TOP TIPS ON HOW TO MANAGE ARTHRITIS PAIN…

5 top tips on how to manage arthritis from your home from consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Faisal Hussain from BMI The Priory and BMI The Edgbaston hospitals.

Mr Hussain explains that ‘more than 10 million people in the UK are living with arthritis.‘ His five top tips to improve your health and quality of life, allowing you to live better with arthritis are :

1. Keep Active

2. Get a good night’s sleep

3. Look after your mental well-being

4. Eat for health

5. Maintain a healthy weight

For a more detailed description of how to manage the above tips go to the BMI website here.

Everyday Health say some lifestyle changes can help you manage pain and they include the same tips as above but also say Get vitamin C. Studies have shown that vitamin C may be helpful in managing inflammation in the body. So dig into an orange or pour yourself a glass of grapefruit juice each day.

They also say Avoid alcohol. Don’t medicate yourself with alcohol to manage pain; it will only create more problems, and add calories to your diet.

Healthline suggest trying hot and cold therapy (details on this on their website), try acupuncture or meditation and include the right fatty acids for your diet. Everyone needs omega-3 fatty acids in their diet for optimum health. These fats also help your arthritis. Fish oil supplements, which are high in omega-3s, have been shown to reduce joint stiffness and pain. Also try adding turmeric to your recipes.

Another tip is to get a massage. According to the Arthritis Foundation, regular massaging of arthritic joints can help reduce pain and stiffness and improve your range of motion. Work with a physical therapist to learn self-massage, or schedule appointments with a massage therapist regularly.

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THE BENEFITS OF USING AROMATHERAPY DIFFUSERS FOR TRAVEL…

Not all places in the world smell nice. If you plan to go on a vacation or do some travelling, then you won’t be able to enjoy sweet-smelling air quality that often. Some people aren’t bothered by this, but there are some that are. It’s not a shame to wanting to breathe in clean and pleasant air. Of course, it’s not the air itself that smells sweet. It is the aromatherapy diffusers that make it that way.

Have you ever smelled or used an essential oil? They smell wonderful. Imagine putting them in a device and have that pleasant smell spread everywhere in the room. How awesome is that? You won’t have to breathe in the poor air quality anymore. It’s one thing to have the device in your home. You come from work or school stressed out; you turn the device on and start to relax. For other interesting facts about the product, check out bemoxe.com.

But what happens when you plan on going on a vacation? What happens when you plan to travel the world? Well, here’s some good news for you. You can take the device with you and keep it with you at all times. Here are some of the things that will make that happen:

PORTABILITY
The aromatherapy diffusers are not huge. In fact, they are just the right size so you can put them in your backpack or suitcase. How cool is that? You can take your diffuser with you and every time you check into a room, you can turn it on. If the device is something that you’ve gotten quite used to, then it is reasonable to take it with you. Those hotel rooms are not always the best, but you can make them the best. Once you turn the device on, it will be like you are in your own home.

EASY TO USE

There’s not much to the device to try and figure out. They have different designs and sizes but they all function basically the same. If you take it with you on your travels, you won’t have a problem with how to use it. After you leave the hotel, you can take the diffuser with you. That’s why they are so popular; you can carry them with you and use them almost every single day. On the plus side, they are incredibly easy to handle and before you know it, you are in a meadow of sweet-smelling sounds. Read more here.

WONDERFUL AIR QUALITY

As mentioned above, you will not always encounter rooms that smell nice. But you can do something about that. The beauty of the device is that you can use many different oils. Once you get tired of the first one, change it to another scent. Either way, the air quality will start to smell wonderful and you can begin to feel the stress leaving your body. Everyone wants to smell something nice. Why would you feel any different? That’s why you shouldn’t waste any more time and take the device with you.

BETTER SLEEP

Travelling from one place to another is exhausting, especially if you enter different time zones constantly. You will often feel tired. That’s why you need to sleep to begin to feel functional once more. Having your aromatherapy diffuser with you can be of great help. You can turn it on as you prepare to go to bed and let the smell consume you. It will be much easier to fall asleep and rest your body. Once you get up, you can begin to explore the city and overall enjoy your vacation in a foreign country.

PRACTICALITY

It is clear enough that there are a lot of benefits tied to the diffusers. One of the best things about the device is its practicality. The product can make you feel content, help you sleep better, beautify the air quality and it’s easy to carry around with you. What more could a traveller want? You won’t make the mistake of buying one right now. After you start using it, you won’t be able to get enough of it.

And, they make great Christmas gifts.

12 YOGA POSES TO HELP ALLEVIATE BACK PAIN…

Yoga is an amazing way to help ease back pain but without supervision could cause harm so please do not try any of the above poses unless you have done yoga before. The NHS website has a guide to yoga and says that ‘Dozens of scientific trials of varying quality have been published on yoga and while there’s scope for more rigorous studies on its health benefits, most studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance.’

There is also some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress but they say that most forms of yoga are not strenuous enough (boo hoo) to count towards your 150 minutes of moderate activity, as set out by government guidelines.

 

HANNA SOMATIC EDUCATION THERAPY FOR CHRONIC PAIN AND DEPRESSION…

Hanna Somatic Education (aka HSE) teaches you how to release muscles that have involuntarily contracted. Thomas Hanna, PhD developed Hanna Somatic Education over the course of two decades of work in the field of Somatic Education. He began as a Feldenkrais practitioner, and developed his own method of Somatic Education after studying neurology at the University of Miami Medical School.

It was there that he did research into the muscular ways in which all humans respond to stress reflexes and how these full body reflexes can habituate at the level of the central nervous system, causing muscular pain that contributes to many common pain conditions. Clinical Somatic Education developed from the hands-on methods of Thomas Hanna as well as other innovations from present-day somatic pioneers.

There are only a few Somatic therapists in the UK and one is Jonathan Hunt, a former Premiership footballer who had to retire in 2003 due to back pain. When manipulative therapies failed to help him, he tried the Hanna Somatic programme and was so impressed that he trained as a therapist himself.

Everyday Health said tensing our muscles is so automatic for many of us that we don’t know how to hold our bodies in any other way. Hans Selye, a famous endocrinologist, once said, “all of life is stress.” Our reaction to our daily stress gets absorbed into our bodies; if we’re not aware of it, we can go days, months, years, even an entire lifetime in a state of amnesia — called sensory-motor amnesia.

Sensory-motor amnesia is a “habituated state of forgetfulness of how certain muscles feel and how to effectively coordinate them” — chronic muscular contractions that lead to the common physical complaints that we usually mistake for the natural aging process, according to the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training.

Some of the suggested exercises for backache are: Lie on your back, arms resting by your side, knees bent, and feet hip-width apart tucked up near your bottom. As you breathe in, arch your lower back by pressing your tail bone down, then very slowly flatten your back into the floor as you exhale, to relax. Rest, and then repeat slowly and gently ten to 15 times. When you finish, straighten and stretch your legs. Don’t attempt any of these until you have checked with your GP first and don’t overdo them as they should be comfortable.