Were you just reaching into the boot of your car or washing machine, turning over in bed and you felt a sharp pain or spasm? This could be your back’s way of protecting you from further damaging a weak back and/or worn discs.
Do you have difficulty putting your socks on in a morning or tying your shoes laces? Again, this could be due to a decrease in spinal mobility or a loss of flexibility in your muscles.
Have you previously visited a Chiropractor or Osteopath, which has greatly eased the pain symptoms but you have not regained your previous strength and fitness yet?
Have you been diagnosed with Sciatica?
All of the above mechanical back problems can be successfully assessed and treated by our physiotherapy team.
Each time your back flares up or you have some lower back ache or pain it can change your posture and cause your core muscles and ligaments which support your spine to weaken. As a result of a loss of posture you can also begin to lose your flexibility and your joints stiffen. These changes in themselves can also cause back ache. If your back pain prevents you from going to the gym or getting out for some exercise, then you lose your fitness and endurance. This can also have a knock on effect on your sense of well – being and enjoyment of daily life.
Does this all sound familiar?
Our team of highly qualified musculoskeletal physiotherapists can successfully treat your problem, following the key processes below:-
We will assess your back, look at your posture and movements and check your flexibility and core strength.
Then we will feel (palpate) your spinal joints, muscles and ligaments and see which areas in particular your symptoms are coming from.
After the assessment we will explain your diagnosis, look at a model of the spine and any scans or x-rays you may wish to bring along, then show you the biomechanics of how your spine should work and explain why you are getting your symptoms and how physiotherapy can help.
We can also assess your ergonomics as you go about your daily life at work and leisure to identify causes or areas to improve e.g. your seating position and work station, your driving position, sleeping posture and sporting techniques.
We will then develop a personalised treatment plan to address these issues, which may include joint mobilisation, massage or manipulation.
An individualised exercise programme will be recommended which will increase your flexibility, strength and core stability. We will show you how to move properly and include functional exercises which you can incorporate throughout your daily routine.
As a result of strengthened muscles and ligaments, you will have a better posture and better support of the spine, reducing the stress on your joints and discs. We will teach you how to lift correctly, sit properly and stand and walk tall!
Once you are on the road to recovery we may ask you to increase the level of exercise by starting to walk more frequently, to go swimming or to the gym. We may recommend changes to your gym and sports training, perhaps introducing circuit training or pilates to your routine and improve your fitness and wellbeing, as well as reduce your pain.
Finally, our ultimate aim is also to prevent recurrence of this condition. We will recommend preventative measures and the best way to manage a flare up should the problem reoccur in the future. Many of our treated patients now attend pilates classes which can be very effective in maintaining core strength, flexibility and mobility.
If after the assessment we feel that you may require further investigations i.e. X-ray or MRI scan we will, with your consent contact your GP to explain what we have found and what we recommend.
If you feel that you require physiotherapy treatment and live in the Cheshire or Warrington area, please feel free to contact us to discuss your individual needs.
CALL: 01925 266881 or 07745 870442 or click here.