Developing an understanding of the body and visualising what is happening inside the back makes exercise and movement easier and helps to reduce the fear. Remember our backs are surrounded by many strong muscles and ligaments, and these require movement. Our muscles work together to keep the spine balanced and in control. All the muscles around the spine play an important role in making smooth coordinated movement possible. If your wrist just came out of plaster after a fracture, you would be told to get it moving as soon as possible to help the healing and return the joint to normal. Compare this to your back, which is made up of lots of joints which need fluid movement not over-protection and guarding.
In overcoming our fear of movement or certain activities, our own attitude make a big difference. The more fearful or tense we become the more difficult it is to move freely. This is where strong resilience, staying calm and clear thinking are important for recovery.
Benefits of Movement:
Reduces muscle spasm and tension
Improves blood flow, reduces inflammation and provides nutrients to the area in pain
Increases soft tissue mobility
Increases confidence to complete everyday activities
Increases strength and flexibility
After 10 minutes of exercise, the brain produces ‘happy chemicals’ called endorphins that have a calming effect on nerves
Our osteopaths and physiotherapists at Woodside Clinic are very happy to advise you on the exercises to help with back ache and we also offer small group or 1 to 1 Pilates classes which may be appropriate for you. Please call us on 01582 608400 or 01525 372 477 to book an appointment.