ESSENTIAL OILS THAT CAN GIVE YOU AN ENERGY BOOST…

I am studying all about Essential Oils and their benefits to lots of conditions and came across an article in Healthline Woman’s Wellness which said there are a number of Essential Oils that can offer an energy boost.

In case you didn’t know Essential oils are concentrated compounds extracted from plants through steam or water distillation, or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. Essential oils are most commonly used in the practice of aromatherapy. They’re typically either inhaled or diluted and applied to the skin.

Some essential oils backed up by research for boosting energy include, peppermint, sweet orange, rosemary, spearmint mixed with rosemary oil and lemon.

Always follow the essential oil best practices as set out in Healthline and check with your GP that none of them will clash with any of your medication,

  • Always use a carrier oil when applying essential oils topically. 
  • Always do a patch test before applying to your skin.
  • Always buy 100% pure essential oils from a reputable source.
  • Never take essential oils by mouth unless told to do so by a healthcare professional. Many oils are toxic.

Source : Healthline

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  • SIX BOTTLES OF PREMIUM PURE THERAPEUTIC GRADE OILS: Potent and Cooling Peppermint helps improve concentration. Fruity, Tangy Sweet Orange can raise your spirits with one whiff. Inhale some Sweetly Floral Lavender when you need to relax. Warm, Spicy Tea Tree has always been known for being both cleansing and medicinal wonders. The Invigorating Power of Eucalyptus can be used to clear congested/stuffy noses and Earthy Lemongrass is the perfect vitalising pick-me-up. Now that’s value.
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MIGRAINE AWARENESS WEEK 1-7th SEPTEMBER, 2019…

Migraine Awareness Week is 1st – 7th September, 2019. The Migraine Trust say that while there is an increasing awareness of migraine and understanding of what it is, not many would disagree that we are no where near the level of awareness and understanding that we need to reach. And we do need to reach it because lack of awareness and understanding of migraine seriously impacts our lives, with too many people not fully realising what it is like to live with this condition.

That’s why it is so crucial for us to maximize the opportunity that Migraine Awareness Week gives us. Running from 1-7 September this year, it is a moment in the year when everyone affected by migraine and everyone working to help those affected work together to raise the profile of migraine as a complex neurological condition and dispel any ideas that it is ‘just a headache’.

They have two focuses for Migraine Awareness Week. The first focus is tackling the isolation that migraine can often lead to and encouraging people with migraine to talk to their friends and family about it. It has been wonderful that so many people have held Meetups since they launched. They say they love seeing the pictures from the Meet-ups and hearing about them, particularly how they have helped you talk about migraine. Many of you have also used them as an opportunity to thank your friends and family for supporting you with your migraine.

The second focus builds on last year’s workplace activity. The aim of this is to create workplaces that are ‘Mindful of Migraine’. By mindful of migraine we mean for employers to be aware of the high numbers of people who get migraine and that it is a complex, varied, and often debilitating neurological condition. We would then like employers to make reasonable adjustments once they become aware that they have an employee who gets migraine.

Get involved with either of these focuses by contacting or looking at The Migraine Trust website.

DO YOU GET THAT FEELING IN YOUR BONES WHEN IT STARTS TO RAIN?…

You hear many people say I can feel it in my bones when it starts to rain, well according to Harvard Medical School, in an article from Science Daily, they found no relationship between rainfall and joint or back pain.

The notion that certain symptoms and weather go hand in hand has persisted since antiquity. Hippocrates, writing in On Airs, Waters, and Places, exhorted those who wish to understand medicine to look at the changing seasons of the year and study the prevailing winds to see how the weather they bring affects health. The belief has endured over the centuries and well into the present, likely fueled by a combination of folklore and small studies that have repeatedly yielded mixed results.

The newly published analysis led by Anupam Jena of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy said “No matter how we looked at the data, we didn’t see any correlation between rainfall and physician visits for joint pain or back pain,” said Jena, who is the Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital. “The bottom line is: Painful joints and sore backs may very well be unreliable forecasters.”

The human brain is good at finding patterns, Jena noted, and these beliefs are often self-fulfilling. If you expect your knee to hurt when it rains and it doesn’t, you forget about it, he said, but if it hurts and you blame it on the rain, it tends to stick in your mind.

“As physicians, we should be sensitive to the things our patients are telling us. Pain is pain, with or without rain,” Jena said. “But it’s important to know that, at the clinical level, joint pain does not appear to ebb and flow with the weather.”

Well, I don’t know about some of my readers but I have to totally disagree. I am most definitely worse with certain weather conditions and better in other type of weather conditions. I find my body has to adjust to the change of seasons and if I go abroad for a holiday the same applies so it’s not just a UK thing.

I would love to hear what your thoughts are on rain and pain ?

Source : Harvard Medical School and Science Daily

TREAT YOURSELF WITH ACUPRESSURE FOR LOWER BACK PAIN…

If you are suffering from lower back pain then according to Science Daily you could treat yourself using acupressure.

A recent study found that people with chronic lower back pain who performed self-administered acupressure experienced improvement in pain and fatigue symptoms.

Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but instead of needles, pressure is applied with a finger, thumb or device to specific points on the body and while acupressure has been previously studied — and found to be beneficial — in people with cancer-related or osteoarthritis pain, there are few studies that have examined acupressure in people with back pain.

In the study, published in Pain Medicine, the research team randomly assigned 67 participants with chronic low back pain into three groups: relaxing acupressure, stimulating acupressure or usual care.

“Relaxing acupressure is thought to be effective in reducing insomnia, while stimulating acupressure is thought to be effective in fatigue reduction,” says Susan Murphy lead author of the study.

Participants in the acupressure groups were trained to administer acupressure on certain points of the body, and spent between 27 and 30 minutes daily, over the course of six weeks, performing the technique.

Participants in the usual care group were asked to continue whatever treatments they were currently receiving from their care providers to manage their back pain and fatigue.

“Compared to the usual care group, we found that people who performed stimulating acupressure experienced pain and fatigue improvement and those that performed relaxing acupressure felt their pain had improved after six weeks,” Murphy says.

“We found no differences among the groups in terms of sleep quality or disability after the six weeks.”

Murphy notes that chronic pain is difficult to manage and people with the condition tend to have additional symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbance and depression.

“Better treatments are needed for chronic pain,” Murphy says. “Most treatments offered are medications, which have side effects, and in some cases, may increase the risk of abuse and addiction.”

She says this study highlights the benefits of a non-pharmacological treatment option that patients could perform easily on their own and see positive results.

“Although larger studies are needed, acupressure may be a useful pain management strategy given that it is low risk, low cost and easy to administer,” Murphy says.

“We also recommend additional studies into the different types of acupressure and how they could more specifically be targeted to patients based on their symptoms.”

Source : Michigan Medicine University of Michigan and Science Daily

FIRST MEDICALLY APPROVED BACK PAIN APP in EU and UK AIMS TO END THE NATIONWIDE EPIDEMIC of BACK PAIN in UK OFFICES…

  Back pain in UK offices ‘nationwide epidemic’ experts claim

 Sedentary workplace lifestyle to blame but simple measures can reduce condition

London, UK – Bad posture among UK office employees is a nationwide epidemic. Sitting at desks all day, slouching over computers and a general sedentary lifestyle has led one in five Brits to give up their job or reduce hours because of their condition1. Experts behind Kaia, the first and only medically approved back pain app in the EU and UK, want to end the nationwide epidemic of back pain in UK offices, and claim that a few simple changes in the workplace can help to reduce the risk.

 ‘Epidemic levels‘

According to WHO, back pain is the leading global cause of disability worldwide.2 Meanwhile, in the UK, an estimated one-third of the adult population are affected by back issues each year.3 And according to the Office for National Statistics, back pain accounts for almost 31 million days of work lost annually costing the UK economy £14 billion a year.4 In another study, 63% in higher managerial jobs attributed their back pain to bad posture, and took more days off sick for back pain than any other type of employee.1

The Kaia back pain app was developed by digital therapy company Kaia Health in conjunction with physiotherapists, orthopaedic surgeons and clinical psychologists. The app offers video exercises with education, physiotherapy and psychological strategies. Users can chat online with a physiotherapist or sports scientist for motivation and exercise-related questions

 

Video: Kaia back pain app unveils 10 exercises to relieve back pain at work:

http://ow.ly/SWcq30pomaN

Sedentary office occupations can cause back pain as a result of inactivity between back muscles and the spine – but this is not the only factor. A combination of high workload, posture, job dissatisfaction or fear over termination can increase the occurrence of back pain at work.

In an independent clinical study published recently in NPJ Digital Medicine, patients using Kaia reported significantly lower pain levels compared to the control group treated with physiotherapy and online education.

A few simple changes can help to reduce the risk of back pain in the workplace. These include:

 

● Walk and talk during phone calls

● Take a break from the screen every 30 minutes for at least two minutes

● Exercise regularly at your desk including arm stretches and neck rolls

● Walk over to and talk with a colleague rather than emailing them

● Arrange a workplace assessment to optimise the seating position and workstation

● Meditate for 10 minutes. Be mindful of the influence workplace stress and strain has

● Sit correctly with your thighs at right angles to your body or sloping slightly down

Stephan Huber, Chief Medical Officer at Kaia Health, says: at Kaia says: “The core problem is our modern, sedentary working life. We’re hunched at desks all day and this puts a strain on our back. We’re encouraging UK employers to adopt a holistic approach to tackling back pain in and out of the workplace – this could include increased access to exercise and relaxation like the Kaia app offers. Implementing these measures systematically for workers could lead to a more active way of dealing with the condition – and this will help to alleviate back pain and reduce the strain on the NHS.”

Kaia can be downloaded via the App Store and Google Play with a 7-day free-trial.

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About Kaia Health

Kaia Health is a digital therapeutics company that creates accessible, evidence-based treatments for a range of disorders including back pain and COPD. Working with experts in various medical fields, the company uses technology such as machine learning algorithms, to deliver individualised app interventions that aim to empower and motivate patients to take control and self-manage their condition with digital alternatives from their home using devices they already own (i.e., smartphones and tablets). Kaia Health is a member of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance (DTA), an international association of manufacturers that set industry standards for what clinical evidence levels are required to call a product a digital therapeutic. Kaia Health is located in New York City. For more information about Kaia Health, visit www.kaiahealth.com.

 

Media enquiries

Stephan Huber, Chief Medical Officer at Kaia Health is available for interviews

Harry Cymbler, Hot Cherry, harry@hotcherry.co.uk, +44(0) 7801 289 996

 

References:

1. Survey: 2.5 million people experience back pain every day in the UK https://www.news-medical.net/news/20181009/Survey-25-million-people-experience-back-pain-every-day-in-the-UK.aspx

 

2. WHO: Back pain is the leading global cause of disability

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)31678-6/fulltext

 

3. An estimated one-third of the UK adult population are affected by LBP each year

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11709/

 

4. Bad backs cost the UK 31 million days of work costing the UK economy £14bn a year. http://www.nhsemployers.org/news/2015/04/bad-backs-cost-the-uk-31-million-days-of-work