Julie’s Story of HOPE (Severe *Back* Pain) – Helped Via Online Physio Consultation

As the “lock down” continues many people out there are still struggling with all kinds of aches and pains. There is good news and Physio help is via a Physio Telephone or Video Consultation. We have been getting a few emails this week from people asking for advice as they are now having to work from home for the first time. If you are anything like me, and maybe you don’t have the best posture when sitting at your make shift desk at the dining room table on a chair that is SOOO uncomfortable?!

One of our lovely patients, Julie, contacted us after spending the previous week sitting at her kitchen table working on her laptop, for 8 hours straight each day in virtual meetings and rarely getting up and out of her chair –  even for a coffee break!!!  She commented “isn’t this meant to be self isolation and not torture”

Julie has been experiencing  back “niggles” for a while and but had never done anything about them as she thought “it will be okay” and “its not stopping me from doing anything”!!  Well this came back to bite her in the bum – literally!!!  All week her back had been getting progressively worse, until she tried to get off the sofa on Friday night and her back “locked”. She thought the glass of wine she had been drinking would have helped it relax but it was not to be. 

After a painful and very restless sleep, she told me she struggled to get out of bed the next day. So much so, her husband had to help her get dressed and make sure she got down the stairs safely!.  Painkillers weren’t touching it, she was struggling to stand up straight and was having pain deep into her bum cheek. Sitting down was a mission and so uncomfortable, that she was in tears at points as she was unable to find a position that the pain would go away.

Julie emailed me late on Friday night as not only was she in pain but she was fearful that there would be no help for her as the clinic was closed.  I suggested that we jump on a video chat on Saturday morning.  She was sceptical on how this would work if I couldn’t get my hands on her.

We jumped on a video chat the next day and I could see not only the pain across her face, but the pure exhaustion from not having slept properly for the last two nights. I could quickly assess from watching her movements (or lack there of!) what was going on and we set about going through a series of movements that quickly helped ease the pain, and restored some movement! We then went through a series of stretches and release exercises to help relax the muscles and to get the joints moving better.

After the session, Julie was able to sit and stand up straight, still has some discomfort but she had exercises to help her until our next session. Something that did really strike me, she said “I didn’t know you could help so much without even touching me! I thought I would be like this until the clinic opened again and I don’t know how I would have coped”. 

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What you’ve just read is a *pretty extreme* case of back pain.

And often occurs due to “procrastination” (putting off going to see the right people…)…but in addition at this time, most people just assume that nothing can be done unless they physically go and see someone.

Chances are that your back pain and restrictions in life are no where near as bad as Julie’s (yet) – and your transformation will be even easier for us to achieve for you, and will happen much sooner.

There are so many things we can do and treat without using “hands on” therapy. So if you feel like you need help with anything, or if you want advice on how to stay fit and healthy, and let’s face it sane in this crazy time, we are here to help! 

If you’d like more info on this, and some easy, actionable tips you can use now to start easing your back pain. We have a free back pain guide that we can send you. Connect with us on 01344 489398 (Bracknell) , 01753 866274 (Windsor) or email us on windsor@applephysio.com and tell us what’s going on. A member of the team can take your details and we can email or post you a copy.

About the Author: Leslie Abrahams and the Apple Physio and Bodies Under Construction team


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Leslie is a Physio, Pilates Educator and Rehab Specialist who has a special interest in Spinal Treatments, lower limb injuries, and has vast experience dealing with patients post injury or surgery. Every week, for over 20 years, 100’s of people aged 30-64+ have consulted the team looking for answers to concerning questions about, and for, a fast end to their health worries and physical pains and stiffness.

 Leslie is a Master Trainer for the world renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute(APPI). He is regular key note speaker at conferences and travels internationally to present on modified exercise for rehabilitation. Leslie is the Director of Apple Physio and Bodies Under Construction Clinics situated in Bracknell, Chiswick, Putney and Windsor. Specialist Private Physiotherapy Practices for People in their 30’s. 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, who want to keep healthy and active.

Flying With Back Pain

3 Simple Tips For Flying With Back Pain

If you’re heading on holiday anytime soon – or making plans to do so – one of the things to consider is the effect that flying can have on your back.

Let me explain:

Cramped legroom, uncomfortable seating and being confined to a small space all contribute to lower back pain during and after a flight.

And when a substantial 88% of people experience increased back pain following a flight, I wanted to share 3 simple tips that will help support your back and make traveling a lot more comfortable when jetting off on your holidays…

First off, if you’re going on a long-haul flight – schedule your flights carefully.

Flying is the most tricky part of traveling for many people with back pain; being shoehorned into a cramped seat for hours on end can leave you feeling crippled.

Some people like to minimise their time in the air by booking direct flights whenever possible, which also helps reduce the number of time you have to heave your carry- on into the overhead bin too!

So, if you’re on a long-haul flight, and you’re spending 5+ hours in the air, try to find a direct flight to minimise travel time and be sure to get up plenty of times, or stand at the back for most of it when your seatbelt sign is off.

This next tip might seem self-explanatory, but when we’re sat on a flight – how often do we get up and move?

Unless you sleep well on planes and plan to nod off for the entire flight, you’ll probably want to request an aisle seat for your journey. This will allow you to easily stand up frequently and move around the cabin without disturbing your seatmates.

Plus, sitting too long in the same position causes tightness and pain.

You can do some simple stretches in the back of the plane, and if you’re unable to get up, you can do some stretches in your seat such as neck rolls or raising your hands high above your head for a good stretch.

Next, are you taking a carry on case? If so, do your best to pack light.

Every extra item you squeeze into your case is one more thing you’ll have to hoist up into the overhead bin or drag through the airport.

Make it easier on yourself by packing less and checking-in any bags you know you won’t be able to lift easily over your head.

This same advice applies for when you reach your destination too – when you’re out exploring, take a small backpack that distributes weight evenly rather than using a shoulder bag that places unnecessary pressure on one side of your body.

If you must carry a single shoulder bag, switch it regularly from one side to the other throughout the day to make it easier on your body.

For more information and tips about natural ways to live with less back pain – here is a free back pain report…..

For more tips like this to help you or a loved one ease low back pain, here’s a free guide to help you keep active with less back pain……

Connect with us on via telephone or email us to tell us what’s going on with your back.  A member of the team can take your details and we can email or post a copy. Here’s our contact form. https://applephysio.com/contact/

FREE REPORT: “HERE’S HOW YOU CAN GET IN ON ALL THE FREE ADVICE CURRENTLY BEING GIVEN AWAY BY OUR BEST PHYSIOS TO PEOPLE WHO WANT TO KNOW HOW TO BRING A FAST END TO THEIR “DAILY, ANNOYING AND NAGGING” BACK PAIN…BEFORE IT GETS ANY WORSE”!

…Meaning A Better Night’s Sleep, More Energy, Less Worry, And Above All…MORE Freedom To Do Things With LESS PAIN And Less Tension!… And That Would Be Nice, Right?

About the Author: Leslie Abrahams


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Leslie is a Physio, Pilates Educator and Rehab Specialist who has a special interest in Spinal Treatments, lower limb injuries, and has vast experience dealing with patients post injury or surgery. Every week, for over 20 years, 100’s of people aged 30-64+ have consulted Leslie and his team looking for answers to concerning questions about, and for, a fast end to their health worries and physical pains and stiffness.

 Leslie is a Master Trainer for the world renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute(APPI). He is regular key note speaker at conferences and travels internationally to present on modified exercise for rehabilitation. Leslie is the Director of Apple Physio Clinics situated in Bracknell and Windsor. Berkshire’s Specialist Private Physiotherapy Practice for People in their 30’s. 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, who want to keep healthy and active.

Have you ever been told you have a slipped disc? Myths and 5 top Cures talked about discs here!

At Apple Physiotherapy we see a LOT of clients struggling with back pain and I mean a lot! At least 75% of our week, every week, is filled with people who have bad back. We see people with achy backs through to those in agony who literally drag themselves in to the clinic.

As it’s the most common condition we treat we are experts in this area.

With that being said I want to talk to you about those pesky discs that we hear so much about. I am going to talk to you about one common myth about discs and successful ways to get over any disc pain or injury.

One of the most common misconceptions that we hear as Physiotherapists is that people say they have “SLIPPED THEIR DISC”. They have either decided this by consulting “Doctor Google” or they have been told this by a real doctor, health professional or listened to a family member or friend.

Do you know anyone who has been told that they have a slipped disc? I bet there is a least one person you know.

Discs make up a key component of our spine, they are sandwiched between two of our spinal bones called vertebrae. There’s a perception out there that discs are weak and fragile.

The disc is sandwiched between 2 end plates that are very strong indeed and act like a pressure plate to ensure that there is no slipping. The end plate is in fact attached to the outer layer of the disc.

So now I bet you are thinking if discs are so strong why do so many people struggle with problems from them? Let me explain… discs tend to bulge not slip!…

Think about a yummy jammy doughnut… The jams sits in the middle and when we take a bite in to the doughnut what happens?…. That’s right the jam oozes out. Similar happens with discs. With time the discs can dry out and the jam in the middle can leak through the outer lining. This is called a “disc bulge”.

In more severe cases the inner material (the jam) can come through the outer layer but this is rare!

Disc problems can indeed lead to backpain that can aggravate the spinal nerve(s) causing leg pain. (Sciatica if coming from the lower levels of the low back).

What to do if you have been told you have a slipped disc

1. Get a 2nd opinion

This really is the best way forward…. As Physiotherapists we are often best placed to review your back pain and look at the big picture. Having a disc issue is common but we need to find out why that disc problem occurred in the first place as there will be a reason.

2. Keep moving

Have you ever been told to rest in bed, on the floor if you back is in acute pain? Your doctor may have told you to do this. This is the worst thing you can do…why? Because you will get stiffer and weaker which will give you more pain, not less!

3. Do the right exercises at the right time

The exact exercises will depend onhow your symptoms present but keeping active and strong is a great starting point. Please don’t take advice from friends or family about back pain or sciatica or disc problems unless they are a qualified health professional and have fully assessed your back.

And please please, do not do exercises you find on google, facebook or any other social media channel, as even if given by health professionals they are generic exercises and not specific to you, your body and your pain problem. Bespoke exercises are ALWAYS best as you know they are tailored for your specific needs.

4. Get good quality treatment

Go see an expert in back pain treatment. You will need a bespoke treatment plan tailored for you, your symptoms and your body for back pain to resolve. This is not a one size fits all problem.

Things to look out for when choosing who is best to help treat you is anyone can put you on a machine, tell you to use ice or heat but none of these solve the root cause of the problem. They are like a band aid treating the symptoms and not the cause and you will not get pain free with this approach. If you don’t get the cause sorted out, mark my words your back pain will be back to haunt you at some point.

5. Pilates

This is a great structured form of exercise to allow you engage those core muscles, get you moving well and get you on the way to getting out of pain.

Word of warning… please choose your instructor carefully as Pilates is not a protected title and anyone can set up a class with very little training.

If you have aches and pains it’s always best to be in a smaller class and be taught by a health professional such as a  Physiotherapist as they will give you exercises that are safe and they will come round and check you are doing the exercises correctly.

So to round up please remember “DISCS DON’T SLIP!” They never have and they never will! But they can be helped to get better!

For more information and tips about natural ways to live with less back pain – here is a free back pain report…..

For more tips like this to help you or a loved one ease low back pain, here’s a free guide to help you keep active with less back pain……

Connect with us on via telephone or email us to tell us what’s going on with your back.  A member of the team can take your details and we can email or post a copy. Here’s our contact form. https://applephysio.com/contact/

FREE REPORT: “HERE’S HOW YOU CAN GET IN ON ALL THE FREE ADVICE CURRENTLY BEING GIVEN AWAY BY OUR BEST PHYSIOS TO PEOPLE WHO WANT TO KNOW HOW TO BRING A FAST END TO THEIR “DAILY, ANNOYING AND NAGGING” BACK PAIN…BEFORE IT GETS ANY WORSE”!

…Meaning A Better Night’s Sleep, More Energy, Less Worry, And Above All…MORE Freedom To Do Things With LESS PAIN And Less Tension!… And That Would Be Nice, Right?

About the Author: Leslie Abrahams


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Leslie is a Physio, Pilates Educator and Rehab Specialist who has a special interest in Spinal Treatments, lower limb injuries, and has vast experience dealing with patients post injury or surgery. Every week, for over 20 years, 100’s of people aged 30-64+ have consulted Leslie and his team looking for answers to concerning questions about, and for, a fast end to their health worries and physical pains and stiffness.

 Leslie is a Master Trainer for the world renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute(APPI). He is regular key note speaker at conferences and travels internationally to present on modified exercise for rehabilitation. Leslie is the Director of Apple Physio Clinics situated in Bracknell and Windsor. Berkshire’s Specialist Private Physiotherapy Practice for People in their 30’s. 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, who want to keep healthy and active.

7 MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE WHEN DEALING WITH BACK PAIN

Here at Apple Physiotherapy we have worked with back pain for many years and truly have a great knowledge of how to diagnose and manage your back pain.

There are several common mistakes we consistently see people are making when they have back pain.

Could you or someone you know be making one or more of these mistakes?

We list the most common mistakes below and what YOU can do about it…..

Mistake # 1

Ignoring the pain, thinking it will go away on its own.

We often ask clients, how long have you had your pain? The replies most commonly vary from months to years. I was hoping it would sort itself out.

Just getting on with things and thinking the pain will go away, may work but this will take a lot of time, plus, that’s if the pain ever goes away anyway.

Early intervention is shown to help reduce your pain in the long term.

So if there is a niggle get it assessed by a professional.

Mistake # 2

Trusting in medications, hoping issue will resolve

Yes, taking medication can help to ease pain. However, medication is not treating the real source of the problem. You need to see a Health Care Professional who can diagnose the problem and advise on a recovery plan.

Often medication does play an important part on the recovery journey.

Mistake # 3

Too often our clients tell us that they have been following the advice of a friend or family member to manage their symptoms.

What may have worked for your Auntie Mary to ease her back pain is not necessarily what is going to work for you. We are all individuals and very different in our body make up, and your back pain could be coming from an entirely different source! You need to seek professional advice that will diagnose the root cause of the problem.

Mistake # 4

Youtube. I regularly have clients who attend and demonstrate to me a set of exercises that they have found on Youtube for their symptoms. I’ll be honest the effectiveness of these exercises can really vary as often the exercises are incorrect and potentially harmful for that particular problem.

Exercise for your back should be specific for your needs. Therefore, understanding what’s actually wrong with you will help you make a much better informed decision about what exercise will be most beneficial. Avoid exercise that increase your pain.

Mistake # 5

Rushing back into activities too soon.

Rushing back to activities too quickly can be detrimental to your recovery. Too much stressful activity on the body, with the body in a weakened state can quickly escalate your back pain.

Mistake # 6

Playing it too safe and resting for too long

Current research suggests that exercise is the best action to take to help you recover from back pain.

Again remember, resting is almost like doing nothing, and you are always

better trying to do something to help yourself recover.

Mistake # 7

Waiting too long to ask the right person for help

The longer you wait to ask the right person, the longer you suffer with pain. You may also prolong the amount of time that it will take to recover from your back pain. My advice is to contact a health professional ASAP. If you are already making any of these mistakes, you are not alone and you should know at the outset, rarely is it ever too late to get things right.

Here is the great news: Even if you have been making ALL of these mistakes we can still help you!

For more tips like this to help you or a loved one ease low back pain, here’s a free guide to help you keep active with less back pain……

Connect with us on via telephone or email us to tell us what’s going on with your back.  A member of the team can take your details and we can email or post a copy. Here’s our contact form. https://applephysio.com/contact/

FREE REPORT: “HERE’S HOW YOU CAN GET IN ON ALL THE FREE ADVICE CURRENTLY BEING GIVEN AWAY BY OUR BEST PHYSIOS TO PEOPLE WHO WANT TO KNOW HOW TO BRING A FAST END TO THEIR “DAILY, ANNOYING AND NAGGING” BACK PAIN…BEFORE IT GETS ANY WORSE”!

…Meaning A Better Night’s Sleep, More Energy, Less Worry, And Above All…MORE Freedom To Do Things With LESS PAIN And Less Tension!… And That Would Be Nice, Right?

About the Author: Leslie Abrahams


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Leslie is a Physio, Pilates Educator and Rehab Specialist who has a special interest in Spinal Treatments, lower limb injuries, and has vast experience dealing with patients post injury or surgery. Every week, for over 20 years, 100’s of people aged 30-64+ have consulted Leslie and his team looking for answers to concerning questions about, and for, a fast end to their health worries and physical pains and stiffness.

 Leslie is a Master Trainer for the world renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute(APPI). He is regular key note speaker at conferences and travels internationally to present on modified exercise for rehabilitation. Leslie is the Director of Apple Physio Clinics situated in Bracknell and Windsor. Berkshire’s Specialist Private Physiotherapy Practice for People in their 30’s. 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, who want to keep healthy and active.