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For some, back pain is a daily occurrence that dictates the way you live your life. Every movement, every motion is determined by the pain in your back. Standing, sitting, laying down, driving, walking or running— the pain persists. Inagespast,backpainwasdifficulttotreat. Ifyouexperiencedbackpain, whetherasaresultofawork injury,trip-and-fallaccident,oreven justas a result of aging, the answer was almost always the same: head home, take a long rest, and give your back time to heal. This isn’t the way that things go anymore, and for several reasons. To start, the world isn’t as forgiving.Headinghomeandtakinga longrestuntilyourback ishealed may work for some, but not for most. With deadlines and carpools and workschedulestokeepupwith,thereneedstobeanalternatesolution todealingwithbackpain thatdoesn’trequireyou tocompletelyremove yourself from your responsibilities. What’smore,recentresearch indicates thatrestingmaynotactuallybe the ideal solution for long-term back care. Spending too much time on
thecouchoroffyourfeetcancausethebackmusclestoweakenandcan even weaken bone strength. This could lead to more long-term issues with back pain — not fewer. Exercise, in general, is shown to increase strength and flexibility, supporting healthy muscles and bones, and therefore supporting ideal back health. Physical Therapy for Back Pain Whilerestandrelaxationcanhelpyouovercomethe immediatepainofa back injury,andmayevenberecommendedbyyourphysician intheearly days following an injury, it is not a long-term solution. Physical therapy offersa long-termsolutiontobackpainbyusingtargetedexercisesthat focus on the cause of the pain. Through a combination of strength and flexibility training that focuses on muscle development and joint movement, physical therapy can address the underlying cause of the pain and significantly improve your quality of life.
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