PHYSICAL THERAPY AS A TREATMENT FOR #BACKPAIN…

Physical Therapy as a treatment for #back pain and can be administered in three different ways to relieve the pain.

The three treatments are traction, massage, and direct applications of heat and/or cold. Traction uses mechanical apparatus to stretch the back muscles and ligaments in order to relieve the pressure on spinal nerves and intervertebral discs.

Back in the 1970’s traction was commonly used as the first port of call for disc problems. I was on traction for a week for my first prolapsed disc, which seemed to help it a little but left me with some numbness in my lower left limb.

I was also put on neck traction for a disc problem in my cervical area which was not successful and actually resulted in emergency surgery. So, I’m not really an advocate of this type of treatment for #back pain. Nowadays it’s used less for inpatient treatment but is still used quite frequently as an outpatient for a short length of time.

The London Spine Specialist says that “after an episode of low #back pain has lasted between two and six weeks, or if there are frequent recurrences of low #back pain, it is reasonable to consider #back pain exercises and physical therapy for back treatment.

Some spine specialists consider back exercise and physical therapy sooner and the goals of #back pain exercises and physical therapy are to decrease #back pain, increase function, and provide education.

Physical therapy consists of hands-on treatment to loosen muscles and joints, education on proper posture and movement to decrease pain, instruction on stretching and strengthening exercises to restore mobility and strength, and modalities such as electrical stimulation, cold/heat and ultrasound.

Very Well website explains it slightly differently and points out that when low back pain is persistent or interferes with normal activities, a visit to a physical therapist may be necessary. When you go to a physical therapist, he or she will perform an initial evaluation will consist of several different parts. First, a history of your present problem will be taken. Some special questions will be asked to help the therapist determine the nature of your problem and to discover anything that needs immediate medical attention.

The physical therapist will also take measurements of how you are moving. This may include measurements of your range of motion and strength. A postural assessment will also be included in the initial evaluation. From the results of the evaluation, a specific treatment plan will be devised and started.

Is physical therapy as effective as surgery for lumber spinal stenosis? Well according to Medical News Today ‘Patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) who followed an evidence-based, standardized physical therapy (PT) regimen achieved similar symptom relief and improvements in physical functioning as those who underwent surgical decompression, according to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.’

 

 

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ACTIVE POSTURE SHIRT ON ITV’S LORRAINE…

On Thursday 8th November on ITV’s Lorraine program Dr. Hilary talked about back pain.

He explained how many people suffer from back pain but if you promote good posture it could help to alleviate some of the pain, especially in the thoracic and neck region.

With today’s technology many people have their neck bent for most of Active Posture’s, posture shirt can help with this problem by correcting your posture for you which was worn on Lorraine.

I have reviewed this shirt before as I felt a real benefit in my thoracic area after wearing it.

If you missed it then this is the link to the second review which basically explains all about the posture correcting shirt from Active Posture.

It makes sense that good posture will help anyone with spinal problems and I noticed a difference after wearing mine but I had no idea how many other people were looking for something like this for them.

I have since done a little bit more research on posture correcting items which are quite widely available on the internet. They vary in price from this brace posture orthotic corrector back adjuster for as little as £5.42 from Gear Best to a posture brace/corrector from Back Pain Help at £39.99

Amazon has over 8,000 results for Posture Correctors which again vary in price but if I type in posture correcting shirt then you have to scroll over quite a few pages to find a proper posture shirt like this Skins Mens DNAmic Ultimate K-Proprium Posture Top at £98.23 which states that it has Biomechanically placed Proprioceptive Power Bands wrap the body’s prime movers to give them the support they need to stay activated and able to control motion for longer periods of time. But it doesn’t go into any detail about it helping with pain.  

Tommie Cooper Womens Posture Shirt also on Amazon has said it has targeted compression to the shoulders and muscles along the spine and helps relieve everyday aches and pains at a cost of £72-£197. 

It is obvious that to get the best ones of these tops/shirts to help with your posture and ease pain will definitely not be cheap but as with anything in life, you pay for what you get. I’ve only tried the posture correcting shirt from Active Posture at £89.95 so I cannot comment on any others that I have written about above,  but it’s a trial and error for anyone wanting to give this a try and Active Posture do offer you a money back guarantee and has five stars from 803 reviews. So maybe that’s why I had so many readers on my review of this top. 

CONTROL MY PAIN – WEEK 6 – COMMUNICATION AND DEALING WITH PAIN FROM THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE …

This is my review on Week 6 and Conclusion of  Control My Pain Program from the Survive Strive Thrive team which was designed to teach people holistic strategies to heal their pain. The whole course is video and audio content which I think makes it more interesting and easy to understand.

Week Six – Communication

Communication and relationships are discussed through a video which explains in great detail on how important it is to have a good communication and relationship with anyone who is looking after you as your pain may interfere with your communication. Your relationships are important to your well being and can increase or decrease your pain.

They then go into communication styles through a quiz and explain with an infographic on 10 tips to help a family member in pain. Another infographic will help you to improve communications when living with chronic pain. I think the infographics are a brilliant way to remind you how to deal with certain pain problems and are something you can always look back on if you are going through a bad patch with your family/carers/friends.

This particular lesson was even more appropriate for me at the moment after losing my father two weeks ago at the young age of 93. I had no idea how the loss of someone so dear could affect my pain and health. It’s been an uphill struggle ever since but as my father had been in hospital for the last three months it should not have come as a surprise to us that he could end up with pneumonia, which eventually took his life.

This week’s session on how to let your family and friends know how you are feeling has made it easier to speak to friends and family without feeling that the odd tears are good for your pain rather than boxing it all up which then causes more pain.

For anyone suffering from chronic pain in any way be it emotionally or physically this program will definitely help you get through it. You can look back on different strategies they have put together whenever you need it but always remember to discuss your problems with a Doctor or specialist before trying anything different to do with your pain control.

I would suggest you also write the the details of this program down to take to your Doctor so they can also see the advantages of this type of treatment for dealing with chronic pain.

TOP TIPS ON HOW TO FIND YOUR INNER PEACE WITH MEDITATION…

Its been written about many times but now they say we should all benefit from meditation but its something that you need to keep practising to see the benefits.

A basic meditation which you could try for 10 minutes each day is to start by finding a quiet space and sit comfortably with your hands on your lap, keeping your back straight and neck relaxed.

Now breathe deeply and gaze into the middle distance and take nice deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth and on the last exhalation, close your eyes,

Notice your posture, the weight of your arms and hands, the sensation of your body touching the chair, your feet on the ground and what you might smell, hear or taste.

Now turn your mind inwards to scan your body from head to toe, observing any tension or discomfort then scan again making a note of the parts of your body that feel the most relaxed.

Notice any thoughts that arise without trying to alter them.

Now observe the rising and falling of your breathing in your body and where the sensations occur. Focus on the quality of each breath, deep or shallow, long or short, fast or slow.

Count 1 as you inhale, 2 as you exhale, 3 on the next inhalation and carry on in this pattern until you get to 10. Repeat this five or six times and if any thoughts appear to guide your attention back to your breathing.

Spend 20 to 30 seconds just sitting then slowly become aware of everything and slowly open your eyes.

Meditation for beginners