Back pain is the disease of the 21st Century. It is the leading cause of disability world-wide. And one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor.

Most of us have experienced the disabling nature of back pain. It can hurt to sit, stand, walk, bend over, twist – literally doing anything other than laying still results in aches or shooting pain.

Most back pain recovers within a few weeks, but you should see your doctor if your back pain is persistent, spreads down your legs, is accompanied by unexplained weight loss or causes numbness or tingling in your legs.

For some of us, back pain has a major negative impact on our quality of life, and persists for months or years.

Back pain is often caused by inflammation, which can be linked to:

  • Muscle and ligament strain
  • Bulging or ruptured discs
  • Osteo-arthritis
  • Tightness in the whole back-chain of muscles from the neck down to the calves and ankles

Sauna, cryotherapy and compression are designed to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow to target areas and stimulate your body’s ability to produce its own pain killers. The result is less back pain, greater mobility and an improved quality of life.

The pain relieving effects of these treatments are well documented in the scientific literature. These drug-free ways of reducing pain allows people to live their lives and achieve their goals without the debilitating effects of chronic back pain.

Our treatments for back pain

In a quality cryotherapy tank, you are immersed in a super-cold tank to just below your head. The cold air lowers the temperature of your muscles and joints. This treatment:

  • stimulates your body’s own anti-inflammatory responses
  • Increases anti-oxidant production, which in turn reduces free-radicals. Damage and inflammation in our body release free-radicals, which in turn can directly cause more tissue damage and inflammation that creates a nasty cycle that results in chronic pain conditions. By stimulating your body’s own ability to produce anti-oxidants to eliminate these free-radicals, chronic pain conditions can be reduced or removed altogether
  • Limits fluid build up in damaged areas, which in turn reduces pressure on nerves and this results in less or no pain.

When it comes to cryotherapy, the temperature is important. You need to get your muscle temperature down as fast as possible, without causing cold burns on the skin.

Infra-red saunas use 100% safe infra-red LED lamps to directly heat up your muscles. It feels like sitting outside on a sunny day. Apart from feeling fantastic, heating up your muscles stimulates a cascade of wonderful responses in your body including:

  • improved circulation
  • increased heart rate
  • substantially increased oxygenation of muscles and muscle relaxation
  • hormonal changes that include increased natural pain killers, anti-inflammatories and cortisol.

The result of all of this is reduced pain, and a greater feeling of calm and relaxation.

High quality compression suits are used by elite athletes all around the world. These compression suits apply measured pressure to your muscles in waves that feel amazing, and increase blood flow to a particular area over a thirty minute session. Just lie back and relax! For many people, sitting at a desk all day, standing up at a counter, or digging, lifting and moving heavy objects can result in tightening muscles in the back chain of muscles. The compression suits, when used on your legs, increases blood flow and fluid movement, reducing lactic acid and relaxing the muscles. This in turn reduces the ‘pull’ of those muscles on the lower back, reducing the strain and pain.

Everyone is different and responds differently to these treatments, but we do find that most people prefer to use all three treatments in combination for their back pain. Each treatment stimulates a different response in your body, and together, often deliver the best results. This ultimate treatment takes about an hour and ten minutes, but provides many pain free days afterwards, and just quietly, is a blissful experience that leaves you feeling amazing afterwards.

These treatments are scientifically proven to lower inflammation and pain, but there are many things you may be able to do to keep your back healthy and reduce the chance of pain. Please get professional advice from a doctor or physiotherapist if your back pain is persisting beyond three or four days.

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