ACTIVE POSTURE TOPS EXPLAINED BY DR HILARY ON GMB…

As many of my readers will know I wrote a review on the Active Posture tops a short while ago. If you missed my review click here to see what I wrote. Recently there has been more information about it due to everyone working from home. Dr Hilary on GMB talks abut the posture shirt and how it may help you with this video here. Posture Shirt is also offering a Posture Shirt TM 2.0 with a discount of 25% using the discount code of VE25.

Since my previous reviews, they have grown in strength and been on television programs and in the press. One such article was written by The Lady magazine who wrote this article on the tops.

According to the NHS eight in every ten people are affected by back pain.

It can be debilitating, depressing and downright miserable. Yet so many of us think very little about our posture through our home life or working day.

It’s so easy to spend one’s 9 to 5 day gradually slipping further beneath the desk, only to drag oneself up into the chair again every half an hour.

We naturally fall into whatever physical state is the least effort, but this isn’t necessarily the position that is the most helpful or healthy for our bodies.

It’s a job to remind ourselves how to sit when we are frantically trying to finish a deadline or rushing around after our children. Many of us ignore that niggling pain until it becomes a much bigger pain that defeats us for weeks or even months.

Traditional compression clothing works against the body by ‘overtaking’ or doing the muscles job for it, thus rendering no muscle memory performance.

One brand, ActivePosture, has come up with an innovative and clever solution to this ongoing problem.

By creating a shirt that encourages muscle memory rather than overtaking it, the patented technology behind this invention works by helping the body teach itself to properly support itself.

‘Unlike traditional compression tops, ActivePosture clothing do not overtake muscle functionality or brace the user. Instead, they make the user aware of his or her posture. This process leads to the activation of the back muscles making these stronger. As it is the muscles doing the work, not the shirt/bra, over time the user will gain muscle memory and still feel the effect when the shirt/bra are not worn. This ensures that after around 6 months, the user will no longer be dependent on ActivePosture clothing, but will be able to feel and correct the posture without wearing them.’

 

TOP TIPS FOR BETTER POSTURE:

  • When sitting at a desk for any length of time, get up and stretch from time to time (every 40 mins at least)
  • Do not sit with legs crossed and try to keep your back straight with shoulders back
  • Invest in a support cushion if you are suffering from lower back pain
  • Cast your mind over your body to ‘check in’ and see that you are not leaning or putting pressure on one are or another
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects and always bend your legs with a straight back if you do lift things

‘The Posture Shirt® and InterActive Bra has helped over 500,000 people worldwide. We are proud to introduce these superior and innovative products to the UK customers. It offers an affordable and lasting solution to those struggling with poor posture and all discomfort that comes with it’, says Daniel Shilemay, the CEO of ActivePosture.

https://activeposture.co.uk

The company are going from strength to strength, and I suddenly realised that both my own children could do with one to help with their pain.  My daughter has recently had a baby and by week three of feeding her baby was already starting to get a lot of neck and shoulder pain so I suggested one of these tops. My son is in front of a computer to many hours to mention but is also a keen tennis player and recently has had back and neck pain. Initially, we thought it was something he had done in the gym but soon began to realise it definitely had something to do with his posture.

Watch this space for a review on the top for these type of postural pains in a few weeks time.

 

The Lady

MAY IS #FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS MONTH…

 

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May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month and ProHealth say, ‘Help us raise awareness and dispel the myths about this disease’. Write your story of Fibromyalgia on their site Fibromyalgia Awareness Healing Story Meaning originally written by Rebuilding Wellness. 

Zazzle an American site has a number of Fibromyalgia Awareness Gifts from t. shirts to key rings.  T. shirts are also available from Cafe Press UK. Another brilliant site for anything Fibro related is Fibro Blogger a Directory of People who Blog about Fibromyalgia. So, if you blog about people join this amazing directory of Fibro Bloggers.

There is also a Facebook Site which is promoting May 12th as ‘International ME/CFS/& FM Awareness Day’ so pop over and give them a tick or a donation to help raise awareness of these diseases.

SIX FACTS ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA…

  1. It is a real disorder with measurable biological abnormalities.
  2. There is a specific set of diagnostic criteria developed by the American College of Rheumatology to be used for diagnosing Fibromyalgia.
  3. It affects men, women, and children of all ages.
  4. Several studies have revealed markers of inflammation in Fibromyalgia.
  5. Exercise, when done properly, can help to reduce Fibromyalgia symptoms.
  6. Although there is no cure for Fibromyalgia, it can be managed with the right combination of treatments and therapies.

Infographic 25 invisible symptoms of fibromyalgia

10 THINGS I WILL REMEMBER FROM THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN…

I’ve kept a brief diary and have ten things I will always remember I’ve done and seen during the COVID-19 lockdown. What are your top ten things you will remember from lock-down?

  1. I will remember the day when my daughter and her husband said they both had all the symptoms of COVID-19 and the total relief when they got through it.
  2. I will remember the local lady who popped a card through our door to say if we needed anything to phone her and she would go and get them for us and our neighbour with a nine-month-old who also offered the same thing.
  3. I will remember the mostly beautiful weather which seemed to be with us throughout and which would lift our spirits on a daily basis.
  4. I will remember the amazing people out there who raised money for the NHS in particular Captain Tom Moore, 100 years young, and the huge amount of money he raised.
  5. I will remember the Facetimes with my friends and family and especially the ones where we could watch our 8-month-old granddaughter doing something new and giggling at our funny faces.
  6. I will remember mentioning to my other half that I was missing my chocolate and then opening a parcel full of them.
  7. I will remember the online jigsaws I did which would take my mind off things and thrill me when I had finished a big one.
  8. I will always remember Thursday evenings at 8pm when we all clapped for everyone who has helped us get through this awful time.
  9. I will remember the daily walks we did in the countryside hearing beautiful nature sounds, some of which I had never heard before.
  10. And finally, I will remember cutting my hair by following a YouTube video and enjoying doing the same to my other half.

When I read through this list I can see it has been far from all doom and gloom and if I have learnt anything from the lockdown it is how easily we can all adapt during a crisis. We all realise that health is the most important thing and that everything comes second. I would really love to hear other peoples ten things they will remember from COVID-19, as I’m sure it would lift people’s spirits.

4 TYPES OF PHYSIOTHERAPY THAT WILL HELP REDUCE BACK PAIN…

There are several methods of treating back pain. There are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which help to reduce prostaglandins and deter the COX enzymes… and we also have holistic methods such as acupuncture which works for many, but has no effect on some. I have written about the four I have listed before but not in one post and with us all being at home so much at the moment we have to be careful with our posture to avoid aggravating our spines.

The truth of the matter is that we’re all individuals and no two people are alike. What works for some may not work for another. One man’s meat is another man’s poison, so to speak. This is especially applicable to holistic methods such as physiotherapy.

These methods take time to work, but when you do find one that works for you, the relief you get can be immense. It’s all a matter of patience and finding one that yields results.
Strong medication such as pain killers and NSAIDs can have side effects. Surgery is expensive and has risks. In fact, the thought of surgery alone is enough to make most people’s hearts skip a beat.

It’s best to try the holistic methods first and see how they work for you. In this article, we’ll look at 4 different types of physiotherapy that you can use to alleviate your back pain. Not all may work for you, but you’ll definitely find at least one that helps bring you relief.

COLD TREATMENTS…

This method will require you to place an ice pack on the area that’s affected. Always remember to place a towel on the affected part before placing the ice pack on it. Do not ice the area for more than 20 minutes.
Cold treatment will help to numb the swollen tissues and reduce the pain. It’ll also interrupt the pain messages because the nerve impulses are affected by the cold. Muscle spasms will decrease and any swelling and inflammation will subside to some degree… and this will bring relief.

ACUPRESSURE…

Acupressure is a method of massage where pressure is applied on specific points of the body known as acupoints. This is a Chinese method of holistic treatment and while it has drawn scepticism, many people have benefitted from it.
The theory states that by manipulating the acupoints, the energy in your body can flow freely, and this will aid in healing. You’ll have to try it to know if it works for you.

ACUPUNCTURE…

Similar to acupressure, but instead of fingers massaging you, slim needles are inserted into the acupoints to stimulate and relax the muscles in the area at the same time.
The life force (qi) will flow freely, and you’ll feel better. Millions of people have reported positive results by using acupuncture to treat back pain and migraines. It’s worth a try.

HEAT TREATMENT…

Similar to cold treatment, but you’re using heat this time. It may seem strange that heat works too. After all, unlike ice which numbs the area, won’t heat aggravate it?
Not really. When you place heat on the affected area, the soft tissues will relax and become less stiff. So, there will be more flexible and you’ll be able to move more easily. The heat will also dilate the blood vessels which will help to improve blood circulation.

Your back will feel much better when fresh oxygenated blood that’s rich in nutrients flows around it and aids in healing. Do note that you shouldn’t apply heat therapy to a back injury that’s less than four days old. Only give these 4 methods a try after you have checked with your GP first.

 

LUMBER DISCOGRAPHY FOR BACK PAIN DIAGNOSIS…

A discogram is an investigation which will help your surgeon to see which level of your spine may require surgery. It is usually performed only on patients who the surgeon feels may need or benefit from spinal surgery for maybe a spinal fusion or an IDET treatment.

Discogram or diagnostic discography is an X-ray procedure that can help to determine the source of your lower back or leg pain. This procedure is used to determine if a degenerative or worn out disc is the cause of your back pain. They enable the surgeon to determine the level of the fusion required or to confirm disc degeneration which is unclear on MRI scans. A discogram is hardly ever used to diagnose the cause of back pain.

If you have been suffering from severe back or leg pain, this may be due to a worn-out disc but it is not always very easy to tell which part of your spine is causing you this pain. You may have already had an MRI or CT scan but because these investigations have not determined for definite where your pain is coming from, your doctor has asked us to try to find
out which part of your back is affected.

At the time of injection, there is usually some pain which may be similar to or different to your usual pain, so you will be awake in order for you to experience the sort of pain you are in. I’ve had this done twice and although it is obviously quite uncomfortable it helps the surgeons decide on possibly some very import surgery. You are mildly sedated so you soon forget how bad it was.

It is done as a day case and you lie flat face down and a local anaesthetic (lignocaine) is put on your skin. Under X-ray control, the needle is advanced into the disc space in question and they dye (which is visible on Xray) is then injected during which you will be asked whether this causes the type of pain you are suffering. The procedure is then repeated at another level if necessary.

This procedure can aggravate the pain for a few hours after the procedure or in my case a few days but I just increased my pain killers. The pain disappeared gradually. If the disc is the source of your back, spine, extremity and/or leg pain the injection will temporarily reproduce your symptoms, thus resulting in a positive discogram. If the disc is not the source of your pain the injection will not reproduce your symptoms or cause any discomfort, thus resulting in a negative discogram.

You can find out more information about this procedure on Spine Universe and Spire Healthcare.