Exercise and Back Pain – Hell’s own elephant

It’s getting cramped in here and I can’t work out why. I’m inside a room labelled 'how to treat low back pain' and something enormous is taking up all the space. Exercise is at the heart of the physical therapies in the treatment of back pain. Most forms of therapeutic exercise boast arguably plausible theories and don’t require a belief in … [Read more...]

Where is my back?

Chronic pain is associated with a loss of the normal capacity to know where your body is. Chronic pain is also associated with odd bodily feelings. To find out if people with chronic back pain had trouble 'feeling' their back, they were asked to draw on a piece of paper the outline of where they felt their back to be. This is a bit tricky to … [Read more...]

Back pain- Neil OConnell on local muscles going global

Neil O'Connell

We’ve known for a while that people with chronic back pain move differently. Normally when you are going to wave your arm or leg the deep spinal muscles kick in just beforehand, perhaps to provide stability.  In back pain the activity of some of the deep back muscles is delayed in response to spine and limb movements. This has been demonstrated in … [Read more...]