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Back pain Physiotherapy treatments in Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Solihull

Back pain is one of the biggest ailments affecting people today. As we get more sedentary and spend a larger proportion of our time sitting, our spines start to complain.  The good news is that most back pain is easy to solve with a few sessions of loosening and strengthening.

What Causes Back Pain?

Back Pain Physiotherapy treatments in Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Solihull

Throughout our spine there are very small muscles, known as stabiliser muscles. Their role is to keep the vertebrae of the spine in the correct position. ​

These muscles are very small and not under your conscious control, but they are packed full of sensory organs that continually tell the brain where the spine is and let it know of any postural issues occuring. ​ When these stabiliser muscles get weak, through excess time sitting, or lack of exercise, the vertebrae can close up, and sit closer together than is optimal.

This closing up of the vertabrae can make the spine stiff, it can also put pressure on the disks and close the “hole” that the nerves exit the spine. ​ All this can create pain in the spine.

Why is my back stiff in the morning?

Back pain Physiotherapy treatments in Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Solihull

When you go to sleep at night, your conscious muscles rest and your spine relies on the muscles not under conscious control, to keep the spine in the correct position.

If these muscles are not strong enough, the spine will not stay in an optimum position and when you wake up in the morning, gravity will mean the vertebrae close up, creating stiffness.

As you get moving around, your conscious muscles of the spine, wake up, and support your back. This helps reposition the vertebrae and the stiffness goes away.

Back pain Physiotherapy treatments in Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Solihull

How do you treat back pain?

To solve back pain for the long term, the key is to improve the strength of the deep spinal stabiliser muscles. ​Although these muscles are not under your conscious control, it is possible to isolate and strengthen them using targeted strength exercises. ​ Alongside this we will ensure your pelvis is aligned correctly, using soft tissue work and core strength work, to restrengthen the whole of the spine and pelvis into the correct posture. ​

Pelvis position is very important in spinal pain. The position of your pelvis affects the muscles of the spine, but also the muscles of the legs and shoulders! So this is an important place to start when assessing spinal pain. ​

We will use soft tissue techniques, to release your tight muscles allowing your pelvis to return to a neutral position. We will then strengthen those muscles, often known as “core” muscles to ensure the spine stays in the correct position. ​ This will ensure your back pain is removed and is very unlikely to return.

Frequently Asked Questions about back pain

You don’t need a referral from a GP to book in for assessment and treatment for your back pain. If you are unsure in any way of what we do and whether we can help you, please do give us a call and we can listen to your specific issue and advise you over the phone.

To book directly you can email, telephone us, or use our online booking option.  

Absolutely! Although there is little that can be done about the medical element of a chronic disease, such as Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, or Arachnoiditis, for example. There is a huge amount we can do to keep the spine strong, aligned and less painful, allowing you to manage your condition in a much better way. 

This is always a difficult question and it very much depends on the individual and how long the pain has been present for. 

However, we would expect you to be feeling an improvement within 3 sessions and often clients symptoms are completely resolved within 6 sessions.

The exception to this is in the case of chronic conditions that have been going on a while, or for disease states, treatment  can be a prolonged. If we feel this is the case with you, we would discus the options and we often spread sessions out to make it financially practical to continue longer term treatment. 

There are very few conditions that do not respond well to strengthening and hands on loosening work. 

If you have a complex condition, or multiple health conditions,  we will always discus it with you prior to any appointment. If we are unsure whether our treatment style will work for you, we will always discus this with you and often offer an initial free session to see whether we are  suitable therapists for you.

Yes we can. We have several ways of referring you for imagery if we feel it is necessary. 

We would start by writing a letter to your GP detailing the condition and why we feel a Scan or X-ray would be useful. Unlike many clinics, we don’t charge to write letters to GP’s.

If you would prefer to go private, we link in with and several local private scanning companies. We can quickly and easily refer you directly for a Private MRI Scan, Ultrasound Scan or X-Ray should you need it without the need for GP involvement.

The results are then sent directly to us,  as well as to you, and we are then able to explain them to you and  to write to your GP for a consultant follow up should this be required.


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