Research shows about 80% of the U.S. population will suffer from an episode of acute low back pain at some point during their lifetime. There are many different treatment options for those who suffer from low back pain. Effective self-care is the most important action that a person can take to eliminate the pain source, and to develop and maintain a healthy spine. During a back pain episode, our Spine Care Physical Therapist uses physical therapy to reduce your body’s natural protective muscle spasm pattern, assists you and your physician in decreasing the need for prescription pain or muscle relaxer medicines, and restore healthy movement and posturing you need for your daily routine.
Initially, Spine Care Physical Therapy can quickly and safely reduce your body’s natural protective muscle spasm pattern, through effective manual and neuro-muscular methods. Our Spine Care Physical Therapists identify and correct faulty posture and movement patterns that may be limiting the optimal alignment of your spine. Over time, this faulty posture and movement pattern contributes to the process of degeneration or “wear and tear” changes – including weakened discs, inflamed joints, irritated nerves, and painfully tight and overworked muscles.
Our Spine Care Physical Therapists help you to develop balanced posture, healthy muscle tone, the strength and functional mobility you need for your lifestyle. Our therapists will help you develop a daily movement routine and exercise program customized just right for you.
Key benefits: You will receive the benefits of our neuro-motor Physical Therapy system --including gait analysis so your foot/ankle posture up to your hips and abdominal/core muscles are all “back in balance”. You learn and develop the knowledge, skills, and best “whole body” movement patterns, the self-care techniques right for you. You will learn: simple muscle contractions to keep the right muscles “in tune”, best sleep postures/routine, how to select the right bed/mattress, best sitting styles and lumbar support, how to perform self-massage and “releases” of stubborn trigger areas, home exercise, and which fitness options and programs are safe for you and your medical condition.
Whether your problem is acute back pain, or chronic back pain, the benefits of our Spine Care Physical Therapy will help you get moving well again, know how to efficiently care for your back, help prevent future episodes of back pain, and develop your customized exercise training and fitness program. Contact us today.
Bad habits such as the way you stand (posture) or the way you position yourself (body mechanics) can contribute to the onset of low back pain. Poor posture and body mechanics change the optimal alignment of the spine over time leading to a process of degeneration. Often, the process can and will result in weakened discs, inflamed joints, irritated nerves, and painfully tight overworked muscles. Maintaining proper posture during lying, sitting and standing positions has a significant effect on reducing the stress and strain on the spine which are associated with pain and injury. Learning how to move properly during common daily activities such as bending, lifting, turning, and reaching is also critical in preventing low back pain. Many of you may have experienced the ill effects of poor body mechanics during activities such as moving furniture, lifting children, or snow shoveling.
A healthy back needs to be strong and flexible. Daily exercises aimed at stretching and strengthening muscles and maintaining the flexibility of your spine will help to accomplish this. One highly recommended exercise for your back is regular walking. Core strengthening exercises are also very important for improving optimal spine stability, an integral part of maintaining a healthy back.
There are many other useful self-care tips and techniques that can be learned to keep your back healthy. Here are a few: maintain an optimal body weight, wear the right shoes, shift positions often at home and work, choose the right bed, use lumbar support for sitting, perform self-massage, or better yet, have someone else give you a massage.
A Spine Care Physical Therapist can help develop an exercise program that is right for you while teaching you the skills you need to move safely and keep your back healthy. If you are interested in taking care of your back to prevent the onset of low back pain or to address a current back pain problem you should consider seeing a trained Spine Care Physical Therapist.
Manual Therapy is a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization, used by the Physical Therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain; increasing range of motion (ROM); reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement; and improving function.
--Definition from American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Many conditions of joint, muscle or even peripheral nerve tissue involve posture, abnormal muscle tone, or movement pattern imbalances. These conditions are often believed to be primarily an inflammatory condition, when actually the primary source is a combination of joint restrictions and associated unrecognized faulty movement, walking, or postural patterns. In some cases, a whole person approach is needed to restore normal life-long posture and movement patterns. For example, an ongoing knee or back problem may require correction of a faulty foot/ankle posture problem so that standing, walking and running patterns are balanced. Our Spine Care Physical Therapists identify and correct joint capsule and abnormal muscle tone restrictions, but also “go the extra mile” to correct key postural and movement pattern abnormalities to carry over for life-long success! Our therapists provide progression through essential “functional challenges” to verify that each person is successful for their individual lifestyle and high demand community level physical activities.
Our therapists have many years of experience and advanced training in the subspecialty of Spine Care Physical Therapy and take a mechanical, holistic multi-joint approach to the examination and treatment of complex spine, joint and soft tissue impairment.
Our Spine Care Physical Therapists will help you identify and correct abnormal posture, restrictions of joint movement, abnormal neuromuscular tone and patterns that can be the source of postural problems, muscle weakness, a faulty muscle “firing” patterns, or one cause of excessive fatigue with daily function skills.
Physical Therapists reduce muscle spasm, a type of muscle weakness called “neural inhibition”, and abnormal protective muscle tone which causes the pain not successfully managed long-term by rest, pain meds, anti-inflammatory treatments like injections, or traditional exercise.
Our Spine Care Physical Therapists will help you with the recovery of your healthy posture, balance, self-management skills, strength and mobility -- so you can return to safe and productive home, work, community level functions, as well as travel, fitness, sports – back to living!