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Low Back Pain: Treatment and Rehabilitation

Top 5 Tips to Minimise Lower Back Pain Physiotherapy At Woodbridge, Vaughan - Best Treatment of Back Pain

Hands up if you’ve had back pain?

Chances are yes – you have had some  low back pain if you are in your adult years.

It doesn’t have to be that way though!

Lower back pain is an extremely common problem in today’s society with the widely accepted statistic from sources such as the WHO stating that 80% of all adults will experience some form of symptoms in their lifetime.

There are many causes and reasons why your back could become painful and some forms of back pain are more serious than others, but for the most part, back pain is typically non serious and can be easily managed, quickly!

6 Common Causes of Back Pain:

  • Overuse injuries
  • Accidents
  • Poor sitting habits – time and posture!
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Complex Medical Conditions

When the lower back becomes sore, it is a collection of tissues which become sore, including bones, discs, ligaments, tendons and muscles.

All of these tissues heal at different rates and need the treatments and exercises in assisting them back to full recovery.

Our Physiotherapy Clinic in Vaughan Has Back Pain Prevention Tips

  • Mobility Work

Keeping your back mobile is extremely important for minimizing the chances of lower back pain developing. If your back has reduced movement with bending, leaning back, twisting or side bending then you are losing capability. Once your back tightness or stiffens up this can lead to its tissues becoming sore and pain developing.

An easy fix for this is to perform gentle back stretches in the morning when you wake up. This can include gentle hugging of the knees, twisting your knees from side to side and gentle arching of your back before you get up for the day. This helps to promote more movement in your back and a healthy foundation for your daily activity. Foam rollers and myofascial release balls can be added to perform your own sports massage which can help to loosen tissues and keep them relaxed.

  • Best Treatment – Physiotherapy

Regular body maintenance treatments are also ideal for keeping your lower back healthy. There are many different types of physiotherapy to choose from, for example, soft tissue mobilization is an effective treatment which can help keep the muscles of the lower back in good condition. If our backs become overly tight and restricted this can place too much pressure on other tissues in the back, causing pain.

Manipulation of the soft tissue to reduce tightness, improve flexibility and increase blood flow to the area can help to maintain your lower backs condition. For best results and to get the most out of physio sessions, planning them into your routine on a regular basis such as once per month can be an effective way to manage your lower back health.

  • Avoid Sitting for Too Long

Our bodies are meant to move! It’s a shame that most jobs and lifestyles these days include excessive sitting times. If we sit for too long this can have many effects on the body such as reducing our backs strength, limiting its flexibility and increasing the chances of developing pain.

If you work in a sitting role – stand up every 30 minutes to gently stretch or walk and at your breaks take time out of the day to walk. If you find that you are sitting a lot at home – try and be more active with household tasks or take regular breaks from sitting – your back will thank you!

  • Strength Training

In the current evidence – strength training and weightlifting is the best type of exercise for reducing back pain. When the lower back becomes painful it often acquires a weakness – when you strengthen the back up again, the pain goes! So, it makes sense to stop the pain starting by incorporating some regular resistive exercise.

Exercises such as deadlifting, squatting and other weight training are a great way to promote a stronger more resilient back. It’s not all weights however – things like Yoga and Pilates have a good strengthening effect on the back with positive results!

  • Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep is the most powerful recovery tool on the market today – however possibly the most under appreciated. Our lifestyles are very busy and stressful and can lead to poor amounts of time in bed and early starts.

Sleep is where your recovery and repair is performed – aiming for between 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night will allow your back to rest and repair more effectively. If you aren’t sleeping well look at meditation, ear plugs and eye masks to help improve your bedtime routine and achieve a more restful sleep.

Our Clinic Services Maple, Concord, Woodbridge – Vaughan

In summary, keeping your back healthy and happy is simple – move frequently, vary your exercise, get a good sleep and take care of yourself with physiotherapy.

If you need Physiotherapy – then come along to Physiotherapy At Woodbridge and get booked in for an assessment. You can do this easily by clicking the link here.

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