One of the first things physical therapy management for low back pain requires is that you stay active and not hunker down into your bed for days and weeks on end. This is despite the pain you are in. Physical therapy management for low back pain is a long and involved process and you and your therapist are partners working together to make your recovery a good one, and one that will last.
Why is the emphasis on keeping fit and active? You need to keep fit and active simply because it is the best way to maintain a healthy and strong back. You also might want to know that it’s been scientifically proven staying fit and active will help you heal from lower back injuries. That is why one of the major components of physical therapy management for low back pain insists that you do exercises regularly and religiously to stay in shape. It’s better in the long run for you and better in the long run for the health care system.
Sure you hurt, and sure physical therapy management for low back pain is hard work, but it will pay off for you later when you don’t have a re-occurrence of your back problems.
Take a few of these tips into consideration when working on your physical therapy management for low back pain, as they certainly won’t hurt you. If you happen to have a job that means you are standing for long periods of time, make sure you have a step to prop one foot up on at a time. Switch feet every 5 to 15 minutes. This helps your back equally bear the weight of standing for such a long time. Take short walks breaks whether you are standing or sitting for long periods. Get up and stretch your back.
One major thing you are going to get told by the therapist working with you on your physical therapy management for low back pain is to NOT lift heavy objects. However if you do need to do some lifting, then do it the RIGHT way by NOT bending down and heaving the item upwards. Bend at the knees and squat, holding the item close to your body and stand up straight. Don’t twist your body while lifting either.
Couch potato? Love the remote at the end of your fingertips and the popcorn close by? If you have back problems that soft couch will not cut it for you. Why? The soft couch does not provide support for your waist and lower back. This is also why it will be recommended that you change your mattress to one that is firmer so it provides your back with some proper support, not allows it to roll into the large scoop in the middle.
Just when you think you have done every exercise that is known to mankind for your back and then some, your therapist will come along with even more of them to keep you on the road to recovery. And while you may curse the day you meet your physiotherapist, this may be the best chance you have to recover from your lower back injury. Take it and run.