What is the best thing I can do for my lower back pain?


Answer: Exercise!!



This may initially seem strange to you but in this blog entry we will review the question that has been debated for many years by medical professionals.

Before the 1990’s bed rest was prescribed by GP’s for anyone suffering from lower back pain. However since then there has been a complete change in thought for the management of lower back pain. In the late 80’s and early 90’s many medical studies were undertaken to find if exercise or bed rest was most effective for treating lower back pain. Exercise strongly prevailed as the best of the two treatments, so ever since all medical guidelines now recommend exercising and staying active. Below is an example exercise sheet produced by us at PhysioQinetics to help our patients suffering from back pain.


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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence also recommend manual therapy, acupuncture and anti-inflammatories as well as exercise for lower back pain. They also promote Physiotherapy over the other manual therapies (Chiropractors and Osteopaths). This is due to a physiotherapist being someone who can “help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice." Watch one of our our physios demonstrating core exercise techniques below:-





With thanks to:

http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg88/chapter/1-guidance#physical-activity-and-exercise


http://www.csp.org.uk/your-health/what-physiotherapy


http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Backpain/Pages/Backexercises.aspx