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TO BETTER DAYS WITH HEALTHIER JOINTS AND MUSCLES…

To Better Days from a clinic in New Zealand. This is the story of where this business began.

Dr John Lyftogt has been treating patients for nerve, joint and muscle ailments for over 30 years. In this time, he noted a lack of development in treatments for long-term sufferers (with the exception of opioids which can create other problems). Frustrated by the indifference shown by modern medicine, John and his physical education specialist wife Maria set out to explore new ways to help those suffering with long-term muscle, joint and nerve pain.

Using his scientific understanding of the body and connecting with medical professionals around the globe who specialize in muscle, nerve and joint pain, John developed a range of radical new treatments.

These have been used at his clinic in Christchurch as well as by a global network of doctors. John and Maria taught, and continue to teach, thousands of doctors around the world to this day.

The next step was to bring this treatment to sufferers outside of the clinic too. The patent for the topical formulation was taken out in 2010. Devastatingly, the development program was delayed not once but twice by earthquakes at its base in Christchurch.

Yet John and Maria were resolute in continuing to help more people around the globe – to show them there is another way and to lead them To Better Days.

Their comprehensive website covers lots of articles on exercise, mental health, nutrition, pain management, science, sleep, wellbeing and some personal stories. You can join there community at To Better Days to share and find tips. You could spend literally hours just reading through it all.

Their active joint patches soothe discomfort and improve the health of joints, nerves and muscles. You simply apply the patch directly where you need it and feel the benefit in as little as 30 minutes, with results that last up to 24 hours. They offer a trial pack which offers a combination of 3 big joint patches and 6 small joint patches. allowing you to trial our product on your back, shoulders, knees, fingers, wrists and ankles, at only £9.59.They kindly sent me this back to give a try.

With chronic pain in a number of areas I had to decide which area I might benefit from the most. I decided to try the largest of the patches on my hip just before I went to bed. The reason I chose to put it on then is because it’s my hip pain that wakes me up every night without fail so anything to give me a full nights sleep would be wonderful.

I was soon asleep as usual but the amazing thing was that the next time I woke up it was my alarm clock ringing out at 7.15am. I had actually slept through the night without waking up in pain. For me to just get one full nights sleep a week is a miracle.

On the instructions it says apply to clean, dry skin and apply directly to the affected area. The activation mark will disappear once the patch starts working. It then says peel off after use and remove any residue with warm soapy water. I shower every morning so I knew the patch would have to come off and I did notice my skin was quite irritated by it. This is not the first time this has happened. I have tried many different patches but always end up with an irritation. Ordinary plasters also cause me the same problem.

I felt pretty gutted after having such a good nights sleep. This will not stop me from using it again but maybe try the smaller patch next time and for the 12 hours instead of 24 so that I can get the benefit of the patch. 72% of customers rate their patches as excellent, with most saying they experienced a reduction in pain.

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FIBROMYALGIA SUFFERERS FIND MUCH NEEDED PAIN RELIEF THROUGH WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY…

According to a recent article in EIN News, Fibromyalgia sufferers find much needed pain relief through Whole Body Cryotherapy. Research identifies that six whole body cryotherapy sessions at -130 °C can significantly reduce pain and disease activity in sufferers of Fibromyalgia. A recently published scientific research article[i] has highlighted the beneficial use of whole-body cryotherapy for sufferers of fibromyalgia.

The research involved 23 fibromyalgia sufferers and 30 healthy controls participating in six sessions of whole-body cryotherapy at -130 °.

I have written a few articles before on cryotherapy which started in Japan and uses a device called a cryosauna. For the procedure, a patient stands in a chamber with their head sticking out the top, and they wear socks and gloves. Volunteers are exposed to extremely cold (-110c -140c) air for up to three minutes. The delicate body parts like the hands and feet are protected while the rest of the body experiences a sudden drop in temperature. After a few sessions, the body experiences measurable changes that can help to relieve pain. It is stated that it is not suitable for people who suffer from claustrophobia and no-one should undertake it until a full medical history has been taken.

The analgesic (pain-relieving) effects of cryotherapy are related to three specific changes in the body. First, the nerve signal transmission is slowed. Reducing a number of nerve signals getting through to the brain might relieve pain in some individuals. Second, nor-epinephrine levels increase after cold immersion. This stress-induced chemical reduces pain sensitivity as a protective mechanism in times of life-or-death situations. And lastly, cryotherapy can reduce pain intensity and frequency by reducing inflammation. All of these potential benefits can be measured in the lab, but how does cryotherapy measure up in the real world?

Basically, the fact that you are cold, then warm apparently makes the blood swirl into action to help heal.

I’m not sure if I’d fancy this and wonder if ice packs, followed by warm packs, would hit the spot just the same?

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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AROMATHERAPY OILS FOR PAIN…

Eucalyptus oil, it’s not just a beautiful tree and leaf but also great as oil to ease pain, thanks to its anti-inflammatory benefits. It can help sore muscles from pain caused by arthritis or Fibromyalgia. Mix one or two drops with either coconut, argan or jojoba oil, then rub in the sore area in a circular motion. You can also blend with peppermint and rosemary oil to create a feel-good muscle rub. Lots of other oils also work well for pain relief.

Lavender is the most famous essential oil for pain relief and relaxation is lavender. It’s also good for your cardiovascular and digestive systems, lowers blood pressure, and helps relieve insomnia.

For relaxation try vanilla. Place a few drops of vanilla extract onto a handkerchief and carry it with you throughout the day. It helps fight infections, reduces inflammation, helps respiratory problems, and can work as an antioxidant.

To help you recharge try peppermint, jasmine, citrus. These scents make you feel more awake. Apparently, even though these scents are pleasant, they act as mild irritants and the effect is similar to that of smelling salts.

Sprinkle a few drops of the essential oil of your choice in a candle diffuser, or dilute two drops in 1 tsp. of avocado or almond oil, then rub it onto the back of your hand.

For pain relief try Green apple. The smell of green apples can reduce the severity and duration of migraine headaches and may have a similar effect on joint pain.

Another way for pain relief is to eat a green apple for a snack or bathe with green apple bath salts.

My love of essential oils goes back about 20+ years. The hospital where I had my first spinal surgeries had a lady that came into the hospital on a weekly basis and gave patients aromatherapy massage if they wished to have it.

She was a quiet small lady whose aura gave a feeling of calm before she even gave you the aromatherapy massage. She would mix the oils at the time you arrived by first finding out what sort of pain you were in. If I go somewhere that sells or uses these oils it takes me straight back to my regular session with my aromatherapist.

Unfortunately, like all of us, she eventually retired and although I still have the odd aromatherapy massage I have yet to have a treatment that reacted in quite the same way.

Sometimes I will use an aromatherapy diffuser scent ring, to fill the room with my favourite oils. Lavender (which also reminds me of my Grandma as she always wore it) mixed with rosemary oil is top of my list.

Storing your oils is important for their lifespan. Try to store your oils in a dark amber glass bottle, this will store it better. If they are stored in a clear or plastic bottle they will deteriorate in about 8 weeks.

Always store away from direct sunlight, in a cool and dark place is best. If stored correctly they could last up to one year.

To make your oils go further, add five to 10% of wheat-germ oil, as it helps to preserve the mixture.

Before you massage ALWAYS do a patch test first to check you are not allergic to it.

Always wash your hands when you have finished the massage.

Many Fibromyalgia forums have written comments on this oil with some having great results and others no so great, but that can be the same with drugs or treatments as it seems pains affect people differently.

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