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”

DIARY UPDATE ON USING THE PERCKO RANGE OF BACK PAIN SUPPORTS…

PERCKO is a French Company who sell three different types of posture tops to help correct your posture and relieve back pain.

Their website states their posture tops have given 50,000+ users less back pain. Just reading their story on their website of how it all started inspires you to give this product a try.They say that you will get benefit from day one of wearing one of their posture tops.

They have three different tops to choose from, LYNE UP is for daily life, LYNE FIT is for sporting activities and LYNE PRO is ideal for manual activities or gardening.

As some of my readers will have seen from a previous post PERCKO approached me to see if I would be interested in trying the LYNE UP top to see if it helps with my back pain. They said that after wearing the LYNE UP for just 3 weeks I will see a permanent improvement in my posture position. Then after that initial 3 weeks they recommend the best way to keep your posture good is to wear the top 2-3 times a week.

Of course I said I would love to try the posture top especially now the weather has changed as I could easily wear it under my own clothes. The top arrived in a beautiful box with instructions on how to wear it and I was keen to get started with it straight away.

I will be keeping a diary of how my posture and back pain improves (hopefully) over the next three weeks and I will then post my honest review on the product.

Unfortunately, I struggled with the LYNE UP top which I felt was partly due to me being a bit top heavy. I just couldn’t get the top on without a lot of discomfort so they kindly put me in touch with the resident medical professional within the company to explain my problem with the top.

He got back to me straight away and said ‘About the fact that our top is very tight on your chest, you must be right. For some of our female users, it happened a few times. Most of the time, we have been able to solve the problem with a bigger size, so we can check if the size you have is correct. But sometimes we have not been able to solve the problem. So we decided to improve the product with our customers.’

Meanwhile, they have sent me the LYNE PRO back protection jacket which I received at the beginning of the week. This one was very easy to put on and I felt my shoulders being pulled back into the correct alignment for my back straight away. After wearing it for just one day on top of my clothes I realised that I had been working in my office for a longer space of time without needing to walk about like I usually do. Normally after about half an hour at my desk I need to have a break and often pop a hot wheat bag across my shoulders to help with my pain.
This company have been so obliging and really want me to get the best benefit for my back and so far I am pleased with the result. I will keep a diary over the next week or two and write another post on how I get along with this particular back protector top.

If you were interested in purchasing any of these tops they are offering Back Pain Blog readers 15% discount, just type in backpainblog at checkout.

COULD THIS BE THE SOLUTION FOR BAD POSTURE AND PAIN?…

Could these posture tops help alleviate bad posture which causes lots of back and spinal pain?

PERCKO is a French Company who sell three different types of posture tops to help correct your posture and relieve back pain.

Their website states their posture tops have given 50,000+ users less back pain. Just reading their story on their website of how it all started inspires you to give this product a try.They say that you will get benefit from day one of wearing one of their posture tops.

They have three different tops to choose from, LYNE UP is for daily life, LYNE FIT is for sporting activities and LYNE PRO is ideal for manual activities or gardening.

Their tensor technology is built into the fabric of the top which applies a light pressure onto the lower back and shoulders which pulls the body back into a correct, more supportive posture. You then become aware of your bad posture and then you naturally adopt a better posture.

PERCKO say that 87% of their users reported a reduction in their back pain after less than 2 weeks. Maintaining good posture throughout the day is then going to relieve pressure on the spine and this then eases the pain you get from slouching and leaning which I am sure the majority of us are guilty of.

I personally sit for a couple of hours at my desk and even though I have my laptop on a pile of books so it’s the correct height, and even though I use an ergonomic keyboard and mouse, and even though I have a back cushion and coccyx cushion I still get a lot of back pain which I am sure my posture is contributing to.

PERCKO approached me to see if I would be interested in trying the LYNE UP top to see if it helps with my back pain. They said that after wearing the LYNE UP for just 3 weeks I will see a permanent improvement in my posture position. Then after that initial 3 weeks they recommend the best way to keep your posture good is to wear the top 2-3 times a week.

Of course I said I would love to try the posture top especially now the weather has changed as I could easily wear it under my own clothes. The top arrived in a beautiful box with instructions on how to wear it and I was keen to get started with it straight away.

I will be keeping a diary of how my posture and back pain improves (hopefully) over the next three weeks and I will then post my honest review on the product.

THE FELDENKRAIS TECHNIQUE FOR PAIN AND POSTURE…

Feldenkrais Therapy is an educational programme that enhances the communication between your body and your brain. It accentuates personal awareness of your body’s mobility patterns and uses movement and structural training. The movements are slow and gentle, and the focus is on correcting posture.

Through slow repetition of movements, you “unlearn” inefficient habitual movement patterns which are causing strain to certain areas of your body. It is similar to the Alexander Technique, in the sense that it is a learned method, rather than a therapy which involves manipulation of the muscles or bones.

It is named after its originator, Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), an engineer and physicist as well as a Judo teacher. The benefits of this therapy include relief from tension and muscular pain, easier breathing, greater relaxation, improved performance in sport, dance music and drama and increased vitality.

By heightening our awareness of our movement, breathing and posture, the Feldenkrais Therapy will bring us closer to realising our full potential. Bringing this into our lives means we learn to move more freely, with greater ease, flexibility and grace.

It has been said that the method can permanently improve our posture, balance and coordination, to help people in pain have a more comfortable life. Feldenkrais UK are

are celebrating an International Feldenkrais Week in May. They say ‘
By heightening our awareness of our movement, breathing and posture, the Feldenkrais Method®brings us closer to realising our full human potential. Bringing this into our lives, we learn to move more freely, with greater ease, flexibility and grace. The Method can permanently improve our posture, balance and coordination, awakening our innate capacity for life-long vitality and continuing self-development.

You can also find a teacher and a class through the Feldenkrais UK website.

PILATES FOR #BACK PAIN FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME…

Pilates is a holistic exercise system designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance.

Exercises involve the whole body and are performed on spring-assisted apparatus or a mat, sometimes utilising small equipment.

Pilates is effective as it addresses underlying structural imbalances in the body which can create on-going pain and difficulty with movement. The whole body is considered. Lengthened and strengthened muscles improve posture and overall fitness and retrain dysfunctional movement patterns, restoring optimum physical function.

The Pilates Foundation was founded in 1996 and is the only not-for-profit Pilates association in the UK. They aim to establish and maintain quality and excellence in Pilates teaching.

They promote the original works of Joseph and Clara Pilates, including honouring the original repertoire and principles, yet bring current knowledge and research to the teaching of the Pilates Method.

Their Members undergo extensive training with a Pilates Foundation Accredited Teacher Training Provider and pass a rigorous examination process (or meet standards set by our Professional Standards Committee) to gain membership into the organisation, and is the best place to find a class or pilates teacher.

There are lots of Pilates classes throughout the UK but if you find it difficult to get to a class or give your commitment to one then why not try the Pilates Anytime from your own home.

Pilates Anytime is an online Pilates studio, delivering world-class teachers anywhere, anytime, at an affordable price.

Members have access to over 3,000 Mat and equipment classes for any experience level, all of which are available for streaming on computers, tablets, smartphones, and televisions in high definition video. Over one hundred highly skilled instructors film about six new videos each week.

You simply choose a video after searching, browsing and filtering to find the class you want and get moving. You can take a challenge from one of their programs for guided practice and join the global community to chat to other people from around the world.

It could not be easier. You can try a free 15 day trial and then it’s only £12 a month and you can cancel anytime. This has to be the easiest way to try this if you are unable to get to a class or are not even sure if it’s what you are looking for.