Low back pain is the single most common cause of disability worldwide, with an estimated 80% of our population expected to experience some form of back pain at some point in their lives.

But why back pain?

The way we have evolved as a race means that most of us spend the best part of our day sitting, whether that be at a desk in work, in front of the TV, or in the car driving. It is very difficult to maintain perfect posture for these extended periods of time, therefore, as fatigue sets in, and we begin to ‘slouch’, we can easily place unwanted stress and tension on some of the joints and ligaments of our spine.

Why does it keep coming back?

We’ve all been there. You have been diagnosed as having a ‘slipped disc’ or a ‘trapped nerve’, a few treatment sessions later the pain has resolved and you have resumed your everyday life. Great. One year later, the exact same thing happens again and you are back to square one.

What we do differently at SPI?

At SPI, we base our whole assessment around discovering the ROUTE CAUSE of your pain. Whether that be muscle Imbalance, poor pelvic/core stability, reduced one legged control, postural issues, among many others, we work hard to correct these problems to ensure that your back pain does not become a recurring issue.

Here are some of the exercises I like to use to combat some of the issues mentioned above. Give them a try and let us know how you get on.

Riain Casey
Chartered Physiotherapist