Low Back Pain
Our Spinal Specialist physiotherapy treatment is designed to treat low back pain and also any associated radicular pain (pain radiating down the leg). This can include manual physiotherapy techniques and a combination of the following types of exercise:
Effective stretching of the muscles along with active exercise will help maintain normal range of motion and provide relief for muscles that are often suffering disuse atrophy (shrinking muscles from lack of use) or in spasm from inappropriate posture or nerve irritation. For many patients it is best to follow a stretching routine that has been individually designed for them by a physiotherapist. As a general rule, low back pain patients should focus on stretching the lower back muscles, abdominal muscles, hips, and legs. The patient should never bounce during stretching, and all stretches should be slow and gradual.
Qualified Physio-Led Pilates Instructor
Pilates For Core strengthening
Pilates is a great way to introduce specific exercises to strengthen the ‘core’. This includes, deep abdominal muscles, specific back muscles, the gluteals and involve the correct breathing techniques.
Our Online Physio-Led Pilates is an ideal form of exercise in this situation as it teaches correct techniques and strengthens the ‘core’.
Whilst Pilates is a mind body conditioning exercise programme its great at targeting deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall central core stability and posture. Suiting all ages and fitness levels it’s particularly beneficial for those with back pain, poor postures, sports injuries, arthritis and stress related illness.
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Will my Low Back Pain Return?
Some patients with low back pain are successfully treated with physiotherapy but then return a year or two later with the exact low back problem. Most often the patient strengthens the abdominal muscles and low back muscles during physical therapy and subsequently takes the stress off the low back. After a course of physiotherapy treatment, the patient does not maintain their strength in the correct ways, therefore suffering a recurrence of their symptoms. Thus, it is highly recommended that once a patient is treated successfully with physiotherapy, he/she develops an exercise maintenance program at home to help sustain the strength and muscle activity that was developed in physiotherapy/exercise.