Oh, my back!

Aching back


Most people suffer from back pain at some point in their life.  It’s not surprising, your spine supports your whole body and, while it’s flexible, it has its limits!

The problems that occur include:

A ‘slipped disk’:  This is when the soft inner core of the disc between vertebra bulges out through the outer part.  The pain comes from this pressing on a nerve, so the disc doesn’t actually slip – effectively, it herniates. Usually this gets better with a period of rest, depending on the amount of pain you get, then it’s important to keep moving as this will relieve the pain as long as you take things gently.

Clinical therapy can help to release some of the soft tissue and make movement easier.

Strains and sprains:  A strain is usually the result of over-stretching and is sometimes referred to as ‘a pulled muscle’.  It’s easy to move awkwardly and end up with a strain in the muscles that support the spine.  A sprain is more serious and usually means that soft tissue has actually torn.

If you think you’ve damaged the soft tissue it’s wise to consult your GP first.  A sprain will definitely require rest and can be extremely painful.  A strain may feel quite painful and a course of massage can be a means of helping the tissues to recover.  Also as, when you’re in pain, you tend to assume a position that causes you the least pain – and soft tissues get stuck, causing more pain, eventually, so clinical therapy is an excellent way to ‘unglue’ them and help to restore your mobility.

Osteo-arthritis:  This is where the bones grow spurs, and when present in the spine, usually in the lumbar region, these spurs dig into the surrounding soft tissue causing pain.  As with strains, this often results in soft tissues getting stuck – and referring the pain down the muscles to areas further from the actual site of the problem.

Clinical therapy will find the trigger points, release the tissues that have got stuck, reduce pain and restore mobility.

Repetitive stress:  Pain can develop in your shoulders and upper back as a result of any activity where you are constantly moving your arms.  In the old days this was often a condition suffered by people working in factories repeating the same movement over and over(and often untreated), today it’s more known as something people who type a lot get, often in the hands, but sometimes it refers to the shoulders.

A deep massage, hot stones and some clinical therapy will release the tissues, warm them to improve mobility and get things moving freely again.

So if your back is causing pain – don’t just suffer – get help.

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