Lower back pain is one of the most common ailments that people suffer from. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, poor posture, or an underlying medical condition. Fortunately, there are treatments available to help manage lower back pain and physiotherapy is one of the most effective methods. Let’s take a closer look at how physiotherapy can help with lower back pain.
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, is a type of treatment that uses physical techniques to improve movement and reduce pain and stiffness. These techniques include exercises designed to stretch and strengthen specific muscles and joints in order to improve strength and flexibility. Physiotherapists will also often use massage therapy and electrical stimulation to help relax tight muscles and reduce inflammation in the affected area.
How Can Physiotherapy Help with Lower Back Pain?
Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for many types of lower back pain. A physiotherapist will work with you to assess your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan which may include exercises, stretches, massage, heat/cold therapy, ultrasound therapy, or other modalities such as low-level laser therapy or acupuncture. A physiotherapist will also provide guidance on posture correction so that you can maintain proper alignment while sitting or standing for long periods of time. This can help reduce strain on your lower back muscles which will result in less pain over time. Additionally, by strengthening the core muscles that support your spine you can better protect yourself from future injury or flare-ups of existing conditions.
Physiotherapy provides many benefits when it comes to managing lower back pain. Through targeted exercises designed specifically for your individual needs, a trained physiotherapist can help relieve current symptoms while providing strategies for preventing future flare-ups. If you are suffering from chronic lower back pain, consider consulting a physiotherapist today to see what kind of relief they could offer you.
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself. Eric Bowman, BSc, MSPT, PT, or one of the other physiotherapists at CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Kitchener and Waterloo. We are happy to listen and are here to help!