Lower Back Pain Treatment with Manual Therapy

Lower Back Pain Treatment with Manual Therapy

Lower back pain is a common ailment affecting millions of people worldwide, impacting their daily lives and overall well-being. Whether it stems from poor posture, muscle strain, injury, or underlying medical conditions, the discomfort and limitation it imposes can be debilitating. While there are various approaches to managing lower back pain, physiotherapy emerges as a key player in providing relief and promoting long-term recovery.

Physiotherapy treatment for lower back pain involves a comprehensive approach that targets not only the symptoms but also the underlying causes. Through a combination of therapeutic techniques, exercises, and education, physiotherapists work closely with patients to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and enhance overall quality of life.

Our Physiotherapists will take a detailed history and a thorough detailed biomechanical assessment will determine the likely cause of your lower back pain and will form a treatment plan according to your goals, needs while utilizing the latest recommendations for best practice. The following are some treatment approaches your physiotherapist may use to help treat your lower back pain

Manual Therapy: One of the cornerstones of physiotherapy for lower back pain is manual therapy. This hands-on approach involves skilled manipulation and mobilization of the spine and surrounding tissues to reduce pain, improve flexibility, and restore normal joint function. Techniques such as spinal manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, and joint mobilization are commonly used by physiotherapists to target specific areas of discomfort and stiffness. Our therapists at our Burnaby Clinic have undergone numerous hours of post graduate course work towards advanced manual therapy and manipulation techniques. The highest level of education in manual therapy in Canada is recognized as Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) where the therapists with this certification has completed post-graduate education and attained internationally-recognized qualifications in hands-on therapy. FCAMPT education is hosted through several Canadian-based education committees and universities, however, the education taught is regulated by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists (IFOMPT). IFOMPT is the regulatory body for all countries who teach or have practicing FCAMPT-type physiotherapists.

Numerous studies have investigated the efficacy of manual therapy in the treatment of lower back pain, consistently demonstrating its effectiveness in reducing pain, improving function, and enhancing overall well-being. These studies provide compelling evidence supporting the effectiveness of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation and mobilization, in the management of lower back pain. While additional research is needed to further elucidate the mechanisms of action and optimal treatment protocols, manual therapy remains a valuable and widely used intervention in the comprehensive management of lower back pain. All our therapists have a commitment to life long learning and are engaged in professional continuing education. If you’re struggling with lower back pain, schedule a consultation with one of our university-trained physiotherapists at our Burnaby Clinic. We will explore personalized treatment options tailored to your needs and goals. Remember, with the right guidance, mindset and commitment, relief from lower back pain is within reach