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Chronic Low Back Pain: Reduced by Lumbopelvic Core Stabilization Exercise

A research article published in 2017 indicated that lumbopelvic core stabilization exercise can reduce pain in individuals with chronic low back pain.

The authors of the study concluded that lumbopelvic stabilization training can effectively lead to a reduction in pain intensity for patients with chronic low back pain.

To see the research article published in Pain Practice in 2017, click HERE.

The key to lumbopelvic stabilization training is that it should be performed with perfect form. This means you are training your body to use only the correct muscles that will help protect your back the most. Some of these muscles are located deep in the core. At Better Way Physical Therapy, an individualized exercise program will be created for you, which will help to reduce your pain, improve your ability to move, and correct any muscular imbalance to help make your core and hips as strong and stable as your back needs them to be.

The deep muscles of the core, such as Transverse Abdominis and Lumbar Multifidi, play an important role in stabilizing and holding your back solid to prevent any shifting. As you move, your body’s center of gravity changes, and it is the responsibility of the deep core muscles to compensate for the change in your center of gravity. In order to produce movement, other muscles pull on your core, and if your deep core muscles do not properly stabilize, this causes extra strain on tissues which are not designed to repetitively absorb this strain. Over time this improper distribution of force causes injury and pain. Proper lumbopelvic stability redistributes the forces so your back is supported by the deep muscles that are responsible for protecting your back. This in turn removes the repetitive irritation and strain on the injured tissues causing your pain, which then allows them to heal. Additionally, proper core stability helps to prevent future pain and injury in your back.

Your Doctor of Physical Therapy can evaluate your body and determine which specific exercises will be most beneficial for your individual case. 1-on-1 instruction in these exercises ensures proper performance and muscle activation. Your Doctor of Physical Therapy can create a high quality individualized exercise program for YOU as part of your plan of care, which is also likely to include highly skilled manual therapy to accelerate your healing process. The exercises prescribed to you will reinforce and compliment the improvement caused by manual therapy, and stabilize your body structures in their optimal position so that you do not become dependent on returning to the clinic for additional manual therapy adjustments. Better Way Physical Therapy is able to empower you with a long term solution to your back pain so that you are able to move better, live better, and feel better! Our mission is to improve your quality of life by helping you to live pain free so you are able to enjoy the activities you love.

 

 

To schedule an appointment,

Call 512-763-9330 Now!

Need more information? Call for a FREE phone consultation.

Prefer to meet in person? Call to schedule a FREE 20 minute Discovery Visit.

Have a question for the Doctor of Physical Therapy? Call 512-763-9330 or email petermcgrath.dpt@betterwaypt.com

 

 

Want to learn more about Better Way Physical Therapy?

Frequently Asked Questions- click HERE

 

 

 

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The Low Back Pain Treatment Services provided by Better Way Physical Therapy are described in much greater detail in the Free Back Pain Report below:

Free Back Pain Report- click HERE

 

Read Better Way Physical Therapy’s Posts about Back Pain, Neck Pain, and Shoulder Pain- click HERE

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DON’T  DELAY, YOUR PAIN IS LIKELY TO GET WORSE- NOT BETTER- IF LEFT UNTREATED

 

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Is It Safe To Exercise With A Bad Back?

Let’s talk about exercise and back pain…

Last week I was asked a question, and it’s one that I get asked often:

“Is it ok to exercise when my back is hurting? I’ve just got into a good routine sticking to the gym and working out three times a week, and I really don’t want to stop…”

I get the frustration, and I also know that the thought of doing any movement at all when you’re going through some kind of pain might feel a little scary…

You don’t want to run the risk of aggravating it any more in case it turns into something more serious.

You don’t want to go ‘too hard’ in the gym in case you pull another muscle.

And you don’t want to wake up one day to find that you can no longer roll out of bed easily, walk down the road, or even drive because what you did made it worse.

But don’t let that worry you too much – that’s rarely ever the case!

An aching lower back doesn’t mean you’ve got to be housebound, with heat and ice packs until it magically disappears.

You CAN keep moving! In fact, not moving at all can make your back pain worse! Here’s why…

If you suffer from lower back pain that comes and goes, gentle walking with exercises designed to improve lower back strength, flexibility, and muscular balance will make a big difference. Walking is a completely natural movement that keeps your joints mobile and muscles working and plays an important role in keeping the muscles in your back strong and upright.

Stretching combined with walking will improve your back’s strength, flexibility, and posture, which in turn, can help stop back pain from creeping up on you when you least expect it. What’s more, it can also reduce how painful it feels and how much it gets in the way of day to day life.

So here’s the important question to answer now that you know it 100% is ok to exercise even if you’ve got a bad back…

What exercise can you actually be doing? Because of course, too much exercise, or exercise that’s strenuous could make it worse or keep it hanging around longer.

To find out which exercises and manual therapy treatments would be the most effective for your specific case…

Call 512-763-9330 to schedule a FREE 20 minute initial consultation with a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Better Way Physical Therapy.

Even if you have not reached your goals with traditional treatments and you start to believe that nothing can cure your back pain, you can ditch that false belief because many people with chronic back pain (with or without sciatica) just like you have gone to Better Way Physical Therapy and experienced improvements in quality of life which exceeded their expectations.

Let me tell you why –

Every patient visit at Better Way Physical Therapy is provided by a Doctor of Physical Therapy. (Many providers of Physical Therapy Treatment do not have a Doctorate degree.) More advanced evaluation techniques are able to perceive root causes of pain that had been previously overlooked. Peter McGrath, PT, DPT is trained based on the latest research to evaluate and heal back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain in the shortest amount of visits by providing the most effective treatments specific to each patient’s individual needs.

Another way that Better Way Physical Therapy is different is that the vast majority of clinics do not provide patients with 1 hour sessions always with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Furthermore, at Better Way Physical Therapy we respect you and your time is valuable to us, that is why your Doctor of Physical Therapy will give you their undivided attention (and NOT waste your time watching a health care provider type into a computer).

Manual Therapy treatment services provided by Better Way Physical Therapy relax the body and reduce any tension in stress-carrying muscles, such as your back. For people with lower back pain, stretching is important. Stretching the muscles in your legs actually help to increase range of movement in your hips, taking the stress off your lower back – which in addition increases blood flow, allows nutrients to flow in, and helps to reduce the stress placed on the muscles in your back. It’s also once of the best forms of exercise to maintain and improve a healthy posture. Stretching is great for your back, and add to that it feels great when you can walk around confident and tall. Better Way Physical Therapy will help you regain the strength in your back, so you can return to doing the activities you love the most.

If you want to learn more about back pain, here’s a FREE special report on back pain:

Click here- FREE Back Pain Report

 

To schedule an appointment,

 

Call 512-763-9330 Now!

 

Need more information? Call for a FREE phone consultation.

Prefer to meet in person? Call to schedule a FREE 20 minute Discovery Visit.

Have a question for the Doctor of Physical Therapy? Call 512-763-9330 or email petermcgrath.dpt@betterwaypt.com

 

 

Want to learn more about Better Way Physical Therapy?

Frequently Asked Questions- click HERE

 

 

Read Better Way Physical Therapy’s Posts about Back Pain, Neck Pain, and Shoulder Pain- click HERE

Headaches: Often a “Pain in the Neck”

Many people suffer from frequent headaches. Some experience headaches so often that they feel there is no option other than to accept it. Others turn to pain medications which only mask the pain- without addressing the root cause of the headache.

Some people are not aware that there are many common causes of headaches which Better Way Physical Therapy can provide a long-term solution to… often in just a few short sessions!

Headaches can be referred pain from various locations in the neck. Some examples include muscular tension in the upper trapezius, suboccipital muscles, sternocleidomastoid, or temporalis, as well as compression of the 2nd cervical nerve root, or misalignment of the 2nd cervical vertebrae.

Better Way Physical Therapy is able to evaluate and solve all of these common causes of headaches. Our mission is to help you live pain free, stay healthy and active, avoid pain medications, and prevent surgeries. We specialize in healing back, neck, and shoulder pain in adults over the age of 40.

 

If you want to get rid of your headaches once and for all, take the first step towards a pain free life.

 

 

Call 512-763-9330 Now to Schedule an Appointment with a Doctor of Physical Therapy located in Georgetown, TX!

 

 

Click HERE to see a 2016 research article published in the “Frontiers in Neurology” journal, which found that 7 out of 10 Randomized Controlled Trial studies indicate patients experience greater improvement in headache symptoms when treated with mobilization and manipulation, which are manual therapy techniques that Better Way Physical Therapy provides.

 

 

Chronic Low Back Pain: Exercising Deep Core Muscles is Effective for Pain Relief

Improving the strength and stability of core muscles is an important component of treatment for low back pain. This study compared the efficacy of 4 different types of core exercises to see which specific exercises are most beneficial to reduce chronic low back pain.

The authors of the study concluded that exercising the deep muscles of the core is the most effective for reduction of chronic low back pain. The deep muscles of the core, such as Transverse Abdominis and Lumbar Multifidi, play an important role in stabilizing and holding your back solid to prevent any shifting. As you move, your body’s center of gravity changes, and it is the responsibility of the deep core muscles to compensate for the change in your center of gravity. In order to produce movement, other muscles pull on your core, and if your deep core muscles do not properly stabilize, this causes extra strain on tissues which are not designed to repetitively absorb this strain. Over time this improper distribution of force causes injury and pain. Proper core stability redistributes the forces so your back is supported by the deep muscles that are responsible for protecting your back. This in turn removes the repetitive irritation and strain on the injured tissues causing your pain, which then allows them to heal. Additionally, proper core stability helps to prevent future pain and injury in your back.

Your Doctor of Physical Therapy can evaluate your body and determine which specific exercises will be most beneficial for your individual case. 1-on-1 instruction in these exercises ensures proper performance and muscle activation. Your Doctor of Physical Therapy can create a high quality individualized exercise program for YOU as part of your plan of care, which is also likely to include highly skilled manual therapy to accelerate your healing process. The exercises prescribed to you will reinforce and compliment the improvement caused by manual therapy, and stabilize your body structures in their optimal position so that you do not become dependent on returning to the clinic for additional manual therapy adjustments. Better Way Physical Therapy is able to empower you with a long term solution to your back pain so that you are able to move better, live better, and feel better! Our mission is to improve your quality of life by helping you to live pain free so you are able to enjoy the activities you love.

Click HERE to see the research article published in 2015 in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science.

*Update 1/14/2017: A research article published in 2017 also indicated that lumbopelvic core stabilization exercise can reduce pain in individuals with chronic low back pain. To see the research article published in 2017, click HERE.

If you have any questions about whether or not physical therapy is right for you, call 512-763-9330 for a FREE phone consultation with Doctor of Physical Therapy Peter McGrath, PT, DPT at Better Way Physical Therapy located in Georgetown, TX. Inquiries can also be sent by email to petermcgrath.dpt@betterwaypt.com.

 

 

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Inside you will learn about common causes of back pain, body structures involved, and treatments which can help you find a solution to your back pain. If you are frustrated with back pain making it more difficult for you to enjoy the activities you love, now is the time to take the first step toward toward healing and learn more about back pain!

Call 512-763-9330 Now to Schedule an appointment with Better Way Physical Therapy to Start Healing Your Back Pain

 

DON’T  DELAY, YOUR BACK PAIN IS LIKELY TO GET WORSE- NOT BETTER- IF LEFT UNTREATED

 

Chronic Pain Research: Physical Therapy More Effective than Prescription Pain Medication

An article published in the Chicago Tribune in 2016 reports that studies show physical therapy is more effective at reducing chronic pain than prescription pain medication. Chronic pain is defined as pain or discomfort that lasts for 3 months or more.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) states that 25 million Americans live with chronic pain. It is noteworthy that physical therapy treatment is more cost-efficient and avoids the negative side effects that come with opiate medication. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2014 alone there were more than 28,000 deaths caused by opioid use.

Click HERE to see the 2016 article published in the Chicago Tribune.

Physical therapy is able cause structural changes in your body and realign any joints that are out of place. Physical therapy can also help relax tight muscles, strengthen weak muscles to promote balance, and improve your body’s ability to move freely without pain.

If you have any questions about whether or not physical therapy is right for you, call 512-763-9330 for a FREE phone consultation with Doctor of Physical Therapy Peter McGrath, PT, DPT at Better Way Physical Therapy located in Georgetown, TX. Inquiries can also be sent by email to petermcgrath.dpt@betterwaypt.com.

Prevention of Low Back Pain: Research Shows Exercise Combined with Education is Effective

A Systematic Review Research Study of 23 published studies revealed that exercise combined with education is effective to prevent future occurrences of Low Back Pain.

Click HERE to see the research article published in 2016.

Your Doctor of Physical Therapy can teach you the best exercises and information to empower you with a long term solution to heal or prevent back pain!

Call 512-763-9330 today to learn more about all the ways your Doctor of Physical Therapy can help you live pain free!

Peter McGrath, PT, DPT at Better Way Physical Therapy located in Georgetown, TX specializes in healing back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain. If you have any questions, send him an email at petermcgrath.dpt@betterwaypt.com, or call 512-763-9330.

Click HERE to receive more FREE information about Back Pain!

Neck Pain Significantly Reduced by Combining Exercise with Manual Therapy to Neck and Upper Back

This study of 64 patients demonstrates that combining exercise with manual therapy to the upper back and neck relieves pain much more effectively than when the upper back is not also treated. 75% of patients who received neck and upper back manual therapy experienced significant pain reduction, compared to 19% of patients whose received manual therapy treatment to their neck alone.

Better Way Physical Therapy provides thorough evaluations which identify pathology in neighboring body structures and spinal segments to ensure that the treatment you receive takes into account all relevant factors. Providing thorough treatment which addresses all necessary structures is one of the many ways that Better Way Physical Therapy is able to help patients achieve greater results in fewer sessions and feel better faster!

Click HERE to see the research article summary published in 2013 in the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy

Call 512-763-9330 for a FREE phone consultation with a Doctor of Physical Therapy located in Georgetown, TX who can heal your neck pain!

You can also email inquiries to petermcgrath.dpt@betterwaypt.com

Lumbar Stenosis and Degenerative Disc Disease: Research Shows Physical Therapy as Effective as Surgery

A study of 169 patients, all age 50 or older, with Lumbar Stenosis showed that outcomes 2 years after treatment were the same for physical therapy and surgery.

Click HERE to see the American Physical Therapy Association’s summary of the Lumbar Stenosis study published in 2015.

Click HERE to see the study on Lumbar Stenosis, published in 2015.

A study of 96 patients with Degenerative Disc Disease showed that outcomes 58-63 months after treatment were the same for physical therapy and surgery.

Click HERE to see the American Physical Therapy Association’s summary of the Degenerative Disc Disease study published in 2014.

Click HERE to see the study on Degenerative Disc Disease, published in 2014.

Physical therapy is less expensive and avoids many of the risks associated with surgery.

*Update 11/22/2016: Click HERE to see another study on Lumbar Stenosis, published in 2016. This study shows no difference in outcomes between surgical and non-surgical treatment methods. The authors point out that “it should be noted that the rate of side effects ranged from 10% to 24% in surgical cases, and no side effects were reported for any conservative treatment. No clear benefits were observed with surgery versus non-surgical treatment.”

Want to learn more FREE information about Back Pain? Click HERE and Peter McGrath, PT, DPT will gladly send you more FREE information that can save you 60% on back pain treatment costs! Inside you can also learn about back pain treatments, causes, prevention strategies, and more!

 

For a FREE phone consultation with a Doctor of Physical Therapy located in Georgetown, TX call 512-763-9330

Better Way Physical Therapy specializes in manual therapy to heal back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain in adults over the age of 40. Our patients receive 1 hour treatment sessions with 100% undivided attention from a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Choose between office or home appointments at no extra cost of you live in Georgetown, TX, Sun City, TX, Round Rock, TX,  Leander, TX, or Liberty Hill, TX.

Click HERE to see Better Way Physical Therapy’s main website.

FREE Report on Back Pain

Click HERE to receive a free report on back pain! Inside you will learn about common causes of back pain, body structures involved, and treatments which can help you find a solution to your back pain.

If you are frustrated with back pain making it more difficult for you to enjoy the activities you love, now is the time to take the first step toward toward healing and learn more about back pain!