If you suffer the misery of an aching back, you’re not alone. According to research back pain affects around 80% of people during their lifetime, this equates to around 52 million people in the UK alone.
Two thirds of the UK Population (65%) now experience back or neck pain each month, an increase of 16% compared to five years ago. Over the last ten years, here at Life Chiropractic, we have been successfully treating an increasing amount of patients with lower back related pain.
Common Causes of Back Related Pain
Sitting still for long periods of time has now become one of the most common triggers for back related pain, although lifting or carrying still remains the number one catalyst.
In 2013 Housework and DIY where blamed for 29% of cases while sport and exercise were associated with twinges in 26% of reported cases.
So what actually causes your pain?
The most common type of lower back pain which 90% of us experience at some point is Mechanical back pain.
Mechanical back pain; includes muscle or ligament strain strains, herniated discs, compressed nerve roots, degenerative discs or joint disease.
This type of pain accounts for over 90% of all reported cases within the UK, typically showing the following symptoms;
Pain that is dull or achy, focused to the lower back
Pain that increases with movement or change of posture
Stinging, burning pain that travels from the lower back to the back of the thighs and lower legs.
Pain that worsens after prolonged sitting or standing
Muscle spasms and stiffness in the lower back(common if you feel stiffness in the mornings.)
So how can you help yourself?
If you’ve recently injured your lower back, there are a few things you can do in the comfort of your own home to help.
Chill it – During the first 24 to 48 hours, use ice wrapped in a towel or cloth. Ice helps to reduce inflammation and pain. Warning: Never apply a cold source directly onto skin, always wrap it in something.
Keep moving – Your spine is designed to move, gentle back exercises and stretches can help in relieving and preventing further symptoms- our chiropractors at Life chiropractic will be able to recommend the right exercise programme for you.
Pain killers – May provide a temporary pain relief, always consult your GP. We appreciate that at times pain-killers can be helpful, however, it is always best to get an accurate diagnosis and not take them for long periods of time.
Chiropractic care – With great availability and no need for a referral from a GP you can book your first consultation and get an accurate diagnosis and an effective plan of action. A 2010 review found strong evidence that spinal manipulation is effective for chronic lower-back pain.
Chiropractic care is a restorative and preventative treatment which uses manipulation to treat muscular and joint pain, all chiropractors undergo 4-5 years of full time education leading to master degree.
Simply click the book now button on this page for hassle free booking and start your journey to better health.
How we can help you
The key to the great results we achieve with the thousands of patients we treat across our four clinics is getting the diagnosis right, therefore, we have dedicated the first two consultations you will receive to this:
On your first consultation one of our qualified chiropractors will take a full history and will take you through a physical examination to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. We will then use advanced Digital X-Ray* technology as part of the diagnostic process.
On your second consultation (the Report of Findings), once the cause of your symptoms has been established, we will provide you with a clear explanation of what we have discovered along with the best and most beneficial way forward. At that point you can start your treatment and start looking forward to feeling much better.
What’s Included In Our £36 Consultation:
Review of your health history You will be asked to complete a health history questionnaire which gives us a good overview of your general health history, this is important in understanding how your past may have contributed to your current chiropractic health.
Chiropractic Examination (Orthopaedic, Neurologic and Palpation) Your dedicated chiropractor will carry out an initial chiropractic examination, covering flexibility, range of movement, posture and many other general areas.
Postural & Spinal Assessment As part of your examination we will cover your posture, a key part of assesing your general chiropractic health.
X-ray imaging If your chiropractor feels it necessary they will carry out a digital spine x-ray. This will help in many cases to quickly ascertain the root cause of any pain and discomfort you are experiencing. (Any number of x-rays needed are included)
A report of findings Following your initial chiropractic consultation we will book a date for you to return so we can run through a full report of findings with you. This will explain what was found in the consultation and x-rays, our recommendations and your on-going treatment plan.
If you are suffering from back pain or any of the associated symptoms then you have a choice, you either live with the pain and use painkillers, and we know how that feels, or you click the book now button on this page and start your journey to getting better.
We have kept the price of our initial consultation low to make it easier to start your journey The fee of £36 includes any X-Rays that may be taken so what are you waiting for? It’s time to take control and start living pain free.
Here is some of what our patients are saying about us;
Was suffering really bad neck & back pain with numbness in my arms. Thankfully, with regular visits both are a whole lot better with more flexibility & no more numbness.
18:50 07 Nov 18
Hi, I'm Jon. I'm 36 years of age and work as a field technician in aggregates and asphalt. My Chiropractor is Tom and I've been going here for over a year to treat my condition of a twisted pelvis, which effects various parts of my spine. I have been attending on a regular basis to have my spine realigned as this is takes time to settle to its right place. The service and customer care is excellent, i can't fault it. On many occasions with the pressure of my job i haven't been able to attend my appointment on the day, but with a quick phone call the staff have been happy to postpone my appointment to another date. They are able to book in advanced and if any problems one day, you can get an appointment very shortly. When attending my appointment the waiting time is very short. They have free parking too. They have an app, which you can book and see your current appointments and text message reminders. The communication is outstanding. The treatment isn't at all painful. I always walk out feeling a little stiff to start with, yet finding that i'm walking out of the clinic much better than when i walked in. I'd highly recommend to anyone who experiences back pain as all the time I've been to the GP's over 15 years, they have sent me away with pain killers. This has only just masked the problem and actually caused other issues as i didn't receive the correct treatment. Going to Life Chiropractic has made my day to day life much more manageable rather than a struggle. It's a small price to be happy!p.s: I don't use painkillers anymore! Also the girls at the reception desk are fantastic. They always make you feel like a VIP and there's a bowl of sweets!!!read more
15:54 02 Nov 18
I had a horrible pain in my back almost ruined a Europa league trip to Madrid.I decided after suffering this pain that I would call life a Chiropractor.I met the lovely staff and booked my series of treatments that were not only reasonably priced, but the cost can be spread over monthly direct debits. so we have lovely welcoming staff who deal with appointments and the initial consultation involved x-rays and a discussion about treatment. during early treatments I was a sceptic for a good few weeks and did not know if they were helping much, but then I had that eureka moment where I did something active that would normally have hurt me and I had no pain and by back is so much stronger. I am continuing planned maintenance and have massages.I am really happy with the treatment of my back and the way I am treated by the staff. Nina, Abbie and Mitchell have all been brilliant and Emma and the girls are really helpful. even though their choice of music maybe a bit debatable at times, I am not an Abba fan.Life Chiro at Rayleigh is a great clinic and I am a happy customer. Alan Batesread more
20:09 01 Nov 18
I want to thank the staff at Life chiropractic Rayleigh for the support and advice they’ve given me over the years. I’ve suffered from lower back pain for years and have visited many places in an attempt to find something to alleviate it. After an initial consultation & X-Ray,Abbie then pinpointed the areas that were leading to my condition and not only treated the site but showed me preventative techniques to stop my condition building up. With that and healthy suggestions from the team it’s really transformed my condition. I no longer suffer with back pain,I manage it with the help and guidance I recieved at the Rayleigh clinic. Go there with an open mind,take on the suggestions and recover. Thank you x.read more
16:03 23 Oct 18
Rob has worked wonders on my long term back health. I wished I had come here sooner.
15:58 16 Oct 18
The cleanest company we have ever been to, and we have been to many .Emma out of this world all staff fantastic have been going for about 3 years has helped my problem.
06:57 27 Aug 18
Can't rate this place high enough, have worked miracles on my back and have been using them now for almost 7 years.... The staff are amazing warm and friendly and the practisioners are of very high standard, I have a monthly maintainance session and now live pain free...... my GP could not offer any more help other than prescribe pain killersread more
21:38 16 Aug 18
Such nice people x
19:01 24 Apr 18
Abbi and Terri are legends. Simple.
22:48 03 Jan 18
Very friendly and helpful staff.
22:15 10 Nov 17
The people that work there are lovely. The prices are not that bad for the service you get. You can also get a hot drink while waiting. They have wheelchair access.
11:55 18 Oct 17
This is good if you have back and neck problems
08:57 16 Oct 17
I've been treated by Abbie many times, she is professional and very knowledgeable, great results highly recommended
16:17 23 Feb 17
Wonderful staff and treatment. Stefan has been my chiropractor for over a year now, I have a long term condition and he keeps me moving and free from pain. I wish I'd visited sooner!! I would highly recommend Life Chiropractic, don't leave it, go now!
11:40 21 Feb 17
I came to Rayleigh clinic when my back completely went I couldn't move, sitting down hurt me, standing hurt me, laying hurt me. when I got to the clinic they were very welcoming and went through everything they did and explained how the spine works. After a few treatments I was already starting to move a lot better, I could sit for longer than 5 minutes. After a few months I was back at work building my strength back up which I didn't think I would be able to do. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is suffering from back problems. 🙂read more