If you have ever suffered from back pain, you know how debilitating it can be. Simple tasks such as sitting to standing, or putting on shoes can become excruciating. In fact, I have had many new moms tell me that their back pain experience was worse than the pain they felt during labor and delivery.
Back pain is not only physically challenging, but it can cause a lot of emotional pain as well. Being limited in movement and losing independence to perform routine daily activities can be quite stressful, and can lead to anxiety, depression and stress. This tends to be the case when the pain turns chronic. Chronic back pain is when the pain has lasted for 12 weeks or longer.
Physiotherapy or Chiropractic Care can help alleviate back pain, and research has shown that working on the mind can help improve results. This is especially true in patients who have been living with back pain for a long period of time. Psychological approaches can help patients manage their back pain experiences, and can help improve their ability to perform physical activities.
A recent review published in the British Medical Journal examined 97 studies of adults experiencing non-specific low back pain. The review examined the effectiveness of therapy on physical functions such as standing and sitting, pain intensity and fear avoidance (avoiding an activity due to the fear that it will cause more pain).
The review concluded that both physical therapies such as Chiropractic and Physiotherapy combined with psychological therapies offered patients the most relief from their chronic pain. This interdisciplinary approach helped patients to be more productive, helped them gain better sleep and helped improved overall well being.
As a Chiropractor this is no surprise, a person who is suffering from back pain for years will design a daily routine revolving around their back pain. These patients will reorganize their lives around the pain, usually by suppressing physical activity and being more sedentary. In fact, we have had times when the patient’s pain starts to improve, however they are too hesitant to follow the stretching or exercise program prescribed in fear of worsening their back pain symptoms.
This is where psychological therapies such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and biofeedback can help. These therapies can help encourage patients to break free from their pain, and start living a more active lifestyle again.
In recognition of the effectiveness of psychological therapies on chronic pain, our clinic has partnered with Zafire Holistic Wellness, to help make psychological services easily available to our patients. To learn more, visit this link.
If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic pain, call our clinic for a free consultation, we can help you get started on your road to recovery! Call 905-593-1605, or click the link below to get started.
We wish you the best of health!