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TURN YOUR BACK AWAY FROM PAIN
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•Targetedexercisesthatarespecializedtoyour lowbackandcoremuscles. These exercises are designed to help build strength and support in your center, where all of your movement should originate from during daily activities and higher level sports or recreational activities. • Guided stretching or neurodynamic movements designed to improve range of motion, flexibility and neural tension. These mobility activities will improve the balance of muscle or soft tissue tightness around your low back to prevent other areas for being over-worked or compensatory strategies being adopted over time. • Support and guidance with an exercise routine and habit formation, especially with cardiovascular activity that can stimulate improved blood circulation to the affected areas of the back, as well as strength-building activities. Attempting to undertake any of these changes on your own after you’ve experiencedaback injury isnotrecommended,andmayevenbedetrimental. Workingwitha licensedandexperiencedphysicaltherapistcanprovideyou with the guidance and ongoing support that you need to ensure that you do not experience any further injury as you begin to heal your back pain.
Back pain is one of the most common public health issues in our country and worldwide.The good news is that most of the time, back pain can be treated very effectively with conservative measures over a short period of time, as long as you address the pain early. Interestingly, less than 10% of people who experience musculoskeletal pain of any type, including low back pain, seek out physical therapy services. Those patients who utilize physical therapy services have been shown to have an average recovery time and cost expenditure that is much lower compared to patients who go through other avenues to manage their pain, such aspharmaceuticalmedication, injections,and imaging.This istrueparticularlyfor patients with low back pain. Understanding Back Pain. Back pain may be common, but it is not normal. There are a number of serious conditions that can cause your back to begin to hurt, and it is smart to have your back looked at by a physical therapist or physician early onso thatyoucanbeappropriatelyscreened forpotentiallybigger issues thatare not mechanical in nature. Again, there’s good news here though – the majority of low back pain that occurs is mechanical in nature and not serious. So, once you havebeenappropriatelyscreened,yourphysicaltherapistwillbeableto identifythe best treatmentoptions foryourbody’sneeds.Thiswill likely include the following: •Hands-onmanualtreatment including jointmobilizationormanipulation,muscle energytechniques,manualstretching,orsofttissuework.Thiswill improveyour passive jointandsofttissuemobilitytoallowforbetterrangewhenyoumoveon your own, as well as create a pain-relieving effect through a complex cascade of neurophysiologic processes, almost like a “system reset” to the painful area.
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