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Back Chat, Issue 1 -- Alexander Technique and Back Pain
September 05, 2008
Welcome to Back Chat, my newsletter that will keep you up to date about any important happenings in the world of lower back pain. I am a physiotherapist and so I need to know what the latest thinking is about back pain. I regularly read the newest back pain research and this e-zine will pass that information along to you. Better still, I will tell you what I really think about the latest trends and ideas.
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5.09.2008 - Issue 1 - ContentsHitting the headlines - Is the Alexander Technique any help if you have lower back pain?
New Articles - Lordosis- What is it and is it bad for you?
Top Tips - Helpful sleeping postures if you have sciatica
Coming Soon - A few things to keep an eye out for.
Hitting the headlines
Alexander Technique and Back PainSome of you may have seen a news article on the BBC recently which said that the Alexander technique had been shown to help people with lower back pain. The BBC were reporting on a study that had just been published in the BMJ that looked at a large sample of people with chronic lower back pain (pain that had lasted more than 6 weeks). So, does the Alexander Technique help with lower back pain? Read more… Alexander Technique
Lordosis - What is it and is it bad for you?OK I have to confess, I am getting a bit on my soap box here. The reason is that I often get patients come to see me really worried because they have been told their back pain is caused by a lordosis. This often alarms them because it sounds so serious and they don’t understand what it means. I then have to spend ages explaining that a lordosis is just a word used to describe the curve in your lower back.
But does it have any role to play in causing lower back pain? The research doesn't convince me but I have some thoughts of my own, you can read more here… Lordosis
Helpful Sleeping Positions If You Have SciaticaTrying to get to sleep if you have sciatica can be really difficult. Often this type of back pain is worse as soon as you stop moving around which makes sleeping difficult.
Experiment with one of these different positions that you may not have thought of and see if it helps.
1. Lying on your front with pillows under your hips and waist. Experiment with different numbers of pillows. This puts your spine in a slightly flexed position and can be very comfortable.
2. Lying on your back with your legs up on a small stool or pillows so that your hips and knees are at 90 degrees. This is one I find a lot of people really like.
3. Lying on your side with a pillow alongside your knees so you can bend the top leg and rest it on the pillow. This keeps your spine nice and level.
Most people with severe sciatica like to move around so there is a good chance that you will need to regularly change and move between all of these different positions.
Make sure you talk to your doctor about getting a diagnosis and pain relief too.
More on sciatica and how to manage it can be found at these sciatica pages
Coming SoonThere are a few things afoot with the website. I am constantly updating it but I may soon be putting some information on the web site from the physiotherapy pain association. They have revamped their site and don’t have space for some of their old content. I am hoping that they will let me put some of it on the web site. This material contains some very lively debates between physiotherapists about the best way to treat back pain so keep an eye out for it.
I have been asked to be part of an exciting new project to create a wikipedia for physiotherapists. I can't give you the address yet as the official launch won't be until later this year. I will be contributing some more technical information to that which may be interesting to those of you who want a bit more detail.
I am writing a book about back pain! I had no idea what I was letting myself in for but I have it 2/3rds written and am working with an illustrator to get some nice drawings in there. I am pretty excited about this as I have developed a new model to help people with back pain understand and manage their problem. I'm not going to give the game away but it is based on ponds….!
I am hoping it will be ready for editing end October but we will see. I don’t have a name for it yet, still working on that!
Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this e-zine and tell me what you think!
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