Do you suffer from pain in your lower back, legs or feet? You are not alone. Luckily, physical therapists help patients address pain, apply specific exercises to strengthen the affected muscles, and learn to keep the proper posture. If you are ready to get back into shape, but do not know how to start an exercise program, it is often helpful to work with a physical therapist. Many people overlook this important resource because they are not sure what to expect. Below are some of the key benefits of using a physical therapist for lower back treatment.
A physical therapist uses a variety of different techniques, including exercise philosophy and exercise design, to help you achieve your goals. In addition to strengthening your abdominals and core, they can also help you overcome tension and improve your posture by stretching and strengthening your muscles around the hips, neck, shoulders, and knees. The goal of lower back physical therapy is to provide you with a complete treatment that works on your entire body. This is why it is important to set realistic goals and be persistent with your treatments. It may take several months before you start to notice improvement in your body.
When you are suffering from pain, it is possible that your discs are wearing away at the center of the disks. This can cause discomfort and pain. Often times, when you stretch these discs, the muscles around them become tight. While this occurs, pressure is being applied to the nerve roots that can cause inflammation, pain and even disc replacement.
One common technique that is often used is exercise tubing. This is a great way to perform some of the basic lower back exercises such as the seated oblique twist, single-leg squats, hamstring curls, etc. The exercise tubing provides a low intensity but effective form of exercise. When using the exercise tubing, make sure that the knee of the tube is slightly bent so that you do not put undue pressure on the sciatic nerve while exercising.
Many doctors and therapists also use a form of this exercise known as the cat stretch. In this exercise, the lower leg is placed across the top of the lower back and the knee is extended while flexing the quadriceps muscles. Next, the opposite knee is placed across the lower leg while the quadriceps are contracted. Make sure to perform this exercise twelve times before taking a break.
Strengthening the core abdominal muscles can help support your spinal structure. Abdominal muscles play an important role in the functioning of your lower back. This includes the muscles, tendons and ligaments that support your spinal column, and provide strength and stability to your upper body and to your pelvis. By strengthening these core abdominal muscles, you can strengthen your lower body which will reduce your tendency for lower back pain.