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Back pain can arise from various causes. Two of the most common reasons are prolonged periods of sitting at work and driving a vehicle. Sitting and driving for long periods of time often result in back pain because the human body is designed to move in different directions rather than sitting still in one position for hours on end. If your job entails either of the above (sitting or driving), it is recommended that you stand up at regular intervals to take a break and walk around. If you are still experiencing symptoms of back pain, the good news is that physiotherapy can do wonders to alleviate the pain.
How Fit Physiotherapy Can Help
At FIT Physiotherapy, our team of dedicated professionals will be able to create a personalized therapy plan for your unique condition. We will help reduce pain and show you ways to improve your posture while sitting. If you feel pain in your back, neck or shoulders when sitting, do not hesitate to pay us a visit for a consultation. The longer you wait, the worse your condition may get. Possible causes include stress, bad posture, core weakness or strained ligaments and/or muscles.
Although you may feel like resting or staying in bed for the day, one of the best remedies for back pain is to keep active. When you are immobile for long periods of time your back muscles will become weaker which could lead to more aggravation. It is beneficial to keep mobile as this will speed up your recovery. At FIT Physiotherapy we use a variety of therapeutic modalities including; manual therapy, heat/ice treatment, ultrasound, shockwave, acupuncture, stretching, and exercise. We will also provide you with some valuable tips for sitting at a work desk. Proper seating posture, chair and desk height, and computer/keyboard position for your height and shape are all key components to ensure you are not straining your back.
Learn Proper Techniques
Our team will also teach you the proper techniques for lifting objects to help prevent lower back pain. The lower back consists of five vertebrae which are separated by shock-absorbing discs. Pressure is placed on the lumbar spine when sitting. Improper posture exacerbates this problem. The spine can typically handle this pressure for about 20 minutes at a time before it begins to strain and stiffen, resulting in pain. We recommend that you take frequent, short breaks from sitting whenever possible to stretch and mobilize the spine.
Over time, every day “wear and tear” causes the spine to stiffen. This leads to muscle spasms and pain. Causes of back pain include sciatica or trapped nerves, slipped discs, and arthritis. If you are suffering from any type of back pain for more than 48 hours it is recommended that you visit a professional physiotherapist. They will effectively assess and treat your condition as well as provide you with a detailed treatment plan to guide you.
Don’t hesitate to contact FIT Physiotherapy if you are experiencing persistent lower back pain. Our team looks forward to working with you.