I just love this list (except gardening) which I’d swap and put jigsaws, as I think they are all manageable for people who suffer from chronic pain.

Can you think of any more you could add to the list?



If, like me you know nothing about A1(artificial intelligence) then this article about the impact technology has on medical care will be of great interest to you.

As we can all see, the world around us is changing so quickly. There are brand new inventions every day. Sometimes, it can get pretty hard trying to keep track of them all. There’s a machine for everything. You don’t have to lift a finger to do anything, expect turn the machine on. There are also many programs and software that do all the thinking and calculations for you. You just have to put in all the data. The computer will do everything else. It’s a brand new world.

Recently, you may have heard a lot about artificial intelligence. It sounds so strange. It’s such a big word. You shouldn’t be ashamed if you don’t know what it means. It has been around for some time. It sounds like something straight out of a sci – fi movie. However, it’s becoming an essential part of our everyday lives. So, sit down and try to learn more about this. You can read about the impact technology has on medical care here.


First, you have to know exactly what this means. Artificial intelligence is just a fancy word for machines doing the dirty work. It’s a method where humans don’t do anything. People only get to train the machines to recognize patterns and solve future problems. They feed them information. The computers can do calculations. This can come handy in lots of professions where people are overwhelmed with paperwork and billing. It can be used in any aspect of our lives. Siri and Alexa are just two examples of AI.


The healthcare system is very complex. There is a lot of information to be processed. Patients’ files and their medical bills have to be sorted out. This is all done by medical coders and the doctors themselves. However, many mistakes can be made on a daily basis. This is all a result from overworking. The human brain can’t be concentrated all the time. It’s prone to mistakes. Thankfully, this is where AI comes to the rescue. With this strategy, people don’t have to worry about these things.

How artificial intelligence influences medical coding?

For you to start using Diagnoss AI software, you have to know how it will affect your profession. You can’t just install it and start using it. You have to know its benefits. You also have to learn how to operate it. First of all, the doctors will really appreciate this new software. Everyone will be relieved to know that they don’t have to work overtime. The doctors are in charge of putting the patients’ data into the system. The software takes this weight off the doctors’ shoulders.

That way, they can comfortably be focused only on providing proper care to their patients. The patients don’t have to worry about being given the wrong diagnosis or wrong bill. Wrong calculations will be a serious problem to the doctors. If there’s shortage of money, that’s not good for business at all. Instead of making money, you will owe it. That’s not acceptable. So, the coding engine will reduce this risk. It will help the doctors do their job more efficiently.

Overcoding can bring your office serious legal problems. Dissatisfied patients may want to sue you. You have to protect yourself from these situations. One way to do it is letting the engine do its work. Also, your coders will be happier with this software. It will maximize the effort they put in. There won’t be any need for them to waste time. There’s no need for switching books or crosswalks. The whole medical system will be more efficient.


When you fill a computer with information, it will start to recognize patterns. That way it will reduce the risks of making errors in medical coding. Based on the reports, pictures and text you put in, the system will do predictive analysis. You can rest assured that it won’t make any mistakes. It is artificial intelligence. It does our job better than anyone. It has started to change the way we look at healthcare and medicine. It’s here to stay. It has definitely improved our lives.




Many people are turning to meditation as an effective way to relax and bring inner peace. It can also help with stress, improve your general health and help you to think clearly. It’s something you can do wherever you are, by focusing on something else around you instead of your thoughts, worries and obsessions.

You can meditate just by focusing on something; anything will do if you are out. But most people still meditate on breathing, a single repeated word, a flower or a mental image. Meditation is much more than just a way of relaxing, it also clears our minds and makes us more alert. If you meditate for a few minutes each day, the results can be deep and long-lasting.

There are many places you can learn to meditate; it could be a candle-lit room, with incense and dreamy music, lying on the floor after a yoga class or at an evening’s class at your local school or leisure centre. In your first meditation, people may feel sleepy as they let themselves relax and their adrenalin levels drop. They will go to classes after a hard day’s work, and need to rest.

Meditation is not about going to sleep. It’s about learning to relax and focus your mind. The benefits of meditation ripple through everything we do – being relaxed and aware is the mental equivalent of being fit and healthy. Some of the main reasons people meditate are for relaxation, health, inner peace and harmony, concentration to improve sporting and theatrical performance, inspiration and creativity, quality of life, self-understanding and therapy and spiritual awakening – the list goes on. ‘Mindfulness Meditation’ is a very simple way to meditate.

All you do is focus on your breathing, observe your thoughts and bring your attention into the present moment. Headspace explains ‘What is meditation for sleep’, you can try and listen to their way of meditating to go to sleep. Another great site is Sleep.Org who also explains how to meditate before you go to bed.

Meditation is thought to date back to the fifth and sixth century BC. Stories were written in ancient Hindu about it, and are featured in most religions. Ed Halliwell, author of ‘The Mindful Manifesto,’ says that ‘it can help you experience the moment and not be drawn into habitual emotional responses’. Halliwell goes on to say that ‘research on human brains during a meditation state has revealed a shift in activity from the right side of the pre-frontal cortex, which is linked with depression, over to the left, which is connected with emotional reassurance and happiness’. Research has actually shown meditation can ease depression, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, boost immunity and healing, and lower blood pressure. Mindfulness meditation is now an NHS approved treatment.


Knitom wrote in an article that ‘Knitting is an effective, easily accessible tool that everyone can use to manage daily stresses. But it is also a valuable self-help tool for those dealing with more serious mental health issues and/or medical conditions.  The main conditions that therapeutic knitting is used for are:

  • Stress
  • Low mood
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Addiction
  • Eating Disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

Research at Cardiff University found that the more frequently people knitted, the happier and calmer they said they felt.

Eighty one percent of respondents said they felt happier during and after knitting, and 54% of the respondents who were clinically depressed said knitting made them feel happy or very happy.

Similar to a yoga flow, the rhythm of working the same stitch over and over again calms the heart rate and breathing, creating a feeling of stability and inner quiet.

The Independent wrote ‘ Knitting won’t just result in a new sweater – research has found the hobby can also reduce depression and anxiety, slow the onset of dementia, and distract from chronic pain.

Published by Knit for Peace, the findings are the result of extensive research into previous studies analysing the benefits of knitting, as well as the initiative’s own research.

According to Knit for Peace, a network of over 15,000 knitters in the UK who knit for people in need, there is substantial evidence that suggests knitting is beneficial to a healthy mind and body.

Knitting, has proved a perfect way to switch off and relax, even better than meditation which some people find hard to practice.

Knitting groups are also popping up all over the country where you can meet up with fellow knitters and catch up on all the gossip.

A physiotherapist (Betsan Corkhill) was so convinced of it that she set up a knitting group in the Chronic Pain Unit at the Royal United Hospital in Bath and founded Stitchlinks which aims to provide support and friendship through knitting and stitching worldwide.

Experts feel that there’s a neurochemical effect on the brain which undoubtedly changes brain chemistry for the better, possibly by decreasing stress hormones and increasing feel-good seontonin and dopanine, while knitting.

The UK’s Hand and Knitting Organisation who has a list of knitting groups throughout the UK explain why joining a group will make it even more beneficial.

  • They provide an opportunity to make new friends who already share an interest.
  • They can get you out of the house and give you some ‘me time’.
  • Knitting group members are always willing to help each other with advice when someone runs into difficulties with a project.
  • They give opportunities to share and swap patterns, and check out new yarns. Some even run yarn swap sessions.
  • Chance to work on group projects from yarnstorming to charity knitting.
  • Company at a yarn show. Yarn events can be more fun with others to share the joy of squishing a colourful skein and admire a new pattern.

Knitting groups come in all shapes and sizes and meet a variety of places – check their list to find one that’s right for you.

As most of my readers know I have recently moved from the East Midlands to West Sussex and so I decided I would definitely join a knitting group once I was settled in but I missed the monthly meeting so I decided to go to a crochet class instead.

I’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet but I soon found out it wasn’t right for me as I needed to look down at the stitches for to long which meant it was pulling on my neck fusions and causing me pain.

I don’t have the same problem with knitting as I’ve been knitting for so long that I hardly look at the needles. So although knitting is without doubt very therapeutic it may not be suitable for everyone depending on their circumstances.

They are extremely sociable though, so much so, I rang to ask if I could still come to the class, pay my fees but bring my knitting as it was the whole group that I enjoyed.


Could these posture tops help alleviate bad posture which causes lots of back and spinal pain?

PERCKO is a French Company who sell three different types of posture tops to help correct your posture and relieve back pain.

Their website states their posture tops have given 50,000+ users less back pain. Just reading their story on their website of how it all started inspires you to give this product a try.They say that you will get benefit from day one of wearing one of their posture tops.

They have three different tops to choose from, LYNE UP is for daily life, LYNE FIT is for sporting activities and LYNE PRO is ideal for manual activities or gardening.

Their tensor technology is built into the fabric of the top which applies a light pressure onto the lower back and shoulders which pulls the body back into a correct, more supportive posture. You then become aware of your bad posture and then you naturally adopt a better posture.

PERCKO say that 87% of their users reported a reduction in their back pain after less than 2 weeks. Maintaining good posture throughout the day is then going to relieve pressure on the spine and this then eases the pain you get from slouching and leaning which I am sure the majority of us are guilty of.

I personally sit for a couple of hours at my desk and even though I have my laptop on a pile of books so it’s the correct height, and even though I use an ergonomic keyboard and mouse, and even though I have a back cushion and coccyx cushion I still get a lot of back pain which I am sure my posture is contributing to.

PERCKO approached me to see if I would be interested in trying the LYNE UP top to see if it helps with my back pain. They said that after wearing the LYNE UP for just 3 weeks I will see a permanent improvement in my posture position. Then after that initial 3 weeks they recommend the best way to keep your posture good is to wear the top 2-3 times a week.

Of course I said I would love to try the posture top especially now the weather has changed as I could easily wear it under my own clothes. The top arrived in a beautiful box with instructions on how to wear it and I was keen to get started with it straight away.

I will be keeping a diary of how my posture and back pain improves (hopefully) over the next three weeks and I will then post my honest review on the product.