Do you have a back pain that’s sharp and stabbing? Or maybe it’s more of an ache, stiff or tight?
Either way you’ve come to the right place! Our Clinical Myotherapists are highly experienced in the treatment of all sorts of back pain and associated conditions. Keep reading to find out a bit about how we treat back pain, the treatment modalities we use and some FAQs answered.
Here’s the method we follow to alleviate back pain.
Step 1. We assess the underlying cause of your back pain. Most people we have come into the clinic with low back pain have some kind of disc irritation where as most people with mid back pain have postural issues from their job, so identifying the cause is an important part of giving you the right treatment.
Step 2. We treat to get rid of any current symptoms. Hopefully the main reason you’re coming to us is to actually reduce your pain! So Yes, we do treat in the first session and you will feel relief from your first session.
Step 3. We help to identify triggers to stop the back pain coming back time and time again. Knowing the underlying cause is one thing but identifying triggers is a whole different thing. It might be the way your mouse is set up or the way your lift things for example.
Step 4. We teach you exercises specific to combating the underlying cause of your back pain. Once we’ve identified all the above we can give you targeted exercises so you don’t have a whole list of things to do!
Here’s the main treatment techniques we use in the treatment of back pain.
- Dry Needling to release active trigger points referring into your pain zone
- Active Cupping to release tight fascia that’s stopping the muscles from moving freely
- Joint Mobilisation to release locked up joints creating “danger signals” in your nervous system
- Manual trigger point release for those who prefer not to use dry needling
- Deep Massage techniques to calm the nervous system by creating a release of endorphins and other feel good hormones to help relieve pain naturally
- Several of our practitioners are also trained in using Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® also known as The McKenzie Method® This is an proven technique that gives amazing results even in cases where patients can hardly move! Sarah Hall and Dwan Rosairo are both trained in this technique.
We can use one or several of these techniques. It’s all about coming up with a plan that’s going to work best for you however we will not use a treatment technique that you aren’t comfortable with.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I don’t have time to do my exercises?
Just like you, we run pretty tight schedules too. Between work, family commitments, social engagements and the mundane stuff like brushing our teeth, there is barely any time left in the day! That’s why we only give you exercises that are easy to fit into your routine and that are actually going to work. How do we know they are going to work? Because we test them while you are with us in the clinic to make sure. The last thing we want to do is get you doing an exercise that isn’t actually going to help. You’d be amazed how many times new patients have brought in their exercise regimes given by other health practitioners with 10 or more exercises which take them up to 30 minutes a day to get through. I don’t know about you, but to us, that’s unrealistic and frankly unnecessary!
I’ve already had my work space assessed, what more can you do to identify triggers?
The correct work space set up is absolutely important but it’s not the only thing that’s likely to effect you back pain. I had a patient recently who spent majority of his time at the desk however he also had an hour and half a drive to work and he sometimes did garden maintenance such as whipper snipping as part of his job. Once we corrected his posture and gave him the right exercise to do throughout the day, his pain eased and his range of movement returned! This is a common scenario.
We talk to you and get to know you and your lifestyle so we tend to pick up on contributing factors that other clinicians miss. Sometimes it’s the pillow, the couch, the laptop on the table at home or driving in the car but it’s worth getting our help to pinpoint which things to change as it would be quite expensive to go get a new pillow, new couch, new desk and a new car only to find out, you’re still getting pain! We won’t just randomly suggest things, we take into consideration the underlying cause, the patterns of your pain, you lifestyle, your posture and so forth to create a hypothesis on what’s most likely to be contributing to your back pain.
Is it expensive? And how many sessions will it take to get better?
- Expect results from the first session and to move into a maintenance program after between 3 and 6 sessions.
- HICAPs on site means if you have Private Health Insurance Extras cover for Myotherapy or Remedial Massage you will only have to pay the gap.
- Our philosophy is to become your musculoskeletal health coach, not your in pain clinician – Unlike other health practitioners we don’t want you reliant on treatment to solve your problem, we want you empowered and helping yourself through our advice on exercises and modifications. This means better outcomes and you referring us to all your friends and family too!
- Although all our therapists hold the highest degree qualifications and continue education each year, it is one of our values to keep our costs as low as possible. Therefore we have a system where you only pay for the time required to treat your condition, we don’t do extra fluff stuff. So, sorry if you’re after a nice relaxing foot soak, but that’s just not what we do!
So in short, no, it’s not going to cost you the earth to get rid of your back pain and it’s not going to take all your time or all your will power!
I’ve tried it all before with little result. What will you do if I don’t get better?
We have great referrals in Mount Waverley and the surrounding suburbs should we require further intervention to diagnose your back pain.
For example, one of my patients was getting back pain every day on the train. We tried Myotherapy techniques and Pilates. He didn’t seem to have any other symptoms pointing towards an underlying problem internally but something wasn’t adding up. Every time he stood on the train the pain would come on, every time he sat down, it would relieve. I sent him to the GP to get an MRI and some blood tests done. Turns out he had growths close to the nerve on his spine that were being pushed towards the nerve when he stood still, as soon as he sat down, they would move a way from the nerve and the pain would go. Once he had the growths removed, he was able to continue with Pilates to keep strong but ultimately he could ride to work standing on the train pain free once again!
I must add, this is a very rare circumstance and very unlikely to be the cause of your pain, however, it demonstrates we are able to accept with something isn’t adding up and refer you on.
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