Whether it's a car accident, a fall down the stairs, or something else, having a back injury can result in long-lasting frustration. If the injury is functionally extensive, it can reduce the number of activities you do each day. Additionally, any background pain can limit how much you enjoy your usual pursuits. Physiotherapy is one way to work with your body and improve how strong your back is.
Modify Your Exercise Routine
If you already have an exercise routine, your physiotherapist may instruct you to modify it. And if you don't exercise, they'll probably suggest that now's a good time to start. For example, if you're a regular runner but it isn't advisable to run at this time, it'll still benefit you to do some exercise. As a modification, your physiotherapist may suggest water jogging at your local pool. Or, if you weren't into fitness before, they might recommend walking or simple chair exercises. Following the suggested modifications allows you to strengthen your back muscles and is good for your mental health.
Address Hydration Issues
Your physiotherapist may look beyond your functional abilities and assess other areas of your life. Hydration can play a big role in strengthening your spinal muscles. Your spine and back rely on holding enough water to remain strong. For example, the softer elements of your vertebra need enough water to support the fluid movements your back requires. When you don't hydrate adequately, you move stiffly. Moving in a stiff state adds to your pain and can make it harder for you to strengthen your muscles and rehabilitate. Try keeping a water diary to ensure you're not dehydrated. If you're taking any medications, discuss whether they contribute to dehydration with your doctor.
Support Regular Activities
You may find that you need to take a step back from your usual activities following an injury. It's important to follow any advice your physio gives to you in that regard. However, when the time comes to return to your usual routine, they may suggest doing so with certain modifications. Those modifications can include the use of supportive devices, such as ergonomic chairs at work or back braces. While using support to return to your usual activities, remember that discomfort can be normal but pain isn't. If you're experiencing pain, especially pain that increases, communicate with your physiotherapist as soon as you can. They may need to alter their advice or provide you with a different type of support.