Lower back pain – three words that resonate with thousands of individuals in New Zealand. At Cairnhill Physiotherapy, we encounter this prevalent condition regularly, with the majority of cases stemming from injuries to muscles, ligaments, joints or discs. The body’s natural response to such injuries involves triggering an inflammatory healing process, often resulting in pain. Fortunately, with our extensive experience and expertise, we can effectively and swiftly address lower back pain in the majority of instances.
Many individuals opt for a passive “do-nothing” approach, believing that immobility will miraculously alleviate their back pain. Contrary to this common belief, staying still may not always be the best solution and could potentially exacerbate the situation. While it is instinctual to avoid movement during lower back pain episodes, a more active and mobile approach to treatment tends to be more effective. This involves engaging in targeted yet gentle exercises that can contribute to reducing and eliminating lower back pain.
The misconception that immobilisation is the key to recovery is rooted in outdated advice, often perpetuated by well-meaning but misinformed sources. Research indicates that adopting a sedentary lifestyle during episodes of lower back pain can lead to abnormal movement patterns and increased stress on the spine, potentially causing prolonged discomfort even after the initial injury has healed. Given that approximately 80% of the population experiences lower back pain at some point in their lives, it becomes imperative to debunk these myths and encourage a more proactive approach.
So, what should you do when lower back pain strikes? Instead of succumbing to the temptation to stay still, our recommendation is to reach out to Cairnhill Physiotherapy. Our team can assess the cause and severity of your lower back pain and devise a personalised treatment plan. Emphasising movement-based therapies and targeted exercises, we aim to empower individuals to actively participate in their recovery, ensuring not only relief from current pain but also a reduced risk of future recurrences. Don’t let lower back pain dictate a sedentary lifestyle – take charge of your well-being with a proactive and movement-oriented approach.
If you are suffering from lower back pain, get in touch with Cairnhill Physiotherapy today to book an appointment with one of our expert physiotherapists.