Looking after yourself and caring for your own condition

If you have a musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, you should be in control of your own health as much as possible, be supported to look after yourself and help manage your own conditions. We do our best to make sure this self-management support (or SMS) is in place so that this can happen.

As a person with health conditions, you and your loved ones and carers make decisions, take actions and care for your health and wellbeing every day. Most of the time it is you who are managing your own health and wellbeing and not a clinician or service. Clinicians, teams, and services should help you to do this as effectively as possible, alongside providing good clinical care. Evidence shows that this works.

Within our service, we run a range of self-help programmes and support, for example in rheumatology, fibromyalgia and pain. We will be providing more information on these programmes soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in attending a self-help group in one of these areas, please contact our team on 0300 303 8063.

Within the community, we are working with the Possability People to develop an directory of health and wellbeing activities – click here to find out more http://www.possabilitypeople.org.uk/

Doing regular physical activity can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. It’s free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don’t need a GP to get some.

To stay healthy or to improve health, adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises. How much physical activity you need to do each week depends on your age.

To stay healthy, adults aged 19 and over should try to be active daily and should do:

  • at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

Or

  • 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, such as running or a game of singles tennis every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

A rule of thumb is that one minute of vigorous activity provides the same health benefits as two minutes of moderate activity.

One way to do your recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity is to do 30 minutes on 5 days a week.
All adults should also break up long periods of sitting with light activity.

For more ideas about how to get active, visit the One You website.

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