Lower Back Pain
Low back pain affects 8 out of ten people at least once in their adult life. Due to the nature of chronic non-specific low back pain, many medical practitioners feel that the best approach is to offer tools that empower the patient to self-manage pain relief and get back to their daily routine. AposTherapy offers a viable self management option that seamlessly fits into the patient’s daily life.
Treatment establishes postural control and improved movement patterns in a correct spinal alignment. This retrains the muscles to reduce the vulnerability of the spine and prevent the condition from becoming chronic.
Research indicates active therapies are far more effective than passive therapies in the treatment of acute and chronic low back pain. Although bed rest used to be the most commonly prescribed treatment for low back pain, it is now strongly discouraged following evidence that staying sedentary can have a detrimental effect on the condition. Instead, evidence supports activity and exercise as the most effective method of treatment.
Medicated pain management, progressing from paracetamol, to non steroid anti-inflammatory drugs and finally using muscle relaxants and opioids can have adverse side-effects and may not be suitable for everyone. There is also some evidence to support the use of cognitive behavioural therapy, educational programs and spinal manipulation to reduce symptoms and prevent chronicity so these treatments should be considered if previous interventions have failed. Notably, there is no evidence to support the use of steroid injections, lumbar support belts or traction as an effective intervention for non-specific low back pain.
AposTherapy has been demonstrated to be effective to provide pain relief and improved mobility in patients with non specific low back pain. It can be implemented during the acute and chronic phases of low back pain and after a thorough assessment and diagnosis of the condition has been completed. AposTherapy ensures loading of the spine remains central throughout treatment to reduce muscular activity and bracing, preventing fatigue and spasm.
After the acute episode has passed the function of muscles around the spine, posture and problematic muscular habits must be assessed.
AposTherapy reduces the vulnerability of the spinal structures by addressing the root of the problem, the muscle dysfunction. The aim is to retrain the muscular patterns during daily activities to provide better spinal movement control and alignment.
AposTherapy also overcomes the challenge of how to teach the body to use the improved control patterns and maintain postural alignment whilst completing daily activities. AposTherapy has been used successfully in many cases of NSLBP because the treatment takes place during the patient’s normal routine and introduces optimal patterns of motion into the patient’s everyday life.
Elizabeth Van Krinks story
Lower back pain
Elizabeth has suffered from severe back pain since 1969. She is now amazed at the renewed flexibility in her lower back.