Self Treatment- Chronic back Pain
A couple of weeks ago i wrote an article on what some of the research is now showing, in regards to its lack of effectiveness in injury prevention and improved performance and why i generally don’t recommend stretching for back pain sufferer’s. To read this article click here. Rather than stretching, i often recommend my patients do some sort of self care or management on there own muscles between treatments in order to get the best results and pain free in the quickest amount of time.
Self trigger point massage is a very effective way to reduce chronic muscle pain and tension that the vast majority of back pain sufferers experience. At Sydney Chiropractic & remedial massage we are dedicated to getting you pain free and moving unrestricted without the need for excessive treatment.
Glucosamne, Osteoarthritis & Knee Pain
At Sydney Chiropractic and Massage, knee osteoarthritis (OA) and associated knee pain is a common condition that our Sydney chiropractor has expertise in treating. It is considered the most common joint disorder in the world, It is one of the most frequent causes of pain, loss of function and disability in adults. As the knee and hips are considered load bearing joints they are most commonly affected. (1) A commonly prescribed supplement for OA of the knee and related knee pain and dysfunction is glucosamine, However, findings by researchers have been mixed.
Are X-Rays Necessary?
In some rare cases x-rays and more advanced imaging such as MRI’s and CT scans are needed in order to rule out an underlying pathology that may be causing you back pain, such as; cancer, infections, fractures, systemic arthritities such as Rheumatoid arthritis etc…
These instances are only very rare and for the most part imaging is not needed for non specific or mechanical type back pain, However an assessment by a chiropractor or physiotherapist or general practitioner may be needed to determine if further investigations may be required.
Legs Tightness & Neck Pain
As a chiropractor, Steve Lockhart Myotherapist & remedial massage therapist; whenever i treat someone with back pain or injury I never just look at the muscles, joints or body parts in isolation, I always looks for ‘lines’ of tension that run through out the entire body. After treating 1000’s of people as a SLM practitioner and remedial massage therapist over the past decade and more recently as a chiropractor.