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Low Back Pain

Low back pain is often chronic, and it may affect your daily routine. Strain or injury to the muscles, discs, and ligaments are the most common causes of lower back pain. Certain activities such as moving furniture, lifting heavy boxes, and gardening can all lead to pain and/or injury to the lower back. Back pain can also occur without overexertion. Staying in the same position for too long is a common trigger. In some cases, low back pain increases with stress and lengthy bouts of inactivity.

If you or someone you know has low back pain, we can help.

A physical therapist is a healthcare professional uniquely qualified and enables you to overcome low back pain. Physical therapy treatment may consist of many techniques, including passive modalities like hot and cold therapy, active exercises like stretching / strengthening and manual (skilled, hands-on) methods. Depending on the location, type and severity of your pain, we may prescribe gentle exercises and low-impact aerobic conditioning.

Core Stabilization Exercises for Lower Back Pain

Exercise helps reduce pain. Your physical therapist will advise you to do stretching before and after an exercise or other physical activities. You will also be advised of postural modifications that you may need to make; such as sitting up straight and standing tall instead of slouching. These modifications can relieve compression in your lower back and can help reduce your pain.

It is also important to eat healthy meals and exercise regularly since extra body weight can put unnecessary stress on the lower back and core area. A healthy lifestyle is definitely an important factor in helping with the reduction of lower back pain.

Other treatments include different types of exercises, pain management, and joint mobilization. Any trunk/core exercise that activates the extensors (Para spinals) and the flexors (abdominals) are a great start. A neutral spine squat can also help strengthen your back. After doing these types of exercises and working on increasing mobility, people have reported a great reduction in the recurrence rates of back pain.

Physical Therapy Improves Back Pain and Quality of Life

Call your physical therapist today and take the first step towards the management of your lower back pain. You will be shown an exercise routine that fits best with your lifestyle and your goals. Supervised exercises will help you regain flexibility, improve muscle strength, and improve your posture. 

Your physical therapist will also help you learn correct lifting techniques to protect your lower back and prevent inadvertent injuries. You may want to consider additional exercises to strengthen your lower back depending on your particular condition. Exercises like swimming, walking, and possibly yoga can all be beneficial. You may experience a little pain and discomfort in the beginning of your routine, but you’ll feel much better as time goes by.

To learn more about how core stabilization exercises can help reduce your lower back pain and improve your overall quality of life, call us today. We are committed to helping you reach your goals to have a healthier back.