Physiotherapy for Lower Back Pain
With 8 out of 10 working people in Canada having experienced back pain at some point, it’s no surprise that lower back pain is one of the more common symptoms we see in our Physiotherapy clinic. Patients with lower back pain are often referred to Physiotherapy as a first treatment before considering more aggressive options such as medication and surgery. Our goal is to reduce pain, improve mobility and strengthen the back and core correctly in order to prevent a recurrence of the same issues.
Where does Lower Back Pain Come From?
Pain in the low back can be triggered by a multitude of issues such as your working posture, poor muscle strength and endurance, structural issues of the spine, or technical problems when walking or running. Back pain can also have its origins in the hips, knees, ankles and feet. Referred pain is common as well, so you may have a lower back issue that is actually felt in your foot or down the back of your leg.
How Can Physiotherapy Help Lower Back Pain?
Lower back pain, while painful and incapacitating, is often fairly simple to treat. The structure of the hip and lower back is complex however, so it is important to see an expert early in order to properly address the unique origin of your pain and prevent it from worsening over time.
Physiotherapists have a number of tools to assess back pain, and treatments can range from targeted active exercises and stretches to hot and cold packs and even electrical stimulation.
The Life Force Physiotherapy Approach to Treating Lower Back Pain
A full assessment of the lower back, spine, hips, legs and feet is always carried out so that the underlying causes of your pain can be accurately pinpointed and an effective treatment plan can be tailored to your needs.
Posture Correction & Strengthening
Ongoing back problems are often connected to an imbalance in the muscles supporting the spine caused by movements and positions you use daily. Your Physiotherapist will help you to correct the issues with a comprehensive program of strengthening, stretching and rehabilitating exercises and functional movements.
Hip stiffness or lack of mobility can be at the root of lower back pain. Your Physiotherapist can help restore full range of motion in your hips using passive movement techniques to mobilize your joints.
Massage, & and Trigger Point and Myofascial Release
Trigger Points are areas of shortened muscles which can contribute to referred pain or muscular imbalance. The myofascial system is a thin layer of connective tissue that surrounds the brain, spinal cord, muscles, joints and all your organs. It can be restricted as a result of injury or poor posture. Physiotherapy can help to release these “knots” and restrictions and bring balance back to your spine.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into the top layers of the skin to stimulate specific points. It can help restore blood flow bring relief for many types of back pain.
Physio Supervised Exercise Program
As you progress through your one-on-one physiotherapy treatment, we at Life Force Physiotherapy believe that a supervised work-out environment is crucial to help you ease safely into your self-directed exercise plan. Our physiotherapists will keep an eye on your movements so that you can feel confident that you’re staying on track.
TENS nerve stimulation
Depending on the underlying cause of your pain, your Physiotherapist may use TENS nerve stimulation. By placing electrodes on the skin, nerves near the source of your pain can be stimulated by small electrical signals, bringing effective relief of pain, often without the need for medication.
Are you looking for advice for dealing with your lower back pain? Please don’t hesitate to book an appointment with a Life Force physiotherapist to discuss your symptoms. We’re here to help!