Physiotherapy And Back Pain: Why Should You Keep Suffering?

Back Pain And PhysiotherapyIt is an emergency, you need to move fast, but that shooting pain in the back is a “real pain”!! Getting in your way at all times has become its favorite pastime and there is little you can do about it…it is time to re-think if that’s what you’re thinking…

Physiotherapy makes a grand entry and makes back pain a thing of the past…

However, some back pain is temporary, and if Cabella Lowe of Huff Post Lifestyle is to be believed, pregnancy is one of the most frequent precipitators of back pain in women. She

“ can identify with people who have excruciating pain, even just turning over at night or getting up from a chair was difficult for”…her.

So what did she do, not that she could let go of her job, and those of us who have desk jobs, know just what kind of torture she is referring to…

Cabella’s saving grace was:

“…a neat little pillow that I carried with me, which I put into the small of my back, making any chair comfortable. I found that Pilates classes were really helpful also and getting out of the office for walks at lunchtime helped a lot with the pain.”

Can’t help but agree with Cabella when she says:

“As you can see almost all of us will suffer from back pain at some point in our lives. It is most common in the lower back, although it can be felt anywhere along the spine, from your neck down to your hips.”

If you are also one of the millions who are wondering: How common is lower back pain?

Here is your answer:

“Although most back pain like mine will get better in a matter of weeks, and is rarely caused by more serious illness, it still accounted for 34.4 millions lost working days in 2011, more than any other illness.”

What about doctor’s advice for some well earned rest periods?

Hate to burst your bubble, friend, but long periods of inactivity can actually hamper and make your back pain worse. Worst case scenario: you might lose the proper spinal functions altogether…

So why Physiotherapy?

“Physiotherapists are able to assess, diagnose and treat back pain. We do this by looking at the root cause, which may be poor posture, lack of strength and flexibility or poor movement patterns. As well as being able to use treatment techniques such as joint and soft tissue manipulation, and give advice on the best exercises to do and ways to look after the spine.

Many of us associate back pain with strain or injury, such as heavy lifting, DIY and sports injuries, but there are many other factors: if you work in an office, the heaviest thing you might have to lift is a cup of coffee, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not at risk.”

How it helps identify the cause of YOUR lower back pain…

Cabella says:

“Through a sedentary lifestyle and poor posture, the deep muscles surrounding the spine can become weakened and lose coordination, meaning that your back is not properly supported. We recommend core strength training exercises, like Pilates, which are designed to target these muscles and help them to activate at the right time.”

And what’s best is that you need to make slight changes to your daily lifestyle for healthy changes where your lower back pain is concerned! Cabella assures you, it is never too late to start making these changes and hoping for the better…

Cabella also gives you a few pointers on how to use physiotherapy and back health:

  • “ Before gardening or DIY, do some warming up exercises. Remember to always work within your limits and take regular breaks.”

No wonder sports folks always harp on warm ups.

  • “If you wear high heels, try to only wear them when necessary. Walking in high heels can tilt your pelvis too far forward and place unnecessary strain on your lower back.”

Comfort-wear anyone?

  • “Most people have their ironing board too low. Make sure it is at waist height to minimize back strain.”

It is household chore, not regular torture chamber!

  • “ When driving, all controls should be within easy reach. If your vehicle has any lumbar support, adjust this to provide a gentle pressure against the lowest part of your back. If your seat lacks support, try using a lumbar roll.”“We spend nearly one-third of our lives sleeping, so it’s important to look at your sleep environment and posture. Depending on what position you sleep in, these tips can help reduce the development or occurrence of back pain.”

Poor driving posture affects your concentration on the road…

  • “Sleeping on your side: This position leaves your upper leg unsupported, and the top knee and thigh tend to rest on the mattress. This rotates the lower spine and may contribute to back pain. Place a pillow between your knees and thighs to prevent this problem.”
  • “Sleeping on your back: Placing a pillow under your knees can help maintain the natural curve of your lower back. A small rolled towel under the small of your back may also help. You should support your neck with a pillow.
  •  Sleeping on your stomach: This position can be particularly hard on your back. If this is the only way you can sleep, you can reduce back strain by placing a pillow under your hips and lower abdomen. If a pillow under your head places too much strain on your back, try not using one.”

No wonder the doctors always keep cribbing about proper sleeping postures!

Now that you know how you can make it easier for physiotherapy to work, please do follow the tips and make your back pain disappear!!