at the Sussex Back Pain Clinic
An integrated approach that simply works at getting you back to what you love doing
If you’ve had a recent injury or had a problem for a long time, pain shouldn’t be affecting your life and stopping you doing what you want to.
We know the frustration of not being able to live the life you want and the detrimental effects on your physical and mental well-being. We all know that being active feels good, but it’s also an important part of getting better again.
Our Physiotherapist, Duncan Rock, brings a very ‘personal’ perspective, as having suffered with a serious spinal condition he fully understands the often-complex issues and problems that patients face when dealing with their problems.
Whether returning to sport, wanting to be more active and healthier, or just being able to get out of a chair more easily, we will help you get out of pain, get your body in the best possible condition, and keep it that way.
Our approach to physiotherapy is all about you. By getting to know what you want to get out of your treatment, taking time to properly assess you in detail, being sure what’s going wrong and working out exactly what needs to be done, we can help you get you back to the lifestyle you want free of pain.
How Our Process Works
Book a new patient consultation with us. We’ll get to know your goals and expectations you want to be able to achieve, and what you want your future to look like.
We take an in-depth case history and thorough gentle physical examination to determine what’s really going on and all the possible causes, and make sure you know exactly what the problem is and address any concerns.
This gives us the right information to develop an individual holistic treatment plan, helping you get the best results possible.
We get hands on to address your pain.
By using effective manual therapy treatment, we focus on the regions that are stiff and tight and not working properly to ease your pain and improve your mobility, restoring proper function and getting you feeling better as quickly as possible.
We begin working on the risk factors that prevent you getting better or lead to recurrence by using Effective Rehab, firstly correcting any problems with poor movement then using a Graded return to activity, breaking down your goals into bite size and achievable milestones, gradually increasing loading to ensure that your body properly adapts to this.
This allows us to be certain that when you return to a more active life, it will be safe and well tolerated, enabling you to enjoy what you do rather than worry about it.
Keeping you healthy for the long term.
With ongoing support and motivation, We’ll give you the tools and the understanding of how your body should be working and how to care for it in the future
What would it be like to feel more confident about your body, moving thoughtlessly without pain or fear?
Getting the ‘Big Picture’
Whether you have a straight-forward injury or a chronic long-term problem, things are rarely simple and often unidentified underlying factors stop you recovering or lead to recurrence.
Following pain or injury your body unconsciously adapts by moving differently to avoid damage – think about how you limp after an ankle injury or sit differently if you have back pain.
This usually returns to normal once the pain has gone, but it can get stuck and becomes the ‘new normal’, which is often the case with more persistent problems.
Over time these changes can accumulate leading to bad adaptations, placing greater loads on other areas which become painful or injured.
Hence an old ankle injury could lead to back pain further down the line
Feelings of worry and anxiety often accompanies pain, leading to stress and tension that in turn increases your pain, so you avoid the good movement that you need to recover, and the negative cycle keeps turning preventing you from getting better.
We then set about systematically treating all the components by using:
Skilled hands on treatment, easing painful symptoms and relaxing tight joints and muscles, reducing stress and sensitivity to pain
Correcting your bad movements with a bespoke program of physiotherapy exercises and stretches
Making you aware of how you move, sit and live your life, to help you actively manage your recovery.
By using this big picture approach we’ll work with you to give you clarity on what you need to do to get, and stay, pain-free, giving you the confidence to enjoy an active life again.
A Unified Path to Your Recovery: Osteopathy and Physiotherapy Working Hand in Hand
But what really sets us apart at the Sussex Back Pain Clinic is our unified approach that gives you the very best chance of a great recovery.
With a multidisciplinary team of a Physiotherapist, Osteopaths and a Movement Rehabilitation Coach at your service, we’ve got the collective tools, skills and expertise to get you out of pain and give you the ability to reclaim the activities you cherish without having niggling aches or the worry they will make you worse, no matter the severity of your condition or what age you are.
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How would it feel to be pain free and active again?
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Frequently Asked Questions
A physiotherapist works with their patients to use movement and exercise, and manual therapy, to help them recover from injuries. Osteopaths use techniques to influence joints, muscles, nerves, circulation and connective tissues, and aim to have an all-encompassing approach to diagnosis and management to help you improve the structure and function of your body. We’re trained to treat your musculoskeletal issues at their root cause, and provide a roadmap to avoid future recurrence of the issue. Put simply, we help treat the condition, rather than just the symptoms.
With our experience, we would expect approximately 80% of people to see improvements after 3 to 4 treatments. So depending on your condition, we typically start to see an improvement in your condition after just a few visits. We can then use this as a guide as to how long it will take for you to be able to manage your condition with reduced support from us.
However, every body is different. Long term and chronic conditions may take a longer treatment course to start seeing changes.
The number of osteopathy treatment sessions you need all depends on your condition, and your goals, so we can’t answer this one conclusively here. Our aim is to help you live a life free of back and neck pain, and get back to doing what you need to do, so we’ll recommend the optimal number of treatment sessions to achieve this. Speak to our Osteopaths to get a better idea of what this looks like for your treatment.
Although we do get referrals from GPS, you don’t actually need one to book in with us. We’re a primary care provider, so you can book an appointment directly with us, any time you need.
Our sessions typically range from one hour in your first session, then 30 minutes for follow-up sessions. However these can vary depending on the level of support and care that you need.