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Physiotherapy offers psychological benefits too / Lower back pain

Feeling better within yourself physically has many merits, and this can be helped with the application of physiotherapy where needed. Feeling better can reach further than physical wellbeing and can also be of benefit to your mental health.

The BMJ (British Medical Journal) detailed research on its website as to the issues surrounding lower back pain and the potential benefits of psychological interventions in February 2022. More can be found here:

Physiotherapy was the reference comparison intervention in this systematic review.

The conclusion from the review was as follows:

“For people with chronic, non-specific low back pain, psychological interventions are most effective when delivered in conjunction with physiotherapy care (mainly structured exercise). Pain education programmes (low to moderate quality evidence) and behavioural therapy (low to high quality evidence) result in the most sustainable effects of treatment; however, uncertainty remains as to their long-term effectiveness. Although inconsistency was detected, potential sources were identified and resolved”.

Physiotherapists and physiotherapy are normally associated with physical health and function; however, physiotherapy can boost people’s general mental wellbeing too, whether this is as stand-alone care or in conjunction with psychological interventions. 2023 will not be without its challenges, and for many these will be economic; however, this does not lessen the importance of overall personal wellbeing in mind and body.

Improved self-esteem

Readers of our regular blogs will know that we are advocates of exercise and the acknowledged health benefits of regular exercise include improved self-esteem, cognitive function, sleep, stress relief, improved mood, increased energy and reduced tiredness. A long list, I am sure you would agree, and exercise can also reduce anxiety, depression and social isolation.

Non-pharmacological approaches to the management of pain

Through non-pharmacological approaches to the management of pain, physiotherapists can help individuals increase their activity level through motivation and the promotion of self-management strategies which can improve general quality of life. The provision of individual exercise programmes can also improve mood and promote general well-being.

Holistic approach to treatment

Aerobic exercises, such as walking, jogging, cycling or swimming, have been proven to reduce anxiety and depression. Through a holistic approach to treatment, a physiotherapist can help an individual achieve their physical goals, however minor, which in turn can improve their mental health and mood.

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