TAILORED BACK PAIN RELIEF FOR A FRACTION OF THE COST…

With summer well and truly here making sure that you are able to stay active, do the things you love and create great memories with friends and family is key. Back Pain affects 7/10 people in the UK and although it is such a common occurrence there are only two options.

Spend a lot of money heading to an osteopath or head down the medicinal route which only masks the pain. Lower Back Pain Relief is something that needs to be tailored to each person, lifestyles are different, the activities a person does are different and what works for one person may not work for the other. This post is here to educate and inform readers of an alternative treatment that is  out there.

Backpain.online is a new platform that aims at reducing the costs people spend on treating back pain. It is run by Graeme and Toby who combined have over 25 years of experience as Osteopaths and run an Osteopathy Clininc in Ascot – their main aim when setting up back pain online was to relay their years of experience to members at a fraction of the cost.

Their solution is to create a hub of 100s of videos that members can access. Once you have filled in the E Consultation form you will then have a tailored video path for you to work through. The videos cover three main areas: education, advice and rehabilitation, all of which are aimed at improving lower back pain and improving mobility. The platform offers users access to an information hub and there is the option to try the product for 7 days free of charge.

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NEW REMOTE CONTROL ZAPPER FOR BACK PAIN…

A new type of remote control ‘pacemaker’ for back pain is being trialled in the UK. The matchbox-sized device sends electrical pulses to muscles around the spine to strengthen them. The idea according to The Daily Mail Health is that stronger muscles take the strain off the damaged spine and thus reduce pain.

Six out of ten patients responded to treatment and now, around 100 are taking part in a new, larger clinical trial in the UK and elsewhere. They say that there is more evidence that muscles play a major role in low back pain and one of the theories is that the brain tries to limit painful movement by reducing or blocking the nerve signals that activate muscles. This then aggravates the initial problem and the muscles become fragile from not being used and then cannot properly support the spine.

This new device is a less invasive surgical option for low back pain and is designed to replace the nerve signals blocked by the brain and stimulate the muscles to keep them strong. It consists of a battery and tiny electrodes and is implanted in the back just under the skin above the waistline, in an hour-long operation which is done under general anaesthetic.

The electrodes are attached to the dorsal nerves in the spinal cord that supply the muscles. Patients then use a remote control to activate the stimulation for 30 minutes a day. As the muscles around the spine are strengthened over time, the brain senses reactivation and again starts firing the nerve signals that activate the muscles and further stabilise the spine.

Recent results from earlier trials involving 53 patients showed that the device can be very effective. Improvements were seen in around 60 per cent and quality of life improved in 80 per cent. It’s certainly something I am personally going to keep my eye on for the future.

 

TUESDAY TIPS FROM #backpainbloguk…

Check out my #tuesdaytips on how to look after your back.

Stay flexible, if you are desk bound, move around every 30 minutes.

Stay strong, go swimming and walking regularly or as often as you can.

Steer clear of the driving range. Unfortunately golf swings are of no help to people with back problems.

Try to sit on a stability ball for 15 minutes a day.

I think we all know that excess weight can cause a number of health problems but it can be a big contributor to back pain.

Don’t sleep on a hard bed. Believe or not these can really irritate back problems. If your staying in a Hotel ask if the bed is firm. Before now I have been known to buy a bed quilt and fold it to lie on as the bed was too hard, it just takes the pressure off your back.

Have a deep tissue massage – this can help back pain a great deal but make sure whoever gives it to you is fully qualified.

Stay hydrated.

Try not to pound the streets when you walk, make sure your shoes have a good cushioning.

Feel the pain sometimes rather than reaching straight out for the medication as it could be masking something.

Always, always, always bend the knees when picking up anything or bending down.

And for the women, don’t carry your life around in your handbag.

And for the men, don’t carry too much in your computer bag.

Another one for the women, don’t wear high heels all the time. The long term effect can not only effect your back but also your feet.

Get an accurate clinical diagnosis if your pain does not settle down after a few weeks.

Don’t smoke, it has been proven that people who smoke are more likely to have lower back pain.

Never twist and bend at the same time.

CHRISTMAS AND ACUTE AND CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS…

The difference between chronic and acute is just a matter of ‘time’ really. An acute attack of pain is something new that arrived and (hopefully) went. A chronic attack of pain is something that has been there for a long time, constant, like a toothache gnawing away at you come rain or shine.

If someone falls over and breaks a leg they are in immediate acute pain, and by the time they have been looked after in hospital, they usually leave with their pain in control. If someone is in chronic pain due to a toothache or back pain, there is usually nothing that you can actually ‘see’ that is causing it. Treatment for this type of pain can be a combination of things with the help of your GP and Pain clinic.

The average person will cope with some type of acute pain in their lifetime but most won’t have to suffer from chronic pain, so unless they have been in this sort of pain they have no idea what it is like.

Time and time again I get told how ‘well’ I look as if I must be making up how I am actually feeling. Many a day I’ve felt despair, rage and profound disappointment that I could not do certain jobs. My life has changed so much over the years that I can hardly believe it.

But staying positive, which I think I do, helps you through the dark days when the only people who know how much you are suffering are your loved ones. At this time of year everyone, in particular, women (sorry fellas) just don’t seem to stop so there will be many of us suffering in silence.

Soooooo, if you know someone who is in pain just remember to give them a helping hand at this busy time of year.

REVIEW OF THE QUELL – WEARABLE PAIN RELIEF DEVICE…

I was given the Quell device as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this Quell wearable pain relief review are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company.

I was delighted when Julie at Chronic Illness Bloggers offered me the opportunity to review the Quell wearable pain relief device. I must admit that I was a bit sceptical at Quell’s owners claim that it works by strapping the device to your calf muscle and when the device is activated, it stimulates nerves in the leg that send signals through to your brain to induce your body to release its own pain blocking chemicals, known as endogenous opioids, which should reduce or eliminate chronic pain or even temporary pain.

I have tried tens machines in the past without much success as the relief didn’t last long enough so I was keen to see how long the pain relief would last using the Quell.

It can be connected to your smartphone and even works while you sleep and as I am an avid user of my smartphone it sounded perfect. It arrived charged and ready to use which was great.

When I started the trial, I was going through a rough patch with not only awful pain from Fibromyalgia but also a disc problem and foot problem. This year has been quite a trying year for me in managing my chronic pain including a new problem with some trapped nerves in my elbow which resulted in surgery.

I scored my pain level at the beginning of the trial at a 7 – 8.

The best part of the Quell is that it is 100% drug free, doctor recommended and clinically proven, and has a 60-day money back guarantee and a 2-year warranty for any technical defect, so you are on a win, win situation right from the start.

I started using the device after following the Quick Start Guide and I also looked at the information on the Quell Wesite. It tells you to use the device for at least two to three full 60-minute session per day for the first few weeks to ensure that you give the technology time to work.

With my pain being in many places and not just in one spot I was interested to see how it would work. I didn’t expect it to take all the pain away, but some release was better than none.

The app that you download on your smartphone or tablet will track how many sessions you complete each day but as I was taking my device away on holiday with me I was unable to use it this way, as I turn off data roaming on my smartphone while in Europe.

When the Quell is working, the initial feeling is a tingling or buzzing sensation like a tens machine but at no stage did it become uncomfortable for me. Its technology will automatically adjust the intensity of your stimulation ensuring that you get the exact amount of pain relief you need. Initially I felt that for a woman, having something strapped to your calf would be a bit inconvenient but you can always wear it in bed or under trousers.

It’s simple to collaborate the Quell with the company using their Simple 123 set up. It has a rechargeable battery that will run for an average of 30 hours on a single charge and is extremely easy to operate. The electrodes are meant to be used for approximately 2 weeks and then disposed of so unfortunately this means there is an ongoing purchase needed to continue with the pain relief.

It delivers the treatment for an hour, then it stops but you can change the frequency in the app. The app shows you how long you have left of your treatment, and you can stop or start a session any time you want. You can also stop Quell manually if you are not using the app simply by pushing the button on the device four times quickly.

When I arrived on my holiday I was desperate for some pain relief and I found I could soon walk for longer and the pain was down to a 4 -5 (in my foot). I wasn’t expecting miracles for the rest of my pain but walking without a limp was a great advance for me.

I decided to wear it at night and used it every night while away. It has three settings for sleep, Bedtime only – this cycle only lasts while falling asleep and turns itself off once you are asleep (this is the one I used ) Gentle overnight – this cycle continues throughout the night but at a lower intensity and Full power – this cycle continues through the night at the same setting as you have it on for using during the day.

There is in-depth information on the Quell website where you can also find a user manual, instructional videos and troubleshooting tips. They also have a dedicated Customer Care department and will answer any questions or concerns you have.

I think most of us chronic pain sufferers want a quick fix which this isn’t but patience is a virtue and the Quell will without doubt help alleviate some of your pain, which at the end of the day is all we wish for. In a study published in the Journal of Pain Research, 80% of participants responded to the Quell reporting that their chronic pain had improved in 60 days.

Overall, I would give it the thumbs up and is more effective than a Tens machine.