If you have had longstanding back or neck pain due to a previous injury, it is likely that you have developed some compensation strategies to avoid flaring it up which can inadvertently contribute to perpetuating the problem.
There is strong evidence that pain inhibits the deep spinal stabilising muscles around your spinal joints and so in order to function the long outer layer muscles become overactive in an attempt to stabilise you in an alternative fashion.
Gaining an understanding of the factors contributing to persistent spinal pain or grumbling niggly discomfort with intermittent flare ups is really beneficial so that you know what you can do to help yourself in these situations.
What happens if I have Long Standing Spinal Problems?
Our physiotherapists are skilled in assessing the possible contributing factors and can show you how well your deep muscles are stabilising your spine by using real time ultrasound and watching your muscle action. They will also start your on some gentle exercises to retrain the deep muscles if necessary as the evidence shows that by improving your recruitment of the deep spinal stabilisers you are at a reduced risk of reinjuring your neck or back.
You may also benefit from attending an educational workshop to “Understand More about Pain” as longstanding pain is influenced by many things that are not related to joint mobility or soft tissues. We can help you understand the impact of stress, help clarify your beliefs about the condition and its progress and help you navigate the road to recovery.