Back Pain Advice

Back Pain Advice – From Sydney Chiropractors

Neck and back pain has the ability to take over our lives. It’s important to know the simple approaches that can be the key to successfully recovering from your back and neck pain. Our Sydney chiropractors have put together a range of helpful tips and information so you are ready to beat back and neck pain. In the article below we will say back pain, but every time we do the information applies to the back and neck.

Chiropractic advice for sitting

Have you ever been told to sit up straight because you’ll get back pain? Well, the funny thing is, this is very true. Poor posture can lead to postural syndromes that cause back pain. Sometimes, instead of going to the chiropractor all you need to do is sit up properly. Static postures such as sitting often lead to back pain and maintain it once you have it, even if it was causes by something else. If you sit during the day and have back pain, sitting up properly should be the first thing you do to help alleviate it.

Chiropractic manual medicine advice

Manual medicine is the hands-on approach of chiropractors and physiotherapists, such as manipulations, adjustments, mobilisations and other forms of hands on therapy. Chiropractic manual medicine has been shown to be effective for some causes of back pain, although not all. Therefore, it’s important to find a chiropractor that uses various techniques and forms of manual therapy to get a treatment that works. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) we use a judicious selection of force with all hands-on techniques. This means our Sydney chiropractors choose the most well researched and least forceful techniques to start and then progressive to heavier and more involved techniques as required. This ensure both safety and effectiveness from our chiropractic treatments.

Chiropractic exercise advice

There is no magic exercise or combination of exercises for back pain, it all depends on the initial cause of your back pain, and what impairments in back function now exist. Chiropractic research highlights that people who exercise regularly are less likely to experience back pain. Further, when individuals with back pain exercise more regularly they are likely recover more quickly too. Although the research does not find one form of exercise superior, it does show that individuals with back pain may find relief from walking, doing ‘core’ exercises, Pilates or even yoga or Tai Chi.

Chiropractic advice on medications

Chiropractors do not prescribe medications, if one of our chiropractors thinks you need some medication advice we will send you to your GP. For persistent neck and back pain, medication does not offer any great benefit, other than pain relief. Read more on this here. Common medications include, antidepressants, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), paracetamol and opioids. Whilst you may indeed need mediations to help you through episodes of back pain, it must be understood that medications will not fix the underlying cause of your back pain or improve the function of your spine. Therefore, it is always important to seek care from a chiropractor and get an accurate diagnosis and some sensible home strategies you can do to fix back pain yourself.

Chiropractic advice on surgery

At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) our chiropractors have a great network of surgeons we recommend if we think you need a surgical opinion. We send people for this regularly. However, please keep in mind research suggests that surgery is not the best option for everyone with back pain. People often think surgery can fix everything and it can’t. While surgery is necessary for certain causes of back pain it is not something for everyone.

What our Sydney Chiropractors will give you:

Advice:

  • Lifestyle advice
  • Targeted exercise advice
  • General exercise advice
  • Posture advice
  • Occupational and ergonomic advice

Treatments:

  • Exercise therapy
  • Movement therapy
  • Manipulative therapy
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Rehabilitation therapy
  • Manual medicine treatments

Referral when needed Generally to a medical practitioner.

At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C), our Balmain and Rozelle chiropractors and physiotherapists educate, empower and treat you using the latest evidence-based approaches to neck and back pain.

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