Management of Back Pain & Rehabilitation
at Elite Health Knutsford Cheshire
Barbara Duncalfs’s experience of Backcare at Elite Health
Jon Hassett’s of Backcare at Elite Health
Karen Beaumont’s experience of Backcare at Elite Health
We offer a back care assessment which includes full history and a postural assessment of your back. The assessment is completed either by our Advanced Level Trainer and Backcare specialist Jacqueline Bosworth, our Osteopath Julia Kinsey or in some circumstances by both of us working together.
Our integrated approach can help back pain sufferers or those who have had an operation by providing:
- Postural assessment from our exercise specialist or therapists
- Cross discipline team of therapists and trainers
- Personal Trainer with a specialist qualification in Exercise for the Management of Back Pain
- Healthy back training with other clients or one on one
- Low level movement patterns to relieve pain
- Home based exercise programs
- Postural correction
- Small group training specifically to alleviate back pain.
Backcare for Back Pain
Is back pain having an effect on your lifestyle?
Back pain is on the increase and represents a huge burden in the UK, affecting us at home, in our relationships and in the workplace, impinging on our quality of life and in some cases our ability to stay at work. Statistics on back pain suggest that 4 out of 5 people will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
There are many different causes of back pain and many ways in which it can limit our lives but in about 85% of cases according to some research no underlying damage/disease is identified. So why is this debilitating condition so rife in our society? Some of the answer may lie in “western lifestyle”, many of us spend hours a day sitting at a computer or in the car or on a meeting room chair. This can lead to excessive pressure in the lower back and often a stiff neck and shoulders due to poor posture and not activating the correct postural muscles to give you the support you need.
It’s easy to think of hurting your back lifting badly or as the result of an accident but remember that strain patterns and weakness in the wrong muscles can develop through poor posture or habits like always carrying a heavy bag or holding a phone on your shoulder… sound familiar?
So, what can you do to help your back pain?
It is essential to get the right diagnosis for your back pain to ensure that there is no underlying problem in the structure of your back. If the pain is acute then seeing your GP or one of our therapists may be your starting point. So what do you do about managing and preventing the pain in the long term?
One of the most important elements to managing your back pain could be the use of specially designed gentle movement based exercise aimed at helping your spine work better and releasing areas of stiffness and tension.
Many people believe that they can’t exercise because they have a “bad back”, this is very rarely true. What is important is that a full assessment is carried out and exercise or movements which are recommended are started at the right level for your particular condition.
Don’t just take our word for it, check out what the NICE guidelines (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) say on the management of non specific low back pain and see what recommendations are there for the use of exercise in managing low back pain.
Have you suffered an injury or had an operation and are struggling to get back to your normal lifestyle?
Often following on from surgery you will have a course of therapy designed to get back function. However, you may feel that, although you are partway down the repair process you are still not fully fit and able to function as you previously did. Don’t give up as there are things to help and we have found we can use exercise to help strengthen the muscles that have become weak, to improve posture and control your movement, which will help your daily function become easier and better.
Alternatively you may have a sporting injury or a fall and following the acute phase, treatment with a therapist alongside some gentle exercises aimed at mobilising, strengthening and proprioception or balance training can significantly improve your recovery. Even as little as 10 minutes per day of home exercise or movement patterns could improve, for example, your walking, ability to sit and stand up, sleep and all the other daily activities you undertake.
Why chose Elite Health?
At Elite Health we work hard to put our clients care in the centre of what we do. We use all the combined skills of our Osteopaths, Sports Therapists and Personal Trainers to provide the best results. The combination of therapy and gentle movements has proved to be a very powerful one for a number of our clients.
Remember – You don’t need lots of time, with the right set of exercises, even 10 minutes a day can make a difference.