Of all regions of the body, by far the most complex is the human spine. If you go to all manner of therapists / websites you will likely discover differing opinion on the best way to treat neck and back conditions of many types. This is not the forum for describing how we treat every specific condition which can causes spinal pain, there is not the space. But the principles of treatment for neck, thoracic and lumbar pain are common sense and somewhat simple.
Correct treatment requires thorough history taking and assessment. In order to determine whether the patient requires lots of manual therapy, strengthening, posture correction, imbalance correction, fascial releases, work place changes, weight loss programmes,general fitness etc it is obviously essential to glean information from the patient about their description of the history, nature and distribution of their pain followed by a full physical assessment of the spine .
No two spines are the same. Many of our problem areas we inherit from our parents and grandparents… others are acquired through unfortunate injury or poor posture or repetitive actions. It is the physio’s role to not only treat the source of pain at hand but also to look for long term solutions or, at worst, management plans to deal with the source of the problem. For each person the treatment programme will be different depending on their needs.
That said, Avalon Physio is definitely a manual therapy and exercise based practice. We will get to the source of your pain with manual techniques and once alleviated, give you exercises whether strengthening or stretching, or both, plus as stated give you a plan of action to prevent this happening again.
Our treatment techniques and exercises are not of one school. The very best physios use a variety of treatment techniques to achieve an end. Joint mobilization, fascial releases, neural stretches, muscle energy, acupressure, Nags and Snags, good old fashioned massage, manual traction are only a few of the options. Similarly we draw from evidenced based exercises largely but also from pilates, yoga and functional strengthening exercises using your own body weight as resistance, as nature intended it.
Should your neck or back pain be of a serious nature and involve nerve irritation or compression, rest assured that assessment and treatment will be performed professionally with care and concern. Should further investigation be required it will be ordered either directly by your physiotherapist or through your G.P., if you wish.
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