YOGA POSES AND BOOKS TO HELP RELIEVE BACK PAIN AND FIBROMYALGIA…

Yoga is very effective for relieving back pain, and thousands of people have used it to strengthen their muscles and alleviate the pain in their backs. It’s great for stress relief, improves your posture, increases your flexibility and makes you aware of the limitations of your own body.

It’s VERY important that you speak to your doctor first before doing any form of yoga. In most cases of acute back pain, yoga will be a wonderful way to relieve the pain. However, if you’re suffering from osteoporosis related back pain, scoliosis, etc. which are more serious conditions, you must get your doctor’s approval FIRST. I know I keep stressing this but it is essential that you should never try any type of Yoga or other exercise without the all clear from your GP as you may do more harm than good, and that’s the last thing you want to do.

Many people may not wish to join a yoga class because it can be intimidating, or even embarrassing if your back hurts and you can’t execute the moves without moaning and groaning. This is perfectly understandable.

The good news is that you can do yoga in the privacy of your own home. All you need is a yoga mat, suitable clothing, and the right poses. In this article, I have given a few common poses in yoga that will really help to soothe the pain in your back while strengthening your muscles, according to lots of websites.

Cat/cow
This is a very easy move that will stretch your torso and back while giving your spine a gentle massage. All you need to do is get on your hands and knees like you’re about to crawl. Then arch your back upwards like a cat would, hold it for a secondor two… then lower the back down till it’s concave. Do this about 5 to 6 times.

Downward facing dog
No yoga routine would be complete without this move. It’ll strengthen your lower back, hamstrings and core. Once again, get in a crawl position with a table top back. Now lift your knees off the ground, and raise your hips up so that your body forms an upside-down V. Hold this position for about 5 breaths, and return to starting position.

Child’s pose
An excellent move to de-stress your lower back. Again, start from crawl position and slowly sit backwards so that your buttocks are on your heels. Keep your upper body straight. Now lean forward till your forehead is almost touching the floor, and stretch out both arms as far forward as you can. Hold the position for about 7 to 10 breaths.

Seated spinal twist
Another excellent pose for really stretching out the tight muscles in your back. This move is highly effective, and in many cases will bring immediate relief to a tight back.
Start in a seated position. Bring your left foot and place it on the outside of your right knee. Now bend your right arm and place your elbow on the outside of your left knee. The right elbow acts as a stabilizer to keep your body from shifting. Now, turn the trunk of your body to the left and try to look over your left shoulder. This will stretch the side of your back. Hold for about 3 to 4 breaths, then switch legs and repeat the move on the other side.

These 4 yoga poses are easy to do, don’t require much space and you can do them safely in the comfort of your own home. Most importantly, they are highly effective. There are many other yoga poses that can help relieve your back pain.
Do your research and compile a list… and you can do them often. Once you start, you’ll never look back. Three great books on Yoga which are all under £5 or free on Kindle are –

The Yoga Bible for Beginners – it has 30 essential illustrated yoga poses for better health, stress relief and weight loss by Charice Kiernan.

We live in a fast-paced world in which our senses are constantly stimulated. Yet, this progress comes at a cost. We are constantly tempted to keep up with Joneses, and many people have lost the connection between their mind and body.

Yoga can help restore this balance. For example, one study showed that yoga – even when practised for the very first time! – can normalize levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

In this book, you will be taken by the hand so you can develop your own yoga practice and take back control of your health and happiness. £2.99 on Amazon Kindle

Ten Minutes Yoga for Stress Release Focus & Renewal – this is by Lisa Shea and us the short version of her full hour-long routine. It can be used when you travel, when your busy, and pretty much any other time that you need to keep your time quick. Free on Amazon Kindle

Study after study finds that yoga helps with lower back pain, depression, energy levels, balance, post-traumatic stress, focus, sleep, and much more. Whether you need to reset after a busy day or wish to have more joy in your daily life, they say yoga can help. It nurtures your body and embraces your soul

It has been written to help those who are in need of support find a step toward a more contented life. This book helps you understand the personal sequence of poses, to create an atmosphere of stress relief and forgiveness.

Finally, the third book is Yoga: 40 Exerecises for Beginners by Sophie Godard. Flexibility, balance, relaxation … These exercises for beginners enable you to practice this multifaceted discipline at home. They will help to relieve stress, strengthen your muscles and your mind so that you can focus on yourself and free yourself from tension. £3.40 on Amazon Kindle

The NHS say this about yogaDozens of scientific trials of varying quality have been published on yoga. 

While there’s scope for more rigorous studies on its health benefits, most studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. 

There’s some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.

But they suggest a class first – It’s better to start with a class to learn the poses and breathing techniques correctly. With a DVD, there will be nobody to correct your mistakes, which may lead to injury over time. 

With some experience of being in a class, a DVD can then be helpful for keeping up practice.

They have the following links to Yoga sites –

The main UK yoga associations are:

These associations all list teachers and classes near you on their websites. You can also search for a local class or teacher using our Fitness directory.

HOW TO BE INSPIRED TO WRITE A BOOK…

One of my lovely blog friends (Deacongill Gods School) wrote a post recently about her daughter who had written a book and got it published. Convinced it would never get published her daughter was in total shock when she realised she also had to talk about her book at a book launch attended by over 100 people.

This young lady ( according to her Mum) is an introvert who has been very honest in her book about how her own failures and questions her book ‘on failure’. In the details on her book she asks ‘Does failure, or feelings of failure, affect you to the point where you find it hard to move on? Do you avoid situations where you might fail or find it difficult to confront failure? Caris Grimes takes a frank, no-nonsense look at different aspects of failure and what we can learn from them….

I am sure there are many other people will relate to what Chris means about failure but this book would inspire anyone to put pen to paper and give it a go. Caris’s book in her own words ‘is a book on failure’ but I think the word ‘failure’ is used far too much nowadays putting pressure on anyone who maybe feeling that way.

I have to admit I always felt a bit of a ‘failure’ when I was young, not very good academic wise leaving school with just two ‘o’levels and not in the least bit sporty. I really didn’t know where I would go when I left school. Straight to secretarial school was where myself and my parents decided and that’s where I began to flourish.

We are far to quick to pull people down rather than praise them and I just want to say congratulations to Caris Grimes on writing, finishing and getting her book published and to my blog friend Gill, who I am sure is one very proud Mum.

You can get Caris Grimes book Failing Intelligently Facing and Learning from the Impact of Failure from WH Smith, Amazon and other good bookshops.

ANOTHER LOVELY AWARD FOR BACK PAIN UK…

My lovely blog friend Terri from Reclaiming Hope, nominated me for a new blog award which Pamela Jensen from There is Always Hope has created.

Terri writes a lovely blog on learning how to thrive, not just survive, with Fibromyalgia. Terri is a regular visitor to my blog and always writes lovely enthusiastic comments on my blog posts. Her Wellness Wednesday posts are full of tips to improve or inspire you with the odd recipe thrown in every now and again.

When I started writing my blog back on 2007 it was a way of me writing down how I felt on my bad and good days and I soon found solace in my blog friends and have never looked back since. It still amazes me how I can have blog friends from all over the world. Receiving an award like this just makes it even more worthwhile. If Terri had not nominated it for me and someone else had Terri would have been on the top of my list to award her with one. Many thanks Terri, you know how chuffed I am.

The Chronically Hopeful Award is, in Pamela’s words, “to recognize the incredible people who blog about chronic illness, mental health. ”

Here are the rules:

• Thank your nominator

• Recognize Pamela from There Is Always Hope as the creator of this award with a link.

• Use the Chronically Hopeful Award logo somewhere in your post

• Copy these rules onto your post

• Answer your nominator’s questions

• Write 5-10 of your own questions (they don’t need to be illness related)

• Nominate 5-10 other chronic illness, mental illness, or disability bloggers

• Comment on each of your nominees’ latest posts to tell them they have been nominated

Terri’s questions to me...

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your blog.

That it doesn’t matter where you are in the world the chances are you will get to know someone through your blogging who is going through the same as you

If you could tell people ONE thing about living with a chronic illness, mental illness or disability, what would you want the general public to know???

Never, ever, ever give up hope. I have a tile in my bathroom which has this written on it.

Why did you decide to start your blog/advocacy work?

I felt very lonely and didn’t have anyone to talk to about my conditions and started looking online (back in 2007) and found out all about blogs and I was hooked from the word go.

What is one thing you’re really good at?  Don’t be modest — tell us something you have a talent for!

Talking, I hardly ever stop. 😀

What do you like to do for enjoyment?

Blog (obviously) make gift cards, knit, and short breaks in the UK.

My nominees, all of whom I think deserve this award are…

Beverley Dickson from Blooming Mindfulness

Lee Good from Fibroblogger Directory

Carole Sian Scranton from Fibro Flutters

Poise and Prescence from Alexander Technique

Cindy from Validating Chronic Pain –

Claire Saul from Pain Pals Blog

My questions for my nominees are

1. How long do you spend blogging and do you blog daily?

2. What got you into blogging?

3. What three things do you love about Sunday’s?

4. Dog or cat?

5. Heat of cold when you are in pain?

HEALTH BLOG AWARDS NOMINATIONS, PLEASE VOTE FOR ME…

My blog has been nominated again this year for a Health Blog Awards UK & IRE shortlist for Best Chronic Illness and Recovery Blog – whoop !!

The Health Blogger Awards recognise the blogs that help others to understand their own health better, turn to for reliable information or to better understand their condition. They aim to highlight the important role that bloggers play in health and the insight and information they share.

Votes count for 30% of the final decision so the more the better! People can vote for as many bloggers as they like by simply submitting another vote – but they can only vote once for the same blogger. Duplicate votes will be detected and discarded. Voting will close on 24th June, 2019.

This vote is a chance for the public and people who know me to vote for me to win the award. The shortlist will then be passed on to our panel of judges who will share their thoughts and cast their votes. Judges vote counts for 70%.

This is the link to vote for me at Health Bloggers – If you want to vote for me please press start then just write in your first name then your email address. Then scroll down and click on (a) Best Chronic Illness and you will see my photo under (b) (for Barbara, obviously lol) and that’s it, your vote will be added.

Thanks in advance for anyone who has gone to the trouble of voting for me.

MY TOP SIX UPLIFTING BLOGS TO READ FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD…

There are so many different blogs to follow and read but it still amazes me how you can connect with people from all over the world who have a connection with a health condition you are suffering from. My top six are –

1. Pain Palshttp://painpalsblog.com

Pain pals is written by Clare Saul a nurse who suffers, like myself, from chronic back pain and who lives in Middlesex in the UK. Claire writes lots on chronic pain and every Monday she has ‘Monday Magic’, where Claire lists her top choice of inspiring blogs which cover every thing from recipes, writers tips and health posts. Claire also posts lots and lots of book reviews.

2. Reclaiming Hopehttps://reclaiminghope.blog/

Reclaiming Hope, Learning to thrive, not just survive with Fibromyalgia is written by Terri who is a certified personal trainer and health coach. Terri says this has helped her live a fulfilling life while suffering from Fibromyalgia. She writes lots on chronic illness. She posts regularly on ‘Wellness Wednesday’ which can be a post on tips, challenges and improvements. Terri is one of my regular readers and leaves me lovely comments to encourage me when I am going through a bad patch.

3. Fibro Warriers Living Life http://fibrowarriorslivinglife.com/

Fibro Warriers Living Life is written by Melissa who is a certified Fibro Advisor and full time working married Mum who was diagnosed at the early age of 19 with Fibro. She lives in Wisconsin in the US, and writes about Fibro facts, product reviews, videos and much more. Her mission is to learn and help others with Fibro.

4. Fibro Fluttershttps://fibroflutters.com/

Fibro Flutters was founded in 2014 for people suffering from chronic, invisible and rare illness with support and advice. Written by Carole who has Joint Hypermobilty Disorder with a side of Fibromyalgia, and lives in Sunderland in the UK. Now the group has a larger team to steer it in the right direction, the ‘Founding Five Flutters’ but they also work as individuals on their own interests regarding research and advocacy. Basically we are the old-style board room but with a modern approach. Expect to find lots to read on this blog from articles on all types of illnesses and lots more.

5. I Tripped Over A Stonehttps://itrippedoverastone.com/

I Tripped Over A Stone is written by Kim who has suffered from Fibromyalgia for over 20 years and written a book with her friend Karen, “The Shadow Boxers : Fighting Fibromyalgia Your Personal Journey”, a journal full of everything to take your mind off Fibromyalgia. Kim who lives in Minnesota in the US posts are all about Fibromyalgia and it’s important awareness day in May.

6. Fibro Blogger Directoryhttp://www.fibrobloggerdirectory.com/

Fibro Blogger Directory The Fibro Blogger Directory is a directory of people who blog about Fibromyalgia. Set up by Fibro sufferer Lee Good who lives in Australia and says ‘Blogging is a powerful tool and by connecting we can be a stronger voice’. The aim of the directory is to –

  • Connect fibro bloggers
  • Help raise awareness of Fibromyalgia
  • Provide information to the world wide web and other media about fibro bloggers
  • Offer Directory member support

They have a busy Facebook page which features different bloggers daily and Lee’s ‘Fibro Friday’ is a weekly link up by and for people with Fibromyalgia — A place to share and help others understand more about fibromyalgia.