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Joe Swift's Winter Gardening Tips

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Do you look out into your garden at this time of year and despair? Where’s all the colour gone? All the vibrancy and aroma that makes your garden feel alive? It doesn’t need to be this way though; Gardener’s World’s Joe Swift tells us a garden can be stunning all year round. Here Joe gives us seven tips to bring your winter garden to life. ..

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Joe Swift - Winter Isn't For Hibernating

Friday, February 24, 2017

The days are short and it’s cold outside, so the garden is hibernating, right? Wrong. Gardener’s World’s Joe Swift knows how important the colder months can be for the garden. Here he talks to us about the joys of wrapping up warm and getting stuck in during the winter season.
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Dylan Karger - Invest In Yourself

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

At this time of year we’re all about getting fit and healthy. Dylan Karger knows a thing or two about health, nutrition and fitness. As a personal trainer it’s his job to ensure his clients are taking the very best care of themselves. He’s about to go back to university, at the tender age of 33, to study nutrition and on top of all that he competes in Ironman competitions. Ironman sees participants swim 2.5 miles then cycle 120 miles before finally running a full marathon. Dylan spoke to us about getting active, staying active and looking after your health and joints to help in later life. ..

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Simon Stones - Talk About Your Arthritis

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Simon Stones has had arthritis nearly his whole life. For many years he figured out ways to cope by himself but recently he has discovered the power of sharing his tips with others while learning from them in return. Here Simon shares with us what he has learned and how finding a community has had hugely therapeutic benefits.
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Arthritis Advice From Those In The Know

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Having arthritis and joint pain can be a hardship, but you’re not alone; there are millions of people in the UK living with arthritis on a daily basis. One way of dealing with your pain is to find out what others do, so over the past few weeks we’ve been asking our Facebook followers and arthritis forums for their tips and tricks for coping with arthritis. Here are our favourites. ..

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Myrna Peeters - Clicking In All The Right Ways

Monday, December 05, 2016

Myrna Peeters is a 58 year old mother of five girls. With all her daughters grown up Myrna wanted to become a masseuse but arthritis meant it was too painful on her hands. For a while she was worried that it would get in the way of her real passion, knitting. Thankfully one of Myrna’s daughters had a solution that meant the knitting needles could keep clicking, unlike Myrna’s fingers. ..

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Arthritis Christmas Wish List

Thursday, December 01, 2016

As anyone with arthritis or joint pain will attest, doing even the simplest of tasks can become difficult when your joints are hurting. Thankfully there are some very clever people out there who have come up with a host of ideas to help. So this Christmas why not ask your loved ones (or Santa) for something to make 2017 free of joint pain. ..

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Simple Self Massaging Tips For Arthritis

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Last week we spoke to massage therapist Jo of Massage And Me about the benefits massage can have for those with painful or arthritic joints. Having someone pamper you can be a luxury but here Jo shares, with the help of Pete Murch who has mild arthritis, some of tips for simple massages you can perform on yourself. ..

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How Massage Can Ease Arthritis

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Jo Murch knows the benefits massage can have on achy and arthritic joints. As a massage therapist Jo set up Massage And Me. Having led a stressful life as a commuter in London, Jo discovered the relaxing qualities of massage therapy and decided to become a masseuse herself. Now she works with a variety of clients many of whom are care home residents with a deep appreciation of massage therapy’s ability to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis. 
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Technology To Help Your Arthritis

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Simon Stones was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) when he was three years old. He has never known a life without arthritis and is now determined to help others take control of their health. He is a PHD Researcher, a Health Activist and a member of EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism). 
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Arthritis Care - You Are Not Alone

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Arthritis Care is the UK’s largest organisation working for people with arthritis. As well as raising awareness of the condition, Arthritis Care also runs a free and confidential helpline, offering support to anyone who needs it. Flexiseq spoke with Rachael Twomey who works on the Arthritis Care helpline to help us understand more about arthritis and how it impacts people's lives. ..

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Cold Weather Tips For Arthritis

Friday, October 21, 2016

The leaves are falling, crunching satisfyingly under foot and the nights are drawing in. For some the autumn and winter months are a thing of beauty but for those with arthritis it can mean an increase in pain. There is no definitive proof that links cold weather to an increase in aching joints, although barometric pressure, not dissimilar to what you experience on a plane, is one theory that holds some water. Here are some key tips to help you fend off the cold and keep those joints warm and moving. ..

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The Art Of Movement - Boxing

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Flexiseq wants to inspire people to get moving because the body, which can do seemingly impossible things, is never something to be taken for granted. ..

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Variety Is The Spice Of Life

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Every week there’s a story in the press about how we must avoid certain foods. It becomes confusing, especially if you have arthritis, knowing what can help you maintain a healthy diet. Dr. Sarah Schenker is a registered dietician and nutritionist having served as a member of the British Dietetic Association, the Nutrition Society, the Association for Nutrition and the Guild Of Health Writers. A person best placed, then, to give great insights into finding, maintaining and benefiting from a healthy diet and in particular ways in which a varied and specific diet can greatly help those with arthritis. ..

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World Arthritis Day

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wednesday 12th October 2016 was World Arthritis Day. Amid news that Robbie Williams suffers from arthritis, Flexiseq wanted to help raise awareness of the day. Over the past year we’ve spoken to a number of people with arthritis and, despite their stiff joints, aches and pains, they never fail to inspire us. So here, in one neat and tidy place, are all of the quotes and images we put out on #WorldArthritisDay to celebrate those living in the face of arthritis.
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Dylan Karger's Nutrition Tips

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Putting the right fuel in your body will help you to both keep active and maximise the benefits of doing so. As if being a personal trainer and competing in Ironman events wasn’t enough Dylan is about to head back to university to study nutrition. Given the colossal distances he swims (2.4 miles), runs (26 miles) and cycles (112 miles), all one after the other, Dylan has some key tips for fuelling your body for life and exercise. ..

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The Human Mechanic

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

No matter how old you are, how stiff your joints are or how bad your arthritis is, it is key to try and keep your body mobile. No one knows this better than Rosie Scott who set up Black Swan Osteopathy. Whether it’s beating your personal best in a half marathon or simply being able to put your socks on in the morning, Rosie can help you find ways of retaining as much movement as possible. ..

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Paul Roberts - Focusing On The Game

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Paul Roberts plays and coaches rugby. But even at the young age of 26 he has learned the importance of maintaining his physical condition in order to stay match sharp. It’s a message he passes on to his students and despite a recent shoulder injury has found a way to ensure his mind is on the game and not the pain.  ..

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Arthritis Care's Pain Management Tips

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Part of coping with Arthritis is knowing how you can manage the pain that it can bring. Arthritis Care knows this better than most. They are the UK’s largest organisation working to support people with arthritis. They have a downloadable booklet on pain management and here are their top six tips to help you manage pain. ..

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Seven Exercises To Help Your Joints

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

One of the first things your GP may tell you to combat debilitating joint pains and osteoarthritis, is to keep your joints as active as possible. A tough ask but Rosie Scott, the brains behind Black Swan Osteopathy, is on hand to tell you how. Rosie knows the importance of keeping the body supple and ensuring it has as much range of motion as possible, that’s why she refers to herself as ‘a mechanic for humans’. Here Rosie shares with us seven exercises you can do at home to help with stiff and painful joints.
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The Art Of Movement - Climbing

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Flexiseq wants to inspire people to get moving because the body, which can do seemingly impossible things, is never something to be taken for granted. The Art Of Movement series is a collection of photo essays about people who thrive upon using their joints, bodies and movement to do the things they love.  ..

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Top Tips For Arthritis In The Work Place

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

For those suffering with arthritis work can be a daunting prospect. Arthritis Care knows this better than most. They are the UK’s largest organisation working to support people with arthritis. Here are their top six tips for working with the condition: 
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James Casserly - The Boy Who Can

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

For most people, the thought of running a marathon is a daunting prospect. James Casserly, however, is not most people. At only 10 years old he lives with cerebral palsy and idiopathic juvenile arthritis in multiple joints. But on 30th October 2016 James, with the help of his trainer Mark Lacey, will take part in The Dublin City Marathon. James’ mother Vicki Casserly told Flexiseq about James’ remarkable story. ..

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The Art Of Movement - Yoga

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Flexiseq wants to inspire people to get moving because the body, which can do seemingly impossible things, is never something to be taken for granted. The Art Of Movement series is a collection of photo essays about people who thrive upon using their joints, bodies and movement to do the things they love. ..

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Julie Creffield's Tips For Getting Active

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

For many of us, the thought of getting healthy and active is a daunting prospect - especially so if you suffer from something like arthritis where it can be painful to move. Julie Creffield was once told she was Too Fat To Run but refused to listen. Now she’s set up a website of the same name, which helps people of all shapes and sizes to get out there and get healthy. Julie gives us her Top Six Tips for getting active. ..

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Ursula Malewski - Music To Your Knees

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ursula Malewski is passionate about music. She teaches piano, she’s a jazz vocalist and she runs jazz courses in the hope of passing on her love of music to the next generation through her organisation MEhr Clef. But when she needed a knee operation earlier this year there was a concern that the music might stop, until she found a solution singing all the right tunes.
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Kate Lawson's Cooking Essentials

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Kate Lawson knows that suffering from any form of arthritis can make even the most simple of tasks hard work. But knowing how to cope with her arthritis is what drove Kate to create her brilliant blog Cooking With Arthur. Discovering how to make life in the kitchen that little bit easier can put the fun back into cooking so Kate gave us her Top Ten Cooking Essentials.  ..

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The Art Of Movement - Running

Monday, August 15, 2016

Flexiseq wants to inspire people to get moving because the body, which can do seemingly impossible things, is never something to be taken for granted. The Art Of Movement series is a collection of photo essays about people who thrive upon using their joints, bodies and movement to do the things they love.  ..

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Ericka Waller - Running In The Face Of Arthritis

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ericka Waller is only 34 years old but has already been through the struggles of being diagnosed and then coming to terms with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Now Ericka, who is inspiringly candid to talk to, is determined to help other sufferers not go through the same issues she did. When she’s not looking after her three kids and a dog she’s running her blog Mum In The South which gives all manner of clever parenting tips as well as her wonderfully inspiring insights into living with arthritis.  ..

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Simon Stones - Top Tips For Studying With Arthritis

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Simon Stones recently graduated from Manchester University with a BSc Honors in Biomedical Sciences. As if that wasn’t impressive enough Simon is now embarking on a PhD at the University of Leeds. In other words, Simon knows a thing or two about studying but he does all this while suffering from childhood-onset arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis.  ..

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The Art Of Movement - Weightlifting

Friday, July 29, 2016

Flexiseq wants to inspire people to get moving because the body, which can do seemingly impossible things, is never something to be taken for granted. The Art Of Movement series is a collection of photo essays about people who thrive upon using their joints, bodies and movement to do the things they love.
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The Art Of Movement - Swimming

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Flexiseq wants to inspire people to get moving because the body, which can do seemingly impossible things, is never something to be taken for granted. The Art Of Movement series is a collection of photo essays about people who thrive upon using their joints, bodies and movement to do the things they love. ..

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Julie Creffield - Inspiring The Unexpected Athlete

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

In her twenties Julie Creffield was working as a project manager for the 2012 London Olympics. Inspired to get active, Julie signed up for a fun run. But things didn't quite go to plan: coming last and finding the finish line long since cleared away. Far from putting her off, Julie was spurred on to set up Too Fat To Run, an online resource and support network for ladies of all shapes and sizes to get active. ..

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The Art Of Movement - Skateboarding

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Flexiseq wants to inspire people to get moving because the body, which can do seemingly impossible things, is never something to be taken for granted. The Art Of Movement series is a collection of photo essays about people who thrive upon using their joints, bodies and movement to do the things they love.  ..

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Calli McMillan - The Active Mindset

Monday, July 11, 2016

Aged just 28 Calli McMillan has already undergone serious surgery on her foot. For many the pain and issues that arose from it would cause them to give up on being active but Calli had other ideas and now exercise is a key part of what makes her happy. 
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WIN A 6 MONTH SUPPLY OF FLEXISEQ

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Do you know someone who suffers from joint pain? Or have a family member struggling with arthritis? If so, help them to Live Free with our new competition to WIN A SIX MONTH SUPPLY OF FLEXISEQ. ..

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Stop Targeting Pain And Focus On The Cure

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Do you see a painkiller advert and wonder how these ‘miracle’ drugs can ‘target’ a specific type of pain in a specific part of your body? The truth is they can’t. A ruling from the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority felt a recent television advert by a well known painkiller brand was misleading to viewers is concerned with this very fact. 
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Ericka Waller's Arthritis Parenting Tips

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Looking after three children and a dog can be a handful at the best of times but doing it while suffering from arthritis makes things a real challenge. Ericka Waller is the brains behind Mum In The South which offers a host of inspiring parenting ideas from someone who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. Here Ericka shares her top eleven tips for parenting with arthritis. 
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Brad Barritt's Season By Numbers

Monday, July 04, 2016

In a season in which Saracens and their talismanic centre won both the Aviva Premiership and the European Champions Cup we look at Brad's season by numbers.  ..

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Tina Quincey - Driving Business Forward

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tina Quincey and her husband Gareth run their own upholstery business down on the south coast. But when Tina was diagnosed with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis there was a genuine concern their business might be under threat. Thankfully a neighbour came to her rescue.  ..

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Audrey Jarrott - Scaling New Heights

Monday, June 20, 2016

Audrey Jarrott has always led an active life: she loves to walk and is a regular at her local gym. So when she started to notice a pain in her leg she was worried her days of keeping fit were over. Thankfully someone at her gym had a solution.  ..

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Honor Taylor - Walking Her Own Beat

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Honor Taylor spent most of her life on the move, which made it especially hard to accept that, aged 65, problems with her joints threatened a future of painful operations to keep her mobile. However, after one excruciatingly painful night Honor stumbled upon the answer...
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Kate Lawson - Owning Arthritis

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Aged just 26 Kate Lawson was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. But Kate’s no push-over and was determined to keep doing as much of the things she loved doing before. Kate took ownership of her disease and now runs the hugely successful and inspirational blog Cooking With Arthur. Talking to Kate it becomes clear that while she is going to have tough days she is determined to do what makes her happy. ..

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Kate Lawson’s top tips for cooking with arthritis

Monday, June 06, 2016

In an era dominated by aspirational cooking shows it’s easy to forget how hard it can be to achieve even the most basic of culinary tasks when suffering from arthritis. One person who knows this better than anyone is Kate Lawson who was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis at the tender age of 26.  ..

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Sue Hibbert - Saying No To Drugs

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

In 2011 Sue Hibbert was diagnosed with womb cancer. The operation to remove the cancer caused surgical menopause and before long Sue was in agonising joint pain. With her doctors unable to help it was her husband who finally took a stand against the pain. ..

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Roy Edwards - A New Art Movement

Friday, May 20, 2016

At 78 years old Roy Edwards doesn’t plan on letting his age get in the way of enjoying himself. Roy takes endless pleasure in his golf at Worplesdon Golf Club as well as spending time with his grandchildren. As someone who used to work in advertising, Roy found the cure to his increasing joint pains in a newspaper ad.
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Joe Swift - Evergreen

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Joe Swift knows a thing or two about gardening. An established presenter at The Chelsea Flower Show, Joe also writes for Gardener’s World, makes a living from designing gardens and, did I forget to say, won a Chelsea Gold for his garden design in 2012. So as this year’s Flower Show kicks off Joe tells us all about how he came to love gardens, his efforts to control his kids’ desire to play football in his own garden and how he keeps active as he gets older.
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