Whether you have just recovered from an injury or even surgery to the low back, the best way to avoid or minimise the severity of recurrences is to follow a course of Spinal Rehabilitation.
While some of the muscles that support the low back are used in everyday life, most do not get an adequate level of exercise from daily activities.
Lack of the correct level of activity leaves a muscle tight, weak and poorly coordinated at working as a team with neighbouring muscles. Gradual deterioration of muscle and joint function is compounded by common factors such as inactivity, wear and tear, injury and chronic pain.
The spine’s 3 types of muscles:
Straighten and lift spine
Bend and support spine
- Obliques/ Rotators
Hold up & rotate spine
Spinal Rehab is an exercise program that aims to help improve strength and stability to the back.
Depending on the specific diagnosis and level of pain, the exercise program is prescribed specifically for your injury.
The aim is to develop an appropriate exercise program that can eventually be recreated in your front room or the local gym. This enables a quick and solid recovery that you are fully in charge of!
The 3 components of rehab are Stretching, Strengthening and Basic Conditioning
Inactivity will always cause gradual onset of stiffness. Therefore, it is necessary to gradually improve the back’s flexibility. Stretching focuses on improving flexibility and elasticity in the joints and muscles.
The primary reason for strengthening (alongside stretching) the key structures of the low back is that this will ensure that future episodes of back pain are less likely to occur. If a back is supported by good, coordinated and strong muscles it has the raw material to help get out of trouble!
- Basic Conditioning…
Finally, conditioning through light activity is very important for both the successful flow of rehab and the maintenance of the lower back. Good examples include hydro-therapy, regular walking and cycling.
A course of rehab designed to help YOUR back, no matter what level of fitness or age!
To make a robust and long lasting improvement to your low back pain, you will need to follow a course of exercise. Normally between 8 and 12 sessions of rehab are recommended (over 2-3 months) to get your back functioning close to its best. However, you are welcome to choose how many and how often sessions are completed in a way that suits you.
The rehab team, led by the Chiropractor, are always on hand to advise on the best route forward. At all stages of rehab, you are always supervised one-to-one with our personal trainer and closely monitored by the referring practitioner.
A low back with good flexibility and strong supporting muscles can maintain a good level of activity through out a lifetime. However, with both poor flexibility and weakness of surrounding muscles, function of the low back is diminished. Spinal rehabilitation aims to redress this balance and get your low back firing on all cylinders!
A course of spinal rehabilitation is designed to restore normal levels of strength and flexibility in a safe and long lasting way. After following a prescribed course, you will be taught how to maintain the progress made, beyond the clinic and into the future. By putting you in charge of your recovery, there is a far greater chance of long term success and management of low back pain.
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Danny was extremely friendly and welcoming. He explained everything in great detail to help me understand the logic behind my injury. I am looking forward to following his guidance and... read more improving a 10-year long condition that no one has previously been able to diagnose!
November 8, 2021
Having been a regular at a chiropractor in Cheltenham and now having moved to Longlevens I am so happy to have found Longlevens Chiro. I booked in for a consultation and... read more treatment with Jenny and she was wonderful. We ran through my history and previous treatments before moving onto my appointment. Very professional environment and very happy with the service. I would highly recommend to anyone.
September 7, 2021
I have been to many Chiropractic clinics over the years and Longlevens is by far the best. All staff are friendly and welcoming, quick to respond to any problems or... read more issues and run a smooth and efficient clinic. My current back problems are the worst that they have been for a long time, however, Monet, is working Chiropractic miracles. In a short space of time she has achieved amazing results and my back is improving with every visit. She reminds me of the Tina Turner song ''simply the best'' Thank you Monet.
March 13, 2021
Fantastic practice, they offer all the services you need to rehabilitate yourself. They are definitely not after your money as my chiropractor Simon really encourages extra stretches to improve... read more your conditions.
October 3, 2020
Superb service and experience. I've seen James twice. Very helpful and knowledgeable. I've made huge progress in a short space of time.
August 4, 2020Richard Powell
March 17, 2020
Longlevens Chiropractors are faultless. The service is great, very timely, very precise and Danny helped me get back on my feet quickly after the birth of my baby. The 4... read more star rating isn't particularly based on their service - their service is 5 star all day long - I only rated 4 star because as it is a private service, it is expensive and as a part time mum it isn't something I can easily afford. This isn't really a criticism, it's just an unfortunate circumstance to which if I could afford it, I would be going all the time. Next to that and I think this is based on the age of the building, there isn't much in the way of pram accessibility. As much as I could I would try and get little miss looked after by grandparents for an hour or so whilst I attended a session, however that wasn't always the case and had to bring her along with. Granted she was as good as gold when I was having a session but I think my anxiety would have been settle just a touch more should I have been able to keep her asleep in her pram. I do know there was a room downstairs and yes you can take a pram should your session be in the room downstairs however other than that, it's a wee bit sticky. If I could offer 4.5 stars I would! And again, this isn't really a criticism, it's more personal circumstance but I'm just hoping I can express my experiences to other mums who may be in a similar situation. Great service and a lovely friendly team and would always highly recommend
November 15, 2019
Been coming here for over a year now and always made to feel welcome, The receptionists are always helpful and polite and my chiropractor is always on time and very... read more helpful and will always explain everything he does and the benefits of it.
November 2, 2019
Thank you Wiebke. You pinpointed exactly what was causing my discomfort and treated me accordingly. I now feel so much better and am looking forward to the next... read more appointment. The useful information of what I can do at home is really helpful too.
October 8, 2019
Great service and great treatment. I have been seeing Wiebke for some time since having some major back pain preventing me from doing anything without severe pain. She managed to... read more get me moving again very quickly and with some good advice and exercise routine I have managed to gradually improve my back. Very friendly, and knowledgeable service and I would highly recommend them.
June 18, 2019
Excellent. I cannot praise highly enough. I visited the clinic and for an appointment with Danny for a sore lower back and for a neck issue. The lower back pain I’d... read more been experiencing for 6 months or so, and Danny gave me treatment at the clinic and also some exercises to do at home. I normally wake with pain in the lower back and the first day after treatment, the pain, although not 100% gone (maybe 90% gone) I could move freely upon waking. My neck issue also seems a lot better than it was and the techniques to sort this problem seem to be working as well. Many thanks to all at the clinic and special thanks to Danny.
May 21, 2019
Professional service, easy to find and has its own parking. I went with neck pain and it was immediately reduced after just one session (thanks Wiebke!). When I stupidly left... read more my car lights on in the car park and went out to a flat battery the boss kindly jump started me. Nice bunch of people and as I say the treatment worked for me and I will continue less frequent visits to keep it from reoccurring. 5***** all round.
March 18, 2019
Came here after years of back and forth to the GP and a hip operation. Just over a month ago I was taken to hospital with my disc that has... read more slipped which was the final straw with my back pains. I decided to get some more help rather than physio as it never worked and in fact made the pain worse. I currently see Mr Danny Adams who has been wonderful. Everything I say which can come across as silly but he understands and takes it on board. Being a health care professional myself I understand a lot but he breaks down everything to make sure you properly understand and taken it on board which Orthopaedic consultants, GPS and majority of consultants did not do and brushed my pains and problems under the carpet. I’m now getting better, obviously with a slipped disc I have good days and bad days but with Danny’s help it’s a lot more bareable. I can now do light exercise which is something I haven’t been able to do in 6 years. I honestly could not thank Danny enough for his care. The practice as a whole is genuinely lovely and helpful, never had any problems with rescheduling appointments or getting an appointment. I also really like that every few weeks they email you regarding how you’re getting on and how the pain is.
February 20, 2019