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Acute v. chronic back pain

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We cannot see our own back and it tends to be a case of out of sight, out of mind until one day when we have a sudden spasm of pain and it becomes our centre of attention.

In the medical world an episode such as this is referred to as acute back pain and people generally respond in one of two ways:

– They carry on with life as normally as possible, easing back on their activities as necessary to accommodate their symptoms without negative thoughts of the pain.

– Immediately fear the worst and spiral into sheer panic. Over anxious behaviour such as this is known as a catastrophising and it can be precipitated by many factors e.g. remembering an old friend whose career came to an abrupt end due to back pain or worrying about who else would take over your role as sole carer for a loved one.

Fear avoidance behaviour

Pain-related fear inevitably leads to safety seeking behaviours such as avoidance – however, this often makes the pain worse, can delay recovery of function and increases the risk for developing chronic low back pain which is back pain that persists for 12 weeks or more.

To effectively manage back pain, providers must address identifiable causes of pain and perpetuating factors such as inappropriate attitudes and beliefs, high levels of distress and fear-avoidance behaviours. In times gone by this was a key role of physiotherapy assessment and “treatment”  – it’s not all about hands-on therapy – but the constraints of the NHS mean this first line of defence increasingly falls to Yoga and Pilates teachers and personal trainers.

So what do you do? Where can you go to find someone who can give you good advice and can the Buttafly help?

The role of the Buttafly in acute back care has yet to be fully evaluated although there is considerable anecdotal evidence in support of its use. To contact a qualified Yoga teacher who has training in how to use the Buttafly contact us here enquiries@thebuttafly.com  – there will soon be a list available on our website. See also the links below.

If  you feel unwell along with your back pain or have any accompanying symptoms including weakness, pins and needles, numbness, tingling, changes in bladder and bowel habits please see your GP as soon as possible. Please note  we cannot offer individual advice through the website.

https://www.exerciseregister.org/

https://www.bwy.org.uk

http://www.yogaalliance.co.uk/

https://www.independentyoganetwork.org/register/teachers

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