Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain Treatment for Bedford Locals & Surrounding Suburbs!

Why is it that people think that back pain is a life sentence and something that they just have to endure?

You might be wondering what I mean by this…

I mean that when people come in with say, knee or shoulder pain, we aim to increase the movement and then gradually load the joint back up to better than pre-injury levels, or as I like to tell my clients – we calm stuff down and then build it back up.

Why don’t we treat lower backs this way?

The back seems to be a problem area for many therapists across all disciplines. I’ll admit that it can seem to be a complicated joint when you look at every single little thing that could go wrong. It can be overwhelming! Your back moves in many different ways and is incredibly strong, whilst incredibly mobile! Just think of the amazing feats of strength you see people doing WITHOUT injuring their backs!

I think that this may be the reason that it typically isn’t treated effectively and if you’re reading this then I can almost guarantee that you have, or have had, frustrating back pain. So if y ou’d humour me for a few minutes, let me offer a solution to your pain… there is HOPE for you yet!

Your low back is built to move!

It kills me when I hear people say, “Ohh I just can’t do that anymore, my low back can never get better – my Physio told me to change my lifestyle to avoid certain activities.” This is a nonsense and lazy approach to treating low backs!

The truth is your back CAN and SHOULD be able to go through the full range of movement and, by avoiding movements, you will develop more stiffness, pain and decrease movement further. Avoid all movements that hurt suddenly doesn’t seem like such great advice anymore does it?

So what does help my low back?

Mobility

It’s so ESSENTIAL that we get your back moving, and moving well, through all planes of movement as soon as possible so prevent further issues that you may face in the future from not using it! Have you ever had your arm or leg in a cast? How incredibly hard was it to bend your elbow/knee when you got it off? It was so STIFF and PAINFUL right? It’s the same with your back, if you guard the movements, everything else around it will tighten up and then normal back movements will BECOME PAINFUL!

Strength

I say it over and over, but that’s because no proper back program can be complete without a strengthening program. In order to FIX YOUR BACK PAIN and prevent future issue, we need to work together to strengthen the muscles that support your back. When your back muscles are weak, they get tired easily and that makes them spasm and, what happens when muscles are overworked and spasm? You got it! They become painful! And contribute to YOUR BACK PAIN!

The occasional niggle or tightness may be nothing to worry about, but failing to pay attention to sharp or lingering pain may end up causing you a lot of problems in the future. If your low back pain is stopping you from doing what you normally love to do, then it is time to get it looked at by one of our experienced Exercise Physiologist In general, low back pain that is affecting your day to day life is a sign that something needs to be looked at.

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