It’s painful, it’s distracting, it’s overwhelming. It afflicts young and old, active and sedentary. It can come on very slowly or very suddenly, and stem from anything, traumatic injury to bad posture. It’s low back pain, and you may be at a loss for what you can do about it. But you don’t have to be!
Lower back pain is common. Although some episodes will be resolved by the body’s natural healing process, for many, it can be a recurring and lifelong struggle. But even those with chronic back pain shouldn’t despair: a problem that was once the domain of daily medications and costly, invasive surgeries is returning to its physiological roots. With a little know-how and a guiding hand, anyone- chronic or incidental, pre- or post- op- can reduce their discomfort, regain function and reclaim a pain-free life.
At Omni, we strongly believe that a patient who knows more feels better. It can be hard to motivate yourself to do routine, repetitive, or even painful exercises without understanding why they’re necessary. So why do we do what we do and treat the way we treat? It all starts with the anatomy of the back itself.
To put it simply, the boney spine and discs aren’t that strong; a spine on its own can only support a few dozen pounds of pressure. The resiliency of the spine actually comes from the musculature that surrounds and supports it- the extensors in the back and gluteus, the flexors in the abdomen and the obliques in the sides. When these muscles are strong, they lift pressure from the lumbar spine and relieve stress. When they’re weak- or in some cases overly tense- the spine is forced to bear pressure it shouldn’t have to, creating pain.
This is one of the reasons physical therapy after back surgery can shorten a patient’s recovery so dramatically- well-conditioned muscles will allow the spine to heal. While some practitioners use primarily passive physical therapies like heat application that just make you feel better now, we focus on active physical therapies that keep you feeling better later. A consistent, well-planned exercise routine is the best way to end your current episode of back pain and prevent future ones- and that’s what we want to give you! It all goes back to the Omni Therapy motto: Heal, Prevent, Maintain!