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10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GIVE YOUR BODY A GOOD STRETCH…

We are all feeling cooped up at the moment, myself included, and with the awful weather we have had of late, it means many of us are not even getting out for a daily walks.

But stretching your body can be just as useful to your health. Stretching correctly helps keep muscles flexible and strong, which then helps improve joint mobility, posture and balance.

Everyone knows that stretching after exercise is essential for you and it also helps to increase circulation and workout recovery but it can help with many other things as well. Here are 10 great reasons to give your body a daily stretch.

  1. Stretching keeps you flexible, it keeps your muscles supple and strong which has a knock on effect at keeping your joints fully mobile.
  2. Stretching is great for your posture and can release those tight muscles you get from poor posture.
  3. Stretching is good for your health as they say it can help to deliver nutrients to muscles.
  4. Stretching can help lower high blood pressure.
  5. Stretching can help improve your sleep.
  6. Stretching can help relax your mind and reduce anxiety.
  7. Stretching can help to alleviate stress.
  8. Stretching can help with digestion and reduce inflammation and support the intestines.
  9. Stretching opens different parts of your body that have not been moved for a while.
  10. Stretching, they say, can decrease back pain, so it is definitely something I am going to try.

Different ways to stretch include Yoga, Balance Balls, the Melt Method, Tai Chi and Resistance Bands to name a few.

There are lots of videos online on stretching but I have some resistance bands I kept after breaking my foot so with the help of the infographics below I am going to start my daily stretch using those.

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BPB ALERT NEWS – COULD A ROBIOTIC BACKPACK REPLACE OPIOIDS TO RELIEVE BACK PAIN?..

An article in Mirage News caught my eye today. Could a robiotic ‘backpack’ replace opioids to relieve lower back pain? So, do you swallow another pill or wear something instead?

Mirage News wrote that sixteen million Americans-8 percent of the adult population-suffer persistent back pain. Many more visit their doctor for the occasional twinge. According to a 2018 study in JAMA, low back pain is one of the most common reasons given for prescribing opioids. That’s fueling the opioid crisis-and there’s little evidence the powerful painkillers even help.

Lou Awad, a Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences assistant professor of physical therapy says that the solution, might not be a pill you swallow-it might be something you wear. Awad researches and develops robotic apparel, battery-powered exosuits that make mobility and movement easier for patients who have had a stroke.

A major clinical trial has shown that the exosuit can be a safe and effective tool for the lower limb rehabilitation of survivors of stroke. Read “A Step Forward” to learn more.

“The robotic apparel consists of cables that apply mechanical forces in parallel with the underlying muscles,” Awad says. “The system is designed to be worn like a backpack, with attachments over the shoulder, around the waist, and also around the thighs. It is very unobtrusive.” When the power’s off, the wearer can move, bend, and reach without any restriction. Hit the “on” button, and the device “responds to the speed and motion of the user to adaptively help lift and hold objects,” Awad says.

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I guess I can only say one thing and that is ‘watch this space’ – amazing !

Source: Mirage News

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THERAPY THURSDAY – SOPHROLOGY – FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING…

Sophrology is the latest way to supercharge your day and keep your immune system going strong from dawn until dusk. Sophrology is a structured method created to produce optimal health and well-being. It consists of a series of easy-to-do physical and mental exercises that, when practiced regularly, lead to a healthy, relaxed body and a calm, alert mind.

Sophrology Centre writes “the exercises are called dynamic relaxation (relaxation in movement). The ultimate aim is to become fully present, fully alive, and fully participating, comfortably and joyfully, in all areas of life.

The first things people generally notice after starting to practice sophrology are: more restful sleep, improved concentration, fewer worries, increased self-confidence, and a feeling of inner happiness. The most common remark after a few months of training is along the lines of:

“In general nothing has really outwardly changed in my life, but I am happier, things seem easier, I have more energy and I wake up feeling glad to be alive.”

Sophrology exercises reinforce and strengthen mind, body, and spirit improving both physical and mental health. Many people find that sophrology positively impacts all areas of their lives.

After practicing sophrology, people generally experience a more restful sleep, improved concentration, fewer worries, increased self-confidence, and a feeling of inner happiness.

Sophrology has a wide range of applications and is used in business, sport, schools, universities, relationships, hospitals, childbirth. For more information head to the Sophrology Centre Website.

Dominique Antiglio, sophrologist and author of ‘Life-Changing Power of Sophrology‘. explains that every time you practice Sophrology you will teach your body to recognise that it is safe in the present moment, and this takes the body out of the fight or flight mode and activates the body’s repair system. This Sophrology book includes everything you need to know about Sophrology, Dominique’s own wellbeing journey, case studies, practical exercises, on-the-go exercises as well as a Sophrology practice audio guide.

The Life-Changing Power of Sophrology: A practical guide to reducing stress and living up to your full potential

Dominique’s 10 mini routines to help you sail through your day are –

  1. Take pause
  2. Practice gratitude
  3. Respond, don’t react
  4. Exhale your tension
  5. Check-in with yourself
  6. Embrace the slump
  7. Leave tension at the door
  8. Keep active
  9. Practice the shoulder pump
  10. De-stress your bedtime

Source: Sophrology Centre Dominique Antiglio