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

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BLOGGING FOR PAIN…

X ray

People blog for money, for fun or as a hobby, or for business, with many blogging for companionship and for writers, as a way for an audience of thousands, to read their work. Blogging is now becoming part of everyday life for some with blog awards popping up left right and centre. Some stories have even made the front page news and there are endless platforms where you can start a blog.

But I wonder how many have tried blogging for PAIN?

Well, I for one, started this back pain blog to help others who were suffering from chronic back pain like myself. At first I had just one to two readers a day but now have over 200 regular readers every day. I hope this means that I have helped some people with their pain or just given them a link to something that might be of use to them.

When I first started it I had no idea about the ‘social scene’ within the blogging community where I have amassed some amazing friendships with people from all over the world, not just in the UK.

My blogging friends have been there for me on my lowest of days and on my highest of days when I could celebrate with them something I had achieved or seen. To me the friendships I have gained here are quite different from any other friendships that I have.

The friendships are, I think, quite unconditional, in that they don’t question your illness as some friends do. I hear from many readers who say no-one believes how ill they feel ‘as they look so well’, whereas friends you develop within the blogging community get to know the real person and know without even needing to look at you that if you say you are going through a bad time, then you obviously are going through a bad time.

Being questioned about whether or how much pain you are in by someone who actually has no idea how much pain you are in, can be, and is very ‘degrading’. I know, I’ve been there, done it and worn the T-shirt (as the saying goes).

The love, and understanding that I have from here when I’m at my lowest has ‘always’ lifted my spirits. I do truly believe that ‘blogging’ should be introduced as a form of pain relief within the ‘Pain Management Programmes’ that are available to us all today.

I am also quite sure that there are a number of other aspects to everyone’s lives that have been helped in one way or another within the blog community, as I am sure many of my blogging friends would agree?

CUT OUT THE NOISE FOR YOUR HEALTH…

Brass Band

Did you know that excessive noise can cause high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) it can also impair hearing, reduce performance at school and work, and provoke stress responses that could lead to physical illness, anxiety and nervousness.

You can find the quietest room in the house, and sit there for ten minutes, trying to build your own special relaxation room. It’s like meditating.

Spending a technology-free day is a growing trend in the US. So why not try turning the TV or radio ‘OFF’ when you get up.

It will help you think more clearly, get a better perspective and reduce stress.

ACUPRESSURE MATTRESS AND PILLOW FOR PAIN…

Acupressure Mat

Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine technique which applies physical pressure to certain points of the body to aid the elimination of stress, aches and pains and muscle tension.

The acupressure mat contains 210 carefully positioned spiked flowers, with each flower hosting 42 pressure points. The pillow contains 48 spiked flowers, each hosting 42 pressure points.

They say that using the mat for just 20 minutes per day can ‘help to relieve stress, improve sleep, increase energy levels, and reduce aches and pains’.

You can use the mat either on the floor – lying flat on your back or stomach, or place it against a chair and sit against it to control how much pressure you wish to apply.

For more details go to http://www.james-russell.co.uk/buy.cfm/monitors-and-fitness-aids/acupressure-spike-mats-and-spike-pillows/76/yes/63970?getimage=3 where you can purchase this mattress or pillow from.

Acupressure Pillow

TRIGGER POINT INJECTIONS DAY 1…

injection

Yesterday I had trigger point injections into my gluteal hip, left and right sides to help with referred pain from my back and myofascial pain.

Trigger Point injections are a mixture of local anaesthetic and steroid into a painful knot or tight band of muscles, for pain relief.

The local anaesthetic injection will numb the area and give immediate pain relief but sometimes the symptoms can be stirred up after the anaesthetic has worn off.

Last time I suffered quite a severe what you could only call ‘a hot flush’ but one that did not go away. I did not have a temperature but my face was very red and I felt on fire, which can be caused by the steroid.

The consultant decided to give me less this time and I am making a note of if I get the same reaction, which so far so good, just a little hot but nothing like last time.

You are not allowed to drive yourself home after the injection and have to rest in recovery for about half an hour with a drink and a biscuit before they allow you home.

Some time pain relief can be immediate and other times it can take up to 10 days but if they do work you can repeat the injections every four months.

My last lot were successful on one side but not on the other which maybe something else so it is being looked at in the pain clinic.