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TEN NON-SURGICAL TREATMENTS FOR LOWER BACK PAIN…

  1. Muscle relaxants – This medication acts as a depressant of the central nervous system and increases mobility of tense muscles, relieving pain from muscle tightness or spasms
  2. Narcotic pain medications – Narcotic medications are most often used for treating intense, short-term pain, such as acute pain.
  3. Lifestyle changes – Take note of the activities that worsen your pain and avoid them if possible. 
  4. Epidural steroid injections – This injection involves a steroid administered directly into the outer part of the dural sac, which surrounds the spinal cord.
  5. Manual manipulation – A chiropractor or other healthcare provider makes physical adjustments to the spine with the goals of improving mobility and reducing stiffness, discomfort, or pain. 
  6. Acupuncture –  Acupuncture stimulates points on the body thought to correct the body’s “qi,” or life force.
  7. Massage Therapy –  Massage to your lower back can relieve the muscle spasms that usually contribute to low back pain. 
  8. Mindful Meditation – Meditation may be helpful in reducing the perception of pain, and can reduce depression, anxiety and sleep problems that commonly occur with chronic pain. 
  9. Physical Therapy – Exercise is the foundation of chronic back pain treatment. It’s one of the first treatments you should try under the guidance of your physician and spine physical therapist. The exercises have to be tailored to your specific symptoms and condition.
  10. Diet – Maintaining a healthy weight can help to lessen your back pain by reducing the pressure on your spine.

Source: Spine Health Hopkins Medicine

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HOW TO COPE WITH HAYFEVER NATURALLY…

For hayfever sufferers, enjoying sunny spring and summer days is often a longed-for luxury, with the season spent sniffling and sneezing instead. And if missing out on outdoor events to avoid puffy eyes and a runny nose wasn’t bad enough, some may also suffer from drowsiness caused by over the counter remedies. 

Health Plus and other good stockists provide a range of immune system boosting natural supplements to help cope with the symptoms of hayfever. Bee Propolis, collected from tree buds and botanical sources by honey bees, is thought to help allergy sufferers, whilst offering a rich source of nutrients, flavonoids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It can also increase energy levels, so has the added bonus of helping you get the most out of action-packed outdoor activities. 

Hayfever unfortunately is a very common allergy that can be extremely limiting for sufferers during a time of the year when we should all be able to enjoy the outdoors. Many people prefer not to take conventional medication to deal with allergies, but there are lots of natural ways to help cope with hayfever.

Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it’s warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest.

Tips for coping with hayfever season: 

  1. Wear wraparound sunglasses whilst outdoors or in the car to protect your eyes from pollen.
  2. Hoover your home regularly – pollen spores can collect on fabrics so it’s important to keep your home as allergen free as possible.
  3. Pollen counts are highest in the early morning and late afternoon, so scheduling your outdoor activity between these times can help reduce symptoms.
  4. Boost your vitamin intake throughout the year with a multivitamin supplement, to ensure your immune system is at its optimum level for coping with hayfever. 
  5. Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen.
  6. Keep an eye on the pollen count and keep windows and doors closed on high count days.
  7. Dry laundry indoors or in a dryer; hanging them on an outside washing line can lead to pollen spores being collected on clothing.
  8. Avoid keeping fresh flowers in your home.
  9. Taking trips to the beach can be beneficial, as the pollen count is usually lower nearer to the coast.
  10. Pets can bring in pollen from outside on their coats, so try and avoid close contact with them when your symptoms are bad, and give them regular baths.
  11. Shower and change your clothes after you have been outside to wash pollen off.
  12. Buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.

Source: Health Plus NHS Halfords

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CELEBRATE WORLD MEDITATION DAY on MAY 21st…

World Meditation Day May 21st – This day marks a day organized to bring awareness to the benefits of meditation around the world. Organizers are lobbying for the official implementation of World Meditation Day, but despite the lack of official status of the day, support for the movement has grown.

Stress and daily problems can create a lot of pressure on people, and despite the fact that many smaller stressors may seem insignificant, they add up to big problems. This build-up effect can cause our overall well-being to suffer. Reducing that stress becomes critical for a person’s physical and mental health. Because of the negative effects of stress, organizers of World Meditation Day seek to bring attention and awareness to ways that people can reduce that pressure, maintaining a healthy physical and psychological lifestyle.

The History of World Meditation Day can be traced to the History of Meditation itself. Meditation has been an integral part of many religions and was first found spoken of in written form in about 1500 BCE in India.

It plays a prominent role in many religions throughout the world, especially Buddhism and other Eastern faiths, but is also practised by those who are neither spiritual nor religious as a way of easing stress and clearing their mind.

In today’s world meditation is vital regardless of whether you’re a spiritual person or not, the frantic hustle and bustle of daily activity prevent many of us from ever having a moment’s peace.

Here are some great reasons to give meditation a try. It makes you feel happier. It improved your memory. It makes you feel more grateful. It reduces stress. It improved sleep. It improves concentration. It encourages compassion. It helps with decision making. It encourages mindfulness. It helps fight addictions. It delays the onset of Alzheimer’s. It encourages a healthy lifestyle. It reduces back pain. It reduces loneliness. It encourages weight loss. It slows down the ageing process. It’s FREE. It involves no physical exertion. It heals your soul. It improved your cardiovascular health. It helps process emotions. It’s linked to a more creative mind.

Mindfulness Box has 6 ideas on how to celebrate world meditation day –

Source: Vivoo, Days of the Year, Mindfulness Box