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Low Back Pain Overview

If you experience low back pain, you are not alone. Approximately one third of the UK adult population experience non-specific* low back pain. This can feel different to each person and is often dependent on which back structures are involved. It may feel like a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp shooting pain. While far less common, you may also experience pins and needles, numbness and pain, that can travel down the legs.


The causes of low back pain vary from person to person, but common risk factors are:


  • Prolonged inactivity (e.g. desk-based work).

  • Poor biomechanics (e.g. repetitive poor technique with lifting).

  • Increased BMI (increased BMI can change your biomechanics).

  • Exercise or sporting injuries (often as a result of either poor biomechanics or over exertion).

  • Occupational (jobs that require repetitive bending, standing or lifting can be provocative of low back pain.

In the slideshow below are some common causes of lower back pain, click on the arrows to find out more.



The treatment of your low back will be individual and based upon the clinical assessment. As with pain in any area, a thorough assessment is essential. This will comprise of first talking about your pain and understanding what caused it, how it behaves, among other topics relevant to your pain. We will then palpate the areas and testing specific structures and movements in your lower back.


Once we have understanding as to what is causing your pain, we will then decipher an appropriate treatment plan to manage this. You are 100% involved in this decision, which means if you know acupuncture or other treatment methods have helped you in the past and you would like to receive that, then we would facilitate this. Otherwise, treatment initially focuses on restoring movement and reducing pain symptoms with manual techniques and advice. Once this has been achieved there is greater emphasis on exercise prescription to help address the areas that have predisposed you to your initial injury, and to help prevent re-injury. With these considerations, your treatment may include:


  • Correction of poor biomechanics

  • Mobilisation and manipulation

  • Acupuncture and/or dry needling

  • Manual therapy

  • Exercise Prescription

  • Sports specific rehabilitation

  • Education

If you have any questions, concerns, or are unsure of a prior diagnosis, then book an Initial Assessment or free 15 minute phone triage and take the first step to being back to your best.