A physio explains what causes back pain and how you can treat it.

A physio explains back pain:

I (Ursula Knecht) am so happy that I can move again. I had such a stiff and painful back. It all started yesterday, then got more rigid and more painful. I slept well, but then, this morning, I was struggling with stiffness and back pain.

So, what did I do to get such a stiff and sore back? It all started yesterday, and I will also tell you how I got better again – so fast.

Learn how a physio got back pain – and what she did about it- a physio explains back pain.

As an expert in this field, you would expect me to know better. I have been a physiotherapist since 1994 and have continued studying ever since. For example, I hold a Master of Sports Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal Therapist degree.

Thus, you will learn from an expert what I did wrong and what to do to recover from back pain.

Also, how to avoid back pain and recover from back pain. Thanks for watching this video. Just keep on watching, and if you have any questions, contact me: https://physio-joondalup.com.au/contact/ or call/text 0431 66 29 56

So, what have I done to hurt my back? I was sanding hard timber for about 4 h. Obviously, and my back is not used to this kind of load anymore. So I got a stiff back between my shoulder blades. But of course, I wanted to finish my job, so I ignored it… resulting in more pain and stiffness.

Then, I had to stop. What caused my back pain?

Understanding back pain

Here is some background on how the back works.

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How the back works- understanding back pain

If you bend forward, the muscles have to get longer, and the facet joints are coming apart, as you can see in the I spine module (in reality it is just more and less load).

Then when you bend backwards, the tiny muscles get shorter, and the facet joints are gliding together.

Obviously, I was repeating this movement thousands of times in the four hours working yesterday. So the muscles got tired, then stiff and sore.

As I am not trained to do this kind of work for so many hours, my muscles could not cope. So Then my next mistake was to ignore the stiffness and keep on working…

Then the stiff muscles compress the facet joints – you get the picture.

When I finally quit sanding, I hoped to be able to loosen up that stiffness and reduce my back pain with these two exercises on the foam roller. You might also use beach towels and make sure you do them on the floor.

These two exercises were helping, but not as much as I was hoping. So, this morning as I woke up in pain and struggling to move, I had to seek help.

Manual therapy to loosen up the joints in combination with Ultrasound (micro-massage) was helpful. This reduced the pain instantly, and I was able to move freely.

So it is pretty normal to have back pain from time to time, especially if you’re doing something you have not been doing for a while. I worked as a carpenter many years ago; obviously, I’m not used to this kind of physical work anymore.

In other words, if you do something, your body is not trained for, like woodwork, gardening or any sporting activity. Then, it is expected to cause sore muscles in the back.

As I explained before, the combination of facet joints and muscle stiffness is a common problem.

You may be able to lose your back up yourself with exercises. Please do NOT just rest! Rest makes your back even stiffer and sorer. Find a movement that helps. If that does not loosen up immediately, or at least the next day, please see a musculoskeletal physiotherapist.

The musculoskeletal physiotherapist will find a way to get you moving better with less pain.

I hope this kind of video is helpful for you. Please give me your thumbs up and share it with your friends and family. Thanks for watching, and I see you again soon. Bye for now.

To Your Health
Ursula Knecht
Physio Knecht Joondalup
P 0431 66 29 56

MPhty (Sports), BPhty, DPhty, SportsPhty (IAS), ManTher (Sohier)

Author of: Back Pain Goodbye: Overcome Back Pain and Reclaim Your Life in 12 Weeks or less