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?
When it comes to most scans, throw them in the bin….
Seriously! Studies show that degeneration and pain are not interrelated!
Forget muscle pain or nerve pain or joint pain, it’s all pain and it all needs to be dealt with accordingly. We have so much amazing research now, which I won’t bore you with, that gives us the tools to help you decrease and be in control of your pain. Your perceptions about your pain will be far more important than ANY structural damage!
In fact, think of degeneration as you think of wrinkles and grey hairs – annoying, maybe; but painful? No!
So let’s put the scan away and focus on what really works to FIX YOUR LOW BACK… Manual therapy, movement and strengthening!
So what does help my low back?
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.