THE EFFECTS OF ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS ON THE BODY…

Infographic on The Effects Of Ankylosing Spondylitis on the body…

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HOW WRITING/BLOGGING CAN TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND…

As most of my readers may know I started blogging back in 2007 after I had to sell my previous business due to illness.

I wasn’t the brightest of kids and in fact left school with just 2 GCSE’s in Art and Divinity. I had no idea what I wanted to do in life but had always enjoyed writing at school. This was mainly letters to family and friends but I would write page after page after page on what was going on at boarding school.

When I left school my Mum and Dad suggested I went to secretarial college first and then I had a skill I could use if I wanted to go down that route.

I took to shorthand and typing like a duck to water and for the first time in my life achieved a good grade when I left the secretarial college and immediately went into my first job as a secretary with a team of solicitors in Manchester.

I was happy at what I was doing but always fancied doing something myself and always thought I could write a book. Of course back in that day computers were not around and the only way I could get any information about getting a book published was by going to the local Library and reading up on it.

Situations out of my control changed all my ideas when the whole family moved to warmer climates as our Mum (in her 40’s) had suffered a bad heart attack and they advised somewhere warmer for her health.

I never settled abroad and just played around with part time work and looking after my Mum but unfortunately Mum took a turn for the worst and the whole family came back to the UK. We lost Mum at the early age of 53 and life seemed to change quite a lot after that.

I helped Dad out working for him at his offices and learnt all you would need to know about running a business. I then started a family of my own and worked part time and then stayed at home as a full time Mum which back in that day was the norm.

I started on my books again and entered some competitions and still have pages of children’s stories I had written but done nothing about. Fast forward another 25 years and five spinal surgeries later I sold my business and started writing for the local paper on news in my village.

The writing bug had come back and I set up Back Pain Blog I was on a different platform to WordPress which was mainly UK blogs but it closed down so I had to start again. Second time around I named my blog Back Pain Blog UK so people knew where I was based and amazingly I soon had followers and even some of my old ones that had moved onto WordPress had tracked me down.

Since 2007 I have written blogs and articles in magazines for a number of companies, some voluntary, and written on health, food, beauty and local news. I self published my own book on Baking Tips and a book on Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Pain,

I have also written a book for both my children on their life since the day they were born up until they reached the age of 30 years which included of 250 photos. They both treasured these and I have now promised them that I will write a story of their 93 year Grandad’s life who has passed away recently.

I am busy at the moment with an updated version of my Baking Book with lots of tips and all you would want to know about tea and afternoon teas which includes some of my personal recipes.

To say that writing has turned my life around is an understatement after leaving school with just two qualifications neither of which were related to English. I would encourage anyone who is in constant pain or lonely to try and write a blog and make some new friends along the way. It’s something to get up for and something which keeps your brain active.

I have in the last two weeks bought myself an iPad Mini4 which I am writing on at the moment as I can no longer lift a laptop due to the pain whereas this little iPad is perfect for writing on.

Feel free to ask me anything about blogging or self publishing just pm through my blog and I will happily get back to you.

ACTIVE POSTURE SHIRT ON ITV’S LORRAINE…

On Thursday 8th November on ITV’s Lorraine program Dr. Hilary talked about back pain.

He explained how many people suffer from back pain but if you promote good posture it could help to alleviate some of the pain, especially in the thoracic and neck region.

With today’s technology many people have their neck bent for most of Active Posture’s, posture shirt can help with this problem by correcting your posture for you which was worn on Lorraine.

I have reviewed this shirt before as I felt a real benefit in my thoracic area after wearing it.

If you missed it then this is the link to the second review which basically explains all about the posture correcting shirt from Active Posture.

It makes sense that good posture will help anyone with spinal problems and I noticed a difference after wearing mine but I had no idea how many other people were looking for something like this for them.

I have since done a little bit more research on posture correcting items which are quite widely available on the internet. They vary in price from this brace posture orthotic corrector back adjuster for as little as £5.42 from Gear Best to a posture brace/corrector from Back Pain Help at £39.99

Amazon has over 8,000 results for Posture Correctors which again vary in price but if I type in posture correcting shirt then you have to scroll over quite a few pages to find a proper posture shirt like this Skins Mens DNAmic Ultimate K-Proprium Posture Top at £98.23 which states that it has Biomechanically placed Proprioceptive Power Bands wrap the body’s prime movers to give them the support they need to stay activated and able to control motion for longer periods of time. But it doesn’t go into any detail about it helping with pain.  

Tommie Cooper Womens Posture Shirt also on Amazon has said it has targeted compression to the shoulders and muscles along the spine and helps relieve everyday aches and pains at a cost of £72-£197. 

It is obvious that to get the best ones of these tops/shirts to help with your posture and ease pain will definitely not be cheap but as with anything in life, you pay for what you get. I’ve only tried the posture correcting shirt from Active Posture at £89.95 so I cannot comment on any others that I have written about above,  but it’s a trial and error for anyone wanting to give this a try and Active Posture do offer you a money back guarantee and has five stars from 803 reviews. So maybe that’s why I had so many readers on my review of this top.