Can Physiotherapy Help With Your Back Pain

Everyone experiences back pain from time to time. It usually doesn’t last long, and it usually doesn’t cause much trouble. But when you have chronic back pain, it might be difficult to feel like yourself again. Even though it might not seem like it, your back is one of your most important muscles. When you lift something, bend over, or even walk, you’re using your back. So if you have back pain, it’s possible that something is wrong. Physiotherapy can help with your back pain by working on your muscles to get them used to doing the right movements over and over again. The more you use your back, the less likely you are to end up with back pain again.


What Causes Back Pain?

Back pain can have many causes, so it’s important to get a thorough check-up before you start looking for treatment. It could be caused by an injury, a serious medical condition, or a problem with your body’s muscles or bones.


Physiotherapy and Back Pain

Physiotherapy aims to treat and prevent back pain by mobilizing the joints, muscles, and spine of the area that is causing the pain. This is achieved through focussing on three components of the human body – the joints, muscles, and spine. To mobilize the joints, physiotherapists use passive movements and actively encourage movement through joint manipulation. These range from basic movements like passive flexion, extension, and rotation of ankles, knees and wrists, to more complex movements like reaching and drawing up from a chair.


Types of Physiotherapy for Back Pain

Physiotherapy for back pain is a pretty broad topic, but it can be broken down into three categories: Functional Rehabilitation - This is the process of helping people return to their normal activities by retraining their muscles and movements to improve function (i.e. walking, lifting, sitting, etc.). Strengthening Exercise - This is the process of improving the strength and flexibility of the musculature by using resistance during exercise. Manipulation - This is the use of specific techniques to improve joint mobility and enhance kinesiology tape.


How Physiotherapy Can Help With Back Pain?

When people are diagnosed with back pain, they’re often told to rest and not to do any back-based activity. But most people can’t just rest and avoid back pain forever. The average person has a week or so of feeling back pain before they have to go back to doing the same things they were doing before. This can make it seem like you have to deal with back pain for the rest of your life. Physiotherapy can help you with your back pain by working with you to figure out what your normal activities are. After you’ve been to physiotherapy for a few sessions, you and your physiotherapist can figure out the steps you need to take in order to be able to do the things you normally do again.


Is Physiotherapy Effective For Back Pain?

The short answer is yes. In fact, most studies show that physiotherapy is effective for back pain. Some studies showed that only 25% of people were able to go back to their previous activity after physiotherapy, while other studies showed that virtually all people were able to go back to work. Most people were able to return back to work without any pain medication after physiotherapy. This means that physiotherapy is very effective for back pain.



Back pain can be tough to deal with. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about back pain, and it can be difficult to know how to manage it. Alberta PT can help you with your back pain by figuring out what your normal activities are and how you can get back to them again as soon as possible. Physiotherapy can also help with back pain by helping you learn how to prevent future back pain from happening again.


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