Back and neck pain is one of the world’s most common health problems, with almost all of us suffering at least one episode in our lives. Scientific evidence shows that physiotherapy treatment is an effective treatment for both acute, new-onset and chronic, long-term back pain. At Media City Physio Clinic all of our Chartered Physiotherapists are trained at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level to assess, diagnose and treat a wide variety of spinal problems.
Commonly seen Back and Neck complaints include:
- Disc bulges
- Referred arm or leg pain
- Non-specific neck or back pain
- Headaches or dizziness resulting from neck pain (cervicogenic headaches)
What will a Physiotherapist do to help me?
A Physiotherapist will:
- Carry out a detailed assessment, taking a history of your symptoms, medication and a physical examination.
- Give a diagnosis of the exact site of symptoms and the underlying causes.
- Introduce a treatment plan to suit your needs.
- Media City Physiotherapist will monitor your symptoms at each visit and will progress your treatment programme accordingly. If appropriate, your physiotherapist will liaise with your doctor, hospital consultant or other health care professional such as a Sports Therapist to assist you in your exercise programme. You will be advised on return to work, sport, daily activities and given advice on preventing recurrence of your pain.
What are the treatments?
Specific treatment of spinal pain could include some of the following:
- Manual techniques – manipulation, traction or mobilisation of the joints in the spine.
- Soft tissue techniques – massage, frictions, trigger point therapy, acupressure and stretching.
- Stretching, strengthening and postural exercises – a specifically tailored exercise programme targeting your problems. Also, group exercise interventions may be appropriate such as Pilates or the Alexander technique.
- Electrotherapy – Ultrasound, Interferential, TENS, laser, Shockwave Therapy or electrical stimulation may help speed up healing and reduce pain.
- Hydrotherapy – Coming soon to our new clinic
- Biomechanical assessment and prescription of orthotics (customised insoles). To be carried out at Deansgate Manchester.
- Prescription and fitting – of collars, pillows, spinal supports, lumbar rolls and corrective seating.
- Assess and give advice – on ergonomics (working postures) to reduce unnecessary load on your spine.
Helpful Hints for neck pain:
- Exercise can help your neck pain. The right sort of exercise, as advised by a physiotherapist or our Sports Therapist may make a big difference.
- Please Note: Stress and tension can have an effect on the pain and tightness in the neck muscles. Practice relaxation to reduce tension across these muscles.
- There is no good or bad posture, just what is comfortable for you at the time. If you spend long periods of time in prolonged positions, such as sitting at a desk, make sure to take regular breaks.
- Avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time.
- If you spend a lot of time working at a computer, it is a good idea to have your workstation assessed to ensure it suits you, we can also advise you on the kit you are using
- You must take regular breaks if driving for long periods of time.