Our chiropractors use many different techniques for back pain treatment but, crucially, will also work with you to reduce the chance of a future recurrence.
By using a combination of chiropractic adjustments, dry-needling, soft tissue work and nutrition, our Chiropractors work to ensure proper alignment of the spine, strength in all of your muscles and mobility in your whole body. In combination with deep tissue massage, we can release any tense muscles and help you to maintain mobility, especially when this is coupled with exercises to alleviate lower back pain – or any other type of back pain – which can be done between appointments.
How can a chiropractor help me with back pain?
We treat any of the following:
- Pain in the lower back, upper back or middle back
- Sciatica (inflammation of the sciatic nerve) where pain shoots from the buttocks down the leg
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Pregnancy back pain
- Bulging discs (also known as a slipped disc or herniated disc), where the soft discs that sit between the vertebrae become pinched and ‘balloon’ resulting in squashed nerves;
- Trapped nerve
- Back spasms
By understanding more about the location and type of pain you are experiencing, we will be able to give you a clear diagnosis and an effective treatment plan. We have treated thousands of clients, we have seen it all!
Back pain treatment is wide and varied and depends on where the pain is and what is causing it. For example, if the patient is suffering from stress related back pain treatment will be quite different to someone seeing the chiropractor for upper back pain caused by an injury or someone needing sciatica treatment.
We will always ensure we select the best treatment for back pain depending on you as an individual.
Common techniques used by our chiropractors
- Mobilisation exercises to do during the appointment or at home between appointments (for example, specific sacroiliac joint pain exercises or stretches to alleviate back pain).
- ‘Chiropractor back cracking techniques’ or, adjustments (as we refer to them) are often used but only if the patient is happy to be adjusted.
- All the Chiropractors at London Wellness Centre are trained in dry-needling (or medical acupuncture) which is incredibly effective for releasing tight muscles and relieving pressure on the back and nerves.
Why is my back hurting?
According to the NHS, around eight out of ten people in the UK are affected by back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain affects people of all ages and is often a result of our modern lifestyle.
Physical pain is often associated with an area of inflammation somewhere in the body. Pain is similar to a smoke alarm: it’s the body’s early warning system that something is wrong but it isn’t always easy to tell where the real problem is situated.
Back pain can, therefore, affect all parts of the body, from aches and stiffness in the lower back to shoulder pain, trapped nerve feelings, sciatica (shooting pains down one leg) or even numbness in limbs. It can even cause you to shift your weight and end up causing ankle or knee problems. Because the body is so connected, and because your spinal cord controls your whole body, back injuries can and do impact every element of your body and your life.
Interesting facts about back pain
|Interestingly, clients who consult a surgeon in the first place have a 47% chance of going on to have surgery. Those who consult a chiropractor first have a 1% chance of eventually having surgery.|
|Non-specific back pain is the most common ailment in the western world|
|It is THE MOST common reason for missing work|
|Costs attributed to this are estimated at £12.3 Billion ANNUALLY!|
|Affects more than just one aspect of people’s lives (work, home, leisure activities)|
|It is rare to need a scan, plus scans are not accurate for pain ie. MRI or CAT scans|
|It is common and normal – 80% of adults will experience an episode, but not recovering quickly is NOT normal|
|85% of acute back pain, usually due to a strain or sprain, can be fully recovered within 3-months if under the instruction of a professional|
|Back pain is often due to minor issues with disc, joint, ligament or muscle (or a combination of the above)|
|The “perfect” sitting or standing posture may not exist, it is important to vary your posture throughout the day|
|Bed rest is not helpful, and may make it worse – unfortunately|
|Poor sleep and sleep position influences prolonged back pain|
|Stress, low mood and worries affects how much pain we feel|