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Back Pain Treatment with Physical Therapy

Back Pain Treatment with Physical Therapy

Pain Management Physical Therapy is a non-invasive and drug-free method of getting relieved from back pain. Back pain is caused by several issues but most of them are related to changing lifestyle, bad posture, lack of physical activity on a regular basis and injuries. Physical therapy for back pain aims at:

  • Relieving back pain
  • Increasing body function
  • Preventing relapse

When a person is suffering from back pain, sitting in a relaxing position feels comfortable and taking over-the-counter medicines seems a way out. Though it may provide temporary relief, it is not a long-term solution for consistent back pain. Also, temporary relief may lead to side-effects in the long run. Physical therapy for back pain is a long-term solution for chronic pain in the neck, spine and lower back.

Physical Therapy Treatments for Back Pain: There are different physical therapy treatments for back pain. Let’s have a look at the common forms of Back Pain Physical Therapy.

Passive Physical Therapy for Back Pain: It includes heat application, electrical stimulation and ice packs. Heating modalities are done prior to stretching and exercising for warming up the muscles and cooling modalities are done afterward for their soothing effects on muscles.

Active Physical Therapy for Back Pain: It focuses on exercises and stretching of the muscles. It is an integral part of the Back Pain Physical Therapy Program for long run results. It focuses on recovery as well as the strengthening of muscles to avoid future pains as well.

Manual Therapy for Back Pain: It includes manipulation and mobilization techniques that help in restoring the mobility of stiff joints and reducing muscle tension in the back of the patient to return him to normal lifestyle without pain. IFOMPT defines Manual Therapy as -"Skilled hand movements intended to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion of the joint complex; mobilize or manipulate soft tissues and joints; induce relaxation; change muscle function; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation or movement restriction."

Massage Therapy for Back Pain: It involves relaxing muscle spasms, releasing stored lactic acid and returning the blood and oxygen flow to the affected area. Massage therapy by a physical therapist is for the treatment of back pain rather than for relaxation purposes.

If you’re also suffering from back pain, book an appointment with a physical therapist. After examining your body and knowing the cause of your back pain, the physical therapist will make a custom physical therapy program to relieve your pain and prevent future occurrence.