Nags and Niggles


We frequently hear patients say that they have had a pain or niggle for some time and ignored it thinking that it will go away. However, often they don’t go away and these niggles are your body’s way of  telling you something is wrong

Although pain and niggles may indicate a problem that ought to be checked and seen to, very often these occur because of little things you are repeatedly doing wrong in your day to day activities that your body does not like. Some examples are:

  • Habitual poor posture – standing or sitting badly, even moving awkward
  • Prolonged activity on the same task
  • Lifting or moving things incorrectly
  • Repeatedly overdoing things causing tissue overload
  • Too sedentary – not moving or exercising enough
  • Being too goal driven to notice overloading your body
  • Unsuitable mattress or pillows, chair, sofa, worktop, work setup etc
  • You may have an old injury that has not recovered fully

When a part of your body is repeatedly subjected to little stresses and strains that irritate the tissue this may not be noticeable to begin with but gradually over a period of time this repeated irritation causes physical changes in the tissue such as inflammation and tissue thickening at which point you would start noticing pain or some discomfort.


  • Become more BODY AWARE and listen to your body.
  • Try to figure out if there is a pattern to you niggles or pains. If there is you can try modifying how you do activities that seem to trigger your discomfort.
  • Vary your activities. You may have to cut down on a repetitive activity or give yourself a temporary break from your sport or regular activities or move about more is you are too sedentary.
  • Try to frequently remind yourself about your posture and bad habits.
  • Have it checked out by a physiotherapist if you are worried about it. We can assess your problem, and if it requires treatment we will tailor a treatment to help clear                               your niggles as well as give exercises and advice for long term self- management.
  • If it is an old injury physiotherapy treatment should help to clear it altogether.