I have had an aching back on and off since last June, when I was helping my Mum get comfortable in her hospital bed and something went click. The aches and pains come and go but this week they just would not go, despite having a Tens machine strapped to my back all week.
I decided that it was time to do something good for myself, treat myself a bit better than I usually do, so I took myself off to my GP, thinking that he would refer me to a physiotherapist. But no, he sent me downstairs to the stretching table!
For a start he very gently manipulated my spine, bending my legs and pressing my shoulders until I felt something move back to where it should be. Then he surprised me by offering me a go on the table which turns one upside down! He began by fixing my feet as tightly as he could without breaking them, then he turned me and the table through 180 degrees so that I hung there, my outstretched finger tips almost touching the floor below my head. There I stayed for 60 seconds. The time will increase by one minute each session. The doctor was hoping that my spine would stretch and thereby any trapped nerves would be released. I am still waiting to find out whether it worked, it certainly felt good.
I came out of the surgery walking an inch taller and, as the evening went on, I ached all over, feeling as if I had survived ten rounds in the ring with Henry Cooper. The back pain appears to have eased off now, but every muscle in my body, right down to my finger tips, has come to life.
Prevention is far better than cure
Conductors, whatever kind of therapy is on offer to keep the body healthy, please do make use of it. Try to prevent the backache rather than try to cure it later. The pain never really goes away once it is there.