As Adelaide's lower back pain specialists, we find ourselves repeating a lot of the same advice to our clients each day. We decided to create this quick-to-read report with this insider information and give it to you for free.
In this special report you will learn:
- the underlying cause of most back pain
- 7 tips on how to assist the healing process, without resorting to medication
- advice on how to protect your spine from further damage
- a simple breathing routine to dramatically decrease your pain in minutes
- the top 5 myths about chronic lower back pain
- a long term strategy to address your lower back pain
- how your digestion can affect your pain levels
Back pain can be completely debilitating and it can be difficult to know who to turn to.
We believe education is KEY. Once your understand WHY you are hurting you will have the information to help yourself get better, faster.
Please take a moment to download this special free report and join hundreds of other back pain sufferers who have been helped by this information.
80% of us will experience back pain at a given stage of our life. It accounts for $1 billion dollars of spending and comes only second to the common cold for reasons why we visit our doctor.
Physiotherapists are trained to assess and treat lower back pain with a scientifically proven formula. This primarily involves taking the time to understand each person as an individual and apply the most appropriate course of treatment.
In the early stages this may include:
As you are feeling better, we will perform a Movement and Wellness screen to help us plan and implement a long term strategy for you to stay pain free and healthy.
We then follow up with our Pilates Class that helps to re-build your foundation so that you feel confidence and strength in your body.
Read more about our philosophy here.
TYPES OF BACK INJURIES WE TREAT
Acute Back Strain/Sprain
Lifting or twisting the wrong way can result injuries to the muscles, ligaments and joints in the spine leading to pain and reduced range of movement. The pain can be severe for a few days, but improves as you get moving again.
This type of injury can be extremely painful and cause severe restriction in range of movement, especially in flexion (bending forwards) and sitting can also be very problematic. Discs can be compressed due to excess pressure from lifting and moving poorly. Often the disc gets compressed over many years and one small insignificant movement is enough to "break the camels back". Treatment involves McKenzie exercises to decompress the spine as well as massage, dry needling and joint mobilization to get you back on track. Tape (rigid or kinesio) can often be used in the short-term to stabilise the spine.
The sciatic nerve is the biggest nerve in the body and when the lumbar disc becomes inflamed, it can extend into the nerve. Pain as well and pins and needles and numbness, may be felt right through the leg and into the foot and toes. Treatment involves deep tissue massage, trigger point dry needling, stretching joint mobilization and a structured home exercise program.
The piriformis muscle runs from the pelvis to the back of the hip and its job is to stabilize the the leg and also turn the leg outwards. Often due to weakness in the gluteal and/or core muscles, the piriformis over compensates leading to excess tightness. The sciatic nerve which runs very close to this muscle also commonly becomes compressed when the pirifomis gets overly tight. Treatment involves deep tissue massage, trigger point dry needling, stretching joint mobilization and a structured home exercise program.
Chronic Back Pain
When pain has been present for more than 3 months, it is termed "chronic" and a more holistic approach must be taken. Chronic pain is a complex state and treatment must be multi-factorial. 3 months is generally the amount of time needed for healing of the tissues to take place. After this time, the nervous system becomes sensitised and there is ongoing perceived threat in the body/mind. This leads to a sympathetic dominant state, characterized by pain, increase muscle tension, increased heart rate and blood pressure. Research shows a combination of education, manual therapy and a graded exercise program is the gold standard for treatment.
DIAGNOSES WE TREAT
Degenerative Disc/Joint Disease
Pregnancy Related Back Pain
Thoracic Spine Pain