One in five Kiwis struggles with some form of chronic pain. Most have back pain. It’s a condition that starts out as mild and improves over time, which is why most sufferers neglect proper treatment until the pain becomes debilitating. Episodes of back pain only last for a few days and tend to resolve on its own, too, so self-care is often preferred.
Who are at risk of back pain?
Risk factors for developing low back pain include age, fitness level, pregnancy, and weight gain. Those whose jobs involve heavy pulling, pushing, or lifting are also at risk of this condition. Recurring back pain can have some serious physical and emotional effect. Apart from being unable to go to work and make a living, you may also have trouble doing regular house chores and maintaining personal hygiene. It may impact your social life as well.
Manual Therapy Aims to Provide Long Term Relief
Thankfully, back pain can be treated, and the treatment most recommended by physicians is manual back pain therapy. Many consider it the Holy Grail for back pain sufferers as it offers immense relief.
Fortunately, there are manual physio clinics, such as Institute of Sport Physiotherapy, that are very effective in the treatment of back pain and other types of chronic pain. Treatments always start with thorough evaluation, which may involve a series of tests to correctly diagnose the condition, including muscle imbalances and postural dysfunctions, and propose the most accurate treatment program.
Depending on the severity of the condition as determined through diagnosis, treatment may involve manual techniques that are very effective. This is performed during the exclusive one-on-one treatment time, one of the features that set Institute of Sport Physiotherapy apart from other physiotherapy clinics.
Institute of Sport Physiotherapy uses ultrasound to reduce inflammation, break up scar tissue, massage and increase the blood flow. Ultrasound is very good with other modalities. They also use Electrical Stimulation – interferential for stimulation, vasodilation and pain relief, and tens treatment for pain relief. This is a valuable precursor for the manipulation process.
Manual therapists use a holistic approach in all of their treatments. Holistic treatment deals not only with the existing pain you are currently experiencing but also its underlying cause. Simply put, its purpose is to eliminate the pain once and for all and provide the patient with lasting relief.