Physical therapy is often recommended by physicians for those suffering
prolonged bouts of back discomfort lasting two to six weeks. The goals
of any physical therapy regimen should be to lessen the pain, increase
overall function of the back muscles, and learning how to prevent a recurrence
of back pain.
The first part of a back pain therapy program is passive physical therapy,
so called because they are treatments administered to the patient, where
the therapist will look to decrease the back pain experienced by the patient.
Types of passive therapy can include:
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulators (TENS)
- Heat or ice packs
Exercise, or active modes of physical therapy, is also needed to strengthen
the spine. A back exercise program should combine several elements for
the back to regain its mobility and power.
Don’t suffer from back pain alone!
Stretching prior to back exercises: Sufferers of lower back pain ought to be stretching their hamstring muscles
once or twice each day. These can be done the same time each day to build
into a routine and can be accomplished in a variety of different ways.
Strengthening the back: This can be done with 15 to 20 minutes of dynamic lumbar stabilization
or similar exercises every other day. Strengthening of the core muscles
groups is also key, and all exercises ought to be performed with the help
of a physical therapist to ensure they are done correctly so as not to
exacerbate the problem.
Low-impact aerobic conditioning: Low impact exercises can go a long way to preventing back pain in the
future. Such exercises can include walking, biking, swimming, or water
therapy done for 30 to 40 minutes three times a week, optimally on alternate
days from the strengthening exercises.
This moderate back pain exercise program can easily be implemented easily
with the help of a high-quality physical therapy team behind you. Matrix
Therapy Solutions, LLC works with outpatients who need some kind of rehabilitation
after an injury, surgery, or disability. Contact us to learn how we can
reduce your pain and get you moving again.