Posture & Back Pain

The London Orthotic Consultancy (LOC) was the first clinic in the UK to specialise in the treatment and prevention of poor posture and back pain using bespoke Proprioceptive Insoles.

LOC’s specialist clinicians will take a detailed history of the patient’s current symptoms and past medical history before undertaking a thorough investigation to uncover the root cause of an individual’s symptoms. The assessment will identify the patient’s posture type and areas of high muscular tension.

The resulting prescription is unique to every individual and the insoles will stimulate your body to correct postural misalignment; you should notice an immediate improvement as the insoles are being fitted for the first time.

 

Back Pain

Back pain is very common, and, according to the National Pain Audit, the costs of back pain alone account for 20% of the UK’s total health expenditure. It is the greatest cause of time off work in the UK. It is difficult to diagnose the exact cause of an individual’s back pain. However, a contributing factor is poor posture because it means the body is less resistant to the strains we put on our body during our lifetime.

Poor posture can result in the following:

  • postural back pain;
  • abnormal muscle tension;
  • muscle imbalance;
  • joint mal-alignment;
  • general muscular aches and pains.

If back pain persists, or if you suffer from chronic back pain, it is worth investigating whether your symptoms are caused by poor posture. At the initial consultation, your body will be scanned to identify areas of spinal and pelvic mal-alignment and abnormal muscle tension. The London Orthotic Consultancy was the first clinic in the UK to use the DIERS 3D Back Scanner.

The London Orthotic Consultancy’s treatment for back pain caused by poor posture is Proprioception Therapy.

Back Pain Diagnosis

The DIERS Formetric 11 Plus scanner is the world leader in optical 3D measurement systems for the back and spine. The London Orthotic Consultancy (LOC) was the first clinic in the UK to use one.

The scanner provides a fast, contactless and radiation-free measurement of the back surface and spine. It will identify any problem areas of:

  • pelvic torsion and mal-alignment;
  • spinal rotation and curvature;
  • abnormal muscle tension.

It is used in our clinic to diagnose postural problems and analyse the effectiveness of neuromuscular proprioception therapy for poor posture and related back pain. It provides repeatable objective measurements.

FAQS:

We have the following facilities and amenities at our Kingston Upon Thames location:

  • Free parking
  • Wheelchair ramp
  • Disabled toilet
  • Baby changing facilities

We also have the Gait Laboratory for orthotics patients and Onsite Manufacturing for speedy turnarounds and adjustments whilst you wait.

An insole is a contoured orthotic device which alters the characteristics and biomechanics of the foot and ankle area. Biomechanics are concerned with mechanical laws and how they affect the living body, especially the musculoskeletal system.

They are removable devices, often made from plastic, that are designed to fit inside a shoe to provide additional support for your feet. As well as offering shock absorption, an insole can help distribute the weight of your body more effectively across the foot and can be made bespoke to cover a range of biomechanical conditions.

If you have symptoms in your feet, ankles, hips or your lower back that are intermittent or were not there to start with in early life, and have started to cause you pain over a period of time, bespoke orthotic insoles could be an excellent option.

If you have already tried rest, icing, compression and elevation and your feet have not recovered, we recommend a biomechanical assessment to consider the possibility of insoles. They are a non-invasive approach to treatment and in many cases, are a great option for symptoms that are not severe enough to warrant surgical intervention. Alternatively, they can be considered as an option prior to surgery.

We will send patients away when an insole is not appropriate, if a patient is suffering with iliotibial band syndrome for example, the problem can be helped with physiotherapy and a stretching programme. That’s what our biomechanical assessment is all about; determining whether there would be any benefit from altering the alignment of your feet.

Clothing worn is dependent on which clinic you are attending. You will be sent a letter detailing what clothing to wear along with all other details prior to any appointment at the clinic.

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