The goals of physical therapy are to decrease pain, increase function, and provide education on a maintenance program to prevent further recurrences.
Our physical therapy program for back pain has two components:
Passive therapy to help reduce the pain to a more manageable level. Our Physical Therapists will focus on decreasing pain with passive modalities such as:
- Heat/ice packs
- TENS units
Active exercises are necessary to rehabilitate. Our Back exercise program encompasses a combination of stretching and strengthening.
An example would be a hamstring stretch which should be part of your daily routine.
An example of strengthening the back muscles would be 15 to 20 minutes of dynamic lumbar stabilization done every other day. Core muscle strengthening is important in lower back pain treatment. It is important to perform the exercises correctly in order to see the benefit, so they are best learned with the help of our physical therapists.
Benefits of Exercise
When done in a controlled, progressive manner, exercises for relieving back pain has many benefits, including:
- Strengthening the muscles that support the spine, removing pressure from the spinal discs and facet joints
- Alleviating stiffness and improving mobility
- Improving circulation to better distribute nutrients through the body.
- A frequent release of endorphins can help reduce reliance on pain medication. Endorphins can also elevate mood and relieve depressive symptoms, a common effect of chronic pain.
- Minimizing the frequency of back pain episodes, and reducing the severity of pain when it does occur