It is often hard to pinpoint what causes the pain in the first place and what exacerbates the problem. Sometimes it is the residual effects of an injury; other times, the pain can be related to your job (e.g., construction, repeatedly lifting heavy equipment, etc.). Whatever the cause, the underlying reason for most cases of lower back pain is some type of impaired movement. However, mobile physical therapy can help.
A recent study from the University of Eastern Finland indicates that exercise combined with physical therapy yield significantly better results than generic exercise alone for those suffering from lower back pain. In particular, the patients in the study who received a “personally tailored exercise program” (such as the type of regimen that is typical of mobile physical therapy programs) performed the best.
Common Physical Therapy Exercises for Low Back Pain: Physical therapy programs designed to treat lower back pain typically employ a combination of three different types of exercise:
Core Strengthening Exercises: These exercises are designed to strengthen the abdominal and lower back muscles. Examples may include sit-ups, crunches, leg lifts, and similar motions. Many of these can be performed manually, while some involve the use of an abdominal machine.
Stretching: Various types of stretches are used by the therapist to help maintain range of motion and provide relief to the muscles in the lower back and nearby areas. For low back pain sufferers, stretches typically target in the abdomen, lower back, legs and hips.
Dynamic Stabilization Exercises: These exercises are designed to stabilize the lower back area and provide greater balance by strengthening the secondary muscles of the spine. This provides support to the spine through several different types of range of motion exercises. Some dynamic stabilization exercises are done manually, while others utilize equipment such as exercise balls and balancing machines.
Why Mobile Physical Therapy: For those suffering from lower back pain, it has been shown that individualized treatment is the best approach. Though you can receive a personalized set of exercises from a therapist at a clinic, mobile therapy provides the added benefit of allowing the therapist inside your home or office. This means they are not only able to work with you one-on-one (as opposed to balancing several patients inside a clinic), they are also able to thoroughly examine the environment in which you spend most of your time. This allows the therapist to recommend various changes that can remove hazards and give you the best possible chance of success.
Another very important key to the success of exercise and therapy for low back pain is consistency. In other words, it is absolutely critical that you miss as few appointments as possible (preferably none). The problem is, having to travel to the hospital or clinic for appointments can be especially difficult if you are experiencing a painful flare-up and/or do not have reliable transportation. With mobile physical therapy, the therapist comes to you. All you need to do is be ready and willing to do your exercises. This vastly reduces missed appointments and helps ensure you will keep up with the exercises that are crucial for a faster recovery.