Low Back Pain
Back pain is one of most debilitating conditions of the modern world. While it is extremely worrying and debilitating there is no need to worry. 90% of patient we see who suffer from low back are classified as “non specific low back pain”. This mean that there is no structural damage to the back. Your back will cause pain when it is trying to protect itself.
Given our busy lifestyles commuting to work or college, sedentary positions we are positioned in during the day and various social/family commitments we forget to look after our back and body. All your back is designed to do and wants to do is move. Movement is the best form of exercises for your back. If it doesn’t move enough it will start to get sore, either when your as sitting or standing or when you go to do exercises. This is completely normal given the lives that we lead.
Low back pain explained
Please say this sentence aloud….. Your back is a strong robust structure, designed to take heavy loads in all directions. Unfortunately when it doesn’t have the mobility or flexibility to take these loads then it will tighten up and cause pain to protect itself. IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE A “Slipped Disc” or “Pinched Nerve”. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong and you need to do something to help it get better. That is where physiotherapy comes in
What can Physiotherapy do to help?
What we do at Stepaside Physiotherapy is, systematically assessing your body, discover what is the source of your pain, and restore your body to move more functionally. We find the muscles or joints which are problematic and either release or activate those muscles. Once that is done we teach you to move normally and give you the confidence to trust your back and relax.
What can you do to help your back
Lots of people end up compensating when they are in pain. whether this is holding your breath limping or bracing your stomach muscles to help support the back. These are some of the worst things you can do. Try to relax take deep breaths when moving. It will be sore so take some pain relief medication, rest for 1-2 days only. If pain has not resolved within 3-5 days then contact us here at Stepaside Physio for some friendly advice treatment and reassurance that your back is perfectly fine, its just in a bad mood because it hasnt been looking after as well as it can be.
Call us now if you are unsure if you require treatment at present