Three ways to combat back pain

Back pain can be incredibly painful, so bad in some cases that it can stop you from doing day to day tasks around the home. Despite the much reported problems that back pain can cause, it is such an easy issue to alleviate. Here are three simple ways in which you can help keep the complaints of a bad back at bay.

Keeping good posture

With many of us now working in offices, we find ourselves having to sit down for many hours a day in order to earn our pay packets. It is important in this case to keep a good posture, as slouching or sitting awkwardly can have a massive effect on your back. To maintain a good posture, keep your back straight while having both feet flat on the floor.

Eat more Broccoli

It might seem like a completely ludicrous suggestion, but Japanese researchers have found that Broccoli, along with other leafy greens, contains Vitamin K – just as important as Calcium to develop strong bones. Of course, the stronger your bones are, the less likely you are to have problems with your vertebrae.

Purchase a mobility aid

If the beginnings of back pain have already begun to settle in, rise and recliner chairs are a fantastic way to combat against it and keep it away. With the settings of the chairs being operated through an electric motor, it means that the user puts a limited strain on their lumbar region. They can also be completely customised, meaning they can be completely suited to your taste or to fit into a colour scheme within their home. adjustable beds are also good tools, raising you out of bed to once again take the strain off your back.

Led Zeppelin rumoured to be organising a reunion

Led Zeppelin rumoured to be organising a reunionFollowing in the footsteps of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and The Who, Led Zeppelin could be the latest music veterans to be making a return to the spotlight. Having built up an impressive reputation over decades, fans of Led Zeppelin both young and old have voiced their excitement for a possible reunion.

Robert Plant, the 64-year-old front man of the band, suggested to Australian TV show 60 minutes that the band may get back together, saying that he is waiting to hear back from fellow band mates Jimmy Page, 69, and John Paul Jones, 67. The band last reformed in 2007 for a one-off gig in London, but Plant blocked the potential for a full come-back tour back then. Continue reading

Burnley woman still serving coffee at 100 years old

Burnley woman still serving coffee at 100 years oldA woman from Burnley celebrated her 100th birthday this week and a special celebration was held for her at her local church. Freda Jackson is a friendly and familiar face in the community and her years of serving coffee meant that a big celebration was in order for her centenary.

Freda’s local Methodist church has benefited from years of her service as head of the coffee bar at the church, and around 50 people in her local community came together to organise a celebration for her 100th birthday. Freda enjoyed a special lunch and birthday cake with her friends after a church service which featured her favourite meal: pies and peas. Continue reading

The Guardian highlights technology that helps older people live at home

The Guardian highlights technology that helps older people live at homeA recent article in The Guardian has announced that improved technology helps older people to keep living independently in their own homes, something that all of us should be entitled to as we get older. The paper has announced that there is a “growing drive” to integrate social care with housing provision.

Such technological devices as curved stairlifts, walk in baths and rise and recline chairs are all incredibly helpful in helping us keep living independently in our homes, making it easy to carry on with simple pleasures, such as soaking in a bath and relaxing in the living room with a book, even if we find moving a little more difficult. Continue reading

The Oldie of the Year Awards celebrate 20th anniversary

The Oldie of the Year Awards celebrate 20th anniversaryThe 20th Oldie of the Year Awards were held this month and praised the work, achievement and efforts of a number of inspirational older people. Just as stair lifts have made a huge difference to daily life for many, the people who have been nominated have made a remarkable impact on the world around them.

The Oldie of the Year Awards (TOOTY) were presented by Sir Terry Wogan this year and, much like the style of the magazine The Oldie, was a ceremony filled with amusing and insightful moments. Previous winners have included Sir David Attenborough, Joanna Lumley and Kenneth Clarke, and this year’s selection of winners was just as impressive. Continue reading

Market research names over-55s as shoppers of the future

Market research names over-55s as shoppers of the futureA retail market research company has announced the results of their latest report, revealing that those aged 55 and over are the age group that will dominate the high street and shopping centres in the near future. Analysts working for Conlumino have suggested that these statistics show that retailers need to adapt to make the shopping experience as good as possible for this important demographic.

The predictions made by Conlumino suggested that those aged 55 and over will contribute towards two-thirds of growth in the retail sector over the next 10 years, which is expected to be 2.4% of £377 billion in 2022. Continue reading

87-year-old man makes name for himself as karate master

87-year-old man makes name for himself as karate masterAn 87-year-old man has made an incredible name for himself in America after his passion for karate led him to turn his home into a dojo and teach swathes of people how to fight honourably. After spending many years honing his skills in Japan, Dan Sawyer laid the foundations for a long and successful career.

The black belt and karate master says that it takes years of practise and cooling offs in walk in showers for some of his greatest karate moves to become second nature, and through his expertise he has not only mastered several impressive moves but has also managed to teach to many others as well. Continue reading

Getting Pins and Needles in Your Fingers This Winter? Watch Out for White Finger

White Finger’s medical name is Raynaud’s phenomenon, but it gets the name White Finger due to the effect it has on a person’s fingers. The blood vessels constrict so that blood can no longer reach the muscles and nerves in the fingers. When the blood returns to the affected area it creates a pins and needles sensation, just as if you were sat in an odd position and restricted the blood flow to your foot, then stood up.

The title of this post mentioned winter and that’s because attacks of white finger are normally brought on by one of two things: cold or stress. In cold weather, your blood vessels constrict anyway so as to preserve body heat. With white finger they close far too much. Once the attack has passed and blood flows back to your fingers you will likely feel a tingling sensation, just as you would with pins and needles.

White finger is a condition that most people get as an industrial disease. Too much time spent using vibrating tools damages the fingers so that white finger develops. It can heal with time as long as the exposure to vibrations is cut off, but if allowed to develop it can lead to gangrene and necrosis.

There are measures put in place by the Health and Safety Executive that employers should follow, but if they don’t and you do develop white finger you should look into white finger claims. As with all accident claims your best bet is to go straight to an accident solicitor.

Some Extreme Sports to Try on Your Summer Holiday

Part of the fun of any holiday is the opportunity to get out and try new things. The stimulation of the mind and body that is caused by new experiences helps us to respond better to the stress of our daily lives back at home and triggers endorphins that offer a natural high. One sure fire way to garner all the benefits that this type of experience has to offer is to try an extreme sport while you are away on your favourite camping trip or summer holiday. Many Devon Holiday Parks offer extreme sports and other activities.

Popular Extreme Sports

So called extreme sports really can run the gamut of physical and mental fortitude, making it possible for everyone to find something that is suited to his or her interests and abilities, even kids. Some of the most popular sporting activities offered around the country today are:

  • Scuba Diving
  • Pool Kayaking
  • Parascending
  • Quad Biking
  • Mountain Boarding
  • Water Skiing
  • Kiddy Karts
  • Combat
  • Go Karts
  • Surfing
  • Mountain Biking
  • WaterWalkerz
  • Twista Bikes
  • Climbing
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Bungee Running

And these are really just a few of the options that are out there waiting for you on your vacation.

Planning an Extreme Sports Vacation

If you are looking to get the blood pumping and the adrenaline running with some extreme sports experimentation during your next trip then try actually planning the trip around a particular type of sport or opportunity. Research the type of activity that you have in mind and then arrange your trip to take you to one of the better places to engage in it. Visit your favourite mountainous or hilly area, for example, in order to try climbing or mountain boarding activities.

If you’ve never had any experience with the activity, then you should make a point of looking for facilities or companies that can offer you guidance, supervision, or training at the site in question. Alternatively, you could pick up the necessary pointers for a beginner ahead of time. You could also consider joining a group of extreme travellers in order to get a buddy experience.

If you are an experienced practitioner of one or many extreme sports, then consider trying something new on your trip. While you may love your chosen sport, chances are that a new twist on the old pastime will offer an even better adrenaline rush.