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Is back pain stopping you from exercising?

So many people are worried and are actively avoiding exercise because they believe that it may make their pain worse. Back pain particularly is an interesting topic, with it affecting 7 out of 10 people at some time in their lives.  Back pain is the second most common cause of long-term sickness in the UK after stress, and as a physiotherapist I am here to break the misconception that back pain = stay at home and rest.

Evidence shows that the best treatment is to stay active. The longer you’re immobile, the weaker your back muscles will become, and the more they will hurt in the long term.

If you suffer from back pain, it is preferable that you do low impact exercises. Running, and doing contact sports are not advisable, but rather swimming, walking, cycling, and doing Pilates. Evidence shows that Pilates particularly helps strengthen muscles, works on core stability, improves posture and helps relieve stress by focusing on breathing techniques.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy share their top tips for back pain:

  • Keep exercising
  • Keep moving
  • Take Paracetamol or similar painkillers advised by your GP or physio
  • Avoid sitting for too long
  • Do gentle stretches to prevent stiffness
  • Bend your hips and knees when lifting
  • Check your posture when using the computer or watching TV
  • Don’t smoke – it is bad for your circulation and recovery
  • Strengthen your core muscles to protect your spine
  • Make sure your car seat, office chair and bed mattress support your back properly
  • Avoid being overweight, which can be a cause of back pain

Is your back pain putting you down? Are you on sick leave from work? Have you stopped exercising and become inactive?

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Why choose Home Physio Group?

We are a dedicated team of Chartered Physiotherapists working exclusively in your home and providing the highest level of care. We recognise the importance of knowing that you are in safe hands and being looked after. With this is mind, our client management team are here to assist you every step of the way and will answer any questions you may have. We are passionate about helping you to reach your goals, relieve your pain, and improve your mobility.

The benefits of using our service include:

  • All our physiotherapists are hand-picked professionals with years of experience
  • We are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). All our physiotherapists are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 
  • We will arrange visits in your own home (or care home or place of work) at a convenient time to you
  • We work at speed and do not have a waiting list
  • We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments
  • Our team work closely with the country’s leading consultants and specialists in their field
  • You will always have the same physiotherapist visiting you at home
  • You can have as may visits as you require
  • Our fixed pricing structure can be provided in writing so that you can consider it in your own time
  • We believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to care. Your personalised programme and treatment strategy will be unique to you