I have the dubious acclaim of having over 25 years of experience of being a ‘punter’ of back/neck pain therapies! I have navigated and survived the maze of treatments on offer within the NHS and privately in the UK and whilst living in the US and Japan. Using these experiences, I hope to suggest ways in how you can take hold of your own recovery from back/neck pain using simple techniques and well-respected therapies. Alongside this, I suggest a new direction for NHS back care in this country along with areas of research focus which would be helpful to patients and doctor’s alike. The patient/doctor relationship is also explored with suggestions for an individualised care plan agreed between them. Chronic pain is discussed in terms of factors which can affect it. I am completely independent and has nothing to ‘sell’. My sole wish is for better care for back/neck pain sufferers!

“I have spent much of my adult life searching for the solution to continued back/neck pain and spasms which have affected many aspects of my life. Over the last three years I feel I have found the ‘needle in a haystack’ that is significant recovery from pain and disability thus enabling me to enjoy a new beginning to my adult life. I believe the answers are out there for many people, it’s just that they take some finding!”.

You can find a summary of all my articles under the ‘ARTICLE SUMMARY’ tab as well as listed under ARTICLES. Further thoughts/blogposts as I  progress through my own recovery and also news to do with the blog can be found under the ‘POSTS’ tab.

My other experiences in life include; working as an engineer on an oil refinery, researching in chemical laboratories commercially and at university (I have a PhD in an engineering subject), working in a bank, seafarers club, schools, pubs and restaurants. I am also a proud mum of two and is married to a very supportive husband!

(Sarah does not have a medical background so it is emphasised that her blog is the result of her experiences and listening to others only. Before doing any of the suggestions contained in her blog, check with your doctor if you have any concerns on how they may affect you)

“No one should suffer pain which makes you question your resolve to survive – it can be different!”

12 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Lee Kaplanian

    Hello Sarah,

    I have been writing my blog for about 2 years and have found that sharing what I am learning and experiencing helps me and I hope will be of benefit to others. My pain is Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is much commonality with chronic pain and chronic illness. Keep writing and see where it leads, the people who need what you have to say will find you. I have lately been writing about my Mom and dementia and how it is effectng the RA.

  2. Sam Fairhurst


    Thanks for sharing your experiences, this post will definitely be helpful for people like yourself that suffer with back pain. I really do feel for those who suffer from back pain as it truly is one of the worst pains a person can endure. The fact that you become unable to perform simple routine tasks that you could do without thinking about not only causes physical pain, but emotional distress too.

  3. Samantha

    Thank you Sarah for sharing your experiences and helping relate to so many people out there going through similar experiences. It is comforting for people to know that they are not alone in what they are going through.

    “No one should suffer pain which makes you question your resolve to survive – it can be different!” – This quote says it all!

  4. barkeriain

    Hi Sarah, absolutely agree – the answer to chronic back pain is out there for many people. Took me years but I live pain-free now. Taking control of the situation yourself is key!


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