Wednesday, 5 October 2016

10 Early Warning Signs of Arthritis to Watch Out For...

I’m sure you’ve noticed that, as you’ve become a little older, you’ve got all sorts of aches and pains in places you didn’t have when you were younger.  I know I have, and it’s sort of worrying to think about it!

You’re likely wondering if that grinding in your knees as you walk down the stairs is a cause for concern – or if the weakened grip as you try to open a jar is normal -- and possibly an early sign of Arthritis.  

 My Mum had two types of arthritis and I watched her go through so much pain and felt so helpless. I wanted to do something to help her so much but I did not have the knowledge. She had medications from the doctors but they never seemed to totally tale away the pain and of course had side effects she had to deal with too.

As my Mum had arthritis I am now taking even more care and keeping an eye on my body and watching out for any early signs of arthritis.

If like me you are wanting to look after your body and maybe have some concerns over Arthritis , you’re really going to find today’s article below from Dr. Mark Wiley extremely helpful… because in it he once and for all clears up if you’re already doomed or whether or not you even need to be concerned…

If you already have Arthritis, you’re still going to love this article because he also reveals how you can actually reverse its effects with simple changes in your diet alone.  
And even if you yourself don’t have Arthritis now, you are in the best position of all because this will give you the road map to preventing it along with a host of other related health conditions.  

I love being active as possible and want to be able to do my garden, go walking, travel and do what I want to do as long as possible. I saw my Mum struggle with things and the increasing help she required. She was fiercely independent but she did need help with all sorts of things from opening jars to later on walking. If I had known about this book then I might have been able to advise her better. Anyway you can benefit from it so it makes me happy to be able to share with you. Imagine how great it’s going to be to finally be able to do all the things that your arthritis or joint pain has been keeping you from…

Don’t wait around for Arthritis to claim you as its next victim… and if it already has, it’s time for you to fight back and win!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow

 Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow, Large Adult, White
If you have back pain, sciatic pain or neck pain often sleep can be a real issue. If you have no problems you rarely give a good nights sleep a thought, but when it is difficult to sleep getting to sleep and staying asleep can turn into a full time preoccupation.
It is very important when trying to rest that our pillow is comfortable and that it helps with good spinal alignment, so helping to keep the spine in a good neutral position, reducing stress.
So anything that can help us to get a good nights sleep is a huge help. I recently discovered this pillow that looks like it could be extremely helpful for some people. 
It says that this pillow  allows us to sleep on our back or side and helps correct spinal alignment and helps relax muscles. It is made of foam. This is important to me as I tend to sleep on my back and then my side for part of each night. By the way usually it is not recommended for us to sleep on our stomach if we have back issues as it is difficult to maintain a good spinal alignment in that position.   
It has a cervical contour that helps maintain a good natural curve of the neck, a wedge extension that supports our upper back for when we sleep on our backs, a raised side panel to accommodate the shoulder and a centre cavity to provide head support and comfort when sleeping on our backs.   
I do think it may take a little time to get used to this pillow at least a week or two as especially if we have incorrect posture it may feel strange at first, it does look an odd shape! However it also appears very good for us.  
 Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow, Large Adult, White
Do read the reviews, most are very positive and they may help you to decide if this pillow will be good for you. Choosing a pillow is a very personal thing but I find some of the detailed reviews very helpful. Also read the Questions and answer section which was useful. Bear in mind that it does come in different sizes as well so order carefully.  


7 Day Back Pain Cure
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Lose The Back Pain System
Lose the Back Pain, is a system of self assessments to determine what physical imbalances you may have that may be causing your pain, then specific and targeted exercises to follow to address the imbalances, along with pain reduction strategies. 

For useful information and suggestions there is a Free Back Pain Book Written by the Healthy back Institute-

7 Day Back Pain Cure
This free book (there is a small shipping/handling fee for physical book) will give you a good starting point for taking back control of your back pain covering reasons for pain, pain relief, possible treatments, action plans and many other things you will find useful.
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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Wishing You A Happy Christmas And New Year!

Wishing all readers of "Life With My Pet Back" who celebrate it,  a wonderful time over Christmas and a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.

I do hope that anyone dealing with back or sciatic pain has a holiday time as pain free as possible and that the New year will bring you better health and less or no pain.

Be gentle on yourself and take good care of you 

Thank you so much for visiting Life With My Pet Back. I do appreciate it and hope it helps you in some way.  I look forward to sharing more with you. 

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For useful information and suggestions there is a Free Back Pain Book Written by the Healthy back Institute-

7 Day Back Pain Cure
This free book (there is a small shipping/handling fee for physical book) will give you a good starting point for taking back control of your back pain covering reasons for pain, pain relief, possible treatments, action plans and many other things you will find useful.
Follow Jasmine Ann Raintree's board Back And Sciatic Pain Strategies. on Pinterest.

Monday, 14 December 2015

A Personal Review Of "Lose the Back Pain" System

My Personal Review Of "Lose The Back Pain "

My View Of "Lose The Back Pain" System.

There are a lot of back pain remedies and programs out there so here is a view on my personal use of this one. Here I cover what I thought of it in my situation, the tips to using it, what it covers and includes, what is good and not so good about it, about muscle imbalances and why they are relevant, red flags of back pain and other useful back pain information. 

This is not just another academic review of a back pain system. I have lived with back and sciatic pain and I have used "Lose The Back Pain System". I have talked personally with Steve Hefferon and Jesse Cannone of The Healthy Back Institute and asked them many questions. 

You have maybe tried lots of back pain and sciatica treatments, have some given temporary relief or have you had no relief from pain? Are you Looking for a non invasive, non surgical approach? 

Do You Have Any Of These Back Pain Conditions/Symptoms?
  • Sciatica
  • Low back pain
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Hip pain
  • pulled back muscle
  • herniated disc
  • SI joint syndrome
  • spondylilothesis
  • spinal stenosis
  • SI joint syndrome
  • IT band syndrome
  • Generalised back pain without specific diagnosis.

"Lose The Back Pain system" helped me to resume my life...

That sounds dramatic and it was..... I was at the point with such severe back and bi lateral sciatic pain in both legs, where I was spending most of my time at home, unable to walk much, drive, work,  do anything I needed to do let alone what I wanted to do and I was becoming depressed.....

I had been suffering with persistent low back pain and burning sciatica in both legs hip to toes for over a year; trekking around so many professionals and having so many tests and treatments which only gave temporary relief, if any. Lose the back pain system is the main thing which gave me relief. It took work though and wasn't a "quick fix" but it helped me.

My Back Pain Story...

I never knew muscle imbalances could be important in back pain and sciatica....

In my case I had very strong quadriceps(front of upper leg) and very weak hamstrings(back of upper leg). These imbalances together with others gave me an anterior or forward tipping pelvis which showed in excessive lordosis of the lumbar spine, which caused a lot of stress on the discs until they herniated and put pressure on the nerve which gave me pain.

The root cause of my pain was not the herniated disc. The root cause of my pain was the muscle imbalances which resulted in the herniated disc which resulted in pressure on the sciatic nerve which gave me pain.

The doctor had told me to stand up straight. I was asked if I had been a gymnast as my spine was so curved! The physio had told me I had to reduce the curve in my spine and that there was something wrong with my hip position; the osteo had told me that I had slippage of the vertabrae.

I knew from seeing X RAys and MRI that I had a very curved spine and that several discs were herniated, and I knew I had  dessicated degenerative discs...but no one had told me about muscle imbalances which turned out to be key in my case...

Can you see why I am so thankful to Lose The Back Pain?
I had tried everything except the more invasive methods but I could not cope much longer especially with the burning and tingling type pain in my legs, my inability to walk far,sit,drive etc and the very poor quality of life I was leading and was heading for invasive back surgery.

I had tried many treatments which either did not work at all for me or only worked temporarily and I wasn't making any significant improvement.

My physiotherapy was stopped and I was referred to a neurosurgeon for consideration for back surgery. I had a three month wait to see him and in the meantime I decided to try something a bit different...

For me once I addressed my imbalances, my posture improved, my spine curvature became more normal,as I get it the pressure came off the nerve and I was so relieved!!

It Took Time To Get Better...

It took a little while with me, it was not overnight. I think sometimes we hope for results in days with  back pain remedies. However, although I was making improvements it was several months rather than days, but it did help me get better! Do I still need to take care of my back, of course I do but I do not get pain any more.

 Learn More About "Lose the Back Pain System"

What Is "Lose the Back Pain"?

Lose the Back Pain System by The Healthy Back institute, comprises guided Self Assessments you do in your own time to identify your muscle imbalances. It is a system of self assessment followed by specific and targeted stretching and strengthening exercises to help back pain and sciatica symptoms.

It is a system you do yourself with support. You get DVD's, CD's and a handbook then do the assessments and exercises in the comfort of your own home. It is available as a manual or online system. 

Steve Hefferon and Jesse Cannone developed the system. In brief their backgrounds are Steve is a massage therapist and Jesse a fitness trainer. They have both had significant experience in working with people with back pain. They developed this system along with doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals...

Lose The Back Pain includes information:-

  • Pain reduction strategies
  • Back pain relief strategies
  • Empower you to take control
  • Specific corrective exercises and action for the health of your back.

You learn how to eliminate any back pain or sciatic pain you have now, how to prevent future flare ups, how to eliminate any other ache or pain caused by muscle imbalances...

I know first hand how frustrated you get looking for relief from back pain and sciatica. Lose The Back Pain is surely worth considering.

In addition, if you ever work with a doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist you will get far better treatment and you will know the right questions to ask because you'll know more and be more empowered...

Many people have found relief from their back and sciatic pain through this system when other treatments failed...Why not you ?

What Do You Get In Lose the Back Pain System?

The "Lose the Back Pain System" addresses both the cause and the symptoms of back pain, the cause often being muscle imbalances. 

  • Information about muscle imbalances and assessments. The self assessments are a key aspect to the program because you identify what muscle imbalances you have and then can see which corrective exercises you will need to follow.
  • All of the stretches and exercises in the system are demonstrated.
  • Pain reduction strategies. 
  • Specific conditions ie sciatica, herniated disc etc.
  • You also receive:
  • A Reference Manual, including photos and instructions, and pain reduction strategies.
  • A Personal Workbook for you to create your custom plan.
  • Personal Support

Lose The Back Pain -What Do You Learn?

  • How to Assess your imbalances.
  • Why Muscle imbalances are so important if you have a bad back
  • Which muscles need to be stretched and which muscles need to be strengthened.
  • You get a step by step guide on which exercises to do and how.
  • Then do specific and targeted exercise to address those imbalances.

With Lose the back pain you do a self assessment and find out which of the "physical dysfunctions" as they call them you have. These physical dysfunctions are often times a result of muscle imbalances. You then follow the exercises for that particular dysfunction.

Different exercises for different address the muscle imbalances you have, to relieve the pain....makes sense?

You also send in your self assessment information to the support service and they may give you additional advice dependant on your circumstances.

Address the symptoms and the root cause of your back pain."

5 Simple Steps To Back Pain Relief

Five step process to help eliminate your back and sciatic pain.Written by Steve Hefferon and Jesse Cannone of the Healthy Back Institute

Eliminate Back Pain Quickly Without Harmful Medications or Dangerous Surgery

5 simple steps for ridding yourself of back pain
Millions of people suffer from back pain unnecessarily when there is actually a very simple solution, according to Jesse Cannone , certified personal trainer and back pain specialist.

Here's the simple system that MUST be followed if you are looking for real, long-term, lasting relief:

1. Identify the cause - nearly all of the treatments people receive for back pain only focus on the symptoms and the healthcare professionals zoom in on only the problem area. The real key in eliminating back pain is to find out exactly what's causing the problem... and most of the time it's not even the back!

2. Address both the cause and the symptom - the best approach is a combination of treating the symptoms for pain relief while also addressing the underlying cause.

3. Be aware - many people suffering from back pain are not in tune with their bodies and during their treatment they do not realize what is working and what is not. In order to achieve long-term relief you have to understand how your body works, what's causing the problem, and what changes have to be made to correct it.

4. Consistent Focused Action - achieving success in anything requires consistency and focused action. Most people with back pain won't make the time to work on their problem each day... instead they take pain killers which mask the pain and allow them to cause more damage while they continue with their life.

5. Don't do what doesn't work - we already know that most traditional treatments for back pain don't work.... The real key to eliminating back pain is to identify the true cause of the pain and then address it with a combination of treatments to treat both the cause and symptoms. Over 80% of all back pain is caused by muscle imbalances... NOT a lack of medicine or surgery!

Find out what's going on in your body and take action.

Courtesy of Steve Hefferon and Jesse Cannone of the Healthy Back Institute.

What Is A Muscle Imbalance?

If you have heard about muscle imbalances great! If not do not worry , you are not alone. A brief extract of an explanation from the guys who created Lose the Back pain.

"The reason you have back pain is because your body and spine have been pulled out of their normal position and into what we call dysfunctions...
If you are like most people, you move around and live your life without ever being aware that you are forcing your body to work with these dysfunctions, and sooner or later your body breaks down...
As you can imagine, it doesn't take long before this results in pain. It's very important to understand though, that these dysfunctions don't just appear out of nowhere - we create them!"

For a more detailed explanation please read the link below...
Back Issues can "develop over time and are the direct result of imbalances between various muscle groups, what we call "muscle imbalances".
(Steve Hefferon/Jesse Cannone of The Healthy Back Institute)

Ten Good Things About Lose The Back Pain System.

  1. The exercises are specific and targeted to the imbalances you identify in the self assessments, not generic.Having all the exercises demonstrated makes it very easy for you to check your form and make sure you are doing them as they should be done.
  2. You get to be in control of the way you look after your back.
  3. You learn to listen to your body and become more educated about your back.You do get a whole host of other information to help you such as back pain relief strategies.
  4. Many people get fantastic results in a relatively short timeframe.
  5. If you do it there is a good chance it will work.
  6. You don't have to do weekly or tri weekly visits to a healthcare professional to do your treatments.You do it in your own time to suit you and your lifestyle.There is no driving to appointments, parking, arranging for people to look after the kids etc...
  7. It cost less than a couple of treatments from a professional.
  8. If you do continue to have professional back pain treatments you can use what you learn to enhance those treatments and be more proactive in your care.
  9. You do have access by phone or email to optional personal support.( I felt I had more time to ask questions this way than I did in a quick treatment appointment.)
  10. You do have access to the Healthy Back Institute Blog covering a wide range of back and health topics.

Six Things Not So Good About Lose The Back Pain System. 

  1. It does require commitment and self motivation from you to follow through.
  2. There are no "instant" results, although many people have reported good results within days, others (like me), take longer. 
  3. It wont work if you don't do it.
  4. You don't have a professional taking you through each exercise and showing you or watching you while you do it.(but you do have the DVD's to refer to which demonstrate all the exercises)
  5. It may not work for everyone in every circumstance.(what does?)
  6. It does cost money.(but has to be said less money than a couple of most treatments)

Who Are Jesse Cannone and Steve Hefferon?

Jesse Cannone At The Healthy Back Institute

Jesse Cannone, has worked personally and helped many people navigate through all the information and learn what really works to achieve their wellness goals.

He spent years working with individuals with special conditions like stroke recovery, Parkinson's, and pre-post rehabilitation on every thing from tennis elbow to back pain, and back pain being one of the most common. Because so many people he worked with were dealing with back pain, he quickly became a recognized expert and resource.
Jesse has a strong passion for helping people educate themselves about health, fitness, and their bodies. He is a national fitness presenter and author.

Steve Hefferon At The Healthy Back Institute

Steve Hefferon,CMT holds a B.S. degree in Health/Fitness and an A.S. degree as a Physical Therapy Asst.

Steve Hefferon is both a Fitness Trainer and a Certified Massage Therapist and has combined his skills to become a Post-Rehabilitation specialist.
Steve works with back pain suffers, athletes and everyday people who have pain for which traditional treatments just do not work.
Steve has written many articles on back pain and has been published by hundreds of online and printed publications.
He is a Certified Massage Therapist in the State of Maryland (MD#000039).Approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Spent 6 years working as a physical therapy assistant.
Former Director of the National Capital Area Sports Massage Team (1998 to 2005)
Professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Steve spends much of his day giving support to Lose the Back Pain customers from all over the world.

Explaining Your Back Pain - Communicating back pain and sciatica symptoms

Many Back Pain conditions and the resulting pain are hidden and describing the pain can be difficult and frustrating.
This information covers how to communicate your pain more effectively to professionals or even family and friends.

Five Top Tips To Effective Use Of Lose The Back Pain System. 

1.Everyone is different but this is just an idea of how you might approach all the information you will receive when you get your copy. Its just suggestions, see your healthcare provider for advice or if you are a Lose The Back Pain customer create a support ticket for personal support.

2.When you first receive the lose the back pain system I would advise you watch the 2 DVDs first through before you do the assessments. Then familiarise yourself with the rest of the material.

3.Then do the assessments, take you time over these and go back and do them again if you are not sure. You can do these alone but it may be helpful if you have someone with you.

4.If you are clear which "dysfunctions " you have you can go ahead and start the exercises. If you are not sure ask for feedback from the Healthy Back Institute.

5.Your body is in pain and you are likely not used to the exercises so do take it slow and steady.

 Here are some previous comments from readers.

I've suffered from lower back pain for years. Really great article to write about.

I need this, I have back pain like all the time......

This is a great lens. (page)Thanks for making it. Very informative. I gave you a thumbs up
cause I like your lens.

Just wanted to Thank you all for your comments, I do read them all and appreciate you taking the time :) Love to hear from you!

I suffer from back pain daily. Standing for ten hours a day doesn't help, I'm sure. This is something I am considering.

Those 5 steps make a lot of sense to me. For anyone reading who has **other** pain, like headaches or neck pain for example, the same kind of thinking could help with that, too.

frances lm 
Very full and balanced information. Deserves 5*s.

Was looking for info on "lose the back pain" and found great reviews and info. Thanks

Another great lens on back pain, and another 5 from me!

Great info, thinking about getting this.

Classic LM 
Hello This is such a wonderful informative lens! I gave you 5*s! If you have time, please visit my new lens Amaryllis Express. Thanks and have nice day!

Thank you for all your comments:)

Hi Jasmine,
Great site, I too am a Lose the back pain customer, but I have had a bit of a rollercoaster ride with it. I can do it for days and I will be fine, and then I get spasms. Any advice from you would be great :)
And well done again on the info ;)

Glad to have you as a member of the Health and Wellbeing Group - drop by the Group HQ sometime and see what is there for you

After injuring my back gardening, and being in pain for quite a while, doctors not much help, i looked around for something to help me and found that system you talk about and it is working wonders for me! Thanks jasmine ann for all this helpful info on your sites.

Hi Jasmine, very helpful information here. I have had a bad back since high school football. My chiropractor is my best friend. Maybe I could go there less. Thank you.

Red Flags And Back Pain - If you have Back Pain-When You Must See a Doctor quickly.

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Lose The Back Pain System
Lose the Back Pain, is a system of self assessments to determine what physical imbalances you may have that may be causing your pain, then specific and targeted exercises to follow to address the imbalances, along with pain reduction strategies. 

For useful information and suggestions there is a Free Back Pain Book Written by the Healthy back Institute-

7 Day Back Pain Cure
This free book (there is a small shipping/handling fee for physical book) will give you a good starting point for taking back control of your back pain covering reasons for pain, pain relief, possible treatments, action plans and many other things you will find useful.
Follow Jasmine Ann Raintree's board Back And Sciatic Pain Strategies. on Pinterest.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

How To Sleep Better With Back or Neck Pain

Back And Neck Pain? Gain Better Sleep With A Body Support Pillow

Comfort U Total Body Support Pillow (Full Size)

Back pain can be a leading cause of sleep discomfort.  Maybe you are coping with sciatica, back pain, head or neck pain. This post is about sleeping with these types of issues more comfortably and the full body support pillows that can help you get more comfortable. These are lovely to give support or sink into for sleep comfort. 

For many people sleeping comfortably with a bad back or sciatic pain is a nightmare.

People have problems sleeping for many reasons including head and neck pain and a bad back. Sometimes it is muscular in the back muscles, sometimes spinal issues structurally or sciatic nerve issues. 

It is also vital that your head and neck is properly supported while sleeping as well as your back and hips. This is to ensure that your spine is in full and proper alignment all the way from your neck to your hips. The full body sleep pillows do this for you without you having to think about it. 

Always check with a qualified medical practitioner if you are experiencing head, neck, back or sciatic pain.

Comfort U Total Support Body Pillow

How To Sleep Better With Comfort-U Total Body Pillow - Full Support Pillow To Help Your Back, Head And Neck Pain.

Full Sized Body Pillow

Full body support to cradle you during sleep for a restful night. Very good for people with back or sciatic pain.

There is a full sized version and is very lovely and supportive. It does take up room in the bed but is so worth it if you get a good nights sleep with your back properly supported.
There is also a petite version if you think you may prefer that one.

How Do You Sleep? My experience with how to sleep with sciatic and back pain and full body pillows

When I had severe back and sciatic pain I struggled with how to sleep. I have coped with back and sciatic pain and know first hand how useful these sleeping pillows and full body pillows can be.

I used to use pillow supports either between the knees or under my lower back and I have to say pillows do a good job to an extent or for an occasional remedy, but not in my experience longer term.

However having used both normal pillows and a body pillow I find body pillows are much better than messing around with normal pillows which seem to fall out of the bed and just not give the total support you need.

Clearly I have not used every product listed here but I have found body pillows excellent for me.

How To Sleep Better With Full Body Pillows

Leacho Body Pillow

Better Sleep With Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow - Firm support cosy pillow

 These body pillows are good for pregnancy but not only for that, they are excellent for all of us who have back and sciatic pain. 

You can sleep with this body pillow tucked in between your legs which I find a good position to support my spine.

Trying to do the same with pillows never quite worked for me as I am a bit restless sleeper and pillows kept slipping and then of course I woke up !

With a body pillow like this there is much less risk of slippage. It does take a little time to get used to but is well worth trying.

Back Pain And Sciatica Sleeping Positions-Video

Demonstrates ways to sleep and ways not to sleep. In brief the best sleeping positions are on our side or on our back. The worst sleeping position is on your stomach. 

How To Sleep Better With Comfort U Ergonomic Body Bed Pillow.

No struggling with pillows any more or trying to get in the correct sleep position, This provides lovely supportive comfort.  

This body pillow gives a very supportive sciatica and back pain sleeping position.It can be used in multiple sleep positions so you can get a comfortable nights sleep no matter what type of position you like or have to sleep in.Great for anyone with back issues and for pregnancy

You can also read more reviews at Amazon from people who have used these back pain pillow supports too. I hope this helps you on your way to sleeping better with back pain and sciatica. That way you will not be straining your neck or back while trying to sleep.

Getting Out Of Bed. 

It is also important to know how to get out of bed safely and minimise pain if you have back and sciatic pain. The following video shows you how. 

Here are some more choices of full body support pillows for you to select from. 

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Lose The Back Pain System
Lose the Back Pain, is a system of self assessments to determine what physical imbalances you may have that may be causing your pain, then specific and targeted exercises to follow to address the imbalances, along with pain reduction strategies. 

For useful information and suggestions there is a Free Back Pain Book Written by the Healthy back Institute-

7 Day Back Pain Cure
This free book (there is a small shipping/handling fee for physical book) will give you a good starting point for taking back control of your back pain covering reasons for pain, pain relief, possible treatments, action plans and many other things you will find useful.
Follow Jasmine Ann Raintree's board Back And Sciatic Pain Strategies. on Pinterest.