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.

 

 

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TOP SIX BOOKS AS GIFTS FOR FIBROMYALGIA AND CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS…

This is my top six of books as Christmas gifts for people who are suffering from #fibromyalgia and/or chronic pain.

Pain Tracking – Your Personal Guide to Living Well with Chronic Pain by Deborah Barrett Phd, available from Amazon and other good bookstores.

This book offers a hands-on approach to improving life with chronic pain, whatever the underlying cause. As a sociologist, psychotherapist, and someone with firsthand experience with chronic pain, the author understands the challenges that accompany pain and has devised realistic strategies to fare better.

Paintracking provides a systematic method that empowers individuals to navigate the otherwise overwhelming array of treatment options and incorporate the effective ones into their lives for continued, incremental progress. Its cornerstone is a self-study tool that enables readers to improve. Readers are instructed on how to track and interpret their experience, whether using a pen and paper or the online tool offered as a companion to the book. By cultivating awareness of how their body responds in different situations and to different therapies, readers will become capable self-advocates, able to make informed choices.

Written in clear, understandable prose and filled with sociological insights, therapeutic lessons, practical tips, and empathy, this book offers realistic hope to individuals who often feel hopeless in the face of confusing, debilitating pain.

The New Bible Cure for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia by Don Colbert, available from Amazon as a book or audible and from other good bookstores. This book includes

· Steps that take you from feeling burned out to fired up
· Foods that harm and foods and supplements that restore energy and health
· Exercises that help relieve pain
· The emotional and spiritual roots of these debilitating disorders

Living with Fibromyalgia New Edition by Christine Craggs-Hinton, her third revised edition of this great book on Living with #fibromyalgia available from Amazon and other good bookstores. In line with the latest thinking of fibromyalgia as a disorder of the CNS (central nervous system), this third edition looks at how an over-sensitised system may amplify pain messages and trigger the symptoms of fibromyalgia. It also looks at research into the link between poor sleep and the disorder. Other topics include: a physical cause? – the evidence for fine nerve damage in fibromyalgia sleep problems and manage the benefits of yoga and music therapy updated recommendations on diet and supplements the importance of posture and exercise pain and stress management complementary therapies.

Take Back Your Life: Find Hope and Freedom from Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Pain by Tami Stackelhouse and Ginevra Liptan, available from Amazon and other good bookstores. A #fibromyalgia patient herself, author and Fibromyalgia Coach, Tami Stackelhouse, has gone from disabled to thriving. In this book, you will learn how to Take Back Your Life using the techniques and strategies Tami has used to get well. More than just a lifestyle or self-management guide, this is a concise reference book woven with Tami’s own #fibromyalgia story.

This book is a page-by-page survival guide for the action-oriented #fibromyalgia patient who wants to feel better as quickly as possible. It’s written for the patient overwhelmed with a new #fibromyalgia diagnosis and for the fibro-veteran who is stuck and needing new ideas. It is also a great resource for the caring family members and support team of anyone suffering from #fibromyalgia.

To finish my list I have included two books that will just make you feel good when you read it. The Man I Think I Know: A feel-good, uplifting story of the most unlikely friendship by Mike Gayle, available from Amazon and other good bookstores. A powerful and bittersweet story of an unexpected male friendship and an unlikely love story, a thought-provoking storyline told, this uplifting tale reminds us of the simple courage at the heart of every human being.

Ever since The Incident, James DeWitt has stayed on the safe side. He likes to know what happens next. Danny Allen is not on the safe side. He is more past the point of no return.

The past is about to catch up with both of them in a way that which will change their lives forever, unexpectedly. But redemption can come in the most unlikely ways.

The Map of Us, The Most Uplifting Feel Good Fiction Book of 2018, by Jules Preston and available at Amazon and other good bookstores. A story of love and lost directions

Violet North is wonderfully inconvenient. Abandoned by her family and lost in an imagined world of moors and adventure, her life changes in the space of just 37 words exchanged with a stranger at her front door.

Decades later, Daniel Bearing has inherited his father’s multi-million pound business, and is utterly lost. He has no idea who he is or where his life is headed.

When Violet’s granddaughter’s marriage falls apart, Tilly, always adept with numbers, compiles a detailed statistical report to pinpoint why. But the Compatibility Index Tilly creates has unforeseen consequences for everyone in her world. Tilly and Daniel share a secret too. 10.37am, April 22nd. Soon, a complex web of secrets and lies is exposed and an adventure begins with a blue typewriter…

 

#FIGHT INFLAMMATION WITH FOODS THAT HEAL…

#Fight inflammation with foods that heal by checking out this infographic from #cottercrunch on Pinterest.

The list includes walnuts, avocado, pineapple, leafy greens, ginger, salmon, flax and chia seeds, broccoli and carrots, bone broth and collagen, spirulina, turmeric, cherries and berries, coconut oil, cabbage, green tea and matcha powder.

Spirulina is an organism that grows in both fresh and salt water. It is a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium, which is often referred to as blue-green algae.

Just like plants, cyanobacteria can produce energy out of sunlight, via the process called photosynthesis. Spirulina was consumed by the Aztecs back in the day, but became popular again when NASA proposed that it could be grown in space and used by astronauts.

A standard daily dose of spirulina is 1-3 grams, but doses of up to 10 grams per day have been used effectively.

A great book/cookbook which is available on Amazon but only available on Kindle is Everything you need to know about Spirulina, The World’s Highest Protein Food explained with delicious recipes included (Spirulina Cookbook Book 1) by Tina Quick. Tina Quick has been vegan since age 19. She loves cooking healthy, delicious vegan food and teaching others how to eat a healthy plant based diet. Also included are dozens of amazing spirulina recipes for better health. This superfood is extremely versatile and can be used in smoothies, drinks, salads, soups, and much more!

 

There is a great cookery book on bone broth by James Wayne, Bone Broth: Bone Broth Diet Cookbook, on Amazon which says

This short guide is more than a diet plan. It covers everything you need to know to unlock the amazing health benefits of bone broth.

You also get:

  • A brief guide to cooking and storing bone broths
  • A three-week meal plan including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Basic bone broth recipes that can be customized to suit any taste
  • Instructions for making energy and health-boosting broths
  • A wide selection of delicious main courses
  • Remedies for everyday maladies including allergies, coughs, fevers and more
  • Expert tricks for finding the right ingredients
  • Cooking tips for getting the best flavour and texture
  • A guide to using bone broth to detoxify, protect joints, boost your immune system

Another great cookery book about using super seeds in your cooking is Super Seeds: The Complete Guide to Cooking with Power-Packed Chia, Quinoa, Flax, Hemp, and Amaranth (Superfood) by Kim Lutz available on Amazon. 

Five super seeds covered in one super volume! Chia, hemp, flax, quinoa, and amaranth are tiny powerhouses that deliver whopping amounts of protein, essential fatty acids and great taste in every serving. Perfect for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets, they each get to take a star turn in these 75 mouthwatering recipes. Convenient and versatile, the seeds work wonderfully in everything from muffins and breads to salads, soups, and desserts. Super Seeds is a must-have for anyone interested in eating healthily and deliciously.

 

WHAT’S THE IMPACT OF BACK PAIN…

Back Pain is a big societal issue, costing £1.6 billion total healthcare costs per year. It’s the 2nd most common reason for sickness related time off work, (stress being No1): with over 4.8 million sick days annually and 80% of the adult population in the UK suffer from back pain at some stage in their lives. Back pain is debilitating both physically and emotionally.

A recent survey of 2056 people by BackPainHelp has revealed that some seemingly easy everyday tasks become impossible for those suffering. It seems that back pain not only impacts on our physical health, but also affects our emotional wellbeing and our relationships. You may ask… “Can I still play football?” “Will back pain stop me from doing my garden work?” these are the general questions people tend to ask when back pain becomes a reality. Here are the findings from the survey conducted:-

Top 5 effects of back pain:-

  1. Driving – 14% said back pain made driving difficult! Back pain whilst driving can be a real struggle, with long trips away, hours waiting in traffic, it’s no surprise the back is worse off with long extended periods of sitting. Check out these tips to alleviate back pain
  2. Housework –26% of people struggle with housework because of the debilitating effects of back pain. The physical stresses that housework puts your body under inevitably puts too much pressure on the spine causing stress on the back muscles.
  3. Working or Studying – Working or studying became difficult for 22% of sufferers
  4. Poor mental health – 24% admitted to suffering poor mental and emotional health
  5. Short tempered and snappy – while 35% confessed to back pain making them short tempered and snappy.

CHRISTMAS AND ACUTE AND CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS…

The difference between chronic and acute is just a matter of ‘time’ really. An acute attack of pain is something new that arrived and (hopefully) went. A chronic attack of pain is something that has been there for a long time, constant, like a toothache gnawing away at you come rain or shine.

If someone falls over and breaks a leg they are in immediate acute pain, and by the time they have been looked after in hospital, they usually leave with their pain in control. If someone is in chronic pain due to a toothache or back pain, there is usually nothing that you can actually ‘see’ that is causing it. Treatment for this type of pain can be a combination of things with the help of your GP and Pain clinic.

The average person will cope with some type of acute pain in their lifetime but most won’t have to suffer from chronic pain, so unless they have been in this sort of pain they have no idea what it is like.

Time and time again I get told how ‘well’ I look as if I must be making up how I am actually feeling. Many a day I’ve felt despair, rage and profound disappointment that I could not do certain jobs. My life has changed so much over the years that I can hardly believe it.

But staying positive, which I think I do, helps you through the dark days when the only people who know how much you are suffering are your loved ones. At this time of year everyone, in particular, women (sorry fellas) just don’t seem to stop so there will be many of us suffering in silence.

Soooooo, if you know someone who is in pain just remember to give them a helping hand at this busy time of year.