Lower back pain is something we have or will likely experience at some point in our lives. Unfortunately for some of us, this can be a chronic injury that inhabits our ability to live life to its fullest. With this in mind, we have detailed three tips on how to assist relieve lower back pain below.
What is lower back pain?
Lower back pain is often caused by irritation between the vertebrae, joints and ligaments that hold our lower back together.
What causes lower back pain?
Lower back pain can become a problem for a multitude of reasons. The most common reason is because of a muscle or ligament strain in the lower back. For example muscle and ligament strain could occur by over stretching your back while incorrectly lifting a heavy object.
Our three tips to relieve lower back pain
To assist relieve lower back pain, we recommend the following three tips;
- Assess your situation – Take a moment to reflect on your current lifestyle. Do you sit a lot at work? Possibly at a desk or in the car? If so, do you need to change this to ensure you lower back position is altered throughout the day. Staying in one position for extended periods of time isn’t good for your lower back and body as a whole. One option to help change your position throughout the day is to use a device like a Fitbit. You can set reminders to stand up and stretch. If a Fitbit isn’t an option possibly try calendar reminders or grab a ‘stretch friend’ at work to remind you to move throughout your day.
- Get moving – We’d like to say it is common knowledge that we need to move our bodies through moderate exercise at least 30 minutes per day. Unfortunately, our lives get busy and therefore our daily exercise is often put to the side. Moving your body is one of the best ways to ensure ongoing overall health. Possible ways to get more exercise in your day could include; starting a morning walk ritual, adding a walk around the block as part of your lunch break or scheduling meetings a couple of blocks away from your office.
- Treatment – Ultimately if your lower back pain or other associated pain hasn’t stopped we recommend making an appointment with a medical professional like a Physiotherapist. At Leap Health Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre our staff are committed to getting you back to full function as soon as possible so you can continue living your life comfortably. We also believe early intervention is a lot better than dealing with a problem that has been uncomfortable for a prolonged period of time. The quicker we can see an injury like lower back pain, the quicker we can get you back to full function.
Where to now?
If you are experiencing lower back pain we encourage you to try the above tips. Living with even the slightest pain is incredibly uncomfortable!
To can find out more about Leap Health Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre’s see our New Town, Kingston, Rosny Park, Huonville, services and staff webpages. Alternatively you can contact us directly to hear more about our service and book an appointment.