When that debilitating low back pain strikes, what's your initial reaction?
- Avoidance of all movement?
- A visit to your PCP for muscle relaxers?
What if you moved?! Seems scary right? But movement done in conjunction with soft tissue work and under the direction of a health care provider can cut your recovery time in half.
According to research you are 8x more likely to experience worsening disability after getting only exercise and no manipulation at 1 week and 4x worsening disability at 4 weeks.
Seek physical therapy FIRST. A good PT can help provide the most effective combination of techniques to get you out of pain and back to moving well.