Around 80% of us will suffer from an episode of back pain in our lifetime! Unfortunately it is a time of intense pain, difficulty completing simple tasks, and generally feeling frustrated.
Many of us try reach out for painkillers to give us temporary relief, whilst some prefer to ‘brave’ it out and wait for it to subside by resting in bed.
Research shows that neither provides a long-lasting solution to treating your back pain if you really want to fix it. Gone are the days of medical professionals prescribing bed rest for two weeks (in fact it makes it worse)!
We know what you are going through – the fear of your back giving out with the simplest of tasks – picking up a pen from the floor for instance.
At R&D Physio, treatments may not necessarily involve cracking, pushing, stretching, or strengthening each time but we pride ourselves in being effective with the right type of approach!
We give you a long-lasting solution with explanation on how you can move better functionally, introduce you to dynamic and rehab strategies that may sound simple, but are the most effective way of treating your back pain.
Feeling better is not the same as getting better
How often have you had recurrent back pain? After a few simple stretches you may get some relief until another episode takes over. If you don’t address the source of the problem it turns into a vicious cycle!
Dealing with the cause is much more important than symptom modification! We will have a look at core stability (a very misleading term), joint stiffness, and muscle tightness but we won’t rely on that alone. Stability muscles require retraining to work together with other muscles providing the core stability. Not isolation of one muscle group alone.
Stretching isn’t always the answer
Back pain and tight muscles? There has to be a reason why tight muscles occur in the first place. Many think tight hamstrings are a cause of back pain. However, the hamstring can be tight due to several reasons. Is it protecting the sciatic nerve? Is the back pain related to your pelvis position?
Most back pain occurs due to excess of movement and loss of control – So do you really need to stretch it even more?
What is the diagnosis? Rather – What is the cause of my back pain?
Exact diagnosis of your back pain is near impossible. MRI scans are only as useful as pinpointing the exact pathology, but it will not tell you what caused it or how to treat it. Many of us have prolapsed discs without any symptoms and some may have normal MRI scans with pain and other symptoms.
Why not book with us for a detailed consultation!