Many people suffer with painful conditions. Depending on their severity, these conditions can have a detrimental effect on a sufferer’s quality of life – affecting the way they work, or how they choose to spend their spare time.
Certain techniques and over-the-counter products can combat mild pain; while a doctor may prescribe a pain relief treatment such as co-codamol or tramadol to treat some cases of severe chronic pain.
But there are a number of non-medicinal techniques those suffering from chronic pain can employ to limit their symptoms – one of these is cutting out bad habits which may be conducive to feelings of pain. Here are five common offenders which might be making your pain worse:
As well as making people more susceptible to respiratory illnesses and numerous other harmful conditions, studies have suggested that smoking can make chronic pain worse. Smoking can also cause sleep problems, and increase the likelihood of stress – two factors which can create tension and aggravate chronic pain.
It’s a popular assumption that alcohol soothes pain symptoms and works effectively as a numbing agent. However, consuming too much can make chronic pain worse. It can also interfere with the function of some medications, as well as causing sleep problems and headaches. So, if you’re suffering with chronic pain, limit your alcohol intake, or, if possible, cut it out altogether.
High stress levels increase tension – and this can aggravate a number of chronic conditions, especially those responsible for back pain. Take a look at your schedule, and your regular working routine. If you can, work with your line manager to make your working environment less stressful. You might even consider taking a yoga or tai chi class in your spare time to help you reduce your stress levels.
Carrying around extra weight can put pressure on your back and joints, and potentially worsen chronic pain. Sufferers who are overweight or obese may consider talking to their doctor about a diet plan, to reduce their weight, and relieve chronic pain symptoms.
Sleep deprivation can also exacerbate chronic pain. As pain worsens, it can increase insomnia symptoms – and then the vicious cycle begins. Chronic pain sufferers should always try to get the recommended eight hours every night. Take measures to increase your chances of getting a good night’s sleep: block out any noise or light sources which might be keeping you awake; avoid consuming any stimulants such as coffee late at night; and ensure your mattress and bed are comfortable and not further damaging your posture. If your body is well-rested, it will be better able to overcome chronic pain.
Not looking after your health will also have drastic effects on stopping you from leaving bad habits. Sleeping on time, going for a run, spending time in the gym and generally keeping fit will help you immensly in getting rid of your bad habits.
If you’re suffering with chronic pain, always seek medical advice from your doctor.
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This article is written by Adam who has been prescribed Relpax medication from his doctor. He buys his medication monthly from Express Doctor.
CPR dates back to the 1700’s if not further back. In 1740 CPR i.e. mouth to mouth resuscitation was recommended by the Paris Academy of Sciences for victims who had drowned. The reason why it worked is because it helped deliver the body a fresh dose of oxygen while at the same time the pumping action helped to get water out of the body. Today, CPR is down to a technique that can be taught, learnt and applied by regular people in order to save lives. There are also various types of CPR, and each one is effective in a particular situation. A trained person should be able to identify the situation and then use the right corresponding CPR technique.
CPR for cardiac arrest victims
CPR for cardiac arrest victims mainly begins with a series of chest compressions. These chest compressions are to mainly try and massage the heart into restarting. However, if this does not work initially then an AED will have to be used. An AED that is designed for ordinary people comes with a complete list of instructions. These instructions guide the person through the steps required to place the pads on the right area and then shock the victim. The victim then needs to be given a series of rescue breaths soon after. On the spot or immediate CPR can double the survival chances of a cardiac arrest victim.
CPR for people with asthma
It is important to understand that CPR does not cure people from asthma, it is also not an alternative to regular asthma medication like using a prescribed inhaler. However, CPR can help if the asthma victim’s heart has stopped. Many times victims will collapse because of a lack of oxygen. If the asthma victim does not get enough oxygen after they have been resuscitated their heart will stop again. Also asthma causes the airways to swell shut, which is what makes CPR even more difficult.
The first step to helping an asthma victim is to clear their airways and start with mouth to mouth resuscitation. The airways may have to be opened up using a breathing tube or the breaths will not be effective. That said the sooner the victim gets to a hospital the better their chances of surviving because CPR can just keep them alive for a short amount of time.
CPR for drowning victims
Drowning victims need to get CPR within five minutes of being rescued since with every minute their chances of survival plummets by 10%. Performing CPR within the first five minutes will require that the airways of the victim be cleared. This will require that the jaw-jut technique be used. Then the person’s nose will have to be sealed with the pinch before covering their mouth with yours and blowing. Blow every two seconds. If the chest does not rise during your blowing then you need to check for obstructions in the airways and try again. Also check for a pulse every few seconds.
When CPR is delivered with defibrillation
When simply chest compressions are not good enough defibrillation will need to be used. Defibrillation devices are used to restart the heart’s rhythm via an electric shock. In most domestic or regular use units the shock is within a certain limit just so that the inexperienced non-professional does not end up doing more harm than good. The most common use of these devices is after it’s established that breaths and chest compression is not going to work. Also, this device is best used in cardiac arrest victims or victims that have no pulse.
At times CPR will follow directly after an electric shock has been administered in order to get the heart going. Multiple attempts at restarting the heart will be required in order to help save people on average.
CPR by a paramedic crew
Paramedics have an array of devices and techniques that they use based on what type of victim they are dealing with. Much of the CPR they do involves chest compressions and at time other methods will be used to give the victim a chance to stay alive long enough to get him or her to the nearest hospital. According to HealthCorp these techniques despite being able to save lives requires experience and extensive training but it’s a lot more successful at helping save people than regular CPR.
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Manu Alias is one of the leading experts on CPR training in Australia. He is the author of numerous publications and also teaches CPR to law enforcement and paramedics alike at his office in Sydney. When he is not teaching CPR he is often found mentoring young doctors.
Sky Ride – our series of recreational cycling events and local rides from British Cycling and Sky which has succeeded in getting over one million people into riding bikes – was named winner of ‘Cycling Advocacy Achievement’ at last night’s Bike Biz Awards.
Sky Ride beat off stiff competition from the likes of Big Pedal (Sustrans/Bike Hub), Get Britain Cycling report (All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group), and The Times’ Cycling petition.
“It’s fantastic that Sky Ride continues to be recognised for the great work it does to get people riding their bikes.”
British Cycling Recreation and Partnerships Director Stewart Kellett.
Reacting to the news, Stewart Kellett, British Cycling’s director of Recreation and Partnerships said:
“It’s fantastic that Sky Ride continues to be recognised for the great work it does to get people riding their bikes. This year alone we have delivered 17 Sky Ride city bike rides giving over 100,000 people the opportunity to enjoy accessible traffic-free cycling in a fun festival atmosphere. There have also been 1,800 Sky Ride Local events delivered in 2013 so far, with our trained workforce of ride leaders now up to the 1,500 mark.
The award is great recognition of everything that we have already achieved and continue to achieve. I would like to thank all the supporting local authorities, participants, ride leaders and volunteers who have worked hard to make Sky Ride activities such a success.”
A campaign which has blazed a trail to raise awareness of cycle safety in London is being rolled out in cities across the UK, Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill has announced.
The poster campaign which aims to cut the number of cyclists killed or injured will target road users in five cities – Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Cambridge.
The number of cyclists killed in Great Britain increased from 107 in 2011 to 118 in 2012 and the five cities have been chosen because they have the highest rates of accidents involving cyclists outside of London.
The innovative posters, which were first used in London during the summer, use striking images to warn both motorists and cyclists to watch out for each other; for instance, as drivers open vehicle doors, at junctions or on narrow roads.
Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said:
The UK has some of the safest roads in the world, but a number of cyclists are still killed or seriously injured every year and we are determined to tackle this.
This campaign aims to make motorists aware of the need to look out for cyclists, ensuring they take extra care when turning at junctions, for example, and encourages cyclists to think about the dangers that they could be unaware of when they are riding.
The government is making £278 million available to support safer cycling, including £35 million to tackle dangerous junctions. In addition, nearly all of the projects being funded by the department’s £600 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund contain a cycling element.
The government has also made it simpler for councils to introduce 20mph zones, and install Trixi mirrors at junctions, which help to eliminate blind spots for drivers of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and give them better visibility of cyclists.
The campaign, which launches today (Monday 21 October), will run for four weeks. Images from the campaign can be accessed at the Think website
Long-distance runners could be risking their health by drinking too much water, experts have warned.
Most people are aware of the dangers of dehydration, and the need to keep drinking during exercise.
But drinking too much water, plus a loss of sodium, can cause a potentially fatal condition called hyponatremia, or water intoxication.
It is the keen amateur who is most at risk. Elite runners such as Paula Radcliffe move too fast to drink too much.
People who do an hour or two in a gym or go to an exercise class are not likely to develop hyponatremia – because they are exercising for a relatively short time and are unlikely to drink too much.
But experts say the need to keep drinking water during work-outs has been “over-stressed”.
‘Wrong, wrong, wrong’
Concerns over hyponatremia have led USA Track and Field, the body which governs athletes and running in America, to issue new guidelines for long-distance runners.
Dr David Martin, an exercise psychologist from
y, who studied joggers’ drinking habits, said the change was overdue.
He examined the causes of illness in fun-runners since 1985 and found 70 cases of hyponatremia, many more than from dehydration.
He told a national newspaper: “We are very worried about the increasingly large group of people who are taking up running for the first time and who are told the party line Make sure you drink, You can’t drink too much. Carry water with you or you will get dehydrated. Don’t worry about the heat, just drink more’.