Chronic Pain Care & Management

If you are suffering chronic pain it can be an emotional struggle as well as a physical one. The first thing you have to do is have the right mindset. Instead of thinking ‘why me’, look at the situation from a ‘what now, how will I deal with this’ perspective. That change in thinking alone can make the situation less stressful, and if you are less anxious, your body will cope with the pain better.


Learn To Relax

Pain occurs to warn you that there is something wrong with your body. It is often in the muscles, but remember that even some things such as your heart are a muscle. If your body is tense the pain will be worse, but learning to relax will lessen the effects of it.

Calming your body down is the objective, and you have to find the best method of relaxing your muscles that suits you and helps to improve your well-being. Some people are lucky enough just to be able to sit back and it happens naturally, where others will have to do progressive muscle relaxing for it to work.

Don’t Overdo It

If your chronic pain is a bit easier after a few days of rest and relaxation, don’t suddenly try to do everything you normally would. Overdoing it can delay your recovery so even if you are feeling better, take it easy for a while longer. Perhaps do some minor tasks such as making your own coffee, but keep them simple or you will be back at square one.

Don’t Miss Out

Some people with painful conditions feel exhausted after their evening meal and go to bed early. You should try to avoid this because it means you are missing out on family life. Rest more in the daytime and have a nap in the afternoon. Then you will not be quite so tired in the evening and will be able to enjoy time with your family.


Seek Help

There is help available when you are in chronic pain. You could visit a chiropractor, try acupuncture, massage or visit your physician. You do not have to suffer alone as help and support is there for you.

There are herbal remedies that can help as well as the painkillers your doctor could prescribe.

Eat Foods That Are Anti-Inflammatory

There are some foods such as oily fish, red fruits and vegetables that have anti-inflammatory properties. Carrots, squash, watermelon, and peaches are all additions to your diet that could help.

Set Yourself Realistic Goals

Write down a list of realistic goals. Start with the simplest of things at the top, and gradually increase the amount of effort they will need. Do the first one for a few days before moving onto the next, and eventually you will reach the last goal you have included. Never worry about having to drop back a couple as with the nature of chronic pain, there will be some days where it is worse than others.

Just take it a step at a time, and as you start to do more again, you will feel better in yourself.


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3 Ways To Improve Your Health

Chances are, you are always on the lookout for ways to improve your health. Most people are, and the truth is that it can be notoriously hard to actually make sure you are making the right kinds of changes frequently if you are to try and live more healthily. However there are always simple changes you can make if you want to improve your health, and those are some of the things we are going to look at in this post. As long as you are making the kinds of changes we mention here, you will find that your health is vastly improving, and that you are able to make much more of your body and mind as a result. These are places to start, and you might find that they make all the difference in the world.

RELAX

One of the most essential parts of looking after your health is ensuring that you allow yourself plenty of chance to relax. Being able to fully relax is something that many people fail to do in their daily lives, and yet it is essential if you want to make sure that you are taking care of your health as best as you can. The art of relaxation is mostly all about ensuring that you can find the time to do so, so that you can sit, breathe, and just be. You should also consider using products from the likes of The Kratom Connection so that you can truly allow the body to relax as well. And let’s not forget what wonders a monthly massage can do!

EAT LESS

Chances are, you are sometimes prone to eating a little too much. The truth is that most people in our culture eat too much, and even if you think you eat a normal amount, you are probably technically overeating. The human body does not need all that much sustenance in order to survive, thrive and be well, so it’s a good idea to make sure that you are focusing on trying to reduce how much you eat in general. Of course, you shouldn't go too far with it, and if you have a history of eating disorders then be especially careful. But generally eating less will make the body less prone to diseases and illnesses. That means you can function much more easily on a daily basis as well.

VARY YOUR EXERCISE

We all know that exercise is important, but what is also important is making sure that you actually vary the kinds of exercise you get involved in. If you only ever jog, for instance, then you are not giving your body the fullest chance to be able to be fully healthy. If you are jogging, but also performing yoga and strength exercises, then you are improving your body in a number of ways, and you are bound to be much more in shape as a result. Remember that, and be sure to vary your exercise as much as you can so that you can really push your body to its limits.


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Keeping Yourself in the Best Health

With the summer going as well as it’s going at the moment, the last thing you want to be dealing with is your health. Even if you feel as though you’re in perfect health, we all know that things can change in a heartbeat. What we don’t realize is that a lot of the time, we’re the reason why our bodies cry out for help. We all want to keep ourselves in the best health, but we’re not always actively doing things that would allow for this to happen. Instead, we’re making mistakes left, right and center, and these are the mistakes that we want to try and correct in this post.

No one likes being ill, in pain, or just generally feeling down, so have a read of the tips below, and see if you can keep yourself in the best health.

Taking A Holistic Approach

You shouldn’t just be thinking about your diet and your fitness here, you need to think about your health in general if you want to stay in top form. Of course, your diet and fitness levels are going to play a big part in your level of health, so making sure that you’re staying on top of things all of the time is obviously going to benefit you. That’s not to say that a cheeky cheat day once or twice a week is going to kill you. But, to take a holistic approach, you need to think about things such as your mental health, and how that can affect your general well-being. If you’re someone who always feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, and you’re always out and about rushing around, then take some time to fully relax. Take away all of the pressures of life, and do something for you. Whether it be going for a walk, reading a book, or practicing meditation. As long as you’re focusing on you, rather than just your health, you’re going to have a much better chance of keeping yourself in the best health.

Injury Aftercare

I want to talk about this because it’s something that a lot of people seem to struggle with. Injury aftercare is so important if you want to keep yourself in the best health. All of those things that your doctor tells you to do that you usually ignore, follow! Focus on rest and relaxation, and making sure you’re keeping up with the medical aftercare side of things. Check out things such as tegaderm film if you have a wound, and always practice good personal hygiene. When people suffer a big injury, it’s so easy for everything to fall apart if proper aftercare doesn’t happen. Plus, having an injury that impacts your life for a considerable length of time isn’t hard to happen. Something so simple as breaking an arm can have a negative impact for months.

Take Away Negative Factors

Finally, I urge that you take away all of the negatives factors that might be affecting your health. Even the people you hang around with could be seen as a negative factor. If they’re always leading you astray, eating bad, getting into bad situations, it just isn’t going to benefit you. Obviously, any negative habits that you have should also be eradicated.


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Take Better Care Of You: Health Tips For Maintaining Inner Beauty

It’s easy to forget to take care of yourself sometimes.  With more demands on our time and attention from work, children and family, the importance of keeping healthy can take a back seat.  It’s time to make a change to your health and maintain a better, longer lasting version of yourself.

We all know the rules.  Exercise often, eat a balanced diet, stay hydrated.  But there are other important factors we are missing.  When was the last time you saw your doctor, for example? How long have you been ignoring that ache in your neck? I’ve gathered together a short guide of changes you need to make now. Small changes for a better future.  So sit back, grab a cup of green tea and read on …

I won’t kick start this with hydration but will instead highlight the importance right now and get to it later.  Drink.  Drink 2 litres a day.  Every day.  Instead we’ll start by looking at fitness.

Your heart is the only thing between you and death.  If your heart fails, well that’s essentially the end of it all.  So keeping it healthy and and strong is vital.  Experts advise we take a minimum of 25 minutes of exercise per day. This can range from gentle walking to more high impact sports such as running.  Cardio fitness is the key to a nice strong heart but there are so many exciting ways to get the heart pumping.  Here are three to get you inspired

1: The Quick Morning Cardio Burn

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If you don’t have time to make it to the gym, wake up and smash a 15 minute cardio wake up call.  Simple exercises like one minute reps of jumping jacks, squat thrusts, sit ups, high chests and running up and down the stairs, repeated 5 times each (Only pick three and mix them up everyday)   Or include a short weight lifting routine as I wrote about in this blog into your quick cardio.  It will give you a super snappy cardio buzz before breakfast.  You can jump in the shower and feel the extra energy boost.  Cardio exercise increases your metabolism all day so you can feel smug that you have set the town of your day and enjoy a guilt three latte at lunch.

 

2: The Enthusiastic Run

Running isn’t for everyone but, don’t knock it until you have given it a good go.  Running with interval sprints of thirty seconds for 30 minutes is a real fat burning cardio boost which will help trim you down whilst toning your muscles.  You need to ensure you have the correct trainers and kit to protect your limbs as this is a high impact sport.  The very best thing about falling in love with running is that it is completely free and you can do it absolutely anywhere.  Put your music in your ears and pound away the miles.  Mix running up with something like swimming to keep your body moving without constant high impact on your joints.

 

3: Think Different!

Horse riding may not look like it’s burning much in the way of calories but a one hour horse ride burns the same calories as a 30 minute run.  It is also extremely good at building up your core muscles and working your inner thigh.  Giving you a cardio and toning exercise all in one.  Make sure you stay safe by wearing all the correct kit and find a local riding school that gives lessons in a school or takes you out and about on brilliant hacks.  You won’t even notice your heart is getting a workout.  You might notice it the following day in your muscles though!

 

If you can include 20-30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise into your daily routine, you will be well on the way to improving the health of your heart.

 

Next on the list of things we usually put on the back burners are regular health checks with a doctor or our dentist.  As we grow older we need to keep an eye on things.  Prevention is most definitely better than cure, but with certain illnesses we can be blissfully unaware of any changes until it’s too late.

Our teeth suffer years of abuse without a good hygienist, so get online and use http://dentists.nhere.me to find a local dentist and go for regular check ups and cleans. This is especially important if you have children.  Kids watching their parents taking care of their teeth are twice as likely to take care of their own.  Make it fun.  Brush together and get your kids to enjoy visits to the dentist.  

Finding a good doctor is also important.  Women over 20 should be having regular smear tests and women over 35 should be having well women tests. Check your breasts often and at different points in your cycle so you get to notice any changes in the shape and feel of them.  If you notice anything out of place, make an appointment and get a second opinion.

 

Keeping a little back for yourself is one of the greatest gifts you can bestow upon your body.  Mindfulness.  Relaxation.  These two simple things are so often forgotten, but without them we can suffer unhealthy habits and even create mental health issues we could have avoided.  Meditation is particularly helpful at putting your monkey mind to task.  Our minds can create huge problems for relatively minor issues.  Learning to control that is the key to lasting inner peace.

Yoga is a fantastic release for stress and can be practiced either first thing in the morning to energize you, or with a little meditation last thing at night to prepare your body for sleep.  You don’t have to find a class to learn the basics with lots of handy tips on line like these, just find a comfortable, clutter free area and a quite 15 minutes then practice the slow, low impact movements whilst allowing your mind to run free of all the chatter.  

Inner peace is something that we need to help us solve problems and make better decisions.  Lying in bed with a million worries and anxieties will lead us to a pattern of no sleep and sluggish behavior.  Lack of sleep can have serious impact on our day to day lives.  Creating havoc with our skin and general health.  Find peace, relax and sleep!

 

Lastly, I mentioned it in the first half of this article, hydration and a healthy balanced diet.

You will not find one article in the world on health that doesn’t stress the importance of drinking pure water every day.  Amounts range, but setting yourself up for the challenge of 2 liters a day, will make remarkable changes in your life.  From your brain to your skin and your general energy levels, water will change the way you take on the world and help you form better decisions.  Cells need water to regenerate so, a little like plants, without regular water we will slowly wither away, health will deteriorate and eventually we’ll die!

 

Clean eating, removing processed and sugary foods from your diet, will give your digestive system a happy detox.  Homemade meals with fresh local ingredients or, better still, home grown ingredients will ensure heart, cell and brain health.  A balanced diet is proven to decrease your risk of many cancers and increase your life expectancy so get to it!

Take better care of yourself, look and feel more beautiful and enjoy life, longer.


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How To Get A Good Night Sleep In 4 Easy Steps

An early night might not seem appealing at first glance, but think about it. Chances are, you’ve spent your whole week feeling tired and a bit overwhelmed, wondering how you’re going to fit everything in. Many of us live for the weekend, and that’s normal, but wouldn’t it be great to start the weekend with a spring in our step? Or picture everyone’s faces when we bounced into work on Monday lively and full of energy! With a few easy steps, you can have an early night that will not only benefit your health and well being, but be something that you truly enjoy.

 

Plan Ahead

If you’re hoping for an early night, plan ahead in the same way as you would for another event. Allow time to get ready, clear your other commitments, and let others know what you’re up to. If there’s an essential email you have to send, don’t leave it until the evening if you want an early night. Get everything done in the morning and afternoon where possible. Even if it is only a small work task in the evening, you’re sending the signal to your brain that tells it “work mode”. Getting things done in the day will not only give you a sense of accomplishment, but will also ensure you’re not too distracted later on. If you have a partner or share a house, let everyone know that you’re planning an early night. That way they can be quiet, not disturb you later on, and maybe even take the opportunity themselves!

 

A Hot Bath

A fragrant, warm bath filled with luxurious oils or bubbles is a great way to relax. We may not have the time to regularly indulge in baths during the week, but they are perfect before an early night. Breathe deeply, apply a face mask or other pampering treatment, and try to release all the tension from your muscles. When we fall asleep, our temperature drops slightly. This also happens when we get out of the bath, and mimicking a slight temperature drop can tell our brain that it is time to sleep.

 

Stress Free Entertainment

It’s best if you can avoiding screens and computers before bed because they can overstimulate your brain. A good book or magazine is the perfect alternative, but either way make sure it is stress-free. If you’re quite easily involved in fiction (like many of us are), then a tense, scary, or emotional story is not great for bed-time. Keep it easy, breezy, and even uplifting.

 

A Comfortable Room

Make sure that your bedroom is comfortable. Have a quick tidy during the day, allow fresh air to circulate, and then heat it to a comfortable temperature. Cozy blankets are an absolute must, and if you have a partner or love to stretch out, invest in a luxury king size latex mattress. Not only will a good mattress help you sleep better, but they can prevent problems with your posture too.


Sleep well and prepare to wake up refreshed and positive!


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3 easy recipes for a Detox Bath

Detox Bath

Who doesn't love a steamy... hot.... relaxing bath after a long stressful day?! Even better, what if I told you, you can make that bath even more enjoyable by detoxing!

Detoxing (short for detoxifying) is a way in which you remove toxic substances from the body. This could include poisonous substances, impurities, etc.

Here are 3 natural recipes that are simple and inexpensive to try that can boost how you feel (and maybe) improve on your health! 

Salt Detox Bath Recipe

  • 1/4 cup Sea Salt 
  • 1/4 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Favorite essential oil 

Dissolve Salts and baking soda in boiling water and put in a jar and set aside. Fill tub with warm/hot water and add apple cider vinegar. Pour salt mix in and add essential oils.

Soak in bath for at least 30 minutes. Please Note by doing a detox bath, you may feel tired or lightheaded when you get out. 

This bath is great for soothing skin irritation, boosting magnesium levels and overall detoxing.

Clay Detox Bath Recipe

  • 1/2 cup bentonite clay
  • 1/2 cup epsom salts
  • essential oils if desired

Dissolve the epsom salts in a warm/hot bath and add essential oils if desired.

For the clay, you have two options:

  1. Using a PLASTIC SPOON, vigorously mix clay with a small amount of water until the clumps are mostly dissolved. Add mix to bath and soak for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Mix clay with a small amount of water to make a paste and stand in the tub with water and rub the mix over your body creating a mask and let dry for at least 5 minutes before sitting down. Soak in the bath for at least 20 minutes and wipe off any remaining clay.

This bath is good because the clay binds to heavy metals and epsom salt help to pull a toxins from the body while restoring magnesium levels.

Oxygen Detox Bath Recipe

  • 1.5 cups of Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 Tablespoon dried Ginger Powder

Fill the tub with warm/hot water and add the hydrogen peroxide and dried Ginger. Soak for at least 30 minutes.

This can help during a cold because the ginger helps clear congestion and/or alleviate body aches. It can also be helpful for allergies or skin irritation.

 

Important: I'm no doctor! I'm just sharing info that has either worked for me or others I know so please seek advice from a medical professional if you have any doubts or if you're pregnant or suffer from any health conditions.