4 TYPES OF PHYSIOTHERAPY THAT WILL HELP REDUCE BACK PAIN…

There are several methods of treating back pain. There are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which help to reduce prostaglandins and deter the COX enzymes… and we also have holistic methods such as acupuncture which works for many, but has no effect on some. I have written about the four I have listed before but not in one post and with us all being at home so much at the moment we have to be careful with our posture to avoid aggravating our spines.

The truth of the matter is that we’re all individuals and no two people are alike. What works for some may not work for another. One man’s meat is another man’s poison, so to speak. This is especially applicable to holistic methods such as physiotherapy.

These methods take time to work, but when you do find one that works for you, the relief you get can be immense. It’s all a matter of patience and finding one that yields results.
Strong medication such as pain killers and NSAIDs can have side effects. Surgery is expensive and has risks. In fact, the thought of surgery alone is enough to make most people’s hearts skip a beat.

It’s best to try the holistic methods first and see how they work for you. In this article, we’ll look at 4 different types of physiotherapy that you can use to alleviate your back pain. Not all may work for you, but you’ll definitely find at least one that helps bring you relief.

COLD TREATMENTS…

This method will require you to place an ice pack on the area that’s affected. Always remember to place a towel on the affected part before placing the ice pack on it. Do not ice the area for more than 20 minutes.
Cold treatment will help to numb the swollen tissues and reduce the pain. It’ll also interrupt the pain messages because the nerve impulses are affected by the cold. Muscle spasms will decrease and any swelling and inflammation will subside to some degree… and this will bring relief.

ACUPRESSURE…

Acupressure is a method of massage where pressure is applied on specific points of the body known as acupoints. This is a Chinese method of holistic treatment and while it has drawn scepticism, many people have benefitted from it.
The theory states that by manipulating the acupoints, the energy in your body can flow freely, and this will aid in healing. You’ll have to try it to know if it works for you.

ACUPUNCTURE…

Similar to acupressure, but instead of fingers massaging you, slim needles are inserted into the acupoints to stimulate and relax the muscles in the area at the same time.
The life force (qi) will flow freely, and you’ll feel better. Millions of people have reported positive results by using acupuncture to treat back pain and migraines. It’s worth a try.

HEAT TREATMENT…

Similar to cold treatment, but you’re using heat this time. It may seem strange that heat works too. After all, unlike ice which numbs the area, won’t heat aggravate it?
Not really. When you place heat on the affected area, the soft tissues will relax and become less stiff. So, there will be more flexible and you’ll be able to move more easily. The heat will also dilate the blood vessels which will help to improve blood circulation.

Your back will feel much better when fresh oxygenated blood that’s rich in nutrients flows around it and aids in healing. Do note that you shouldn’t apply heat therapy to a back injury that’s less than four days old. Only give these 4 methods a try after you have checked with your GP first.

 

LUMBER DISCOGRAPHY FOR BACK PAIN DIAGNOSIS…

A discogram is an investigation which will help your surgeon to see which level of your spine may require surgery. It is usually performed only on patients who the surgeon feels may need or benefit from spinal surgery for maybe a spinal fusion or an IDET treatment.

Discogram or diagnostic discography is an X-ray procedure that can help to determine the source of your lower back or leg pain. This procedure is used to determine if a degenerative or worn out disc is the cause of your back pain. They enable the surgeon to determine the level of the fusion required or to confirm disc degeneration which is unclear on MRI scans. A discogram is hardly ever used to diagnose the cause of back pain.

If you have been suffering from severe back or leg pain, this may be due to a worn-out disc but it is not always very easy to tell which part of your spine is causing you this pain. You may have already had an MRI or CT scan but because these investigations have not determined for definite where your pain is coming from, your doctor has asked us to try to find
out which part of your back is affected.

At the time of injection, there is usually some pain which may be similar to or different to your usual pain, so you will be awake in order for you to experience the sort of pain you are in. I’ve had this done twice and although it is obviously quite uncomfortable it helps the surgeons decide on possibly some very import surgery. You are mildly sedated so you soon forget how bad it was.

It is done as a day case and you lie flat face down and a local anaesthetic (lignocaine) is put on your skin. Under X-ray control, the needle is advanced into the disc space in question and they dye (which is visible on Xray) is then injected during which you will be asked whether this causes the type of pain you are suffering. The procedure is then repeated at another level if necessary.

This procedure can aggravate the pain for a few hours after the procedure or in my case a few days but I just increased my pain killers. The pain disappeared gradually. If the disc is the source of your back, spine, extremity and/or leg pain the injection will temporarily reproduce your symptoms, thus resulting in a positive discogram. If the disc is not the source of your pain the injection will not reproduce your symptoms or cause any discomfort, thus resulting in a negative discogram.

You can find out more information about this procedure on Spine Universe and Spire Healthcare.

COULD THIS BE TRUE (BLOGGERS)?…

I don’t know about you my blogging friends but I have to disagree with this quote from Samule Johnson…

‘No one but a blockhead writes,
except for money’.
Samule Johnson

What about for pleasure and companionship? or does this poem describe us all?

Faceless, nameless people.
Anonymous surfers of the net.
Like unseen butterflies flitting from site to site,
Gathering information nectar,
Collecting idea’s,
Browsing the work of others,
Reading, viewing, scanning, clicking,
Enjoying the sites that adorn the internet
Like flowers in a global garden…

Anonymous

Here is a lovely poem about the friendships we make with our online friends.

My husband has finally gone to work
My children have finished their play
they’ve gone to bed their stories read
Now it’s my time of day.

I’ve had one of those days
you know what I mean
so I sit back and relax
and turn on my screen.

I’ll talk to all my friends
who know just what to say
to make my stresses go
and my troubles fade away.

My friends you’re always there for me
whenever I feel blue
and though we’ve never met before
I know our friendships true.

And although we haven’t been friends for long
in this short time it seems
we shared so many things already
our hopes, our fears, our dreams.

We come from different walks of life
but we share a common bond
and it’s time to say that of all of you
I’ve grown so very fond.

So thank you friends for being there
whenever I’ve needed you
I know you’re always there for me
and you know I’m there for you.
by Miasartiff
Read more at: http://www.netpoets.com/poems/cyberfriend/0999001.htm © netpoets.com

IN THE NEWS TODAY TUESDAY – HEALTH TRUSTS HEAD FOR ITALY TO RECRUIT NURSES…

In the news today from BBC Health News they say that health trusts head for Italy to recruit nurses. 

It says that two Cumbrian health trusts are travelling to Italy next month to try to recruit more nurses. It comes as a nursing union claims patients are being put at risk across England because of staff shortages. The North Cumbrian Hospitals Trust and the Cumbria Partnership Trust, which runs community and some mental health services, hope to bring in up to 60 new staff.

The North Cumbria trust says recruitment is an on-going battle, but 45 new nurses have recently been recruited. Nationally the Royal College of Nursing says the NHS is 40,000 nurses below what they believe is required.

Royal College of Nursing Logo

The Royal College of Nursing says it is calling on the Scottish government to take action now to address nursing workforce shortages in health and social care, as the latest statistics from NHS Scotland reveal the highest ever vacancy rate, with over 4,000 nursing posts unfilled.

Commenting on the statistics published today (3 September 2019) Theresa Fyffe, Director of RCN Scotland said: “Today’s figures reflect the pressures faced by Scotland’s NHS. Across both acute and community settings, there are simply too few nursing staff. Only last week Audit Scotland highlighted the Scottish government’s failure to model future demand and address workforce pressures.

“The number of nurses and health care support workers in both our NHS and care home sector is simply not keeping pace with the number of people they are expected to care for. Our members repeatedly tell us that there isn’t enough of them to do their job properly.

Can this awful situation get any worse?

Source: BBC Health News 

The Royal College of Nursing 

ACTIVE POSTURE TOPS ALWAYS IN THE PRESS …

As many of my readers will know I wrote a review on the Active Posture tops a short while ago. If you missed my review click here to see what I wrote.

Since my review, they have grown in strength and been on television programs and in the press. One such article was written by The Lady magazine who wrote this article on the tops.

According to the NHS eight in every ten people are affected by back pain.

It can be debilitating, depressing and downright miserable. Yet so many of us think very little about our posture through our home life or working day.

It’s so easy to spend one’s 9 to 5 day gradually slipping further beneath the desk, only to drag oneself up into the chair again every half an hour.

We naturally fall into whatever physical state is the least effort, but this isn’t necessarily the position that is the most helpful or healthy for our bodies.

It’s a job to remind ourselves how to sit when we are frantically trying to finish a deadline or rushing around after our children. Many of us ignore that niggling pain until it becomes a much bigger pain that defeats us for weeks or even months.

Traditional compression clothing works against the body by ‘overtaking’ or doing the muscles job for it, thus rendering no muscle memory performance.

One brand, ActivePosture, has come up with an innovative and clever solution to this ongoing problem.

By creating a shirt that encourages muscle memory rather than overtaking it, the patented technology behind this invention works by helping the body teach itself to properly support itself.

‘Unlike traditional compression tops, ActivePosture clothing do not overtake muscle functionality or brace the user. Instead, they make the user aware of his or her posture. This process leads to the activation of the back muscles making these stronger. As it is the muscles doing the work, not the shirt/bra, over time the user will gain muscle memory and still feel the effect when the shirt/bra are not worn. This ensures that after around 6 months, the user will no longer be dependent on ActivePosture clothing, but will be able to feel and correct the posture without wearing them.’

 

TOP TIPS FOR BETTER POSTURE:

  • When sitting at a desk for any length of time, get up and stretch from time to time (every 40 mins at least)
  • Do not sit with legs crossed and try to keep your back straight with shoulders back
  • Invest in a support cushion if you are suffering from lower back pain
  • Cast your mind over your body to ‘check in’ and see that you are not leaning or putting pressure on one are or another
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects and always bend your legs with a straight back if you do lift things

‘The Posture Shirt® and InterActive Bra has helped over 500,000 people worldwide. We are proud to introduce these superior and innovative products to the UK customers. It offers an affordable and lasting solution to those struggling with poor posture and all discomfort that comes with it’, says Daniel Shilemay, the CEO of ActivePosture.

https://activeposture.co.uk

The company are going from strength to strength, and I suddenly realised that both my own children could do with one to help with their pain.  My daughter has recently had a baby and by week three of feeding her baby was already starting to get a lot of neck and shoulder pain so I suggested one of these tops. My son is in front of a computer to many hours to mention but is also a keen tennis player and recently has had back and neck pain. Initially, we thought it was something he had done in the gym but soon began to realise it definitely had something to do with his posture.

Watch this space for a review on the top for these type of postural pains in a few weeks time.

 

The Lady