Back pain has always been a big problem, it is probably the number one reason that people come to see me. Right now, with the current lockdown and the inability to treat clients hands on, I wanted to talk a little about how you might be able to help yourselves until you can get hands on treatment. 

Back pain is unfortunately a common issue and it can range from acute pain, which might be sporadic and last for up to 6 weeks or more to, to chronic pain which last for more than 3 months. 

It can be the result of a number of factors including structural issues or diseases with the spine, poor posture,  muscular imbalances or referred pain. A huge number of back cases will be diagnosed as non specific back pan which means that no physiological or abnormalities on diagnostic tests can be found. 

If you are experiencing back pain and any of the following symptoms, I would suggest you consult your GP or health professional : 

  • Pins and Needles 
  • Difficulty walking or weakness in the legs 
  • Disturbance of bladder or bowel function 
  • Numbness around the groin area 
  • A high temperature 
  • Unintentional weightloss 
  • A swelling or deformity in your back
  • No improvement or worsening of pain after a few weeks 
  • The pain is stopping you from carrying out your normal activities including sleeping 

If neither of the above apply though, there are things that you can do to prevent back pain or provide some relief. These include staying as active as possible and avoiding sitting for long periods, taking anti-inflammatory painkillers (but check with health professional first), using heat and or ice therapy, ensuring that your office ergonomics are sound and that your mattress supports you adequately. In addition, regular stretching will help and with that in mind, I have put together a short routine below, which you should check out.

I have also provided some FREE downloadable resources that provide additional advice around such things as sleeping positions and daily stretch and yoga routines that will help relieve back pain. Just click on this link to access them