Back pain affects up to 80% of us at some point in our lives. The NHS spends more than £1 billion per year on back pain related costs, but even more money is lost through absence from the workplace caused by excessive aches and pains.
Your spine is made of solid, bony blocks reinforced by strong ligaments and muscles. It is surprisingly difﬁcult to damage your spine but if strained, the surrounding muscles and ligaments can cause discomfort and pain.
Soft tissue therapy is a safe and effective form of prevention, diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of health problems, including back pain. Often back pain resolves quickly by itself, but if it persists for more than a few days we may be able to help.
The UK National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides guidance for health services and recommends manual therapy, as part of a package of care for the management of low back pain and sciatica.