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Dr. N C G Richards MBBS DIH DRCOG MRCGP MFOM: an independent consultant occupational physician covering a wide range of industry in the West Midlands and Wales who sees many cases of chronic back pain and associated disability.

A retrospective case study looking at the effectiveness of the Springback

Background: Chronic back pain is a major problem according to the Clinical Standards Advisory Group1, despite current treatments. A new method of treating chronic back and neck pain was developed by the Springback™ clinic, incorporating power assisted mobilisation, which remains to be accepted by main stream medicine, despite apparently good results.
The symptoms of the back problem include pain, stretched ligaments, excessive wear and tear in the joints and disc prolapse. The cause of the back problem is to be found in basic physical principles. To function correctly, the spine must be supple and elastic, like the spine of a healthy teenager. As the spine becomes less supple, stresses begin to concentrate at particular points in the spine during activity. Where stresses concentrate, the joints are overstressed. Back pain, stretched ligaments, excessive wear and tear and disc prolapse are the natural consequences of this overstressing.
When someone complains of a bad back they mean a persistent problem and a degree of disability. Most people will experience a back pain episode at some time in their life. Back pain episodes are self-limiting and isolated episodes imply nothing sinister. Of far greater concern is the slide into disability.
Christina S. Lemieux, MSPT Manual therapy of the vertebrae and spine has been a treatment for back and spinal syndromes dating to the ancient Greeks. For over 45 years, one group of manual treatment techniques, Spinal Joint Mobilization (SJM), to restore function and normal joint mechanics, has been embraced by mainstream physical therapy to treat back and spinal pain and dysfunction.