Fibromyalgia is one of those conditions that is difficult to define because it's not yet totally understood. In most patients, it causes chronic pain, muscle stiffness, and extreme fatigue that make it difficult for those that suffer from it to make it through their day to day activities.
Most people who have fibromyalgia don't seek medical help, so there could be as many as 2 million people in the U.K. who experience
If you're a member of the disabled community or a member of the Golden Years Seniors set, indubitably the prospect of visiting a friend in their home raises questions of accessibility. But what about your own abode? How safe is your residence, and how can you make it more so?
The Disabled Discrimination Act (DDA) defines accessibility standards for commercial buildings, but inhabitants of private houses are solely responsible for making their home safe for those with disabilities and
Living with arthritis means that sometimes you may not always be able to do everything you want to do. Flare-ups may keep you from living the active lifestyle you once used to have or dream of.
High-impact exercising may not be in the cards, but there are still low-impact exercises that can be just as effective. Read on to learn about six great exercises for seniors with arthritis pain. In between flare-ups, you'll still be able to work out and see results.
1. Trace the
This August, the city of Canterbury will host the first manned wheelchair line-up and they're hoping to achieve a new Guinness World Record, while also raising vital funds for Children In Need.
The attempt will be run as a day for the whole family to have fun, which is being hosted by Canterbury Rugby Club. The attempt is open to all, including the able-bodied, you simply need a wheelchair to partake and a minimum donation of £1 payable on the day. They'd love to
Arthritis Action is the only UK charity giving hands-on, practical help to improve the quality of life for people affected by arthritis. The Charity offers healthy eating and nutritional advice; access to clinical appointments with its network of osteopaths, physiotherapists, and acupuncturists; exercise tips; and pain management techniques, to help people with arthritis gain the knowledge and confidence to manage their condition themselves and live life to the full.
These incredibly popular forearm gutter, fully adjustable, lightweight crutches have recently been redesigned, taking on board recommendations from orthopaedic surgeons and customer feedback, to create an improved version that is more durable and hardwearing than before.
Unlike other elbow crutches, the unique design of SmartCRUTCH spreads the entire load of your forearm and the ergonomic design keeps the hands and wrists in a natural position, which greatly
Patrick Burke is medically retired with advanced Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and now runs a website called aid4disabled.com, which is about Partick's journey with MS since he was forced into early retirement. Patrick likes to be positive whilst living with MS and he also shares stories of others who have a positive focus whilst living with the condition.
This positive attitude has led us to share our personal story of MS on Patrick's
Image: Diego Riviera & Frida Kahlo Museum Trust
I recently took a trip to the V & A Museum, London to see the Frida Kahlo exhibition 'Making Her Self Up' with my sister, which was a great mid-week treat for us both. It was so popular that you had to pre-book a time slot, so we arrived early as we had to take a chance on finding a disabled parking bay.
The exhibition was incredibly busy, so as a wheelchair user it was slightly challenging
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It is estimated that the NHS spends around £3 million a year on walking aids, so they are launching an amnesty on medical and mobility aids, such as crutches, walking frames, zimmer frames, wheelchairs, commodes, etc that have been loaned out to patients and are currently sitting in a corner of a room or cupboard, cluttering homes and attracting dust!
Patients may be loaned mobility aids by their local NHS trust or Rapid Response support
We were recently invited to Spain with friends for a long weekend and booked an accessible room in the Barcelo Isla Canela Hotel (above) near their holiday home in Ayamonte on the Spanish / Portuguese border.
As a wheelchair user, I need an adapted room and the hotel boasts several rooms adapted to a high standard. We had booked the hotel directly and were guaranteed one of their adapted rooms so all was good… or so we thought! The day before we flew, we sent an email to the