Low Back pain is a part of everyday life in Western industrialised countries and according to a research it will affect 80% of all adults in their lifetime –Nachemson & Jonson 2000. Acute low back pain normally settles within 4-6 weeks, but in a small percentage of cases, pain become persistent and impact significantly on healthy living and health care costs. Spinal Backrack differentiates low back pain into acute, sub-acute or chronic pain. We recommend a sensible approach to the patients with regard to bed rest, activity and exercises.
Does Bed Rest Help?
Acute phase of pain that usually lasts less than 7 days, bed rest is contraindicated for the patients who have low back pain with no radiation and for those whose back pain radiates no further than the knee. Patients with low back pain radiating to entire leg, bed rest should only be authorised if the pain indicates it. If bed rest is authorised, it should be intermittent rather than continuous. After three days of bed rest, patients should be strongly encouraged to resume their activities.
In sub-acute phases in which pain lasts between 4 and 12 weeks, and in chronic phases bed rest is not only contraindicated, but should be stopped in patients still resting in bed this stage. The physiotherapists do not recommend any exercises or functional restoration for the acute phases of the pain in the first 7 days, but for sub-acute or chronic phases, they opt to recommend patients to follow an active exercise program. However, the recommendations to the kind of exercises and movement have been kept in general terms, such as strength training, stretching and fitness, in which no movement concept was found to be more superior to another.
Furthermore, no distinctions are made if the acute pain is of a recurrent nature or occur for the first time. Recurrences of acute pain and disability need to be prevented and the doctor should evaluate in which circumstances recurrence develop, in order to be able to define an adequate therapy programme. It is usually suggested that low back pain should be treated carefully with the focus on a concept of reduced activity, rather than taking complete rest.
Role of your Physiotherapist
If the patients, in whom specific treatments have been ruled out, do not improve and remain off work even after 3 to 6 weeks, they are referred to rehabilitation services in which the physiotherapist has a key role to play. However, rehabilitation is often only considered after medical treatment is completed or has failed. The restoration of movements in the patients usually considered an automatic process, in which patients are expected to resume their normal activities and assume their roles in the society on their own. After all it is the person that needs treatment not just the pain.
In the development of treatment, the physiotherapist in collaboration with the patient should define short-term and long term treatment goals. These goals should be lead to optimum movement functions, overall well-being and purposeful actions in patient’s daily life. Some routine exercises can also be advised to stop the reoccurrence of the back pain and to prevent muscles from getting weak.
How to Deal with Lower Back Pain?
It can be regular stretching, yoga and other muscle strengthening activities patients can do to reduce and prevent back problems. They’re also advised to check our Backrack™ for lower back pain relief. Specially people who are overweight or having a large chest and lower body can hardly do stretching and exercises to help their back problems. Spinal Backrack provides them an opportunity to relieve their back pain without doing any hard exercises. It has a unique concept and easy application so anyone can use it at home without any supervision. Its special shape resembles the natural curvature of the spine that helps you treat not just symptoms but also the causes of pain. However, Backrack™ is a comprehensive device designed to treat all forma of back pain. The upper area of this device treats all cervical related problems i.e. neck pain, head, migraines, stenosis and etc. Whereas the middle part of the Backrack™ provides chest and rib pain relief. And the lower part covers the lumbar region of your body so you take full control of your back pain.
With so many advantages of this device, it has no side effects at all. The treatment is EFFECTIVE AND RISK FREE. Patients just have to lie on the rack in the central position with their knees bent. As the rack mirrors the natural curvature of the human spine, it provide full support to the upper, middle, and lower back. The wooden nodules push up on the either side of the spine which lifts the vertebrae and cause them to pivot about the joints of the back. This ultimately reduces stiffness and back pain in result. To learn more about the Backrack™ technology, please visit our home page.