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Physiotherapy For Back Pain Relief: Everything You Need To Know

Back pain can be debilitating, demoralising and excruciating. If you experience chronic back pain, have an episode that goes beyond a few days and stretches into weeks, or experience frequent and recurring bouts of back pain, physiotherapy can help you manage it, recover, prevent further recurrences, and diminish the physical restrictions you experience as a result. 

If you experience acute symptoms of back pain it may be advisable to consider physiotherapy as part of your treatment sooner, particularly if you have a spinal injury that requires rehabilitation. 

The goal of physiotherapy is – in general – to decrease the pain you feel, increase your physical function, and educate you on completing a maintenance program of exercises in order to prevent future recurrences.

When it comes to back pain, physiotherapy usually consists of two elements, passive therapy that reduces your pain to a manageable level, and active exercises. Here’s everything you need to know about physiotherapy for back pain relief…

Passive Physiotherapy For Back Pain…

There are several passive modalities that physiotherapists may consider for the treatment of back pain. These are considered passive treatments as they are done to the patient, rather than with the patient. Some examples are:

  • TENS units
  • Heat/ice packs
  • Iontophoresis
  • Ultrasound

Active Physiotherapy Exercises…

While passive therapies are helpful in relieving pain – particularly acute pain – active physiotherapy i.e. exercise) is vital to rehabilitating your spine and ensuring you recover from the cause of your back pain. It’s also essential to preventing repeated occurrences and creating a maintenance routine. 

There are several types of exercise used to treat back pain, including:

Stretching Exercises For Back Pain…

Stretching your hamstring muscles once or twice daily is highly advisable for most patients who suffer from lower back pain. Although the simple act of stretching your hamstrings doesn’t take a great deal of time, it can be difficult to remember to do it daily, particularly on days when you’re not experiencing pain.

Your back pain acts as an alarm clock reminding you to do your exercises. When it’s not there – indicating your exercises are working! – it’s very easy to forget. Creating a daily routine of stretching those hamstrings is a great way to create a habit that you become so used to doing, that you do it automatically, regardless of your pain level.

While there are a lot more exercises that can be added to this daily routine, hamstring stretches are a great place to start. 

Exercises To Strengthen Your Back…

Strengthening your back muscles through regular exercises is another essential element in your recovery. Fifteen to twenty minutes of dynamic lumbar stabilisation exercises, as well as other similar prescribed exercises, can be completed every other day in order to enhance the strength of your back.

If done correctly, these strengthening exercises can significantly reduce pain. However it’s important to learn how to do them correctly in order to see the benefits, and learning from a qualified physiotherapist is vital. 

Low-Impact Aerobic Conditioning…

For long-term pain reduction and prevention, low-impact aerobics is another very important element of your physical therapy. There are numerous options available from walking and cycling to swimming or aqua aerobics. 

Spending thirty to forty minutes on aerobic exercises three times a week is highly beneficial. Complete these aerobics on alternate days to your strengthening exercises.

Getting In A Routine To Relieve Back Pain

Even the busiest of schedules can incorporate an exercise regime designed to relieve and prevent back pain through stretching and strengthening exercises and aerobic conditioning. The specific routine you should create will vary depending on the cause of your pain, and it’s important to work with a professional to determine the best means of treating your pain. Get in touch today to speak to a physiotherapist about relieving your back pain and creating a long-term exercise routine to manage it and prevent recurrences…

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