This one is for anyone who suffers with lower back pain and/or sciatica……

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) have updated their guidelines for practitioners (including your GP) on assessing and treating lower back pain and sciatica, including the section on non-invasive treatments.  It includes the following guidance:

  • Providing “information on the nature of low back pain and sciatica” and “encouragement to continue with normal activities”
  • Considering “a group exercise programme (biomechanical, aerobic, mind–body or a combination of approaches) within the NHS for people with a specific episode or flare-up of low back pain with or without sciatica”
  • Considering “manual therapy (spinal manipulation, mobilisation or soft tissue techniques such as massage) for managing low back pain with or without sciatica, but only as part of a treatment package including exercise, with or without psychological therapy”
  • Considering “psychological therapies using a cognitive behavioural approach for managing low back pain with or without sciatica but only as part of a treatment package including exercise, with or without manual therapy…”
  • Promoting and facilitating “return to work or normal activities of daily living for people with low back pain with or without sciatica”

Take the knowledge of that guidance with you when you see your GP and book a deep tissue massage with me 07786 323818.  I combine soft tissue manipulation with advice on simple exercises to suit your specific back issue.

For the full guidance go to https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/NG59

The aim of NICE is “Improving health and social care through evidence-based guidance”

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