Back Pain

                                “How You Can Put An End To Back Pain, Aches and Stiffness, Without Having To Take Pills or Risk  Surgery”

Putting an End To Back Pain in Westmeath

Back Pain is the most common complaint that I see at Midlands Physical Therapy on a daily basis. Very often people suffer with back pain, stiffness or an ache and think that it will “just go away by itself” and will “sort itself out”.

If you can’t think of any obvious reason why its there then you are not alone .

I hear this all the time and sometimes people end up suffering with back pain for quite some time before they actually decide to do something about it.

It can have a huge impact on their lives. They can end up cutting down on their exercise and activity and often have to give it up altogether. They can put off playing with their kids or grand-kids as their “back is at them again”. They can even stop socialising as its to uncomfortable to go out and sit in a different chair for an evening.

Does this sound like you?

Don’t worry. You are not alone if it does and help can be got.

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I Have Helped Many People Around Westmeath Recover From Back Pain. Here Are Some Of The Common Questions They Ask

My parents and my grandparents had a back back. Am I going to end up the same?

There is no link with genetics and back pain.  So just because your parents had a bad back, it doesn’t mean that you have to end up the same. However, there is a strong influence with what we think, what we have been told and who we are surrounded by when it comes to back pain.

Ultimately pain is an experience that is created by your brain and is influenced by a lot of things including your thoughts and emotions. So been up to date with the latest knowledge and information about back pain is a good way of calming down any fear or negatives thoughts about your back that may have an influence on your pain. Advice, Education and Reassurance is one of the first steps when I’m explaining the treatment plan to my patients.

Why does my back feel fine one day and feel so sore the next?

Don’t worry this is common and is one of the things that you learn about pain when you attend treatments at Midlands Physical Therapy. You see pain does not always mean damage to a muscle or tissue.

Pain can be brought on by a number of factors including stress, sleep, movement habits, thoughts, previous injuries and what happened when you may have had the same pain before.

All of these can be a factor in you feeling great one day, and then have your back feel like its on fire the next.

I put my disc out before so it must be it again.

It’s actually quite hard to put your disc out and even the term ‘putting your disc out’ can be very misleading. Most back pain is termed Non Specific Low Back Pain, in fact 90 % of it, which basically means that there is no structural reason for your back pain. If you go to a doctor for this you will be given pain relief and told that is all they can do to help you. At Midlands Physical Therapy I am trained in finding out what the ‘true cause’ of you back pain is and go about resolving it, to get you moving better and with less pain .

Should I avoid activity because I often get back pain?

If you avoid all activity the problem will get worse. If your back is quite sore then my advice is to avoid any activity that will further aggravate it. With all the back patients I see in my clinic I aim to get them moving well again with no pain so that they can get back to activity as soon as possible.

With specific hands on treatment and movement exercises I can change a persons movement habits in a few sessions. Then it all about building up their load tolerance so that they can work, lift their kids or play their favorite sport without their back ‘giving way’ and getting re-injured.

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How Can Midlands Physical Therapy Help My Back Pain?

Here are some of the things I can do for you:

  • I can ease and often take away your back pain withing a few sessions
  • I can get you moving again without pain so you are safe to exercise. Exercise is a natural form of pain relief which will help improve your symptoms further
  • I will address the route cause of you problem. This is very important as it means we can often prevent the problem returning.
  • I can help you put an end to taking painkillers by taking away your pain.
  • I can help you avoid surgery and all the worry and fear that goes with it.
  • I can help give you your “old” life back so that you can meet your friends again for a drink or go out for the night without worrying about your back “flaring up”.
  • i can help you get a good nights sleep again. Sleep has a very important role in the amount of pain you feel.
  • I will educate you on what your pain means so you do to not get hung up on words like ‘slipped discs’ or ‘disc degeneration’ as quite often these are not the true cause of peoples back pain.

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Here are what the following people had to say

who came to see me with back pain

” I had an MRI and was diagnosed with disc degeneration. I had bad back pain and was afraid to move. Derek’s treatment was top class and he took away my fear of movement and got me living with no pain again. Definitely recommend”

Paula/ Ballymahon

“After been for numerous physios, massages and acupuncture, I finally found a therapist who I trust and can explain things to me in a way I understand. I can now walk and exercise again with no pain after living 11 years with back pain”

Frank / Clara

Attended Derek’s clinic for 6 weeks with lots of lower Back and tight hamstrings. Glad I did cause I have had great relief from treatments and ongoing exercises. Will definitely be going back again”

John / Mount Temple