Managing Back Pain

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Without a doubt, this course is work in progress. Its aim is to teach you the moves and things you need to do to substantially alleviate pain caused by issues associated with your back.

The initial physical idea is to view your back as having several areas, all of which need to be treated. Much lower back pain issues come from your neck or your ass.

They can often come from a variety of places!

Very, very often, pain is “referred”. As a hands on therapist, someone can tell me where it hurts on their back and when I press, there is no pain. When I press somewhere else I get the “ah thats it”.

The system Im going to suggest is this:

Each area needs to be stretched, “smashed” educated and strengthened

Before you start, you must self screen for red flags

In many cases, careful management deals with back pain. There is however a species of back pain that  I’ll flag up to you now. The items listed below are “RED FLAG” symptoms which means see your doctor or A & E NOW;  go in and say , “I have back pain symptoms that I think are Red Flag symptoms

These are known as ‘red flag symptoms’ and could be a sign of something more serious.

  • fever of 38ºC (100.4ºF) or above
  • unexplained weight loss
  • swelling in the back
  • constant back pain from which there is no position of  ease
  • Chest pain
  • leg pain
  •  a change in toilet patterns
  • numbness or tingling  around your bottom and privates.
  • pain that is worse at night

That said, I was checking the NHS  website today (23/7/2020) and it made this  distinction


  • your painkillers are not helping
  • the pain is no better after a month
  • a very high temperature or you feel hot and shivery
  • unexplained weight loss
  • a swelling in your back
  • the pain is worse at night

Go to  A & E or call 999

  • numbness around your bottom or genitals
  • cannot pee
  • lose feeling in 1 or both legs
  • cannot control when you pee or poo
  • got it after a serious accident, such as a car accident

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