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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Metaphors — Mental Health @ Home

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is really big on using metaphors to convey key concepts. This post will take a look at a few of them. 50 more words

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Metaphors — Mental Health @ Home
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Sleeping in the best position for your health is very important. It can make your complaint much worse and you can wake up feeling drained and in more pain. But what are the best positions to sleep in for conditions like sciatica, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis and much more?

Here are some suggestions I have found on the internet to help you sleep correctly for your condition.

On a previous post I wrote that 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.

To Better Days have written an article specifically on sleeping with rheumatoid arthritis and say you should try to keep your body mobile throughout the day and schedule in your sleep time and get into a routine of going to bed at the same time each night. Stay away from caffeinated drinks and blue screens before bed and allow yourself at least eight hours of sleep each night.

Also, something which I totally agree with is that your bedroom is your sanctuary. I have always gone out of my way to make my bedroom very special and a place I love to go to for an afternoons’ rest and I find this helps me turn off quickly for 40 winks or more. They also talk about making sure you have the right pillow and the right bedding and popping the pain killers or using your patches at the same time before you retire to bed. Your body clock will work much better that way.

The image below shows you the best sleep positions for rheumatoid arthritis.

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Health Central say that about 10 million Americans, or 2% to 4% of the population, have fibromyalgia. Four women for every one man have been diagnosed with it, though the actual number of men may be a bit higher. There is currently no cure for fibromyalgia, but there are medications to treat it, as well as lifestyle changes that can help lessen the pain and other symptoms.

That’s why Health Central, talked to top Fibromyalgia experts to give you the knowledge you need on risk factors, treatments, and symptoms so you can continue to live your life.  Recently, they produced an informative, medically reviewed guide on All Things Fibromyalgia.

This is where they share expert advice from top experts in the field to answer all of your Fibromyalgia questions! They have a great FAQ section with questions and answers on things like ‘What causes Fibromyalgia?’, ‘Who gets Fibromyalgia?’, ‘Are there non drug ways to treat Fibromyalgia?’ and lots more to read through.

One thing I learnt from Health Central about Fibromyalgia which I did not know before was that the American Medical Association did not consider Fibromyalgia as an official disorder until 1987 !!!!Yet, research shows that it was first written about in 1642 as a muscular rheumatism, and then renamed “fibrositis” in the early 1900’s. In the 1950’s my Mum used to suffer from the then named “fibrositis” quite often. I can remember as a child that she had it so badly once that she could not get her head off the pillow and the GP came to the house and gave her a painkilling injection to help ease the pain.

It became called Fibromyalgia in 1976, when it was named from the Latin word fibro, which means fibrous tissue, and the Greek words mio, meaning muscle, and algia, meaning pain. And yet some GP’s still do not think this is a real condition !! Seriously – they just need to look at the medical books of many years ago to realise how long this has been around.

Health Central go on to say that in 1990, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) created its first diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, which led it to being added to the International Classification of Diseases in 1992. So, anyone who is having trouble getting a true diagnosis that this is a real condition should make a note of this.

Head over the Health Central website for lots more information and their Fibromyalgia Hub.