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HSW 28: Sleep Deprivation and Chronic Pain with Naturopath and Nutritionist Ananda Mahony.
08, Feb, 2017
OK, so I had lots of fun this week as I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my former lecturer’s, Ananda Mahony, who is the Senior Lecture of Nutritional Medicine at Endeavour College of Health here in Brisbane. In addition to her role as senior lecturer, Ananda works in clinical practice as a Naturopath and Nutritionist who is passionate about helping people who experience chronic pain. This ultimately led her to undertake a Masters Degree in Pain Management, to add to her repertoire of knowledge and skills in this area.
In this episode, Ananda describes how chronic pain is essentially an oversensitive or maladaptive nervous system response, and illustrates the mechanisms behind it’s development using her Christmas tree analogy. She also goes into detail explaining how sleep and pain is bio-directional, meaning pain can disturb our sleep and vice versa, along with the correlation between lower back and lower extremity pain, with low vitamin D, a symptom experienced by many who work 24/7.
So if you experience chronic pain and you’ve been unable to find a solution, then you’re not going to want to miss this episode!
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Audra Starkey interviews experts on sleep, nutrition, weight management, stress relief and all topics relevant to shift work health. This fun, informative and engaging podcast will leave you feeling inspired to truly be a healthy shift worker.