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Back pain: Five things you must do if you want to relieve painful symptoms

Back pain: Five things you must do if you want to relieve painful symptoms 1

Take note, some NHS physiotherapists accept appointments without a doctor’s referral.

Private treatment from a physiotherapist is also an alternative.

A GP, specialist or physiotherapist may propose other treatments if the self-care measures aren’t helping to minimise back pain. Possible recommendations include:

Group exercise classes – where you’re taught exercises to strengthen your muscles and improve your posture.

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Manual therapy – treatments such as manipulating the spine and massage, usually carried out by physiotherapists, chiropractors or osteopaths.

Psychological support, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – this can be a useful part of treatment if you’re struggling to cope with the pain.

Bupa says: “There’s no evidence that back supports, braces or insoles help treat or prevent back pain so doctors don’t generally recommend them.”

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