Low Back and Neck Pain treatment in Norwich and South Norfolk
Low back and neck pain are common problems in today’s society, whether due to lack of activity, too much activity, poor body awareness and posture, an accident, stress or general wear and tear. It affects most of us at some point in our lives.
Getting the right treatment and advice can help you minimise the long-term impact and return you back to your normal activities quicker and reduce the reoccurrence of your symptoms.
Total Care Physio, in Norwich and South Norfolk, pride themselves at finding the root cause to your symptoms, and treating them as fast and effectively as possible.
Lower back pain
Because your lower back (lumbar spine) consists of bones, muscles, nerves, discs, ligaments and joints, your symptoms can vary from a sudden sharp twinge to a nagging constant ache or burning pain. Symptoms can be felt anywhere along your spine and even into your groin or down your legs. You may even experience pins and needles, numbness or muscle weakness. You may find you have sudden pain on getting out of bed or a chair, or you realise you overdid things in the garden or at work the day before. You may notice a gradual increase of back ache that progresses to feeling stiff or you may have had a trip, fall or accident and know how your pain begun. All of these are common complaints to seek treatment at Total Care Physio.
We understand how distressing these symptoms can be, but their severity for most people does not represent a serious medical condition. At Total Care Physio we aim to explain the cause of your symptoms to help you move forward towards better control and a healthier spine. We believe that not only is it important to treat and relieve your symptoms but also to educate you on long term back management. We can advise on back care, manual handling, work stations, posture improvements. what and how much physical activity you should do and even design a rehabilitation program to make you a stronger you.
Due to the complex structures involved within your spine, treatment can vary depending on the cause. Our detailed assessment will enable us to identify which structures need treating and which course of treatment is the correct one for you. If needed, we can laisse with G.P.s and Orthopaedic Consultants on your behalf.
As with the lower back, neck pain is again a common condition, especially with our lifestyles leading more and more to a flexed posture, from looking at computer screens and scrolling smart phones to hobbies such as the increased popularity of cycling. Neck pain can also be due to stress, falls, accidents or general aging. The neck (cervical spine) can become stiff and tight leading to pain and discomfort. Problems within your neck can also lead to shoulder and arm pain, and pins and needles and weakness in your hands. At Total Care Physio we can assess your condition and provide you with a clear explanation as to why you have your symptoms and what we can do together to restore your normal movements and reduce future pain.
Headaches can be very overpowering, especially if you suffer on a regular basis. People experience a pressure, pain or ache in the head, which can vary from a mild pain to severe. A headache is usually on both sides of the head; however, some people can experience cluster headaches where the pain is one sided. Headaches are more commonly felt in the forehead, temples or back of the neck. Headaches can be categorised as cervicogenic, meaning they originate from the upper part of your neck, whether from the joints or tension and strain in the muscles due to stress, anxiety or general usage. A past bang to the head as a child, or repetitive loading when always sleeping on the same side at night can cause tightness to the skull bones and muscles over the skull and neck. These can be successfully treated by the physiotherapists at Total Care Physio, using different techniques depending on the cause.
Migraines can also respond well to physiotherapy. A migraine is an intense, severe pain, often associated with nausea, pain behind the eyes or ears, spots or flashing lights with a sensitivity to light, temporary vision loss and even vomiting. The pain is typically to one side of the head but occasionally can be both. Physiotherapy can be useful between the migraine episodes, usually administered to the neck and skull area. Both of which are covered in muscles and by preventing muscle tightness and joint stiffness we can aid relaxation and improve blood circulation, reducing the migraine episodes.
If you suffer from migraines and have dizziness (which does not have to be at the same time as the migraine) then you may be suffering with vestibular migraines and you should contact Sarahat the South Norfolk Clinic, near Loddon.
The thoracic spine is the bit in-between your neck and lower back and shoulder blades. It is worth a mention as this on its own can cause pain, either in this area or around the ribs and breast bone (sternum) at the front and it can even contribute to neck and arm pains.
It is an area that tends to stiffen, especially if we spend lots of time with our arms in front of our bodies, or if you have a history of lower back pain and a reduction of control with your core muscles. Your rib cage is connected to your thoracic spine and if these joints are inflamed or stiff you may experience problems when taking a deep breath, either at the back or front of your chest. These are all things Total Care Physio enjoy treating with great results.
For Low Back and Neck or Thoracic Pain relief, or help with Headaches or Migraines management contact our expert physiotherapists in Norwich and South Norfolk, arrange an appointment today.