What can physio do for back pain?

Back pain can be very debilitating, worrying and not to mention painful. What does physio do for back pain?

The first thing we do is make sure there is nothing seriously wrong:

Chartered Physiotherapists are trained to spot the signs for severe problems and major illnesses that present as back pain and are trained to respond in the correct manner. So, within the first few minutes of your appointment hopefully your fears of the worst-case scenarios will be put at rest. Then we can look to diagnose the issue and discuss the best treatment plan that suits your needs.

All our physiotherapists at MLH Physio have multiple different techniques that can be used to help relieve your pain such as advanced massage and manual techniques, acupuncture, electrical therapeutic devices different taping skills and above all in line with the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines prescriptive exercise.

Our aim at MLH Physio is to help relieve your pain in the short term, but our long-term goal is to help you manage your back pain free, so you don’t have to rely on coming to see us.

What can you do before you see us?

Try to be calm

Stress and anxiety can only make matters worse try to keep mind busy and don’t focus on the pain


Although moving can be very painful it will only get worse if you don’t keep moving as much as you can here are some simple exercises you can try and once you see us, we can prescribe the best exercises for you

Stand with your arms across your chest or along the side of your thighs.
Slowly bend sideways by sliding your hand down your thigh towards the floor. Slowly return to the neutral position and repeat on the other side.

Start on all fours.
Round your back by pushing down on your hands and hold the position for the recommended time.
Without moving your hands, lower your buttocks onto your heels, then move your hands forward.

Lay on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
Rotate your knees sideways while keeping them together.
The rotation must come from your hips/pelvis and lower back. 
Rotate your arms toward the opposite side with your lower arm stretched and the other arm on your chest. 
Switch sides every time.

Painkillers can help

Physiotherapists don’t prescribe medications but speak to a pharmacist and they will be able to help you find the correct medication for you.

Book early

You don’t have to see a doctor before you see us. If you have changes to your bladder and bowl function, severe numbness in your groin or weakness that stops you controlling your foot then do seek urgent medical attention; otherwise if you are unsure ask us we would be happy to offer advice.


If you have an issue with your hamstring, you can contact us here or BOOK ONLINE at any of our clinics in Manchester & Cheshire