Arrgh my back!
Updated: Aug 31, 2019
Does this sound familiar? One minute you are happily going about your business and then you bend over to to pick up a stray sock or reach up for your cup for morning coffee and suddenly your back twinges? 10 mins later the twinge has turned into a nagging backache!
My clients will frequently say 'I just reached for, or I bent over and I felt this shooting pain or dull ache across my back'.
In June 2016 the Daily Mail reported on some research undertaken by Imperial College London and Arthritis Research UK, nearly 50% of UK adults maybe living with some kind of chronic pain, That is a incredible statistic and is reflected in the type of issues I frequently treat.
You can read more about this research at www.nhs.uk/news/medical-practice/almost-half-of-all-uk-adults-may-be-living-with-chronic-pain/
Personally I feel shoulder and back pain is on the rise and there are a number of reasons for this. We all living much longer which results in more wear and tear in our joints. We may have an underlying health condition such as spondylosis, sciatica, disc issues, twisted pelvis or a neurological disorder such as MS or Parkinsons,
Perhaps you have strained a muscle, tendon or ligament and your body is compensating for the injury?
Do you sit at a desk for many hours of the day? Have you considered you might be sitting awkwardly?
Review how you sit at your desk; are both feet on the floor, check the height of your monitor and position of your wrists when typing.
Do you spend a lot of time driving? Check the position of your legs, knees slightly higher than the hips will help and make sure you are not over-reaching to reach the foot pedals.
The general stresses and strains of life can take a toll on our body and we create havoc in our bodies which frequently exhibits as lower back or upper back pain.
How can you ease back pain? Generally gentle movement is recommended for lower and upper back pain. This can be in the form of a daily walk, gentle yoga, swimming, any movement that is gentle and with purpose, The days of lying flat have passed, not unless you have been advised to do so by your medical expert.
This link gives you some ideas concerning gentle exercises that you can do at home. www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/conditions/back-pain/back-pain-exercises.aspx
You can seek out complementary therapies such as a Chiropractor or Osteopath both encourage correct skeletal alignment. But what about the muscles? Correctly aligning the skeleton without easing muscular tension is like washing your teeth without toothpaste!
A Sport and Remedial Massage is a soft tissue alternative, this is a umbrella term that includes the EMMETT Technique, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Stretches, Deep Tissue massage and hot stones therapy.
All will release muscular tension throughout the body and clients frequently comment on the effectiveness of the treatment after the first session.
Persistent back pain, including sciatica, upper and lower back pain, sore hips, slipped discs all negatively impact our quality of life.
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