SIXTEEN THINGS THAT CAN TRIGGER BACK PAIN…

Believe it or not, there are some very strange things that can trigger your back pain, as well as the usual things that you should avoid.

1.Your wallet in your back pocket can cause sciatica due to you pressing on it while sitting down.

2. Your mobile phone can cause you neck pain due to the way you hold your neck if you use it a lot, it can also cause arthritis of the thumb.

3. Flip flops can cause pain in your back due to the poor arch support.

4. Long-distance driving can cause back pain due to the position you sit in for a long period.

5. Being a couch potato can also cause back pain from not moving around enough.

6. Laptop cases over one shoulder can cause back and neck pain due to the weight on one side of your neck.

7. Large handbags can cause back pain due to the same reason as laptops.

8. Lifting can cause back pain if you do not bend properly. Lift an object by bending your hips and knees and then squatting to pick up the object. Keep your back straight and hold the object close to your body. Avoid twisting your body while lifting.

9. Your workstation can cause you neck and back pain if your chair is not the correct height.

10. Your laptop can cause you neck and back pain if you do not have it at the correct height.

11. Brushing can cause back pain for a short while due to muscles being used which have not been used for a while, the same applies to using a lawnmower.

12. Push rather than pull when you must move heavy objects.

13. Don’t carry excess weight as this can cause back pain.

14. Stress can also create muscle tension, causing a loss in flexibility that can lead to back pain. To reduce stress.

15. If you smoke, stop. It puts you at increased risk for back problems since your blood has trouble delivering oxygen to working tissues, making your back weaker.

16. Don’t overload your trolley as this can cause back or neck pain.

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THE FELDENKRAIS TECHNIQUE FOR PAIN AND POSTURE…

Feldenkrais Therapy is an educational programme that enhances the communication between your body and your brain. It accentuates personal awareness of your body’s mobility patterns and uses movement and structural training. The movements are slow and gentle, and the focus is on correcting posture.

Through slow repetition of movements, you “unlearn” inefficient habitual movement patterns which are causing strain to certain areas of your body. It is similar to the Alexander Technique, in the sense that it is a learned method, rather than a therapy which involves manipulation of the muscles or bones.

It is named after its originator, Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), an engineer and physicist as well as a Judo teacher. The benefits of this therapy include relief from tension and muscular pain, easier breathing, greater relaxation, improved performance in sport, dance music and drama and increased vitality.

By heightening our awareness of our movement, breathing and posture, the Feldenkrais Therapy will bring us closer to realising our full potential. Bringing this into our lives means we learn to move more freely, with greater ease, flexibility and grace.

It has been said that the method can permanently improve our posture, balance and coordination, to help people in pain have a more comfortable life. Feldenkrais UK are

are celebrating an International Feldenkrais Week in May. They say ‘
By heightening our awareness of our movement, breathing and posture, the Feldenkrais Method®brings us closer to realising our full human potential. Bringing this into our lives, we learn to move more freely, with greater ease, flexibility and grace. The Method can permanently improve our posture, balance and coordination, awakening our innate capacity for life-long vitality and continuing self-development.

You can also find a teacher and a class through the Feldenkrais UK website.

TREATING ACUTE PAIN BEFORE IT TURNS INTO CHRONIC PAIN…

Although acute back pain can be frustrating to live with, they say that you should try to remain as positive as possible. Research has shown that people with a positive mental attitude tend to have quicker recovery times and are much less likely to progress from acute to chronic back pain.

For acute back pain, they say you should remain as active as possible. If you find it too painful to return to your normal daily activities immediately, pace yourself and aim to do a little more each day.

Going back to work can help you to return to a normal pattern of activity, and it can often distract you from your symptoms of pain so don’t wait until all the pain has gone before you go back.

People with back pain find that using either hot or cold compression packs helps to reduce pain. Personally, I prefer heat rather than ice.

Placing a small firm cushion beneath your knees when you are sleeping on your side, or using several firm pillows to prop up your knees when lying on your back, may also help to ease your symptoms.

If the symptoms persist then go and see your GP or a professional chiropractor or physiotherapist.

INFRARED LIGHT THERAPY FOR PAIN RELIEF…

How to use infrared light therapy for pain relief at home - how it works and the best infrared home devices

There are three reasons you may want to try Infrared Light Therapy for pain. The Infrared Light Therapy Company say –

1. It’s a natural, non-invasive and side-effect free pain relief method.

2. It’s scientifically proven for over 40 years.

3. It’s cost-effective and will save you time and money.

So, what do we know about Infrared Light Therapy? Well, Infrared Light Therapy is a unique treatment which harnesses the healing power of specific wavelengths of light. When infrared energy is delivered to injury sites and other painful areas, it dramatically increases circulation, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing. The result is rapid relief of discomfort.

Infrared light therapy is an effective, tested treatment for any condition characterized by pain and inflammation. Here’s just a partial list of conditions that benefit from treatment:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Blunt trauma
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Neck pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)
  • Tendonitis
  • Surgical Incisions
  • Wounds

Is Infrared Light Therapy safe? Well, The Infrared Light Therapy Company say Infrared light therapy is gentle, painless, safe, noninvasive and nonabrasive.

So where can we buy these lights for pain? Well, I was surprised to find quite a lot available in the UK on Amazon and Stress No More who also have a large selection. My knowledge of this type of lamp was how it was used years ago as a type of tanning lamp in the ’60s but I can see it’s quite different from that.

I find heat amazing for pain and at this time of year and with my low back and neck causing me so much pain at the moment I am using lots while sitting while lying in bed and so I do feel one of these would help me. At the end of the day, these lights are from around £20-£70 so they don’t break the bank and if they help with pain then I am all for it.

I would love to know if any of my readers have tried one and if so if they found it helped their pain?

 

 

 

WHY WE SHOULD ALL TRY YOGA FOR CHRONIC PAIN…

This great graphic which I found on Pinterest from My Southern Health shows how we can easily try some Yoga positions for chronic pain. Psychology Today write that chronic pain triggers changes in brain structure that are linked to depressionanxiety, and impaired cognitive function. New research shows that practising Yoga has the opposite effect on the brain and can relieve chronic pain.

Harvard Health points out that Yoga can help people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine, low back pain, and many other types of chronic pain conditions. A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that among 313 people with chronic low back pain, a weekly yoga class increased mobility more than standard medical care for the condition. Another study published at nearly the same time found that Yoga was comparable to standard exercise therapy in relieving chronic low back pain.

A meta-analysis of 17 studies that included more than 1,600 participants concluded that yoga can improve daily function among people with fibromyalgia osteoporosis-related curvature of the spine. Practising Yoga also improved mood and psychosocial well-being.

 

Try yoga techniques for chronic pain management. In this infographic, we share 8 poses can help ease your pain and stress. Learn more on My Southern Health.