Non-specific Low Back Pain
March 4, 2016 | By Physioflexx |
What exactly is non-specific low back pain?
The short answer is that nobody actually knows. There are thoughts around issues with posture, inactivity, general poor health, low mood and stress but no firm reason as to why this type of back pain develops has been found. What is known is that non-specific low back pain is a very common problem worldwide and it affects multiple aspects of life including work, sleep, hobbies and day to day activities.
As with every pain there are different stages: acute, sub-acute and chronic. It is very important that any interventions that you look for are carried out sooner rather than later to prevent chronic pain (pain lasting longer than 3 months) developing as this then becomes far more difficult to treat.
What is likely to be done for me?
Commonly analgesics and anti-inflammatories will be prescribed to you by your doctor. There is some evidence that supports this method of treatment and it is recommended by Governing Bodies to prescribe however recent studies have shown that there is little to no improvement in symptoms by this alone.
So what else can help?
Physiotherapy is highly supported and your doctor may recommend this to you. Physiotherapists are specialists in movement dysfunction and have expert knowledge in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and exercise prescription. Your Physiotherapist can help by loosening off tight tissues which in turn improves flexibility; providing strengthening programmes to assist in improving core strength and endurance; mobilising any stiff joints to improve movement; correcting awkward postures; providing advice on improving activity levels as well as giving a plan as to how to go about this alongside much much more.
Acupuncture has also been shown to decrease the effects of non-specific low back pain. Acupuncture helps by increasing the blood flow to the area but also by promoting endorphin release – the happy hormone! This will lessen the pain that is experienced and allow you to make the most of the pain free period doing the things that you enjoy.
Pilates will also help to decrease the symptoms that you may experience with low back pain. Pilates helps by performing low amplitude movements to strengthen the core. The benefits of coming along to a Pilates class – other than decreasing your pain and strengthening up – are that you aren’t alone! You will be working alongside others who can help to motivate you and keep you on track to alleviating your pain. Our classes are ran by fully Chartered Physiotherapists so you’re in good hands too!
There we have it! A very quick, brief run through of non-specific low back pain. If there are any questions that you may have, or indeed you think you may benefit from some of the options detailed, give Physioflexx a call on 01560 483 200 and speak to one of our Physiotherapists who will be able to give you some sound advice.
Thanks for reading!