Back pain is very common situation to deal with, that affects a great number of New Zealanders. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor posture, muscle strain, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis. Whatever the cause, back pain can be a debilitating condition that can greatly affect everyday life.

Why Top Notch Bodyworks? 
Our approach with back pain relief is natural, holistic and non-invasive. We have both osteopathy and massage therapy which is based on the principle that the body has an innate ability to heal itself, and that by improving the structure and function of the body, it can promote healing and alleviate pain.

We go further with back pain and our approach involves a comprehensive assessment of how you move, including your posture, range of motion, and overall health. Our therapists will use a range of hands on techniques to manipulate (osteopaths only) and mobilise the joints, muscles, and soft tissues of the body. 

Some of the techniques used for back pain may include:

  1. Soft tissue massage – this involves using gentle to firm pressure to massage and manipulate the soft tissues of the body, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It can help to reduce muscle tension, improve the circulation, and alleviate pain.

  2. Joint mobilisation – This technique involves using gentle, rhythmic movements to mobilise the joints of the body. It can help to improve joint mobility, reduce stiffness, and alleviate pain.

  3. Muscle energy techniques – This technique involves using your muscles against the therapists resistance to create a controlled stretch in the affected area. It can help to improve muscle function, increase range of motion, and alleviate pain.

  4. High-velocity thrusts – only our osteopaths use this technique. This technique involves using a quick, high-velocity thrust to mobilise a joint. It can help to improve joint mobility, reduce stiffness, and alleviate pain.

The osteopath will tailor the treatment plan to the individual needs of each patient, taking into account their age, overall health, and the severity of their back pain. The aim is to provide a safe and effective treatment that promotes healing and alleviates pain.

and what else could be contributing. So we look at your back and hamstrings and hips, knees and anything we think is involved.  

We use a range of hands on techniques –  to improve the mobility of the joints, muscles, and soft tissues of the body.

Our aim is to restore the balance and alignment of the body, which can reduce pain and improve mobility.

We take a whole-person approach to healthcare, which means that we will considers all aspects of your health when treating back pain. This approach is particularly useful for back pain because it often has multiple causes, including physical, emotional, and psychological factors.

At Top Notch we help with your back pain by:

  • Get you feeling better aligned with your spine and pelvis
  • Remove any tension in the muscles and soft tissues
  • Feel more range with your joints
  • Improve your circulation
  • Reducing stress and tension
  • Improving posture and body awareness
  • Provide you with a natural way of healing

So we will use techniques that are relevant to your needs. Our sessions are typically forty five minutes long with massage is from forty five minutes right up to seventy five.  The number of sessions required will depend on the severity and complexity of the back pain.

At Top Notch we see alot of people with :

  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle strain
  • Whiplash
  • Postural problems
  • Pregnancy-related back pain

You don’t have to have something sore, tight or achy as our Top Notch sessions can also be used as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of back pain and improve overall health and well-being. We have a lot of tradies such as builders, plumbers, drain layers, as well as office workers that take up this option. 

During your session, your therapist will take a detailed medical history and then take you through a physical examination to assess how you move. The therapist will then use a range of techniques that aim to improve your movement and alleviate back pain

Anj Young founded Top Notch Bodyworks. She was a fitness instructor for the RNZAF for 13 years, a qualified physiotherapist, massage therapist and osteopath. Her and the team at Top Notch Bodyworks know their stuff and can help support you with your body concerns. Our osteopaths and neuromuscular therapists are also qualified to work with you at any stage of your injury or ongoing concerns.