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How Can You Prevent Low Back Pain?

How Can You Prevent Low Back Pain?

Back Pain

Saanichton Physiotherapy Physical Therapists are experts in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives. They play an important role not only in treating persistent or recurrent low back pain, but also in prevention and risk reduction. Saanichton Physiotherapy  Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility – in many cases without expensive surgery or the side effects of medications.If you have experienced low back pain, you are not alone. Approximately one quarter of North Americans report experiencing low back pain within the past 3 months at any given time. Low back pain often occurs due to overuse, strain or injury. This includes too much bending, twisting, lifting, and even too much sitting.

How Can You Prevent Low Back Pain?

  • Keep your back, stomach, and leg muscles strong and flexible
  • Keep your body in alignment, so it can be more efficient when you move
  • Don’t slouch-keep good posture
  • Use good body positioning at work, home, or during leisure activities
  • When lifting, keep the load close to your body
  • Ask for help or use an assistive device to lift heavy objects
  • Maintain a regular physical fitness regimen, staying active can help to prevent injuries

How Saanichton Physiotherapy Physical Therapists Can Help:

Not all low back pain is the same and your treatment should be tailored to suit your specific condition. You should expect the following from a physical therapist at Saanichton Physiotherapy.

  • Individualized assessment: Your physical therapist will ask you a number of questions about your specific condition and will thoroughly examine you for problems with posture, flexibility, strength, joint mobility, and movement. Attention will be given to how you use your body at work, home, during sports, and at leisure.
  • Individualized treatment plan: Once your assessment is complete your physical therapist will develop a plan designed for your specific type of back problem. This may consist of:
    • Treatment to decrease pain and restore mobility
    • Manual therapy techniques, including spinal manipulation, to improve mobility of joints and soft tissues.
    • Specific strengthening and/or flexibility exercises
    • Education about care of your back and training for proper lifting, bending, sitting, sleeping, and doing chores both at work and in the home