ACTIVE POSTURE TOPS ALWAYS IN THE PRESS …

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.

Since my review, 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

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YOGA TO HELP WITH BACK PAIN…

Yoga is based on rhythm and breathing rather than core strength, so it’s useful for relaxation and stress. There are lots of different types of Yoga available today but some good ones for pain are Bikram Yoga, Yin, Iyengar Yoga and Glow Yoga.

Bikram Yoga is a unique series of 26 Hatha Yoga postures and 2 breathing exercises, performed in a heated room to enhance your stretching. It covers a series of postures which have been scientifically designed to work every part of the body in the correct order. The heat facilitates stretching, prevents injury and promotes sweating, which aids detoxification.

Yin Yoga is a yoga for the joints that stretches the connective tissue. It is a very distinctive style of Chinese yoga, which some believe is the oldest form of Hatha yoga. Yang exercises work your heart and muscles and the exercises are floor-based. Lying down can immediately relax your body and unlike other Yogas, you hold your posture for up to ten minutes. It has been said to feel like ‘peeling off layers of tension’.

Iyengar Yoga is perfect for people who feel ‘stiff’. It’s the safest and most effective way to stretch your whole body and improve your flexibility. It’s characterised by great attention to detail and precise focus on body alignment with the use of ‘props’, such as cushions, benches, blocks and even sand bags.

There are more than 200 deep poses, which you work towards holding for up to two minutes, which make it great for lengthening your muscles. They say it is a perfect type of yoga, if you’ve got a muscular or joint injury. With so many different types of Yoga available, it gets a bit confusing as to which one to choose, but it’s really a case of try one, then try another.

Healthline have an article with the ten best yoga poses for back pain, but please don’t try these if you have never done yoga before, check with your GP then try a class with a fully qualified instructor.

Another company Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs has a video you can watch on specific yoga moves for lower back pain. On the NHS website they also have an article on how ‘yoga may improve back pain’.

The British Wheel of Yoga website has lots of information about Yoga and the 30th OM Yoga Show which takes place 18th/19th & 20th October.

My book of choice would be ‘Yoga Therapy: A Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Yoga and Ayurveda For Health and Fitness’, by A G Mohan.

GET FIBROMYALGIA RELIEF BY EATING THE RIGHT DIET…

Get Fibromyalgia relief by eating the right diet. Pain Resource has put together this great infographic for you to help you improve your diet for Fibromyalgia relief.

If you head over to the Pain Resource website you will find a video with lots of information on the right diet for Fibro. It’s a great site and if by making only one change in your diet to help with the pain of Fibromyalgia then it’s worth trying.

MIGRAINE AWARENESS WEEK 1-7th SEPTEMBER, 2019…

Migraine Awareness Week is 1st – 7th September, 2019. The Migraine Trust say that while there is an increasing awareness of migraine and understanding of what it is, not many would disagree that we are no where near the level of awareness and understanding that we need to reach. And we do need to reach it because lack of awareness and understanding of migraine seriously impacts our lives, with too many people not fully realising what it is like to live with this condition.

That’s why it is so crucial for us to maximize the opportunity that Migraine Awareness Week gives us. Running from 1-7 September this year, it is a moment in the year when everyone affected by migraine and everyone working to help those affected work together to raise the profile of migraine as a complex neurological condition and dispel any ideas that it is ‘just a headache’.

They have two focuses for Migraine Awareness Week. The first focus is tackling the isolation that migraine can often lead to and encouraging people with migraine to talk to their friends and family about it. It has been wonderful that so many people have held Meetups since they launched. They say they love seeing the pictures from the Meet-ups and hearing about them, particularly how they have helped you talk about migraine. Many of you have also used them as an opportunity to thank your friends and family for supporting you with your migraine.

The second focus builds on last year’s workplace activity. The aim of this is to create workplaces that are ‘Mindful of Migraine’. By mindful of migraine we mean for employers to be aware of the high numbers of people who get migraine and that it is a complex, varied, and often debilitating neurological condition. We would then like employers to make reasonable adjustments once they become aware that they have an employee who gets migraine.

Get involved with either of these focuses by contacting or looking at The Migraine Trust website.

DO YOU GET THAT FEELING IN YOUR BONES WHEN IT STARTS TO RAIN?…

You hear many people say I can feel it in my bones when it starts to rain, well according to Harvard Medical School, in an article from Science Daily, they found no relationship between rainfall and joint or back pain.

The notion that certain symptoms and weather go hand in hand has persisted since antiquity. Hippocrates, writing in On Airs, Waters, and Places, exhorted those who wish to understand medicine to look at the changing seasons of the year and study the prevailing winds to see how the weather they bring affects health. The belief has endured over the centuries and well into the present, likely fueled by a combination of folklore and small studies that have repeatedly yielded mixed results.

The newly published analysis led by Anupam Jena of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy said “No matter how we looked at the data, we didn’t see any correlation between rainfall and physician visits for joint pain or back pain,” said Jena, who is the Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital. “The bottom line is: Painful joints and sore backs may very well be unreliable forecasters.”

The human brain is good at finding patterns, Jena noted, and these beliefs are often self-fulfilling. If you expect your knee to hurt when it rains and it doesn’t, you forget about it, he said, but if it hurts and you blame it on the rain, it tends to stick in your mind.

“As physicians, we should be sensitive to the things our patients are telling us. Pain is pain, with or without rain,” Jena said. “But it’s important to know that, at the clinical level, joint pain does not appear to ebb and flow with the weather.”

Well, I don’t know about some of my readers but I have to totally disagree. I am most definitely worse with certain weather conditions and better in other type of weather conditions. I find my body has to adjust to the change of seasons and if I go abroad for a holiday the same applies so it’s not just a UK thing.

I would love to hear what your thoughts are on rain and pain ?

Source : Harvard Medical School and Science Daily