignments. The patient is completely relaxed and does not move his muscles.

As one of the most gentle chiropractic methods, it aims to improve the volume of movement in the spine, increase the space between the joints, and further remove the pressure from the discs and nerves. It also boosts blood and nutrient flow between vertebrae and restores synapse function.


People, because of ignorance and insufficient information, generally have the wrong image of chiropractic. When you mention chiropractor, most people think you are going for a little massage, and you’re good to go. Although this theory of ‘magical, healing hands’ would be nice, the reality is not that simple. So a chiropractor is not a regular masseur who has nothing more than a table and scented candles in the office. Reputable chiropractic centers generally have a wide choice of services.

In reputable chiropractic medical center, you’ll get your diagnose first. You should bring all your medical reports. A good chiropractor values the opinion of an expert doctor and bases the therapy on it. For the treatment of a diagnosed disease, they usually apply various methods, such as Cox flexion distraction and magnet or laser therapy. 

Both healthy and sick people should visit chiropractors. Read here why professional athletes rely on chiropractic care as prevention from injuries. Although many still doubt this method, it is almost entirely safe if you go to trusted places and let the certified experts manipulate your spine. 


 Like any natural method, chiropractic is generally considered harmless. However, there is always a chance for certain complications to occur, especially since people diagnosed with specific health conditions should avoid this treatment.

Primarily, those who should not undergo any type of chiropractic are people with osteoporosis. Due to the brittleness of their bones, although unlikely, there is a chance that the condition will worsen. Also, people who suffer from severe chronic illness or have recently had surgery are not eligible for chiropractic treatment. 

Some of the relative contraindications to the therapist’s work are also bone fractures, open wounds, some systemic diseases, heartproblems, and advanced-stage tumors. Although there’s no age limit for people to visit chiropractors, older people of ruined health should skip this treatment.

 Many spinal problems can be solved naturally without the use of medication and surgery. If the patient undergoes a procedure that is not necessary, the condition may worsen, which is an introduction to the more complicated and uncertain healing process. Surgery should be the last option, and before that, patients should try chiropractic.



This year’s theme for BackCare Awareness is Golf.

Golf is a more dangerous sport than Rugby! ‘Low back injuries account for 15.2% to 34% of all golf injuries, followed by injuries to the elbow (7% to 27%), shoulder (4% to 19%) and wrist 10%’ – National Centre for Health Statistics
Golf is a repetitive strain sport – With an average of 300 swings per golf-playing-day, a golfer repeatedly experiences minor traumatic injuries to the spine
Back Pain In Golf – There is a distinct lack of awareness regarding the prevention of back related injuries among golfers which hinder their play and performance in the sport.

This year, BackCare focuses awareness week on back health among golfers whether they are junior/seasoned, men/women, amateur/professional and provide healthy tips to enjoy the sport.

BackCare was the brainchild of a local businessman, Stanley Grundy, who established the charity after suffering a back injury caused by a sailing accident. At the time, he was concerned about the lack of information and support for back pain sufferers at the time.
For nearly 50 years BackCare has been dedicated to educating the public throughout the UK and wider further afield in ways of preventing and alleviating back pain. The charity aims to significantly reduce the burden of back & neck pain by providing information, guidance and advice to all people and organisations those affected by such pain. 


Here are my top three books all about essential oils.

Aromatherapy: 600 Aromatherapy Recipes for Beauty, Health & Home plus advice and tips on how to use essential oils by Beth Jones.

This book opens up the world of aromatherapy by providing lots of information and practical advice on how to maximize the use of essential oils. 600 Aromatherapy Recipes will teach you how to create your own blends in the comfort of your home, advise you what steps to undertake when buying essential oils, and also how to store them properly.

42 oils are explained in detail, outlining their benefits, advantages, properties, and what other oils they blend well with. Carrier oils are also explained, along with some very important safety guidelines that must always be adhered to.

Living a greener, healthier, more natural lifestyle is easily achievable with aromatherapy and essential oils. 600 Aromatherapy Recipes shows you the potential power of essential oils and how they can achieve results that are nothing short of amazing.

All for £7.99 paperback or £2.39 for a Kindle Edition – this book is exceptional good value for money and has all you need to know about aromatherapy oils.


I am studying all about Essential Oils and their benefits to lots of conditions and came across an article in Healthline Woman’s Wellness which said there are a number of Essential Oils that can offer an energy boost.

In case you didn’t know Essential oils are concentrated compounds extracted from plants through steam or water distillation, or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. Essential oils are most commonly used in the practice of aromatherapy. They’re typically either inhaled or diluted and applied to the skin.

Some essential oils backed up by research for boosting energy include, peppermint, sweet orange, rosemary, spearmint mixed with rosemary oil and lemon.

Always follow the essential oil best practices as set out in Healthline and check with your GP that none of them will clash with any of your medication,

  • Always use a carrier oil when applying essential oils topically. 
  • Always do a patch test before applying to your skin.
  • Always buy 100% pure essential oils from a reputable source.
  • Never take essential oils by mouth unless told to do so by a healthcare professional. Many oils are toxic.

Source : Healthline

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