Have you ever felt low back pain after doing a lot of activity the day before? One of the potential causes of low back pain can be from repetitive stress, especially when it’s an activity you haven’t done in a while or don’t do frequently. Examples include picking up boxes, gardening, house cleaning, and even prolonged sitting/driving.
We often feel that we have done too much and then we may experience some aches or soreness that goes away in a day or two. This is completely normal– just like going to the gym or doing some strenuous exercise for the first time in a while. However, it is not necessarily an indication that something is damaged or injured.
Sometimes, one of the best ways to recover is relative rest. If you’ve stressed your body beyond what you’res used to, a couple days of taking it easy (if possible) can be extremely helpful.
What do we mean by relative rest? It’s absolutely NOT staying in bed or lying on the couch all day. It means staying active by still performing your regular activities, and perhaps even going for a walk or doing some light stretching, or yoga, if you like. Keeping your body moving helps improve blood flow and stimulates tissue for healing in a positive way.
What else can you do to help your back?
- Stay active! By simply walking 20-30 minutes today, you can significantly increase the strength and mobility of your spine.
- Move “well”- Not sure if you’re moving “well?” That’s okay- we can help! If bending and lifting or prolonged sitting remains painful, our highly-experienced physical therapists can assess your range of motion, mobility, strength, tissue tension, and other factors that may be affecting your ability participate in the things you enjoy and need to do.
- Move often- The importance of things like “better posture” have been over-exaggerated as a contributor to low back pain. The best thing to do is move more frequently. This means that if your job requires a lot of sitting throughout the day, try to get up every 30-40 minutes and go for a brief walk or stretch at your desk. If you’re standing for several hours, then sit down for a few minutes.
- Have a regular check up. Don’t forget to visit your physical therapist. You go for regular check ups at your dentist or doctor, but why not your physical therapist?
You take care of your car and house- changing the oil, regular maintenance, but what about your body? Life with low back pain can be more challenging. Therefore, take care of your body and it will take care of you.
There is much that can be done to relieve sciatica, back or neck pain. Physical therapy should always be tried first if your back pain keeps on coming back. Discover how our back and neck program can give you the fast relief you deserve and restore your active life. Call Virginia Center for Spine and Sports Therapy today to speak with one of our physical therapy specialists about your back pain.