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Drug Free Pain Relief, Tap Dancing and Ted Danson!

February 15, 2016 in Featured
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How very Ethical Hedonist! Alison Jane enjoys an early morning yoga session at The Bingham, beside the Thames at Richmond.

How very Ethical Hedonist! Alison Jane enjoys an early morning yoga session at The Bingham, beside the Thames at Richmond. Picture Elisabetta Landoni. For more information about The Bingham,  A Sustainable Hotel Beside the Thames visit – www.thebingham.co.uk

Drug Free Pain Relief, Tap Dancing and Ted Danson!

Do you live with chronic pain? Or know someone who does? We take being able to perform thousands of tiny, miraculous physical actions in a day for granted, until we suddenly can’t, because we feel pain. Pain that becomes chronic and ongoing is exhausting, frightening, depressing and hard to live with. It can so easily rob us of our joie de vivre, our personality, dreams and goals, and lead to depression and more health problems, simply because we have stopped moving.

Eighteen months ago, I tripped and fell on my way to interview a rock star! Yes, too much excitement is dangerous! It has taken this long to bring the pain under control, which frequently kept me awake at night. Now, I am going to celebrate by taking up tap dancing, inspired by Ted Danson who once told me that it is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.

19% of Adults Across Europe Are Experiencing Some Form of Pain Right Now

With a reported 19% of adults across Europe suffering from moderate to severe pain, caused by falls, sports injuries or inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, sprains or fibromyalgia, many people feel an active, enjoyable life is over and their lives become diminished. This is nonsense. You don’t have to accept a life of pain or dependancy on pain relieving drugs. There are effective, drug free ways to reduce pain, including yoga, meditation and electro magnetic therapy, each with the proven ability to reduce pain, stimulate healing and enhance your health and wellbeing.

Together with an anti-inflammatory diet and a healthy approach to life and everything you want do, you will start to find that you have more energy, less pain and the desire to get your life back.  You will wonder why you didn’t start earlier.  Here are some practical top tips and ideas to get you started today.

Top Pain Relieving Tips

 Make that first step, no matter how small it may seem, the first step is the most important. The importance of exercise to maintaining health is well documented but it doesn’t mean you have to start training for a marathon on day one. Just ten minutes of low-impact exercise every day, will start you on the road to better health. This can be going for a walk, swimming or gentle yoga, or chair exercises. (Please consult your GP first if you have a serious medical condition or you are recovering from an accident or injury).

Try Actipatch, a drug free approach to reducing pain and healing injured tissue.

Try Actipatch, a drug free approach to reducing pain and healing injured tissue.

Use a natural pain reliever for long-term recovery. Taking over the counter pain relievers may help in the short-term but many have problematic side effects and should not be used long-term and less absolutely necessary.  ActiPatch® pain relief devices work using electromagnetic pulse therapy and are totally drug-free and clinically proven to be very effective in the long-term for easing the symptoms of arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle and joint soreness, sprains and strains.

 Remember to warm-up properly, by walking slowly and stretching your muscles before any activity, you decrease the risk of injury. A warm-up will loosen the joints and increase your circulation, allowing blood to flow to the muscles to prepare them for exercise.

Follow an anti-inflammatory diet – many chronic health problems can be dramatically improved by avoiding foods that trigger inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia – a great place to start is to read the wonderful book by nurse Margaret Hills – Treating Arthritis the Drug Free Way  on Amazon – www.amazon.co.uk

Find an exercise buddy, you’ll stay more motivated if you have someone to exercise with you and it can be fun and sociable too. From joining a yoga or pilates class to simple chair exercises, by working together you’ll benefit from a greater sense of commitment and have someone to encourage you through the slumps, or when you are tempted to just lie on the sofa scoffing another box of Green and Blacks chocolate in those oh so cute miniature bars.

The Wisdom of Ayurveda –  Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India is all about bringing the body back into harmony and balance. Pukka Herbs, who make the famous therapeutic teas, also make food based supplements, including several anti inflammatory blends, which are safe to take with or without medication. Lifekind, their new anti-inflammatory supplement is available from The Ethical Hedonist shop here –  Lifekind    or from Pukka Herbs here – www.pukkaherbs.com

ActiPatch® has recently launched a ‘Life Reinvented’ campaign – for more information, please visit www.tryActiPatch.co.uk

Stockists for Actipatch –  A Selection of Actipatch Devices at Boots

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Alison Jane Reid

Alison Jane Reid - Journalist, Editor & Emerald Princess of Slow, Sustainable Luxury Living - 18 year track record interviewing real icons for: The Times, The Lady, You, The Mirror and Country Life. Now leading her alluring fairtrade, emerald revolution - Don’t Miss Out - Have you joined The Ethical Hedonist set?



One response to “Drug Free Pain Relief, Tap Dancing and Ted Danson!”

  1. R. Anders says:

    I have been using the Actipatch for years on sore lower back, knees and shoulders. It allows me to keep up my exercise and stay fit.

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