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Back Pain Brisbane 

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  • Episodes of low back pain are very common.
  • 80% of Australians will experience a severe episode of back pain during their lifetime.
  • 25% of people exist with daily low back pain
  • Back pain is a leading cause of disability world wide
  • Australians spend an estimated 5 billion dollars annually treating back pain.

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What are the symptoms of Back Pain?

Low back pain can vary a great deal, however the most common symptoms are:

  • Pain in movement transitions – sitting into standing, or lying into sitting
  • Pain when rolling over in bed
  • Pain while on the toilet
  • Pain when bending forward
  • Muscle tightness and spasm
  • Pain from prolonged sitting
  • A sharp burning pain
  • Tingling or numbness in the lower half of the body

What causes lower back pain?

A list of common triggers of low back pain (most to least common):

  • Repetitive movements (bending to pick up toys or rubbish)
  • Pregnancy
  • Excessive movement in the spine (too much flexibility) and restricted mobility in the hips
  • Sitting for extended periods habitually
  • Heavy loading of the spine – particularly through a bent position
  • Impinged or inflamed nerve
  • Disc bulge

Statistically, the majority of back pain is self limiting and will resolve within a few weeks. Most back pain is not the result of a disc bulge.

“Exposure to physical loads is not a linear relationship - no load and too much load are both harmful.”

Professor Stuart McGill, World Leading Spinal Expert 

Mechanical Pain

Mechanical pain is a broad term to describe back pain caused by cumulative aggravation.

The two most common causes of muscle spasm in low back disorders are considered mechanical issues:

  • ligament strain (a tissue that connect one bone to another [usually vertebrae to vertebrae in back pain])
  • or facet joint mal tracking from an unexpected position.

For both of these causes muscles will spasm in response to pain generating signals from the irritable ligament or joint.

The most common factors that lead to mechanical back pain include:

  • Stiff hips – when people forward ben without enough hip movement, they must bend through the back. The spine is designed to share this load with the hips, which are the midpoint hinge of our skeleton.
  • repetitive movements
  • New activities in the habitually sedentary
  • postural considerations (such as daily sitting)
  • unstable spinal segments (often attributed to weak core strength – many causes including high body mass, pregnancy, sedentary lifestyle, recovery from injury)
  • Unstable spinal segments caused by stretched spinal ligaments (most commonly associated with pregnancy)
  • Overloading (lifting beyond capacity)
  • Spending greater than 2 hours per day in a vehicle (vibration and excessive sitting without muscular activation to absorb force)
  • Extreme leg length discrepancy (approx. 5cm difference)
  • Age related change to vertebral joints, pelvis and the hips (arthritic change, modic change [oedema in the bone] and spinal stenosis)

Mechanical pain can often be reduced by finding the offending posture or movement and strengthening the muscles that reverse it. Improving movement patterns such as sit to stand, the squat or deadlift can also radically improve low back pain by reducing the constant irritation to the angry structure through a “correction”.

These types of symptoms often respond well to Remedial Massage. Remedial Massage is especially in the early “acute” stages.

Radicular Pain

Radiculopathy refers to pain caused by nerve compression. Nerve sensations often include:

  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Hyper sensitivity (finding non-noxious stimulus painful – such as superficial hand contact)
  • A shooting “electrical” sensation
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness

These types of symptoms are best treated by a Myotherapist.

What is Sciatica?

A concise explanation of what sciatica nerve pain is, what causes it and how physical therapy such as myotherapy and remedial massage can provide sciatic nerve pain relief. If you are looking for sciatica pain treatment in Brisbane CBD call Knead, we can help!

What should you do?

  • An assessment by a Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist will identify the cause of your pain and the movements that will allow you to take your pain away at home.
  • If you are in muscle spasm, early treatment from a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist can save you days and weeks of discomfort.
  • Find which movements are causing your irritation and modify them so that they don’t provoke any mechanical pain symptoms.

What shouldn’t you do?

  • Don’t endlessly stretch your hamstrings and back. This may provide a temporary relief from pain (approximately 20 minutes which is caused by neurochmeicals that are released from the stretch reflex), but often stretching is just aggravating angry nerve structures and inflamed ligaments – creating more inflammation and irritation. Stretching is not usually the solution to back pain and often makes it worse.
  • Don’t assume your pain is a disc bulge or arthritis – get an assessment and find the best solution to your pain.
  • Don’t spend all day in bed. Fast walking is one of the most powerful ways to reduce inflammation in the spinal segments and activate the core – which helps the body re-learn force distribution. Some individuals find slow swimming to be an amazing way to reduce back pain. The rule of thumb is if an activity reduces pain in a meaningful way (an effect that lasts more than a few hours) – you should do it regularly.
  • Don’t focus on getting imaging before you see a Remedial Massage Therapist or a Myotherapist. Imaging can report lots of “faults in the back” that do not correlate to pain.

How is the condition treated?

Knead Massage and Myotherapy Brisbane have a special interest in back pain. We offer a rapid non-invasive solution to many chronic pain states originating in the lumbar spine. Our expert remedial massage therapists will assess your spine and movements and work effectively to reduce your discomfort and remove muscle spasm.

If you are suffering from nerve pain or disc bulge symptoms booking in for a Myotherapy assessment is one of the most efficient things you can live pain free. Our Myotherapists will treat your pain using the latest evidence based treatment techniques such as low level laser and electro dry needling, provide expert manual therapy and show you how to take your pain away yourself with a movement based strategy. Learning how to control your pain yourself, is the most powerful thing to recover from chronic conditions such as sciatica.

RESOLVE SCIATICA AT HOME!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Back pain is a common side effect of pregnancy – however, just because you have back pain doesn’t mean you are pregnant. Consult with your GP if you have symptoms consistent with pregnancy.
Back pain is the most common musculskeletal complaint in pregnant women. The primary reason is altered pelvic positioning to accommodate the baby and also ligament laxity caused by a hormone called relaxin, which allows the pelvis to expand to allow the baby to exit.
Back pain with an electrical quality is usually called sciatica. Sciatica occurs when a nerve or nerves are compressed by muscles, bones or possibly bulging disc material. If you have an electric shock quality book in with a Myotherapist for an assessment and treatment.

Stabbing back pain is a common descriptor for many people.  The causes of stabbing pain in the back may be considered mechanical:

  • ligament strain (a tissue that connect one bone to another [usually vertebrae to vertebrae in back pain])
  • or facet joint mal tracking from an unexpected position.

Nerve pain is also frequently described as stabbing pain.  Nerve pain occurs when a nerve structure is compressed by muscles, bones or possibly bulging disc material.

If you have a stabbing quality to your back pain book in for a myotherapy assessment and treatment as soon as possible.

It is more likely that constipation will cause back pain, but it is entirely feasible that chronic back irritation can inhibit the nerve signaling of the digestive system leading to diminished or even absent gut churning (the movement of faecal matter throught the bowel).
Pain of any type will create protective movements and vigilance in the individual to avoid triggers of pain. If movements cause back pain, it can lead to a fear of movement and sedentary behaviour, which leads to further back pain and inflammation. Getting an assessment from a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist is an effective way to improve movement quality and keep doing the things you love or need to do.
Pain of any type will create protective movements and vigilance in the individual to avoid triggers of pain. If movements cause back pain, it can lead to a fear of movement and sedentary behaviour, which leads to further back pain and inflammation. Getting an assessment from a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist is an effective way to improve movement quality and keep doing the things you love or need to do.
Understanding what the cause of the pain is is the first step to overcoming back pain. Finding a qualified professional to assess your pain and develop a treatment plan that “unwinds” pain is a powerful first step. A qualified Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist can guide you through the process of discovering the best movement strategy to stop angry structures from causing pain.

The most common factors that lead to mechanical back pain include:

  • Stiff hips – when people forward ben without enough hip movement, they must bend through the back. The spine is designed to share this load with the hips, which are the midpoint hinge of our skeleton.
  • repetitive movements
  • New activities in the habitually sedentary
  • postural considerations (such as daily sitting)
  • unstable spinal segments (often attributed to weak core strength – many causes including high body mass, pregnancy, sedentary lifestyle, recovery from injury)
  • Unstable spinal segments caused by stretched spinal ligaments (most commonly associated with pregnancy)
  • Overloading (lifting beyond capacity)
  • Spending greater than 2 hours per day in a vehicle (vibration and excessive sitting without muscular activation to absorb force)
  • Extreme leg length discrepancy (approx. 5cm difference)
  • Age related change to vertebral joints, pelvis and the hips (arthritic change, modic change [oedema in the bone] and spinal stenosis)

Low back pain can vary a great deal, however the most common symptoms are:

  • Pain in movement transitions – sitting into standing, or lying into sitting
  • Pain when rolling over in bed
  • Pain while on the toilet
  • Pain when bending forward
  • Muscle tightness and spasm
  • Pain from prolonged sitting
  • A sharp burning pain
  • Tingling or numbness in the lower half of the body

The most common factors that lead to mechanical back pain include:

  • Stiff hips – when people forward ben without enough hip movement, they must bend through the back. The spine is designed to share this load with the hips, which are the midpoint hinge of our skeleton.
  • repetitive movements
  • New activities in the habitually sedentary
  • postural considerations (such as daily sitting)
  • unstable spinal segments (often attributed to weak core strength – many causes including high body mass, pregnancy, sedentary lifestyle, recovery from injury)
  • Unstable spinal segments caused by stretched spinal ligaments (most commonly associated with pregnancy)
  • Overloading (lifting beyond capacity)
  • Spending greater than 2 hours per day in a vehicle (vibration and excessive sitting without muscular activation to absorb force)
  • Extreme leg length discrepancy (approx. 5cm difference)
  • Age related change to vertebral joints, pelvis and the hips (arthritic change, modic change [oedema in the bone] and spinal stenosis)

Low back pain can vary a great deal, however the most common symptoms are:

  • Pain in movement transitions – sitting into standing, or lying into sitting
  • Pain when rolling over in bed
  • Pain while on the toilet
  • Pain when bending forward
  • Muscle tightness and spasm
  • Pain from prolonged sitting
  • A sharp burning pain
  • Tingling or numbness in the lower half of the body

Low back pain can vary a great deal, however the most common symptoms are:

  • Pain in movement transitions – sitting into standing, or lying into sitting
  • Pain when rolling over in bed
  • Pain while on the toilet
  • Pain when bending forward
  • Muscle tightness and spasm
  • Pain from prolonged sitting
  • A sharp burning pain
  • Tingling or numbness in the lower half of the body

Mechanical pain is a broad term to describe back pain caused by cumulative aggravation.

The two most common causes of muscle spasm in low back disorders are considered mechanical issues:

  • ligament strain (a tissue that connect one bone to another [usually vertebrae to vertebrae in back pain])
  • or facet joint mal tracking from an unexpected position.

For both of these causes muscles will spasm in response to pain generating signals from the irritable ligament or joint.

Radiculopathy refers to pain caused by nerve compression.  Nerve sensations often include:

  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Hyper sensitivity (finding non-noxious stimulus painful – such as superficial hand contact)
  • A shooting “electrical” sensation
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness
Back pain throughout pregnancy is extremely common. In the early stages back pain is usually attributed to a changing pelvic position (a forward tilt) which compresses the vertebrae leading to pain.
All back pain is worth investigation by a Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist. However back pain is an EMERGENCY SITUATION if it is associated with a loss of bladder or bowel control. If you have back pain and loss of toileting control call 000 immediately.
Chronic back pain can be caused by many physical irritants, psychological stress, work place adaptations, acute injuries and even disease. The first thing you should do if you have back pain (especially ongoing back pain) is get an assessment by a Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist. Screening back pain is what these modalities do and qualified professionals are trained to remove pain, or suggest further investigations as needed. Get back to doing what you love and need to do – get assessed.
All back pain is worth investigation by a Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist. However back pain is an EMERGENCY SITUATION if it is associated with a loss of bladder or bowel control. If you have back pain and loss of toileting control call 000 immediately.
All back pain is worth investigation by a Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist. However back pain is an EMERGENCY SITUATION if it is associated with a loss of bladder or bowel control. If you have back pain and loss of toileting control call 000 immediately.

All back pain is worth investigation by a Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist. However back pain is an EMERGENCY SITUATION if it is associated with a loss of bladder or bowel control. If you have back pain and loss of toileting control call 000 immediately.

Back pain can also be caused by visceral organs such as the kidneys, bowel and liver. If you have back pain that does not respond to treatment, consult your GP immediately.

The location of back pain can indicate which tissues are irritable. Irritable tissues are usually musculoskeletal including vertebrae, disc bulges, muscles and ligaments. However visceral organs can also radiate back pain. If you have back pain that is not responding to manual therapises – consult your GP immediately.

The most common location of back pain in pregnancy is just above the tailbone.  This is caused by:

  • a hormone called relaxin, which makes the ligaments of the pelvis more flexible – which causes inflammation
  • a changing pelvic position which leads to low back vertebrae compressing against each other.

 

Upper back stiffness between the shoulder blades is also very common during pregnancy – especially in individuals that use computers.

The best first line clinician for low back pain is a Remedial Massage Therapist or a Myotherapist. These clinicians are both skilled at determining the most common causes of back irritation, but are capable of reducing pain immediately. A qualified Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist are also skilled at providing movement solutions to unwind back pain when you are at home.
The best first line clinician for low back pain is a Remedial Massage Therapist or a Myotherapist. These clinicians are both skilled at determining the most common causes of back irritation, but are capable of reducing pain immediately. A qualified Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist are also skilled at providing movement solutions to unwind back pain when you are at home.
The best first line clinician for low back pain is a Remedial Massage Therapist or a Myotherapist. These clinicians are both skilled at determining the most common causes of back irritation, but are capable of reducing pain immediately. A qualified Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist are also skilled at providing movement solutions to unwind back pain when you are at home.
This is a complex question. In the most general terms using statistics as a guide, the most frequent cause of back pain in bed is mechanical – unstable spinal segments – meaning that rolling over causes inflammation. Other causes of back pain that are uncomfortable in lying positions include nerve compression, ligament inflammation, disc bulge, arthritic change, stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal). If you have night pain from your back – it is important to get an assessment immediately. Night pain can indicate SERIOUS health problems.

The most common location of back pain in pregnancy is just above the tailbone.  This is caused by:

  • a hormone called relaxin, which makes the ligaments of the pelvis more flexible – which causes inflammation
  • a changing pelvic position which leads to low back vertebrae compressing against each other.

The most common location of back pain in pregnancy is just above the tailbone.  This is caused by:

  • a hormone called relaxin, which makes the ligaments of the pelvis more flexible – which causes inflammation
  • a changing pelvic position which leads to low back vertebrae compressing against each other.

Morning pain is usually associated with reduced circulation and inflammatory chemicals in the joints.  Movement is a powerful lubricating force for these joints by encourage fluid into the capsules of the joints.

The question is not this simplistic, but this is one of the more common rationales.

Most episodes of non specific low back pain resolve within 6 weeks – however 20% do not. 

Understanding what causes your back pain is a powerful way to overcome the pain.  If you have not been assessed by a professional, you do not know:

  • which tissues are angry
  • which movements reduce pain
  • what you should be doing to unwind pain

Most episodes of non specific low back pain resolve within 6 weeks – however 20% do not. 

 

Understanding what causes your back pain is a powerful way to overcome the pain.  If you have not been assessed by a professional, you do not know:

  • which tissues are angry
  • which movements reduce pain
  • what you should be doing to unwind pain

Most episodes of non specific low back pain resolve within 6 weeks – however 20% do not. 

Understanding what causes your back pain is a powerful way to overcome the pain.  If you have not been assessed by a professional, you do not know:

  • which tissues are angry
  • which movements reduce pain
  • what you should be doing to unwind pain

Most episodes of non specific low back pain resolve within 6 weeks – however 20% do not. 

Understanding what causes your back pain is a powerful way to overcome the pain.  If you have not been assessed by a professional, you do not know:

  • which tissues are angry
  • which movements reduce pain
  • what you should be doing to unwind pain
Roger Morelli
Roger Morelli is a Myotherapist at Knead Massage in Brisbane CBD. He loves helping clients improve their quality of life with effective Myotherapy and corrective exercise treatments. He has a special interest in lower limb issues after experiencing a life changing car accident 20 years ago.
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