Help & Advice

Back Pain Advice

If you are currently suffering with back pain, here are some tips to help you.

1. Avoid low seating.  Choose a dining room chair.
2. Avoid dehydrating drinks like coffee and alcohol. Stay hydrated.
3. Usually gentle movement and activity is better than staying in bed.
4. Don’t start any new hobbies, sports or activities.
5. Ask your practitioner which activities are best for you and your condition.

Usually ice treatment is better than heat. Place an ice pack in a dry tea-towel, to protect the skin, on to the painful area for 10-15 minutes each hour. If in doubt about how to use ice, speak to your practitioner.

Postural Positions to Reduce Pain
If you are suffering with lower back pain, with or without leg pain, here are some useful positions that may help to alleviate your symptoms in between your treatment sessions:-

1. Lying on your side with a pillow between your knees to stabilise your pelvis and spine. Place a pillow under the head to keep the neck in a neutral position.  It is most common that pain relief is achieved when the painful side is upper most.

2. Lying on your back with a pillow under your knees to help reduce the strain on your lower back.  Again, place a pillow under the head if that feels more comfortable.

3. Lying on your back with a pillow to support head and neck and with the hips and knees bent and calf muscles resting on the seat of a chair.

NB. If your symptoms increase, then change to a different position.

If you develop any of the following symptoms, contact the emergency telephone number, your GP or go to the A&E department to report your symptoms:-

1. If you develop numbness or pins and needles in the genital region or have lost the ability to control your bladder or bowel movements.
2. If your tingling or pins and needles increase and intensify in your leg or foot.
3. If your muscle strength of your buttocks, leg or foot become progressively weak.

Emergency telephone: 07973466805