Which professional body, practitioner or ‘other’ has been able to monopolise the back-pain market?
Physiotherapists? Osteopaths? Chiropractors? Neurosurgeons?
Following on from a previous blog “Are back pain treatments a waste of time and money?”, I want shed light on the misleading world of back pain rehabilitation.
Having worked in many clinics and having employed many types of medical and non-medical practitioners within my own clinics over the last 15 years, I have had a privileged and an extremely rare look into the many types of care provided by the above professions in dealing with lower back pain.
But, is there one that really shines brighter than all the rest AND produces consistent results?
Here are some reasons why:
- The medical industry – both mainstream professions (Physio/ Neurosurgeons) and alternative professions (Osteos/Chiros) can be somewhat dubious of each other (speaking from experience). And that means they can’t all complement each other’s skill set by actually working together for the benefit of the patient.
- Very few (if any) of the above said professions evaluate EVERYTHING else that contributes to lower back pain, not just the mechanical structure.
- All of them work on 10, 20 or 30-minute appointment times, which is just about enough time to collect the basics of a patient’s issue.
- All are trained to relieve the initial symptoms of back pain. Few, if any, can then follow a treatment protocol to ensure it never comes back, and quite often patients are left afraid to live life in fear of a return to that pain.
This is not to say I haven’t worked with some of the world’s finest practitioners in my career, I feel very lucky to have do so and I’ve learnt an exceptional amount from the varied professions.
But, my experience has been that most chronic cases of long-term back pain were NEVER just about a back issue.
Yet, typically, the source of pain or other musculoskeletal areas are the ONLY area most ‘back pain’ practitioners and clinics review and treat.
- The human body is a complex system of systems – they all rely and work together in a holistic manner. There are no separate components that we can deal with as if we were simply changing a piece of faulty machinery.
- Lower back pain rarely just ‘appears’ – it’s usually a gradual process (unless there was a specific incident that injured the back) and it generally takes years to develop into an issue that makes the person seek medical advice.
- Every patient’s lower back pain is different – which means it cannot be treated as just another lower back pain case. Yet, patients are hurried in and hurried out.
- Digestive health almost always a contributing factor – and here is a basic truth: you can try to manipulate and palpate the back and train the core as much as you like, but if digestive health is lacking then lower back WILL NEVER fully heal.
- Stress and lifestyle considerations matter – sleep patterns, work load and basic movement quality are rarely evaluated fully and the ‘treatment protocol’ almost never includes detailed advice and coaching into these areas. This seriously limits results and longevity of treatment success.
- Mental and emotional health is rarely addressed – yet back pain is one of the most debilitating issues the majority of the population face at some point in their lives. The only time the mental emotional side of things is discussed is when all other treatments have failed and the ‘buck is passed’ to “it’s all in their head”.
So, am I saying that my clinic owns lower back pain?
Absolutely not, BUT we do have a great success rate with long-term back pain than the industry norms, and we offer a complete holistic health programme that addresses ALL aspects of a patient’s health, including their mental and emotional health.
If you’re going to invest time, money and energy into ridding yourself of back pain, keep the above in mind the next time you speak to anyone about how they can help rid your back pain for good!
Want to become free from lower back pain?