Scoliosis

Scoliosis prevention - is it possible to prevent spinal curvature before it happens?

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hello everyone,

I'm sure many people with Scoliosis often wonder whether the condition can be prevented before it occurs.
Scoliosis can not generally be prevented. Most cases of scoliosis (80%) are idiopathic, which means that the cause is unknown. Idiopathic scoliosis usually develops whilst a child is growing up or in times of rapid growth spurts. Since the curvatures cause is unknown, it cannot be anticipated and no preventative action can be taken.

Scoliosis can also occur as a symptom of numerous other conditions, such as -

- Osteoporosis
- Chiari malformations
- Marfan syndrome
- Neurofibromatosis

Some of these underlying conditions can sometimes be prevented - for instance, excersise and a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium can help to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis - but others are passed on genetically, making it difficult to prevent these conditions and the spinal curvatures that they can cause.

There are many myths about scoliosis prevention and the most prominent one would have to be that bad posture can cause scoliosis. This is not true, although bad posture is definitely not good it is scientifically proven that it will not cause a side ways curvature of the spine. Another common myth surrounding scoliosis is carrying a heavy backpack can cause the condition again this is not true.
Scoliosis can not be prevented by sitting up straight or carrying fewer books!

There is no prevention for scoliosis but it can be treated. The scoliosis curvature can be monitored, halted or slowed down.
Bracing is a treatment that is used to help prevent rapid progression within the curvature of the spine.
Physical therapy is also a treatment in which is proven to help reduce and manipulate the correct muscle alignments.

If you would like to read more about scoliosis prevention click - Here




Thank you for reading and I hope this has been useful in some way.

Sadie xoxo

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Scoliosis muscular imbalance - Why does scoliosis create one weak side?

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hello everyone,

Within the abnormal curvature of the spine condition known as scoliosis , muscular imbalacement is very common. The muscles located at either side of the spinal curvature are heavily impacted by the condition, in most cases one side will be weaker than the other. The reason why this occurs is due to lack of use of certain muscles down one side of the back, consequently the stronger side is normally due to an over use of these muscles which is due to the curvature this side is having to work harder to help support the curve and back. Both the under used and over used sides of the back can cause problems regarding pain.
An example of muscular imbalancement would be, if a patient has a spinal curvature which leans to the right this would cause the muscles on the right hand side to become stronger, these muscles will be used more frequently and will become more stretched out. However, the left hand side of the back the muscles will become weaker, this is because the muscles will be smaller as they are not been used as much and they will also become tighter due to their under use.

Muscular imbalancement can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, due to the under and over use of muscles within the back.
Muscular imbalancement can also limit scoliosis patients who are heavily involved in sporting  activities, this is because the imbalancement and limited mobility in some cases can prevent them from performing to their full ability or potential.

There are ways to help reduce muscular imbalancement and help with the discomfort and pain that it may cause, one of the main treatments is physiotherapy which can help to even out and influence the correct muscular balancement. However, hydrotherapy can also help ( if you would like to read more about hydrotherapy please click - Here ) 

Muscular imbalancement is something that Scoliosis sufferers are pretty much prone to, but luckily there are treatments to help reduce and monitor pain and discomfort that it may cause.

If you would like to read more about Scoliosis muscular imbalancement click - Here 




Thank you for reading and I hope you found this useful in some way.

Sadie xoxo

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Hydrotherapy treatment for scoliosis

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hello everyone,

Hydrotherapy also known as aquatic therapy, can be used to help influence body alignments.  There are 5 key features which help with the treatment of hydrotherapy, Buoyancy, the upwards pressure of the water eases stress on muscles and joints, soothing the aches and pains that scoliosis can cause. The warm water within a pool can help to relax the muscles and body. viscosity, the thickness of the water prompts gentle resistance from the muscles and turbalance can also help with scoliosis because when a body is placed within water it naturally moves in order to balance consequently excersising the muscles. The last factor in which contributes towards Hydrotherapy is known as Hydrostatic pressure which provides a natural relief for joint swelling.

Hydrotherapy is good for scoliosis patients, as it can help with flexibility and movement it can also help to reduce the pain and aches within the muscles.
Hydrotherapy is often suggested to patients who suffer with pain as it is a treatment in which is proven to dramatically reduce pain. Stretches within the pool can help to strengthen the muscles and as a result of this the curvature can slowly decrease and improve over time. Hydrotherapy can also help to improve many other aspects such as -

- pain relief from muscle spasms
- Ease of movement
- increase joint range and flexibility

Hydrotherapy is a treatment in which is suitable for all scoliosis patients from mild to severe. Hydrotherapy is not an immediate fix but it is a good treatment for mild to moderate cases who are not eligible for the surgery but still suffer from back aches and pains.
Hydrotherapy is a successful treatment for scoliosis patients and something worth looking into whether you have mild scoliosis, wear a brace, awaiting spinal fusion or other scoliosis surgeries or even post op scoliosis surgery. Hydrotherapy can be beneficial to all scoliosis patients.

If you would like to read more about hydrotherapy please click - Here










Thank you for reading, and I hope you have found this useful or interesting in some way.

Happy Halloween!

Sadie xoxo

Beauty

October favourites

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hello everyone,

Today I wanted to share with you all the products I've been using and loving, during the month of October. Before I start this blog post, I just wanted to say how fast October  has come and gone! Also, I don't know if its just me but this month seems to have been crazy busy with new beauty launches, it's actually been quite hard to keep up! But, I have to say I've found a lot of holy grail products this month.



Garnier ultimate blends Coconut and Aloe Vera shampoo and conditioner -

I love the Garnier ultimate blends range and I mentioned them in my Current Hair Care Routine blog post, so when I noticed they had brought out a new scent to the collection and one which claimed to hydrate my hair, which I desperately needed, I knew I had to try it out. I was expecting good things if I’m being totally honest especially since I love other products within the ultimate blends range and these certainly did not disappoint. They managed to hydrate my hair and lock in moisture without weighing it down. I also found that the shampoo and conditioner helped to reduce and tame the frizziness of my hair which is always a bonus! Overall I was really impressed by the new addition to the ultimate blends range and I loved the lasting smell that was left on my hair by these products, I would highly recommend this duo to anyone but especially people with dry and frizzy prone hair such as myself.

Imperial Leather foam body wash in the scent of golden honey and almond milk -

I have never used a gel to foam body wash before and I found the concept interesting. At first I did think that this product was a tad bit gimmicky, however I was surprised because not only was this product fascinating but it was also effective and left my skin feeling super soft and left a gorgeous lingering scent of golden honey and almond milk on the skin. The bottle claimed to last 40 washes and I actually agree with that I shower pretty much every day and I found that this lasted a long time which of course is good thing money wise, even though the product is very affordable anyway.


Morphe copper spice eyeshadow palette - 

I received this palette for my birthday earlier this month, from one of my best friends. And I haven’t stopped using it. The pigmentation and colour selection is amazing! The looks that can be created from this palette are endless, it very versatile and easy to wear. My favourite shades from this palette are definitely the glittery shades, this I probably because I love glittery shades on the eye lids but these shadows are honestly so pretty and I intensely pigmented, it’s insane! 
This palette has the light neautral shades, perfect for creating the base of a eyeshadow look or a daytime casual look and then the dark shades which are perfect for darkening a makeup look ready for the evening. I love this palette and I can see it quickly becoming a holy grail eyeshadow palette! 




Maybelline the collosal big shot mascara - 

I love Maybelline for mascaras and I have had many from them in which I have loved I.e. The lash sensational. However, I think that this mascara has beaten the lash sensational. This mascara gives me everything I want in a mascara, length, volume and separation, and it’s drug store! The longevity is great on this mascara, it doesn’t smudge or flake during the day. I really like the shape of the wand applicator and the packaging. Overall, I love this mascara and I would definitely recommend it to everyone.  



I Heart Makeup highlighter in goddess of love - 


First of all, the packaging on this product is so cute and in case you were wondering yes it is a dupe for the Too Faced love heart powders! Besides the adorable packaging this product is really nice, the pigmentation is insane and the amount of time that this product remains on the face is great! 
Its affordable, effective and aesthetically pleasing, what more could you want from a highlighter! 



Maybelline dream velvet foundation - 

I wasn’t sure if this would be a product that I would like due to the velvet matte finish that the product claims to give, as matte finishes are usually catered towards oily skin and I definitely don’t have oily skin I have the opposite my skin is dry. However, I love having a matte finish to my base makeup, which was the whole reason why I picked up this product. On the packaging the foundation 
states that it is hydrating on the skin and so this lead me to think that maybe this could work on my dry skin, and I was right! As long as my skin has been moustrised I can easily wear this foundation and avoid the dreaded foundation clinging to dry areas of the skin problem, which of course is great. It wasn’t long till I was wearing the foundation every day and loving it! The finish is matte, but doesn’t dry the skin out, there is a good range of colours for all skin tones, the coverage is what  I  would call a medium coverage but can be built up. It’s also drugstore! 



NYX soft matte lip cream in the shade Rome - 

Once again, I received this in a set for my birthday of one of my best friends, and I love it! I’ve wanted to try the NYX lip creams for a while now mainly to see if they were as good as they are hyped up to be, and I honestly think they are! They are moisturising I’m the lips, pigmented and the longevity is amazing. They are affordable and there are so many different shades to choose from, so your guaranteed to find a shade perfect for you. 

Thank you for reading. 
Please feel free to let me know what your October favourites were in the comments below. 

Happy Halloween everyone! 

Sadie xoxo 






Scoliosis

New surgical treatments for scoliosis - Vertical body stapling and Wedge osteotomies

Friday, October 27, 2017

Hello everyone,

I was looking at new scoliosis news and i stumbled across two new treatments which are currently being developed in Philadelphia right now! The fact that new operations and treatments are constantly being developed  is really interesting and can help new patients with scoliosis as they now have a choice and to some extent control over the flexibility maintained post surgery and of course the procedure which suits them.

For patients with progressive moderate scoliosis, (less than 45°) who are still growing (girls up to age 14 and boys up to age 16), inter vertebral body stapling of the convex (outer) side of the anterior spine may keep the curve from progressing. With the convex growth plates held in place, continued development of the concave (inner) growth plates should stabilize the progression and may allow some slight correction of deformity as the child grows. This concept has been used in children with bowlegs and knock-knees for some time. Using staples in the spine for stabilization of scoliosis was actually conceived 20 years ago but failed because the staples would dislodge and fall into the chest. Improvements in technology have led to development of a staple made of a memory-shaped alloy (nickel and titanium). The staple is shaped like a clamp at room temperature. When placed in an ice bath, the staple can be bent straight for insertion. After inserting the staple into the spine, upon heating to body temperature the staple returns to its original clamp shape, which prevents it from dislodging. This technological advancement has allowed physicians to reconsider its use for correction of spine deformity.

The procedure of Vertical body stapling, has been used in Philadelphia on 12 patients with idiopathic scoliosis. All but one of the operations were carried out via  thoracoscopic approach, the one which was not carried out via the same approach was due to the curvatures location in the lumbar part of the spine instead of thoracic resulting in small incisions used to access the curve. 
The results from this procedure so far have been very good, the curves have maintained there position and none have progressed. The only problem with this new method of treatment is the speed of correction, unlike spinal fusion the correction is not immediate and takes around about a year to reduce as little as 10 degrees. However, the follow up unlike spinal fusion is only a short amount of time post surgery.  

Vertical body stapling and Wedge osteotomies are operations which are fusion- less, and can help to maintain the flexibility within the spine. 
I personally think that Vertical body stapling and Wedge osteotomies are good alternatives to spinal fusion, especially for people who are gymnasts or heavily involved with sport activities as these procedures help to keep as much flexibility within the spine as possible. 

Please feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions regarding these two new surgical treatments for scoliosis in the comments below. 

You can read more about the procedures - Here


Thank you for reading, and i hope you found this useful or interesting to some extent.

Sadie xoxo

Beauty

Soph X Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palette - review

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hello everyone,

One of my favourite YouTuber, recently released two palettes in collaboration with Makeup Revolution. I have the eye shadow palette, however there is also a highlighter palette within this collaboration, I really wanted to review and test out this eye shadow palette and let you all know my thoughts and opinions on it.





The palettes packaging is very aesthetically pleasing with the rose gold font and the design of the box the palette came in was designed by Sophie herself, by Sophie I mean soph does nails from YouTube. I have watched Sophie on YouTube for years now and I love the way she does her makeup and you can tell that she knows what she's doing, so when I found out she was releasing her own palettes I knew I had to get them!
The collaboration is with the brand Makeup Revolution, which I already use products from and love. Again, this made me even more excited for the palettes because I knew they would be of great quality.
From my first look at the palette, I was instantly amazed by the selection of colours, the palette is very versatile and suitable for everyone! The pigmentation and quality of these eyeshadows again is amazing, especially for the affordable price of jut £10!

I’ve used this palette around about 6 times now and I have been really impressed with the looks I have created from it. The eye shadows last all day and stay put on the eyelid even without eye shadow primer! This palette is quickly becoming a holy grail makeup product for me. I have one small negative about this palette and I mean small, the names of the shades come on a plastic sheet however, the names are so thoughtful and interesting I don’t want to loose them but of course it’s probably inevitable that I will, so if I could change one thing about this palette, i would put the names on the palette, as it would make things easier, especially for bloggers and YouTubers who often need to refer to the names, but other than that I love it !!



I really hope this has been useful in some way to you all, and that you have enjoyed reading this post.

please feel free to let me know your thoughts and opinions on this palette in the comments below.

Thank you for reading !

you can purchase the palette here - here

Sadie xoxo

Travel

My Vacation to Cayo Coco, Cuba

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Hello everyone,

I recently got back from my summer holiday in Cuba, and whilst I was there I took a few photos in the resort and around Cayo Coco, I wanted to document my vacation and share it on here for you guys.
This is my first ever picture post, so I hope you like it.

                                                               Beach walk way


                                               Beach walk way                                                     



                                               pool area                                                                

                                         

                                         Front view of Melia Santa Maria, Cayo Coco resort.

                                              





pool area

scenery around the resort.

                                                              
If Cuba is somewhere you are considering visiting, I would highly recommend making the trip, the island is packed with culture and beautiful scenery. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, with an area of 109,884 square kilometres, and the second most populous after Hispaniola, with over 11 million inhabitants. Culturally, Cuba is considered part of Latin America. It is a multi-ethnic country whose people, culture and customs derive from diverse origins. The scenery around Cuba is beautiful and in my opinion, I consider it to be an undiscovered island with lots to offer.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed looking at some of the photos I took on holiday this year.

please feel free to talk about your summer holidays in the comments below, where did you go?


Sadie xoxo



Scoliosis

Scar confidence after scoliosis surgery

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hello everyone,

As I've previously stated in older posts, I've grown to love my scar, but it took me awhile to become confident with it. Scoliosis and self confidence do not come hand in hand, and it's a hard process to start to feel confident with the scar on your back. I'm sure many people reading this will relate when I say that confidence is very much a journey, whether you have scoliosis or not, this goes for everyone.

I have become a lot more confident with my scar and 90% of the time I forget I even have one, but sometimes I'm well aware of it and it can make me feel self conscious , but I'm working on it! My back will never be straight or perfectly level, but that is something I have come to accept. considering how bad my back used to be I am really thankful for how it looks now post surgery.

Scoliosis is a massive part of my life, and when I do feel insecure about my scar I remind myself that instead of feeling conscious, I should see it as a reminder of how far I have come and how strong I can be.

They are several ways, in which you can use to feel more comfortable with your scar.
For example, this is probably the main one for me, Don't worry about people staring at your scar, because at the end of the day a scar is not something people generally see every day, so most of the time they are just staring out of curiosity. 
It's also important to embrace your scar, it should be something you are proud of and not ashamed of, I know it's hard but it's very much a process which takes time, but it will be worth it in the end.

Granted, people have days in general when they have very low self esteem and that's normal, ( what ever normal is!) but it's important to not get too hung up on it. In my opinion, I think that a scar is a very small price to pay for a nearly straight back.



Thank you for reading, and hope this post has been useful for some of you.

Sadie xoxo


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Sun exposure after spinal fusion surgery

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hello everyone,

I recently went abroad for the first time since my spinal fusion surgery, and I thought that I'd write a post to let you all know how I protected my scar from too much sun exposure and how I felt with having my scar out all day for 14days !

For me personally, this holiday was a huge step since my surgery, I did a lot of things that I haven't been able to do for awhile now such as kayaking and riding a horse, but most importantly I walked out of the hotel room every day with my scar on show and I honestly didn't give it a second thought. The fact that my scar was on show didn't bother me, I've actually grown to love it! I mainly love it because it's symbolic of how strong I can be and I am very proud of it.

When it came to sun exposure on my scar, I thought I would be very cautious and to be honest for the first couple of days I didn't really stay out in the sun for too long as I didn't want to burn my scar, however I found as the holiday progressed I gradually spent more and more time in the sun with my scar exposed, I obviously still made sure I had a high factor suncream on my scar tissue, but other than that I completely forgot I had a scar!

I wore a factor 50 on my scar for most of my holiday, which to be fair probably was a bit over cautious, but by the end of my holiday I was wearing factor 20 all over my back and I was completely fine.

My scoliosis didn't stop me from doing anything on holiday and like I previously stated most of the time I completely forgot that I had metal rods and screws in my spine, I guess I've become more used to the feeling of the metal work and now to me it really doesn't feel that strange anymore.

I rarely get back ache, but I found swimming in the pool really beneficial, it helped to loosen my shoulder blades and to some extent relax the muscles in my back. So, this is something I would really recommend doing especially if you get back ache around the shoulder blade area.

I had my scar out all day every day, so a lot of people did end up seeing it, however I thought people would stare but I am very much an over thinker and in fact not one person said anything about my scar. From a distance it's hard to recognise, but it's only up close when you can actually see my scar.
So if you are worried about people noticing your scar honestly don't be because a) they probably won't even notice and b) if they do notice they will just think about how brave you must be as a person.

If you are like me and you have had the spinal fusion surgery, please remember that your scar is nothing to feel ashamed of, wear it with pride and I know it's hard but try not to be so conscious that it's there. 
Once I got over the whole self conscious stage post surgery, I actually started to love my scar and all it represents.

Thank you for reading, and I really hope this post has been of some use to you.
If you have scoliosis please feel free to ask me any questions below in the comments.





Sadie xoxo








Beauty

Battle of the liquid lipsticks

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hello everyone,

As of right now everyone seems to love the whole liquid lipstick hype, myself included, but the question is with so many now on the market which ones truely are the best?!

I've picked five of my most worn liquid lipsticks from my collection to review today. These lipsticks range from as little as £3 to around £30, so I think it's fair to say that there's one for everyone no matter your budget.


NYX lingerie liquid lipstick in shade lace detail/ 03


colour - pale pinkie nude
This liquid lipstick, is quite thick in consistency and once applied, feels more like a velvet/swade lipstick, however it dries down to a thin and matte consistency. The longevity of this lipstick is fairly good it last around 4-5 hours, However it does wear off after eating. This lipstick fades nicely and doesn't leave the dreaded ring around the lips.
Overall, I would highly recommend the NYX liquid lipsticks, however these are not my favourite formula out of the 5 I have selected.
They are very affordable at only £7.00! you can purchase yours here

The Body Shop matte lip liquid in shade Windsor Rose/ 032


colour - pinkie beige nude
I absolutely love the formula of these lip liquids from The Body Shop, they are really creamy to apply and they don't dry out my lips. The longevity of them isn't the best but they do last around 3hours if no drinks or food are consumed within that time. The colour selection for these lip liquids isn't amazing but they are a lot of shades that I do like from the range. This lip liquid fades really nicely. My only problem with this product, is that you have to be very carful when applying as it can become very clumpy and sticky, however this can be easily avoided by applying one thin coat. The pigmentation is amazing and I really enjoy wearing this product.
You can purchase your matte lip liquid from The Body Shop here  for just £6!


MUA LUXE velvet lip lacquer in shade Tranquillity


colour - pinkie nude
This liquid lipstick, gives a velvet- matte finish. The formula is smooth and glides on easily, the colour is pigmented and long lasting. This lipstick is very quick drying, however it doesn't not dry my lips out, its actually quite comfortable to wear. Again, like the previous lipstick less is more as this formula tends to go clumpy after a few coats. The only down side to this product is the smell, as there is quite a prominent scent of chemicals in the product. This liquid lipstick is so affordable and in my opinion its a hidden gem!
You can purchase your MUA LUXE velvet lip lacquer here, for a tiny £3!


Kylie cosmetics matte liquid lipstick in shade Exposed


colour - beige nude ( slightly peach toned)
I love this liquid lipstick so much, the formula is so long lasting and the colour is gorgeous. Now I have no idea if this is just me, but I personally think that this lipstick has a orangey/ peachy tone to it, but I actually love this about the product, the colour is so unique and yes I know it's a nude, but it's nothing like the rest of my lipsticks. 
One problem I have with this product is how dry it makes my lips feel, I always have to put a lip balm on before I apply this, however I think that having my lips feel like the Sahara desert, is totally worth it! purely because of the beautiful colour and the longevity of this product. 
My second problem is how much it costs to actually get this product, I live in the UK and shipping from the USA is extortionate. On the website the products are reasonably priced, however I honestly don't think its worth the extra £20 in customs and shipping for this product, as much as I do love it!
You can find the Kylie cosmetic matte liquid lipsticks - here

Max Factor Lipfinity liquid lip duo


Colour - pinkie beige nude
I recently did an in depth review of this Max Factor lip duo, which you can read - here
This lip duo is very long wearing and thanks to the moisture balm, which comes along side the liquid lipstick, my lips don't feel dry at all when I'm wearing this lipstick. pigmentation is amazing and application is smooth and easy. The lipfinity duo has a semi permanent colour and a shine boosting, moisturising top coat. However, this product is versatile in the sense that you can wear the lipstick without the top coat for a matte finish or with the top coat for a shiny/ glossy finish. I've been wearing this lip duo quite a lot recently and I have to say it's quickly becoming a holy grail!
you can pick up your Max Factor lipfinity lip duo here  for £10.99


Out of all the 5 liquid lipsticks, my favourite would have to be the Max Factor lipfinity lip duo, as it is an amazing product, it's reasonably priced and easy to get a hold of.

Have you tried any of these liquid lipsticks ? and, what is your opinion on them?
please feel free to let me know in the comment section below.

Thank you so much for reading, I really hope you enjoyed.

Sadie xoxo



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