Tag Archive low back pain

ByLouise Hampton

Book Launch!

I am excited to announce the launch of my book on Low back pain is happening this Thursday at 7pm-8pm in the Buntingford Library.

 

My book has been written to try and cover all aspects of back pain from common causes to different aspects that need to be looked at from the physical side, mental health and social side to back pain.

Luckily most episodes of back pain are short lasting but for the unlucky few it can cause pain for a lot longer and so it is important to have lots of coping strategies.

At the book launch I will be giving a short talk with the opportunity to ask questions along with drinks and nibbles.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

There will be the chance to buy my book at the discounted rate of just £9.99.

 

It would be wonderful to see you there.  For more information call 01763 87 80 87 or visit www.low-back-pain.co.uk.

 

ByLouise Hampton

New Book Out Soon!

My Book on Low Back Pain.

I am excited to say I have written a book on low back pain which should be out in the next few weeks.  My website low-back-pain.co.uk has more information but the book shows people exercises and things they can do to help their backs.

I was given a preview copy of the book last week so I am just making a few last minute alterations before it is officially published.

The book will be available to purchase from the clinic, the endless bookcase or amazon.

It is important to look not only at how you can improve the physical health of your back but your mental health is extremely important too.  Addressing factors in your life such as stress or doing too much can be just as important in your recovery.

 

‘Communication is key when it comes to ensuring that patients are able to access clear and reassuring information, this resource simply explains to patients how they might best understand their back pain.’

President of the British Chiropractic Association Catherine Quinn.

 

I will be holding a launch party soon so watch this space.

ByLouise Hampton

Things that might aggravate your back…

Low back pain is a symptom and is usually taken to be where you are getting the pain, from the lower rib margins to the buttock creases and can also include pain into one or both legs or include neurological symptoms in the lower limbs.  It is rarely possible to find the main cause of the low back pain.  Low back pain tends to have many dimensions from the biophysical component to the psychological and then the social impact as well.

Risk factors for reporting low back pain:

  •  Diabetes and chronic conditions
  • Smoking
  • Low levels of physical activity
  • Being Overweight
  • Physically demanding job
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Being tired
  • Suffering from anxiety or depression

 Information taken from Lancet low back series working group, 2018.

 

 

If you experience back pain it is important to look at what you do in your everyday life that might be aggravating your back.

  • Do you spend a lot of time sitting?
  • Do you have to carry heavy loads?
  • Do you have to bend a lot?
  • Do you spend a lot of time driving?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you sleep on your front?
  • Do you look after small children?
  • Have you had an accident or jarred your back in the past?
  • Do you play any impact sports?
  • No time for myself?
  • Am I stressed?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, that might be what is contributing to your back pain.  See if you can make little changes to your life to help your back.  Doing some exercise like pilates or tai chi could help strengthen your back and enable it to cope with everyday tasks.

For more information or to book a free chat call 01763 878087 today.

 

 

ByLouise Hampton

‘I just bent over and my back went!’

This is a saying I hear a lot. Someone simply reaches for a piece of paper or bends to pick a toy off the floor and their back goes. It can be very frustrating and hard to understand why something so simple can cause so much pain.

Usually however the cause can be a build up over time with that last reach being the final straw. Think of you spine a bit like a paper clip. You can bend it forwards and backwards a number of times no problem and then all of a sudden it just snaps and this can be the same with the ligaments and muscles around the spine or with the discs.

Before the back finally goes sometimes you can get a few twinges. Think of these as warning signs and look back on things you have been doing recently. Try to change the everyday tasks you do like loading the dishwasher or how you watch television to try and minimise the pressure on the spine. Make sure you take regular breaks to walk around as the back has a relatively poor blood supply and so gets its oxygen from you moving around.

Bending to unload the dishwasher.

At Attend2Health we offer a free 15 minute chat to see if we can help or to give advice. If you do get any twinges why not come and see us to see if we can prevent your back from going.

Simply call 01763 878087 and book an appointment today!