Spinal pain is extremely common. 4 out of 5 people suffer with it at some point in their lives.
There are many causes ranging from acute sprain/strains to degenerative changes.
Most spinal pain is simple mechanical pain resulting from allowing our spines to become stiff and our muscles imbalanced, either tight and overactive or weak and under used. This type of problem responds well to physiotherapy including manual therapy and exercise.
Referred pain e.g. sciatica (leg pain) or brachalgia(arm pain) results from a 'trapped nerve'. Again physiotherapy can be helpful or, if necessary, we can refer for further investigation e.g. MRI scan or for an opinion from a Spinal Consultant with whom we work closely.
The key is a thorough assessment, exploring the history of your symptoms, other medical problems that may be adding to the picture and consider the stresses and strains that life is throwing at you.
A physical examination looks at your posture, how you move, which muscles you use and don't use. Which joints are restricted or inflamed. A thorough neurological examination is completed and we check for 'Red flags' that may indicate more serious pathology.
Once we understand why you have spinal pain then we can help you take steps to resolve or minimise it.
As physiotherapists we have a variety of techniques or 'tools in our tool box' that will help you.
Pain management physiotherapists are concerned with the assessment and management of persistent pain problems. A range of techniques are utilised - physical, psychological and practical - with the aim of reducing pain symptoms, along with the associated disability and distress.
Patients with a wide range of conditions can be helped by this approach, for example, spinal pain, headaches, osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, and many others.
The Perrin Technique is based on Dr. Perrin's theory that CFS/ME results from an over strain of the sympathetic nervous system. Various factors are thought to be responsible for this irritation from: physical and emotional to allergies and infections. It is believed that these factors result in a build up of toxins in the lymphatic system and in the fluids around the brain. The Perrin technique strives to remove these toxins from the body through gentle manual techniques including massage and spinal mobilisation.
The initial consultation involves an examination for certain physical changes, which are thought to be markers for CFS. This together with a detailed history helps the Practioner establish a rating of how severe the patient is and how long they may expect before they see some results from the treatment.
It is not a 'quick fix' and patient participation in the treatment is essential. Their home program involves pacing, following simple dietary guidelines and carrying out their own daily massage.
Dancers are elite athletes combining extreme strength with extreme flexibility and endurance. Their intense training, which usually starts at a young age before skeletal maturity, can result in a wide range of injuries from overuse to direct trauma.
It is important that a dancer's physiotherapist understands their training, the different dance genres and the strength and flexibility required. Liaison with their dance teachers is crucial.
Screening and assessment can assist in injury prevention, early detection of an injury can speed recovery, correct treatment, advice on rehabilitation and return to dance all facilitates recovery.
Jane Hay's dance training to a semi professional level gives her this insight and a knowledge of dance terminology .
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