Remember when the cure for a bad back was to lie on the floor and keep as still as possible?
In guidelines produced for GP’s, the Royal College of General Practitioners changed the overall basis of treatment for low back pain from one of rest and immobility to keep moving and working as much as possible, and to use bed rest for a short term treatment during the acute and painful phase. It also recommended Chiropractic Treatment as a preferred treatment.
These GP Guidelines below so strongly agree with my own philosophy on treating back pain!
Strong evidence that joint manipulation helps pain and improves activity and patient confidence.
Avoid bed rest: Trials show it can make it worse!
Evidence in Favour of activity is strong and unequivocal: continue normal daily life as much as you can. Increase physical exercise gently and progressively over a few days or weeks.
Stay at work provided you are fit to work safely, perhaps reduce your hours or go on light duties till you’re better.
There is strong evidence that back strengthening exercises don’t help, if your back pain is acute.
Keep active and consider manipulation, chiropractic is one good option.
Come and see us at the BackCare Clinic.