October 5th-11th is Back Care Awareness Week.
We thought we would kick it off with some useful info on the services we offer and how we’ve got your back and how we can help. Prevention is always the better option, but if you are currently experiencing back pain, have a read of the second blog of the series, on Physiotherapy.
What do we do? Do we give out exercises? Do we massage? Do we manipulate the joints? Is it useful for nerves? Muscles? Joints? The list goes on…… The answer is all of the above!
Physiotherapy can be beneficial at the first sign of a problem and can stop minor niggles developing into the major problems which leave you unable to carry out normal daily activities, hobbies or sports.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Sunderland Physiotherapy Clinic
In adults, the human spine contains 26 bones. That’s a lot of spine for things to go wrong!
The bones form joints, they are separated by discs, surrounded by muscles, ligaments and not to mention an entire nerve network.
- Spinal problems can include – irritated/ prolapsed discs, joint degeneration/ wear and tear, neck pain and headaches, whiplash, sciatica and other nerve injuries causing pain/ pins and needles in the legs or arms.
- Pregnancy related pains, such as lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain (PGP).
- Soft tissues injuries. Muscular strains and pulls, ligament sprains.
- Work related problems, such as repetitive strain injury, postural dysfunctions (in the way you sit/ stand/ move at work).
- After surgery – rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery e.g.spinal surgery is now very common. Rehab after it is very important to ensure return to normal function and maximise recovery.
At Totally Tranquil we like to look at the whole person. Look at all the elements that may contribute to a problem and address the underlying issue, not just the resulting pains/ symptoms.
We will discuss at length the problem/ symptoms in question.
Once we have a good understanding of the problem we will then look at the way the body moves, a series of tests and movements to analyse each element.
A plan is the put in place for how we can manage the problem/ symptoms together.
Does it require ‘hands on’ treatment. We call this manual therapy. This may be massage techniques, joint mobilisations.
Other treatments we may suggest are acupuncture (that’s a whole other blog!), electrotherapy, taping, exercises.
We may need to write to your GP or refer you for further investigations such as X-Rays/ MRI, or refer you to another professional such as a Podiatrist.
Depending on the problem, some people may only require a one- off session, whilst others require a course of treatments. The aim is to get you back to your former self where possible and achieve your goals.
As with lots of problems proactive preventative treatment is often better than reactive treatment and management.
At Sunderland Physiotherapy Clinic we encourage our clients to come back every so often (4-6 weeks or more depending on the individual) for maintenance Physio or massage.
It means we can identify any stiff joints, tight and/ or weak muscles and deal with them before they become symptomatic (and a problem to you). Again these sessions are often accompanied with exercises in order to allow you to take control and help manage the problem.
These maintenance sessions can be useful for many of us, whether it be for the day to do stresses you may get from being a desk based worker to the runner that trains 5 times a week. Our Physio appointments are tailored to the individual’s needs.
Physiotherapy at Sunderland Physiotherapy Clinic is available Monday – Saturday (including late nights Mondays & Thursdays).
We are located in Roker, Sunderland (just behind Roker Park).
Please call us on 0191 548 3388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your enquiry.
Thank you for reading!