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CBD is an effective therapeutic agent. It can be used to deal with uncommon varieties of epilepsy and suggests a great promise in the remedy of issues for other conditions like multiple sclerosis. Outside of the clinic, CBD is gaining traction in the fitness industry. It is governing our mood and enhances the intellectual and bodily wellness of humans all over the world.

Anyone living with a chronic condition will know just how much it interferes with each and every aspect of your life. Since prescription pain medications are limited by countless risks and side effects, many are turning to CBD to ease symptoms of chronic conditions, including fibromyalgia.

I wrote an article last year on CBD, IT’S BENEFITS & AWARENESS DAY 8TH AUGUST, which explains a bit more about the different types of products available and how they can help with some health problems.

CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is an active ingredient found in the Cannabis sativa plant. It is one of over 100 natural cannabinoids, but unlike its psychoactive counterpart tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD cannot get you high.

CBD merges with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which a biological network that plays a crucial role in governing our mood, energy levels, immune system, appetite, sleep, pain approach, and much more.

With many fibromyalgia patients finding it hard to find the right treatment/medication for the pain associated with fibromyalgia, a number of patients have turned to CBD products to help.

Many patients have found CBD to be a blessing in reducing pain and inflammation, improving moods and sleep, and helping to combat fibromyalgia fatigue. There is also some up-and-coming scientific evidence to support this.

One reason CBD can help with the pain in fibromyalgia is by helping to regulate ECS activity, which is responsible for maintaining a homeostatic balance in the body, particularly between the immune system and the nervous system. 

CBD has potent anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can be effective pain relief, particularly for neuropathic pain, and CBD can also be hugely favourable to our mental well-being. It is not uncommon for people living with fibromyalgia to experience anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Our mood is largely dependent on our serotonin levels, CBD may help to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

CBD can be used as a natural sleep aid, so it may help to remedy some of the sleeping problems often associated with fibromyalgia which scientists think may help by reducing pain or boosting our serotonin.   

Cannabis has shown to have a significant positive effect on fibromyalgia symptoms, but there hasn’t yet but it is early days on research into the effect of CBD alone.

Howeverhigh CBD/low THC strains of cannabis seem to be more effective at managing pain than high THC/low CBD strains, which is some pretty solid evidence of CBD’s pain-relieving properties.    

According to an article in Leafie The World Health Organisation has said that CBD is a safe and well-tolerated substance, even at high doses. The only reported side effects include nausea, appetite changes, and fatigue, but these are rare and minor in comparison to many prescription drugs.

It is, however, important to speak to your doctor before choosing to take CBD, especially if you’re on medication. This is because CBD has been shown to interact with some other drugs, which can be harmful to our liver. If you feel as though CBD could benefit you more than the medication that you are currently on, do not make the switch until you have spoken to a professional.

Source: Back Pain Blog, Leafie, WHO, BPB Health Disclaimer

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Lower Back Pain Relief For A Woman With Previous Spinal Fusion Surgery

Dr. James Schofield

Lower Back Pain Relief

Recently I was able to help give lower back pain relief to a patient who came to my chiropractic office of 37 years. Jean, a 79-year-old woman, had been experiencing severe lower back pain for approximately one month. Her pain was growing worse, and she was at a point where she decided she had to gain pain relief. Jean’s case was complicated, and interesting, because she had undergone lower back spinal fusion surgery five years earlier. This article described lower back pain, spinal fusion surgery and how a multi-faceted chiropractic care approach gave this patient low back pain relief.

Jean’s case was like many I’ve seen in my three-plus decades of chiropractic practice. Over the course of her life, she injured her back multiple times. When she was younger, when experiencing episodes of lower back pain, she would cut back on her activities, rest and her…

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The digital age has progressed massively over the last few years and with many of us using it to deal with our health, it is no wonder that it could be seen as something we will use to sort out some specific health problems.

Virtual consultations have become a bit of the norm since Covid hit us in 2019. According to Vitality, Dr Patchava said there will be an increasing blend of virtual and in-person healthcare now. Consumers want to access and convenience.

Of course, not everything can be done remotely which hopefully means that real-life doctor’s surgeries will still be used. Physical and digital care should coexist.

There are lots of new home testing techniques arising in the digital world including a new tech that enables remote diagnosis like TytoCare, which is a handheld kit and app that can check your heart, lungs and abdomen at home, with the results sent to a doctor.

Other amazing home testing kits include One Drop which allows people with diabetes to measure their own blood sugar levels, and AliveCor’s KardiaMobile device can identify heart-rhythm issues in 30 seconds.

Blood and genetic tests and cancer screening can also be done at home. A company called SKin Analytics allows dermatologists to identify conditions remotely, while Blue Box uses an algorithm to analyse uring to check for signs of breast cancer which is powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

Care Hub which launched last year, has become a reality for members of Vitality, with a digital journey to see a Vitality GP, get approval for care, and book appointments with specialists. Vitality also recently added a Premier Consultant Panel which is a group of doctors they have identified as having superior performance and available through their Care Hub. Vitality writes that the doctors on the panel have, on average, 20% shorter lengths of stays in the hospital and 35% lower re-admission to the hospital than other private consultants.

Mental Health patients have also benefitted from the digital world with virtual reality therapeutics available where patients can “sit” on a therapist’s sofa from home, and can also replicate challenging situations. A pilot study at St. George’s Hospital in London found that when people were shown calming landscapes on VR headsets before and during operations, 94% felt more relaxed. And a US study found that VR helped reduce pain in childbirth.

Many of us rely on counting our steps every day and monitoring our sleep but with companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung all looking at healthcare through wearable tech it wont be long before we can all deal with our own health.

Source: Vitality