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
Chronic pain is a hidden health condition which can be debilitating. I developed chronic neuropathic pain as a result of a spinal injury and I have tried many treatments over the years in my quest for pain relief, including medication, holistic treatments and meditation. I currently, take opioids and amitriptyline which I have found helps slightly to take the edge off of the pain that I experience.
I recently signed up for
New trends emerge in health and fitness every now and again: pilates, yoga, zumba, jazzercise, hot yoga, and P90x have all taken the world by storm. A new trend in health and fitness is the use of gaming to improve health, as much recent research suggests that gaming can be good for your health.
Gaming is so good for your health that clinicians have even begun to use video games in their practice. For example, gaming can be used to treat and aid in the recovery from
What to look for when buying a walking stick/cane
If you are becoming unsteady on your feet, or are recovering from an illness, operation or injury, you may be thinking about buying a walking stick or cane to provide extra stability and reassurance – particularly for when you are walking on uneven ground, negotiating steps and pavements, or even just moving around your home.
In this article, we look at how to choose a walking stick, and which type of cane or stick will
byAcre Indoor Scandinavian Rollator
A rollator can make a huge difference to the quality of life, allowing people to maintain – or regain – independence. Continuing to walk around the house and garden, to the shops or to see friends and family, without having to ask for help, is of fundamental value. And improved designs mean rollators are safer and smarter than ever before. There are some great options on the market but a few points need to be considered before
Sports Swing Exercise Pole
Keeping fit when you have mobility issues is not always easy but gyms and health clubs are now starting to incorporate equipment that is more inclusive. As we age, it is essential to keep active and to maintain fitness levels which is important for both mind and body.
We have also been on the lookout for exercise devices that can be used at home and are suitable for wheelchair and both seated and standing users, and we have found a few devices that are
Designed in Sweden, RollerMate Walker is a single / one handed walker, similar to a crutch on wheels and designed for those with light instability that would ususally use a crutch or a cane. RollerMate ensures that even and gentle pressure is distributed to legs, feet, arms and creates far less impact to the shoulders.and arms than a traditional crutch.
The product is designed for users with sufficient balance and ability to anticipate environmental factors
If you have heard the term 'spoonie', then chances are you are one yourself. A spoonie, is anyone who suffers from a chronic illness and has to juggle daily life, making compromises and choices just to get through the day. The simple task of getting up and ready in the morning can be a major feat for someone with a chronic medical condition, which in many cases is invisible to others.
The hashtag #spoonie is now used on social media to