Back Pain

Back Pain

Back pain

Back pain is a common phenomenon, but unfortunately good information is hard to find.

It’s easy to be swept up in poor advice, confusing terminology, and uncertainty. As a back pain patient, it’s important for you to take a deep breath, step back, and start from square one by getting informed. Whether you have a new diagnosis, or are exploring new options for a long-term case, you can benefit from the following tips for approaching your back pain:

1. Act sooner rather than later

Just like most other diseases, back pain doesn’t improve with waiting! You don’t have to have money or even a doctor to get started on the right track, though! Ways to act quickly on your back pain include finding a doctor, finding gentle exercises that relieve your back, and continuing to learn about why your pain might have happened.

2. Get a complete team on your side

You should find a GP or Chartered Physiotherapist who is committed to understanding your unique needs, listening to and answering your questions. It’s normal for doctors or physiotherapists to partner with a team, so it’s okay to ask if they have suggestions for more professionals who can help you.

An ideal complete rehabilitation for a back pain patient might include their Chartered Physiotherapist, a massage therapist, a personal trainer, and a Reformers Pilates instructor. Breaking the cycle of pain requires retraining, and there isn’t one fix that will solve your complicated pathology in a day. Research shows using a multifaceted approach to back pain to be effective. Let your Chartered Physiotherapist get you moving and get active!

3. Find comfortable movement activities

Our bodies are designed to be dynamic and move. Generally, inactivity makes muscles, joints and nerves very unhappy. Much pain is related to failure to use the body properly, and Reformer Pilates and special core exercises are ways to start approaching this. You would think sitting down or lying down will help, right? Well rest is important, but appropriate rest is a better option. Your Chartered Physiotherapist will guide you on how much to move and when to rest. In order to relieve your back pain for now and in the long run, you’ll need to find ways to move your back so that it can get important blood flow, nutrition, hydration, and relaxation. Bending, stretching and taking load through those muscles, joints and nerves will actually help dampen down your pain.

4. Focus on your plan, not your problem

MRIs and X-Rays are important tools, but in the end, they’re just pictures. It’s very easy to get bogged down by labels and discouraged by diagnoses, but what matters much more is focusing on your goals. If you’re preoccupied with your pain and it’s causing you to have difficulty being motivated to work toward solutions and changes. Your Chartered Physiotherapist will decide if you need to have so many worries or if you’re are not as bad as you think. We help people start moving and reducing their pain on their first visit!

5. Be open to treatments and possible lifestyle changes

Surgery seems like a quick fix to some, and a last resort to others, but at the end of the day it’s just like any other treatment in medicine: appropriate for some cases, and not for others. Manual therapies, soft tissue massage, movement pattern re-education, Reformer Pilates and nutritional approaches are available to you. Good practitioners recognize that no single treatment solves all problems, and work together to help patients as completely as possible. A holistic view wins many battles.

Back pain is no small deal, but hopefully you now feel there are a variety of options available to you. Take the first step or motivate someone you know suffering with back pain to take the first step.
Contact JT Physiotherapy today to let us help you learn more! Feel encouraged about getting the most out of the options available to you.

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