Options for Lower Back Pain Treatment in Gorham, ME

At some point in your life, you’re bound to experience some form of back pain. Many cases of back pain are caused by poor posture, strains, and overactivity. In these cases, the back pain tends to recede after a few days, but it can benefit from some home care.

Some of the ways you can help reduce your back pain at home include the following:

  1. Icing and heating — Icing your back after developing pain can help reduce your pain and assist with managing inflammation. Do this periodically throughout the day for a couple of days for about 15 minutes at a time. After a couple of days of icing, you can switch to heating to help provide some comfort and relief. It may be tempting to heat your back for relief immediately, but it may exacerbate any inflammation, so it’s best to wait until after a couple of days of icing.
  2. Exercising — One of the worst things you can do with back pain is to stay in bed all day. Walking around or doing light core exercises can help build strength and flexibility in your muscles that support your spine and frame. Be careful not to overdo it. You don’t want to be a couch potato, but you shouldn’t work so hard that you make the pain grow worse.
  3. Stretching — Due to prolonged sitting or overstrain from physical activity, your back muscles can become tense and tight, which leads to pain. Some simple stretching exercises can help these muscles regain flexibility and distribute weight properly throughout your body.

Other techniques for home care include sleeping properly, quitting smoking and improving your posture. Of course, these methods only go so far if your back pain is chronic or severe.

In cases of ongoing or extreme back pain, you should seek medical assistance. A healthcare professional, such as a physical therapist, can help identify the cause of your back pain and develop a treatment.

At Back in Motion Physical Therapy, we use the latest technology and techniques in developing a personalized treatment for you to help reduce pain and improve your quality of life.

Would you like to speak with a physical therapist about getting help for your back pain? Back in Motion Physical Therapy serves patients from five clinics across Southern Maine. If you live in the Gorham area and would like to seek assistance from one of our physical therapists for your back pain, please contact us today.

Our Gorham Location:

94 Main Street #2
Gorham, ME 04038
Phone: (207) 839-5860
Fax: (207) 839-2499

Monday – Thursday: 7 am – 7 pm
Friday: 7 am – 6 pm

If you would rather visit us at one of our other locations, please visit our contact page to find one more convenient for you.