Back pain

Every Friday at 10 am (till 11 am) I’ll be running an easily accessible free class for anyone suffering from back pain, who has been cleared by their doctor to exercise.

The class will be at Crossfit London , 150 Buckhurst Street, Bethnal Green, E1 5QT

The cost is free for those who cannot afford a payment, but a £5 donation is suggested for those who can (there will be a box available on the day)

Over the weeks, I’ll show you every therapeutic exercise that you can apply to yourself to help you fix your back pain, using techniques from experts like Stuart McGill, Mckenzie, and a stack load of other fellow therapists.

The good news is that, once you have screened yourself for Red Flags (see below), and ideally you have been cleared by your doctor to use “motion as lotion”, there is a stack of easy to learn stretches, mobility drills, therapeutic tricks, strengthening techniques, and movement concepts that will help you learn how to use your back so you can have a fantastic, mainly, pain-free life.

To join, just drop me an email on Andrew@andrewstemler.com and I’ll reserve you a space.

The first post lock down class, looks to be on Friday 21st may at 10am

Im going to try and supply a zoom link too so you can follow along at home.

Most back pain isn’t serious. It can however be painful and can become a long-term condition! The drills in this back pain class combined with some positive thinking and homework from you during the week will quickly fix this condition. HOWEVER There are certain signs that the condition is more serious. They are called “RED FLAGS”

RED FLAG: IS YOUR BACK PAIN “SERIOUS”

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 go to A & E NOW;  go in and say , “I have back pain symptoms that I think are Red Flag symptoms

  • 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

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

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

SEE YOUR GP if

  • 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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