In the event that you battle to stand while using open transport, there is a free identification badge which enables you to alarm others that you need a seat.
A considerable number of people have conditions or a sickness but have nothing to show about there condition are in need of a seat on all forms of transport. With this badge you don’t have to clarify your purpose behind the badge but you should be offered a seat.
Around 78 per cent of people who carry the TfL badge say that they now find it a lot easier to get a seat on the bus or Tube. But this is a London-centred scheme. With more than one in six people in the UK have an ‘activity limiting’ condition, accounts from across the UK generally paint a picture of inaccessibility and discomfort on public transport for those with invisible conditions.
If you see someone with a badge or card and you are seated, they say you should stand and offer them your seat. While there are priority seats on public transport, they would like to encourage all customers in any seat, to be considerate and offer their seat to those that are less able to stand.
I am surprised it has taken so long for this to be developed but just reading the difference it has made to people suffering from MS, cancer, being pregnant, to name a few. I just hope it won’t be long before other councils follow suit. If your council has launched this please let us know in a comment for others to take advantage of it.
Not all local councils cover this badge but it might be just worth writing to yours if you cannot find anything online. The ones I found were London, Greater Manchester, and Network West Midlands.
This month’s back pain tips are –
Take something to control the pain and stay active. Bed-rest is not the answer.
Classic Pilates moves support the spine and can create a flat tum in the process !!
Revamp your bed to get a good night’s sleep. They say one in ten cases of back pain could be caused by old or poorly supportive mattresses. There are a number of mattress companies that run a ‘try before you buy’ offer so if you get the wrong type you could change it for another type.
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An introduction to Reiki by Mary Lambert is a great beginner’s guide to the Japanese healing system, which involves the laying on of hands to soothe you emotionally and physically. It introduces you to the history and principles of Reiki and shows you how to heal yourself and others
For each of the 12 basic healing positions, the book also offers a self-treatment option so you can do it on your self using clear step-by-step instructions and photography. Also contains a first aid section, and how to combine Reiki with other modalities. You can even practise it on your pets and plants. It’s available on Amazon for only 1p.
On May 12th and throughout the month of May of each year, people worldwide spread awareness of fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions through live events, online activities, and personal efforts. In the UK our awareness day is 2nd – 9th September but we can still raise awareness in the UK this May.
Join the millions of people who will be participating on this day by holding various events to raise awareness for fibromyalgia, an invisible and debilitating chronic condition.
Awareness and funding are the keys to battling the enigma that is Fibromyalgia, and this day was created for just that.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia may include heightening skin sensitivity – especially to pain, muscle stiffness, some difficulties sleeping, problems with memory and concentration, extreme tiredness, and headaches.
These symptoms are not uncommon in other diseases – and some sufferers don’t even experience all these symptoms – so it’s easy to see what makes fibromyalgia so tricky to diagnose.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia, so at the moment the only option for sufferers is to have a number of treatments. For example, medication such as painkillers and antidepressants are often prescribed.
Fibromyalgia Association has been involved in producing an online fibromyalgia learning package for professionals and patients. Fibromyalgia UK have it and It is free and after testing a certificate can be printed off. While some of it may obviously fit the American system rather than the NHS, it is still a useful resource with much valuable information.