Back Pain

Young woman with low back pain

Almost everyone will suffer with back pain at some point in their life and research shows that it is one of the most common reasons for taking time off work. Between 50-80% of people will suffer recurring episodes within 1-5 years.

Chiropractic treatment has been shown to be effective in the management of low back pain and is included in the NICE (2009) Guidelines for the treatment of persistent low back pain.

There are many causes of back pain and often it is a combination of factors that result in back pain rather than one single cause. Your Chiro Health Chiropractor will ask you questions about your daily activities and your past history as well as conducting a thorough physical examination in order to identify the cause of the problem.  

Chiro Health Chiropractors are specially trained to detect spinal joint dysfunction using precise palpation of the individual movements. Standard orthopaedic and neurological tests may also be used to reach a diagnosis.

Treatment offered by your Chiropractor will be specifically tailored for you and your back pain with the aim of normalising your joint function. This can be achieved using a variety of treatment methods including spinal manipulation or mobilisation, medical acupuncture, soft tissue therapies (including stretching and massage), home exercises and advice.  This effective treatment method is generally painless although you may feel some short-term discomfort if your back is already sore. 

Latest national guidelines on back pain suggest that you should try to remain active, as prolonged bed rest or inactivity may slow your recovery. You may also be advised to take gentle exercise to ease your pain and help your body to recover. 

 

Useful Links for Back Pain 

  • NICE - National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Guideline for the management of Low Back Pain.
 
  • The Bronfort Report - Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report. Bronfort G, et al. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010; 18:3

  • Acupuncture - British Medical Acupuncture Society patient information regarding conditions responsive to acupuncture.

  • BCA - British Chiropractic Association explains Low Back Pain.

  

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