3 Tips For Low Back Pain Relief

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Low back pain is one of the most common reasons that patients visit Hands-On Physical Therapy each day. In fact, the condition affects anywhere from 85 to 90 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. However, many patients want to avoid surgery to help correct their low back issues, making physical therapy an ideal treatment option. If you or a loved one is suffering from low back pain, our skilled and knowledgeable physical therapists can help quickly relieve your chronic pain. Continue reading to learn more a few great tips for back pain relief.

Ask Our Physical Therapist: 3 Helpful Tips for Low Back Pain Relief

1. Exercise Your Core

One of the most-effective things you can do to help manage your lower back pain is to strengthen your core abdominal muscles. Both the muscles in your abdominal area and the muscles in your back play a very important role in supporting your spine. Unfortunately, throughout the average American day, they don’t get enough of a workout. This means that your core needs to be specially targeted through corrective exercises. As part of your physical therapy treatment plan, our physical therapists may recommend several safe and effective corrective exercises that are designed to strengthen your core and provide additional support for your spine.

2. Cold and Heat Therapy

Another easy way to help ease low back pain and improve the effects of your physical therapy treatment is to utilize the healing properties of heat and cold therapy. Cold therapy is ideal for reducing inflammation, which is a common culprit for many different types of back pain. Additionally, cold acts as a local anesthetic, helping to slow down nerve impulses to keep the nerves from causing spasms and resulting in pain.

On the other hand, heat therapy may be recommended by our physical therapist for two main reasons. Firstly, heat helps to naturally stimulate blood flow in the body, which can quickly bring healing nutrients to any affected areas in the lower back. Secondly, heat therapy works to inhibit the pain messages that are sent to the brain. You can use heat therapy in a variety of different ways, including taking hot baths or showers, heat wraps, hot water bottles and more.

3. Get More/Better Sleep

Did you know that pain is the leading cause of insomnia? In fact, around two-thirds of people who have chronic low back pain have also been diagnosed with some form of sleep disorder. Not getting enough sleep or not enjoying restful sleep has also been linked with increased back pain symptoms. You can address this vicious cycle by working hard to change your sleeping habits. Some of the best ways to guarantee more sleep and better sleeping patterns include switching off electronics like your phone or television at least one hour before bedtime, avoiding late-night meals or snacks, implementing and maintaining a bedtime routine, and avoiding caffeine in the evenings.

Physical Therapy Treatment for Low Back Pain

In addition to these at-home remedies for reducing low back pain, physical therapy can quickly relieve chronic pain. Our physical therapist has the knowledge and tools necessary to target the root cause of your pain to provide a safe, non-invasive and effective alternative treatment.

Want to learn more about the benefits of physical therapy for low back pain? Contact the team at Hands-On Physical Therapy in Astoria, NY to learn more about the benefits of physical therapy treatment for low back pain relief.