About me

I have been writing poetry and stories since I was a child, and a love of reading was instilled in me from an early age. I am passionate about writing, and hope you enjoy the books I have written. Whilst most of you sleep soundly in your beds, like many Parkinson’s patients, insomnia dictates, so during those hours that sleep eludes me, the house is tranquil and quiet, an atmosphere perfect to immerse myself in writing. My life has been a series of strange events, which have without doubt contributed to my creativity. To publish anything is to bear one’s soul to the world. It is to stand naked and let everyone see who you really are. I have poured my heart and soul out on paper and I hope to share this journey, immersing you in a story, capturing your attention and firing the imagination. Through my writing and public speaking I hope to bring greater awareness to the general public about living with chronic disease.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Bad posture

Many people have bad posture and don’t stand up straight and tall, but this is a particularly common problem when one has Parkinson’s. Muscles are weak and sore and often very noticeably at the dining table, I begin the meal sitting up straight, but slowly sink reverting into the classic hunched over “Parkinson’s pose” which not only is unhealthy, literally squashing my lungs and upper torso but quite frankly it looks far from attractive. My family constantly prod me during mealtimes to sit up straight, but try as I might, after a few minutes I inevitably revert to a poor imitation of a relative from the hunch back of Nostradamus!  I saw something remarkable that I've yet to try; called The ShouldersBack Posture Support. It is a lightweight vest-like brace which gently corrects poor posture. Designed for comfort and support, the adjustable Velcro straps (and I love Velcro!) allows you to alter the tension and control the corrective force for your specific needs. It says that wearing the ShouldersBack for just an hour a day is supposed to help retrain the shoulder muscles to support the head more effectively, allowing you to stand tall and straight and reduces back pain. I'm pretty sure one would need an assistant putting this support on, but it looks like a good idea. If anyone out there has bought one of these, please let me know if it really helps and does the job. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Elaine,
    We would like to offer you some samples of a product designed to help improve posture (not the shouldersback you mention in your post). Do you have an email address we could contact you on?