We know back pain! 

Disc Bulges

Bulging discs are the most common findings seen on x-rays, CT scans and MRI scans. Symptoms can vary from a dull ache to sharp, severe pain; and can be aggravated by sitting, bending and lifting.

 

Sciatica

Sciatica is a fancy word for pain and symptoms that spread down to your hips or legs as a result of a lumbar spine (lower back) complaint. Pain can be accompanied by tingling and numbness.

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a term used to describe when someone's spine is "twisted" which causes a sideways curvature.

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Severe pain does not always mean a severe problem

We treat hundreds of different people from all walks of life, various age groups and different spinal conditions. We know that back pain, especially severe back pain can cause quite a bit of distress and worry. Have no fear. 

Despite popular belief, the severity of your pain does not correlate with the severity of your back problem. We know that back pain, like most pain, is affected by numerous factors (see picture).

Not only will these factors affect your pain levels, they also affect the speed of your recovery. These factors are "barriers" to your recovery. 

How relevant are your scans?

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If you have been to a Doctor before visiting us, you quite likely have been referred for a scan such as an X-ray, CT scan or MRI. Depending on your age, these types of scans will more often than not "show something" such as disc bulges or arthritis. 

Yes, these factors have to be considered in the development of your treatment plan however these results do not dictate the outcome. Once you start treatment, you will quickly find that all the factors/barriers (indicated above) has a far greater impact on your long term recovery than the results of a scan.

You are a unique person and have specific needs based on your lifestyle. We assess you as a "whole person" and will never provide a one size fits all treatment plan.

4 Step Bulletproof Back Protocol

After helping hundreds of patients recover from back pain, we have developed a powerful 4 step process to get you out of pain fast and back to the things you love.  We call it the 4 Step Bulletproof Back protocol and it looks something like this.

Step 1 - Reduce Pain

We use various hands-on techniques and combine Eastern and Western healing principles to settle your pain down fast.

Step 2 - Regain Flexibility

When you sustain an injury and are in pain, your muscles will spasm and prevent you from moving.  This is a useful form of protection however this also causes you more pain and restriction. We will teach you specific flexibility and mobility exercises to help "unlock your back".

Step 3 - Rebuild Core

As your pain starts to settle and you're moving a lot better, it is crucial that you rebuild the muscles around your hips and core.

Step 4 - Reinforce Back

Strong muscles are like body armour. In order to prevent future back pain and re-injury, it is extremely important to build functional strength and develop a "buffer zone of tolerance". You need to condition your body to be stronger than before you were injured.

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FAQ

Can you fix you a bulging disc?

Short answer is yes. Although your Doctor may have diagnosed you with a bulging disc, it is actually only one of many factors contributing to your back pain. It is important to address the underlying biomechanical, psychological and lifestyle factors which caused your condition.

How quickly will my pain settle?

Most of our patients report an immediate reduction in back and spinal pain following treatment. Many factors will determine how long it takes for full recovery which can include, but not limited to - your age, lifestyle, general health, type of injury and chronicity.

What can I do to help my pain?

After your comprehensive assessment, our Physiotherapists will provide you with self management advice, home exercises and powerful techniques to speed up your healing and reduce your pain without medication.

Disc bulges are found in more than 50% of the population who do not experience any back pain or symptoms. They are like wrinkles on your skin and will more likely develop as you age.

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