Our bodies are always changing to adapt to our lifestyles. Sometimes we may notice that we’ve developed aches and pains that weren’t there before. Have you noticed that your back pain has gotten worse over the years? Is it getting in the way of your normal routines and becoming more than you can manage? Few problems can render a person’s ability to move and fulfill basic needs like chronic back pain can.
Thankfully, there are plenty of options available to you at Equilibrium to help decrease your pain and make your life easier. Call Equilibrium today to learn more about our physiotherapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic services.
What is chronic back pain?
It only takes one injury for a person’s pain condition to persist into the realm of long-term problems. Chronic back pain can be felt all over your back or in just a single area such as the lumbar region, mid-back, or upper back area.
The Mayo Clinic states that those with poor posture, bulging or herniated discs, arthritis, skeletal irregularities, and osteoporosis may suffer from chronic back pain more often than others. Other factors such as age, weight, poor lifting techniques, and even certain mental health conditions can also increase a person’s chances of developing back pain.
How can physiotherapy relieve back pain?
Physiotherapy is often recommended by doctors for patients suffering from chronic back pain. The goal of physiotherapy is to decrease back pain, increase mobility and function, and provide education so you can avoid experiencing the same kind of pain in the future.
A physiotherapy treatment program is typically made up of two parts: active treatment and passive treatment. Active treatments consist of stretching and targeted exercises. Passive treatments consist of:
- Heat and ice therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- TENS units
- Electrical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Stabilization techniques
A physiotherapist can also prescribe patients with chronic back pain a routine exercise program to do at home so they can speed up their recovery process independently. Equilibrium physiotherapy may also help you to avoid the need for medications or surgeries.
How can massage therapy relieve back pain?
Many people hear the word “massage” and immediately think of a spa day, but massage therapy is different. Massage therapy is another form of treatment that can relieve back pain. Deep tissue massage is a manual method that increases oxygen and nutrients to the affected areas for healing and also helps reduce muscle spasms and stiffness.
Massage therapy improves blood circulation which lowers the amount of soreness your muscles experience. This in turn can restore a person’s range of motion and flexibility, not to mention improve their overall mood after treatment is performed. To learn more about it, contact (practice name)!
How can chiropractic care relieve back pain?
Chiropractors provide treatment for the pain and stiffness of the back. If you have a pinched nerve, bulging disc, or pulled muscle, a chiropractor may be able to offer relief.
At your first appointment with a chiropractor, they will ask you questions regarding your medical and/or family history, as well as discuss your pain symptoms. From there, they will palpate the area and ask you to perform certain “tests” of your movement to determine what the true problem is and where it’s actually located.
After a clear diagnosis has been made, your chiropractor will come up with a treatment plan that is best suited for your needs. Some kinds of treatment techniques a chiropractor may do are spinal adjustments or spinal mobilization.
Taking the next step…
It’s time to end the cycle of pain you’ve been dealing with. Back pain is a serious condition but it can be treated with the help of professionals. To learn more about our chiropractic, physiotherapy, and massage treatment services, call Equilibrium today.