Tips To Alleviate Back Pain

Almost every individual suffers from back pain at some point or another in their lives. No matter the time, dealing with this pain is not easy. Back pain may be caused by a fatal accident, lifting of heavy loads, spending lots of hours seating down, poor sleeping position just to mention but a few. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to manage or deal with this problem. The following are tips on how to alleviate back pain;


Have a good night’s sleep

Sleep problems and disturbances are common among individuals suffering from back pain. A good night’s sleep helps in repairing strained back muscles as well as soothe inflamed joints. However to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep you need to first get a good bed. Then the next thing to do is to try or experiment different sleeping positions. It is important to emphasize that poor sleeping position is one of the leading causes of back pain. To prevent any twisting of the spine, ensure that you sleep on your side.



Exercise is the best remedy for backache. Simple or basic exercises like walking and jogging are very helpful when it comes to alleviating back pain. Such exercises help in getting your body in a neutral upright position that helps in alleviating back pain. However, you should avoid strenuous activities or exercises that can strain the back muscles that may lead to back pain.


Maintain a healthy weight 

Being overweight has a lot of disadvantages including backache. Losing weight especially if you have chronic back pain is one of the best ways to alleviate the pain. Having excess weight pulling on your back for a whole day strains the back muscles leading to backache. Therefore if you are overweight ensure that you lose some pounds and get a healthy weight that can be well supported by your back.


Maintain a good posture 

Backache may be caused by a long workout session at the gym, but the real cause of the pain may have been building up for a long period of time. Due to the buildup, a simple strain to the back muscles may cause pain. Therefore in order to ensure that you do not strain these muscles it is advisable to always maintain a good posture when walking, sitting or even sleeping.


Hands-on therapy

Therapy for example massage can actually help relief backache. A regular massage from an experienced specialist can help in relaxing the back muscles. It is important to point out that strained and stiff back muscles are the reason why people experience back problems. Therefore, you are advised to get a massage regularly as a way to alleviate backache.


Use painkillers 

Certain painkillers can be used to alleviate backache. However, this is a short term measure. Over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are usually recommended for backache relief. However, some of these drugs have mild side effects and it is advisable to seek medical advice before using any of these drugs as a back pain remedy.

The Rise of Rheumatology in Wimbledon

My private Rheumatology practice is based in the Wimbledon district in London. It is one of many Rheumatology clinics and specialist centers in that borough.

Over the last ten years, Wimbledon has undergone something of a health and fitness revolution. New gyms, health shops, clinics, sports facilities, spas and all sorts of similar things have constantly been established, even during the height of the financial crisis.

Many people living elsewhere in London who have suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and other problems within my field have come to me or other Wimbledon based Rheumatologists having been told to look for a specialist in Wimbledon by their local doctors.

Word has gotten around London that Wimbledon is a place with good health facilities where top medical treatment can be found for those able to pay.

The Wimbledon Coat of Arms

This has enticed many self-employed health and fitness industry professionals to set up shop in Wimbledon. A friend of mine who runs a successful agency of Wimbledon personal trainers Sanyu Fitness told me that when he did his training years ago, the post-graduate support team at the company who trained him recommended Wimbledon as a good place for personal trainers to operate out of.

The council of Wimbledon has presided over a period of continued investment in the area’s health and medical infrastructure over the past decade. They embarked upon the drive because they wanted their district to stand out in London as a place of excellence for something. The City of Westminster is the financial district, Kensington and Chelsea has its Michelin starred restaurants, and now Wimbledon has its health and fitness resources.

Why A Rheumatologist Took Personal Trainer Courses

One of the questions I get asked most often is why I bothered training to become a personal trainer when I was already a qualified rheumatologist.

It is because an increasing number of people are approaching personal trainers for help and advice about how to maintain an effective exercise regime while suffering from one of the disorders that fall under the old umbrella term of “rheumatism”.

Therefore getting qualified as and advertising myself as a personal trainer seemed to me like a great way to land new clients/patients for my private London rheumatology practice.

I have since been proven right. A number of people have come to me complaining that back pain, neck pain, and various other things are interfering with their work outs, and because of my knowledge and expertise, I can assist them more than any regular personal trainer would be able to.

While a personal trainer can never equal a certified rheumatologist, I would definitely recommend that all serious personal trainers take some basic training in how to use massage techniques to deal with lower back pain.

As a matter of fact, more and more training providers are incorporating back massage and sports massage therapy into the syllabi of their personal training courses. Especially Discovery UK, the company I did my course with. There was a lot of material on my course about back pain, though of course none of it was new to me.

Becoming a personal trainer was a lot quicker, cheaper, and easier than training to be a rheumatologist, but it was more fun I have to say. On the Discovery personal trainer courses we spent a lot of time hanging around stylish fitness studios learning how to use all of the latest exercise machines. Better than the old lecture halls at medical school!

So in summary, I became a personal trainer to give myself an extra avenue for meeting people in need of a rheumatologist, and my career has benefited as a result.

What Exactly Is A Rheumatologist?

Rheumatology is actually a sub-specialty in pediatrics and internal medicine, devoted to the diagnosis as well as therapy of the rheumatic diseases. The clinicians who normally specialize in rheumatology are known as rheumatologists. Rheumatologists mainly deal with the clinical problems involving soft tissues, vasculitis, joints, autoimmune diseases and heritable disorders of connective tissues.



Rheumatism is simply a colloquial term which refers to any painful disorder that affects one’s loco-motor system including, muscles, joints, soft tissues, connective tissues around the bones and joints. This also includes the rheumatic heart disease, that is specific to the heart valves but have symptoms similar to the rheumatic fever.

A rheumatologist is simply a board-certified pediatrician or internist who is well qualified by additional experience and training in diagnosis and the treatment of arthritis and the diseases of muscles, bones and joints.

The role of a rheumatologist is to detect (diagnose), treat and also medically manage the patients suffering from arthritis and the other rheumatic diseases. The health problems normally affect the muscles, bones, joints and sometimes the internal organs such as blood vessels, lungs, brain and kidney. Since these diseases are usually complex, patients greatly benefit from the good care of rheumatologists. Rheumatologists are the only experts in this medical field.

A rheumatologist usually interacts with the patients and their families, offers health information and also partners with health care providers in various fields of medicine.


What do rheumatologists do?

The rheumatologist assesses:

1. Signs (usually from a physical examination) and symptoms (how you feel and what you see)

2. Joint disorders

3. Overall function, including mental, physical well-being and the level of independence

4. Results of advanced lab tests and imaging

5. Treatment options

6. The need for more treatment and assessment, such as

· Referrals to other health care providers

· Orthopedic aids(brace, cane, splint, etc.) or corrective surgery

· Hospital stay

Rheumatologist aims to assist patients suffering from rheumatic disease have the best quality of life possible. These doctors (as a group) also support the laws that adequately promote patient-centered care and patient rights.

Rheumatologists teach the family, patient and the community about medical information and also how to comfortably live with the chronic rheumatic disease. The topics can include coping mechanisms, medications, ways to improve the quality of life and techniques for regaining function or preventing disability.

Rheumatologists usually provide care in various health care settings that include surgical, rehabilitation and medical hospital units, managed care practice, private office practice, transitional care units and outpatient clinics.

There are very many types of rheumatologic disease that rheumatologists treat, including;

1. Osteoarthritis

2. Rheumatoid arthritis

3. Certain autoimmune diseases, like antiphospholipid syndrome, lupus, scleroderma

4. Musculoskeletal pain disorders

5. Osteoporosis

6. Gout

7. Back pain

8. Myositis

9. Fibromyalgia

10. Tendonitis

11. vasculitis



Most of the rheumatic diseases are normally treated with Non-Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), analgesics, Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs), steroids (in very serious cases) and monoclonal antibodies, like adalimumab and infliximab. Physiotherapy is very important in treatment of numerous rheumatoid disorders. Also, occupational therapy can assist patients looking for alternatives ways for normal movements that could have otherwise been restricted by these disease.