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BACK PAIN RELIEF THROUGH CANNABIS MEDICINES WEBINAR 25th MAY, 2021…

BACK CARE, the UK’s National Back Pain Charity and INTEGRO MEDICAL CLINICS are delighted to host an expert webinar with leading UK Back Pain Specialists

1 in 3 people in the UK will experience the agony of  back pain at some point in their life. The Work Foundation Report estimate that 12.5 percent of all days lost at work are due to back pain. It can be an absolutely miserable condition and often traditional medical approaches such as opioids & pain killers, steroid injections and surgery fail to bring satisfactory relief. They can actually make a patient’s situation worse.

Lockdown has seen a surge in chronic back pain due to  hours spent crouched over laptops and lack of normal exercise. Cannabis Medicines are gaining increasing interest as an effective and side-effect free treatment for this pain, when traditional methods have failed to help. 

Back Care UK, the National Back Pain Association, has been educating the public on ways to alleviate and help prevent back pain for over 50 years. The organisation, whose Patron is HRH Prince of Wales, provides practical and emotional support to people living with back pain through education, information and advice. Back Care helps people who have back pain whether the cause is through injury, musculoskeletal disorders such as Scoliosis, Axial Spa, or Spina Bifida or as a consequence of another underlying health condition including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease or Cancer.

Back Care and Integro Medical Clinics who specialise in Cannabis Medicines, have joined forces to produce an informative and potentially life changing event webinar that will be of interest to anyone suffering the misery of back pain or health care providers

This stand-alone webinar event will be focusing on the practical application of biomedical knowledge behind cannabis medicines and back pain. The discussion will explore the potential benefits of the addition of cannabis medicines into a chronic pain management regime for this diverse patient group.

The healthcare professionals taking part in the event have years of experience between them in complex pain management and expertise in the treatment of back pain for a variety of conditions.

Audience members will have the opportunity to present questions to the panel at the end of the session.

Panel :

Dr Basil Amahldi – Pain Specialist at Integro Clinics and the London Spinal Clinic

Dr Brian Hammond – Chiropractor, Osteopath and Vice President of BackCare Charity

Dr Anthony Ordman – Hon. Clinical Director of IntegroClinics, a private pain clinic that prescribes cannabis medicines and one of the UK’s most experienced specialists in the treatment of pain. For his contributions to Pain Medicine Dr Ordman was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 2005, and he is Immediate past President of the Pain Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Date & Time:

Tuesday 25th May 19:00 – 20:30

This webinar will be of interest to health care providers and anyone suffering from back pain whether it is a primary condition or a secondary symptom of a more complex pain condition such as MS, Fibromyalgia or Osteoarthritis.

We look forward to seeing you!

To Register:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discussing-back-pain-and-cannabis-medicines-tickets-146736608145

If you would like further press information/interviews with the panel or back pain patients currently using cannabis medicines for true stories :

Please contact Jessica Smith on 07710274661 or press@integroclinics.com

Website:​www.integroclinics.com

To contact BackCare: 

Website: www.backcare.org.uk

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PROGRESSIVE RELAXATION FOR CHRONIC PAIN AND FIBROMYALGIA…

Progressive relaxation is the gradual and conscious letting go of built-up tension in the body’s muscles. If you are unwell or recovering from an illness or surgery you can practice this form of relaxation in bed or in an easy chair.

HealthLine write that this is a way to relieve muscle tension, also known as Jacobson’s relaxation technique. Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is a form of therapy that involves tightening and relaxing your muscle groups, one at a time, in a specific pattern.

The goal is to release tension from your muscles, while helping you recognize what that tension feels like. When practiced regularly, this technique may help you manage the physical effects of stress. Research has also found that it has therapeutic benefits for conditions like:

  • high blood pressure
  • migraines
  • sleep issues

When you have become more confident you will be able to practice it yourself whenever you feel tired, anxious or otherwise stressed. This technique is best done in a quiet place for 10 to 20 minutes where you won’t be interrupted.

PMR was first described by an American physician, Edmund Jacobson, in the 1920s. Jacobson noted that regardless of their illness, the majority of his patients suffered from muscle pain and tension. When he suggested that they relax, he noticed that most people didn’t seem connected to and aware enough of their physical tension to release it.

This inspired Jacobson to develop a sequence of steps for tightening and then relaxing groups of muscles. He found this allowed his patients to become more aware of their tension, to learn how to let go of it, and to recognize what it feels like to be in a relaxed state.

Since then, the technique has been modified many times but all modern variations of PMR are based on Jacobson’s original idea of systematically squeezing and then releasing isolated muscle groups.

Fibromyalgia Treatment explain that the overall goal of relaxation therapy is to elicit the body’s natural relaxation response, which includes slower breathing, lowered blood pressure, and an overall sense of calm and well-being.

Relaxation therapies help to minimize the effects of stress on one’s mind and body, thereby allowing an individual to cope with depression, anxiety, and the symptoms associated with chronic conditions such as Fibromyalgia. There is also an added benefit to relaxation therapies in that most are able to be self-taught and self-administered, usually requiring only brief instruction from a book or an experienced practitioner.

It is also used for Arthritis and the Arthritis Foundation give details on how to practice this at home –

How to Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation 

For each muscle group, tense for 10 seconds and release. Take a few deep breaths as you notice the sensation that comes as those muscles relax, before moving on to the next muscle group. Skip areas that cause pain when tensing.  

1. Sit in a comfortable position, with eyes closed. Take a few deep breaths, expanding your belly as you breathe air in and contracting it as you exhale. 

2. Begin at the top of your body, and go down. Start with your head, tensing your facial muscles, squeezing your eyes shut, puckering your mouth and clenching your jaw. Hold, then release and breathe. 

3. Tense as you lift your shoulders to your ears, hold, then release and breathe. 

4. Make a fist with your right hand, tighten the muscles in your lower and upper arm, hold, then release. Breathe in and out. Repeat with the left hand. 

5. Concentrate on your back, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Hold, then release. Breathe in and out. 

6. Suck in your stomach, hold, then release. Breathe in and out. 

7. Clench your buttocks, hold, then release. Breathe in and out. 

8. Tighten your right hamstring, hold, then release. Breathe in and out. Repeat with left hamstring. 

9. Flex your right calf, hold, then release. Breathe in and out. Repeat with left calf. 

10. Tighten toes on your right foot, hold, then release. Breathe in and out. Repeat with left foot. 

Repeat each of these steps as often as needed to help treat your arthritis symptoms.

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SOME TIPS ON DEALING WITH SPRING MIGRAINES…

Dealing with Spring Migraines, a few tips from Migraine Relief Center.

With warmer weather comes the urge to spend more time outside, enjoying the nice temperatures before we enter the heat of the summer which could be sooner than we think !

Unfortunately, with weather and environmental changes comes the less enjoyable allergy season.

Spring is a difficult time for many migraineurs who face the double hit of runny noses and increased migraines.

Here are some posts from Migraine Relief Centre’s website on dealing with allergies and seasonal migraines.

Allergies and Migraines: The One Two Punch of Spring

The Guide to Combating Spring Migraines

The Difference Between a Migraine and a Sinus Headache

The Weather Triggering Your Migraines

This spring, take appropriate measures to protect yourself against more intense migraines so you can enjoy this season to the fullest. For more details and lots more information on migraines head to The Migraine Relief Centre website.