The Unseen Benefits of Exercise for Low Back Pain
Updated: Aug 3, 2022
Patients with lower back pain frequently approach us at Specific Physiotherapy Preston, presenting with a variety of symptoms, such as dull aches, intense or scorching pain, muscular spasms, and/or pain that refers to the gluteal muscles, hips, or thigh.
The reason of the back pain is typically identified during a comprehensive examination, as well as the physiotherapist listening and obtaining a complete history.
Unsurprisingly, there are many different causes of back pain, including arthritis, poor posture, sprains, strains, repetitive stress injuries, and disc diseases.
Will my physiotherapist advise me to complete workouts at home?
Low back pain, often known as chronic low back pain (lasting more than 12 weeks), is a very widespread and incapacitating symptom that affects people of all ages.
Incorporating exercises into our daily routine is crucial to prevent recurrence (by strengthening weak muscle groups) as well as to promote and increase mobility and stability. Given that 70–90% of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their lives and that previous episodes of back pain are a precursor for subsequent episodes, it is important.
In addition to psychological, biophysical, and social variables, low back pain is a complicated condition that can have a large financial impact in addition to affecting one's ability to function and participate in society.
Exercise programmes with an emphasis on preventing disability and enhancing function are advised for the majority of low back pain episodes, especially those lasting longer than 12 weeks.
Although recommendations say exercises should take into account the individual's needs, capabilities, and preferences, there is currently no evidence to support any one style of exercise as being superior. Additionally, research has demonstrated that regular exercise, when combined with manual therapies, is an efficient method of treatment for subacute (lasting between 6 weeks and 3 months) or chronic low back pain (such as physiotherapy).
So what should I do about my low back pain?
Exercise and physical therapy like physiotherapy are encouraged by current guidelines for treating low back pain. Therefore, it is crucial that you, the patient, receive the most recent and efficient treatment options and advice for the management of low back pain.
Should I do general exercise or core stabilisation exercise?
There is validity in prescribing core stabilisation exercises for the treatment of chronic low back pain, but exercise in general, regardless of its style, should continue to be used as a first line treatment for low back pain. According to several research, spinal stabilisation exercises by themselves don't offer any further benefits for patients with subacute or chronic low back pain who don't show any clinical signs of spinal instability.
It's crucial to understand that your knowledgeable chiropractor will only recommend the right exercises after carefully evaluating your clinical results (such as the presence or absence of spinal instability) and deciding whether or not to prescribe motor control exercises based on those findings.
Maintaining spinal stability has been (and continues to be) heavily emphasised, along with clinical recommendations (urging continued activity and an early return to physical activity to encourage quicker recovery with less associated disability).
Deep core muscle weakness, poor trunk proprioception (your body's knowledge of its position and movement in any given environment), and poor coordination are all factors in chronic low back pain.
What is happening to my low back?
Exercises for core stabilisation address the pelvic floor, diaphragm, lumbar, and abdominal muscles. Due to aberrant or excessive movement inside the lumbar spine brought on by improper activation and coordination of these muscles, spinal instability can result. Thus, a common result is an increased risk of injury brought on by early exhaustion and severe loading of the spinal structures by the muscles of the extremities.
When conducting functional duties and daily activities, core stability exercise therapy is intended to rehabilitate deep core muscle function and restore ideal low back stability.
Therefore, Billy Gilhooley your dependable physiotherapist at Specific Physiotherapy will prescribe and show the ideal exercises for you to undertake at home in order to attain proper function and to prevent or manage low back pain occurrences. Ultimately, regular monitoring during one-on-one treatment sessions with your reliable physiotherapist will ensure that the right technique is always carried out, regardless of whether general exercise or core stability exercises (intended to re-train deep muscles to improve stability and control of the spine) are prescribed.
For more information please contact Billy Gilhooley on 0490 021 474. Click the link below to book a consult with one of our highly trained physiotherapist for some easy low back exercises that can prevent and manage your low back pain today.