For anyone who suffers from back pain keeping your wooden floors clean can be quite daunting but using the Beldray Double Sided Spray Mop makes it as easy as pie.

With two different sides to the mop, with varying textures, it can tackle most problems on the floor. However, its unique function is the spray canister it features just above the main head of the mop.

Simply fill it with cleaning liquid and spray the floor while you brush and mop, giving your floors a glimmering shine, all without the hassle of using a mop and bucket.

The microfibre mop head picks up and locks in dirt, holding onto it rather than pushing it around the floor. It has a reusable and replaceable microfibre cloth head although it’s easy to clean I just popped mine in the washing machine with some towels.


  • Seamless Switch Between Faces
  • Clean Floors and Windows
  • Spray Function Makes Cleaning Easy

It’s available at a number of places but the best prices are from B&M for £14.99 or Matalan for £15. I cannot praise this enough, it just makes it quick and simple.




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Auricular therapy as a treatment for pain is a method of healing by stimulating different acupressure points on the surface of the outer ear. These areas are pricked with small, sterile, disposable needles in order to help many complaints.

In auricular acupuncture, the ear is seen as a micro system of the body. Auricular therapists believe that there are over 200 points on the ear that are connected to a particular organ, tissue or part of the body. So, if something is out of sync, its corresponding point on the ear may be sensitive or tender to touch and pressure, or a mark, spot or lump can be visible. Stimulation of the ear is then carried out by means of acupuncture needles, minute electric currents or a laser beam.

An auricular acupuncture session involves placing 5 or 6 small, sterile, disposable needles in each ear. The needles are placed in acupoints corresponding to the area to be treated, so they may place a needle in the neck point if you were suffering from pain in that area. It is claimed that the therapy can be helpful for various chronic conditions including rheumatism and arthritis.

The actual practice of manipulating needles in the ear to cure diseases is not a new therapy, but a very ancient one. It has been used for many hundreds of years in some Eastern and Mediterranean countries and in China and is also now becoming popular in the UK.

An interesting post on the Back, Neck Pain Centre website has some FAQ from interested customers and two questions I thought said it all – Does Auriculotherapy hurt?
For most, the procedure is painless. You may feel a tiny sensation in the ear where the point is being treated. This is usually for a second or two and then the sensation goes away. If it feels slightly uncomfortable we can decrease the intensity to where you do not feel it. Most of the time this isn’t necessary as the treatment is tolerable.

What conditions does Auriculotherapy help? – Auriculotherapy is good for acute painful problems alleviating pain almost immediately or within 24 to 48 hours. Auriculotherapy is good for chronic degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and other chronic painful conditions. Other conditions include diseases and dysfunctions of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary and cardiovascular systems. Auriculotherapy is very effective for treating addictions. In fact, Auriculotherapy has a seventy five to eighty percent success rate treating patients for smoking or nicotine addiction. There are currently more than 150 indications for the application of Auriculotherapy. Just ask Dr. Peck if Auriculotherapy is right for you.

A good book on the therapy is The Beginner’s Guide to Auricular Therapy: Application of Ear Seeds, by P.Sze There is also a great YouTube Video on the therapy.


Pain is a natural experience in life but chronic pain is completely different. Long term pain can be one of the most difficult things to adjust to when living with the condition.

Acceptance and commitment therapy – spreading the idea that a lot of happiness is about learning to live alongside painful emotions rather than getting rid of them

ACT is different from the usual CBT which is used for chronic pain as it focuses on moving towards a vital life, rather than on pain managment. in ACT, the thought is accepted as a thought, e.g. “I am having the thought that this boat is going to sink”, and then defused using a variety of techniques, which may include mindfulness, metaphors and language.

It emphasis observing thoughts and feelings as they are without trying to change them and behaving in ways consistent with goals and life directions,.

It aims to help people create a rich and meaningful life while accepting the negativity that inevitbly comes with it.

In an article in Pain Matters they talk about how the workplace can too often be a challenging place for people in pain.

A quarter of those living with chronic pain will go onto lose their jobs. The workplace can be a challenge for anyone managing pain with 50 per cent of those with rheumatoid arthritis leaving work within a year. Hazel Muir explains to Pain Matters the importance of knowing your rights and being able to explain about your pain to employers and colleagues. Pop along to Pain Matters to read Hazel Muir’s full transcript on this matter.







Watsu massage is an underwater massage that takes place in warm, waist-deep water. The weightlessness that the buoyancy of the water gives you, can be accompanied by a trained practitioner, known as watsuers, who will guide you into deep stretches in the pool of warm water.

A watsuer uses his or her own body to enhance the series of stretches that are being performed on the client, by bracing certain positions or wrapping the client’s body around his or her own.

It was developed by Harold Dull back in 1980, and since that time its popularity has grown. Dull, who had studied Zen Shiatsu in Japan, brought the principles of his Asian education back to North America where he was a massage therapist. He coined the idea of using the buoyancy of water to stretch his patient’s bodies, improving the flow of their vital energy throughout their bodies. Its name comes from a combination of the words ‘water’ and ‘shiatsu’.

The first time I ever heard of Watsu was in 2002 when we were preparing the very first issue of Fibromyalgia AWARE magazine.

It is also an excellent form of physical therapy for people with physical disabilities, such as arthritis, lower back pain, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida or paralysis. It is also a great form of physical therapy for children, adults and seniors alike. While for many people it takes just one Watsu session to become a believer, it may not be the right kind of massage therapy for everyone. That’s because it requires an enormous amount of trust because, after all, you are putting yourself literally in the hands of another person for a full hour and you are both in the water.

Some of the benefits reported from Watsu include:

  • Decreased muscle tension
  • Increased mobility and flexibility
  • Decreased pain
  • Decreased muscle spasms and spasticity
  • Decreased stress
  • Better sleep

Watsu has been found to be beneficial for a number of different health challenges, including:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Strokes
  • Traumatic Brain Injury