If you’re suffering from back pain, you might be surprised to learn that exercise can be an effective treatment. This especially may be the case if you developed back pain as a result of a sports or exercise related injury. After all, it seems like the most common advice for back pain sufferers is to get plenty of rest to let the muscle heal and relieve pressure on the spine.
While rest is generally a critical part of back pain treatment, targeted exercises performed with the partnership of a qualified physical therapist can offer a number of benefits. Armor Physical Therapy wants to help people in pain learn about their options for relief, which is why we’re sharing this guide to back pain exercises. If you have any questions, or want to know how we can help, get in touch with us today.
Types of back pain exercises and their benefits
Physical therapy exercises are designed to provide strength and stability to the body. Whether back pain is being caused by a muscular injury or a degenerative spine condition, strengthening and improving the range of motion for the lower back can relieve pain and potentially help prevent future problems.
The type of exercise recommended by a physical therapist will depend on a person’s individual condition or injury, but general categories of back pain exercises include:
- Muscle performance — to increase strength for better balance and stability in the back
- Posture improvement — focusing on proper posture and alignment can take pressure off the lower back
- Range of motion — through active, passive or assisted techniques designed to gently stretch and flex soft tissue
If you’re living with pain, it’s critical to only attempt back pain exercises under the guidance of a licensed and qualified physical therapist. In addition to exercises performed in an in-office session, you will also be given instruction on exercises you can perform at home.
Expert back pain care
At Armor Physical Therapy, our team of experts is passionate about delivering the best care to help our patients get back to the quality of life they deserve. We’re proud to have the only Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy and in Orthopedics in the southwest Michigan area on our staff. Patients who come to us will receive one-on-one care and a personalized treatment plan that includes some of the latest advances in the field.
Contact us today to learn more and schedule your initial appointment at one of our five conveniently-located centers.