Muscle spasms are your body's natural way of responding to pain. So when your lower back hurts, your muscles will naturally go into spasm and increase your pain - not the most helpful response! The best way to help reduce the pain of muscle spasms in the lower back is to try a gentle back appeasing exercise, and this excellent exercise comes from Australian physiotherapist Sarah Key (who's also physiotherapist to the Queen). Keep your movements small and simple, and try the exercise here.
Sarah Key believes there are five stages to back pain - but how does back pain start? And once it starts, what can you do about it? Stage one begins with a stiff spinal segment, but the good news is is that it is reversible. You can read all about stiff spinal segments here.
If you have back pain or any kind of spinal dysfunction, it can be helpful to know how your spine should work so that you can identify any issues. Your spine is a delicate piece of machinery, with a lot of moving parts - so how should it work? You can read more, here.
Nell is one of the only qualified Sarah Key therapists in London - but what is Sarah Key therapy? Sarah Key is a leading physiotherapist and an expert in back pain - and physiotherapist to the Queen. Put simply, she's revolutionised the way we treat chronic back pain - so if you've tried and tested traditional back pain treatments and they haven't worked, this is something worth researching! In later posts, Nell will be looking into the five stages of back pain and what can be done to help, as well as looking at the anatomy of the spine and how healthy backs should work.
You can read all about the Sarah Key method here.
We believe that everything in your body is connected, and look at you as a whole person, rather than just a sore knee (for example). If you have knee pain, then often therapists will look just at the knee or prescribe exercises. But if your knee pain is coming from a problem with your posture, a previous injury somewhere else that has changed the way you walk, or perhaps a problem with your gait then any treatment just on your knee will only provide a temporary solution. But what does that mean in practise?
One of Nell's patients, Rachel, came to see her with knee pain so bad that she struggled to walk - but all scans for knee dysfunction came back clear. So why was her knee hurting and what happened next? You can read the whole story here.
If you're injured, especially if you don't come from a medical background or you've never been injured before, your treatment options can seem a bit overwhelming. After all, what is the difference between physiotherapy and osteopathy for example? Or should you skip both and go straight to rehab? And someone's recommended a chiropractor they've seen too... Or maybe a sports massage therapist?
Some of the differences come down to language, but there are some real practical differences too. You can find out all about it, here.