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Why Low Back Pain May Not Go Away...
February 22, 2017

Causes of Low Back Pain & How Physiotherapy Can Help

Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons people cite for making an appointment with a physiotherapist. Most people suffer from lower back pain to varying degrees at some point in their lives. Sometimes, lower back pain is more of an annoyance than anything else, but when lower back pain becomes severe, it can be seriously debilitating and prevent you from living your life. Typically, the sooner you seek treatment for lower back pain, the sooner you can find lasting relief.

Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

There are numerous potential causes for lower back pain. These days, poor posture and alignment of the spine is becoming an increasingly common cause—likely due to the fact that more people work in sedentary desk jobs than ever before. Without the proper postural alignment and ergonomic work set up, lower back pain can quickly occur as a result of poor posture and limited movement of the spinal joints throughout the day. Even those who are on their feet most of the day can suffer from lower back pain due to poor spinal and abdominal muscle support and lack of proper coordination of the spinal muscles.

While lower back pain cannot always be prevented, it is possible to reduce your risk of lower back injuries and pain by making sure your back is well supported with proper posture throughout the day. For desk workers, this could mean investing in an ergonomic desk chair. For others, it may mean purchasing a quality pair of shoes that will provide the proper level of foot and back support throughout the day.

Physiotherapy for Back Pain Relief

The good news is that if you're suffering from lower back pain, physiotherapy may be able to help. Seeking physiotherapy as treatment for your lower back pain is always recommended to determine what is causing your lower back pain and the best treatment plan to help you fully handle your back pain. Taking anti-inflammatory and pain medications may relieve your back pain in the short-term, but can also lead to long-term side effects and does not address the cause.

There are two common forms of physiotherapy used for the treatment of lower back pain. These are passive and active physiotherapy, and they differ greatly in their techniques and methods.

Passive physiotherapy relies on techniques performed directly on the patient. This can include soft tissue techniques, manual therapy to mobilize stiff joints as well as the use of modalities when necessary. 

Active physiotherapy, on the other hand, refers to steps the patient will take (as instructed by a therapist) to treat and reduce lower back pain and ultimately handle what is the cause of the lower back pain. Typically, this comes in the form of different exercises and stretches that are designed to reduce lower back pain and minimize future flare-ups as well. Some common examples of active physiotherapy may include postural and movement correction exercises, back/trunk/core strengthening exercises and/or stretching exercises for areas that need more mobility. These can be done in your home, at work or at a gym depending on your specific needs.

Overall, physicotherapy can be a great option for treating just about any level of lower back pain. Through a combination of active and passive physiotherapy, you can work towards reducing your pain and handling the cause of your lower back to avoid future problems. Contact our team today to find out more about how we can help you overcome lower back pain.

If you experience Low Back Pain and are looking for some relief, we are hosting a FREE Low Back Pain Workshop! Follow the link for more details: Free Low Back Pain Workshop



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