Research suggests that more than 50% of pain related consultations are due to Musculoskeletal issues. Simply, musculoskeletal refers to muscle and bone.
Musculoskeletal issues can cause a plethora of problems such as decreased range of movement, motor dysfunctions and referred pain. Therefore there is a good chance that pain is related to a musculoskeletal issues and we want to teach you how to self manage these musculoskeletal issues because on-going exercise programme supervision or hands-on treatment is not always possible or financially viable. We believe that individual independence is paramount.
Approximately 80% of adults will experience back pain and approximately 30% of children. To date, most research in to chronic low back pain is focused on diagnostic imaging and structural abnormalities of the spine, however the correlation between symptoms and diagnostic imaging is weak.
Those with a new episode of back pain, less than 1% will actually have a case where a serious cause requires specific treatment e.g. such as a fracture or disease.
Diagnostic imaging is helpful to see abnormalities, however diagnostic imaging can not tell you where the pain is coming from. Many people have also been shown to have spinal changes and not experience any symptoms. That’s correct, people can have spinal / disc changes for example and not suffer any pain.
This means that peoples symptoms are not necessarily related to abnormalities, which is great news, because it means that it is perfectly possible to self manage the majority of pain issues.
What is also important to consider is that there is are psychological factors that play a part e.g. research suggests that after an acute episode of low back pain, people may become fearful of movement due to the pain. This can cause muscle activation patterns to be altered during movement, which interestingly can be later activated or aggravated by emotional factors. This ultimately impacts on both our emotional and physical well-being.
Using our clinical experience and expertise, we can help to educate people to have a better understanding of pain and the healing processes and when given the tools, people can self manage to a healthier physical and mental being.
The health and social care secretary told the BBC radio that “in the UK £97 billion of public money is spent treating disease and only £8 billion preventing it”
Prevention is better than cure, is ever growing in importance!
With the education and toolbox we all have opportunities to prevent, preventable injuries, illnesses and diseases. We are told to eat healthily which some people do, they buy the healthy cookbooks by celebrity chefs. People are advised to exercise which is endorsed by sports role models. Whilst eating healthy is a part of nutritional prevention, we believe that there is still too little acknowledgment around physical prevention.
Watch our short presentation below where we debunk 3 myths about healthcare and we will show you how you can look after yourself and reduce the need for expensive, prolonged treatments.