What is the most common cause of back pain?
We may be surprised that the single most common cause of back pain is not a herniated disc, osteoarthritis or anything to do with postural deviations such as kyphosis or scoliosis.
None of these conditions come anywhere close to the number one cause of back pain: “non-specific back pain.” This is pain which has no obvious “mechanical” cause.
A 2016 study by Imperial College London and Arthritis UK (now Versus Arthritis) estimated that 50% of back pain is “non-specific back pain.”
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What is the cause of non-specific back pain if it is not mechanical?
We now know that non-specific back pain, like other persistent (chronic) pain is different to pain which is created by an injury where signals are sent from the damaged tissue to the brain.
Non-specific back pain along with other chronic pain is created by a phenomenon known as central sensitisation. This is an over-amplification of pain and hypersensitivity.
In this over-sensitised state, the body is protecting itself against further damage. This is when our muscles become hypertonic or tight.
Unlike pain from tissue damage, this time these protective pain signals are going from the brain to the tissue.
This occurs due to a number of factors often referred to as biopsychosocial factors. These factors can include previous injury or trauma, stress, and even beliefs and expectations around recovery.
When is back pain serious?
There are times, of course, when something more serious may be happening. If you are experiencing any of the following it is best to make an appointment with the GP.
When to see the GP
What can I do myself to relieve back pain?
Firstly, it helps enormously to gain perspective. Most back pain is not serious and we can recover quickly and fully with a simple non-invasive approach that acknowledges the cause is not just biomechanical, but biopsychosocial.
This means manual therapy (such as self massage), movement, and mindfulness are all going to help.
Tai Chi incorporates movement and mindfulness.
How can a Jing Method™ massage help relieve back pain?
The Jing Method™ is specifically designed for chronic pain and is based on the biopsychosocial model.
It is outcome focused, meaning it aims to decrease pain and/or increase range of motion within a specific time frame – usually 6 treatments.
The method incorporates a range of safe and effective soft tissue and massage techniques from East and West. These include myofascial release, acupressure points, trigger point therapy, sports stretches and a tailored self care plan.
Back pain treatment in North London
The Jing Method™ Clinical Massage is available in Palmers Green, North London. As a musculoskeletal pain-care specialist I am here to help with back pain and other persistent (chronic) pain.
What to expect:
• A warm and heart centred non-judgemental approach
• Collaborative working to achieve our agreed goals
• Tried and tested outcome based treatment
Booking a Jing Method™ Clinical Massage
If you urgently need a massage for chronic pain, I may be able to see you at short notice. Click below to see my availability and to book now. Alternatively, just give me a call.