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Stuart Ramage is dedicated to providing information and solutions for lower back pain and sciatica. If you’ve found your way here, you may be experiencing discomfort or pain in your lower back or hips, and we understand how challenging that can be. Let’s explore what brought you to us in the first place and how we can work together to address your concerns.

Client’s Initial Concerns: We understand that you might have sought our assistance due to lower back pain or sciatica-related issues. Lower back pain is a common complaint that affects millions of people worldwide. Sciatica, on the other hand, is a specific condition characterised by pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, often causing discomfort in the lower back, buttocks, and down the leg. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, we are here to help you find relief and long-term solutions.

General and Specific Assessment: Upon your first visit, we will conduct a thorough general assessment to understand your medical history, lifestyle, and the nature of your pain. Additionally, we will perform a specific structural assessment of your lower back and hips to pinpoint any areas of concern or imbalances.

Identifying the Cause of Pain: Our goal is to determine the cause of your pain accurately. This may involve analysing whether the pain resulted from a specific incident or accident, leading to an acute episode, or if it is due to chronic overloading and stress on the affected area. While addressing the symptoms is essential, we will also conduct a “Red Flag” assessment to ensure there are no serious underlying medical conditions that require immediate medical intervention.

Understanding the Pain Location and Duration: By identifying the location and duration of your pain, we can better understand whether it is related to sciatica, piriformis syndrome, restricted hip flexors, or a combination of factors. This knowledge will guide us in creating a targeted treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.

Flexion or Extension Intolerance: Understanding whether your lower back pain is triggered or worsened by flexion (forward bending) or extension (backward bending) activities is crucial. This will help us tailor the treatment plan to accommodate your specific condition.

Creating a Personalised Treatment Plan: Based on our assessments, we will collaborate with you to design a personalised treatment plan. Initially, we will focus on exercises and stretches that act as “relievers” of pain to alleviate your discomfort. As you progress, we will introduce exercises and stretches to act as “preventers” of pain, promoting long-term relief and improved functionality.

The Role of “Hands-On Therapy”: In some cases, “hands-on therapy” techniques, such as massage, may be beneficial for short-term pain relief. However, it’s essential to address the underlying issues causing the pain to achieve lasting results. Therefore, our approach incorporates both pain management and resolving the root causes of your discomfort.

Integrative Regime: We have found that an integrated approach to treatment yields better long-term results. We might incorporate Kinetic Chain Release (KCR) techniques alongside massage, as needed, and targeted exercises to create a comprehensive and effective healing plan.

Empowering Client Engagement: We strongly believe in empowering our clients to actively participate in their well-being, both physically and mentally. There is intriguing research indicating a link between a positive mental attitude and pain management. We encourage open discussions about treatment and lifestyle adjustments, as we recognize that collaboration is essential for successful outcomes.

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