USING TECHNOLOGY TO EASE BACK PAIN
News that the National Health Service is introducing seven innovative apps as prescriptive solutions for back pain, was of particular interest to us. Within our Club Health clinics, we navigate through the complexities of lower back pain each day, identifying not only its prevalence but also its profound impact on individuals’ lives. The goal of the NHS-backed apps? Facilitate at-home treatments and thereby ease the burden on GP practices and NHS waiting lists.
“Misalignments in our physical habits, often germinating since childhood, can morph into significant issues in adulthood – issues that can be mitigated if identified and rectified proactively.”
– Luis Ribeiro | Club Health Founder & Clinical Director
UNDERSTANDING THE COMPLEXITY OF BACK PAIN ISSUES
The number of individuals grappling with lower back pain surpasses two million annually, and a staggering 25% of GP appointments for musculoskeletal issues are attributed to this disruptive pain. In essence, it has become a silent epidemic, siphoning resources and affecting lives, necessitating not just intervention, but holistic strategies for prevention.
A LOOK INTO THE DIGITAL TREATMENT SPECTRUM
Diverse in their approach, some apps dispense structured physiotherapy exercises through detailed video tutorials, while others cast a spotlight on the mental aspects of managing pain through mindfulness and psychological support. One app, “Act for Pain”, intertwines psychological self-management with expert-backed support and guidance.
THE CLUB HEALTH PERSPECTIVE: PREVENTION AS THE PILLAR OF PHYSIOTHERAPY
The NHS’s digitised approach remarkably pivots away from a prevalent medication-first strategy, moving towards empowering individuals with tools for effective self-care. While these applications carve out a pathway towards professional advice and physiotherapy, at Club Health, we are ardently championing a shift towards preventative, not merely remedial, physiotherapy.
CHANGING PHYSIOTHERAPY CONVERSATIONS
We’re at the forefront, recalibrating the narrative around physiotherapy. We’re cultivating a mindset where visiting a physiotherapist isn’t reserved for pain episodes alone. Consistent check-ups, akin to dental appointments, need to become the norm. Misalignments in our physical habits, often germinating since childhood, can morph into significant issues in adulthood – issues that can be mitigated if identified and rectified proactively.
A MEMORABLE PATIENT JOURNEY: MOVING FROM PAIN TO WELLNESS
Meet Ava, a professional pianist whose livelihood intricately intertwines with her physical well-being. Her journey with Club Health is a compelling testament to the efficacy of preventative care. Ava experienced sporadic back pain, which, while not debilitating, began to subtly affect her performances, tainting her art with uninvited discomfort.
Intriguingly, through preventative physiotherapy, we discovered a fascinating link between Ava’s pain and her piano-playing posture – an unassuming curvature of her spine during performances. Our intensive work encompassed not merely treating the existing pain but proactively modifying Ava’s posture to prevent future pain.
By leveraging specific exercises targeting core strength and postural alignment alongside mindfulness practices to maintain optimal posture even during emotionally charged performances, Ava witnessed a transformation. Not only did her pain dissolve, but her performances also elevated, unburdened by physical limitations. Ava’s case underscores the profound, life-altering power of preventative care.
BEGINNING THE JOURNEY TO A NEW HORIZON
The integration of digital technology by the NHS is undoubtedly a laudable stride, providing accessible solutions for those battling back pain. But let Ava’s story serve as a beacon, illuminating the monumental impact that preventative care can unleash.
At Club Health, our unwavering commitment resides in preventing back issues before they cascade into pain and impairment. Together, let’s reframe our perspective, not only treating but safeguarding our physical wellbeing, and thereby, enriching our quality of life.
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