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LEARN HOW YOUR SPINE WORKS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS BOTHERING YOU…

Your spine is made up of a column of 33 bones, called vertebrae, which are stacked one on top of another like Lego bricks.

There are 7 cervical vertebrae in your neck, which includes one which links to your skull, 12 thoracic vertebrae in your chest, 5 lumber vertebrae in your mid/low back and 5 sacral vertebrae at the bottom of your back and finally 4 bones in your coccyx, which is the tail end of your back.

All these joined together are able to give you the ability to curve and flex your spine.

Attached to your vertebrae are your muscles and ligaments. Ligaments are tough fibres which help to keep everything in place. Nerves appear from gaps between each pair of bones which then supply your muscles and then carry sensations to your brain.

Major muscle groups also support and help to stabilise your spine, providing your spine with the ability to flex, extend, twist and bend sideways.

The lumber nerves have a bundle of nerve fibres known as the sciatic nerve, which supplies the legs and feet.

In between the bones are the discs which stop the spine from jarring acting like a cushion to enable you to move. These disc make up about a quarter of the height of the spine. They come in two parts, a jelly which is the centre piece for your discs and supports the weight, and a series of concentric rings which keep the jelly in place.

Behind your discs nerves pass through and behind this is what is called a facet joint, which allows your bones to move on another. All the bones are joined together by ligaments.

The more you learn about how your back works, the more you will understand when it’s bothering you.

Source: Polyclinic, London Norwich Spine

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SPRAINS AND BREAKS ARE COMMON OVER CHRISTMAS…

Heels are getting higher and higher, but they can lead to everything from an ankle sprain to chronic back pain. I sprained my ankle last year just standing up badly. It’s as easy as that.

Pressure from high heels can also lead to blisters, swelling, bursitis, bunions and Achilles tendon pain.

Switching to lower heels will help avoid the problem. The lower you go, the more natural your foot position will be.

If you have to wear heels then wear a chunky heel as they have more surface area and this distributes your weight more evenly.

However, completely flat ballet pumps can also cause problems with poor arch support. You can have insoles with ballet pumps which is something I always use.

And don’t forget those very pointed toes can leave you with bunions and possible surgery when you get older.

Many women are unwilling to trade style for comfort but it’s up to you which you decide to wear.

I’m a short 5ft in height and would love to wear the high heels I used to wear, but I know I can’t possibly wear them. Trainers are also good to wear but I just do not like myself in trainers and tend to wear ballet pumps with insoles.

Whatever you wear over Christmas, take care and watch out for those slippery streets when the ice and snow come our way.

 

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7 ITEMS I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THIS CHRISTMAS…

Here are 7 items I cannot live without this Christmas that help me get through the day. What are yours?

  1. My heat pad – I’ve had a number of them which I use so much they wear out but my latest one from Sweet Dreams Electric Heat Pad which they say is therapeutic, soothing pain relief for arthritis, tension, stomach and back pain. I bought mine from Amazon which was £28.95
  2. My coccyx cushion – I could not live without my coccyx cushions which I have in my car and my husbands as well as on my office chair and a dining room chair when I am working from the dining room table. I have used the Love Home Coccyx Cushion which they say is great for lower back pain, sciatica and hemorrhoid’s pain and yet while supporting my Dad in the hospital recently they have now stopped using these as they think they actually increase the problem with hemorrhoids. Yet again I bought mine from Amazon which was £21.99

      3. My Lenovo Yoga 510 laptop – This was a Christmas present to me from hubby two years ago and I spend far to much time on it but could also not live without it but I am seriously thinking of changing it to a lightweight netbook or ipad as I truly cannot go anywhere without this and it is heavy to carry. I have tried working from my Kindle Fire but it just doesn’t work for me like my Lenovo. I bought mine from Lenovo which was £449.00

      4. My V Pillow – I started using a v pillow after my second cervical neck surgery as I had to wear a collar for a short period and I found the v pillow was something that I could lie on and be comfortable. I now use it to help me sleep like a child would use a dummy and struggle if I go to stay somewhere that does not have one. I bought mine from Dunelm for £12.00

      5. My Iphone 6 – I truly find this is now something that comes with me everywhere and is by my bed at night. I use it to keep in touch with all my friends and  family and write and read WordPress blogs as well as Facebook, If I am having a bad night I use a sleep app or listen to music or sometimes play a card game but it has become my companion for life. I bought mine from 02 and I am on a contract whereby I pay the phone back at the end of it.

6. My Kindle Paperwhite – when I retire to bed I am in too much pain to hold anything heavy so I keep all my books on my Paperwhite which I can lie on my side and lean on a pillow to read. I love my paperwhite and if I am having a bad night I can easily read without disturbing hubby with the built in adjustable light that lets you read indoors and outdoors, day ad night. It weighs only around 182 g so what is there not to like about something that easy to hold. It now pairs with audible if you want to just listen to a story and a single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.

 

7. My pain killers – during the festive period the post goes a bit haywire and so I always make sure my medications are ordered well before the rush to avoid any mishap. Without my medication I would be quite miserable. Check when your last order for your medications are in case it’s just before Christmas.