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HEALTH AWARENESS DAYS/WEEK AND FOR THE MONTH OF JULY…

July seems to be the quietest month for health awareness with a quarter of what is happening this June but every bit helps so here are some awareness days/week for the month of July.

SARCOMA AWARENESS MONTH – 1st July – 31st July – Every year thousands of people are diagnosed with sarcomas, a type of cancer that forms in the connective tissues of the body including fat, blood vessels, nerves, etc. Sarcomas are a rare form of cancer, but no less deadly for their rarity. Research continues on what causes sarcoma and why certain people develop it, and Sarcoma Awareness Month was created to help raise awareness of this disease and all the people it effects.

Celebrating Sarcoma Awareness Month starts with education. With these forms of cancers being so rare most people don’t know a lot about them, so spend some time researching sarcomas in all their forms. Then move on to studying how one would recognize the symptoms of a sarcoma so you’ll know to check with a doctor if any of these signs pop up.

From that point forward it’s time to start looking to help those in your community who are already facing this disease by connecting with non-profits in your area. Working with these organizations will help spread information, raise awareness, and generate funds for research and other related charities. Get out there and do your part to help relieve the suffering of those who are facing a sarcoma diagnosis, Sarcoma Awareness Month is your perfect opportunity to do so, and then carry it through the rest of the year.

SAMARITANS AWARENESS MONTH – 1st July -31st July Talk to Us Month throughout July A Samaritans-led event that encourages communities to become better listeners during July. Samaritans are here to listen 24/7 for anyone that needs us. But we’re also encouraging people to become better listeners. Why not get involved on social media on 24 July and pledge to become a better listener?

Becoming a better listener can help you support loved ones who may be struggling to cope. It can also help improve your relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. You could help your loved ones open up about how they’re feeling by making some small changes to the way you listen. Why not try pledging one of the following things:

  • I pledge to listen without being distracted
  • I pledge to listen without interrupting
  • I pledge to check in with my loved ones more often and ask them how they really are

Or, you can make up your own pledges.

Listen without being distracted

Try things like making eye contact, putting your phone away and focusing completely on the other person. If you’re talking to someone on the phone, try doing it in a quiet place.

Listen without interrupting

Try and remember that pauses are fine, you don’t need to jump in and fill a silence. Resist putting your own interpretation on what the other person is saying, and repeat back what they say so it shows you’re listening.

Check in on loved ones

Why not try adding reminders to your calendar or phone, to check in with loved ones once or twice a week. Don’t give up, sometimes it can take a few tries to get someone to open up about how they’re feeling.

GLAD TO CARE WEEK – 5th July – 11th July – #GladtoCare Awareness Week is a celebration of resilient care workers, following what has undeniably been a trying period for the industry. The aim is to show appreciation for the extraordinary contributions that carers make to the lives of recipients of care and reassure families currently looking for care, in turn resulting in improving occupancy for care providers.

Person Centred Software launched its #GladtoCare campaign in 2018. It was designed to boost the profile of carers, who work extremely hard with very little public recognition. The campaign’s aim was to show carers that they are appreciated and to raise their morale. For 2020 Person Centred Software wanted to create a #GladtoCare awareness week dedicated to celebrating those who work in the care sector, following an incredibly trying period for the industry – and invite other care providers to get involved.

This year our aim with #GladtoCare Awareness Week is to continue to shine a light on all of the incredible work that’s been done, and continues to be done, within the social care industry, and to provide the public with support on how best to choose a care home for their loved one.

Thank You Day Sunday 4th July – Sunday 4th July is the day before the NHS’s birthday so it’s a perfect moment for the country’s biggest-ever thank you party. A chance to get together in the sunshine (we hope), with our neighbours, communities and families, to mark what has happened, celebrate the spirit that got us through and says thank you. It doesn’t matter how we do it, just get together and say thank you in our own way.

The past couple of years has been testing for all of us.
 
But with The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer there’s never been a better excuse for a great big party, to say thank you to everyone who has helped us through.
 
That’s why Sunday 5th June is this year’s Thank You Day.
 
We’re getting together as friends, families, neighbours and communities, to raise a glass to The Queen for 70 years of outstanding service, and say a great big thank you to each other as well.
 
Let’s do it in style. Make sure everyone is included, get the school band to play, invite the next street over.
 
Let’s make this the biggest thank you party ever!

Before normal life takes over again, we want to pause and say thank you to everyone who helped. From neighbours who kept the noise down or dropped off the shopping, mum and dad for putting up with us under the same roof, delivery drivers and supermarket security guards who kept us fed, local shopkeepers who stayed open, care workers, doctors, nurses, volunteers, and everyone who obeyed the rules, we couldn’t have done it without each other. 

Starting from just 13 individuals proposing a Thank You Day, the idea is now supported by hundreds of organisations across the country, ranging from the Scouts and Guides to Rotary and the Royal Voluntary Service, NHS, The Mirror and the Sun, the Football Association and the Church of England. 

It’s got the backing of celebrities, religious leaders and sports stars, local councils and schools, businesses and communities throughout the UK. 

The aim is for as many people as possible to be involved, however they would like, so everyone who deserves it gets a thank you – and the whole of the UK gets together. 

There isn’t a strict plan for the day (the idea is to say thank you however you want!) but people are already organising lots of activities which we can all join in with and support.

International Day of Friendship Day 30 July – An annual event, this day promotes the role that friendship plays in creating a culture of peace.

Our world faces many challenges, crises and forces of division — such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses — among many others — that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world’s peoples.

To confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.

Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good.

The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

The resolution places emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.

To mark the International Day of Friendship the UN encourages governments, international organizations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community towards promoting a dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.

The International Day of Friendship is an initiative that follows on the proposal made by UNESCO defining the Culture of Peace as a set of values, attitudes and behaviours that reject violence and endeavour to prevent conflicts by addressing their root causes with a view to solving problems. It was then adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997.

Source: Spirit of the holidays, Samaritans, Glad to Care, Thank You Day International Day of Friendship

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JUNE HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH/DAYS/WEEKS…

June is full of awareness days for health this year which is listed below.

MEN’S HEALTH MONTH & MEN’S HEALTH WEEK JUNE 13th – 19th – June – Anchored by a Congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.

The centrepiece of Men’s Health Month is National Men’s Health Week, a special awareness period passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994, now recognized internationally. This year, National Men’s Health Week starts on June 15 and ends on Fathers’ Day, June 21.

SCOLIOSIS AWARENESS DAY – 1st  June – Scoliosis is when the spine curves to the side. The spine can also twist at the same time. This twisting can pull the ribcage out of position. It is important that a person with scoliosis sees a scoliosis specialist. 

Scoliosis is not a disease. It just means that in an often otherwise healthy person the spine is curved or twisted. It is not infectious or contagious. It does not develop because of anything a person did or did not do. Although many people have not heard of scoliosis it is not rare. 3 to 4 children per 1000 need specialist supervision.

By running events, meet-ups, or getting involved in local community groups, you can also help to raise awareness of scoliosis while raising money for SAUK. You can find out more about organising your own event through SAUK fundraising pages.

SCOLIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH – 1st June – 30th June – National Scoliosis Awareness Month takes place yearly in June with the goal of highlighting the growing need for education, early detection and awareness to the public about scoliosis and its prevalence within the community. The campaign also unites scoliosis patients, families, physicians, clinicians, institutions and related businesses in collaborative partnerships of local activities, events and grassroots networking throughout the month.

NATIONAL CARERS WEEK – 7th -13th June – Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a monumental impact on unpaid carers’ lives – not only because of the increased amount of care that many provided but because of the far-reaching effect that providing this level of care has had on unpaid carers. Many people also took on new caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.

WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY – 14th June – World Blood Donor Day is an extremely important awareness day. Countries all over the world take part in this campaign to stress the importance of safe blood donation, and why healthy people should absolutely donate blood. Following the overwhelming success of World Health Day 2000, which was devoted to the theme “Blood Saves Lives. Safe Blood Starts with Me”, the World Health Organization declared the 14th of June as World Blood Donor Day. The flagship event was organized in 2004 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The day is dedicated to “thanking and celebrating voluntary non-remunerated blood donors”. The day, the 14th of June also commemorates the birth of Karl Landsteiner, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for his seminal discovery of the ABO blood. The day which also thanks millions of blood-donor worldwide is aimed primarily to ensure the easy availability of safe blood for transfusion worldwide.

DIABETES AWARENESS WEEK – 10th -17th June – #DiabetesWeek – Your blood sugar won’t always be in range. Figuring out food labels and menus might have you tearing your hair out. And you might have treated that 3am hypo with a few too many jelly babies. (And biscuits. Oh, and that sandwich…) But you’re doing it, every single day. Living with diabetes, juggling the ups and downs. And that’s worth celebrating.

So, this Diabetes Week, let’s celebrate you, the millions of people going through the same things, and everyone who’s there to support you along the way. Invite your friends, family, neighbours and pets to join us for the first-ever Big Diabetes Week Dog Walk! However and wherever you walk is completely up to you – you can walk to raise awareness, raise money, or just for fun. Sign up here.

BIKE WEEK 6TH – 12TH JUNE – Your health, your climate, your pocket and your community are all better by bike. Take part in Bike Week from 6-12 June 2022. This year Bike Week is all about you and your local community, we want to encourage as many people as possible to get out there and enjoy their community by bike. We want you to dream big and imagine how your community could be improved if everyone in it used their bikes more, together we can make a better world by bike. 

These last few years have seen a lot of change, many people took up cycling or rediscovered it, dusting off that old bike sitting in the shed to get out there again. Some for exercise, some for commuting to work, to go to the shops or even just to be able to see friends and family. The bike can give everyone freedom, freedom to choose how to travel and how to live their lives better and healthier. 

So this Bike Week from 6-12 June let’s really celebrate cycling, it’s our chance to all come together and tell the UK that cycling is the answer, the answer to many questions – how can I help myself, my community, my county and my planet. 

International Day of Yoga – 21st June 2022 – “Yoga for Unity and Well-being” is an initiative of leading Yoga Institutions and schools who have come together to present the best that Yoga has to offer, with a message of unity and harmony. This program is being organized under the auspices of the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India and in collaboration with United Nations Information Centre and partners.

International Yoga Day is observed on June 21 to spread awareness among the masses about the importance of Yoga and its effects on human health.

United Nations Organization (UNO) designated International Yoga Day in 2014 on public demand that occurred on a large scale. International Yoga Day celebrations occur in India, USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, China, Australia, and some other countries of South Asia including Pakistan.

“Yoga for Well Being”
International Yoga Day 2022 theme is “Yoga for well-being”. All the world is passing through COVID-19 pandemic and almost every country has imposed a lockdown in a certain form. In this situation, it is hard or impossible for people to remain mentally and physically fit and healthy. People are suffering from anxiety and depression even if the lockdown is getting softer in some parts of the world. Despite that the lockdown gets lighter, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports revealing that Corona Virus won’t spare the world for many years. In this situation, it is risky to go outside and take part in group activities. Social distancing and a strong body immune system are the only available cures that we should embrace. The International Day of Yoga theme focuses on telling people to stay motivated at home and adopt a healthy lifestyle by doing exercise and yoga. People are getting fatter and desperate at home because they feel like caged animals. Exercise helps us to stay optimistic and yoga helps us to explore new ideas to spend time and earn money without going outside. Thus venue of this Yoga Day is our home. Let’s appreciate the theme 2022 of International Yoga Day and practice yoga at home until this curse of COVID-19 leaves us.

Source: Men’s Health Month, Scoliosis Association, SRS, Carers Week, Blood UK, Diabetes UK, Cycling UK, International Day of Yoga

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HOW TENS MACHINES WORK AND MY CHOICE OF 3 OF THE BEST TENS MACHINES FOR PAIN…

How do tens machines work for chronic pain?

Tens machines work to relieve pain by blocking pain sensations transmitting to your brain and stimulating your body to release natural pain-relieving endorphins. The Tens unit is ideal for knee, elbow, ankle, arthritis, muscle, back, shoulder, neck, leg, abdomen pain, sciatica, period and endometriosis pain relief etc. They are a natural, drug-free and highly effective way to relieve pain with a muscle stimulation effect.

This is because of the increase in the blood circulation action that helps the lymph system wash off the toxins from the body. The sensations generated by the microcurrents and the conventional TENS treatments are like tingling rather than a small electric current’s uncomfortable and distressing feeling. Frequent and regular microcurrent sessions are required to get the best results. TENS machines are small and lightweight, so you can use them while working or on the move. You can put it in your pocket, clip it to your belt or hold it in your hand. You can use TENS throughout the day for as long as you like, although it should not be used while you’re driving, operating machinery, or in the bath or shower. 

However, these should not be tried unless you have got the go-ahead from your GP.

  1. My number one choice is this Easy At Home wireless tens machine. The wireless design allows users to move freely and make it discreet under clothing. With no wire and no remote control, the compact design makes it very easy and convenient to carry and use. Suitable for use not only at home or work. It has 6 Automated Massage Program Options and 20 Power Levels for Intensity. Only 2-Button to control, just turn on the unit by pressing the on/off button and adjust the intensity by pressing the on/off button and adjust the intensity by pressing “﹢” or “-”. A pair of Gel Electrode Pad is included. A rechargeable battery provides this professional unit with long-lasting power. £26.99
  2. Beurer EM49 PainFree Digital TENS and EMS Machine | Drug-free natural pain relief | 3-in-1 pain relief, rehabilitation and massage | 70 training programmes | 2 channels | 4 self-adhesive electrodes.
  • 70 PROGRAMMES: 64 expertly designed programmes and 6 customisable programmes, all with adjustable intensity.
  • SOOTHING EMS: With 20 pre-set EMS massage programmes to release tension, increase well-being and encourage relaxation throughout the body.
  • DOCTORS FUNCTION: Saves your preferred settings for a quick-start every time you switch it on.
  • Includeds: 1x EM49 TENS/EMS machine, 2x connection cable, 4x electrodes 45×45 mm, 1x belt clip, 3x batteries AAA, 1x instruction manual at around £64.28

3. EMS Tens Machine Muscle Stimulator Rechargeable Digital Therapy Full Body Acupuncture Massage Pain Management and Rehabilitation for Back Shoulder Leg and Muscle Pain Relief Treatment with 16 Modes.

  • The rechargeable and powerful TENS machines can stimulate the muscles and sensory nerves, activate specific natural pain gate mechanisms, relax your body, and have pain management anytime you feel the need.
  • 16 Preprogrammed Massage Modes – Tuina, acupuncture, shiatsu, rubbing, vibration, pinching, foot reflexology, and ear kneading options help diminish the sensation of physical pain like sciatica, arthritic or inflamed discs/joints, stiff shoulders, lower back pain, stepping, etc for relieving body stress and pain, to be healthier and energetic.
  • VARIABLE INTENSITY AND TIMER – 20 level of intensity allows you to fine-tune the pulse width and pulse rate which optimizes sensitive control to relax your particular pain; A pre-programmed timer can set a predetermined duration from 10 up to 60 mins
  • REUSABLE PADS & TEN HOURS USE – Premium hydrogels utilize multi-layer technology which gives good conduction, no need to use any gel together, reusable for 15-20 times when used properly; Up to 10 hours of continuous use per full charge with a USB cable
  • Easily adjustable settings animated display on the LCD screen. massage mode, intensity, and treatment time. Built-in timer from 10 to 90 minutes, default timer: 20 minutes. When time is due, it is automatically shut off. £24.90

To explain a little bit about the Tens Machine and the EMS unit read my post on it here.

The NHS explains in detail Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) which is a method of pain relief involving the use of a mild electrical current.

A TENS machine is a small, battery-operated device that has leads connected to sticky pads called electrodes.

You attach the pads directly to your skin. When the machine is switched on, small electrical impulses are delivered to the affected area of your body, which you feel as a tingling sensation.

The electrical impulses can reduce the pain signals going to the spinal cord and brain, which may help relieve pain and relax muscles. They may also stimulate the production of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.

Healthcare professionals have reported that it seems to help some people, although how well it works depends on the individual and the condition being treated.

TENS is not a cure for pain and often only provides short-term relief while the TENS machine is being used.

However, the treatment is generally very safe and you may feel it’s worth trying instead of, or in addition to, the usual medical treatments, but like I stated at the beginning you should always check with your GP first before trying one out. A physiotherapist or pain specialist may be able to loan you a TENS machine for a short period if they think it could help.

TENS is not safe for everyone to use. Do not use it without first getting medical advice if:

  • you have a pacemaker or another type of electrical or metal implant in your body
  • you’re pregnant, or there’s a chance you might be pregnant – TENS may not be recommended early in pregnancy
  • you have epilepsy or a heart problem
  • you have an overactive bladder

Source: Amazon NHS