Many athletes and fitness fanatics count their relationship with a physiotherapist as an important part of their wider exercise regime. Whilst regular exercise is great for your health, sometimes the aftermath following a particularly intense workout can be painful.
Back pain is seriously debilitating and an estimated 8/10 people endure back pain at one time or another. Unfortunately, because the back is a very complex structure comprised of lots of different nerves, bones and muscles, it can be really difficult to work out what the underlying cause is. Often back pain is temporary and can be soothed with painkillers until it wears off, but when you are suffering from long-term, chronic pain, it can really wear you down.
The newspapers are filled with reports about the serious long-term effects caused by the excessive use of painkillers, but we have still become a generation of masking pain rather than getting down to the root of the problem. A recent survey showed that around 33% of people used painkillers every single day, even at the slightest hint of pain, so why are we taking this route instead of seeking treatment for the underlying cause?
Whether you are old or young, fit and healthy or guilty of a few bad habits, pain can affect people from all walks of life and strike any area of the body. The back, neck and shoulders are particularly vulnerable and even everyday tasks can take their toll on the body. Those who are also regular exercisers, disabled or recovering from injury may also have to deal with their fair share of pain.
Aches and pains are a common part of everyone’s lives. People often experience pain on a daily basis, and more often than not those pains are minor and can be easily ignored. Those who exercise regularly have a unique set of regular pains and aches that they may think are just a regular part of being fit and active. But should people really be living with these pains all the time?
Many people are suprised when I ask them if they have EVER had a fall, accident or surgery. They usually reply with "Yes, but it was a long time ago." To which I must ask further questions. Just like any good detective goes deeper and wider to find the answer to unsolved mysteries, so must the practitioner who wants to get to the root cause of symptoms. Another way to look at it is that puzzles cannot be put together completely if all the puzzle pieces are not present. Our bodies have no conception of 'time' as we know it, and we cannot assume