In this video, Registered Physiotherapist Alishah Merchant demonstrates a variety of safe and gentle stretches that you can try if you are experiencing low back pain. Low back pain is a common condition that is effectively treated by physiotherapy. Recent evidence suggests that treatment for low back pain should move away from passive approaches, unnecessary scans, drugs, injections and surgery and should instead focus on encouraging people to remain active (Lancet 2018).
There are many different pathologies that can cause low back pain. These are just general stretches that may help to relieve your pain and stiffness but should not be used in the place of a sound evaluation by a trusted physiotherapist and an individualized treatment plan.
Physiotherapy treatment for low back pain can include the following:
Individualized Stretching and Stabilization Program
Functional movement and full body strengthening
Manual Therapies focused at the muscles and joints of the spine, hip or pelvis
If you would like to learn more, we recommend booking an appointment with an experienced physiotherapist who can help you develop an individualized treatment regimen to address your specific concerns and lifestyles goals.