A Natural Joint Booster

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On 3 April this year Sophie Day, 24, twisted her right foot as she landed after climbing a gate on her family farm. ‘It ached, but I carried on as normal,’ Sophie says. ‘The next day my knee was so swollen that I could hardly walk.’

An x-ray revealed no fracture and her GP organised an MRI . However, despite being fast-tracked, she had to wait for more than two months to have the scan. Meanwhile, she was prescribed a painkiller and an anti-inflammatory, plus physiotherapy to strengthen the ligaments and muscles. Read More…

Lower Back Pain

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Back pain can have a massive impact on lives and most people will suffer from back pain at least once in their lives, with lower back pain being the most common type of pain. The small of the back, known as the lumbar region, undergoes considerable stress when a person lifts or twists and can become sprained easily. Lower back pain, known as lumbago, makes movement painful and often sufferers are unable to work during these episodes.

What causes lower back pain?

Muscle strain – Straining a muscle in the back is a very common cause of lower back pain. This type of injury can occur as a result of the overuse of muscles and ligaments, whether this happens through work or sport. This type of injury also results from lifting or twisting awkwardly whilst lifting heavy objects. People often resort to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory creams to relieve pain. A more natural approach, which works rapidly, is the use of topical magnesium oil products such as Pure Magnesium Oil Spray. Magnesium Oil when applied directly to the skin quickly floods and bathes cells of the muscles and nerves helping to relax them, thus alleviating pain rapidly, often within a few minutes of application.

Osteoarthritis – Recurrent lower back pain may be associated with the degeneration of the discs between joint tissues due to wear and tear. The result is more pressure on the spine leading to inflammation and lower back pain. Often non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed which are not without side effects that commonly cause gastrointestinal distress. A natural option would be to use Superior Joints which contains Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM), a compound that has been shown to help alleviate pain rapidly without any side effects.

Slipped Disc – Pressure on the lower vertebrae can rupture or push one of the cushioning discs in the region. The result is that the cartilage is pushed towards the spinal cord nerves pressing against them causing intense pain.

Other reasons for lower back pain include fractures, fragility of the bones such as those associated with osteoporosis and spinal deformities. Read More…

Sodium Laurel Sulphate

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Sodium laurel sulphate

(SLS), a detergent used in personal care products including some eczema emollient creams, is a known skin irritant. It is routinely included in toothpastes and linked to mouth ulcers. Several readers have said that their ulcers healed once they used sulphate-free toothpastes. Organic brand Green People offers a range free from sulphate, fluoride and artificial sweeteners, £3.50 a tube. In the Sensodyne range, Original, £3.20, is SLS- and fluoride-free; Pronamel and Repair & Protect are sulphatefree but contain fluoride; both £4.20, boots.com. Read More…

Strategies To Promote Healthy & Flexible Joints

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Every mechanical object has a weak link, the one area that wears out over time and causes the mechanism to be prone to breakage. An analogy can be made that in the human body, our joints and the surrounding soft tissues are our weakest link. Indeed this breakdown affects millions of people worldwide suffering arthritic symptoms, whether due to age or the toll that sport can take on joint health. Our knees, ankles, elbows and wrists are the most common affected sites of pain. If our joints are the weakest link, then it is vital that we take control to ensure that they are flexible by introducing several strategies outlined below.

How exercise can improve joint health

Regardless of whether one suffers from arthritis or problematic joints, exercise plays an important role in promoting flexible joints with less pain. It is simply a myth that you can wear down your knees just from average levels of exercise and indeed the reverse is true. Inactivity causes your muscles to become weaker and works against joint flexibility and comfort. Read More…

How To Recognise Lyme Disease

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Q: I am 51 and used to be very active in my job as a country ranger. Recently, however, I feel very tired, my lower body aches, and my legs feel weak. Someone suggested this could be lyme disease. Could you explain what this is, and the treatment?

A: Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread through tick bites. The pinhead-sized ticks are common in the northern hemisphere, in gardens, woods, moors and parks, both country and town. They also settle on animals, such as deer, horses, dogs, sheep and cows. In the UK, they are mostly active from April to October. However, not all ticks carry lyme disease, and infection rates in tick populations vary by species and geographic areas.

Lyme disease causes a wide range of symptoms, according to the campaigning support group Lyme Disease Action. Early signs, within two to 30 days of a bite, may include a circular red ‘bull’s-eye’ rash at the site, facial palsy and flu-like symptoms (such as fatigue, fever, headaches anda stiff neck). Other symptoms, usually of more advanced, untreated disease, include muscle and joint pain, and disturbances of coordination, hearing, sight, digestive system and sleep. The illness may lead to heart problems or disturb the central nervous system. Read More…