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Is chronic lower back pain keeping you up at night?

Lower back pain affects approximately 4 million Australians at any one time. If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, you understand how frustrating it can be to have to change your lifestyle while you recover. Unfortunately, lower back pain is more persistent and likely to continue unless treated effectively. Did you know that between 70 – 80% of people who suffer lower back pain will have a recurrence within a 12 month period? Back pain can affect your work, sports participation and most importantly, your sleep.

Sleep plays a vital function in helping the body to relax and repair. You know that lack of sleep can cause you to wake up foggier and grumpier than usual, but it’s nothing a strong coffee can’t fix right? Wrong. Lack of sleep can negatively impact your memory, cardiovascular health and even your ability to effectively lose weight. Sleep deprivation may cause you to have a meltdown…or on a major scale cause a meltdown like that at Chernobyl!

Sleep disturbance and lower back pain appear to have a bidirectional relationship, in that the symptoms of both exacerbate each other. Studies have shown that lower back pain can cause sleep disturbance, which in turn leads to increased pain. This vicious cycle means that unless the lower back pain is treated at the source, sleep disturbance is likely to continue to exacerbate your back pain and related symptoms such as stiffness or radiating pain down into the buttocks or legs.

A study from earlier this year (Cortell-Tormo et al. 2018) highlighted that periodised functional resistance training is a key component of effective treatment for chronic lower back pain. Combination programs have been shown to improve functions of the musculoskeletal system, resulting in reduced pain, reduced disability and improved quality of life. Functionality and efficiency of movement are two of the most important factors when it comes to physical health. It is difficult to lead a full and healthy life if the basics such as merely walking and standing are a struggle! The Beaches Sports Physio offers classes and individual sessions for Pilates and functional training in our Functional Rehab Gym which allows you to strengthen and tone your body in the safest way possible.

Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists have a specialised understanding of the complexity of lower back pain. My personal experience with chronic lower back pain lead me to the pursuit of finding the best evidence based approach to management, with a special interest in disc bulges. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is the most common form of intervention for chronic back pain and your low back pain physio in Dee Why will create and prescribe a bespoke program to not just combat the pain, but to protect and strengthen the back against future problems.

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