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This is my review on Week 6 and Conclusion of  Control My Pain Program from the Survive Strive Thrive team which was designed to teach people holistic strategies to heal their pain. The whole course is video and audio content which I think makes it more interesting and easy to understand.

Week Six – Communication

Communication and relationships are discussed through a video which explains in great detail on how important it is to have a good communication and relationship with anyone who is looking after you as your pain may interfere with your communication. Your relationships are important to your well being and can increase or decrease your pain.

They then go into communication styles through a quiz and explain with an infographic on 10 tips to help a family member in pain. Another infographic will help you to improve communications when living with chronic pain. I think the infographics are a brilliant way to remind you how to deal with certain pain problems and are something you can always look back on if you are going through a bad patch with your family/carers/friends.

This particular lesson was even more appropriate for me at the moment after losing my father two weeks ago at the young age of 93. I had no idea how the loss of someone so dear could affect my pain and health. It’s been an uphill struggle ever since but as my father had been in hospital for the last three months it should not have come as a surprise to us that he could end up with pneumonia, which eventually took his life.

This week’s session on how to let your family and friends know how you are feeling has made it easier to speak to friends and family without feeling that the odd tears are good for your pain rather than boxing it all up which then causes more pain.

For anyone suffering from chronic pain in any way be it emotionally or physically this program will definitely help you get through it. You can look back on different strategies they have put together whenever you need it but always remember to discuss your problems with a Doctor or specialist before trying anything different to do with your pain control.

I would suggest you also write the the details of this program down to take to your Doctor so they can also see the advantages of this type of treatment for dealing with chronic pain.


#BackPainBlog’s top 12 #vitamin and minerals choice for joint pain and #fibromyalgia are :


Bromelain is a naturally occurring enzyme from the stem of the pineapple plant. It has anti-inflammatory actions and reduces pain and swelling.


Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body, with 99% found in our bones and teeth. A good calcium intake is vital for growth and for healthy bones and teeth. It can also play a role in nerve contraction and blood clotting.

3.Chondroitin Sulphate

Chondroitin sulphate is a natural substance found in the body which stimulates the formation of cartilage and joint connective tissues. It attracts water into the joints, which acts as a shock absorber as well as a nutrient.

4.Cod Liver Oil

Cod Liver oil is a naturally occurring fish oil that has been used for generations. It is widely taken to help support joints, heart, brain, eyes, and immunity.

5.Devil’s Claw

Devil’s Claw has a natural anti-inflammatory pain-killing action and is taken for back, and joint pain in #fibromyalgia.

6.Ginger Extract

Ginger is one of the oldest medicinal spices and is used as a warming analgesic, with anti-inflammatory properties.

7.Ginkgo biloba

The Ginkgo biloba tree is among the oldest living species, dating back over 270 million years. It has a thinning action on blood to improve circulation to the hands and feet.

8.Green-lipped Mussel

Green-lipped mussels grow in the unique marine conditions found around parts of New Zealand. It helps to reduce inflammation in joints and is mainly used to help reduce symptoms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and #fibromyalgia.

9.Omega 3

Omega 3 fish oils are extracted from the flesh of the oily fish and are widely taken to help maintain healthy joints. They have anti-inflammatory and are helpful for reducing symptoms of arthritis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis.

10.Peppermint Oil 

Peppermint is a very popular herb and contains menthol, which has a calming effect and helps to relax the muscles.


Rosehip is a popular traditional tonic which was given to children in winter as a sauce of vitamin C during the Second World War. It has a rich source of anti-inflammatory fatty and volatile oils. This is now being used as an effective treatment for painful joints.

12.St. John’s Wart

St John’s Wart is a traditional herbal medicine used to relieve the symptoms of low mood and anxiety,

Holland and Barratt have a ‘Healthbox‘ to support your joint pain. You have a consultation with them to receive personalised vitamins & supplements with helpful advice to ease your joint pain.

They ask you a few easy questions about your lifestyle, nutrition and goals. They will turn your answers into a set of personalised vitamins and advice and you receive a 28-day supply of vitamins as a one-off or every month when you subscribe.

With their Healthbox you don’t just get vitamins – you also get access to Holland & Barrett’s amazing health advice, all tailored to your specific needs.

Please make sure you visit your GP first before taking any vitamins or supplements. Details on my Health Disclosure is available here.



One of my most popular posts in September and in October was my review on the posture correcting shirt. It totally broke all records and hit a massive 856 for the second post. The majority of readers came from Facebook and WordPress but also search engines.

If you missed it then this is the link to the second review which basically explains all about the posture correcting shirt from Active Posture.

It makes sense that good posture will help anyone with spinal problems and I noticed a difference after wearing mine but I had no idea how many other people were looking for something like this for them.

I have since done a little bit more research on posture correcting items which are quite widely available on the internet. They vary in price from this brace posture orthotic corrector back adjuster for as little as £5.42 from Gear Best to a posture brace/corrector from Back Pain Help at £39.99

Amazon has over 8,000 results for Posture Correctors which again vary in price but if I type in posture correcting shirt then you have to scroll over quite a few pages to find a proper posture shirt like this Skins Mens DNAmic Ultimate K-Proprium Posture Top at £98.23 which states that it has Biomechanically placed Proprioceptive Power Bands wrap the body’s prime movers to give them the support they need to stay activated and able to control motion for longer periods of time. But it doesn’t go into any detail about it helping with pain.  

Tommie Cooper Womens Posture Shirt also on Amazon has said it has targeted compression to the shoulders and muscles along the spine and helps relieve everyday aches and pains at a cost of £72-£197. 

It is obvious that to get the best ones of these tops/shirts to help with your posture and ease pain will definitely not be cheap but as with anything in life, you pay for what you get. I’ve only tried the posture correcting shirt from Active Posture at £89.95 so I cannot comment on any others that I have written about above,  but it’s a trial and error for anyone wanting to give this a try and Active Posture do offer you a money back guarantee and has five stars from 803 reviews. So maybe that’s why I had so many readers on my review of this top. 



This is my review on my third week of Control My Pain Program from the Survive Strive Thrive team which was designed to teach people holistic strategies to heal their pain. The whole course is video and audio content which I think makes it more interesting and easy to understand.

Week Three is Thoughts and Feelings

The first video introduces Thoughts and Feelings by learning all about cognitive behavioural therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. 

The next video is the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Model and it is the first time that I have properly understood clearly about cognitive behavioural therapy for pain. It is all to do with how you think about your pain that impact on your quality of life, and pain and distress.

The next video is a case study on how Thoughts Influence Actions which are so true when you are in chronic pain.

The fourth video in week three is another quiz on common patterns of thinking.

The fifth video is all about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy which also includes a quiz or you can download it.

The last two videos in the Thoughts and Feelings project ist of helpful websites and books you could buy as well as the course resources.

I found this weeks program extremely useful in explaining all about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which is now widely used to help people with not only pain but other problems they are dealing with. I’ve read a book in the past about it but these videos explain it much easier and is something I will definitely be trying in the near future.