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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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SACROILIAC JOINT PAIN- WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT CAN BE TREATED…

If, like me you are a sufferer of SI joint pain then you will try a number of treatments to help alleviate it. The Very Well Health site explain what sacroiliac joint pain is. SI joints (there are two) are located on either side of your lower back between the sacrum—a triangle-shaped bone that sits beneath the lumbar spine and above the tailbone—and the pelvic bones. SI joints, like any other, can become irritated, dysfunctional (they move too much or not enough), or injured, all of which can lead to pain.

The symptoms of SI joint pain is pain, which can be sharp, stabbing, or dull and located in the lower back or the back of the hip area. Sometimes the pain is felt in the groin, thigh, below the knee, or in the buttocks. Movements or positions that stress the joint can worsen the pain, such as standing up from a sitting position, walking up stairs, turning in bed, or bending/twisting.

I have arthritis in both my SI joints and one side gives me a lot more pain than the other. My pain is both sharp when I lie on my side and stabbing and after a walk can be dull and is in my lower back and hip area. Last year they thought I was suffering from hip bursitis due to the referred pain I was having in my hips but the MRI scan showed it was the SI joints with arthritis.

The treatment I had was corticosteroid which was injected into the SI joint to provide longer-lasting relief. The relief was amazing and lasted a good three months and has slowly come back during the last month. I was told I could have these injections every four months so I am now waiting for a referral for another one. This does not always work for everyone but they say that this injection is  “gold standard” diagnostic test for SI joint dysfunction. If a person experiences at least a 75 percent improvement in pain, the test is considered “positive. So, at least you know what we are dealing with.

Other treatments which Healthline writes about include stretching the muscles around your SI joint as this can potentially help you loosen up tight areas. This may help relieve tension in your lower back and make it easier to move around with less pain and discomfort. They suggest that you try to set aside some time each day to stretch. Even doing a couple of stretches for a few minutes a day can go a long way. Here are 5 stretches and 2 gentle exercises you can do at home to help ease SI joint pain from Healthline.

Other treatments for SI joint pain which are explained on Pain Management site include, radiofrequency denervation  which can also be useful in the treatment of SI joints. This form of treatment uses heat to deactivate the nerves surrounding the painful joint, preventing it from sending pain signals. Treatment with a good physio therapist can also help correct posture and body movements, and provide advice on different sleeping positions. Over the counter medication can be used to treat painful symptoms and in more severe cases, prescription painkillers may be administered. Or, in some cases, where all the above treatment methods fail, then surgery may be considered as an option. SI joint fusion permanently fixes the sacrum to the ilium using metal implants.

Source: Very Well Health, Health Line, Pain Management

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25 REASONS TO CHECK OUT BACK PAIN BLOG NEWS FOR FEBRUARY…

The sun is shining and the sky is blue, it’s a beautiful spring day today and we managed a nice walk in the pleasant warm sunshine. When we got back I sat outside with a cup of tea and tried to think of some interesting post I could write about on my blog. With my blog being mainly about pain and how to tackle it, it makes it quite hard to write something uplifting.

“Getting your readers interested in the first paragraph”, they say, is the key to the reader wanting to read more. So, I took a quick look through all my posts this month and initially I was quite surprised at how many I had written, 25 in total. My posts covered a selection of different subjects from pain relief through acupoints to Walking and the British obsession with the weather.

I looked at my stats to see if readers favored any particular post more than another but surprisingly my stats are pretty much the same on a daily basis. I looked at other sites that are similar to mine and I noticed that some wrote newsletters. I used to write newsletters quite a few years ago now but these were handmade news letters with a pretty bow on as they were for a ladies over 50’s group that I used to run. Of course, that took time and a lot of it and I know my back would not appreciate that sort of work any more. But it gave me an idea on writing a post at the end of every month on the posts that I had written that month (are you still with me?). So, without further adieu I will write on 24 reasons you should check out Back Pain Blog UK.

A few of my posts on Back Pain Blog were focused around acupoints and the benefits of different types of treatments you can have to help for your pain.

1. Teach Yourself Hand Reflexology is the perfect post on this type of treatment. followed by an article on

2. Auricular Therapy which is another type of treatment using acupoints only in your ears this time.

3. Acupuncture Another Natural Approach to Pain explains all about Acupuncture and the benefits you can get from this type of therapy.

4. Trigger Point Therapy is for acute and chronic pain and acupuncture and something you could perform on yourself in your own home, so it’s well worth reading this article.

5. Myofascial Release Therapy and Myofascial Pain

6. I also wrote about A Day in the Life of Ravi-Jaipaul founder of Yoke Wellness and a truly inspirational guy who overcame some awful injuries after a cycling accident and then set up Yoke Wellness.

7. I was gifted his mats and wrote a review on them as they are amazing acupressure mats and could not be happier with the outcome.

8. My awareness days this month were raising the awareness of Raynauds Disease, and

9. Tittinus Awareness week, check out my article here.

10. Other news in February included my personal trip and outcome from my first Covid-19 jab.

11. Plus an article I wrote on Covid-19 and Fibromyalgia, and

12. Pain Medication and Covid-19.

Some other interesting health related news are –

13. How to tell the Difference between x rays and scans.

14. Eight ways to create movement and energy into you day and

16. Bake Yourself Calm – I love baking and find it does calm me down and feel fulfilled when the cake is cooked and ready to hand out, and my family love it when they get a text from me saying I would be dropping off my bakes.

My regular Sleep Sunday slot in February covered –

17. Natural Sleep Aids and

18. How much Children and Teenagers Sleep

19. Simple Walking can vastly Improve Your Health and Wellbeing, but I think we all know this anyway, it’s just motivating ourselves to make it a regular occurrence.

This month I wrote a few articles covering pain with –

20. What is good and bad pain and how should we deal with it,

21. Depression and Back Pain, and

22. Low Back Pain – Is it a Slipped Disc.

A few fun articles included promoting-

23. International Send a Card to a Friend Day, m

23.My post on the website The Bad Back Company of my Day in the Life of a Back Pain Sufferer series and 24. Why It’s not to late to make your New Year Resolutions.

25. Finally, my article on Walking and the British Obsession with the Weather which was reposted onto another blog so someone must have liked it.

I hope you have enjoyed my lowdown on subjects covered this month. I am always happy to receive any suggestions so please let me know if you have any.

Happiness is … looking forward to something.