May 15, 2019

Have you, or someone you know, ever been restricted with lower back pain?

It’s far more common than you’d think. Around 80% of the population experience low back pain at some stage of their life.

Generally, low back pain is associated with lifting a heavy object while bending forward, resulting in a sharp, shooting pain down their back, or legs. This pain can be persistent and, at times, unrelenting.

Although back pain is often caused by a physical process, it can continue to be impacted by biological, psychological AND social aspects of a person’s life – making it hard to get back to pain-free health on your own.

Low back pain is commonly caused by a combination of factors. Often, an awkward lifting or bending position can be aggravated by some weakness in the core and glutes, resulting in pain. That pain can be a sign of sudden injury to the muscles or ligaments that support the back, in the form of a strain, tear or spasm.

Sometimes, low back pain can be caused by other structures in the back – such as a disc or facet joint. Pain can also be a symptom associated with fractures due to osteoporosis. Complications with your organs may be the source of your pain, as could kidney or spinal infections.

At the Optimal Health Lab, we find the best management of musculoskeletal low back pain includes a combination of pain education, postural refinement, taping and, most importantly, exercise-based therapy. This therapy is often focussed on building strength in your core, glutes and hamstrings. We work to improve overall posture in order to elevate your strength, power and ability to lift items with ease.

We may also use manual therapies, such as massage and mobilisation, to help manage painful symptoms and get you back to the top of your game.

While low back pain may seem like an inevitable part of life, we’re fortunate that most cases can be easily treated by physiotherapists.

If you are struggling to manage low back pain, our team of health professionals will set you on the road to recovery, ensuring a pain-free return to your everyday life, as soon as possible.



More Optimal Tips

HOW TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE WEIGHT LOSS – A FEW KEY TIPS
HOW TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE WEIGHT LOSS – A FEW KEY TIPS

October 12, 2020

Tea detox? Juice cleanse? 28-day detox? 10kg weight loss in time for summer?

 Have you ever thought about if these claims are realistic? How sustainable they are? Have you thought about trying them? Let’s face it – the media provides some quick and easy approaches that seem simple – so why not, right?

 The reality is, these programs sell a diet, product or program that don’t invest in your health long term. They don’t teach you practical skills- how many times have you dieted and not found long term results?

Okay, so what is needed for weight loss?

Continue Reading

Shoulder arthritis… Shoulder replacement… Can that happen?
Shoulder arthritis… Shoulder replacement… Can that happen?

September 17, 2020

Physiotherapist Darcy takes you through the definition of shoulder arthritis, how it occurs, as well as the interventions that can be performed to improve function and pain in an arthritic shoulder joint.

Continue Reading

What is a Scaphoid fracture? And what do I need to do if one occurs?
What is a Scaphoid fracture? And what do I need to do if one occurs?

September 17, 2020

Scaphoid fractures are a common bone break that occurs in the wrist. Physio Darcy takes you through some basic knowledge on scaphoid fractures and discusses how to best identify them if, or when, they do occur.

Continue Reading