MY TOP TIPS TO AVOID HURTING YOUR BACK OVER CHRISTMAS…

It’s easy at this time of year to forget the correct way to pick something up or the correct way to sit to avoid stirring up your back problem, so I’ve put some tips together to remind you.

If your using public transport don’t forger your badge or stick as you should be offered a seat.

When brushing your teeth rinse with a cup of water, don’t bend, it’s a classic position to trigger low back pain.

If you have to have a bath as you have no shower, either bend your knees to the floor then fill up your bath or get someone else to fill the bath for you. I have pulled my back out twice while filling a bath. When you do have a shower remember to have your toiletries at the correct height so that you are not stretching or bending.

Always, always, always bend the knees when picking up anything or bending down. Use your legs when lifting. Bend at the knees and straighten your legs as you lift the object. This puts less strain on your back.

And for the women, don’t carry your life around in your handbag.

And for the men, don’t carry too much in your computer bag.

Another one for the women, don’t wear high heels all the time. The long term effect can not only effect your back but also your feet.

Standing incorrectly I suppose is an obvious one but they say that if you can avoid leaning while standing (against a wall or similar) and do not stand on one leg as this can create muscle imbalances.

If you stand for long periods of time, raise one foot on a box to lessen the strain on your back. Check your posture and try to maintain the natural curve in your spine. Take frequent breaks if possible.

If you must sit for long periods of time, get up every 30 minutes, walk around and do a few stretches.

If you work at a computer, adjust your chair so your elbows to wrists are parallel to the floor and the screen is at eye level.

If your going to stay with family over Christmas do pay attention to how you get in and out of the car. Sit down facing the door and swing both legs into the car together. Getting out is the reverse. It may look cumbersome but many a bad back is triggered by getting in or out of the car the wrong way. Ensure if you are driving any distance that you take regular breaks and have a walk around, and pop a cushion or towel behind your back.

 

4 GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING BENEFT FOR CHRISTMAS AND BEYOND…

Here’s my choice of some lovely gifts I personally would love to receive for Christmas.

Grass & Co, have a CALM CBD Christmas Cracker £67.50 Beautifully packaged in a premium gift box, each Christmas Cracker delivers our best-selling CALM essentials to bring peace and tranquillity to your day. If you’re looking for a natural alternative, our CALM CBD botanicals work with your body to deliver uplifting results you can feel instantly. The most delicious flavours and calming aromatherapy scents have been specially blended to soothe your body and mind. 

CALM CBD 500mg Consumable Oil is a simple and effective way to benefit from CBD. Each drop contains a deliciously relaxing blend of CBD, Mint, Chamomile and Ashwaghandha.

CALM 250mg CBD Body Oil delivers the finest quality organic CBD Oil, Evening Primrose, Rosemary and Marula. This balancing vitamin-packed, nourishing oil gets to work soothing your body and calming your mind.

It also includes one of their exclusive Grass & Co. Sleep Masks. Made from the highest quality mulberry silk, these luxurious masks are a must-have winter sleep accessory.

PERCKO is a French Company who sell three different types of posture tops to help correct your posture and relieve back pain.

Their website states their posture tops have given 50,000+ users less back pain. Just reading their story on their website of how it all started inspires you to give this product a try.They say that you will get benefit from day one of wearing one of their posture tops.

They have three different tops to choose from, LYNE UP is for daily life, LYNE FIT is for sporting activities and LYNE PRO is ideal for manual activities or gardening.

I have the LYNE PRO back protection jacket which is very easy to put on and I felt my shoulders being pulled back into the correct alignment for my back straight away. After wearing it for just one day on top of my clothes I realised that I had been working in my office for a longer space of time without needing to walk about like I usually do. Normally after about half an hour at my desk I need to have a break and often pop a hot wheat bag across my shoulders to help with my pain. I cannot rave enough about this posture top, it definitely works for me.

Essential oils can help many with pain. They are concentrated compounds extracted from plants through steam or water distillation, or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. Essential oils are most commonly used in the practice of aromatherapy. They’re typically either inhaled or diluted and applied to the skin.

Some essential oils backed up by research for boosting energy include, peppermint, sweet orange, rosemary, spearmint mixed with rosemary oil and lemon.

Always follow the essential oil best practices as set out in Healthline and check with your GP that none of them will clash with any of your medication,

  • Always use a carrier oil when applying essential oils topically. 
  • Always do a patch test before applying to your skin.
  • Always buy 100% pure essential oils from a reputable source.
  • Never take essential oils by mouth unless told to do so by a healthcare professional. Many oils are toxic.

Source : Healthline

Why not try this starter kit from Alyees on Amazon for just £8.95

  • THE PERFECT AROMATHERAPY GIFT SET: Unlock hundreds of benefits for your health, home life and productivity through just these 6 bottles of premium, 100% pure oils. Each bottle is undiluted for maximum potency – ensuring you get the most out of your purchase. Jump on the fast track to clearing up sinuses, fighting infections and even relaxing after a long day – these Oils help add more vibrancy to your life than ever before!
  • SIX BOTTLES OF PREMIUM PURE THERAPEUTIC GRADE OILS: Potent and Cooling Peppermint helps improve concentration. Fruity, Tangy Sweet Orange can raise your spirits with one whiff. Inhale some Sweetly Floral Lavender when you need to relax. Warm, Spicy Tea Tree has always been known for being both cleansing and medicinal wonders. The Invigorating Power of Eucalyptus can be used to clear congested/stuffy noses and Earthy Lemongrass is the perfect vitalising pick-me-up. Now that’s value.
  • USE IN EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE: Add a few drops into your homemade soap and lip balm for a Calming scent. Help Soothe up burns, pain, and joint stiffness. Rub it on your skin to witness some Anti Ageing magic. Use a few drops to make your own air freshener. Perfect for massage therapy, boosting Health naturally without side effects, Improve your sleep and calming both children and adults alike. The possibilities are endless!
  • FREE BONUS! With your Essential Oils kit comes a free downloadable eBook – which gives you a detailed rundown on the many uses of essential oils, With this book as a starting point, you’ll be able launch yourself into all the different ways of using essential oil in every aspect of your life. This Essential oils Set makes the Perfect Gift to give to a loved one – for any occasion, or even “just because”. No matter who it’s received by, it’s sure to be a treasured treat.

The Creative Colouring Book for grownups. Explore your natural creativity with some stunning and exotic patterns to colour in, however and whenever you feel inspired. Doodling and colouring have long been known to enhance one’s thought processes and provide a relaxing yet highly creative way to free the mind. In this original and unique book you’ll find over 100 detailed patterns to colour, providing endless entertainment and building into a piece of work that you can truly call your own. Available from Amazon and other good book shops. £2.95

LAST MINUTE DIY HANDMADE #CHRISTMAS JAR IDEAS FOR SOMEONE ILL OR IN PAIN…

Here are some great last minute personalised DIY handmade #christmas jar ideas for someone you know who maybe in pain or not well.

This is a great gift in a jar which I found on Pinterest is easy to personalise and easy to make. Fill the jar with hot cocoa supplies, PLUS comfy sweats, soft socks, a cozy scarf, toasty warm gloves, or even a snuggly hat!

Or how about this lovely Happy Jar which has the inscription on the front to make anyone feel better – to be used when your feeling low, in sunshine rain or snow, just pluck one out and soon you will see, a happy message to you, from me.

You could also fill a jar with energy foods and sweets that you think might pick someone up if they are having a bad day of chronic fatigue. Think of something that can give you an instant pickup even if it’s short lived.

If you know someone who enjoys a bit of art then how about one of the latest colouring books and jars filled with crayons. The Little Book of Calm colouring would be ideal with these crayons.

BUY CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT KEEP GIVING SOMETHING BACK…

What could be better than giving someone their independence this Christmas? Well, that’s exactly what daily living aids are designed to do.

You might have a grandparent who’s finding it increasingly difficult to walk unaided. Perhaps you have a friend who is differently abled? Or maybe you know someone who has just left hospital and will be recuperating at home over the festive period.

From larger equipment, such as rollators, to nifty gadgets, like jar openers and grabbers, daily living aids come in all shapes and sizes with the aim to make everyday tasks that little bit easier.

The best thing is that most daily living aids are now designed to fit seamlessly into a modern environment, with a contemporary look and feel, making them perfect Christmas gifts for your friends and family.

NRS Healthcare have put together a handy gift guide which you can browse through to decide what equipment may help a loved one who could do with some help. Just click on this link for the brochure.

NRS Healthcare is a award winning member of the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) and abides by its Code of Practice. The BHTA Code of Practice is recognised by the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme managed by the Trading Standards Institute.

Check out their aids brochure soon, it’s never too late to help someone with mobility problems.

TEN GIFTS FOR SOMEONE IN CHRONIC PAIN…

My top ten Christmas gifts for people suffering from #fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

  1. Walking Sticks Online – an online marketplace full of unique and trendy walking sticks to suit everyone’s budget and style. From walking sticks with animal handles to ladies selection of petite handles and many more. Plus a collection of accessories for your walking sticks like this ‘Carry Wallet’ for £4.50
  2. Pain Relief Cushions – another online marketplace for all types of shapes and sizes of pain relief cushions to pop in your microwave or your freezer. From £16.99
  3. The Sciatica Relief Cushion – for anyone suffering from sciatica and low back pain.The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion is an entirely new form of relief for Sciatica, developed by people who have experience of suffering and treating sciatic pain, from £34.00
  4. Joya Shoes Bliss for Back – shoes designed specifically for people with back painJoya shoes have come up with a type of shoe which can solve all those problems. The positive effect of a soft, springy surface on the locomotive system has been put to good use by physiotherapist for a long time now and is a highly topical subject in the fields of prevention/rehabilitation. The Joya brand has developed a shoe which makes use of this principle. The soft, supple material of the patented Joya sole means the load on the sole of your feet is ideally distributed as you walk and stand instead of being concentrated only on certain spots from £154.95e
  5. Dreamland Electric Heat Pad – I could not manage without mine. There are other makes on the market but this is my favourite. With new Intelliheat Technology for perfect temperature control.Instant heat up with 5 heat settings to choose from. Machine washable at 30 degrees. Very low running costs, less than 1p per session3 hour treatment auto shut off for your safety and peace of min, from £32 
  6. The All New Kindle Fire HD – I have the right music, the right books and the right audiobooks to help me relax and use it every single day. I think probably the best place to buy one without a doubt is from Amazon and new ones start at £79.99 
  7. A Massage from Groupon – all people in pain appreciate a massage and Groupon has some amazing offers all over the UK from as little as £15. 
  8. The  N:rem Sleep System which has an offer for my readers. If you wish to purchase a mattress you can have £30 off your order  – just quote BACKPAINBLOG at the check out.
  9. You can try the N:rem mattress for 100 nights in the comfort of your own home. This will give you the time to ensure you relax and get the perfect set-up to meet your needs. You can sleep on it and adjust the comfort and support up and down your body until it is just right for you, your partner can do the same on their side. The N:rem mattress provides the ability to tailor each side differently offering different levels of support wherever they’re needed. Simply unzip the N:rem’s cotton top cover and you’ll discover two sets of 5 variable density foam tablets,  from £540
10. iPad cushion -the perfect gift for all # fibromyalgia sufferers so they do not have to hold their iPads from Etsy from £7.00