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What can physiotherapy do to help lower back discomfort?

Low back pain affects the lumbar region of the spine which is the lower part of the back, between hips and the bottom of ribcage. Back pain is the primary reason for activity limitations and absence from work in most of the world, putting the burden of cost on individuals’ families, communities, industries, and government.

On your first visit to our clinic, the physiotherapist will do the thorough subjective assessment and will ask you various questions related to pain, past medical history another related questions. The information you provide will allow your physiotherapist to guide you through the appropriate treatment plan to ensure you reap the lasting advantages.

Based on your specific symptoms, the physiotherapist will assess your posture, range of motion and strength and will also perform needed assessment of neurological deficits and balance. After the assessment, you will be provided detailed education about symptoms, methods of treatment including active and passive modes, pain-management strategies and prognosis of treatment.

What is passive physiotherapy and how it can help to relieve low back pain?

Passive physiotherapy involves techniques where active participation is not required by client instead therapist performs necessary manipulation and techniques.

Passive physiotherapy is usually needed in the acute phase of injury and severe pain, but your therapist should help you to resume active modes of treatment as early as possible. Bed rest and lack of activity have unfavorable effects on low back.

Some of the passive treatment methods used by our physiotherapists are:

  • Dry needling – Dry needling is an evidence-based invasive treatment method which involves the insertion of thin needles into the skin and muscle. Dry needling can help in reduction of pain and promotion of healing.
  • LASER Therapy – LASER is the acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. LASER is the device that produces such a light and is non- invasive therapeutic intervention that helps to reduce pain and accelerates healing process of area.
  • Shockwave therapy – It is non-invasive treatment useful in treating chronic conditions.
  • Mobilization – It involves application of small amplitude force to spinal joints to restore stiffness at spinal level and hence reduce pain.
  • Soft tissue release – Soft tissue release therapy is a type of Manual therapy performed by physiotherapists to loosen adhesions of muscles and fascia. It not only improves the flexibility of muscles and joints but also reduces the pain.
  • Spinal Decompression Therapy – It is motorized traction machine that helps to reduce pain and relieves pressure on nerve roots.
  • Various other techniques like heat, cold and electrical stimulation.

What is active physiotherapy and how it can help to relieve low back pain?

Active physiotherapy involves techniques where active participation is required by client that involves various stretching exercises, strengthening exercises and active release therapy where client produces movement that helps therapist to release the tightness and reduce lower back pain.

There are different causes of low back pain like bad posture, spondylosis, arthritis, disc compression, muscular imbalance etc. Physiotherapist will guide you of exercise program tailored to your needs.

Call Belmont Physiotherapy today to learn more!