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25 REASONS TO CHECK OUT BACK PAIN BLOG NEWS FOR FEBRUARY…

The sun is shining and the sky is blue, it’s a beautiful spring day today and we managed a nice walk in the pleasant warm sunshine. When we got back I sat outside with a cup of tea and tried to think of some interesting post I could write about on my blog. With my blog being mainly about pain and how to tackle it, it makes it quite hard to write something uplifting.

“Getting your readers interested in the first paragraph”, they say, is the key to the reader wanting to read more. So, I took a quick look through all my posts this month and initially I was quite surprised at how many I had written, 25 in total. My posts covered a selection of different subjects from pain relief through acupoints to Walking and the British obsession with the weather.

I looked at my stats to see if readers favored any particular post more than another but surprisingly my stats are pretty much the same on a daily basis. I looked at other sites that are similar to mine and I noticed that some wrote newsletters. I used to write newsletters quite a few years ago now but these were handmade news letters with a pretty bow on as they were for a ladies over 50’s group that I used to run. Of course, that took time and a lot of it and I know my back would not appreciate that sort of work any more. But it gave me an idea on writing a post at the end of every month on the posts that I had written that month (are you still with me?). So, without further adieu I will write on 24 reasons you should check out Back Pain Blog UK.

A few of my posts on Back Pain Blog were focused around acupoints and the benefits of different types of treatments you can have to help for your pain.

1. Teach Yourself Hand Reflexology is the perfect post on this type of treatment. followed by an article on

2. Auricular Therapy which is another type of treatment using acupoints only in your ears this time.

3. Acupuncture Another Natural Approach to Pain explains all about Acupuncture and the benefits you can get from this type of therapy.

4. Trigger Point Therapy is for acute and chronic pain and acupuncture and something you could perform on yourself in your own home, so it’s well worth reading this article.

5. Myofascial Release Therapy and Myofascial Pain

6. I also wrote about A Day in the Life of Ravi-Jaipaul founder of Yoke Wellness and a truly inspirational guy who overcame some awful injuries after a cycling accident and then set up Yoke Wellness.

7. I was gifted his mats and wrote a review on them as they are amazing acupressure mats and could not be happier with the outcome.

8. My awareness days this month were raising the awareness of Raynauds Disease, and

9. Tittinus Awareness week, check out my article here.

10. Other news in February included my personal trip and outcome from my first Covid-19 jab.

11. Plus an article I wrote on Covid-19 and Fibromyalgia, and

12. Pain Medication and Covid-19.

Some other interesting health related news are –

13. How to tell the Difference between x rays and scans.

14. Eight ways to create movement and energy into you day and

16. Bake Yourself Calm – I love baking and find it does calm me down and feel fulfilled when the cake is cooked and ready to hand out, and my family love it when they get a text from me saying I would be dropping off my bakes.

My regular Sleep Sunday slot in February covered –

17. Natural Sleep Aids and

18. How much Children and Teenagers Sleep

19. Simple Walking can vastly Improve Your Health and Wellbeing, but I think we all know this anyway, it’s just motivating ourselves to make it a regular occurrence.

This month I wrote a few articles covering pain with –

20. What is good and bad pain and how should we deal with it,

21. Depression and Back Pain, and

22. Low Back Pain – Is it a Slipped Disc.

A few fun articles included promoting-

23. International Send a Card to a Friend Day, m

23.My post on the website The Bad Back Company of my Day in the Life of a Back Pain Sufferer series and 24. Why It’s not to late to make your New Year Resolutions.

25. Finally, my article on Walking and the British Obsession with the Weather which was reposted onto another blog so someone must have liked it.

I hope you have enjoyed my lowdown on subjects covered this month. I am always happy to receive any suggestions so please let me know if you have any.

Happiness is … looking forward to something.

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LOW BACK PAIN – IS IT A SLIPPED DISC? Plus 10 WAYS TO AVOID LOW BACK PAIN…

What is the cause of your back pain? Is it sciatica, a strain, early pregnancy, Covid-19, overweight, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia or a slipped disc?

NHS England describes back pain as the ‘single largest cause of disability in the UK, with lower back pain accounting for 11% of the total disability of the UK population’. In fact, the country lost a reported 30.8m sick days due to problems associated with achy lumbar regions, back, neck and upper limb problems in 2016. So it’s clear that lower backache is preventing many of us from working and carrying out everyday activities comfortably.

A slipped or herniated disc is among the most incapacitating of back agony issues – once in a while with added indications, for example, the pounding leg torment of sciatica. When you have a ‘slipped’ (prolapsed) disc, a disc does not actually slip.  What happens is that part of the inner softer part of the disc (the nucleus pulposus) bulges out (herniates) through a weakness in the outer part of the disc. A prolapsed disc is sometimes called a herniated disc. The bulging disc may press on nearby structures such as a nerve coming from the spinal cord. Some inflammation also develops around the prolapsed part of the disc. Inflammation may irritate a nerve and also causes swelling, which may put pressure on a nerve.

This is a condition where the focal point of a spinal disc swells outwards and presses onto a nerve.  The spinal discs go about as safeguards and through an assortment of causes, including injury, helpless stance and general “mileage” (which means steady disintegration), the dividers of the discs can get more fragile. If the centre of the disc pushes out, this can cause the disc wall to bulge and that can be when pain strikes!

The usual advice is to carry on as normal as much as possible. Painkillers may help. Physical treatments such as spinal manipulation may also help or IDD therapy, exercises or injections. Surgery may be an option if the symptoms persist.

The long-term outcome of low back pain is generally favorable, but persistent symptoms affect millions of individuals. However there are three treatments which do not require surgery and have been very successful at treating slipped/prolapsed discs.

#1. Anti Inflammatory Courses…
Due to the fact that herniated discs can often times be incredibly sensitive, especially in acute cases, you may need to undergo a short course of anti inflammatories.

Once your general practitioner gives you the go ahead you can begin to take these types of medication which are a very effective herniated disc treatment.

#2. Exercises…
I know that the mere thought of moving causes you extreme mental anguish, but these types of exercises are actually designed not to aggravate your bulging discs.

These are low impact exercise routines which are geared towards reducing the bulged disc back into its correct location in between vertebrae.

#3. Lying Correctly…
Whenever you lie down, ensure that you are lying down correctly. You should always prop yourself up when you lie down and while resting slightly on your elbows for a few seconds.

Back in the early 80’s I had my first disc bulge problem and back then you were put into bed attached to traction and left to lie it out for a few days. Unfortunately for me I ended up with a trapped nerve in my leg and lost all sensation of it on one side so I was soon taken off traction. Over the following seven years every time my disc bulge I would visit a chiropractor and a physiotherapist but eventually in 1987 I had to have my first of many surgeries to remove a prolapsed disc and fuse my low back.

What followed on from that initial surgery was cervical disc problems as well as lumber and a further two emergency surgeries to fuse them and correct a kyphosis ( curvature of the spine that causes the top of the back to appear more rounded than normal). My pain now is from the discs above and below all my previous surgeries which all have bulges as they have had to work much harder due to the fusion above them.

Spinal surgery is nothing like this now and most is keyhole and you are in an out of hospital within days whereas mine took weeks and months to recover from. Looking after your back is the key to avoiding any disc related problems and ten key ways to look after it are :

  1. Keep active
  2. Keep fit
  3. Keep a healthy weight
  4. Eat healthy
  5. Keep your posture correct
  6. Take regular exercise
  7. Do not smoke
  8. Take great care when lifting
  9. Get plenty of rest
  10. Take great care when gardening.

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EIGHT WAYS TO CREATE MOVEMENT AND ENERGY INTO YOUR DAY…

We are all feeling a little down in the dumps at the moment with the depressing weather and dark days but you can help create your own energy and movement if you cannot get outside. Here are eight great ideas on how to get you moving and increase your energy.

  1. Climb the stairs even if you are not going upstairs to get something, try increasing the amount of times you climb them daily and you will soon notice how less out of breath you are after a few days of doing it.
  2. Do not sit for too long, make sure you have a regular break. Set your phone alarm to go off every 30 mins and get up and take a walk around your house. Enjoy walking around your house and admire some things you have probably not noticed for a while and you may also find a few cobwebs while walking 🙂
  3. If your phone goes stand up and put it on speaker while you chat to whoever has phoned you. Hold onto a table while chatting and move your legs from side to side. You will forget how many you have done as you will be busy chatting instead. Don’t forget to change legs.
  4. Always go for a short walk just before your lunch, if you cannot get outside to do a short walk to the bottom of your street and back then walk around your garden instead. If that’s not possible either then do a lap of the whole house and count your steps as you are doing it. You will amazed how many steps you will be doing.
  5. If you are working from home, try and make your working space user friendly so that you can do the odd stretch or sit and meditate for a short while. Check out some desk exercises online.
  6. Avoid blue light at night so that you will get a great nights sleep ready for another great day.
  7. Drink lots and lots of fluid during the day and try to eat at regular times. This can help with weight loss as well as wellbeing.
  8. Finally, buy a houseplant – it’s a well known fact that plants are good for you as they purify the air. They also boost your energy and help you sleep, ease stress and make you happy. Simply looking after your plants can lift your mood and improve your wellbeing. They can help air circulation, which can prevent the spread of viruses! To find which plants and where to put them buy this book Houseplants for a Healthy Home: 50 Indoor Plants to Help You Breathe Better, Sleep Better, and Feel Better All Year Round by John VanZile from Amazon at £10.65 (Hardcover).