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low-back-painLow Back Pain

Back Pain is extremely common with most people experiencing back pain at some point in their life.

Backache is often linked to a sedentary lifestyle explained by the increasing population commuting to work then sitting at a desk all day. On the other hand, it may also be caused by overly strenuous work that involves frequent bending, twisting and heavy lifting.

When does pain occur

Backache occurs when there are restrictions within the lower spine affecting the nerve supply to the back muscles and joints. Pain can also be caused by straining the muscles or putting stress on the disc between the vertebrae which act as shock absorbers for the spine.

The lower back is more commonly affected with an incidence of up to 80% of all Australians experiencing low back pain at some point in their life. Not surprising when the lower back supports the weight of the upper body & head as well as twisting and bending more than any other area of the body.

Non-invasive treatment offered by your physiotherapist

Most back pain can be easily managed by your  Physiotherapist conservatively. Once back pain settles it is important to keep active as sitting for long periods increases stress to the spine and reduces core strength.

Treatment methods

Techniques used to treat back pain include manual therapies (MT), core rehabilitation (CR), transcutaneous (non-needles) electro-acupuncture (TCEA), lymphatic drainage (LD) and soft tissue massage (STM) with a specific home regime of exercises.

Our Physiotherapists will take the time to discuss certain core rehabilitative exercises important to reducing the incidence of back pain.

If you experience back pain combined with leg pain or dragging of a foot consult our Physiotherapist immediately.

Make an appointment at Physiotherapist Melbourne or call us on (03) 9380 5434.