Many of our clients attend our clients for treatment suffering from back pain. They have lived with this back pain for months and even years. We would like to share a recent success story with you.
Just 3 months ago, Stephen aged 48, came to our clinic suffering from right-sided low back pain. Stephen had had this pain for the last 13 years. It had started to spread down into his legs and was so sore that it even stopped him from working.
Stephen didn’t remember any specific injury or trauma that brought this back pain on. His back pain came on suddenly and gradually got worse. Stephen was scared – he didn’t know what to do. So he did what everybody would do and went to his doctor. He received an MRI scan where he was told he had two bulging disks. He was told his only options were either surgery or life on painkillers.
Things he tried to help his back pain!
Stephen proceeded to take painkillers constantly over the next year. However, he soon became fed up with the side effects they were having on him. He was still in pain, so he stopped taking them.
Next, he tried a chiropractor that told him his spine was misaligned and this was the cause of his pain. There he received some hands-on work every two weeks for the next few months and, felt some relief short term but the pain always came back to him.
Stephen went to see a Physiotherapist who told him his weak core was the cause of his back pain. He received a core-strengthening program from the physio, which only made things worse.
He was out of options!
Stephen came to us after having tried everything else! He was frustrated and confused and didn’t know what there was left to do.
If we fast forward to 3 months later, Stephen is a changed man. His pain levels have dropped significantly from a 6/10 to a 1/10 if he feels any pain at all.
He is able to work, walk the dogs and play with his children. Things he hadn’t been able to do in a long long time.
Stephen achieved this through his hard work – we were there to guide him but he did the hard work. A therapist should work with you, not just on you!
Our Approach to Back Pain!
We started by reassuring him that his disc bulges may have been present before he felt this pain. In fact, 64% of people with no back pain will have one or more bulged discs
We used some hands-on techniques to provide some immediate relief for Stephen which allowed him to start moving and exercising.
“Exercise is a key to the drug cabinet in your brain” – Greg Lehman
Exercise and movement apply physical stress onto tissues, which is good for them. It teaches them to tolerate movement and adapt to it. It also desensitizes the area giving it the confidence to be used again.
However, what worked for Stephen might not work for you – the causes of your back pain could be completely different. This is why a unique assessment is essential for anybody suffering from back pain.
What worked for your friend might not work for you!
If you have any queries or concerns feel free to get in contact. You can get in touch here or by phone on 087 787 6358.
What other clients have to say about our approach to Back Pain!
I visited Tommy after severe lower back pain which couldn’t allow me to walk, stand or take the stairs. Tommy was amazing. Within one session he showed me what exercises to do, how my muscles work, and what is the correct mindset. He gave me very simple exercises to do and l recovered within few days with no medicine. I highly recommend him. MARINA PRIFTI
After experiencing chronic back pain for years, with no evident long-term fix from many different practices along the way, I was completely overwhelmed with Tommy, his professionalism, and his completely logical outlook on my lower back pain. After requesting a thorough insight into my issue, Tommy reassured me there was nothing serious going on here and everything could be sorted. I outlined my goals on what I would like to get back into my life regarding fitness, exercise and playing with my kids, and in 6 short weeks (just 3 sessions) I have achieved them all successfully. Would highly recommend Tommy and his Pain and Performance Clinic to anyone who mentions lower back pain to me.JOHN BRENNAN