Back Pain can come on suddenly or gradually. The spine is made up of 24 vertebrae, discs, ligaments that hold the bones together, tendons that connect the muscles to the vertebrae, the spinal cord, nerves and muscles.
Due to this complex structure, even small amounts of damage to any part of the spine can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. Physiotherapy can help to significantly reduce pain and improve movement by using techniques such as:
Manipulation Massage Myofascial release Traction Acupuncture Electrotherapy Advice and exercise programmes
Following assessment a structured treatment programme is designed specifically for you.
As pain reduces movement improves and with further advice and exercises, physiotherapy will get you back to normal activities as quickly as possible. We have found Pilates based exercises are a great way to reduce pain and improve the condition of the spine. It can be introduced relatively early on in your treatment programme to ease symptoms and if continued can help to strengthen the back, improve the flexibility and posture and help to prevent reoccurance.
We are finding that more and more people are using Pilates to help back pain – from the office worker to the professional athlete.
BEST SELF TREATMENT
- Stay active
- Use over the counter painkillers, when required
- Try some gentle stretches to gently move the spine and surrounding structure
PREVENTING BACK PAIN
- Stay active
- Improve your posture
- Improve your core stability
- Check your seating in your car and in work
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Don’t smoke