Persistent back pain can be debilitating and frustrating to live with. The truth is, it is often impossible to identify the tissues causing your pain, even with a scan. For that reason, you may feel you aren’t fully believed by health professionals, or they may have told you that nothing can be done to help.
First we’ll do our level best to identify which sensitive tissues cause your pain, then we’ll find ways to offload those tissues and relieve pain.
Uncover Stiff and Weak Links
We aim to uncover those stiff and weak ‘links’ that lead to tissue overload along the kinetic chain (see article here). If he finds joint dysfunctions, Physio Chris has over 20 years’ experience of performing skillful joint and soft tissue manipulation to realign you.
Build a Bulletproof Back
You’ll be given a bespoke strength, conditioning and mobility plan to address those stiff, tight and weak areas, and leave you feeling fitter, stronger and more mobile.
Pain and pathology can often lead to faulty movement patterns. This can be a vicious circle. In turn, faulty movement patterns can increase stress on the body and lead to more pain, tightness, stiffness and weakness.
We’ll investigates your posture and movement patterns, and how they contribute to your pain. Once we know the problems, we’ll get you moving better.
Rehabilitating back pain isn’t always an easy journey, but if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, we’ll provide you with the tools to manage your back pain and get your life back on track.
The ‘Back Pain MOT’
The ‘Back Pain MOT’ with Physio Chris provides an in-depth assessment to uncover the root causes of your persistent back pain. It involves a head to toe assessment of your joint mobility, muscle flexibility, strength, stability, co-ordination and movement patterns. We aim to leave no stone unturned when it comes to piecing together your back pain puzzle.
After 6 months of zero progress at a private physio clinic employed by the NHS, I was basically told to get used to living with constant back pain. This left me with a very cynical view of physiotherapy, and I did live with the pain for 3 more years. After seeing my quality of life gradually worsen, friends and family persuaded me to give physio another try, so I contacted Chris.
I went to the first appointment as a total sceptic, but am very pleased to have been proven wrong. After taking some details on my pain, Chris performed a thorough visual and physical examination of my lower back and identified and area of tightness. Chris gave me some stretches to do and we made an appointment for the following week. The stretches were very painful at first, but after just 5 days I could feel a definite improvement. 10 or so sessions with Chris over 6 months and I am now completely pain free for the first time in years. I’m now back to strength training and am looking forward to doing martial arts again.
After years of near constant pain I still catch myself flinching every now and again expecting a huge jolt of nerve pain from my lower back, and being pleasantly surprised when it doesn’t occur.
Who is the Back Pain MOT for?
- You’re generally fit and well, but you struggle with chronic or persistent back pain
- You may have tried and failed physio, osteopathy or chiropractic in the past
- You’re NOT currently having a flare-up of your back pain (if you’re having a flare-up, your pain is severe or you’re struggling to move, book a Standard or Extended Assessment)
What to bring
If you have back pain, it is helpful to bring a few items to your physiotherapy appointments:
- Shorts, if you have lower back or leg problems
- Ladies- a strappy vest top, if you have upper back or neck problems
- Reading glasses if you need them
- A list of your current medication
What to book
If you’re having a flare-up, your pain is severe, or you’re struggling to move, book in for a standard 45 minute assessment session (or 60 minute session if you have 2 or more injuries) so that we can get basic treatment under way. The ‘Back Pain MOT’ is an in-depth assessment that is best carried out when your symptoms are under control and you can move comfortably.
If your back pain is stable you can move relatively comfortably, it is best to book in for the Back Pain MOT (90 minutes). This will give us time to fully assess the painful area and all the potential underlying problems, and to get treatment and rehabilitation under way.
If you’re pain-free but have have a long history of back pain, and want to reduce your chances of getting another flare-up, book in for the Back Pain MOT (90 minutes). This will give us time to examine your whole body for any underlying weaknesses, stiff/ tight areas and movement control issues that could cause problems in the future. We will then get you started with exercises to address any potential problem areas.
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Not sure if we can help? – Free phone consultation available
You may like to take advantage of our FREE 10 minute phone consultation service to talk with a Physiotherapist prior to booking any treatment. The consultation will not involve an examination but it will be an opportunity to discuss your particular problem and whether you feel we can help you. Call us on 01473 569 007 to see if we can help.