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5 clear signs you need physiotherapy for back pain. 
30 Nov

5 clear signs you need physiotherapy for back pain. 

Most people, it seems, are no strangers to back pain. Back pain, effects 80% of people at some point. Many of these issues are related to acute injuries such as road accidents, sports accidents, or workplace injuries caused by improper lifting or posture. Most people will wait until their back pain subsides, however back pain can develop into a chronic issue and may not heal on its own. Knowing when to see a physiotherapist regarding your back pain, is an important part in your recovery.

This is why we have provided you with 5 clear signs, you need physiotherapy for your back pain: 

  • You’re not moving as easily as you used to.

If your movement has been restricted due to back pain, a physiotherapist can assess your problem, provide a diagnosis and get you started with treatment straight away to improve your pain, resolve the issue and prevent the pain from returning.

  • Radiating pain, tingling or numbness

If you are experiencing any tingling or numbness in your arms or legs, this may be indicative of a neurological issue. A Physiotherapist can detect what might be causing this through a specialised and detailed assessment, thus deciding on a treatment plan which will work best for you.

  • Back pain lasting longer than a week or two. 

Everyone will experience back pain which may subside over a short period of time. However, if your back pain has been bothering you for over a week with no sign of improvement, you may need to get this appropriately assessed and diagnosed by a physiotherapist. 

  • Back pain keeping you awake at night 

If your back pain is preventing or disturbing your sleep, then seeing a physiotherapist is highly recommended to allow them to assess and decide on the underlying issue of what is causing your night pain.

  • When your back pain is preventing you from completing tasks normally

When you are avoiding tasks such as lifting heavy objects or even attending the gym, in fear it will worsen your symptoms, it’s time to see a physiotherapist to get you back to normal life again. 

If you are suffering from back pain and want to relieve your symptoms, then give us a call on 0161 8333 008 or via  and make an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists. We are located in Manchester city centre in the Royal Exchange Building just off St Ann’s Square.

Acupuncture for Back Pain
10 Apr

Acupuncture for Back Pain

Back pain is a very common issue. In fact, 8 out of 10 people will complain of back pain at least once in their lifetime.

Unfortunately, back pain can quickly become a chronic condition if left untreated, impacting on your daily lives. The hope that the pain will pass is usually mis-founded.

Everyone’s back pain is different, and therefore a tailored back pain physiotherapy plan is key in order to solve the root of the problem.

One method that is proving more and more popular for relieving painful symptoms as part of an overall treatment plan is acupuncture. Acupuncture for back pain is a proven treatment methodology, backed up with substantial clinical and research evidence.


How Acupuncture can help Back Pain

Over 2500 years ago, the Chinese started using acupuncture as a form of pain relief.

Acupuncture basically involves inserting needles into certain areas of the body. These points are connected by, so called meridians, which are pathways through the body that create the flow of the body’s energy, known as Qi (“chee”). By stimulating these points, you can correct the imbalances in your body and improve the flow of energy.

Over the years, acupuncture has also become more and more used in Western society. Chinese acupuncture theories remain clearly present but have been developed into what is commonly referred to as Medical Acupuncture.

Medical acupuncture involves finding painful trigger points in your body and using the fine needles to stimulate them. By stimulating these areas of the body, this triggers the release of chemicals into the muscles, creating an alteration of pain and allowing a sense of well-being to be restored.


What is involved?

The needles are inserted either at the site of the pain, away from the pain or a combination of both.

Treatment time with acupuncture can vary depending on the type of pain and tolerance of the patient; for example from just a few minutes to up to 30 minutes.

After the needle is inserted, your physiotherapist with gently stimulate the needles by rotating them and making an in and out movement, to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.


Benefits of Acupuncture for Back Pain

  • Pain relief
    • Muscle
    • Joint
    • Headaches
    • Nerve
    • Dental
  • Improves sleeping quality
  • Aids with stress relief
  • Promotes a general wellbeing
  • Assists with decreasing inflammation


How many acupuncture sessions should I have if I suffer from Back Pain?

Everybody is different so this will depend on you, your Physiotherapist, your condition and how you respond to initial treatment.

Sessions should not usually exceed 2 times a week.


Contraindications of Acupuncture for Back Pain

Unfortunately Acupuncture is not for everybody and some of the following conditions may prevent you from being eligible for treatment or may mean the Physiotherapist should proceed with caution:

  • If you have ever experienced a fit, seizure, faint or if you have epilepsy;
  • If you have a pacemaker or any other electrical implant;
  • If you have a bleeding disorder e.g. haemophilia;
  • If you are taking anti-coagulants or any other medication;
  • If you have damage to heart valves, or have any risk of active infections;
  • If you are pregnant or trying to conceive;
  • If you have a known metal allergy – specifically to stainless steel;
  • If you have a needle phobia;
  • If you have a known infection or poor skin condition in the area to be treated;
  • If you have a deficient or weakened immune system;
  • If you have diabetes;
  • If you have low blood pressure;
  • If you have been prescribed any medicine;
  • If you have cold/flu symptoms or feel generally unwell.


How long until you see improvements?

Again, this will vary from person to person.

Some people feel the benefits right after the session, while for others it will be a more gradual process and may take a couple more sessions before you feel any real improvement.


Acupuncture safety and side effects

Acupuncture is very safe if performed by those who have been trained in it, such as registered physiotherapists.

However, some side effects may be present after a treatment session. Such as:

  • Pain at insertion of needle
  • Slight bleeding or bruising when removing the needle
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Dehydration