Category Archives: Ageing

Thai Massage for the Elderly

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Having recently completed a very energetic Thai Yoga Massage Certification, I find myself with the conviction that giving Thai Massage must be a young person’s game. It’s energetic, agile and requires a certain amount of flexibility. Receiving massage, however, is a pleasure that doesn’t expire no matter how advanced your years are. I personally can’t wait until I’m old enough to be solely on the receiving end of the massage train.

Depending on your physical abilities, limitations and your reasons for getting a massage, a good masseuse can tailor a sequence to your needs, so that you leave feeling refreshed, lightly pummelled and fully relaxed every time.

There are many different styles of massage that can be good for the elderly, and it’s good to do a little research before you spend the money, so you know what style is going to be most beneficial. Today we talk about Thai Massage, what to expect, and how this particular style can be particularly good for health and vitality.

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What should I expect from a Thai Massage?

Thai Massage is generally a more vigorous style of massage, often likened to “passive yoga”, in that a lot of the movements replicate yoga asana (postures). The massage is done fully clothed, and can last anywhere from one hour to two and a half hours, depending on whether you want the full works, or a shorter session. The receiver simply needs to relax entirely, and the masseuse does all the work (even when the receiver is much larger than the masseuse!). It’s best to choose a masseuse with therapeutic qualifications – a certificate in Thai Massage doesn’t guarantee their knowledge of the therapeutic application of massage techniques, and you want to make sure you’re in safe hands, particularly if you have any physical conditions.

A good masseuse should ask you if you have any physical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, any injuries or chronic pain. They should then be able to adapt the massage sequence to keep the massage safe, comfortable and hopefully help with some of the issues you are dealing with.

A full body thai massage means just that – every area of your body is massaged. The masseuse will work through a sequence following the pattern of stretching out the muscle, kneading or palming the energy lines, pressing (lightly or firmly) on certain points along the energy lines to temporarily stem the blood flow, then allow it to rush back in with more strength and vitality.

The massage will usually start from the feet and work up to the head, as Thailand is a primarily Buddhist country, and in Buddhist tradition, the feet are the lowest part of the body and therefore the most unclean. It is considered rude in Buddhist tradition to point your feet towards the Buddha.

The masseuse works the energy lines on the legs, massages both legs individually then both together in two leg stretches (inversions, or going upside down, should be avoided in the case of heart disease or high blood pressure), then moves on to the stomach, chest and arms. Next is the side position, stretching the side energy lines of the legs and the arms, and for anyone with sciatica, they might spend extra time working on the gluteus and IT band, all the way from the bottom to the outer calf.

The stomach can be an incredibly sensitive and personal area to have massaged, and requires a certain amount of trust between masseuse and receiver. If the receiver has any issues with slow digestion a clockwise stomach massage with gentle circular motions can help to stimulate bowel movements and digestive fire. If digestion is relatively normal, the massage can be performed counter-clockwise with pressure applied onto certain points of the stomach. Any kind of stomach massage helps the internal and digestive organs to work more efficiently, and can help to relieve stomach pain, gas, indigestion and bloating.

From here, the masseuse will move the receiver onto their stomach in a prone position and work the back of the body, before moving into a sitting position to work the shoulders, neck and head. Then, the masseuse will lie the receiver down, go to wash their hands (to cleanse from touching the feet and body) before massaging the face, to complete the massage.

Why is it considered beneficial for the elderly?

As we age, we experience a decrease in mobility, joint flexibility and suppleness, and range of motion that we perhaps had in younger years, which can create joint pain, aches, stiffness and the weakening of muscles. Through therapeutic Thai massage specifically for older patients, we can alleviate discomfort and facilitate pain relief, relaxation and an overall feeling of well-being. The healing power of a compassionate touch is incredibly valuable, and has the ability to help us feel more connected with others and with our own bodies. This can be something more difficult to find in ageing years, as we find ourselves increasingly out of touch with our physical bodies and feel that they are separate from our minds, where we are convinced we are still 25 years old. Massage induces a feeling of well-being and a boost of endorphins, minimising the likeliness of depression and creating a more optimistic outlook on life.

Do I have to lie down to receive a Thai Massage?

Generally, Thai Massage is performed on a thin, supportive mattress on the ground, or alternatively on a massage table. However, a good masseuse should be able to adapt to the receiver’s physical requirements. Massage can be given in the comfort of your home, long-term care facility, or hospital. Depending on the condition, the person receiving the massage can be in bed, seated upright in a chair or wheelchair, or lay on a floor mat.

For clients who are bed-bound, the practitioner will administer massage right on the bed. More focus will be spent on the hands, arms, legs and feet. This will also enhance relaxation, body in-home or on-location services so the patient doesn’t need to leave their home.

An overview of the benefits:

  • helps restore balance, emotional clarity, and promote relaxation and healing
  • helps to relieve joint and muscle pain and stiffness; and improves mobility
  • improves skin condition through better circulation and relieves itchiness
  • calms the mind and body, and promotes a more restful sleep
  • relieves old age depression, stress, anxiety and the feeling of physical isolation
  • helps maintain some muscle tone and flexibility, preventing muscle atrophy
  • releases endorphins which act as a natural painkiller in the bloodstream
  • offers human contact and a compassionate and healing touch
  • helps to relieve other ailments such as arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, osteoporosis, and respiratory problems such as asthma and emphysema

To ensure that therapeutic massage can be received, it is important that the client consults a medical professional to gain approval. In some cases, Thai Massage is not recommended for the elderly in certain conditions.

Overall, Thai Massage can be incredibly beneficial for increasing vitality in the elderly, and can be a powerful treatment alongside medication and lifestyle changes for managing physical conditions, chronic pain, and creating an optimistic outlook of the years to come.

designed2enable specialise in stylish daily living products for the elderly and those needing a little extra help in life click HERE for more information

 

Author: Rosie Moreton

 

 

Product News: Rollz Flex Shopping Trolley / Rollator

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Rollz Flex Shopper / Rollator

Shopping can be a fun but exhausting activity and for anyone that has mobility problems or tires easily, the Rollz Flex Shopping Trolley, which double as a rollator,  could be the perfect solution.

Danish manufacturer Rollz, who are specialists in the ergonomic design of innovative mobility products are known for their award winning Rollz Motion Rollator. They have now produced another gem of a product with the Rollz Flex which has a very modern design and is ideal for anyone who may need a walking stick or a little extra support but who is not quite ready for a traditional rollator.

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Rollz Flex Shopper with Denim Grey Bag

The Rollz Flex could easily become your best shopping buddy. It is lightweight and folds easily into a compact form for stowing in the boot of your car or storing at home. The push bar handle is height adjustable and can be positioned upright, or half or fully tilted forwards. When it is tilted forwards it can be leant on for support, just like a rollator.  The integral seat is there for when you need a rest and the push bar handle doubles as a back support when it is tilted fully forwards, for added safety.

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Rollz Flex Shopper with adjustable push bar handle

Every aspect of safety has been considered in the design of the Rollz Flex and therefore innovative drum brakes are included to provide safe and controlled braking and parking.  The manoeuvrable front wheels allow for easy steering and a threshold device is included on rear wheels for easy curb mounting.

The integral shopping bag is waterproof and holds a large capacity for storing all your shopping and the inner lining of the bag is removable and washable.  The Flex frame is available in white with either a Bright Purple or Denim Grey shopping bag.

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We think that you will love this product, we certainly do!

You can find more information on the Rollz Flex Shopping Trolley / Rolllator here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product News: Treat-Eezi Pressure Sore Mattress Topper

 

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Treat-Eezi Pressure Sore Mattress Overlay

Pressure ulcers or bed sores are an injury that breaks down the skin and underlying tissue. They are caused when an area of skin is placed under pressure and the circulation to that area is restricted.

People over the age of 70, are more likely to develop a pressure sore as they have restricted mobility and ageing skin. Those with type 2 diabetes, spinal injury and other health conditions are particularly vulnerable to pressure sores. Pressure ulcers can range in severity from patches of discoloured skin to open wounds that expose the underlying bone or muscle. Once they have developed, pressure sores are incredibly hard to treat and repair can take months.

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Pressure ulcer mattress

Prevention of pressure sores is therefore the best approach and the new Treat-Eezi Mattress has been designed to be compact, portable and comfortable. Treat-Eezi is deceptively soft but provides the correct cushioning and pressure relieving support. The breathable fabric technology regulates the body’s temperature and wicks away moisture, reducing the problems of friction and chaffing caused by sweating.

The thousands of polyester fibres in the multiple layers of the Treat-Eezi pad combine to conform to the natural body contours in both supine and seated positions thereby offering pressure relief well below that of normal capillary blood flow hence skin breakdown and shearing, plus friction are simply diminished.

Treat-Eezi also doubles as a chair pad for additional protection whilst seated. We recommend that pad is folded and always used on a foam based chair.

Further information on Treat-Eezi Pressure Sore Mattress Topper can be found HERE

 

Making Hearing Aids More Glamorous!

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There are currently over 11 million people in the UK with hearing loss, or one in six of the population. This looks to rise to 15.6 million by 2035, to one in five people. Over 70% of people over the age of 70 have some kind of hearing loss. Hearing aids generally tend to look awkward and bulky and clearly announce the fact that you have difficulty hearing. Very few people relish wearing one and will struggle on for as long as possible without. But it seems that we may not be that far away from hearing aids becoming the next new fashion accessory.

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American artist Elena Langer was Inspired by her elegant grandmother who resisted wearing a hearing aid due to the stigma associated with them. Elena, who who runs the ethical project blog “What I Live By”  set about making hearing aids more glamorous and more like jewellery. She  teamed up with NYC photographer Hanna Agar, they created a dazzling series of shots in real world senarios. Elena modelled for the photo shoot, wearing her hand crafted pieces that looked more like an extravagant pair of earrings, dripping with diamonds, than a hearing aid.

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In certain environments, such as busy restaurants or large groups of people or with background noise, the current hearing aids are not always that effective. Using a more minimal approach, a new company called Soundhawk have developed a sleek new hearing device that utilises smartphone and sensor technology to overcome this problem. Soundhawk is not a hearing aid, but it was created by some of the world’s leading hearing experts. Soundhawk is designed for people who struggle to understand soft speech, have difficulty hearing conversation over distances, or have difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments.

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Soundhawk works by increasing the strength of the sounds that you want to hear whilst de-emphasising background noise. The smart listening system includes the Scoop (the earpiece) and a Wireless Mic, which when placed near the sound source delivers clear sound to the Scoop – even in the noisiest of places like restaurants or a lively dinner table. The Wireless Mic has a range of up to 33 feet and can be placed on a table or clipped onto the clothing of the person you are talking to. A charging case is included with a USB that plugs into an outlet or computer to charge. The devices are unified by a simple mobile App. The reviews are generally good but for a few customers it seems as if Soundhawk was not always the solution. However, their customer service seemed quick to respond and refund.  Soundhawk is currently only available in the United States but we have been advised that international shipping is in the pipeline.

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Taking a slightly alternative approach, Babelfisk visual hearing aid is a concept device created by Danish industrial designer Mads Hindhede. The hearing aid is housed in a pair of glasses with built in speech recognition software and the speech is converted into text in the form of speech bubbles which display on the glasses.

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Babelfisk speech recognition glasses

The device has two built in microphones which also address the issue of where the sound is coming from, helping the wearer to adapt to a 3D environment that sound creates.

Although Bablefisk does not appear to have moved on from its concept stage, it still offers a vision for an intelligently designed approach to hearing loss.

 

 

 

 

OneLeg Gardening and Posture Stools that Rock

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OneLeg stool for gardening

Danish inventor, Susanne Schmidt was inspired to create OneLeg after finding an old “collar button” wooden, one-legged stool in her attic which had previously been used by her ex-husband, a bricklayer, for laying paving. The stool had a single wooden leg and flat top with a curved base to the foot.  Susanne took to using the stool in the garden to save her knees and back and after a while, felt sure that she could improve on the design to create a stool with a wider curved base that would prevent it digging into the ground.  She also wanted it to be self supporting, ergonomic, weather resistant, stable enough to allow a good working radius and suitable for use for all ages. With the help of a friend and a few prototypes later, OneLeg Low was created with the addition of the anti-slip foot and stool covers.

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Oneleg stool is useful for jobs around the home

True to the simplicity and elegance of traditional Danish design, OneLeg stool alleviates the problems of aches and pains through kneeling and bending. OneLeg has a unique curved foot that allows the user to tilt and rotate around so that the stool simply follows the body’s movements. You will be amazed at the improvement in your core strength and concentration by using OneLeg.

OneLeg will save your knees and back whenever you have things to do at ground level. Rock and turn on the unique base; OneLeg will follow your movement, giving you a wide radius while strengthening your back and abdominal muscles. and your core strength. The curved base is gentle to the ground. It won’t sink down into grass or soil and can be used on both flat and sloped areas.

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OneLeg Stool is available in four size options

OneLeg has also found a home indoors and can be used by the whole family. The freedom of movement offered by OneLeg is great for posture during work and play for a variety of uses. In addition to the OneLeg Stool Low, three new height options for OneLeg Stool Tall are also available allowing higher seating positions for desks or tables.

OneLeg has many uses around the home, whether it be cleaning out cupboards, grooming the dog or playing with the kids. The stools have also  proved to be popular in nurseries, schools and pediatric hospitals for the children, teachers and nursing staff. Whilst being fun to use, they are great for posture and it is never too early to instill good posture into your kids!

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OneLeg stool for children

The Roto moulded single piece plastic leg is completely weather proof in extremes of heat and moisture and is easy to clean. The silicon seat and foot covers provide extra comfort and grip, allowing an even greater range of movement and good posture. An anti-slip foot cover should always be fitted when using OneLeg indoors.

You can have fun mixing and matching the colour schemes of your OneLeg. The stools come in a wide range of colours, along with the colour co-ordinated anti- slip foot and seat covers. OneLeg also makes a great gift!

Testimonials from a professional Orthopedic  Surgeon, and Occupational Therapists on the benefits of OneLeg can be seen below:

Doctor Morten Kramhoeft
Specialist Doctor, Orthopedic Surgery, CFR Hospitaler A/S, Denmark:

“We have tested the new OneLeg stool and found it to be very suitable. On the curved foot you sit both active and ergonomically correct. It is easy to tilt and rotate the podium without twisting in the back, and it invites you to keep your back straight while working.
With the simple and nice design, that is easy to clean, it is suitable in our environment, where hygiene is of course important.

As a specialist in orthopedic surgery, I can highly recommend OneLeg to our patients.
It is important to sit dynamic and ergonomic. This applies to work at very low altitudes, avoiding twisting and strain in the back and knees when using the small OneLeg of 32 cm and the higher models for many of the everyday tasks at work table, dining table etc. But also in training and rehabilitation of both back, knees and hips. When sitting on OneLeg, it is possible to train the muscles in the mentioned areas without improper load.”

Physiotherapist Gitte Skov Frandsen, DK- Hillerod:

“OneLeg offers a flexibility that differs from ordinary stools and chairs. With the possibility to spin and turn on the stool, you can prevent twist of the back that could ultimately lead to overload of the back muscles.

OneLeg also gives you the possibility to strengthen your (stabilised) back and abdominal muscles. The stool offers a dynamic sitting posture, which makes is possible to change the working and sitting posture. This is very important for me as a physiotherapist.

OneLeg has many uses both inside and outside. Outside it is primarily used for gardening and inside there are a wide range of possibilities for both children and adults.

I could imagine using OneLeg for example for watching television. The sitting would be dynamic, which is healthier for the body instead of static sitting. The cardiovascular system improves as the body continuously moves.

OneLeg can easily be used by children as well as adults. I, myself, have children at home and they use it for playing, drawing, watching television etc. and they are happy with it. Children have a natural freedom and joy of movement that adults are missing. Intuitively they know what is good for them and we must try to instill this in adults too.”

Authorised Occupational Therapist Ingrid Hallas-Moller Frederiksberg, Denmark:

“I find the OneLeg stool suitable for children in day care and pre-school for daily gatherings and other meeting activities. The stool gives the child a dynamic sitting posture, which stimulates the child’s nervous system for more calmness in the body. Especially for children who are hyperactive, it is a blessing for them to be able to move around on the stool without disturbing others.

The occupational therapist’s work is to change the child’s surroundings and with the stool, it is the sensory perception that the child receives that corrects the behavior. I also use OneLeg in my therapeutic training of children with challenges such as motor control, balance and planning for example in conjunction with ball games. The dynamic sitting posture on the stool makes the child exercise their balance skills and corrects the body against gravity to maintain balance.

Adults can benefit from the OneLeg stool, when working with children. First, it is possible to communicate at eye level and secondly the adult will have their body’s dynamic balance exercised.

The stool has a nice design with vivid colours and can be use inside and outside, by children and adults.”

Anne Grethe Olsen, Ebeltoft School, Denmark:

“At the Ebeltoft School in Denmark we have two classes for young students with various challenges. The common denominator is that most children have difficulties sitting still and concentrating,  even just for a short while. Most of the students therefore enjoy their OneLeg ergonomic stools.

For instance, Tobias aged 7 needs to keep active to avoid going to sleep and to be able to concentrate on the lessons. When he sits on his OneLeg stool he enjoys to move to different positions without disturbing the others as he would have done with an ordinary chair.

Another student is Emil aged 9. He is very restless and moves around a lot but he appreciates being able to do this on his OneLeg stool despite of the small seat.

He thinks the stool is fantastic and it makes it easy to for him to find a new spot to sit in the class room. Even when he turns and rotates on OneLeg it does not slide out on him because of the silicone anti-slip foot cover.

Of course we have some students that do not like to sit on the stool. One of these children have a brain damage that reduces his sense of balance. He is afraid to fall off the one legged stool that rotates when moving his weight and therefore he prefers the traditional chair.

As an adult I also use the OneLeg stool. My task is to be close to the students in the class room and move quickly from one to the other. I need to sit next to the children and the OneLeg is light weight and easy to move around.”

Further information on the full range of OneLeg stools and covers can be found HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iris Apfel, Style Icon

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Iris Apfel first came onto our radar a few years ago when she was featured on Advanced Style Blog. At the grand age of 94, most people are slowing down in life but Iris is an incredible woman who has become a ‘geriatric starlet’, known for her iconic style and creative brilliance.

A former interior designer, Iris and her husband Carl Apfel; a textile merchant who died earlier this year, landed a contract consulting on the interiors for the White House and were well known within the New York design circles.

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Iris & her husband Carl. Image: Rex

Her career as an interior designer and textile creator took her around the world. Through her travels to the far corners of the world, she collected her eclectic mix of vintage and designer clothes and costume jewellery which was exhibited at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.  This exhibition was a turning point in her career. Apfel styled the show herself and through word of mouth became a new fashion sensation, more or less overnight.

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Iris is celebrated in countless style magazines covers and insists that her appeal is due to the glamour that is missing in life these days and the fact that people like her because she is different. She is a master at mixing something cheap with something chic and manages to create her own style. She engages with all sorts of people, of all ages, from all walks of life and shares with them her excitement about living.

Loved for her no-nonsense attitude, she is well known for her ‘Irisisms’ where she shares her pearls of wisdom and her style inspiration:

“Fashion you can buy, but style you possess”

“When you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t have to think like everyone else”

“I don’t see anything wrong with a wrinkle. It’s kind of a badge of courage”

“There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self expression and above all, attitude”

This year has seen the launch of Iris, a documentary film about Apfel’s life. Iris is living proof that keeping active is the key to ageing gracefully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Blog by Kathy Lawrence

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Supporting family and friends as they get older

Kathy Lawrence is co-founder of the When They Get Older web site.

When my parents first began to need real help I was so grateful to have friends who could give me the benefit of their experience. But there was still an awful lot to learn. From how the NHS works to why you need power of attorney and how to choose a care home, most of us are entering uncharted territory as our ageing friends and relatives need more support. And for many of us that’s something we have to squeeze in between our day jobs, caring for our own families, and having a life for ourselves.

That’s why we created When They Get Older. It’s a web site where we’ve brought together expert advice and experience about a huge range of topics around how life changes as people age. We’re aiming to give really practical help provided by people who really get it, rather than simply regurgitating what’s been written many times before.

It might be the joys of finance, such as applying for Attendance Allowance, or understanding medical issues, such as what really happens in a cataract operation. It could be adding more fun to life, with anything from dementia days out to living well with hearing loss.

It’s our intention that When They Get Older is a first port of call in a crisis and a great place to browse just to be ready for any eventuality. As just as importantly, we want it to be a source of ideas to maintain and even improve the quality of life of our loved ones.

As we’ve become more knowledgeable we’ve become more aware of the gaps in elder care. How people are going to pay for their care if they need it is a major issue, and one that needs a national strategy to address. But there are smaller challenges too, and one of those is something we feel we can help to fix.

We believe that ageing is not just about getting by. It’s about having a full and enjoyable life. And eating well with pleasure becomes increasingly important. Yet not everyone is in a position to cook for themselves or eat out regularly. There are meal delivery services available, but not everyone sees these as adding pleasure to their lives.

So we’ve filled what we see as a gap by creating the Joseph Pip range of handmade, home-delivered frozen meals. They’re everything you need for a meal, in one tasty and nutritious dish. It’s currently a local service in Bucks and Berks but we aim to take it nationwide in time.

For the most part we aren’t a provider of products or services ourselves, though we do review some. We are a place that people can come to gather ideas, learn about other people’s experiences, and find the way to other services that can help them help their relatives. And we don’t forget that our readers need support too. So we have our own Agony Aunt who can advise on the emotional aspects of trying to balance life with care.

You can find out more about When They Get Older’s story on our web site, download our free guides, and browse hundreds of articles about health, finance, legal issues, life changes and more on the site. You can sign up for our regular newsletter there too. And we are always happy to hear from readers who can offer their own experiences for the benefit of those who follow after them. Just mail us at editor@whentheygetolder.co.uk

National Arthritis Week: 12th – 18th October

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In the UK, around 10 million people have arthritis.

Arthritis Research UK are a charity committed to preventing the onset of arthritis, developing a cure for arthritis and transforming the lives of those with arthritis.

This National Arthritis Week, you are asked to share your stories of living with arthritis to help more people get closer to living free from the pain of arthritis.

Arthritis Research are also raising awareness that on the 25th November, the Government will set out its spending plans for the country in the Comprehensive Spending Review. This will decide how much money is spent on everything: from welfare to healthcare, to support for research. They urge you to tell your MP they must fight for a fair deal for people with arthritis during the Spending Review. Register or sign in to email your MP, and give people with arthritis in your community the champion they need.

The fair deal that is being campaigned for is to make arthritis a public health priority, demanding a commitment  to protect and increase the amount of money councils receive to maintain the health of local resident. Protecting the welfare benefits for disabled people with arthritis and committing to protect and then increase investment in medical research to support the fight to cure arthritis.

You can lend your support to National Arthritis Week by sharing your story here. Your stories will be used to guide the research Arthritis Research UK fund in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product News: PainXit TENS Machine – pain relief at the click of a button!

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PainXit TENS Machine

For the 10 million people in the UK who experience back, neck and muscle pain*, a simple and effective product is now available which can offer TENS machine pain relief, without the need for wires or sticky pads.

The PainXit TENS machine has just been launched in the UK by specialist online agent designed2enable. Clinically proven and 100 per cent natural, PainXit targets pain with a simple click of a button. Designed by the creator of the million selling PainGone Pen, PainXit is ideal for use by those with arthritis and weak hand function.

 

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PainXit for pain relief

TENS (Trans-cutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machines are a popular pain relieving device which allow people to manage their pain. TENS activates the body’s own endorphins, which are the body’s natural defense against pain, relieving both chronic and acute pain.

The effects of pain on the UK economy are staggering. In 2013, 131 million working days were lost in the UK due to sickness, reported by the ONS (Office for National Statistics). The main cause for working days lost in 2013 was musculoskeletal conditions (such as back and neck pain), leading to 31 million days lost.

PainXit can be used for various types of pain, both chronic and acute:

  • Arthritis, rheumatism and osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia, chronic neuropathy
  • Muscle pain, back and shoulder pain
  • Tennis elbow and knee pain
  • Lumbago and sciatica
  • Sports injuries and phantom limb pain
  • Post fracture pain and post-surgical recovery

Further information on PainXit can be found at http://www.designed2enable.co.uk/product/painxit 

* Royal College of General Practitioners – Birmingham Research Unit. Annual prevalence report 2006. -

Product Design News – Lap Counter by Tomas Kral

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Lap Counter by Tomas Kral

The Lap Counter is a contemporary styled plastic tray which provides the facility to peel, chop and slice fruit and vegetables from the comfort of your seat, anywhere around the home, whether you are in the garden or watching your favourite TV programme .

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Designed  by Tomas Kral, the Lap Counter is still in concept stage of development but would be particularly useful for the elderly or disabled as it allows the user to work whilst seated.  The positioning of the food bowl between the knees allows the Lap Counter to be more stable on the lap than a traditional tray and the raised edges of the tray prevent food from sliding off.

This is a lovely example of universal design – we hope to see it in production soon Tomas!