Perhaps the main difficulty associated with back disorders is making a meaningful diagnosis. What does the diagnosis actually mean in a practical sense?
Identifying pathology by X-Rays/MRI can be useful but it does not really provide a diagnosis. In fact, it may not be of any relevance to your pain.
Many acute back pain episodes are simple tissue strain rather than damage which, although disabling and often frightening, will settle quickly if managed well.
However, ongoing or recurring back pain disorders often revolve around a self-reinforcing cycle with pain driving poor movement and poor movement driving pain.
Addressing persistent back pain often comes down to simply learning how to use your body in a better, more thoughtful, way.
Once you have discovered simple, pain-free movement patterns which work for you, you can improve your spinal fitness and your ability to exercise at a higher level.
Neck pain is fast over-taking back pain as the most common condition presenting to our clinic. This part of the spine loves movement, but unfortunately this is often restricted by our modern lifestyle.
Sore necks respond very well to manual therapy and ongoing neck pain and stiffness can be avoided by addressing trunk posture and habitual movement patterns of the shoulders and upper back.
Although the headache phenomenon is becoming better understood, it remains a complex challenge. Several factors can interact to produce headache, including neck movement. The role of neck dysfunction is often underestimated in the management of headache and migraine.
We have a nerve centre at the top of the neck which interprets information from the local joints and muscles as well as the sensory nerves from the head and face – the Trigeminocervical Nucleus.
Thus, a headache can potentially be triggered or relieved by changes in mobility of the upper neck vertebrae. An accurate diagnosis is essential to determine whether/how we can help you or whether you need to be referred onwards.