W7, W5, W13
57 Elthorne Avenue
Hanwell, W7 2JY
T: 020 8566 4113
Please phone the number above during working hours to make an appointment. Our reception service will be happy to book your session.
10 min. walk from Boston Manor Tube Station.
15 min. walk from Northfields Tube Station.
E8, E3, E2, 207, 607, 83
Anyone who is suffering with or has suffered from sciatica knows that it can be severely painful.
Chronic pain affects one's physical, social and emotional well-being. Adults and children develop chronic pain arising from inflammation, injury and tissue damage. The pain affects particular parts of the body like the lower back, pelvic bone, the arm or the leg muscle. Most people suffer from lower back pain, which often leads to physical disability.
Studies show that up to 80% of the working individuals are likely to develop lower back pain in their lifetime. Physiotherapy specialists explain the common causes of lower back pain:
There are two forms of physical therapy administered to treat lower back pain, namely active and passive physical therapy to treat lower back pain. Active physiotherapy is the most preferred treatment option for lower back pain before exploring aggressive treatment options. It’s used both as a single line treatment and in combination with other treatments like traction, massage and ultrasound.
The stability of the lumbar spine largely depends on the lower back and the abdominal musculature. The abdominal muscles provide the anterior support while the low back muscles stabilize the spine from the back also known as the belt of muscle around the spine. The primary goal of physiotherapy is to reduce pain, increase mobility and enlighten the patient on effective ways of preventing future back problems.
Physiotherapy specialists focus on particular exercises when administering active physical therapy. They help the patient to perform exercises that rehabilitate the spine. The training program involves these steps.
Stretching of the muscles to maintain normal mobility and provide relief. Patients should focus on stretching the lower back muscles, hips, abdominal muscles and legs. They should avoid bouncing, and the stretches should be slow and gradual. For favourable results patients should follow the stretching routine designed for them by the physiotherapy specialist.
Core strengthening of the abdominal muscles to provide the ‘belt of muscle' around the spine. The physiotherapy specialist may recommend 15-20 minutes of sit-ups and leg raises to strengthen particular abdominal muscles, hyperextensions on machines or ‘good-mornings’ to support the lower back muscles.
Active stabilisation exercises that strengthen the secondary muscles of the backbone and support the spine through normal ranges of motion. The training involves the use of balancing machines and exercise balls
Low-impact aerobic conditioning or training to rev up the patient's heart rate. Physiotherapy specialists may recommend riding a stationary bike instead of running so as not to aggravate the patient’s back pain.
Don’t let your back pain take a toll on your daily activities. Talk to a physiotherapy clinic today and be on your way to a pain-free life.
Lower Back Pain, physioworks.com.au
Physiotherapy works: Chronic pain, csp.org.uk