Back Pain

 

Simply put it's the most common condition we treat and we're proud of our 5 step approach that's effective and meets our client's expectations.

 

  1. Identify the cause

  2. Explain the findings in simple words that make sense

  3. Provide targeted treatment and or advice

  4. Get you active

  5. Help to prevent re-occurrence

 

We'll be honest and clearly tell you how we can help. That's a promise!

No waffle just targeted treatment. If you're not showing clear signs of getting better within 4 weeks we won't just carry on. We'll discuss options in terms of investigations and referral to a consultant.

 

What causes Back Pain?

 

First a quick run through some basic understanding of the design and mechanics of spine. There are 24 bones in the spinal column arranged in a mechanically clever S shape curve.

 

Correct posture - S-shape

 

  • Maintains the balance of the body

  • Maintains the natural curves of the body

  • Minimises the levels of spinal stress

  • Ensures best use of the musculoskeletal system and therefore reduces the risk of injury

 

Poor posture - C-shape

 

  • Increases the risk of fatigue and tissue strain.

  • Increases the risk of injury

 

Each vertebra is connected to the next vertebra by a disc and a set of joints known as facet joints. This inherent shape is most apparent in the standing posture hence in standing forces acting on spinal structures are smaller than in sitting, when the shape of the spine often changes to a C

A disc is an incredible shock absorber that transmits and absorbs forces imparted on the spine. They are amazingly resilient and absorb phenomenal load and stress over a life time.

So let's look closer and understand what gives them these properties. An easy way to picture the mechanics of the inside of a disc is by thinking of a sachet of tomato sauce which has a soft and mobile inside. Discs essentially consist of two layers, a strong firm outer shell and a soft centre. The outer layer being arranged a bit like onion rings constraining the viscous soft centre. So as we bend and twist this soft centre responds to external pressures.

The mobility of the spinal joints and surrounding tissues is integral to the effective distribution of forces throughout the spine. The development of excessive tightness or weakness in the muscles of the spine, pelvis and legs or stiffness in the spinal joints will increase the mechanical stresses applied to spinal structures. For example the hamstrings run from the pelvis to the knee, in the event this muscle group becomes excessively tight the natural tilt of the pelvis may alter which in turn affects the distribution of forces in the spine with the potential to cause pain. So whenever there is a miss match between the resilience of tissue whether that is a disc, a joint, a muscle or a ligament and the mechanical demand being made there is a potential for injury or irritation. It's really quite simple mechanics. The effects of lifestyle can be summarised...

If you don't use it you lose it! And... You become the shape of what you do!

The message is therefore clear, spinal health is clearly linked to healthy spinal mechanics which directly relates to the strength and mobility of the spine and surrounding structures. Therefore keeping fit and conditioned is strongly advised.

Are you unsure what activity would be right for you?

If you've been thinking about getting healthier and exercising but have been concerned about a long standing back problem or troublesome knees, then we can advise you accordingly at your initial assessment which will empower you to make an informed choice.

 

How we help; below is a list of common treatments and ergonomics services.

 

  • Manipulation

  • Acupuncture/cupping

  • Restorative exercise

  • Core Exercises

  • Soft Tissue Massage

  • Electrotherapy

  • Heat Packs

  • Rehabilitation

  • Strength Exercises

  • Stretching Exercises

  • Supportive Taping & Strapping

  • TENS Machine

  • Yoga

  • Carry out a workstation and or vehicle inspection to identify pain provoking postures.

  • Carry out a home inspection and advice on the interface between you and your furniture for example. whether your mattress is right for you, the suitability of your seating etc

  • Develop a personal conditioning programme using ergonomics principals.

Vision statement

"We strive to exceed your expectation using every therapeutic skill we have available to maximise your quality of life"