Kathy Greathead Physiotherapy treats back and neck pain in Cape Town

Back and Neck Pain

So how can we treat back and neck pain?

  • Massage and myofascial release: the use of deep tissue techniques to relieve tightness and restrictions in the body’s muscles, fascia and soft tissue.

  • Gentle mobilisation of the joints which are affected: a physiotherapy technique to restore and promote the natural gliding movement of the joints in the body.

  • Neural mobilisation: what is this? A nerve is a basic structure in the peripheral nervous system (the part outside the brain). Nerves occur all over the body but run in a continuous line from the spine to the periphery (the fingers or toes for example). They provide a pathway along which impulses are sent to the muscles, ligaments and joints. Sometimes, they can become restricted by tightness in surrounding tissues, which causes nerve related symptoms like tingling and burning sensations. Neural mobilisation is a type of nerve therapy that aims to specifically locate and treat restrictions of neural structures in the body.  The aim is to improve function and decrease nerve related symptoms such as pain in the arm or leg, numbness, tingling, and/or burning.

  • Dry needling: The use of acupuncture needles to treat muscle-related pain. It stimulates the specific point in the muscle to regenerate itself through “micro-inflammation”. This therapy can only be utilised by licensed therapists.

  • Ultrasound: a modality used by physiotherapists to treat swelling and inflammation by increasing circulation.

  • TENS and heat therapy: TENS is one of the most common forms of electrical stimulation used for pain management. It provides short-term pain relief for conditions such as back pain. 

  • Strapping: a technique used to support and promote natural movements in areas affected by pain through the use of tape or strapping. It can also be used to restrict movement in conditions where such movements are painful or harmful to the healing process.

  • Exercise prescription: therapeutic exercises individualised for each patient’s condition to improve normal function, strengthen muscles and promote a return to daily activities.