Treatment for Back pain, Disc issues and Sciatica
One of the most common reasons that clients come to me for treatment these days, is for back pain. Traditionally we are talking about two areas, the upper back and the lower back. There are some differences in the treatment approach to both.
Upper Back Pain
When it comes to upper back pain, I’m talking about the thoracic and cervical spine. Clients will complain of stiff necks/shoulders or a pain in the centre of their back, generally around where a bra strap would be. Quite often there is a postural element in this pain, perhaps the client works in a restricted position for long hours and has developed rounded shoulders or even a small hump at the base of their neck.
Sometimes, Clients present with this type of injury after a sudden movement or a bad night’s sleep. While these are factors in the injury, they are most likely the “final straw” on an already over-tensioned area. It’s not uncommon for symptoms to relent or even disappear after 24 hours rest and taking over-the counter pain killers or anti-inflammatory tablets, however if these “episodes” are relatively common, then I would suggest you have an underlying issue that is progressively deteriorating and that must be addressed sooner rather than later.
Sessions in clinic will need to be followed up with some small changes in posture, more movement and a general change in habits. Remember, over time, a small change can make a huge difference. If this is something you are having an issue with, why not give me a call, come in for a treatment and let the results speak for themselves.
Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain can be more complicated given the anatomical proximity to the pelvis. Our ability to remain upright and balanced relies on the position of the pelvis, where our normal centre of gravity is. The pelvis is directly effected by the large muscles of the quads, Hamstrings, Glutes and Abdominals to remain as “balanced” as it can and allow us to be upright an able to move.
Given that the pelvis attaches the extremities to the trunk of the body and is vital to our ability to walk, you can understand how an injury of the foot or knee, can effect the pelvis, which then can effect the lower back. Our feet are how we mainly interact with the world and generally speaking, we neglect them.
Slipped Disc, Bulging disc and Prolapsed disc are terms, often used to describe the same thing. Excess tension on the vertebrae causes the spongy disc to bulge in the opposite direction( think of squeezing a balloon), this in itself isn’t always a problem but is a symptom of excess tensions, elsewhere. When the disc is pressing on nerve, then you can have more severe symptoms, in the cervical spine, it can result in pain or tingling down the arm and into the hand and in the lumbar spine, it can result in Sciatica.