A CHAT WITH NICHOLA ADAMS ON BACK PAIN AND POSTURE…

Nichola Adams is one of “Britain’s most experienced and highly qualified consultants in back pain”.

Nichola provides professional support and advice to companies and individuals nationwide on how they can introduce measures and improvements to reduce the risk of back pain in the workplace.

Nichola and I had a lovely chat yesterday about back pain and how important it is that our laptop/computer screens and work stations are at the correct height as this is one of the biggest causes of back and neck pain in the workplace.

Nichola is an “Ergonomist” specialist. “Ergonomics” derives from the Greek words ‘ergot’ meaning ‘work’ and ‘nomoi’ meaning ‘natural laws’, and is the science of making products and tasks comfortable and efficient for human use.

Nichola regularly consults in ergonomic seating design, works with rehabilitation companies, and has designed her own range of orthopaedic chairs, so she knows exactly what to recommend for each particular persons experience.

After experiencing her own back problems with sciatica and a coccyx injury, Nichola had a change in career and took a Masters degree in Health Ergonomics.

We chatted about how much emotions can influence the amount of pain we are in. Simply being aware that you are feeling angry and frustrated about something can influence your pain.

Nichola told me: “I spend a lot of time going into companies around the U.K. to advise them and help support and educate their employees about the importance of looking after their posture so they can reduce back pain in the long term.

”In my 12 years of experience supporting businesses, unfortunately I find it’s often the case that people go to see a physiotherapist or an osteopath and then undo all the good work and treatment as soon as they sit back down and slump at their desk again. Simple changes to your workstation set-up can also have a powerful impact.

 

Nichola recommends a book all about this called ‘Healing Back Pain.The Mind-Body Connection’ by John Sarno. Dr. Sarno reveals how stress and other psychological facts can cause back pain and how you can be pain free without drugs, exercise or surgery ! Something I know my readers would love to hear.

Dr. Sarno’s program has helped thousands of people find relief from chronic back conditions without drugs, physical therapy, or dangerous surgery. His book is available from Amazon.

It was lovely to chat to Nichola who is putting together another post for my readers with infographics and details on the correct posture while working (or playing) on your laptop or computer. It is actually law that companies should look after their employees in their workspace which means your workstation should be the right height etc.

* Nichola Adams, the Founder of Inspired Ergonomics (inspiredergonomics.com), is one of the UK’s leading back-pain experts, advising companies on how to minimise the risk of back pain in the workplace

“Pictures : Giles Barnard”#-22

A CHAT WITH NICHOLA ADAMS ON BACK PAIN AND POSTURE…

Nichola Adams is one of “Britain’s most experienced and highly qualified consultants in back pain”.

Nichola provides professional support and advice to companies and individuals nationwide on how they can introduce measures and improvements to reduce the risk of back pain in the workplace.

Nichola and I had a lovely chat yesterday about back pain and how important it is that our laptop/computer screens and work stations are at the correct height as this is one of the biggest causes of back and neck pain in the workplace.

 

Nichola is an “Ergonomist” specialist. “Ergonomics” derives from the Greek words ‘ergot’ meaning ‘work’ and ‘nomoi’ meaning ‘natural laws’, and is the science of making products and tasks comfortable and efficient for human use.

Nichola regularly consults in ergonomic seating design, works with rehabilitation companies, and has designed her own range of orthopaedic chairs, so she knows exactly what to recommend for each particular person’s experience.

After experiencing her own back problems with sciatica and a coccyx injury, Nichola had a change in career and took a Masters degree in Health Ergonomics.

We chatted about how much emotions can influence the amount of pain we are in. Simply being aware that you are feeling angry and frustrated about something can influence your pain.

Nichola told me: “I spend a lot of time going into companies around the UK to advise them and help support and educate their employees about the importance of looking after their posture so they can reduce back pain in the long term. 

 

“In my 12 years of experience supporting businesses, unfortunately I find it’s so often the case that people go to see a physiotherapist or an osteopath and then undo all the good work and treatment as soon as they sit back down and slump at their desk again. Simple changes to your workstation set-up can also have a powerful impact.

“It has long been understood that stress plays a big role in the amount of back pain a person might experience. The reverse is also true in that back pain can cause you stress. It’s important to recognise this in order to break the viscous cycle. 

“Simple things such as deep breathing, recognising the impact of stress on your body and taking time out for yourself can all make a big difference.”

Nichola recommends a book all about this called ‘Healing Back Pain.The Mind-Body Connection’ by John Sarno. Dr. Sarno reveals how stress and other psychological facts can cause back pain and how you can be pain free without drugs, exercise or surgery! Something I know my readers would love to hear.

 Dr. Sarno’s program has helped thousands of people find relief from chronic back conditions without drugs, physical therapy, or dangerous surgery. His book is available from Amazon.

 

It was lovely to chat to Nichola who is putting together another post for my readers with infographics and details on the correct posture while working (or playing) on your laptop or computer. It is actually law that companies should look after their employees in their workspace which means your workstation should be the right height etc.

 * Nichola Adams, the Founder of Inspired Ergonomics (inspiredergonomics.com), is one of the UK’s leading back-pain experts, advising companies on how to minimise the risk of back pain in the workplace.

“Pictures: Giles Barnard”

SLEEP SUNDAY LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP USING MASSAGE…

SLEEPLESSNESS/INSOMNIA

Massage with your thumbs the dips below and slightly in front of the inner ankle while using your index fingers to massage the same spot on the outer ankle bone for a minute or so, this should calm you down.

The Spirit Gate – 1 Feel for the small, hollow space in this area and apply gentle pressure in a circular or up-and-down movement.

2 Continue for two to three minutes.

3 Hold the left side of the point with gentle pressure for a few seconds, and then hold the right side.

4 Repeat on the same area of your other wrist.

Stimulating this pressure point is associated with quieting your mind, which can help you fall asleep.

Massage your neck – In the sitting position, using the fingers of both hands, massage the back of your neck along the line of your skull, starting from the middle out towards the back of your ears. Breath with every stroke and feel the tension released. Do this with purpose, focusing on each breath.

ANXIETY

With your thumb or right index and middle fingers, firmly press the outer side of each forearm at the place where your hand and wrist join, below your little finger. Press firmly on your left wrist and hold it for about one minute, then change hands and repeat. 

FATIGUE

Using your thumbs or index finger steadily press onto the outer sides of the calves about one finger width from the shin and about four finger widths below the knee. Press these points for a minute or so, beginning gently and gradually harder and repeat as needed.

 

IMPROVE MEMORY

Press your index and middle fingers to the points located on both temples and hold for a minute or so to facilitate recall. Activate on a daily basis to improve memory and increase mental clarity in general.

IMPROVE CONCENTRATION

Press your index finger to the point located in the indention between the upper lip and the base of the nose and hold for at least a minute.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF BACK PAIN…

The most common type of back pain that people suffer from is often acute back pain. This is pain that’s severe and happens out of nowhere, or at least it seems that way. In reality, there’s often a trigger that caused the pain, and you’ll be able to remedy the problem once you figure out what it is.

Chronic back pain, however, is recurrent and can last for weeks or months, and sometimes even longer. It’s usually related to diseases such as osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease, etc.

The severity of your back pain usually dictates whether you’ll see a doctor or not. Most people with mild back pain, tend to just wait things out and rest. While this is understandable, if the pain is nagging and doesn’t go away, you must see a doctor as soon as possible so that any possible problems can be treated in the early stages.

 

Sudden onset back pain

If you have sudden onset back pain, this could be due to an injury or a fall, or a strain. In some cases, the pain may only show up a day after the event, so you may have forgotten about it.

For example, if you strained your back while moving the couch, your lower back may start to throb or hurt a day later. By then you may have forgotten about the couch and be wondering why your back hurts. So, you’ll need to think back.

This is just one example. Working out at the gym, braking suddenly while driving, or even bumps to the back can cause back pain. In these cases, some pain killers and rest will suffice.

Usually, lifting heavy objects or twisting your trunk may cause sudden onset back pain. The facet joints get temporarily out of alignment and this will cause the joint to get inflamed. The surrounding soft tissues and muscles will get swollen and hurt. You may need to see a doctor.

 

Gradual onset back pain

Another type of back pain is one that starts gradually. Sciatica is one such issue. If you have pain that’s located between your lower back and glutes, you might be suffering from ankylosing spondylitis. Pregnant women whose backs are strained will also display similar symptoms.

Another serious gradual onset back pain arises when there is inflammation in the sacroiliac joints. In cases like these, you must see a doctor. Numbness around your back and buttocks, loss of bladder control, pain during bowel movements, etc. are all signs of back issues that require professional medical attention.

 

Chronic back pain

With these types of back pain, it may seem like there’s no cause. The pain may come and go away. It’s episodic, recurrent and not as severe as acute back pain.

Usually chronic back pain arises due to poor posture that takes a toll on the joints and muscles over time. Correcting your posture will remedy the problem. It could also be due to aging, where your joints suffer wear and tear.

If the pain is persistent or worsens, there may be inflammation. It’ll be best to see a doctor.

These are the 3 types of back pain that generally affect most people. What you really need to know is that when assessing your pain, you must be honest with yourself. If the pain is getting worse, do not bury your head in the sand and expect it to go away. Immediately visit a doctor and get it checked out. A stitch in time saves nine.

WHEN YOUR HEAD THINKS YOUR IN PAIN…

Pain is a sensation. However, when the unpleasant perception lingers and doesn’t seem to leave you, there could be many explanations as to what is happening to your body. Some pains do linger longer than others, which is why some people can experience lasting complaints. But when it comes to pinpointing why chronic pain exists and where it comes from, doctors are at a loss. More and more neurologists have discussed the possibility of the memory of pain. Indeed, lasting pain triggers a memory reaction in your body and brain. At a physical level, your muscles might tense because they remember the pain that once was. It sends the message to your brain, which matches the tension with the sensation of pain. Sometimes, your mind is starting the process on its own. The fact is that whether your body is in pain or whether your brain thinks you are, it doesn’t change the result for you. But what if you could alleviate the sensation by helping your brain to relax?

When your fear of pain leads to anxiety

When the brain activates the perception of pain, it is typically under a lot of stress, which can cause signals to backfire or reactions to be activated without a physical trigger. The quickest and safest way to recalibrate signals in your brain is to bring new stimuli to the central nervous system. Not having enough serotonin – the happy hormone – can increase your stress and anxiety levels and lead to nervous backfires. You can manage your serotonin levels through prescription drugs, such as Prozac, but you can also use CBD oil to alter serotonin signals. If you’re looking for a cost-effective alternative in the UK, Vsavi has a range of different products available for vaping, vaporising and as drops. More importantly, if you’re worried about getting high, CBD oil is free from THC, the compound that is responsible for psychoactive effects. 

 

Learning new soothing patterns

You can introduce calming and relaxing routines into your lifestyle as a stress relief. Yoga, for instance, offers a healthy mixture of meditative exercises to help you regain control of your thoughts and soothing poses to physically relax tensions. After a yoga seance, you are likely to feel more connected to your body, which encourages your brain to recalibrates signals. Additionally, learning breathing patterns can also alleviate stress before it affects your perception dramatically. High-stress levels are likely to make your brain feel pain where there might not be anything. 

 

Creating positive experiences

Last but not least, a positive mindset can relax the mind. Ultimately, a negative approach to life tends to lower your production of serotonin and endorphin – the feel-good hormones. But something as simple as laughing can address the balance and decrease stress hormones. While it might sound silly, you should try listening to your favourite comedian next time you are experiencing pain. When the brain misfiring triggers the pain, it might completely eliminate the sensation. But it is also useful for physical pain. 

Can you train your brain to reject the perception of pain? Some yogi masters claim it is an option, but it’s fair to say that most of us will never have that level of control on the mind. However, we can disrupt the stress and pain signals and regain control of our lives.