According to the American Chiropractic Association, up to 31 million Americans experience back pain on a daily basis. This back pain often comes along with a lack of flexibility, as well as a decreased range of motion. With the amount of time most of us spend hunched in front of a computer or behind a steering wheel during our commute, it’s no wonder that our backs are suffering. Unfortunately, most people only address the symptoms of poor spine care after it has become a problem.
Experiencing back pain and a lack of flexibility can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks that once came easily to you. Chasing after grandchildren and playing sports are not as easy as they used to be, and even bending down to pick something off the floor can be difficult with a stiff back. When even simple tasks cause you pain and discomfort, it’s time to speak with a physical therapist about your spine care options.
How can physical therapy help me get a more flexible back?
Physical therapists are experts in helping patients practice good spine care. Using proven methods, a licensed physical therapist can help reduce pain and restore flexibility to backs that are stiff and aching. Here are three spine care methods that your physical therapist may use to help you get a more flexible back:
- Therapeutic exercise — Your physical therapist can guide you through therapeutic exercises that are designed to strengthen the muscles and joints that make up your back. This helps to loosen stiff muscles as well as build strength, which helps to prevent injury.
- Back pain relief — There are several ways that a physical therapist can help to relieve the symptoms of back pain. Manual therapy techniques are an effective way to not only relieve pain but also help break up scar tissue that may be contributing to a stiff back.
- Dry needling therapy — Dry needling therapy is a form of physical therapy that is designed to manipulate stiff and sore muscles. A thin needle is inserted directly into the muscle, causing it to spasm and loosen. This helps to increase your flexibility and improve blood flow to the area.
Can Performance Physical Therapy help me with my spine care?
Our team at Performance Physical Therapy is ready to help you regain flexibility and reduce pain in your back. We have years of experience treating a number of musculoskeletal conditions that contribute to a stiff and sore back, including:
- Motor vehicle accident injuries.
- Post-surgical pain and functional limitations.
- Sports injuries.
- Work-related injuries.
Contact us today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.