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With so much in the news about our nurses and students joining the front line straight from college, I found it really interesting to read the sort of adverts that were out in the 1950’s to get students to become nurses.

One such advert started by telling you a story…

“Vigil….3am. from the dimness of the word, a low voice calls Nurse! Quickly but silently she moves to the bedside perhaps to adjust a dressing or merely to give a cooling drink or perhaps to deal with a serious change in the patient’s condition’.

Her training gives a Nurse competence to deal with any situation. Nursing is a responsible form of work and training would give you the confidence to be a nurse. There’s a future in Nursing under the National Health Service. Training allowances start at £100 a year, superannuation for all 28 days paid holiday. Opportunities for promotion at home and abroad. Fill in the form to receive details of the FREE nursing training.”

An article in the Nursing Times about nursing back in the 1950’s said “Getting to know the patient as a real person was one of the benefits of being a nurse in the 1950s, says Mary Walker, aged 77. Ms Walker started training the year the NHS began and qualified as a nurse in 1952, working at Barts Hospital in London, where she was later a ward sister.

I couldn’t say our training was perfect,’ she says. ‘You had to learn as you went along and you mostly learnt on the ward from your experienced seniors. ‘Nowadays nursing has changed so much. Our patients stayed in a long time and you really got to know them. Our greatest privilege was to consider the whole patient and their comfort. There’s some excellent nursing now and it’s become very challenging. There are different needs now.’

My late mother-in-law trained to be a physiotherapist in the late 1940’s and treated many a war veteran and she wrote her story ‘ Fate Takes Two Hands, Memoirs of a Physiotherapist’, The Book was hand written in quite old fashioned writing. There were no paragraphs or chapters and considering I didn’t even get an ‘O’ level in English I still somehow managed to put it together. It was a promise I had made to her that I would one day get it published for her. She was a spritely lady who would help anyone and was still treating patients in her 70’s.

Her memoir is based on a true story a heartwarming tale of a wartime working life of a physiotherapist during World War 11. Born in Manchester in 1916, Merle went to a pantomime with her parents at the age of seven, to see Peter Pan. From that day forward she set her sights on being on the stage with her name in lights. However, her mother and father had other plans for her. Merle tried every trick in the book to avoid going down their chosen career route. That was until she met Audrey, who changed her direction in life. Merle shares her love, loss and friendships to pursue her dream of a career as an actress. Separated from her beloved family she bravely endures a trip on her own across the world to be with her loved one and finally to become a physiotherapist and make her father proud.

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There are several methods of treating back pain. There are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which help to reduce prostaglandins and deter the COX enzymes… and we also have holistic methods such as acupuncture which works for many, but has no effect on some. I have written about the four I have listed before but not in one post and with us all being at home so much at the moment we have to be careful with our posture to avoid aggravating our spines.

The truth of the matter is that we’re all individuals and no two people are alike. What works for some may not work for another. One man’s meat is another man’s poison, so to speak. This is especially applicable to holistic methods such as physiotherapy.

These methods take time to work, but when you do find one that works for you, the relief you get can be immense. It’s all a matter of patience and finding one that yields results.
Strong medication such as pain killers and NSAIDs can have side effects. Surgery is expensive and has risks. In fact, the thought of surgery alone is enough to make most people’s hearts skip a beat.

It’s best to try the holistic methods first and see how they work for you. In this article, we’ll look at 4 different types of physiotherapy that you can use to alleviate your back pain. Not all may work for you, but you’ll definitely find at least one that helps bring you relief.


This method will require you to place an ice pack on the area that’s affected. Always remember to place a towel on the affected part before placing the ice pack on it. Do not ice the area for more than 20 minutes.
Cold treatment will help to numb the swollen tissues and reduce the pain. It’ll also interrupt the pain messages because the nerve impulses are affected by the cold. Muscle spasms will decrease and any swelling and inflammation will subside to some degree… and this will bring relief.


Acupressure is a method of massage where pressure is applied on specific points of the body known as acupoints. This is a Chinese method of holistic treatment and while it has drawn scepticism, many people have benefitted from it.
The theory states that by manipulating the acupoints, the energy in your body can flow freely, and this will aid in healing. You’ll have to try it to know if it works for you.


Similar to acupressure, but instead of fingers massaging you, slim needles are inserted into the acupoints to stimulate and relax the muscles in the area at the same time.
The life force (qi) will flow freely, and you’ll feel better. Millions of people have reported positive results by using acupuncture to treat back pain and migraines. It’s worth a try.


Similar to cold treatment, but you’re using heat this time. It may seem strange that heat works too. After all, unlike ice which numbs the area, won’t heat aggravate it?
Not really. When you place heat on the affected area, the soft tissues will relax and become less stiff. So, there will be more flexible and you’ll be able to move more easily. The heat will also dilate the blood vessels which will help to improve blood circulation.

Your back will feel much better when fresh oxygenated blood that’s rich in nutrients flows around it and aids in healing. Do note that you shouldn’t apply heat therapy to a back injury that’s less than four days old. Only give these 4 methods a try after you have checked with your GP first.