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When Good Backs Go Bad

When Good Backs Go Bad

A healthy lower back helps keep our bodies upright, allows us to bend, twist and move and supports most of our body weight. Often, we take our back for granted and only think about its role in our daily lives when it’s no longer working and we’re in excruciating pain. It is a very common pain though and nearly every one of us will experience back pains at some point in our lives.

Lower back pain can be a symptom of degenerative conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis or other bone diseases, or can be caused by viral infections or physical defects in the spine that have been present since you were born. Most cases of lower back pain, however, are caused by overusing and injuring the muscles, ligaments and discs supporting the spine.

This type of back pain is often triggered by your occupation, sports activities or housework but it can also be brought on by bad posture, lifting, obesity, pregnancy, smoking, stress and sleeping awkwardly.

Protect Your Back

There are a number of things you can do to protect your back from these sorts of injuries:

  • Always use your legs when lifting heavy objects.  
  • Sit up with your back straight and shoulders back so that you maintain the natural curve of your spine. 
  • You may want to use a back support to help you maintain good posture while you are sitting
  • Support your back while sleeping by putting a pillow or a small, rolled-up towel between your knees (if you sleep on your side) or under your knees (if you sleep on your back)
  • Wear flat-soled or low-heeled shoes
  • Take a break and change positions every hour or so while sitting, driving or standing for prolonged periods
  • Reach and maintain a healthy weight. Work with a physiotherapist to help prevent lower back pain

These should also be remembered following an injury as they will prevent you from further damaging your back.


In general, how fast you recover depends on what you do. Studies have shown that rather than resting, continuing to move and go about your normal daily activities helps relieve pain and get you back to work more quickly. Maintaining a regular exercise programme that combines aerobic conditioning and muscle strengthening exercises can also help your back work better and manage your pain.

Physiotherapy Solutions

Our professional physiotherapists at Physio Med can design a tailor made exercise programme to reduce your pain as well as ensuring that the risk of you hurting yourself again is reduced by providing exercises which strengthen your back and deep abdominal muscles, improving your posture and keeping your body in better balance.

Call the staff at Physio Med and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about whether physiotherapy is right for you.


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As the situation with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we believe it’s everyone’s responsibility to provide help and support wherever possible. With our technology, free guides and videos, we feel we can make a contribution to the situation today.


In order to continue to provide physiotherapy services to our clients past, present and future, we are now offering an alternative provision in the form of a Telehealth service, which will allow patients to speak to senior physiotherapists for advice, motivation and recommendations of techniques to help manage their conditions.

Remote DSE Assessments

Physio Med’s video link DSE assessment has been developed to provide an effective method of assessing an employee’s ‘at home’ workstation without the need for a physio visit in person. See our general well-being page for in-depth guidance on correct sitting posture and working at a desk. For an in-depth video for setting up a home office please contact us.

Well-being zone

Navigate to our well-being zone for a wide range of exercises to manage existing conditions. Our Managing Musculoskeletal guides and videos have been developed by our chartered physiotherapists to help those suffering from pain and limited mobility suffered from a recent musculoskeletal accident, injury or trauma. Designed to reduce pain, improve range of movement, and to recover from injury quickly and safely.

If you would like more information about how our services work or are interested in accessing this service please call 0113 229 1300 or email and someone will contact you directly.

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