Seeking lower back pain relief? How physical therapy can help

The lower back is so prone to developing pain because of the amount of weight it has to support while remaining flexible enough for basic movement. This puts a large amount of stress on the lower spine as well as the muscles and connective tissue that support it. Lower back pain can then develop due to muscle strains caused by lifting heavy objects or participating in high-impact sports as well as spine conditions caused by injury and age-related degeneration. 

For nearly any type of cause, physical therapy can be a highly effective form of treatment for those seeking lower back pain relief. That’s because physical therapy can directly address many of the underlying causes of back pain by promoting better stability in this critical region. If you’d like to better understand the steps a physical therapist can take to help you relieve lower back pain, take a moment to read the following information. 

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how we can help, please reach out to a member of our caring and dedicated team. 

Steps to lower back pain relief

When you meet with a physical therapist for the first time, you should come prepared to answer questions about your symptoms, your medical and treatment history, and how your pain is affecting your lifestyle. Your therapist will also perform a hands-on evaluation combined with posture and movement tests to determine the sources of your lower back pain. 

With this information, the next step is to develop a custom-tailored treatment plan using a combination of in-office and at-home methods designed to accomplish the following major goals: 

  • Strengthen supporting muscles and soft tissue
  • Improve posture and stability
  • Increase flexibility and range of motion 
  • Decrease pressure on the spine and spinal nerves
  • Mobilize stiff joints

By performing therapeutic exercises, receiving manual therapy and taking steps that promote a healthy lifestyle, you can begin to work toward long-term lower back pain relief. 

Work with the caring team at Back in Motion

With our locations in Gorham, Portland, South Portland, Newport and Brewer, Maine, we can help patients throughout the region find relief from lower back pain and any related symptoms. At all of our locations you can expect compassionate, patient-centered care from our expert therapists. 

Take the next step toward relief and contact us today.