What a pain in the... Back!

So back pain, something statistics show that most people from a western culture will experience at some point in their lifetime. 

So what causes back pain? Unfortunately, that is a question that cannot be answered simply. There are a variety of causes which may provoke back pain, some of these are listed below: 

  • bending awkwardly or for long periods
  • lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling heavy objects
  • slouching in chairs
  • twisting awkwardly
  • overstretching
  • driving or sitting in a hunched position or for long periods without taking a break
  • overusing the muscles – for example, during sport or repetitive movements (repetitive strain injury). 

How do we treat it? Well, by analysing the mechanics of the injury and isolating the factors which may predispose someone to lower back pain. We can treat these problems with a variety of hands on treatments and exercise. Treatments may include massage, joint mobilisations, joint manipulations, Pilates based exercise, gym based rehabilitation, taping and acupuncture

How can you manage it at home? We have provided the image above which shows a few things you can do to keep you back pain at a minimum! 

Any issues? Come find us for an initial assessment and one of our highly experienced Physiotherapists can recommend the best way to move forwards!