Back pain is the most common complaint seen by healthcare professionals worldwide. It should not be stigmatised, for it is very common, and over 95% of reported incidences of back pain are genuine. Back conditions I commonly assess and treat include:

  • sports-injuries/muscle tightness or twinges
  • waking up and suddently experiencing sudden bad back pain
  • pregnancy-related back (and hip, pelvis and leg) discomfort
  • disc injuries (what some call ‘slipped discs’)
  • back and chest pain after a respiratory illness
  • inflammation in the spine, including osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, facet joint degeneration
  • sharp, acute, burning, shooting, radiating or throbbing pain, with or without pins and needles, numbness or weakness
  • dull uncomfortable vague aching discomfort or pain
  • sharp pain on movement
  • tight, stiff ‘locked-up’ aches and pains
  • muscle fatigue/weakness/strain/tears
  • ligamentous strain in the ligaments supporting the spine and associated structures
  • sciatica
  • spinal joint sprain
  • gut-related referred pain
  • pelvic-related referred pain
  • and more…

See an osteopath to treat back pain

Recent medical research has shown that the best type of treatment for lower back pain is the sort offered by osteopaths – keep moving with the right type of exercise, and have professional manual therapy, which can include manipulation, and adjunctive therapy. Research showed that patients who adhered to treatment plans often become less reliant on medications to cope with pain.

As an AHPRA-registered (AQF 9 qualified) practitioner, I am professionally qualified to assess, diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions, including the various causes of back pain (not always of musculoskeletal origin), spinal and sacral pain. This training also means that I can recognize when you should be seeking a medical specialist’s investigation/intervention, and when I should be working with your GP and exercise professional, and/or psychologist to manage your comfort and rehabilitation.

Lower Back Pain Management at Peregian Beach

  • assessment – diagnosis – hands-on – excellent quality ‘massage’ techniques (all of them)- excellent joint manipulation when applicable – exercise prescription – and adjunctive therapies (eg sports taping, ultrasound, dry-needling)
  • professional assessment from a practitioner with years of university, and life, experience
  • no contracts, no inducements – just professional advice and care
  • individual personal treatment, one-on-one
  • no open room multi-patient treatments, no ‘set & forget’ treatments
  • techniques and advise based on risk versus benefit, after assessments
  • all treatment done by me
  • evidence-informed use of highly skilled manipulation, when appropriate
  • identification and treatment of contributing factors
  • exercise prescription, discussed with you to fit into your life, progressively adjusted when you make improvements

I want to help people with back pain, and I consider it wrong for you to be reliant on me to manage your back pain all the time. When I recommend a treatment plan, it will be for your benefit, not mine. I will work with you to learn what suits you regarding frequency and effectiveness of treatments, including those done by other practitioners and therapists.  I will give you strategies/advice to eventually make your back pain management visits less frequent.

I don’t use x-rays as a screening tool as that practice unnecessarily exposes patients to potentially harmful radiation,  and increases costs to the patient and to Medicare.  I only send patients for x-rays or imaging when the results of the investigation are essential to determine the approach on the type of treatment offered. When a patient’s history and symptoms suggest it is required, I will also suggest particular blood tests.

Not all joint manipulation styles are the same between the professionals qualified to do them (all osteopaths, all chiropractors and only some physios and medical practitioners).  The level of training, the approach to preparation and position of the patient prior to manipulation and explanations for the benefits of manipulation also vary.   I have extensive training and experience in spinal and peripheral joint manipulation, and assessment of whether that modality/technique will be likely to assist a patient. Not everyone likes, or is medically suited, for joint manipulation.  Patients always have the option to not have manipulation.

I use a lot of massage-like techniques to address the muscles, ligaments, tendons, blood flow, nervous system and joints, including the rib facets and junctions. Osteopathic training stresses a great deal of practice in perceiving nuances of texture and resistance through trained touch to assist diagnosis. This skill is also used when applying a variety of soft-tissue techniques. The focus is on applying the appropriate depth, rate and speed to various connective tissues, soft-tissues, to improve their position, mobility and sensitivity. The techniques vary from quite active and firm techniques, slow and fast,  and gentle passive techniques, depending on what is appropriate to your condition, and what you can tolerate. I studied a Health Science Diploma in Remedial Massage for two years full-time (supervised and taught by an osteopath), massaged in gyms and 5 star hotels and spa, and have subsequently taught massage, so my techniques are honed with plenty of experience.

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