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How Physio can help Back pain

Over 80% of New Zealanders will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. If you’re one of them, then you’ll know what struggle it can be. Back pain can impact on your work and your general ability to keep moving and enjoy life

Is your back at risk?

The most common type of back pain often doesn’t have a clear cause. However there are a number of factors that can contribute to your risk of developing back pain, or aggravate the pain once you have it.

These factors include:

  • Sitting for long periods at a time (without taking a break)
  • Poor posture
  • Lifting objects that are too heavy
  • Feeling stressed or anxious
  • Smoking
  • Being pregnant
  • Not getting the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day
  • Being overweight
  • Slipping or falling 

How can physiotherapy help?

Your physio can identify the factors contributing to your specific back problem and design a treatment plan and management programme that’s just right for you. They’ll also check if any underlying health conditions could be contributing to your back pain.

Your physio can help with:

  • Assessment and advice on your back pain
  • Mobilisation and manipulation as appropriate
  • Specific strengthening and flexibility exercises
  • Designing a pain management plan
  • Exercises to improve your posture
  • Education on how to prevent future back problems
  • Advice on returning to work, sport and general activities
  • Workstation assessments, ergonomic analysis and advice on specific work tasks.
  • Referring you to other appropriate health providers (specialists or GPs) if needed.

Keeping active

For minor back pain the sooner you get back to being active the better – gone are the days where bed rest for weeks was required. In fact, research clearly demonstrates that staying active can help reduce your pain and shorten recovery time in most cases. A physio can advise you on safe, appropriate exercises that will support your back and can advise you on the amount of activity that's right for you.

Does it really work?

Physiotherapy can make a huge difference to your back pain, helping you with treatment and pain management. Most importantly a physio can teach you how to prevent back pain in the future.

Ready to take action on back pain?

Use our online Find a Physio database to find a physiotherapist near you. And remember that you don’t need a GP referral to see a physiotherapist.

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