Living with back pain day in and day out isn’t just painful and uncomfortable. It’s also likely affecting your mood, your sleep, your work performance and your day-to-day life.
Here at Tread Well, we are dedicated to providing treatment to help our patients live their lives to the fullest, without pain and discomfort.
We do this through physiotherapy — and we’re certain if you’re struggling with chronic back pain, one of our highly skilled physiotherapists can help alleviate that pain.
If you’re unsure if physiotherapy is right for you or are curious about how physiotherapy can help with your back pain, let us help you get on the right path to relief. Read on to learn more about how physiotherapy can help your back pain.
Common Causes of Back Pain
As much as we’re here to relieve your back pain, it’s also equally important that we get to the root of the problem and identify what causes your back pain. This will help reduce future injuries and ensure your physiotherapy treatment is effective.
Do one of these common causes of back pain sound familiar?
- Poor posture (sitting at a desk all day, standing in one spot for long periods of time, or just generally slouching throughout the day)
- Repeating the same motion (i.e. typing on a keyboard)
- Lifting heavy objects consistently (i.e. manual labor, carrying a child)
- Awkward movements (i.e. not lifting properly, reaching for an object that is out of reach)
- Age (as you get older back pain becomes more common)
- Sports/not stretching properly (athletes are more prone to injury, especially when muscles are not warmed up/cooled down)
Now, you might be reading some of the above causes and think that you can solve your back pain on your own. However, that’s often not the case.
For some, simple stretches, yoga, or simply having a more ergonomic work setup can be helpful. However, if you’ve let the back pain go on long enough, there’s a good chance you need physiotherapy to experience true relief.
So first, what is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy works to help patients regain mobility. Treatments are performed by a healthcare professional (i.e. a physiotherapist) who is specifically trained and university-educated in human mobility.
A physiotherapist works to come up with an individual plan to suit each patients’ needs, monitoring progress and providing support along the journey to recovery.
If you’ve sustained a back injury from one of the above and are ready for a solution that has lasting results, here are some physiotherapy treatments that we think can help:
- Manual Therapy: A hands-on technique, where your physiotherapist will guide you through passive movements to help improve your range of motion.
- Movement Exercises: Specific exercises you can do at home to help improve your back pain (i.e. stretching).
- Progressive Strengthening Exercises: Help strengthen back muscles to reduce risk of future injury (custom-tailored to your fitness level).
What is the best physio for back pain?
The best physio for back pain will depend on your level of injury, how you sustained your injury, and where you sustained your injury. For instance, physio for upper back pain can be much different than physio for lower back pain.
This is why working with a trained physiotherapist is so crucial when it comes to managing your back pain. Self-guided stretching and exercise can be effective for some — however, if you’ve sustained a major injury, you could be making the injury worse without the guidance of a physiotherapist.
A physiotherapist can provide you with a custom plan to not only reduce your current back pain, but also to help ensure you don’t sustain future injuries.
Physio vs. massage for back pain
While massage can be a wonderful technique for relaxation, it does not have the same level of effectiveness as physiotherapy.
If you had a particularly stressful week at work and you’re finding yourself more tense than usual, a massage is likely perfectly appropriate for your needs.
However, if you find that you’re struggling with the same back pain consistently and that it only keeps getting worse, you likely need to see a physiotherapist to truly get to the root of the problem.
Bottom line: A physiotherapist will go much more in-depth with your back pain, providing long-term relief — while a massage will likely only provide some temporary relief without getting to the root of your back pain.
Book Your Physiotherapy Appointment Today
If you’re ready to alleviate back pain, book your physiotherapy appointment at Tread Well today. We’re always available to answer any questions or concerns you might have about physiotherapy.
The relief you’ve been seeking is just one click away.