Back & Neck Pain
Low Back Pain
Pain in the lower part of your back (Lumbar Spine) is very common and usually not a symptom of any serious injury or pathology. It is often accompanied by leg pain (Sciatica) due to mechanical irritation of the sciatic nerve. While these symptoms are often very painful, it is important to remember that in most cases, with prescribed pain killers (analgesia) and appropriate physiotherapy, your symptoms will resolve within 8-12 weeks.
Your physiotherapist will assess you in detail and advise you on the type of activities to avoid, but more importantly, on those that you should continue to do to ensure a quick recovery. In the past, the medical professions advised people with back pain to rest from normal activity - more recent research has shown that you will recover much faster if you keep moving! We will show you exercises that you can do at home, or in the gym, to recover your strength and flexibility, and will advise you which of your exercise classes, gym exercises, sport or functional exercise you should continue to do.
We feel that Manual Therapy (mobilisation, manipulation or massage) can be extremely effective in helping to reduce your pain, and will often use "hands-on" treatment to speed your recovery and enable you to continue with your normal work and leisure activities.