Physical Therapists' Foundations: Back Health Series was a Success!
written by: Lindsay Kizinkewich, PT, DPT, OCS of Precision Physical Therapy
The first run of Foundations Back Series was a great success over the month of September!
Doctors of Physical Therapy, David Bond and Lindsay Kizinkewich, spent Tuesday evenings leading an exercise and education based class about management and prevention of back pain. Through nutrition, hydration, sleep, relaxation techniques, and movement pattern training with progressive loading, the participants gained an understanding of the importance of a holistic approach to back health.
Our passion for back health is rooted in the staggering number of people that live with back pain everyday. Worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability, preventing people from engaging in work and everyday activities. Although, many people with low back pain recover, reoccurrence is common, even without a serious underlying condition.
Current research suggests, that MRIs findings do not correlate with current symptoms or future prediction of back pain or injury, and variations of normal or normal aging process occur in the spine without symptoms of pain.
Back pain is most often mechanical, due to movement pattern dysfunctions, muscle imbalances or weakness, or mobility deficits, and can be treated effectively with a conservative approach.
We would like to share some of the course highlights to help you feel your best and function at your greatest potential.
One of the greatest pieces of advice to share is how to manage an acute episode of low back pain. It is important to remember early intervention is key for a quicker and more complete recovery process.
Some Recovery Golden Nuggets to hasten the healing process include:
Avoiding prolonged rest; especially bed rest
Utilize “active rest”; meaning to get up and move intermittently throughout the day.
“Your best position is your NEXT position”. Changing positions frequently will help reduce stiffness and pain.
Keep “neutral spine” in mind and use a lumbar roll/ pillow to support your low back when sitting. Firm sitting surfaces, rather than cushy couches or recliners will typically feel better.
In addition to walking, our favorite acute low back pain exercise are: