Back pain is a common frustration amongst the UK population with 75% of us suffering it at some point in our busy lives. Symptoms vary and can affect you differently, as each case is as unique as you. Balmoral Physio aim to understand you, your needs and frustrations, supporting you back to living your best life.
Our first tip is to stay active. Pain does not guarantee damage has occured. Keeping active as best you can, can help speed up a return to the best ‘you’. You may wish to consider simple pain relief from your pharmacist or GP to help you manage your back pain and keep your life moving forward. Try hot or cold packs to help relieve symptoms and improve comfort in your recovery. Relax. 95% of people who experience back pain continue to live a full and active life.
If you want one of our expert physiotherapists to help you in managing your back pain and back on track quicker, then get in touch and book an appointment.
At Balmoral Physio we aim to fully understand you as a person and your needs. Your individual needs will be dependent on your goals and aspirations. We can provide you with support, education, individually tailored exercise programmes, hands-on therapy, acupuncture and more.
Discovering the cause and nature of your back pain or other symptoms whilst understanding your needs and goals is the key to a successful outcome and that is where our experience counts.
Back Pain and Everyday Life
Back pain can occur at any time but usually responds very well to physiotherapy treatment. Repetitive or sustained activities are commonly associated with back pain. There are simple steps to reduce the impact on your life, manage the pain and minimise recurrence.
Back Pain from Working in the Office
If you are an office worker and often sit for long periods of time – this can cause discomfort or pain in the lower back.
What you can do:
- Take regular breaks, even if it is just to stand and have a gentle stretch.
- Ensure that your chair is positioned to offer continuous support of the spine and thigh, without pressure digging into the back of your knees.
- Ensure you can place your feet flat on the floor.
- Ensure that your keyboard and monitor are directly in front of you, not off to one side
- There should be enough room to manoeuvre your mouse without overstretching your arm
- Ensure you have the correct spectacles for reading your monitor; you may need to speak to your optician about this.
- Avoid glare on your screen, where possible
Some workplaces will offer a workplace/ergonomic assessment to help you improve your workstation. If this is not offered, Balmoral Physio can help determine if this is needed and help arrange for this to happen for you.
What we can do
Our experienced Physiotherapists at Balmoral Physio will carry out a thorough physical assessment of you to determine the cause of your back pain or other symptoms.
Treatment options will be discussed with you and include lifestyle advice and support, injury and management education, bespoke rehabilitation tailed to you, hands-on treatment, acupuncture and more.
Our focus is to understand you – so that you can incorporate your recovery into your day and improve your health and wellbeing.
Back Pain and Driving
Driving regularly and for prolonged periods can contribute to pain in the lower back and other regions of the body.
There are several things you can do to minimize risk and reduce pain. Primarily, it is important to ensure you adjust your seat position to improve your driving posture and manage pain.
Current guidelines are as follows:
- Adjust your seat height up and forward to ensure maximum view of the road whilst allowing you to fully depress the clutch, accelerator and brake pedals.
- Adjust the seat tilt to allow the thigh to be fully supported without putting pressure behind the knee.
- Adjust the backrest to provide continuous support along the length of the spine.
- Adjust the steering wheel for maximum comfort of reach.
- Adjust the lumbar support for continuous support with no pressure points or gaps.
- Adjust the headrest to a comfortable position, i.e. approx. 1″ away from your head.
Breaks – The Highway Code recommends a 15-minute break every 2hrs. Try to get out of the car and have a short walk and to avoid any one posture for too long.
Balmoral Physio can help with the pain of driving. We are able to treat the symptoms associated with back pain from sustained driving and offer expert advice on minimising the risk of back pain adversely affecting your life.
Back Pain from Sport
Back pain during physical activity for sport and leisure is very common. Some activities cause irritation for you than others, but by making simple changes, it is often possible to avoid or minimise the impact of your pain.
What your Physiotherapist can do about back pain during Sport?
At Balmoral Physio we aim to understand you and your sport before coming up with an effective rehabilitation and management programme to keep you living your best life. Our experienced physio’s have worked in elite sport and are used to managing pain and keeping you doing your sport where possible. Most pain felt during sporting or leisure activities can be improved with Physiotherapy, improving function and performance.
Our team of Physiotherapists and massage therapists at Balmoral Physio have vast experience of with both elite and non-elite athletes as well as general leisure activities.
Discovering the cause and nature of your back-pain symptoms whilst understanding your needs and goals is the key to a successful outcome and that is where our experience counts.
Pain, ache, stiffness or tightness in the middle to lower back. Pain can be sharp or may be dull, diffuse and aching. It may be aggravated by movement or by rest. Sometimes pain may radiate down the leg and this may be due to irritation of the nerve. When the pain travels down the back of the leg this is often referred to as ‘sciatica’.
It is very rare that back pain indicates a serious problem but consult your GP immediately if you have any of the following:
- Problems passing or controlling urine.
- Numbness between your legs (saddle area).
- Pins and needles, numbness or weakness in both legs
- Unsteadiness on your feet
Contact Balmoral Physio for help with back pain
Call: 0800 999 7055 to book an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists to treat your back pain at your local Balmoral Physio clinic.
It is important to remember that most symptoms will respond very well to physiotherapy and that often you will be able to continue your activity at some level whilst undergoing treatment for back pain.