Back pain & treatment

Common back pain injuries that we treat.


Bulging disc

Bulging discs are a source of back pain that can also cause pain, pins and needle or numbness into the legs. Many people, that suffer back pain immediately jump to the conclusion that the pain is due to a bulging disc. Bulging discs are not as common as what you may think. However, when they do occur then pain is quite often severe and may require complete rest in the early stages.

Treatment should be aimed at reducing the pressure off the disc and surrounding nerves. Once this has been achieved then treatment should focus on strengthening the core muscles around the spine, mobilising the spinal joints and reducing the spasm located within the muscle.

Trapped nerves

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Trapping nerves in the back is often caused by a locking of the joints. They can also be due to tight muscle pressing on the nerve.
Pain can often start in the back and travel up and down the legs. Pins and needles, a numbness feeling and muscle weakness may also be present.

With all trapped nerves, treatment is aimed at removing the compression. Treatment is relatively quick and is similar to the treatment of locked joints. It may require soft tissue massage, joint mobilisations and/or rehab exercises.

Muscle spasm

Muscle spasm can often be a cause of back pain. Muscle spasm usually occurs as a result of trauma. Muscles going to spasm is a protective mechanism by the body. It prevents someone from going into a position which the body perceives as potentially painful.

Muscles usually spasm after suffering an injury or sharp sudden force. Treatment is aimed at reducing the spasm usually with the aid of deep tissue massage.

Other lower back pain injuries that we treat include; muscle tears, ligament damage & post-op rehabilitation

Trapped nerves

Most back pain will involve the segments of the spinal column (the vertebrae). They may be stiff, not tracking correctly or pinching on surrounding nerves.

Consequently, muscles attaching to the spine go into spasm to help protect painful movement. The job of a practitioner is to find out what the cause is and then target treatment at correcting these factors.

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