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The Elmdene & Bean Surgeries
 The Elmdene & Bean Surgeries
national health service
LAST MONTH 130 PATIENTS DID NOT ATTEND THEIR APPOINTMENTS

Most Back Pain Is Caused By
 

       Stiffness or spasm of the muscles caused by sleeping in an uncomfortable position

       Doing activities you are not used to

 

Other Causes

       Being overweight

       Pregnancy

       Incorrect lifting techniques

       A disc between the base of the spine moving out of position or pressing on a nerve

 

Common Back Problems

       Pain of the upper or lower back

       Pain spreading from the back of the thigh to the ankle (sciatica)

 

Back Problems Can Be Prevented By
 

       Keeping active

       Keeping to a healthy weight

       Sleeping on a firm mattress

       Lifting heavy weights correctly - crouch down, straighten knees and keep your back straight

 

Treatment At Home

       Stay in bed, but no longer than one or two days

       Massage the painful area; apply heat

       Take painkillers

       Exercise gently

 

Visiting Your Chiropractor

Treatment consists of well defined manipulation techniques which are aimed to improve joint pain and muscle spasms.

Chiropractic is currently the second most frequently consulted complementary therapy.
The Medical Research Council have found that chiropractic is more effective than hospital outpatient treatment for lower back pain. Chiropractic treatment is particularly favored for easing back pain, sciatica, tension, neck, shoulder and arm pain.

 


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