Back Pain and how to deal with it
Most people suffer some form of back ache or pain at some time in their life. With the correct advice it should be possible to alleviate or manage these symptoms.
Your back hurts, what should you do?
You should first check with your GP, there are a lot of causes for back pain, some of which will need medical attention.
You may be referred to a physio or for futher investigation such as an MRI scan. In many of these cases exercise and massage can help to manage the situation or alleviate the pain to some extent, but you should get a recommendation from your GP as to whether this might be appropriate, and if so, when it could be started.
Your GP may say that your problem is muscular, or just wear and tear and/or there is nothing more they can do to help, other than using pain killers. In this instance a specific exercise programme combined with deep tissue massage can provide a long term solution to your problem.
What do I do?
I am qualified to provide a number of services aimed at combatting and managing low back pain. Primarily I will identify a series of exercises for you to undertake which will strengthen supporting muscles and release spasmed or knotted soft tissue. In addition I can offer a sports massage which will provide a more immediate release of the soft tissue which often results in a significant pain reduction.
Feedback from my exisiting clients tells me that the application of Kinesio tape is often “like magic”, and many have commented on the practicallity of my advice, on life style and approaches to every day activities, that helps avoid back pain.
You should note that these techniques are not normally “quick fixes” but require a commitment to the program over an extended period. This doen’t mean repeated vists to me, it just means you will have to perform the exercises regularly and properly.
How does it work?
Your spine is subject to general wear and tear as you move about. This is exacerbated by our life styles which do not encourage the supportive muscles to be strong. Consequently they are subject to damage and spasm, and do not provide the protection to the mechanical operation of your spine.
The techniques I employ are aimed at first releasing the spasmed and knotted muscles, and then performing gentle exercise to strengthen them. The stronger musculature supports the degenerating bone structure reducing pain and improving mobility.
You have seen your GP, what now?
I would recommend booking a short one-to-one session where I can assess your specific requirements. Half an hour is usually long enough and the session might involve massage, exercise instruction and advice on how to protect your back.
Alternatively, book into a class. There we will undertake a variety of simple and gentle exercises, all aimed at strengthening the areas where most people are weak.
Finally, it may be that you would benefit from a postural assessment or bio-mechanical screening. These techniques can identify underlying issues and allow for more beneficial treatment.