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Almost everyone will suffer with back pain at some point in their
life and research shows that it is one of the most common reasons for
taking time off work. Between 50-80% of people will suffer recurring
episodes within 1-5 years.
Chiropractic treatment has been shown to be effective in the
management of low back pain and is included in the National Institute
for Clinical Excellence NICE (2009) Guidelines for the treatment of
persistent low back pain.
There are many causes of back pain and often it is a combination of
factors that result in back pain rather than one single cause. Your
chiropractor will ask you questions about your daily activities and your
past history as well as conducting a thorough physical examination in
order to identify the cause of the problem.
Our Chiropractors are specially trained to detect spinal joint
dysfunction using precise palpation of the individual movements.
Standard orthopaedic and neurological tests may also be used to reach a
Treatment offered to you by your chiropractor will be a
specifically tailored package of care for you and your back pain with
the aim of normalising your joint function. This can be achieved using a
variety of treatment methods including manipulation or mobilisation,
medical acupuncture, dry needling for pain control, with stretching and
massage, home exercises and advice. Examination and treatment are
usually done on the same day, saving you time and less clinic visits.
This effective treatment method is generally painless although you
may feel some short term discomfort if your back is already sore.
If improvements aren't seen then further investigations can be
arranged ( for example X-Ray and MRI ) or referral to your GP or a
In some chronic conditions ( more than 3 months) follow up sessions
can be suggested to maintain improvement and this is called supportive
Latest national guidelines on back pain suggest that you should try
to remain active and take gentle exercise as prolonged bed rest or
inactivity may slow your recovery.