Benefits Of Physiotherapy For Back Pain

Our Physiotherapy in Darwin is a popular destination for people with back pain.

This is without doubt because our physiotherapists have much success helping to reduce back pain and restore mobility for people with back problems.
Physiotherapy focuses on improving the movement and function of joints and muscles. It is often instrumental in helping you change the ways in which you use your body. It encourages you to take an active part in your own rehabilitation and, in doing so, help prevent recurring back issues.
Physiotherapists treat all types of back pain. They look at how the nerves, muscles and bones in your body are affected by illness or injury and, through treatment and exercise therapy, focus on restoring movement and function to your whole body.
Physiotherapy massage for back pain

What Will My Physiotherapist Session Be Like?

Your physiotherapist will need to know about your general health, including:

  • Existing medical conditions
  • Any medications you take
  • Symptoms you’re experiencing
  • What tends to trigger these symptoms
A brief physical examination will reveal how your movement is affected and how your back is functioning. A neurological assessment might also be done to show whether your nerves are responding normally or not.
You may need to remove outer clothes so your physiotherapist can see and feel your back. If it would make you feel more comfortable, you can bring a companion into the room with you.
Your physiotherapist will explain the recommended treatment and how it can be expected to help with your back pain. Your questions would be welcomed and answered fully. Your understanding is important because treatment is dependent on your consent to go ahead.

Manual Therapy

Hands-on techniques in physiotherapy include Mobilisation. With mobilisation, your physiotherapist would stretch your spine using gentle movements aimed at restoring your normal range of motion.
Manipulation is another manual technique employed by physiotherapists. Your physiotherapist can release tension with a quick thrust of their hands at a specific point along your spine.

Active Therapy

Your physiotherapist will know which exercises are best for you and will show you how to perform exercises and movements that form a crucial part of your physiotherapy.
You would do these exercises yourself not only to improve your flexibility, mobility and strength but, generally speaking, keeping active with safe movement is one of the best things for back pain.
Exercises can be Aerobic to get you moving and increase your heart rate, not only helping keep you mobile and reduce rigidity, but also helping manage your weight. Low-impact aerobic exercises are likely to be recommended, such as walking, swimming, and using exercise bikes and step machines.

Stretching is another exercise regime recommended to improve flexibility and reduce tension in your spine. For example, stretching your hamstring muscles can reduce stress in your lower back.

Strengthening exercises, especially involving your core muscles — abdominal muscles and the muscles in your back and around your pelvis — exercises can be helpful. General exercises seem to be equally beneficial, particularly in the long term.

After Physiotherapy

You may need a course of physiotherapy appointments or just a one-off consultation. Your physiotherapist would advise the number and frequency of sessions.
In most cases, your physiotherapist would also give advice on how to improve your posture and how you can keep your back in good health.

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Book an appointment with our physiotherapist in Darwin now or contact us if you have any questions.

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Barbara Kapser

Barbara Kapser

Barbara Kapser is our psychologist at Stepping Stones in Life Therapy Service in Darwin. She's a member with the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health.
She specialises in perinatal infant mental health, attachment disorders, developmental trauma and behaviour support.