EFFECTIVE BACK & Neck PAIN MANAGEMENT
This is a key area in our management at Body LogAs Movement Specialists, we have developed a complete philosophy to target your BACK or neck pain. Helping you get on the road to recovery quickly and effectively.
Understanding the issue
In the UK, and in fact around the world today, back and neck pain causes considerable issues. Research suggests 7 out of 10 adults will experience back or neck pain at some point in their life (WHO 2013) and the incidence of surgery for these problems is rising year on year. You however do not need to go down this pathway with your injury.
Back and neck problems affect people in many different ways. Nearly 40% complain of issues with sleep and similar numbers complain of issues with daily tasks and just as many feel their sporting activity is affected. Disappointingly 9 out of 10 feel they have not had a clear explanation of the reason for their complaint. This is a key part in the management at Body Logic Health, and in the first session or two you will have your condition fully explained to you and the ability to ask questions to clarify any specifics. This is such an important part of your journey to a pain free and enjoyable life doing the activities you enjoy the most.
The fact is that the majority of back or neck complaints are not serious in nature. They should however be taken seriously as they are the early warning signs for potential problems down the road. The consequences of not addressing and understanding issues when they arise can mean long standing issues that are more complex to settle down and address fully.
It is important to understand you should be able to complete any task (picking a pencil off the floor) with a number of different movement patterns, however it is when this choice of movement is lost that repetitive stresses are placed on your soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints). This is when it is likely that problems start to arise.
The key to identifying these movement faults lies in linking the dysfunction with the symptoms (Comerford & Mottram 2001). Identifying movement faults is fast becoming the accepted best practice for neuromusculoskeletal practice (Sharmann 2002), who went on to profess that;
“musculoskeletal pain syndromes are seldom caused by isolated events and that habitual movements and sustained postures play a major role in the development of movement dysfunction.”
our first action: remove your pain
Does this match your story?
Body Logic Health, working with the latest evidence based treatment information, have put together a complete solution for back pain treatment. Our full treatment pathway will take you beyond the ‘quick fix’ and through the necessary phases to make sure you return to the activities you enjoy.
Important First Step
Your pain must be addressed first, it is important to be able to get on with your daily activities, and there are huge benefits to returning to normal activities. Your movement specialist will complete a full assessment to understand the best way forwards for your condition.
You will then have explained fully to you;
The reason for your symptoms and the full diagnosis.
The first step to ‘remove your pain’.
You will then begin the best treatment to help your recovery, and our highly skilled physiotherapists will give you the best outline of the time frame for this first step.
If you have made it this far previously and find yourself in treatment again then there are a few key factors that you need to be aware of;
Have you continued to address the underlying factors?
Unfortunately many people find they drop back into the old habits, this causes a return of the stresses on the soft tissues, which you will now understand relates to a return of symptoms.
Did you complete the full treatment pathway?
Recurrence is the toughest area to address in knee injuries, primarily if you only completed the first step previously then the chances are you have not changed how the body is moving to prevent loading and issues returning at a later date.
The ability of our team to identify poor movement patterns, muscle imbalances, timing faults and related issues both above and below your back injury means the team are ideally placed to explain and address these factors to move you to a better long term result and allow you to spend more time doing the activities you enjoy.
Build A Better You
Building your foundation is the key to step 2, to complete this phase we need to identify the underlying movement faults that you have. You have a couple of options here depending on your specific requirements and end goals and your options can be fully discussed wiht your practitioner;
1. Movement Screen – a brilliant way to understand how you move affects your tissue loading and can be easily related back to many of the reasons behind the injuries we see in clinic each and every day.
2. Pilates Discovery Session – can be an exciting option looking forward at your long term movement health, the the screen helping identify issues in your movement that can then be addressed through targeted Pilates sessions.
3. Running Video Analysis – if running is your thing then this a great way to change the way you move to prevent future issues.
4. Walking / Rehabilitation Evaluation – your back especially but your neck are crucial to walking and understanding how you move and load these areas can open the pathway options to improve patterning and create long term back and neck health
You will have the ‘how you move’ identified and explained in full detail to you, and this will allow your movement specialist to plan the next phase of your recovery.
The main goal in building your foundation is to not only identify the underlying causative factors but explain why they are there so you can make lifestyle changes to help avoid recurrence and begin the movement retraining phase to adapt how you move to change excessive loading and tissue stress building up again in the body which can affect your back or neck injury.
elevate your performance
The hardest part for everyone is to stay motivated once you are feeling great and moving well again. We all know life gets in the way of looking after you. If you feel you need further help to achieve your performance goals or to maintain your lifestyle, there are ways we can help you.
If you have completed the first two steps, you are now ready to achieve lifestyle and performance goals, step 3. At this phase our great sports rehabilitation team will often take over your management.
There are plenty of options for you depending on your specific goals, so please discuss your options with your physiotherapist. This step will complete your back pain solution, and will involve individually designed programmes to complement your home exercise programme.
You can see the whole pain to performance back or neck solution. This will help you create movement health and enjoy the life you want to live.
Don’t delay starting your back pain pathway to help you return to your life without your current issue.
Start your journey today
and enjoy your life again.