If you’re experiencing lower back pain, you’re likely looking for some ways to relieve it. While about 8 out of 10 people get back pain at some point in their life, it’s frequently nothing serious and most of the time not something to be worried about. In the majority of cases, the pain will go away on its own as long as you stay physically active within your tolerable limits.
But how can you be even more proactive and get relief from your lower back pain?
Undeniably, lower back pain can become very painful and distressing. Many worry that they have caused a serious injury to their back. Again, this frequently isn’t the case.
However, many people search for quick ways to relieve their pain. This may include a crack from a chiropractor, massage, acupuncture, laser therapy, and more. Yet, there is limited evidence regarding the long term effectiveness of acupuncture, chiropractor therapy, massage therapy, laser therapy, and other similar treatments.
They may provide a quick, short-term solution, but they do not necessarily reduce the potential risk of recurrence of lower back pain and solve it long-term.
Ideally, you want to find treatment that is supported by the latest research and scientific guidelines for the care of lower back pain. You can’t argue with facts. At Reach, we support you in the most effective way to help overcome your back pain: by staying active throughout your recovery. Various research across the field indicates that this is the most effective approach and the best line of treatment.
By doing appropriate exercises daily, you can manage and overcome your pain in the long haul. Staying active can also help decrease the risk of your back pain becoming an ongoing or recurring problem. Science shows that bed rest and inactivity is not the best course of action when you have back pain.
What’s more, staying active and doing particular exercises can also prevent back pain in the future, and help to reduce how much of an impact back pain has on your life from a psychological and social perspective as well.
If you do decide to get any additional work done from a chiropractor, massage therapist, acupuncturist, etc., we recommend that you think of it as supplemental therapy in your overall treatment plan and make evidence-based, active treatments your primary focus. Have a read of this blog for more info on this.
Target back pain first and foremost by engaging in an active treatment approach that will help in the long term (and potentially with the support from skilled physiotherapists). Pave your way towards eliminating pain and recovering from injury. Start by downloading the Reach Physio app today.
Get moving towards a better you and a better life!
- Aikasinen (2006); Chapter 4. European guidelines for the management of chronic nonspecific low back pain
- Traeger (2017); Diagnosis and management of low-back pain in primary care
- Maher et al (2017); Non-specific low back pain
- Hartvigsen (2019); What low back pain is and why we need to pay attention
- Steffens et al (2016); Prevention of Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
- Shiri et al (2018); Exercise for the Prevention of Low Back Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Controlled Trials.