Back Pain

Massage, Remedial Massage & Myotherapy for Back Pain

We understand, having back pain sucks. It can vary to a slight annoyance, to something that prevents you from doing things that you want or need to do. Even making it so you have no confidence in your back. That is why we love to help people who’s backs aren’t functioning as well as they should.

Back pain is something that our treatment typically gets very good results with. But, what is causing your back to not function as it should?

Back pain can occur from varying sources. However, we find by far the most common source is from soft tissues, particularly muscles. Now, I’m not saying this is in every case (usually if it’s not it’s still contributing). But, even in people who have had scan results showing degenerative change, it is extremely common for the things on that scan, not to be the reason for your pain. This is where targeted & result driven massage, remedial massage & myotherapy can help.

Our treatment targets muscles which refer pain to their local area, or sometimes right across your back. These muscles also often cause restriction and limitations in your movement.

The massage we use helps to release these muscles, easing your pain. Also we help to loosen other soft tissues in the area.

This get’s you moving, reduces your pain and gets you back being active again. This is the the keys to getting over back pain long term.

Some Videos We’ve Made on Key Points About Back Pain.

Why your X-Ray or MRI results might not matter as much as you think.

We have a video coming, check back in the near future!

How treating back pain can be easy (this is generalised, some cases aren’t – but we typically get fantastic results).

Again, this video is coming, check back in the near future.

Here’s Some Common Questions About Back Pain.

Is Spinal Degeneration Causing Your Pain? 

The simple answer is it could be. The more realistic answer… Your back pain is more likely to have the cause being poor function that degenerative change could be playing a role in. 

Why? 

We could get 2 people, one with back pain and one without. Potentially MRI’s on their backs could be remarkedly similar – yet only one has pain. 

It’s all about function!!! 

So yes, spinal degeneration can play a role in back pain. But, if you get your back moving and functioning as it should you drastically reduce your chances of suffering back pain. 

So you’ve been told you have a disc bulge, herniation or prolapse? 

There’s so much misinformation about disc issues to the point we find that people often blame this for their back pain, when it’s not. The actual cause is something much easier to get on top of! 

For some with back pain the first port of call is to get a scan, but what do the results actually mean? Symptoms will matched to scan results, which will determine whether what is on the scan is causing your pain. Sadly, this is not done enough.

You could have 2 people, one with pain & one without. Yet on a scan they both have very similar disc bulges.  

Why does this happen? 

Many types of issues that cause pain won’t show up on an x-ray, CT or MRI. So what does show gets the blame – but then your treatment isn’t effective any many live in chronic pain. 

Does your back ache or do you suffer headache consistently for a day or more after a workout? 

Surprisingly this is really common, particularly for people who have just started at the gym or who are getting back into some form of exercise class. 

We find for most people it’s the first 3 months that can be the worst. The sad part is that for many people because they consistently suffer this back ache or the headaches they actually stop the exercise. Exercise that in terms of overall health is extremely important. 

Massage can be extremely beneficial at helping to nurse you through this stage of exercise. Firstly, we help you stay on top of your back pain and/or headaches. Secondly, we make you move like you should. Thirdly, we make you enjoy the exercise like you should (not dread it). Additionally, we make it so you feel fantastic all week long. Finally and most of all we keep you exercising, improving your health and staying active into the future. 

As professional athletes have known for years, massage is the key to staying active – do you use it? 

I have back pain, should I get a scan before treatment?

Now here’s a really common mistake for people with back pain – Thinking that you need a scan before anything else! 

Yes they can be beneficial, but often there’s an over reliance on them. 

This is particularly the case if the pain is a dull ache. Why? A dull ache usually represents pain coming from a muscular source.  

Over 90% of people aged over 60 have some level of degenerative change through their spine. In all likelihood, if you have some form of a scan whether it be CT, MRI or X-ray in all most cases something will show up! 

What shows up only matters when that is what is matching your symptoms. Scans generally won’t show up muscular pain. This means a dull diffuse ache typically won’t show anything on CT, MRI or X-Ray.

So yes, in some cases scans are a valuable asset. In many though they are a complete waste of your money! 

Considering Surgery for Back Pain? STOP and read this.

I just wanted to share a study I’ve come across. It’s really useful for anyone considering surgery (it may not necessarily you, this could be valuable for a friend/ family member).

Here I’ll give you the basics of this study, but I’ve also attached it to the bottom if you want to have a more in depth read.

It covers a variety of musculoskeletal disorders and how often non invasive measures can make surgery not required. Everyone in the study was referred for surgery but opted into the study as an alternative measure – which included trigger point therapy and stretching. 

It concluded that (MSK is musculo-skeletal): 

  • It clearly reveals that surgery may not be the optional first line treatment for treating all MSK complaints 
  • Multidisciplinary approach involving combination of non-invasive complementary interventions had effectively reduced of the MSK pains and prevented surgery in 95% of the patients 
  • This approach can be an effective alternate for surgical and pharmacological therapies for managing the majority of MSK complaints. 

My take from this is that if you are told you require surgery for a musculoskeletal condition/ pain question it. All 909 people in this study were referred for surgery and a whopping 95% or over 860 people avoided having surgery.

Here’s a link to the study: https://www.ijtmb.org/index.php/ijtmb/article/view/493/577

Is age really a factor in back pain?  

Although age does have some correlation with back pain levels, it is more to do with degeneration, lack of management & strength, than with age itself.

It’s very common as we get older for activity levels to drop. This lack of movement & strength has a negative impact on your back!

What we do when we are working with clients who have back issues, is first of all aim to reduce your pain levels. When we hit this goal, we will get you stronger and more active!

If you are experiencing back pain and you are just putting it down to age, keep in mind there is always ways to either alleviate or reduce painful symptoms such as yoga, Pilates, general stretching, massage therapy, remedial massage, myotherapy, strengthening exercises and many more!  

Now if you have back pain, we would love to be given the opportunity to try to help you out. You can book your appointment below.

ARapid Recovery Clinic we’ve put together this article as a way to give back to our industry. For clients, potential clients, GP’s & other allied health professionals to gain a better understanding of how massage, myotherapy & remedial massage can help headaches.

Everything in this article is the views of the author and what they have found to be the case in their clinical practice. This information is intended only as a guide. It is up to you to seek your own independent medical advice for your individual circumstances & neck pain and/ or headaches.