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ACUPUNCTURE BACK IN THE NEWS AS A SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT FOR FIBROMYLAGIA…

It seems I am constantly writing articles on pain relief using acu-points so it has to be something worth trying if you have not tried it before. I found it beneficial for my shoulders and neck but I haven’t tried it for low back.

I am a true advocate for all treatments using pressure points including acupressure mats, pillow, insoles and lots more and I seem to read an article on a regular basis on how it can help with pain especially for Fibromyalgia.

An article in Very Well Health last week that Acupuncture for fibromyalgia (FM) has become more common over the years, especially since more and more research has shown the benefits of this treatment. One in five people with fibromyalgia seek acupuncture treatment within two years of diagnosis.

It is well known that Fibromyalgia is a difficult condition to treat and many people will have tried everything from different types of drugs, supplements, complimentary and alternative therapies including Acupunture but this particular treatment seems to work well for many.

Using complimentary therapies and alternative therapies for Fibromyalgia seems to be the route most used and if this can mean you can cut right down on your drugs then it is definitely worth a try.

Acupuncture points are located on meridians; however, modern acupuncture may also be performed on myofascial trigger points, which are tight areas of connective tissue that can radiate pain.

Most people—even those with fibromyalgia—report no pain or just a momentary twinge when the needles are inserted and upon needle grasp. During and after treatments, it’s common to feel relaxed.

According to Very Well Health the theory held by Western medicine is that acupuncture stimulates or activates several mechanisms in the body, including the:  

Did you know that 2.3 million acupuncture treatments are carried out each year, traditional acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary therapies practised in the UK today. Yet statistics show that 1 in 5 of us would only consider acupuncture for sleep as a last resort. Almost a quarter of people admit they did not realise acupuncture could benefit… Continue reading

In 2016 I wrote that a UK trial showed patients who received ten acupuncture sessions were far more likely to be pain-free after two years than those who didn’t. An American study saw 60% of back pain sufferers experience a significant improvement after acupuncture. The word “acupuncture” means “needle piercing”. It is a traditional Chinese medical treatment using very fine… Continue reading

The NHS writes that acupuncture is sometimes available on the NHS, most often from GP surgeries or physiotherapists, although access is limited. Most acupuncture patients pay for private treatment. The cost of acupuncture varies widely between practitioners.

If you’re being treated by an acupuncture practitioner for a health condition or are considering having acupuncture, it’s advisable to discuss this with your GP.

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GET COSY WITH BOOSTOLOGY SCENTED CANDLES IN A MARBLE TEA LIGHT CANDLE HOLDER…

Boostology sell (amongst other things) these beautiful scented candles in a hand carved solid black marble tea light candle holder.

The first thing you notice when you open the lovely box it arrives in is the aroma which starts making you feel relaxed straight away. In the box is the marble tea light holder with one candle in it then another five wrapped up neatly in black tissue paper. Mine came scented with Lavender & Petitgrain essential oils. The scent once the candle was lit seemed to stay around well after I had blown the candle out and definitely made you feel completely chilled. It’s a tiny Candlestick which measures approx 8cm High x 5cm Diameter, and the weight is 380g and feels really solid, but it means it can fit in anywhere.

I was very impressed with the sticker on the lid of the brown box the candle arrived in which explained that the box ( and the brown paper packing tape) can be recycled together. The natural starch beads inside the box are also biodegradable and compostable.

It also came with a leaflet explaining all about the candle and the company who are independent retailers based in London and who offer unique, innovative and exclusive gifts. Each product is designed to give the customer, and the planet, a boost.

They have over 20 years of experience in the business and developed a range of exclusive products that you cannot buy from anywhere else.

Boostology have gifts that are kind to you, and the environment and their range includes organic, vegan, plastic-free ideas and much more.

As part of the companies commitment to the environment they have banned products that are made entirely from plastic. You will only find small plastic accessories (for example lids) on their website, where no pother alternative was available to them.

They plant one tree for every order placed with them, which is truly amazing and is all thanks to a tie-up with ecologi.com.

It may be tiny in size but it makes up for it in the length the candles burn. Each candle is made from slow burning natural soy wax, so gives you 5-6 hours of uplifting pleasure. Once your candles have been used, you can buy more of them separately, or simply add your own tea-light candles.

Boostology orders are sent in eco-friendly parcels like I described above and they recycle all of their office waste and use 100% renewable electricity at their HQ (from solar, wind and hydro-electric power stations).

A natural, reusable scented candle gift that keeps on giving from £19.

Check out all the other products on the website Boostology

Other products on the site include eco-friendly oil diffusers, luxury linen and cotton face masks, lavastone diffuser bracelets, refreshing hand soap, 14k gold filled lava diffuser necklace with essential oil, lip balms, skincare gift sets and lots more. Just head to the website to take your pick from their outstanding range of eco-friendly products.

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LOW BACK PAIN – IS IT A SLIPPED DISC? Plus 10 WAYS TO AVOID LOW BACK PAIN…

What is the cause of your back pain? Is it sciatica, a strain, early pregnancy, Covid-19, overweight, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia or a slipped disc?

NHS England describes back pain as the ‘single largest cause of disability in the UK, with lower back pain accounting for 11% of the total disability of the UK population’. In fact, the country lost a reported 30.8m sick days due to problems associated with achy lumbar regions, back, neck and upper limb problems in 2016. So it’s clear that lower backache is preventing many of us from working and carrying out everyday activities comfortably.

A slipped or herniated disc is among the most incapacitating of back agony issues – once in a while with added indications, for example, the pounding leg torment of sciatica. When you have a ‘slipped’ (prolapsed) disc, a disc does not actually slip.  What happens is that part of the inner softer part of the disc (the nucleus pulposus) bulges out (herniates) through a weakness in the outer part of the disc. A prolapsed disc is sometimes called a herniated disc. The bulging disc may press on nearby structures such as a nerve coming from the spinal cord. Some inflammation also develops around the prolapsed part of the disc. Inflammation may irritate a nerve and also causes swelling, which may put pressure on a nerve.

This is a condition where the focal point of a spinal disc swells outwards and presses onto a nerve.  The spinal discs go about as safeguards and through an assortment of causes, including injury, helpless stance and general “mileage” (which means steady disintegration), the dividers of the discs can get more fragile. If the centre of the disc pushes out, this can cause the disc wall to bulge and that can be when pain strikes!

The usual advice is to carry on as normal as much as possible. Painkillers may help. Physical treatments such as spinal manipulation may also help or IDD therapy, exercises or injections. Surgery may be an option if the symptoms persist.

The long-term outcome of low back pain is generally favorable, but persistent symptoms affect millions of individuals. However there are three treatments which do not require surgery and have been very successful at treating slipped/prolapsed discs.

#1. Anti Inflammatory Courses…
Due to the fact that herniated discs can often times be incredibly sensitive, especially in acute cases, you may need to undergo a short course of anti inflammatories.

Once your general practitioner gives you the go ahead you can begin to take these types of medication which are a very effective herniated disc treatment.

#2. Exercises…
I know that the mere thought of moving causes you extreme mental anguish, but these types of exercises are actually designed not to aggravate your bulging discs.

These are low impact exercise routines which are geared towards reducing the bulged disc back into its correct location in between vertebrae.

#3. Lying Correctly…
Whenever you lie down, ensure that you are lying down correctly. You should always prop yourself up when you lie down and while resting slightly on your elbows for a few seconds.

Back in the early 80’s I had my first disc bulge problem and back then you were put into bed attached to traction and left to lie it out for a few days. Unfortunately for me I ended up with a trapped nerve in my leg and lost all sensation of it on one side so I was soon taken off traction. Over the following seven years every time my disc bulge I would visit a chiropractor and a physiotherapist but eventually in 1987 I had to have my first of many surgeries to remove a prolapsed disc and fuse my low back.

What followed on from that initial surgery was cervical disc problems as well as lumber and a further two emergency surgeries to fuse them and correct a kyphosis ( curvature of the spine that causes the top of the back to appear more rounded than normal). My pain now is from the discs above and below all my previous surgeries which all have bulges as they have had to work much harder due to the fusion above them.

Spinal surgery is nothing like this now and most is keyhole and you are in an out of hospital within days whereas mine took weeks and months to recover from. Looking after your back is the key to avoiding any disc related problems and ten key ways to look after it are :

  1. Keep active
  2. Keep fit
  3. Keep a healthy weight
  4. Eat healthy
  5. Keep your posture correct
  6. Take regular exercise
  7. Do not smoke
  8. Take great care when lifting
  9. Get plenty of rest
  10. Take great care when gardening.

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