Chronic and Acute Back Pain

Low back pain is the second leading symptom for which adult patients consult their GP. Disorders of the low back are the leading cause of disability in the under 45 year′s bracket. It is thought that at least 98% of low back pain comes from muscular dysfunction in and around the spine. Problems arise through sustained muscle contraction rather than a structural pathology. Recent analysis of treatments for LBP showed that massage therapy was the most effective for persistent back pain.

Factors that can influence low back pain:

  • Lifestyle, i.e. working position, obesity, excessive driving
  • Functional factors, i.e. posture, joint dysfunction, muscle imbalances, de-conditioning, fatigue, altered movement patterns, emotional tension
  • Structural factors i.e. pelvis and abdominal disorders, vascular diseases, congenital anomalies

“I have suffered with a bad back for a number of years, probably work related. Visiting Sue for the first treatment was a revelation – I’d seen physiotherapists, osteopaths and consultants – and never felt they completely understood the problem I was having other than suggesting I find another job! The treatment was so different to anything I’d experienced before, and I knew it was what I’d been looking for, everything Sue did and said just made sense. And I’m still doing the job I love.”
Susan Melville, Otley

When you come for treatment first we take a full history. You may be surprised how detailed this can be. We believe that we need the whole story to get the treatment right for you. This is followed by practical, hands on examination; from this we will discuss our findings, insights and a bespoke treatment plan will be devised and shared with you.

We never know how many treatments will be required, however we continually assess. Generally we say that a difference will be noted after 4 treatments and we will update our treatment plan to suit.