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As most of my readers know we moved from The Midlands in the U.K. down south to Sussex. We downsized big time and bought a small ‘new build’ semi detached property which from some windows overlooks the beautiful South Downs
With it being a new property all we got were the white goods in the kitchen so we had to start from scratch to dress the house. It’s taken us the good part of seven months to finally get it how we like it but we felt it was missing something.
Then I found this ‘amazing’ company called ‘Photo Wall’ who are based in Sweden and make wallpaper, prints , posters and wall murals. After looking through lots and lots of what you could only call ‘inspirational’ patterns we stumbled on ‘Madame De Pompadour in Silver’.
We had it put up on the wall at the top of the landing and we absolutely love it. The colours of the birds pick up my accent colours in both the bedrooms and if we leave our bedroom door open we can lie in bed and admire the relaxing theme of this wallpaper. They use the highest quality materials and printing for their wallpaper. Assembly is easy and their products are printed to your exact dimensions so they will fit perfectly on your wall and it even included the Wallpaper Paste.
It has motivated us to look outside the box and think of papering other rooms with one of the Photo Wall’spapers or maybe have a mural. I can’t believe the difference it has made. What do you think?
Photo Wallis offering my followers 25% discount with the following link “backpainbloguk2021” it can be used as many as you want for a month. For lots more images and ideas head to my interiors site Images of a Hygge Lifestyle.
Seasonal changes can affect people in different ways, with some feeling quite blue and low. However, you could feel a little better with flowers.
Flower therapy forms a part of alternative medicine. They comprise a therapeutic system that uses dilutions of flower essences developed by Dr.Edward Bach to balance physical and emotional disturbances. In the world of flowers, Dr Bach found resonances of the conditions he found in his patients. He believed the right essence can help to bring back the patient to a positive, happy condition. Dr Bach distilled the essence of certain flowers, and choose the right ones for the state of being of a patient.
It is a form of energy medicine to restore balance in your life. It can be used in conjunction with traditional counselling, and help heal negative emotions which can come from sadness, panic, worry, lethargy, pain without physical cause and much more.
Flower therapy is very similar to homoeopathy in many respects. Except that flower essences are not dependent on the theory of successive dilutions. A Bach Flower Remedy consists of water that has been patterned with the energetic vibes of 38 different flowers. The remedy is taken in a cup of water, or other drink, 4 times a day. Homoeopathy is listed on the NHS Complementary and Alternative Therapy Page.
Flower Sense has been created to serve the growing natural health community and is committed to increasing the awareness of the remarkable healing properties of flower remedies. They explain that ‘flower essences are energy remedies. Their action is not physical but works on the subtle body which of course may act on the physical. Their effects may vary for different individuals.’ Flower sense is founded by Clare Harvey, an internationally known author of authoritative books on Flower Essences.
Chris Phillips from Flower Therapy UK is an experienced flower essence therapist who has worked with flower essences both personally and professionally over the last 30 years. Chris specialises in working with clients to uncover their individual blockages or imbalances, tailoring the programme of therapy to each person’s unique needs. Chris says ‘Flower essence therapy is the practice of using flower essences to restore the balance between mind, body and spirit. Flower essences work by tackling the emotional and mental states which are often at the root of, or strong contributing factors in, most types of illness.’
Chris has also written a book ‘Treating Depression Naturally: How Flower Essences Can Rebalance Your Life’, Flower essences can tackle the emotional and mental blockages that often lie at the root of illness. Chris Phillips, a flower essence therapist with over thirty years experience, incorporates Bach’s and other flower essence systems in this helpful handbook, allowing you to tailor treatments to your unique needs and circumstances. Packed with insight, inspiration and real-life stories, Treating Depression Naturally offers a new way of thinking about and managing your anxiety and depression.
The technology and the corresponding physiological idea be- hind the Joya shoe is rooted in the longstanding experience of the swiss family Müller. The knowledge is based on the studies and experiences with previous functional footwear. In addition to that the Joya Academy promotes an ongoing dialogue with the medical community (Physiotherapists, doctors, podiatrists..)
in order to improve and fine tune the technology. Therefore the Joya concept is based on scientific results of universities (Uni- versity Jena, ETH Zürich..) or medical institutions (AGR) as well as empiric science and the feedback of customers and the medical community.
Prof. Dr. Med. habit. Christoph Anders from the University of Jena conducted a study of Joya and the following is a statement after the study.
“When using the „Emotion“ model, the back is relieved because there is a measurable reduction in the average muscle amplitude values for the main stabilization muscle, M. multifidus, as compared to conventional shoes.When using the “Motion“ model, the back is activated and thus trained even more strong- ly in the sense of an unconsciously induced training (measurable increase in the average muscle amplitude values for the main stabilisation muscle, M. multifidus).
Moreover, the foot is also relieved because:
The softness (Emotion) or the forward displacement of the step zone (Motion) can have a positive effect, especially in patients with heel problems.
The Motion shoe causes a significant increase in the co-contraction of the lateral and medial compartment of the leg, i.e. the active support of the foot arch. In particular, this occurs in the phase of the initial heel contact.”
The award winning shoes at Joya are MOTION – for Active walking and standing The Joya Motion line promotes an increased late- ral-medial balance movement due to the height and shape of the sole. The curved rocker bottom facilitates the roll off which may be especially beneficial for people with arthrosis or hallux rigidus. Developed to mimic active walking and standing in deep sand.
And the EMOTION ( as discussed above) which is for Stress-free walking and standing
The Joya Emotion line generates a more stable way of walking due to the flatter sole whilst providing passive cushioning and reset forces .The WAVE technology can especially be combi- ned with orthopedic insoles. Developed to mimic joyful walking in firmer sand along the waterline.
At the moment ShoeMed are currently offering Joya customers 10% off the full RRP when using Discount Code: GOLD10
What is sciatica, and what can help with the pain ?
Sciatica is a term that describes symptoms of pain, numbness, and/or weakness that radiate along the sciatic nerve from the lower back to the buttocks and leg. The medical term for sciatica is lumbar radiculopathy. … Sciatica symptoms are typically felt on only one side of the body.
Web MD describes that it usually starts with a herniated disk in your lumbar (lower) spine. Your vertebrae (the bones that make up your spine) are separated and cushioned by flat, flexible, round disks of connective tissue. When a disk gets worn down — either because of an injury or just years of use — its soft centre can begin to push out from the hard outer ring.
When a disk herniates, it might put pressure on the nerves around it. This can cause a lot of pain when that happens to be the sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It starts in your lower back and splits to run through your hips, buttocks, legs, and feet on both sides. Bone spurs and spinal stenosis (narrowing) can also put pressure on the sciatic nerve in the lower back. When that happens, it can cause a lot of problems all the way down the nerve.
The most distinctive sign of sciatica is pain that radiates from your lower back into the back or side or your legs. It can range from a mild ache to sharp, severe pain. You can also get numbness, tingling, and weakness in your leg or foot.
Healthline describe what you should do next when you have sciatica. Sciatica is a symptom that varies from one person to another and depends on the condition that’s causing it. To diagnose sciatica, your doctor will first want to get your full medical history.
This includes whether you have had any recent injuries, where you feel the pain, and how the pain feels. They’ll want to know what makes it better, what makes it worse, and how and when it started.
The next step is a physical exam that’ll include testing your muscle strength and reflexes. Your doctor might also ask you to do some stretching and moving exercises to determine which activities cause more pain.
The next round of diagnosis is for people who have dealt with sciatica for longer than a month or have a major illness, such as cancer.
Nerve tests will allow your doctor to examine how nerve impulses are being conducted by your sciatic nerve and learn if there are any abnormalities. These tests may help locate the area involved and the degree to which the impulse is being slowed.
Imaging tests will allow your doctor to get a look at your spine, which will help them determine the cause of your sciatica.
The most common imaging tests used to diagnose sciatica and find its cause are spinal X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. Normal X-rays will not be able to provide a view of sciatic nerve damage. An MRI uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of your back. A CT scan uses radiation to create detailed images of your body.
Your doctor may order a CT myelogram. For this test, they’ll inject a special dye into your spine to help produce clearer pictures of your spinal cord and nerves.
The NHS has a list of do and dont’s while waiting for treatment for the pain. DO carry on with your normal activities as much as possible, take regular back stretches, start gentle exercise as soon as you can – anything that gets you moving can help, hold heat packs to the painful areas – you can buy these from pharmacies and ask your pharmacist about painkillers that can help – paracetamol on its own is unlikely to relieve your pain.
DON’T sit or lie down for long periods – even if moving hurts, it’s not harmful and can help you get better faster and do not use hot water bottles to ease the pain – you could scald yourself if your skin is numb.
But what you CAN do is to buy a Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion. The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion is a class 1 medical device designed to alleviate the pressure on the sciatic nerve while sitting allowing the nerve space and time to heal. By placing the cushion on your seat every time you sit you are able to stretch your sciatic nerve whilst reducing the increased pressure the nerve experiences during sitting. This cushion is specifically designed for people who have sciatica pain symptoms that are aggravated or exacerbated while sitting or seated. It is easy to use, safe and specifically designed for sciatica pain relief.
When you have sciatica the sciatic nerve is hypersensitive to any stimulation. Small amounts of stimulation can cause excessive pain. One of the keys to recovering from sciatica pain is to calm the nerve from over stimulation. Nerves are highly sensitive to the mechanical stimulus of stretch and pressure – both of these stimulae occur when you sit, which is why sitting often is uncomfortable if you have sciatica. Appropriate stretching can be beneficial for sciatica, but stretching while the nerve is under pressure can be painful. The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion allows gentle stretching of the sciatic nerve while sitting without the pressure on the sciatic nerve.
The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion is simple to use. Safe and easy to apply regularly to give sciatica pain relief. When sciatica strikes the simplest things in life can be the hardest things to do. Things like:
Sitting down to enjoy a meal
Working in the office
Driving, commuting and travelling to work
In all these situations sitting can be made more comfortable when you are suffering with sciatic pain when you use the Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion. Any help that assists in speeding up recovery is a welcome relief. You can head to the Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion website and sign up for their newsletter, look at testimonials about the cushion and read tips on exercising and lots more.