“As somebody who has had a back pain problem for over 25 years I can only emphasise the benefits of doing more than just have treatments. Once you find the best treatment for your back pain (in my case it was Nicky Snazell and IMS) then that should not be the end of the matter.
The treatments should hopefully only support the work you do yourself to help manage your own particular situation. I have always exercised and eaten sensibly to help the body but I always looked for anything else that might help me even if it did not always work as you hoped.
My aim was to have the treatments from Nicky as a maintenance issue rather than a cure and to make the length of time between visits longer. By continually discussing the broader issues with the clinic and trying new ways to combat my problem I believe I have succeeded in adding years to my active life style.
For me personally it was a case of having a bio-mechanical analysis and orthotics fitted and combining this with a good exercise and core programme. I also have a massage once a month to help iron out any tight spots (as well as using a foam roller to self-massage).
As a result of working hard on this my back (which used to give way every 3 months or so) has not locked up for 3 years. I’m 62 and my back is in better shape now than it was 20 years ago. I regularly go to the gym and as a keen cyclist ride sportive events and go on club runs with so much more confidence that my back will hold up.
At my maintenance sessions at the clinic I also read about MRT [Magnetic Resonance Treatment]. I researched it and decided to give it a go. In the treatments I included my knees and lower back. I was due to do the 3 Peaks (Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis) for my brother’s 65th and was nervous about how my right knee, in particular, would hold up, as last time I did a big hill, my knee swelled up a lot…
I can only say that I had no problems whatsoever and was amazed at how good I felt.
The problems have not gone away but they are controlled and managed. You have to work at this but the rewards are there if you do.
I can only urge anybody else with back and other mechanical problems to not just rely on treatment but work at helping yourself to get better and to be fit to do the things you love doing.
Your own body is the most priceless thing you have. Work on it!”