Can I get help with back pain in Reading?

Yes you can get help with back pain in Reading from Theale Wellbeing Centre

According to UNISON – “Back pain is one of the biggest causes of work absences, accounting for more than 12 million days lost every year.”

Back pain is very common and in most cases will improve within a few weeks/months. Lower back pain is the most common although of course back pain covers anywhere along the spine from the neck down to the hips.

In most cases the pain is due to a sprain or strain and will usually get better over time.

There are things you can do at home to help relieve the pain, but sometimes it can last a long time or keep coming back.


Here are some tips that may help to reduce your pain and speed up recovery:-

  • Stay as active as you possibly can
  • Try to continue your daily activities
  • Resist resting for long periods of time as this is likely to make the pain worse
  • Do keep up with gentle exercise and stretches that are specifically for back pain
  • Try other activities such as walking, swimming, yoga and Pilates that may be helpful
  • Use hot or cold packs for short term relief – these are normally available from pharmacies
  • Remain positive, it is shown that a positive attitude can help speed up recover

Normally back pain usually gets better on its own within a few weeks/months so you may not need to get professional help.

If the pain does persist and/or get worse then you should seek professional help such as an osteopath. So if any of the following applies to you, seek help:-

  • The pain doesn’t improve within a week or two
  • You can’t do your daily activities due to the pain
  • You are experiencing severe persistent pain
  • The pain is causing you anxiety or worry


Treatment for back pain available from Theale Wellbeing Centre (links will be attached to each of these therapies)

Things to do to avoid back strain/sprain

  • Keep active
  • Do regular stretches
  • Take regular exercise
  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time
  • Ensure that if you are lifting heavy objects you are following health and safety guidelines
  • Be aware of your posture especially when sitting at computers/watching TV etc
  • Ensure that you have a good mattress that supports you correctly

If you have any concerns about back pain then contact our reception team who will arrange an appointment with one of our specialist therapists.