Back Pain and Self Care

Back Pain and Self Care

Back pain is very common and normally improves within a few weeks or months.

Pain in the lower back (lumbago) is particularly common, although it can be felt anywhere along the spine – from the neck down to the hips.

In most cases the back pain isn’t caused by anything serious and will usually get better over time.

There are things you can do to help relieve your back pain  But sometimes the pain can last a long time or keep coming back.

Here is the link to our NHS Website on Back Pain Treatments both self help and seeing an Osteopath or Physiotherapist 






 Back Pain

It’s not always possible to identify the cause of back pain but it’s rarely anything serious.

Most back pain is what’s known as “non-specific” (there’s no obvious cause) or “mechanical” (the pain originates from the joints, bones or soft tissues in and around the spine).See NHS Website on Back Pain






When assessing are back pain, one needs to go through different movements, as well as palpation checking for the areas which are the most painful.  Much of back pain this vague and radiates either up or down the body and the pain often is intermittent and comes and goes. Although the more serious conditions are more persistent, please do check the NHS website







Some People with  “non-specific” back pain request for the V-Actor Hand piece 

There is no need for any manipulation using the massage vibration therapy as the vibration acts to warm up and increase circulation of the sprained muscles and or ligaments


Most back pain is what’s known as “non-specific” (there’s no obvious cause) or “mechanical” (the pain originates from the joints, bones or soft tissues in and around the spine).

This type of back pain:

  • tends to get better or worse depending on your position – for example, it may feel better when sitting or lying down

  • typically feels worse when moving – but it’s not a good idea to avoid moving your back completely, as this can make things worse

  • can develop suddenly or gradually

  • might sometimes be the result of poor posture or lifting something awkwardly, but often occurs for no apparent reason

  • may be due to a minor injury such as sprain (pulled ligament) or strain (pulled muscle)

  • can be associated with feeling stressed or run down

  • will usually start to get better within a few weeks


The Wider V-Actor 40 mm is the one most people prefer for their back pain

 These are Massage and vibration therapy with different settings of massage vibration from a very gentle vibration that you can hardly feel to a strong 5 bar. These handpieces are the manufacture designed and produced in Switzerland by Storz Medical






Massage – Vibration Treatment – Relaxation Therapy for Non Specific Low Back Pain 

Vibration therapy feels very comfortable and is very well accepted by the patients.  The vibrations affect the fluid in and out flow within the tissue.  Circulation increases locally and muscular relaxation is enhanced.  The treatment can also be used to improve drainage, to treat post injury oedemas, or to improve lympatic drainage.   It is now accepted that different forms of hands on technique on soft tissues and including massage vibration therapy  is beneficial

The athletes choose this particular massage approach as they find it more comfortable and seems to relax them better after a long training session or competitions compared to the deep hands on of normal sports massage  which can be more painful when they have returned from an exceptional hard long competition.






Good Self Care Advice for your Back Pain

With Clear Video Exercises, Education, Advice including Occupational Health Care

Balance exercises to avoid trips and falls







Self Care advice for back pain including Health and Safety for Work and Lifestyle is sent to your mobile device or computer

using Physitract See Website link here


Helen has been using Physitrack now for over six months and the client to fill in the online care, measurement pain tools seem to benefit with being more confident and sharing with Helen which exercises seem to be beneficial and which exercises seem to be increasingly painful.  In fact, following how the client is filling in the pain chart can be sent to your general practitioner or your consultant and this can be extremely helpful in future reassessment and diagnosis of your condition




 Osteopaths have joined with the Allied Health Professions in NHS Transformation








Osteopathic Referral Note for Low Back Pain






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About Helen How

Edinburgh Osteopath Helen How has over twenty-eight years experience of treating patients at the How Osteopathic Clinic (Trinity Edinburgh). Registered Osteopath Helen combines the latest advances in osteopathy with a gentle patient-centred approach to diagnosis and treatment ensuring that osteopathic treatment at the How Clinic is suitable for a wide-range of conditions including; back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee conditions Helen uses Video Clips exercises educational information and outcome which is sent to your computer smartphone or iphone if you wish Treatment at the How Osteopathic Clinic is tailored to the individual and where necessary uses a combination of osteopathic techniques including, Traditional Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Electrotherapy, Vibrotherapy and Sports Remedial Massage. The holistic approach to osteopathy at the How Osteopathic Clinic, in addition to a full one hour treatment sessions, is designed to alleviate symptoms rapidly and can often significantly reduce the number of osteopathic treatments required. One of the few Osteopaths in Edinburgh and in Britain who uses the unique, gentle fleximatic vibrotherapy or shockwave therapy massage equipment combined with traditional osteopathic techniques in order to to find, feel and palpate those hard fibrotic bands of muscles which accumulate over the years of prolonged sitting, Helen has attended conferences held throughout the country; Helen has been using Shockwave Therapy for over 3 years now for Patella Tendons , Achilles Tendons Plantar Fasciitis and Tendon pain Hips, Upper Proximal Hamstring tendinopathy along with rehabilitation loading Contact Helen How, Registered Osteopath, 14 Craighall Gardens, Edinburgh EH6 4RJ To make an appointment contact Helen on 131 551 1044 or Text /Call 07889304762