Welwyn Garden City physiotherapy helping residents during National Back Pain Week

THIS week is National Back Pain Week and we have called on a local expert of give our readers some timely advice.

Amanda Avery is owner of The Physiotherapy Clinic, based in WGC’s Gosling Sports Park.

She said: “During National Back Pain week it is a good time to reflect on whether you are taking the best measures to avoid an attack of back pain which may result in a prolonged painful episode which stops you from working.

Back pain is increasingly common in today’s society, with a high percentage of us suffering at some point in our lives.

“With progressive effective physiotherapy care, based on extensive research, the spine can be protected from recurrence of problems and modification of lifestyle can be kept to a minimum.

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“Needless to say, ongoing treatment can be expensive both in money terms and time away from work, but current physiotherapy trends are more focused on prevention of back pain. This can involve assessment of your home or work environment, personalised exercise programmes, predominantly aimed at stabilising an otherwise vulnerable spine and hands on treatment for pain relief or to help in getting the body moving.

“Most fitness centres, including Gosling Sports Park where we are based, are now geared up to provide exercise for individuals needs. This can be in the form of personalised training sessions or Pilates.

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“For the sporty individuals who suffer back pain, it is not always necessary to stop playing sport which can be psychologically a frustrating experience.

“Back care can go hand in hand with continuing sporting activity and it may be that you need to get fit for your sport rather than using your sport to get fit.

“We continuously liaise with the fitness instructors and can work as a team to help you back to fitness.”

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