Getting to the point of back pain!

Back care awareness week may have finished, but we are continuing our back pain and treatment series, this week with the latest news on Acupuncture.

So let’s get to the point!

  • A staggering 10 million working days last year were lost to back pain, with the over- 50s being the worst hit. Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is making things worse.

  • Figures released by the UK Statistics Authority reveal in 2014 for back pain around 1.9 million days were lost, by those 25-34 years, 3.86 million for those 35-49 years and 4.2 million working days were lost by those 50-65 years old.

  • This equates to more than a billion pounds worth of time.

  •  More working days were lost due to Musculoskeletal conditions, such as neck and back pain than any other cause
  •  It is estimated that four out of every five adults (80%) will experience back pain at some stage in their life.
  •  The NHS spends more than £1 Billion per year on back pain.
  •  Read more about NICE guidelines and low back pain here.

Most pain will settle within 6 weeks, but what if it doesn’t?

  • Often the reason for back pain is unclear, it can be postural related, without any injury/ trauma, gradually come on and then worsen or get no better.
  • The pain is often localised to the lower back, does not travel down past the buttocks and does not have any associated pins and needles, numbness or bladder/ bowel disturbances.
  • This is often at the point we see people in the clinic, where they are simply fed up of the pain and want help to make it go away.
  •  NICE (national Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommend manual therapy and exercises (which is what we would normally do within a Physio appointment) OR a course of ACUPUNCTURE.



  • An ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
  •  Uses single use sterile needles inserted into specific points along Meridians (channels) in the body.
  •  At Totally Tranquil Acupuncture is performed by a Chartered Physio registered with the AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists).
  • Modern research shows that acupuncture stimulates the brain via nerve endings in skin and muscles. When the brain is stimulated in this way it releases pain relieving chemicals. These can assist our body to repair itself when injured.
  • A full medical history and physical assessment will be carried out prior to any treatment.
  • The needles are then inserted into specifically selected acupuncture points. You may have between 2-16 inserted depending upon the condition being treated.
  • The needles may be inserted in and around the problem area, away from it (in the hands and feet), on the opposite side of the body and occasionally points in the ears are used.
  • Once the needles are all in place the therapist will occasionally stimulate the needles by gently turning them. You may feel a mild ache, numbness or heaviness around the needles. This is referred to as De- Qi by the Chinese and is a sign that the area is being stimulated.
  • Needles are normally left in place for approximately 20- 30 mins.
  • Effects may not occur straight away but they should be apparent in 2-3 sessions. Treatment will be discontinued if there is no effect after 6 sessions.

Physiotherapy and Acupuncture appointments are available weekdays, evenings and Saturday mornings.

Please call 0191 5483388 or email where one of the dedicated team will help you make a booking.

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